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NVLSP is Grateful VA is Expanding Benefits to Agent Orange Exposed C-123 Veterans

NVLSP will continue to monitor how VA manages Agent Orange disability benefits and ensure veterans are treated fairly

NVLSP issues a statement on today’s announcement by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) awarding a presumption of Agent Orange exposure to military veterans who flew C-123 planes after the Vietnam War. The announcement awards disability benefits to these veterans, many of them Air Force reservists, who did not initially know they were exposed to Agent Orange while flying C-123 planes for the military after the Vietnam war ended. [more]

Released 6/18/15 | Tags: Agent Orange, Veteran's Benefits

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Veterans Exposed To Toxic Chemicals Accuse VA Of Foot-Dragging

Released 7/21/15 at The Huffington Post | Tags: Agent Orange, Veteran's Benefits

The limits and lags in medical care and disability benefits for veterans are well established. Look no further than a federal lawsuit filed in April by combat-injured veterans forced to wait up to two years or more for required records from the VA before they could apply for benefits. Jon Stewart, host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," has repeatedly called out the agency for its red tape and backlogs of claims. As The Huffington Post recently reported, nearly one-third of the 847,000 veterans with pending applications for health care through the VA have already died. But perhaps no population of veterans are more frustrated by VA denials and delays than those who believe they were sickened by environmental exposures during their service. [more]

Can The Agent Orange Act Help Veterans Exposed To Mustard Gas?

Released 7/16/15 at National Public Radio (NPR) | Tags:

To understand the predicament of World War II veterans exposed to mustard gas, take a look at what happened to another set of American veterans who were exposed to a different toxic chemical. Last month, NPR reported that some of those World War II vets are still fighting for disability benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs because the agency says they don't have enough proof to substantiate their claims. Alan Oates says that's the same response Vietnam War veterans started receiving from the VA in the late 1970s and early 1980s. [more]

The Veterans Consortium Executive Board Appoints Edmund M. Glabus Executive Director

Released 7/9/15 at Virtual Press Office | Tags:

Following an extensive, nation-wide executive search, the Executive Board of The Veterans Consortium Pro Bono Program (The Veterans Consortium) today announced that it has appointed Edmund M. Glabus the group's new Executive Director. Glabus was unanimously endorsed by the Executive Board, and assumed his post on June 19, 2015. The Veterans Consortium was founded in 1992 by The American Legion, Disabled American Veterans, National Veterans Legal Services Program, and Paralyzed Veterans of America, in response to a request by the Court and from a Congressionally-created program administered by the Legal Services Corporation. [more]

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