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American Legion to set up crisis center in Phoenix

The center will assist veterans and family members affected by VA’s waiting-list scandal

The center will assist veterans and family members affected by VA’s waiting-list scandal The American Legion announced it is sending a team of experts to Phoenix next week to set up a Veterans Crisis Command Center to help veterans and family members affected by the health-care scandal at … [more]

Released 6/3/14 | Tags:

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Veteran Chooses Jail Over Giving His Disability Money to Ex-Wife

Released 9/18/14 at WAAY-TV | Tags:

A southwest Florida veteran went to jail Wednesday in order to keep all of his VA disability check. It's all because he and his wife are divorcing and she wants half. Under federal law, the money is exempt from alimony payments. But state law says she may be entitled to it. ABC 7 contacted the National Veterans Legal Service Program in Washington D.C. They say it's an issue which has been argued across the country. U.S. Title 38 says VA benefits are exempt from taxation, claims of creditors, and other legal processes. It makes no exception for alimony. [more]

Debate Over Veteran Deaths Could Affect VA Claims

Released 9/18/14 at Stars & Stripes | Tags: Veteran's Benefits

Although it seems certain that VA hospitals offered substandard care to veterans, some of whom died while waiting months for treatment, getting compensation in court is likely to prove a tough fight for the stream of veterans and survivors expected to sue the government in the coming months. “If you give people the impression that this is easy, they’re going to be real frustrated,” said Ronald Abrams, joint executive director of the National Veterans Legal Services Program. “It’s combat — the VA is not playing nice, because you’re in court and it’s an adversarial process.” [more]

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