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Watchdog, whistleblower on wishlist for VA IG nominee

NVLSP's Ron Abrams talks with Federal News Radio on Michael Missal's nomination to be the new Inspector General at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. When asked what advocates think a new IG should be doing Abrams says: “He needs to hire the right people to delve into the VA and he has to have enough support from the administration so that he can expose this and have reassurances that they will act,” said Ron Abrams, joint executive director at the National Veterans Legal Services Program. “That’s what we’re hoping for. He has to be competent enough to hire people with the right background. He has to hire people who understand the purpose of this. It’s a sacred trust. The VA is supposed to take care of those who risked their lives for us.” Abrams, a former legal consultant to the VA’s Compensation and Pension Service (C&P), said an ideal inspector general would be someone “who knows how to turn over rocks and look for bad things, can hire people to do that, and enough backing to change what is a corrupt bureaucracy. We want somebody honest, and it looks like this guy’s honest. We want someone who will hire people with enough knowledge that they won’t be hoodwinked or deceived by bureaucrats in the VA.” [more]

Released 11/17/15 | Tags: Veteran's Benefits

Remembering Our Living Veterans

The United States sets aside one day each year—this day—to honor the women and men who have served our nation by swearing an oath and donning the military uniform. Our brave soldiers, sailors, airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen often encounter tragedy and violence on an incomprehensible scale and return home carrying the terrible weight of those experiences. [more]

Released 11/11/15 | Tags:

Vietnam Vet Keeps Serving Fifty Years On

It's been 50 years since Army Specialist 4 Gary Colletti finished his tour in Vietnam as one of the early U.S. military advisors in the rapidly escalating conflict. Today he’s back in “service,” helping veterans of all wars receive the benefits they earned from the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs. [more]

Released 11/10/15 | Tags: Veteran's Benefits

Veterans assistance available in Shippensburg

The Veterans Administration is a complex government organization, and the rules are constantly changing. But veterans don’t have to maneuver the system alone when looking for information about benefits and claims. They can turn to an accredited veterans service officer like Terry Gendron, who recently began working at the district office of Rep. Mark Keller at 81 Walnut Bottom Road, Shippensburg. [more]

Released 11/3/15 | Tags:

MU Veterans Clinic to Host Symposium on Traumatic Brain Injury

The Veterans Clinic at the University of Missouri School of Law will host its second annual symposium, “Traumatic Brain Injury: Lessons Learned from Our Nation’s Athletes and Military,” that will feature professionals knowledgeable in veterans’ issues including the effects of traumatic brain injury. These professionals will discuss the relationship between injuries observed in athletes and in our nation’s service members. NVLSP attorney to speak. [more]

Released 10/29/15 | Tags:

Attorney: R. Brendan Fee

Profile of attorney R. Brendan Fee, a partner at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius. Fee provides advice and advocacy services to veterans through the National Veterans Legal Services Program. [more]

Released 9/29/15 | Tags:

Veterans Exposed To Toxic Chemicals Accuse VA Of Foot-Dragging

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]

Released 7/21/15 | Tags: Agent Orange, Veteran's Benefits

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

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]

Released 7/16/15 | Tags:

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

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]

Released 7/9/15 | Tags:

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