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NVLSP Supports Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s and Rep. Raul Ruiz’s Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters

The National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP) attended a press conference in support of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand’s (D-NY)and Rep. Raul Ruiz’s M.D. (D-CA) new legislation, the “Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020.” The bill, an amendment to Title 38, U.S.C., would provide a presumption of service connection for certain diseases associated with exposure to toxins, and other purposes. This legislation would ease the burden of proof for veterans seeking VA benefits for medical conditions resulting from their exposure to burn pits and other toxic emissions during their military service. [more]

Released 9/15/20 | Tags: Agent Orange, Congressional Legislation, Veteran's Benefits

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Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand, Rep.Raul Ruiz, Jon Stewart, Veterans Advocates Announce Landmark Legislation

Released 9/15/20 | Tags: Congressional Legislation, Veteran's Benefits

Today, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), U.S. Congressman Raul Ruiz, M.D. (D-CA), veterans advocate Jon Stewart, 9/11 activist John Feal, former U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin, and many veterans advocates, held a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol to announce new landmark legislation, the Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act of 2020. The bill would streamline the process for veterans to obtain VA benefits for illness due to exposure to burn pit and other toxic exposures. Approximately 3.5 million veterans have been exposed to burn pits that spewed toxic fumes and carcinogens into the air. [more]

Court rules VA must pay for veterans’ emergency room care, a decision that may be worth billions

Released 9/10/19 at NBC NEWS | Tags: Class Actions, Congressional Legislation, Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, Veteran's Benefits

WASHINGTON — The Department of Veterans Affairs must reimburseveterans for emergency medical care at non-VA facilities, a federal appeals court ruled Monday — a decision that could be worth billions of dollars to veterans. The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims said the VA has been wrongfully denying reimbursement to veterans who sought emergency medical care at non-VA facilities, and struck down an internal VA regulation that blocked those payments. [more]

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