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Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Potential Changes In The Law May Help Veterans Exposed To Agent Orange

Agent Orange was a powerful herbicide the U.S. military sprayed on jungle terrain and crop lands occupied by our enemies, and on our military bases beginning in the 1950s. Today its use is banned as we now know exposure to it causes many health issues. Some veterans who were exposed to it are eligible for compensation and others may soon be.


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Thursday, December 21, 2017

Honoring Veterans


 Honor Our Veterans This Holiday Season

“A person dies twice: once when they take their final breath, and later, the last time their name is spoken.” That is the driving sentiment behind the national “Wreaths Across America” movement. Each December, volunteers place wreaths on individual veterans’ graves at over 1,200 locations throughout the U.
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Sunday, May 7, 2017

Applying for Veterans’ Disability Benefits in North Carolina


The Department of Veterans Affairs operates several programs that provide financial, medical, and other forms of assistance to veterans. At the federal level, there are four major benefit programs:

  • Disability compensation

  • Free or low-cost medical care

  • Education programs

Pension programsMany other types of veterans’ benefits are available as well, including special benefits regarding home financing, job training, PTSD support, small business loans, counseling, life insurance, and burial and memorial services. Benefits for survivors are also often available.
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Monday, January 30, 2017

Widows Continue To Fight For Veterans Benefits


It’s been said that the Vietnam War is the reason that Americans started losing faith in government, and it’s not hard to see why. The public was lied to repeatedly, and thousands of lives were lost as a result. Not surprisingly, the impacts of this controversial and costly war are still being felt. A recent story by the investigative news organization ProPublica shed light on an important, yet often overlooked impact of the war, the rise and struggle of the modern-day Vietnam widow.

The article tells the stories of women who have been widowed recently, but who argue the Vietnam War was the cause.


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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Film About North Carolina Veteran Spreads Awareness


Working with veterans and their families to help them get all the benefits they are eligible for teaches you a lot about the challenges our brave men and women in uniform face here on the home front. Unless you are a veteran, or the family member of a veteran, or have really gotten to know a few veterans, the struggle is difficult to grasp. A new documentary about a veteran living in North Carolina is helping to shed some light on the subject and bring awareness to it.


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Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Military Benefits Mess Makes Headlines


From the way people reacted in response to the news that veterans in California were being asked to repay benefits that they had received in error, you might get the impression that our military is a highly efficient bureaucracy that rarely makes mistakes. Unfortunately, those of us that have experience navigating the military benefits system know that is far from true. Our military is excellent at many things, but accurate bookkeeping is not one of its strengths.

Why is everyone talking about military bonuses out in California?

It seems that there were a couple of things that went wrong out in California. First, veterans were given reenlistment bonuses that they were not actually eligible for.


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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Veteran’s Benefits Have Gone to the Dogs


Can a veteran qualify for a service dog?

In a world where veterans are often waiting for…or fighting for… various government- sponsored benefits, a “feel good” story about vets helping other vets takes the bite out of the daily depressing headlines.

The North Carolina-based organization, Canines for Service, provides service dogs to veterans who are disabled as a result of their military service. The dogs have all been rescued from shelters and, after being trained for 9-12 months to become service dogs, are placed free of charge with disabled vets from all over the country. Some of the veterans’ qualifying disabilities include mobility issues, documented post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and traumatic brain injuries. It’s common for the service dogs to assist their new owners for 8-10 years before retiring and being replaced.


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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Veterans Administration Inexplicably Cuts Benefits to Thousands in Need


In a dramatic and inexcusable case of administrative oversight, the Veterans Administration (VA) has allegedly suspended benefits for over 4,200 recipients in the past four years – all which were “presumed dead,” despite being very  much alive and well.

Late last year, a Florida lawmaker made an inquiry into the VA’s records, specifically seeking information on the number of terminations premised on “presumed demise.” The inquiry came after several of his constituents in the Tampa area complained about losing their benefits – and having to navigate a bureaucratic labyrinth to reinstate their rightful entitlements.

As a result of the inquiry, the VA revealed that over 1,000 terminations were occurring per year, all of which were erroneous. The highest number of errors occurred in 2015, 1,025 American veterans losing their monthly benefits after being wrongfully presumed dead.


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Sunday, May 1, 2016

Shocking New Report on VA Benefits Makes National News, But Part of the Story is Missing


The New York Times has finally caught on to something we have known here in the Carolinas for quite some time - veterans are being denied benefits by the VA at an all-time high rate. This is a serious issue that is impacting a lot of young men and women from both North and South Carolina who bravely answered the call of duty after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

A Common Story

The Times article tells the story of Joshua Bunn, who was a rifleman in Afghanistan, but like so many recent vets, is being denied benefits by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Bunn, who the Times reports was suffering from suicidal thoughts and nightmares, went AWOL and after he was caught, agreed to take an other-than-honorable discharge from the Marine Corps because he was told he would be better off taking an other-than-honorable discharge than waiting years for a medical discharge to go through.

Unfortunately, because his discharge was not honorable, the VA does not consider him a veteran, and is denying him benefits.


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