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  • VA Proposes Actions Against Three Board Attorneys & Two Judges

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 4-Mar-2016

    In a press release from March 1, 2016, the Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) has announced that it has proposed disciplinary action against three attorneys on the Board of Veterans’ Appeals, and has also filed a complaint against two Veterans Law judges. According a complaint made by Sloan D. Gibson, Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the individuals have allegedly been involved in ...
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  • How to Deal with a Denied Veterans Benefits Application

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 27-Jan-2016

    Unfortunately, it can be difficult for veterans to obtain disability benefits. In fact, when a veteran applies for disability benefits, there is a great chance they will be denied access to such compensation. The process is demanding and requires the completion of various processes. However, if you are denied veterans disability compensation, you can request a Decision Review Officer hearing. How ...
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  • Are Wounded Veterans Fed Up with Current Marijuana Laws?

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 21-Dec-2015

    In November, the United States Senate passed laws that allow the Veterans Administration to recommend medicinal marijuana to veterans if they are in need and reside in states where it is legal. These new provisions do not alter current laws that prevent individuals from possessing or dispensing marijuana while on the property of the Veterans Administration. Instead, veterans can only discuss the ...
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  • Veterans Still Waiting Months for Care at VA Facilities

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 30-Nov-2015

    Despite numerous reforms and billions of dollars aimed at improving access to care for veterans, wait times for appointments at VA hospitals are still out of control. Many veterans in desperate need of care are still having to wait months or more to receive care. Some are dying before they even have a chance to see a doctor. The Phoenix, Arizona VA facility is one of the worst offenders, ...
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  • Veterans Disability Benefits: Do You Qualify for Individual Unemployability?

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 18-Nov-2015

    The Department of Veterans Affairs Individual Unemployability program is designed to help veterans who are not able to maintain gainful employment due to a service connected disability. Specificially, it allows eligible veterans to receive certain veterans disability compensation at the 100% rate, even if their service connected disabilities are rated at less than 100%. You may be eligible for ...
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  • Shook & Stone Salutes Our Veterans

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 11-Nov-2015

    On this Veteran’s Day, we at Shook & Stone would like to take a moment to honor the faithful and brave service our country’s men and women have rendered to protect our freedom. Their sacrifices have made our lives safer and better in so many ways. Our sincere appreciation for our country’s veterans has led us to include veteran’s disability affairs among our areas of ...
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  • Veterans Frustrated by VA Claims Backlog

    Posted By Shook & Stone, Chtd. || 11-Sep-2015

    Although the VA has recently claimed to have caught up with a massive backlog of disability claims, taking the wait time down from 357 days in 2013 down to 95 days this past August, many frustrated veterans are still having trouble obtaining any kind of determination. In the case of one Northern Nevada man, a 30-year career Air Force veteran from North Las Vegas, his claim for spinal, shoulder, ...
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  • Are Camp Lejeune Veterans Being Denied Disability?

    Posted By Nevada Personal Injury Attorney || 3-Aug-2015

    On July 7, 2015, Private First Class Donald Burpee died of kidney cancer at 59 years old. During his 8-year cancer battle, the Veterans Affairs (VA) denied Burpee disability despite the probability that Burpee’s cancer was caused by living conditions he experienced while in the Marine Corps. Sadly, Burpee died not knowing whether his widowed wife, his children, or his grandchildren would ...
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  • Popular Post-Traumatic Stress Therapy May Be Making Patients Worse

    Posted By Shook & Stone, Chtd. || 21-Jul-2015

    In 2006, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs began treating veterans with what is now considered to be the “gold standard” treatment for PTSD. Prolonged exposure therapy, so named for the way that patients are repeatedly made to recount their traumatic experiences until it no longer bothers them, has one of the highest drop-out rates of any PTSD treatment at over 50% because it may ...
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  • Sexual Assault in the Military & VA Disability Claims

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 15-Jul-2015

    The past several years there has rightly been an intense focus on the issue of sexual assaults within the military. A Pentagon study released in 2014 found a 50% increase in reports of military sexual assault. These crimes are heinous and negatively impact the morale of our women and men in uniform by degrading unit trust and cohesion. The emotional impact from a sexual assault can last a ...
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  • Social Security Military Credits

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 15-Jun-2015

    The Social Security Administration has amended some of their regulations as they pertain to military service. Their new bulletin, which can be viewed at the Social Security Administration website, will help explain how your military service can apply to your Social Security retirement or disability. Active duty service between 1957 and 2001 has been amended to allow for extra earning to be ...
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  • Clear and Unmistakable Error & VA Disability Claims

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 5-Jun-2015

    According to a story released by CBS/AP, the Veterans Affairs claims office in Oakland, CA has lost more than 14,000 claims, potentially opening the VA to thousands of Clear and Unmistakable Error (CUE) appeals. Clear and unmistakable error appeals are generally rare cases, where a claimant is denied in the claims process for reasons that were completely beyond their control. In these types of ...
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  • VA Disability: Decision Review Officer Hearings

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 27-May-2015

    If you receive a rating decision from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) you do not agree with, you will have a few opportunities to appeal this decision. One such opportunity is requesting a decision review officer hearing, or DRO hearing. A decision review officer hearing is not a required part of the appeals process and can be skipped altogether. However, one of the benefits to a DRO ...
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  • Veterans Advocates Name Mental Health as Leading Priority

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 11-May-2015

    In recent years, advocates and federal officials throughout the country have been devoting increased attention and resources to helping vets with mental health issues. Despite these efforts, many believe that there is still a significant amount of work to be done in providing accessible and effective mental health services to veterans. A newly nominated physician executive is also looking to make ...
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  • VA Attorneys & You

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 4-May-2015

    Joining the military the mantra hurry up and wait is drilled into your head. This prepares you for the long waiting times and bursts of activity that will suddenly follow all of that waiting. Unfortunately, that same hurry up and wait mentality follows over to the VA. This can be a disaster when you are waiting for earned care and benefits that are needed to continue to live a normal life. When ...
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  • How You Can Prepare for Your BVA Hearing

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 22-Apr-2015

    When you are preparing to go to the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) to have your hearing the most important thing is that you go in prepared. After you receive your notice from the Department of Veterans Affairs of your hearing date, you should request your entire claim file (C-File). This C-File is one of the main things the BVA will use to determine the outcome of your appeal. When you receive ...
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  • Panel Proposes Overhauling Military Retirement & Tricare

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 13-Apr-2015

    A panel put together to review the military’s compensation and retirement systems has come forward with their list of 15 proposals, with most of these proposals focusing on retirement and healthcare options. The suggested cut would look to control the costs of personnel spending by $12 billion dollars annually. One of the major proposals would be doing away with Tricare and replacing it with ...
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  • VA Changes Simple Process & Makes it More Complicated - Go Figure

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 30-Mar-2015

    For years veterans who disagreed with their VA disability claim decision were able to let the Department of Veterans Affairs know in a very straight forward way. They picked up a pen, some paper, and could write almost anything to the effect of “I disagree with your decision”. And that simple process was how to file a Notice of Disagreement. Unfortunately, the VA decided that process ...
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  • Statement of Case & VA Disability Claim Appeals

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 16-Mar-2015

    When appealing a rating decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), it is important that you get the Statement of Case. If you have never appealed a VA rating decision before, chances are that you do not know what a Statement of Case is and why it is so important. The Statement of Case is a required document that the VA must send out when a veteran appeals their case. Its purpose is to ...
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  • Veterans Disabilities: Gulf War Syndrome

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 9-Mar-2015

    Following the Persian Gulf War many soldiers returned home experiencing the onset of a myriad of unexplained conditions. 645,550 troops were deployed to the Persian Gulf during the war and according to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), nearly 1 in 5 display symptoms recognized as presumptive illnesses related to Gulf War Syndrome. Some of these illnesses include: Chronic Fatigue Syndrome ...
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  • Shook & Stone Launches Veterans Disability Practice

    Posted By Shook & Stone || 17-Feb-2015

    Shook & Stone is pleased to announce that our firm has launched its new veterans disability practice! Our new VA practice is designed to help disabled veterans in Las Vegas and across Nevada secure the benefits they deserve. Because the veterans disability claim process can be so complex and because veterans and their families often depend on securing full and fair compensation, our legal team ...
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