Posts Tagged ‘veterans service organizations’

New Partnership with Veterans Service Organizations Aims to Reduce Backlog

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) are the latest asset to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as it continues to focus on elimination of the veterans’ disability claim backlog. The VA recently announced that it has developed a partnership with the Disabled American Veterans and The American Legion – two prominent national VSOs that have been providing services to disabled veterans for many years.

The main focus of this partnership is to promote the submission of Fully Developed Claims (FDCs) when disabled veterans apply for veterans disability benefits. A FDC is a claim that:

  • is submitted with all available supporting evidence;
  • includes any private medical records;
  • has notice of federal treatment records; and
  • is certified that there is no further evidence to submit.

Claims identified as “fully developed” are not added to the regular queue for processing; they are expedited for a quicker decision. The more FDCs that are submitted, the fewer veterans’ disability claims there will be added to the already backlogged queue of cases awaiting decisions.

Veterans Service Organizations often have local representatives helping veterans in the community determine if they are eligible to file a claim for disability benefits. By working closely with these organizations and improving the pre-development of new disability claims, the VA hopes that more fully developed claims will be submitted and it will be able to further decrease the backlog.

VSOs may provide assistance to veterans filing first-time claims for disability benefits, but their claims representatives often do not have the resources necessary to appeal a denied claim or unfavorable disability rating. A veterans disability attorney is the legal advocate for disabled veterans facing these situations.

The Law Offices of LaVan & Neidenberg, P.A. has a dedicated team of veterans’ disability attorneys to help develop and support your claim through the initial application all the way to appeals. Contact us today 1-888-234-5758.

Game developer company donates $1 million to help veterans

Monday, November 9th, 2009

The company behind the popular video gaming franchise “Guitar Hero” is stepping up to the plate to help veterans find jobs. Activision Blizzard is funding the Call of Duty Endowment (CODE) which will provide support to veterans service organizations that help veterans find jobs.

Unemployment for veterans, in particular, is especially high right now and has consistently been an issue for many who leave the military. It is estimated that 18% of veterans who were discharged in the last 1-3 years were unemployed. Of those that were able to find employment, a quarter were making less than $21,840.

Considering the special skills that most military personnel possess, as well as the on-the-job experience they have compared to most recent college graduates, this statistic is disturbing and alarming.

Activision Blizzard hopes their endowment will provide assistance to veterans who Blizzard’s CEO refers to as “super-capable people.”

Kudos to Activision Blizzard for recognizing a problem in the veterans community and supporting service organizations that are working to make a difference.

Spotlight on Veterans Organization – usatogether.org

Monday, October 12th, 2009

Technology and volunteerism combine to assist veterans through a website founded by a Silicon Valley philanthropist.

Dave Mahler, 63, founded usatogether.org when he recognized an opportunity to assist veterans via the web. Mahler’s team of volunteers maintains the site which connects veterans with donations to help them purchase necessities and other essentials. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, usatogether.org has matched more than 150 veterans with donors.

Recently Dave Mahler was invited to the Pentagon and recognized for his work with the 2009 Newman’s Own Award (Newman’s Own is a philanthropic organization founded by Actor, Paul Newman). A $15,000 grant was bestowed upon the organization and Mahler intends to use it to work with other veterans service organizations.

If you’re a veteran in need of assistance, contact usatogether.org for help.

Technology and volunteerism combine to assist veterans through a website founded by a Silicon Valley philanthropist.

Dave Mahler, 63, founded usatogether.org when he recognized an opportunity to assist veterans via the web. Mahler’s team of volunteers maintains the site which connects veterans with donations to help them purchase necessities and other essentials. According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, usatogether.org has matched more than 150 veterans with donors.

Recently Dave Mahler was invited to the Pentagon and recognized for his work with the 2009 Newman’s Own Award (Newman’s Own is a philanthropic organization founded by Actor, Paul Newman). A $15,000 grant was bestowed upon the organization and Mahler intends to use it to work with other veterans service organizations.

If you’re a veteran in need of assistance, contact usatogether.org for help.

VA to issue emergency GI Bill checks

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Following a public outcry in recent weeks over the delayed payment of GI Bill benefits, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs announced on Saturday that emergency benefit checks of up to $3000 will be issued starting Friday, October 2.

In a VA press release, Secretary Shinseki said, “Students should be focusing on their studies, not worrying about financial difficulties.”

To receive an emergency check, students must bring a photo ID and a course schedule to one of 57 VA regional benefit offices located across the country. VA representatives are also expected to travel to schools with a significant number of veteran-students to assist the students with processing their advance payment checks. Veteran Service Organizations are also expected to assist with transportation needs.

Contact a VA regional office (VARO) in your area for more information.