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10 Ways to Honor Veterans

Tuesday, November 12th, 2013

You don’t have to wait until next year’s Veterans Day to honor the brave men and women who fought for our freedom in American wars. Here are 10 ideas to inspire you to go out and thank the veterans who have kept our country safe over the years!

1. Visit your local VA hospital or clinic. Many veterans are in the hospital for lengthy treatment and may appreciate a new face and someone to chat with.

2. Help veterans connect with their lost servicemembers. Veterans who have lost a fellow servicemember may appreciate help visiting their gravesite and cleaning up their memorial with a fresh flag.

3. Volunteer at a VA center. VA centers offer many resources to veterans including social events, help with disability claims, and other services – they can always use an extra pair of hands!

4. Give military discounts at your business. If you’re a business owner, consider offering special discounts or services to military veterans and their families.

5. Patronize veteran-owned businesses. Veterans can get special grants to start their own businesses and there may be several that have set up shop right in your backyard!

6. Buy products that support veterans organizations. There are several products on store shelves that display the Wounded Warrior Project logo. Look for the logo on packs of goods such as Brawny Paper Towels, Heinz Ketchup, and even on the stores themselves like Food Lion.

7. Help organize military holiday events. Veterans Day, Memorial Day, and all the branch-specific holidays are a great time to get involved with your local community of veterans.

8. Pay for a veteran’s meal. While dining out you may spot a veteran wearing identifying clothing such as hats and shirts indicating military service. If you’re paying a tab at your local coffee house or diner, offer to pick up their meal as well.

9. Give up your seat for a veteran. Whether you’re on public transportation or got a good seat at the game, it’s a nice gesture to offer your seat to a vet in thanks for their service.

10. Hire more veterans. Businesses may receive incentives to hire veterans. The skills acquired in military service may easily translate to private industries. What’s more, veterans are often disciplined and dedicated employees!

It doesn’t have to be Veterans Day or any other patriotic holiday to show your support to our veterans. Any gesture, no matter how small, serves as an example of how we should treat our military members every day for the selfless duties they performed or currently perform.

At the Law Offices of LaVan & Neidenberg, P.A. we provide support and assistance to those struggling to obtain their rightful disability benefits. If you are a disabled veteran or care for a veteran in need, contact us today 1-888-234-5758.

Sam’s Club Helping Veterans During Government Shutdown

Monday, October 7th, 2013

The second week of the U.S. government shutdown has begun and with no end in sight, some private U.S. companies have spoken up in support of veterans.

Military commissaries across the nation are currently closed during the shutdown, leaving many military families unable to utilize the tax-free and discounted shopping venues they’ve come to depend on. In response to this inconvenience, Wal-Mart spin-off Sam’s Club stores are offering military families the opportunity to shop at their stores without paying for a membership or incurring the 10 percent non-member charge.

Sam’s Club already offers military members special perks, such as a $15 gift card upon joining or membership renewal.

Shutdown’s Effects on Veterans Affairs (VA)

The government shutdown has had a minor impact on Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) operations overall, but there are still some important parts of their services compromised due to the shutdown. Most notable is the suspension of appeals hearings by the Board of Appeals which will cause thousands of veterans who have been waiting on disability appeals hearings to wait longer until the shutdown ends.

As the shutdown continues, more services and events may be suspended or canceled as the allocated funding runs out for various departments and programs. Veterans should keep in contact with their local VA offices for the latest news on how the shutdown is likely to impact services they utilize. Currently, disability payments and claim processing are still secured through late October, but once funding of these programs are exhausted they may be suspended.

The Law Offices of LaVan & Neidenberg, P.A. continues to track the impact the government shutdown is having on our clients. We encourage all disabled veterans to continue pursuing their claims, even in the event that benefits and claims processing are suspended, we can still help lay the foundation for starting a claim once government operations resume. Contact our firm today 1-888-234-5758.

VA Launches New Phase of Innovation Initiative to Benefit Veterans

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently launched a new phase of its VA Innovation Initiative (VAi2). The new program, the VA Center for Innovation (VACI), will continue to build upon the success of VAi2 by reaffirming the VA’s commitment to innovators in the veterans’ services field.

The program integrates companies and organizations from government and private sectors to develop new technologies, procedures, and solutions focused on improving benefits to veterans.

VAi2, which has been in operation since 2010, built a 120-project portfolio containing initiatives for improving the accessibility and quality of services and care available to veterans. The VA Center for Innovation seeks to continue building this portfolio, starting with 13 new awards to partners across the U.S.

The VACI’s recent awards focus on the Blue Button medical record program, teleaudiology, prosthetic socket redesign for amputees, and automation of the sterilization process for reusable medical instruments. Research in these areas is of specific interest to disabled veterans who may suffer from hearing disabilities or lost limbs.

As more innovations in medical care and electronic record keeping are made, disabled veterans are entitled to benefit from these improvements. By applying for veterans’ disability benefits, a claimant may secure monetary benefits for disabling conditions, and veterans may benefit from enhanced care and opportunities to participate in medical trials through VA hospitals and clinics.

The Law Offices of LaVan & Neidenberg, P.A. can help you develop a claim for veterans’ disability benefits. If you have questions about veterans’ disability benefits, request a FREE copy of our eBook, Don’t Panic: Win Your VA Disability Claim. When you’re ready, contact us today at 888-234-5758 to discuss your case with one of our claims representatives.

Uniform Store Caters to Wounded and Disabled Veterans

Thursday, February 7th, 2013

Wounded warriors and disabled veterans stationed over in Germany will find it easier to obtain military uniforms thanks to a new addition to the military clothing store in Kaiserslautern.

The new attachment to the existing military uniform store on Kleber Kaserne is outfitted with several amenities for disabilities. The store features wider aisles, wheelchair ramps, automatic doors, and two dressing rooms that are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Services for Wounded and Disabled Veterans

With the wide range of combat injuries and service-connected diseases that may impair a soldier, there is no one-size-fits-all solution for providing the best care and benefits for our troops. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Department of Defense (DoD) work diligently to help provide the best services for wounded warriors.

Some servicemembers who become injured may leave behind most of their possessions when sent to a medical facility for treatment. The disability-friendly uniform store in Germany is one small step to providing new services to help make life easier for disabled veterans.

Services Helping Inspire Disabled Veterans

Iraq veteran Staff Sgt. Josh Forbess survived a combat injury in 2003 that sent him back to the U.S. for treatment at the Army’s burn center in San Antonio, according to Stars and Stripes. After recovery, he was given his uniform voucher and picked up his gear just like any other soldier.

When he heard about a uniform store that catered specifically to disabled veterans and wounded troops, he was highly supportive of the idea. “I know if this would have been around when I was injured, it might have given me a little different inspirational boost or mind-set.”

Inspiring and boosting the morale of wounded troops is an important part of recovery. Mental health is just as important as physical health when it comes to the care and support of our soldiers, both past and present.

Government Services for Disabled Veterans and Wounded Soldiers

In many cases, wounded soldiers may best cope with their injuries by utilizing the services offered by the VA and DoD for disabled veterans. The VA offers benefits to disabled veterans who have a disability rating and can prove that their disabling conditions are connected to their military service.

Another service that disabled veterans may want to consider is joining support groups to connect with other veterans coping with similar conditions. Finding others that are going through the same situations that you are may help you better settle into life after a serious combat injury.

Recovering from war injuries or developing a new life as a disabled veteran can often be easier with the financial support veterans’ disability benefits can provide. Applying for veterans’ disability benefits is a lengthy process that can take months or even years to complete.

The Law Offices of LaVan & Neidenberg, P.A. can help with the VA disability application or appeals process. Contact our veteran’s disability rights firm 1-888-234-5758.

VA Secretary Reinforces Department Goals on Veterans Day 2012

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012

In the Veterans Day 2012 message from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Secretary Eric K. Shinseki reminded the country of his department’s commitment to continued improvement of veterans services.

The November 9 press release commended the millions of veterans who have served our country and reminded them that our nation is committed to supporting them in several capacities. He focused on the more than 1.5 million veterans who have served in the Iraq, Afghanistan, and Horn of Africa combat theaters in the past 11 years and reminded them of the veterans services to which they are entitled through the Department of Veterans Affairs as they return home.

In his Veterans Day 2012 message, Secretary Shinseki highlighted the innovations the Department of Veterans Affairs has made in the past years to bring in 21st century technology to help assist disabled veterans with combat-related injuries. He summarized the VA’s continued goals:

  • increase access to benefits and services available through the VA;
  • eliminate the veterans disability compensation claims backlog by 2015; and
  • end homelessness among veterans by 2015.

Secretary Shinseki attributed the achievements made by the Department of Veterans Affairs to the dedication of the VA staff. The employees who serve in the regional and branch offices, as well as the administration at the main VA centers, are among those who help provide veterans services to all veterans and their families.

Veterans disability attorneys are also here to support veterans struggling with disabling conditions related to their military service. Millions of disabled veterans may be eligible to file for veterans disability benefits, a process that may be made easier when working with an attorney.

If you are a disabled veteran whose application for disability compensation has been denied or you have not yet applied for veterans disability benefits, a disability attorney from South Florida-based LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To discuss eligibility for certain programs and benefits through the VA, contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today 1-888-234-5758.

VA Releases Draft of Plan to Increase Services to Female Veterans

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

The increase in female soldiers over the years has led to more female veterans whose needs differ from their male counterparts. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has already responded to this situation in many ways, and is now seeking feedback on a full strategic report on their upcoming efforts.

Recent needs have focused on more services for women at VA hospitals, consideration for housing needs of female veterans with children, and more attention paid to military sexual harassment and assault.

The draft of the report will be open for comments until June 13 via public comment board. Once the public comment period is over, VA officials will review the public opinion and revise their draft as needed before officially proposing the plan.

In 2011, nearly 1.8 million of the 22.2 million veterans in the U.S. were female, and this number is expected to increase to 2 million by 2020. This is in contrast to the slowly declining number of male veterans, which was estimated at 20.2 million in 2010 and is expected to shrink to 16.7 million by 2020.

As more female veterans become eligible for VA services, they may qualify for veterans’ disability benefits if they suffered a combat-related injury or service-connected condition. In some cases, disabling conditions that impair women differently from men can cause additional concerns in a veterans’ disability application, which is where a veterans’ disability attorney can help.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today  1-888-234-5758.

Veterans Communication with VA Improved with Facebook Initiative

Monday, January 9th, 2012

In their continuing efforts to increase communication with U.S. veterans and their families, The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched 152 new Facebook pages.

In December of 2011, a new Facebook page was established for every VA medical center. This initiative is designed to help give veterans a better way to communicate concerns and obtain information about the programs, services, and benefits available to them through the VA systems.

While individual medical questions are not allowed to be discussed via social media, the medical centers can monitor feedback from the Facebook pages and connect interested veterans to their center’s services and medical care. The VA also plans on expanding these offerings to Twitter for all centers.

The move to social media began in 2008 with the first Facebook page for the Veterans Health Administration. Their social media campaign has expanded to Twitter, Flickr, YouTube, and the Vantage Point blog. The VA hopes to follow in the same path for each VA medical center.

Currently, the VA’s combined Facebook pages have a total of over 345,000 subscribers and the medical centers are already making up nearly 20% of that total.

These new pages may be sources of great information to disabled veterans looking for treatment or help with obtaining a disability rating for benefits.

If you are a disabled veteran who has been denied disability compensation or have not yet applied for benefits from the VA, a South Florida disability attorney from LaVan & Neidenberg is ready to help. To learn if you are entitled to certain programs and benefits contact our veteran’s disability rights firm today 1-888-234-5758.