Benefit History

Chapter 35 – The Survivors and Dependents Assistance Program

The Chapter 35 provides up to 45 months of entitlement for eligible spouses and dependent children to go to school and learn a career. The program provides a means to get a post-secondary education either as a traditional student in a brick-and-mortar classroom setting, or through one of many online options. Typical types of courses …

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Class-Action Lawsuit Wins Benefits for Veterans with PTSD

It has been said before that veterans were denied proper diagnosis and/or appropriate disability awards for post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) acquired while serving in the current Iraq and Afghanistan wars.  Now it’s been proven by a court.  Seven veterans, working with the veterans advocacy group, National Veterans Legal Services Program, filed the class action …

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New Study Shows Link Between Purple Heart Awards and Longevity

  A brand new study (published online only yesterday, it’s not even out in physical print yet!) reveals some information that is likely highly interesting to veterans of all ages. First, a few statistics to help understand the implications of rest of the information: Most combat veterans who are awarded the Purple Heart do not …

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Get the Right Disability Rating

A veteran emailed me last night about a breathing problem he developed after deployment to the Middle East. We’ll call him Bob. The Department of Veterans Affairs has failed to recognize his condition, which is probably constrictive bronchiolitis or something similar, and gave him a low-ball rating. I encouraged Bob to get a civilian doctor’s …

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American Women Veterans Organization

We’d like to bring attention to an organization that we feel is especially noteworthy.  The American Women Veterans is a non-profit organization that started small, but has developed into a sophisticated team oriented toward “preserving and promoting the legacy of servicewomen, veterans, and their families.” Funded by donations and supporters, and staffed by volunteers, the …

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