Fixing VA Disability Compensation: The Appeals Modernization Act

In 2017, Congress passed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017. The intent of the Appeals Modernization Act is to simplify and streamline the VA appeals process and resolve appeals faster. Currently, veterans pursuing appeals of VA Disability Compensation benefits decisions can wait up to about 5 years before they receive a final decision. So how will this new appeals process impact veterans thinking about or currently appealing their claims? Continue reading “Fixing VA Disability Compensation: The Appeals Modernization Act”

Veterans in Pain May Find Relief with New Court Decision

Just a few days ago the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided the watershed case of Saunders v. Wilkie that will impact thousands of veterans’ claims for VA Disability Compensation benefits. Continue reading “Veterans in Pain May Find Relief with New Court Decision”

Shake-Up at the VA – Helpful or Harmful?

Earlier this year we started to see news stories about the Inspector General’s investigation into then-VA Secretary David Shulkin’s improper use of government funds during a trip to Europe, and misleading the VA about the trip. At first, the Trump administration backed Secretary Shulkin, one of the few Obama administration hold-overs. However, this past Wednesday, President Trump dismissed Secretary Shulkin, and nominated the White House physician, Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, to replace him. Continue reading “Shake-Up at the VA – Helpful or Harmful?”