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Are You Eligible For Additional Payment for Asbestos Related Illnesses?

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Most US Veterans who worked around asbestos and have an asbestos related lung condition know to apply for VA disability compensation benefits. At Hill and Ponton, we are here to help Veterans fight for their VA benefits. Today, however, we are leaving our area of specialization to make sure Veterans who have been exposed to asbestos know about another benefit they can file for, the Asbestos Trust Funds. Veterans, and their family members, who have asbestos-related conditions, are eligible for a monetary compensation from one or more of several trust funds created to pay victims of asbestos exposure by companies who manufactured and used asbestos, including the US Military. The creation of the trust funds started with the Federal-Mogul Corporation.

VA Disability Benefits – Back to Basics

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We often blog about the intricate details of specific issues in VA law, so I wanted to take a moment to take us back to the basics of VA disability benefits. The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) provides a number of different types of benefits, including: pension benefits, vocational benefits, readjustment benefits, Section 1151 benefits (similar to medical malpractice benefits), dependency and indemnity benefits (DIC), and VA disability compensation benefits. This blog will focus on the basics of VA disability compensation benefits.

VA Home Loans

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Interest Rate Reduction Refinance Loan

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and VA are issuing their first, ‘Warning Order’, to service members and Veterans with VA home loans. If you have a VA home loan, then there is a good chance that you have already come into contact with unsolicited offers to refinance your mortgage that appear official and may sound too good to be true. Some lenders marketing VA mortgage refinances may use aggressive and potentially misleading advertising and sales tactics. Here is what you need to know about refinancing your VA home loan, please go to this link to learn more information.

Why Are Vietnam Vets, Families Still Waiting for VA Caregiver Benefits?

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"I just think it's very unfair, the inequity of it all. You give up so much," Donna Joyner said of the wall put up by Congress at the Department of Veterans Affairs that has separated one generation of family caregivers to disabled veterans from another.

Senate Measure Would Open Commissary, Exchange to Disabled Vets, More

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A new Senate proposal would expand military commissary and exchange access to veterans with military-connected disabilities, those who have been awarded Purple Hearts and veteran caregivers, among others. A similar proposal has already been passed by the House.

VA’s new ‘ChooseVA’ campaign highlights Veteran benefits and services, aims to attract and retain employees

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Emphasizing a multitude of benefits and services to its 9 million Veteran customers, as well as promoting the organization as a great place to work, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) kicked off its new “ChooseVA” marketing campaign July 5.

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