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Study on Malaria Drugs issued to US Troops - Results Expected In March

Mefloquine - also issued under the name Lariam - is an anti-malarial drug issued to thousands of U.S. troops who served overseas. The drug was issued to troops who were deploying to countries such as Afghanistan, Djibouti, and other countries throughout Africa. Sometimes they were prescribed in the Middle East, in places like Iraq.

Ryan Seanor Joins the Firm

I am pleased to introduce myself as the newest member of the Gardberg and Kemmerly Veterans' Disability team. My name is Ryan Seanor and for the past 3 years I have practiced in the broad field of personal injury. I am ecstatic to now have the opportunity to use the knowledge that I have gained to assist our country's greatest asset, our Veterans.

Parents as Dependents of Veterans

When a Veteran has a parent or parents who are dependent upon him or her for financial support, that Veteran may be entitled to be paid additional benefits. The Veteran must meet the basic requirements to claim benefits for a dependent. Those requirements are that a Veteran must be entitled to disability compensation and receive a rating of at least 30%.

Department of Defense to Begin Recording Troop's Blast Exposure

The U.S. military will now begin to record blast exposures experienced by troops during their period of active duty military service. The recently passed National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) requires the Department of Defense to track blast exposure, duration, and if possible, blast pressure readings. The new record is intended to aid Veterans after service to receive the appropriate medical care, as well as being assessed accurately for VA disability benefits.

VA Math and How to Qualify for Individual Unemployability

VA offers two ways for Veterans to be paid at the 100% disability rate - either get there through the schedule for rating disabilities or qualify for total disability based on individual unemployability (TDIU) - i.e. be unable to work because of service-connected disabilities.

SNAP -that was easy!

One of the biggest struggles for those filing for disability and without income is how do I feed myself and my family and how do I pay my bills. There is help for food services if you meet the income requirements. The food stamp program is now called SNAP which stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. SNAP's purpose is to help with nutrition by providing monthly benefits to eligible low income households with the means to buy the food they need for good health.

Lawsuit Filed Against VA Secretary Over Blue Water Benefits Delays

On January 29, 2019, a 9-2 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit overturned past court opinions and stated that the Department of Veterans Affairs cannot deny disability benefits to Vietnam veterans who claim exposure to cancer-causing chemical defoliants merely because those veterans served in the waters off the coastline of Vietnam and not inland. This is a major victory for "blue water" Navy veterans who have fought for years over these denials.

Employment Questionnaire for Recipients of Individual Unemployability

In 2019, the Veterans Administration started a new process for determining continuing eligibility for total disability based on individual unemployability ("IU").  Under the old system, VA would send you a VA Form 21-4140, Employment Questionnaire, yearly.  If a response was not received within 30 days, VA would propose to discontinue IU. 

Is Your VA Rating for Hypertension Based on Successful Control with Hypertension Medication?

Hypertension is described as high arterial blood pressure.  It is present if the diastolic blood pressure (the bottom number) is 90 or more and systolic pressure (top number) is 140 or more, or if both are present.  It has to be confirmed by readings taken two of more times on at least three different days. 

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