Can Government Contracting Work?

The next era of government contracting will never be the same, at least when it comes to the Department of Veterans Affairs. Their new...

Veteran-Owned Businesses March

Heading to New Orleans? This coming week, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Federal Interagency Council are hosting a special conference. The conference is...

Obama, Republicans Seek $23 Billion Disability Pay Cut

Republicans have attempted to cut veterans compensation and other disability benefits 3 times this year. First, Michelle Bachmann (MN) suggested disabled veterans had it too good....

4 Fibs VA Vocational Rehabilitation Tells Vets

Kick it into gear before your first Voc Rehab meeting. I love talking about Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment. Not because I have nothing...

Veterans Wonder, ‘Is Voc Rehab Better Than The GI Bill?’

A common question veterans have asked me whether they should use Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (Voc Rehab or VocRehab or Chapter 31...

Media Chides Against Anti-Veteran Acts

Shining the light in dark places, various local news outlets have caused discrimination and bias to be rolled back. Whether it's the VA Machine...

Stop Congress’s “Tax” On Interval Pay

To many veterans, January’s enactment of the Post 9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Improvements Act served as more of a educational benefits cut than an...

VA Appeal Denied After 30-Year Wait

Denied. That has to be the scariest word for many disabled veterans after filing a claim for disability benefits. Unfortunately, appealing that denial could...

Republicans Seek To Cut Veterans Benefits For The Disabled

  Remember Michele Bachmann's attempted $4 billion cut from disabled veterans compensation? Well, "they're ba-ack ..." Except this time, they are looking to cut away...

Ohio Attacks Veterans Preference

A newly pro­posed bill in Ohio (House Bill 153) changes the old model for Vet­er­ans Pref­er­ence when ex-military can­di­dates apply for state jobs. The...

More Wars, Less Veterans Benefits

Seems like a week can’t go by with­out hear­ing some new deficit reduc­tion plan with vet­er­ans’ ben­e­fits in the crosshairs of politi­cians. All the...

Nasty Collection Agency Tricks

With Fed shutdowns and benefits in limbo, many veterans will have run-ins with a collection agency or two. Don’t be embarrassed. In fact, fighting...

Veterans Unemployment Still High

For two years, Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans have experienced unemployment numbers much higher than the national average for nonveterans, ages 18-24. Currently, the...

New VA Disability Deadline Rules

Prior to a recent Supreme Court deci­sion, dis­abled vet­er­ans’ appeals were usu­ally not con­sid­ered after the 120-day fil­ing dead­line passed. In Hen­der­son v. Shinseki, decided...

Sample Disability Compensation Letter – Sinusitis, Sleep Apnea, Rhinitis

This quick disability claim letter to VA Comp & Pension from my own claim for sinusitis, sleep apnea and allergic rhinitis should help get...

S.3447 GI Bill Reform = GI Bill Cuts

I called my dad the other day when I heard the good news. “Dad, guess what? I just read how the government fixed the...

How To Get A Higher Disability Rating

Whether fighting for a higher disability rating or filing your disability claim with Dept. of Veterans Affairs, this article has insider tips that win. How...

Disabled Veterans Sample FOIA Letter

Here are two Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) letters. The first one I borrowed from a law firm for disabled veterans requesting copies of their...

How To Get Denied VA Voc Rehab

Go straight to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200. There are 3 main ways that qualified disabled veterans fail to get approval...

2011 VA Voc Rehab Stipend Rates

VR&E Training Programs Subsistence Allowance Rate Increase As of October 1, 2010 In some cases, a veteran requires additional education or training to become...