Is VA Choosing Corrupt Contractor Over Veterans?

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) recent response to allegations of its back door dealings to avoid hiring veterans was nothing short of embarrassing....

Dispatch from Washington DC

“I have been following your blog for some time,” said Rory Riley, staff attorney for the Committee. I received a call before Christmas from...

Senator Burr Takes Stand Against United States Marine Corps

Senator Richard Burr's office, in connection with a bipartisan group of Senators and Congressmen, have openly questioned a recent move by the United States Marine...

Santorum Put the Screws to Elderly Veterans

Anyone watching Thursday’s Republican debate in South Carolina could not help be notice the quick “rah rah” from the politicians about veterans. Every candidate...

VA Voc Rehab Buys Disabled Veterans iPads and More

Ever wonder why your buddy was approved for a Mac while you got a PC? Or why you were denied an iPad? Well, this...

Congress Looks to Change Disability Compensation System

With some estimates approaching $1 trillion to care for veterans of the current wars, and changes within the labor market, Congress has turned its sights to changing...

Rehabilitation Program Blocks Many Entrepreneurial Veterans

Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation is the best and most comprehensive benefits programs for disabled veterans from the Dept. of Veterans Affairs. Yet, Voc Rehab...

Merry Christmas: Veterans Court Nominations Postponed Indefinitely

Tuesday’s Senate hearing for Veterans Court judicial nominees was postponed indefinitely. In a “politics as usual” move, Senate Republican Richard Burr requested that the...

Super Committee Failure Leaves Veterans Cuts on the Table

By now the news of the Congressional Super Committee's failure has probably reached you in some way.  The question remains, "What does this mean...

Don’t Mess with Texas or Our Veterans

In our “Hold Them Accountable” survey, veterans in Texas participated in greater numbers than all of the other states.  Out of sheer curiosity, we decided...

Is Super Committee Eying Veterans Benefits?

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eq6l9qeIJXI] Former head of Illinois Veterans Affairs, Lt. Col. Tammy Duckworth, finally voiced her concern about the budget being balanced on the backs of...

Veterans Unite, Candidates’ Feet Finally Held to the Fire

This past month, hundreds of veterans united to tell candidates and incumbents what to expect moving forward. From now on, veterans will not be...

The Decision Review Officer and You: Be Afraid, Be Very Afraid

(Also known as my “that's f-ed up” blog post.) Last week I had a hellish Decision Review Officer hearing. This hearing told me what the...

Mad As Hell at Washington, DC?

As a disabled veteran and advocate, I’ve wrestled with those in Washington and the rules they make for nearly a decade. How in the...

What the Lindsay Lohan Effect Can Teach You About Disability Claims

Here’s one to Lindsay Lohan and the “not surprised theory.” The best advice I ever received I get just prior to enlisting, “Document everything.” This...

Gulf War Illness Linked to Location, DEET

USA Today released a report covering a pending publication on Gulf War Illness. Anti-nerve agent pills and SCUD missiles, along with pesticides, have been...

Smoke, Munitions Risks to Your Health

The National Organization for Veterans Advocates (NOVA) recently posted a report from the Army Corp of Engineers. The report is about the toxicity levels...

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....