Veterans

Supreme Court rules for veterans with disabilities in contract dispute

Wednesday, July 6, 2016The Department of Veterans Affairs failed to follow a federal law, aimed at boosting business prospects for veterans with disabilities, when it issued a contract back in 2012, the Supreme Court ruled June 16 [PDF]. “The court’s ruling means…

Obama Administration proposes new firearm restrictions for Social Security disability beneficiaries

Monday, May 16, 2016The Obama Administration released a draft proposal on April 28 of a controversial new initiative to expand the Social Security Administration’s obligations for reporting people with disabilities to the federal firearm database. The Gun Control Act of 1968 bars people…

Bill seeks to expand Second Amendment due process protections for Social Security disability recipients, veterans

Wednesday, April 27, 2016Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) introduced new legislation April 14 to block a controversial Obama Administration proposal to impose new firearm restrictions on recipients of Social Security Disability Insurance and Supplemental Security Income, as well as create new procedural safeguards aiming…

Disability rights groups oppose proposed House budget

Wednesday, March 30, 2016The nation’s largest consortium of disability rights groups slammed the House of Representative’s proposed fiscal year 2016 budget [PDF] on March 15, over concerns about the impact of its proposed cuts to the federal safety net for people with disabilities.…

Disability rights groups push support for veteran homebuyers accessibility bill

Thursday, January 7, 2016A group of disability advocates have come out in support of the Veterans Homebuyer Accessibility Act, a recently introduced bill that aims to make it easier for veterans with disabilities to live in accessible homes. “Accessible housing is often…

The history and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder, PTSD

Wednesday, October 21, 2015There’s the crash. There’s the boom. There’s the shot. There’s the pain. There’s the voice of the doctor saying to wake up. Eyes open, but there is nothing. All of a sudden, the heart begins beating faster and faster and…

Congress passes measure expanding sick leave for veterans with disabilities

Thursday, October 8, 2015Veterans with disabilities hired by the federal government will gain immediate access to sick leave benefits, under a bill awaiting President Obama’s signature. Generally, federal employees do not have sick leave benefits until they begin accumulating time on the job. …

VA modifies service animal rules

Saturday, September 12, 2015The Department of Veterans Affairs has released final rules updating its regulations for service animals on VA property. The announcement, made August 17, brings the VA in line with the Department of Justice’s 2011 Americans with Disabilities Act regulations for…

VA backlog falls below 100,000 for disability benefits

Saturday, September 5, 2015The number of veterans with “backlogged” claims for veterans disability benefits has fallen 84 percent in just over 2 years. In March 2013, more than 600,000 claims were considered backlogged, meaning that claimants had been waiting more than 125 days…

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