• Kendall Van Ameyde joined National Organization of Veterans' Advocates, Inc. .
     January 17, 2020
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    CAVC proposed Rule 22 and Rule 23. see more

    NOVA - On January 13, 2020, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims proposed Rule 22 (Filing a Request for Class Certification and Class Action) and Rule 23 (Action on a Request for Class Certification and Class Action). The Court also added a provision to Rule 15 (Intervention). You can review the order and proposed rules - Misc. No. 06-20 - HERE.

    Comments can be submitted to the Court as stated in the order on or before February 27, 2020.

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  • Tearza Current joined National Organization of Veterans' Advocates, Inc. .
     January 10, 2020
  • Victoria Tamayo joined National Organization of Veterans' Advocates, Inc. .

     January 08, 2020
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    Register now to receive the discounted early bird rate! see more

    NOVA - Registration is now open for our 2020 Spring Conference! The NOVA 2020 Spring Conference will be held on April 23-25 at the Loews Atlanta Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia! The NOVA Conference is intended for both new and experienced veterans law practitioners. The seminar will increase your knowledge, confidence, and expertise in representing veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). In addition, your time may be credited to your jurisdiction’s CLE requirements. We hope to see you in Atlanta!

    For more information and to register, please click HERE.

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    Republicans officially named Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran as the new chairman of Senate Vets Committee. see more

    Military Times - Senate Republicans on Tuesday officially named Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran as the new chairman of the Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee, putting him in line to be a pivotal figure in veterans policy in the months ahead.

    The move was anticipated for months, since former chairman Sen. Johnny Isakson, R-Ga., announced his retirement in late summer. Moran was considered the likely replacement, but no formal action was taken until after Isakson stepped down from his Senate seat at the end of December.

    In a statement, Moran said he is committed to “ensuring our veterans have the right resources at the right time to achieve success after service” in his new role leading the committee.

    For full article, click HERE.

     

  • Thomas (Tom) Herthel joined National Organization of Veterans' Advocates, Inc. .

     January 06, 2020
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    The VA is beginning to decide claims for the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Vets. see more

    The Southern Maryland Chronicle - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will begin deciding claims for the  Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 at 12:01 a.m., Philippine Standard Time, Jan. 1, 2020. The Philippines is the farthest east VA regional benefits office. The Act extends the presumption of herbicide exposure, which include toxins such as Agent Orange, to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War.

    Signed into law Jun. 25, the law specifically affects Blue Water Navy (BWN) Veterans who served no more than 12 nautical miles offshore of the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 6, 1962 and May 7, 1975, as well as Veterans who served in the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between Jan. 1, 1967 and Aug. 31, 1971. These Veterans can now apply for disability compensation and other benefits if they have since developed one of 14 conditions that are presumed to be related to exposure to herbicides. Veterans do not need to prove that they were exposed to herbicides. The specific conditions can be found by searching the term “Agent Orange” on www.va.gov.

    For full article, please click HERE.

  • Patrick Cates joined National Organization of Veterans' Advocates, Inc. .
     January 03, 2020
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     December 18, 2019
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     December 13, 2019
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    Vets exposed while cleaning up a 1966 nuclear disaster in Spain are eligible to sue for disability. see more

    Military Times - An appeals court on Friday ruled that elderly disabled veterans who were exposed to ionizing radiation while cleaning up a 1966 nuclear bomb disaster in Spain are eligible to sue for disability benefits for their related illnesses in a class action suit.

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims issued a 6-3 decision in the case Skaar v. Wilkie certifying the class of veterans, who have been denied disability benefits for illnesses they have suffered as a result of their service in Palomares, Spain. About 1,600 veterans deployed there after a B-52 Stratofortress bomber collided in mid-air with a refueling tanker and crashed. Four hydrogen bombs were released, and two exploded conventionally, littering the countryside with radioactive plutonium dust.

    Veteran Victor Skaar, a retired Air Force chief master sergeant who participated in the cleanup, filed the case against Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie.

     

    For full article, click HERE.

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