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Former Forest Ranger Ordered to Pay Judgement to Disabled Vet

By Debbie Gregory. U.S. District Judge Judith C. Herrera has ordered a former U.S. Forest Service ranger to pay nearly $600,000 to a disabled Army veteran and another camper for violating their civil rights by using excessive force during their 2014 arrests at the Juan Tomas campground in the mountains east of Albuquerque. Former U.S. […]

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Class Action Lawsuit Filed Against the Navy for Unfair Discharges

By Debbie Gregory. A marine veteran has filed a federal class-action lawsuit against the Navy, alleging that post-traumatic stress disorder and other traumatic mental health issues were the reason he and veterans like him received less than honorable discharges. Due to these “bad paper” discharges, the veterans have been denied VA benefits and other support. […]

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More Veterans Need to Opt-in to VA’s Test Plan To Fix Appeals

By Debbie Gregory. Any time a veteran files a claim for disability that the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) rejects, they have the right to appeal. But the average wait before a final decision is six years — and one service member has even waited 25 years. As a result, the number of pending appeals has increased […]

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Due to Federal Law, VA Won’t Research Effects of Marijuana on PTSD and Chronic Pain

By Debbie Gregory. Due to federal restrictions, the Department of Veterans Affairs will not conduct research on the effectiveness of medical cannabis on post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain. Although doing so would not be illegal, there would be a lot of red tape to cut through. The announcement is a huge setback for those […]

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New VA Online Wizard Aims to Upgrade Your Discharge

By Debbie Gregory. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has launched a new online wizard that will assist veterans who are seeking to upgrade their military discharges. By going to the VA’s Vets.gov benefits website, participants go through a series of questions that guides them, step by step, through the upgrade process based on their […]

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