Entries for February, 2018

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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Vet Suing VA for Therapist’s Sexual Advances

By Debbie Gregory. Ami Diane Phillips, a Department of Veterans Affairs therapist, is at the center of a $500,000 lawsuit against the VA. Luke Kirk, a veteran who was being treated by Phillips, alleges that he suffered emotional distress due to sexual advances, and that Phillips punished him when he refused to marry her. In […]

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American Airlines Settles Lawsuit with Army Veteran Over Service Dog

By Debbie Gregory. Decorated Army veteran Lisa McCombs, who suffers from PTSD, says flying the friendly skies with her service dog, Jake, has always been easy. McCombs relies on Jake to calm her anxiety and panic before it overwhelms her. But that changed in 2015 when she and Jake, a Labrador retriever, were barred from […]

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Army Develops VR Game to Prep Teachers for School Shootings

By Debbie Gregory. With mass shootings sadly becoming a regular occurrence, the U.S. Army and Homeland Security are working to create a virtual reality experience they hope will help train teachers  how to react in the event of a school shooting. It’s a grim project, but one that the creators hope will help teachers stay […]

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Army Veteran Shot By Police at Clinic Seeking Help for Mental Problems Faces Charges

By Debbie Gregory. An Army veteran is recovering from a serious, but not life-threatening gunshot wound to the upper chest after he brandished a knife and was shot by police at the Department of Veterans Affairs’ clinics in White City, Oregon. Gilbert “Matt” Negrete had sought help for paranoid delusions. He has been charged with […]

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