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Aid and Attendance Benefit: A Useful Benefit to Veterans in Nursing Homes

Veterans, their spouses and their parents who are admitted to long term care facilities may be eligible for a long-standing program called the Aid and Attendance Pension benefit (the “Aid and Attendance Benefit”). The Aid and...more

Department of Veterans Affairs Issues Final Rule on In-Person, On-Site Promotion of Drugs and Drug-Related Supplies

On March 5, 2012, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) released a Final Rule governing “on-site, in-person promotional activities, including educational activities” by pharmaceutical company representatives at VA medical...more

Employment, Labor and Benefits Advisory: DOL to Issue New Proposed FMLA Regulations by November

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently reported that it will issue new proposed regulations under the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) by this November. The proposed regulations will provide guidance on two new...more

VA Opens New Brain Injury Center, Streamlines PTSD Claims Process

After long-term criticism of how it treats soldiers suffering from traumatic brain injuries and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the Veterans Administration has made some important progress. In his June 10 radio...more

Important Help for Vets With PTSD

The Obama administration has announced an important change for veterans who are trying to get disability benefits as a result of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Details are available at the White House Web site. Please see...more

Veterans Affairs Wants To Be Advocate, Not Enemy

The Veterans Affairs Department’s disability claims process can be a nightmare to negotiate, and in my opinion is a real insult to the men and women who have been injured in serving our country. There may be some hope for...more

RETURNING VETS - OUTRAGEOUS DELAYS IN VA CARE AND BENEFIT APPEALS.

CASE PENDING IN US. 9TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS STRUGGLES WITH ISSUE OF WHETHER VA IS TO BIG TO TACKLE FOR OUTRAGEOUS DELAYS IN MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES FOR GIs AND IN UNREASONABLE DELAYS IN BENEFIT AND DISABILITY APPEALS....more

Recent FMLA Amendments Regarding Military Leave

On October 28, 2009, President Obama signed into law a Defense Department Fiscal Year 2010 authorization bill that includes an expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act provisions related to “qualifying exigency leave”...more

Long Term Care for Senior Veterans

This guest post is courtesy of the National Care Planning Council. In the year 1919 President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed November 11 as Armistice Day to honor those Veterans who served during World War I. On November 11,...more

FMLA Amended Again By The National Defense Authorization Act for 2010

On October 28, 2009, President Obama signed into law the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010, Public Law 111-84 ("NDAA for 2010"). Primarily a defense appropriations law, the NDAA contains several...more

Wounded Troops Face Too Much Bureaucracy

In a speech this week Defense Secretary Robert Gates gave his opinion that troops injured in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan continue to face too many bureaucratic hurdles. This is true of course, but applies equally to all...more

Employment Alert: Department of Labor Publishes New Rules on FMLA Leave

On November 17, 2008, the Department of Labor published a Final Rule (the “Rule”) on family and medical leave. The Rule is primarily in response to the National Defense Authorization Act, which amended the Family and Medical...more

DOL Proposes Revisions to the FMLA Regulations

On February 11, 2008, the U.S. Department of Labor (“DOL”) published proposed revisions to the Family Medical Leave Act (“FMLA”) regulations. This is the first time changes have been proposed to the regulations since the...more

New Law Amends FMLA Regarding Military Service

On January 28, 2008, President Bush signed into law The National Defense Authorization Act (“NDAA”) for 2008. This new law amends the Family and Medical Leave Act to permit a “spouse, son, daughter, parent, or next of kin” to...more

Breaking News: New Law More Than Doubles Leave Available Under FMLA For Employees Caring For Family Members Injured While On...

After a previous veto, on January 28, 2008, President Bush signed into law the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act (?NDAA?), which includes two major amendments to the Family and Medical Leave Act of 1993 (?FMLA?) as it...more

Legal Alert: President Vetoes Bill Containing FMLA Revisions

In a surprise move Monday, President Bush pocket vetoed the military spending bill that included revisions to the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA), discussed in our December 26 Legal Alert. While vacationing in Crawford...more

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