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Camp Lejeune Veterans May Now Qualify for Disability Benefits

by Staff Blogger | August 18th, 2015

For more than 30 years, the water at a United States Marine Corps base in North Carolina was contaminated with toxic chemicals. Exposure to these chemicals resulted in many soldiers and veterans developing serious health conditions.

The Birmingham veterans’ disability lawyers at Norris Injury Lawyers explain that over the span of three decades, many of those  affected by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune have moved all across the country. But now, these individuals may soon qualify for the veterans’ disability benefits they have struggled to receive.

The Huffington Post reports that the U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has announced the agency will begin reforming the way benefits are distributed to service members harmed by water contamination at Camp Lejeune.

Under the previous rules, veterans filing claims related to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune had to have their case examined by special experts. As a result, only one in 20 claims received approval. Now, claims will no longer have to go through this step, and 15 different illnesses can be linked to the water at the base.

At Norris Injury Lawyers, our Birmingham personal injury attorneys are hopeful these reforms can quickly put benefits into the hands of veterans who are most in need.

 

VA Events Address Common Problems Faced by Alabama’s Disabled Veterans

by Staff Blogger | August 26th, 2014

Each day, more disabled veterans return home to Alabama with injuries or medical conditions that qualify them for veterans’ disability benefits. Some of the most common conditions keeping service members out of the workforce are mental health conditions related to traumatic brain injuries.

To help address both the problems of mental health and employment amongst disabled veterans, the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center is putting on a mental health summit and job fair this week.

According to FOX News, the mental health summit will take place on Wednesday, Aug. 27, in the Building 4 Auditorium from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event will work to connect the VA with other local medical providers in order to foster a relationship that will benefit veterans.

This Sunday, the job fair will kick off in the Sports Atrium of Building 137 at 9 a.m. Employers and VA representatives will be on hand to help match veterans with potential jobs until 1 p.m. Those seeking employment are asked to be prepared for onsite interviews and to bring copies of their resumes.

The Birmingham veterans’ disability attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers understand the difficulties many veterans and their families face. That’s why we encourage veterans to consider attending these upcoming events.