March 17th, 2015|
United States military service members are entitled to certain benefits and services for defending our country. One of these programs is veterans disability benefits. However, hundreds of thousands of veterans are struggling as they await decisions on their claims. Some veterans wait months, years, and in some cases, decades to receive an approval or denial.
Luckily, a group of Alabama veterans are fighting for the rights of their brothers and sisters in arms as part of American Veterans’ (AMVETS) “Storm The Hill” campaign. They recently visited Washington, D.C. to raise awareness about the issues many soldiers and veterans face today.
An article from The News-Courier stated the group dropped off packages of literature regarding the need for VA healthcare reform at the offices of seven Alabama representatives and our state’s two senators. AMVETS also advocated to end discrimination against veterans in the workplace.
While the group did not speak to lawmakers face to face, plans were made for an opportunity in the near future.
At Norris Injury Lawyers, we recognize the daily struggles many veterans face in overcoming illnesses and injuries related to their service to our country. That’s why our Birmingham personal injury lawyers are hopeful AMVETS recent visit to Washington, D.C. was effective in raising awareness about the issues affecting veterans today.
November 4th, 2014|
Thousands of former members of our nation’s armed forces are in need of financial and medical disability benefits. Yet, many wait years—or even decades—for the care and support they so desperately need.
To help citizens of Alabama get the veterans disability benefits, one organization known as Assisted Senior Benefits will soon be holding a seminar to help elderly veterans get the benefits they are entitled to. Reports indicate the seminar will take place on Monday, Nov. 10, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Country Place Senior Living of Winfield and on Tuesday, Nov. 11, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Country Place Senior Living of Hamilton.
According to an article from Al.com, volunteers will help elderly veterans complete the paperwork and documentation that’s needed to apply for veterans benefits. Experts say veterans may qualify for as much as $2,000 a month in payments.
Those who are interested in attending one of the events is encouraged to reserve a spot. This can be achieved by calling (205) 487-1180 to attend the Winfield event or by dialing (205) 921-0083 to sign up for the Hamilton event.
At Norris Injury Lawyers, our Birmingham personal injury lawyers understand the struggles that can accompany filing for veterans disability benefits. That’s why we encourage any veterans struggling to receive benefits to consider attending this upcoming event.
October 28th, 2014|
For many years, military vets injured in the line of duty have depended on Veterans’ Disability benefits for assistance. Now, it seems there may be several more options coming to Alabama’s veterans.
According to an article from Al.com, a commission created by the governor has released a proposal aimed at improving services available to Alabama’ veterans. Among the list of suggestions are programs that address veteran homelessness, healthcare, and crime.
The commission aims to meet the goals they have created by not only providing veterans and their families with more information via websites and social media, but also reducing unemployment rates among veterans. The proposal also calls for Alabama veterans to receive in-state tuition rates at all two-year, four-year, and technical colleges, as well as better coordination between programs helping homeless veterans.
One of the proposal’s greatest endeavors is the creation of a Veterans Treatment Court program to provide alternatives to criminal prosecution for veterans convicted of certain crimes.
At Norris Injury Lawyers, we understand the struggles disabled veterans can face on a daily basis. That’s why our team of Birmingham personal injury lawyers is hopeful these suggestions are implemented in a timely manner.
July 29th, 2014|
Tens of thousands of veterans in Alabama are unable to work and eligible for Alabama veterans disability benefits. Unfortunately, many of these individuals fail to reach out for assistance. One of the reasons for this is a lack of communication between the federal government, their agencies, and veterans.
One Alabama company is hoping to curb this problem by creating a hotline that provides information to veterans about available services and benefits. According to The Randolph Leader, citizens can get information from the network by calling 1-231-460-1060. This network—provided by local company Audiocast365.com—provides data on topics like services, benefits, and news and events pertaining to veterans benefits. Users are also capable of leaving feedback in the form of comments.
Access to the system is available 24/7 and can service any amount of calls that are received at one time.
The system is a first of it’s kind in the United States and will be supplemented by weekly Department of Veterans’ Affairs updates through the Alabama Veterans Cellular Broadcasting Network.
The Birmingham personal injury lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers are aware of the difficulties that accompany veterans not having access to the information they need about disability benefits. That’s why we’re hopeful the new cellular networking system will be a success.
March 11th, 2014|
The Birmingham Veterans Disability Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers explain a disturbingly high number of soldiers and veterans have returned home from service overseas with an extremely debilitating condition known as post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD. The National Institute of Health believes the condition affects as many as 30 percent of returning service members.
The condition can result in stress and anxiety that can manifest itself in numerous ways, including:
- Lack of interest in activity
- Anxiety in public places or in large crowds
- Substance abuse
To help assist the Alabama soldiers and veterans suffering from PTSD, a $250,000 grant has been offered to create funding to teach the art of transcendental meditation. The practice has been scientifically proven to help those suffering from PTSD deal with their conditions. An article from Alabama 13 News stated some researchers found the meditation techniques were able to reduce the symptoms of PTSD in participants by as much as 90 percent.
An event promoting the new course was held last Wednesday at the Hoover Library, and there are more events expected in the future.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers recognize the difficulties an individual suffering from PTSD may face, and the firm urges anyone interested in learning the calming and soothing techniques of transcendental meditation to consider attending one of the upcoming events.
July 2nd, 2013|
July 2, 2013
The U.S. Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) announced they are making progress in eliminating the backlog of unprocessed claims for Veterans’ Disability Benefits. Officials stated that all 65,000 claims that have been pending more than two years have been processed.
According to an article released by WSFA 12 News, the VA implemented a policy two months ago where the oldest undecided claims were made a priority. A total of 312 such cases were identified in Alabama.
The agency also implemented a policy of requiring all employees to work 20 hours a week of overtime in order to achieve the goal. The VA eliminated the backlog by implementing a system that channels claims for processing, which created a more efficient system.
With all claims two year old or more having now moved through the system, the VA says it will now focus on eliminating all claims older than one year before attempting to process the remaining claims that have not been put through the system within the agency’s 125-day goal.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Attorneys with Norris Injury Lawyers are aware of how important getting veterans the benefits they need in a timely manner is. The firm suggests discussing your legal rights with an attorney if you are considering applying for Veterans’ Disability benefits or if you have had a claim denied in the past.
May 21st, 2013|
May 21, 2013
With each day that passes, more veterans return from service overseas in need of assistance with injuries and traumas sustained on the battlefield. But the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), the government agency charged with distributing benefits to soldiers and veterans, is unable to keep up with the demand.
There are more than one million veterans currently awaiting benefits. An estimated 10,000 of those individuals are awaiting Alabama Veterans’ Disability Benefits.
This leaves many concerned citizens wondering why there are such a high number of unprocessed claims. Experts point to trends showing excessive wait times during the processing claims as the main contributing factor to the problem.
The average wait time for a claim to be processed in Alabama is just under a year, while the agency’s goal for processing all first-time claims is within 125 days. Some veterans have waited as long as 1,000 days for their claims to be processed.
According to Al.com, officials are hoping to solve the problem by granting conditional decisions on numerous claims, and bonuses have been eliminated for top VA officials this year.
The Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers know what a complex process receiving veterans benefits can be. That’s why the firm suggests discussing your legal options with an attorney if you are considering filing a claim or you have been denied benefits in the past.
February 12th, 2013|
Feb. 12, 2013
After returning from service overseas, many veterans report have trouble reintegrating back into civilian society. Several organizations, including the non-profit Still Serving Veterans, are available to help returning vets get an education and find a good job.
Still Serving Veterans is a non-profit organization created in 2006 with the goal of getting veterans, including wounded warriors, back into the workforce of their communities.
According to an article from AL.com, Still Serving Veterans received a recent boost to their program when Lockheed Martin announced it would be donating approximately $10,000 to keep the service going. The program could use the boost too, considering there are 32,000 veterans in Madison County, and approximately 430,000 veterans across Alabama—many of whom rely on Veterans Disability Benefits to make ends meet.
The funds awarded by Lockheed Martin will be used to provide programs such as counseling, job placement, coaching, and veterans’ disability benefits assistance to those who are most in need across Alabama. Still Serving Veterans President, retired Col. Will Webb, stated Lockheed’s donation is invaluable in allowing the organization to continue its work in assisting veterans.
The Alabama Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers recognize the importance of programs like Still Serving Veterans in helping soldiers get back on their feet after returning home, and they may also be able to help anyone who was injured during their time serving the country.
August 21st, 2012|
Aug. 21, 2012
Veterans who have come home injured after time in the military are getting more assistance than ever before to help lead a normal, healthy lifestyle. KTTC News reports a new bill currently being considered by the Senate would add in vitro fertilization coverage for soldiers who have suffered fertility issues.
In vitro fertilization involves fertilizing an egg in a laboratory setting and inserting the embryo into a woman’s uterus. The process can be extremely expensive, yet it often proves to be the most effective type of artificial insemination.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) currently considers some fertility treatments a Birmingham veterans benefit under their plan, such as intrauterine insemination, but these procedures may not always be effective in helping an injured soldier start a family.
The new coverage would help in cases such as that of a 29-year-old Marine shot seven years ago in Iraq and left without function below his waistline. Unable to have children, he turned to the VA for help, but was denied. After spending nearly $6,000 and receiving plenty of donations made by others, the soldier and his wife are now parents of 8-month-old twins resulting from in vitro fertilization.
The Birmingham Personal Injury Lawyers with Norris Injury Lawyers understand how frustrating receiving benefits from the VA can be, and would encourage any returning soldier who has had their claim denied to contact a knowledgeable attorney immediately to discuss their legal options.