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Shock Waves Cause As Much Damage As Impact Head Injuries

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | August 6, 2014 | Disability Compensation

A recent study has confirmed that the concussive blast wave from an explosion can be equally as damaging as an impact injury to the head when it comes to traumatic brain injuries. The study set out to determine whether there was any difference in the level of symptoms suffered by service members “with blast-related vs. non-blast-related concussive… read more

VA Finally Rolls Out Burn Pit Registry

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | June 27, 2014 | Disability Compensation,Health Benefits

After years of pressure from lawmakers in Congress, VA has finally rolled out an open burn pit registry by which veterans can document exposure to airborne hazards, including smoke from burn pits. The potential effects of open air burn pits were first raised in 2008, and since that time, hundreds of veterans have returned home with significant respiratory problems and… read more

Study Confirms post-Vietnam C-123 Aircrew and Maintainers Exposed to Agent Orange

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | June 15, 2014 | Disability Compensation

A new study has concluded that aircrew and maintainers who flew the C-123 Provider during the post-Vietnam era were likely exposed to hazardous levels of dioxin-contaminated Agent Orange. The Air Force used the UC-123 during Vietnam to spray Agent Orange, and the planes were subsequently returned to the United States and used by the Air Force Reserve as… read more

VA Launches Online GI Bill Complaint System

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | March 6, 2014 | Education Benefits

Veterans are now able to report schools that fail to follow the VA’s Principles of Excellence. This is an effort to identify schools that are taking advantage of veterans – either purposely, or inadvertently by failing to properly help veterans.

Free Tax Preparation and Filing for Servicemembers and Veterans

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | February 1, 2014 | Finance

Tax season is here and it never hurts to save another dollar. This year, servicemembers can choose from several free, military-specific editions of popular online tax preparation software. In addition, anyone (military, veterans, civilians alike) with an individual or family adjusted gross income (AGI) of less than $58,000 for 2013 is eligible to receive free in-person or online… read more

Five Illnesses Now Presumed Service-Connected for Veterans with Traumatic Brain Injuries

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | January 26, 2014 | Disability Compensation

The Department of Defense calls traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) “one of the signature injuries of troops wounded in Afghanistan and Iraq.” TBIs can cause many physical and mental impairments, and the VA doesn’t always link those impairments to the TBI. Now, based on a 2008 report from the Institute of Medicine entitled Gulf War and Health,… read more

State Benefits Survey: Connecticut

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | January 10, 2014 | State Veteran Benefits

Considering I benefited from Connecticut’s veteran programs, it’s right that I  review of some of the more popular state benefits available to Connecticut vets. In my opinion, the most helpful benefits are: Tuition waiver at the University of Connecticut, any Connecticut State University, as well as any Connecticut Community-Technical College $1500 property tax exemption 50%… read more

VA Offering Dental Insurance Program for the First Time Ever

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | November 27, 2013 | Health Benefits

The VA announced earlier this month the start of the VA Dental Insurance Program (VADIP), which allows veterans who are enrolled in VA health care to purchase dental insurance through Delta Dental or MetLife. VADIP enrollment began November 15th with coverage starting January 1, 2014. Turn the page to see how to calculate your potential premiums for dental… read more