Recent News for Veterans Disability Claims

Cause of Gulf War syndrome may never be found, study says

As many as 250,000 veterans of the Persian Gulf War "have persistent unexplained medical symptoms" whose cause may never be found, although genetic testing and functional brain imaging may eventually shed some light on the problem.

Multiple Tours Linked to PTSD

It wasn't his first tour in Iraq, but his second and third when Joe Callan began wondering how long his luck would last - how many more months he could swerve around bombs buried in the dirt and duck mortars raining from the skies.

Iraq war vet drums up support on hike to help military, family

When he was serving in Iraq, Army Reserve Spc. Troy Yocum posted on Facebook that he could not find his favorite Gillette razors.

Is the U.S. Army Losing Its War on Suicide?

From the invasion of Afghanistan until last summer, the U.S. military had lost 761 soldiers in combat there. But a higher number in the service — 817 — had taken their own lives over the same period. The surge in suicides, which have risen five years in a row, has become a vexing problem for which the Army's highest levels of command have yet to find a solution despite deploying hundreds of mental-health experts and investing millions of dollars.

Father of Dead Marine Wages Court Battle Against Funeral Protests

More than four years after his son died in a Humvee accident in Iraq, Albert Snyder's legal battle is headed to the Supreme Court.
Some nights Albert Snyder wakes up at 3 a.m. Other nights he doesn't sleep at all, tormented by thoughts of the hateful signs carried by a fundamentalist church outside his Marine son's funeral.

Survey: Troops shift political parties

Political party affiliation has fallen sharply among those wearing the uniform today, a new Military Times survey shows.
An exclusive survey of some 1,800 active-duty troops shows the percentage of self-identified Republicans has decreased by one-third since 2004, from 60 percent to 41 percent, while the percentage of self-identified independents has nearly doubled to 32 percent during the same period.

Senate votes to protect Tricare beneficiaries

Although military and congressional leaders insisted it wasn’t necessary, the Senate gave final approval Monday to a bill intended to reassure Tricare beneficiaries that national health care reform won’t require them to buy additional health insurance or to pay a penalty if they do not.

Caregivers of military wounded await benefits

The past four years of Paula Engelbrecht's life have been devoted to helping care for her stepson Rob, who was severely injured when a bomb exploded under his Humvee south of Baghdad in July 2006.

New rules proposed on garnishing federal benefits

The Obama administration on Wednesday proposed rules aimed at closing a legal loophole that debt collectors have used to seize Social Security and veterans' benefits from bank accounts.

WWII veterans return home from latest Honor Flight

An unprecedented fundraising effort by teachers, students and staff of the Escambia County School District came together on Wednesday as area World War II veterans flew to the nation's capital on the sixth journey of Emerald Coast Honor Flight.

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