March 22, 2010 | Other News, Programs & Services
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Thousands of Veterans with PTSD May Get Benefits Boost
Military officials have agreed to pay what may potentially be millions of dollars to Servicemembers who were medically retired for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with disability ratings of less than 50 percent. According to federal law, the military is required to give anyone whose PTSD is bad enough to warrant discharge, a rating of at least 50 percent. However, in a class action lawsuit filed in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, pro bono attorneys for National Veterans Legal Services Program argued that at least 4,300 veterans diagnosed with PTSD by the military received ratings of less than 50 percent between December 17, 2002 and October 14, 2008. The seven original plaintiffs in the suit each received ratings of 10 percent for PTSD. A court-ordered letter went out to the 4,300 veterans inviting them to join in the lawsuit. To learn more, go to https://www.myarmyonesource.com/News/2010/03/PTSD.
VA Claims Expected to Take Longer in 2011
The 2011 Veterans Affairs (VA) Department budget includes what VA officials called an “unprecedented” 27 percent funding increase for the Veterans Benefits Administration, some of which will be used to hire 4,000 permanent employees to process benefits claims. The increase does not mean disability, pension and survivors claims will be processed faster, however. VA officials expect a big jump in the number of Vietnam-era veterans filing Agent Orange-related claims due to newly expanded eligibility. It currently takes an average of 158 days to process a benefit claim. The expectation is that processing claims will take 190 days in 2011. VA officials expect to receive 1.3 million claims in 2011. To read more, go to https://www.myarmyonesource.com/News/2010/03/VAClaims.
Tutor.com Offers Military Families Access to Free, Online Tutoring
The Defense Department (DoD) has launched a free, online tutoring service for Servicemembers and their Families. The site, https://www.myarmyonesource.com/News/2010/03/Tutor, offers round-the-clock professional tutors who can assist with homework, studying, test preparation, resume writing and more. Active-duty, National Guard and Reserve personnel on active duty in a deployed status, Defense Department civilians in a deployed status and their dependents are eligible to participate. Along with test preparation, the site is open to students of any age, from kindergartners to high school seniors, for one-on-one help in math, science, social studies and English. For further information, go to https://www.myarmyonesource.com/News/2010/03/TutorRelease
American Legion Offers Nursing Scholarship
Applications are available for the American Legion’s $3,000 Eight and Forty Lung and Respiratory Disease Nursing Scholarship for registered nurses. The deadline to apply for the nursing scholarship is May 15, 2010, with selections announced July 1, 2010. For more information about the nursing scholarship and other American Legion scholarship opportunities, or to request application packets, go to https://www.myarmyonesource.com/News/2010/03/Legion.