Veteran Claim … Claimant Substitution Allowed

For years, if a veteran died before their claim was decided… that was it. No decision was rendered and no ‘retro’ inured to their surviving family.

As I was reminded recently by Rick Gales, MOPH National VSO, all that changed for the better in October 2008 (thanks Rick!). Simply put: 38 U.S.C. 5121A — Substitution in case of death of claimant; (a) Substitution.—(1) If a claimant dies while a claim … is pending, a living person who would be eligible … may … file a request to be substituted as the claimant…. And for my wife and my ten-year old case (battle with the VA), that’s good news. Continue reading

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VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011

VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011  – 12/21/2011

The “VOW to Hire Heroes Act” is bipartisan, bicameral, comprehensive legislation that would lower the rate of unemployment among our nation’s veterans. This bill combines provisions of Chairman Miller’s Veterans Opportunity to Work (VOW) Act – which passed the House on October 12, 2011 – (H.R. 2433; Report #112-242), and Chairman Murray’s Hiring Heroes Act (S. 951; Report #112-36), and veterans’ tax credits into a comprehensive jobs package that will aggressively attack the unacceptably high rate of veterans’ unemployment by: Continue reading

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