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August 2013 Archives

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Vets may be entitled to retroactive disability benefits

New Jersey residents might want to know that, according to the Department of Veterans Affairs, veterans with disabilities connected to service may be entitled to receive retroactive disability benefits of up to one year if they file a Fully Developed Claim. The benefits became effective on Aug. 6, and will continue until Aug. 5, 2015. They're a result of a comprehensive veteran's benefits package that President Obama signed into law in 2012.

VA awards Agent Orange disability to veteran

New Jersey residents might be interested to hear that a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who has rib, pelvis and prostate cancer was awarded Agent Orange disability benefits from the Department of Veterans. As some veterans have found out, gaining benefits for conditions such as Agent Orange exposure from the VA can sometimes prove difficult. Even this retired veteran did not receive it at first. The VA initially denied him the award, but then later decided to reverse its decision.

Benefits of buying long-term-care insurance

Financial planners have long encouraged the purchase of long-term care for their clients in New Jersey and across the nation while they are still fairly healthy. While purchasing coverage through work is usually the most cost-effective option, people can obtain individual plans reasonably if they buy them when they are in good health. However, buying individual coverage has become increasingly expensive.

New veterans' benefits outlined in Senate bill

July's Veterans Health and Benefits Improvement Act of 2013 is set to heighten many of the benefits that military veterans and their families in New Jersey and across the country enjoy. The bill, which was approved by the U.S. Senate and awaits public release pending further review by the Congressional Budget Office and legal teams, encompasses a broad range of provisions. These were taken from over 30 individual laws that were proposed in the Senate earlier this year.

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