February 18, 2014 in

Are Veterans Selfish?

That is the golden question amidst proposed budget cuts from Congress and even the Pentagon. Last year Congress proposed trimming the annual cost of living adjustment (COLA) for working-age veterans by 1 percent. This year, the Pentagon is considering cutting subsidies it pays to military commissaries. American Legion National Commander Daniel Dellinger said, “Like...
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February 14, 2014 in

Is the application process for veteran benefits fair for all?

Veterans Affairs (VA) proposed changing how veterans are able to initiate appeals. The current application process is supposed to be so easy that a simple handwritten note will initiate the claims process. The major advantage of this process is that once a veteran is approved for benefits, he or she will be eligible for...
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February 13, 2014 in

Florida is Ranked First on the Distracted/Careless Driving List

According to a recent report, Florida drivers are the sixth-worst in the nation. While Florida ranks pretty low on drunk driving, our state is ranked so high because of careless/distracted driving (of which we are ranked first). This study came from statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the National Motorists Association and...
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February 12, 2014 in

Veterans Affairs Invests Another $600 Million to End Vet Homelessness

There are several reasons a veteran may become homeless, including poverty, lack of family support, substance use, or mental health challenges incurred while serving. The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is committed to ending veteran homelessness by 2015. Since 2009, when President Barack Obama announced his goal of ending veteran homelessness, the...
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February 10, 2014 in

How much money do war contractors make? Apparently not enough!

One such contractor, Kellogg, Brown & Root Services Inc (KBR) is being sued by a whistleblower and the Department of Justice for defrauding the government.  The lawsuit says two Kuwaiti firms, La Nouvelle General Trading & Contracting Company and First Kuwaiti Trading Company both were using a kickback scheme along with overbilling to rip...
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February 6, 2014 in

8 Reasons Why Your Social Security Claim May Be Denied

When applying for Social Security disability benefits it is important to think about the possible reasons your case may be denied. Most people are shocked when they receive a denial letter. You have worked hard all your life and have paid into the system, so why was your case denied? Here are the most...
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February 4, 2014 in

Congratulations! You’ve Won Your Disability Claim…Now What?

  Finally, after all of the paperwork, appointments and waiting you have received your approval for Social Security disability benefits. You know that approval means you will begin to receive a monthly check, but what else does it mean? #1. Monthly Check. Of course, the monthly check is the most important part of your...
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January 30, 2014 in

NYPD Officers Caught in Disability Benefits Fraud

More than 100 people, including 72 former NYC police officers and 8 former firefighters, were charged earlier this month with Social Security disability fraud. A total of $21.4 million in benefits was paid to people listed in the indictment. About half of the defendants falsely claimed psychiatric illness as a result of the September...
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January 29, 2014 in

In-Depth Look at Maritime Salvage

In our previous post discussing the basics of maritime salvage, we touched upon the fundamentals of the salvage award. The following information gives a more precise account of these points with emphasis on salvage awards, jurisdiction issues, maritime liens, and other relevant Florida statutes. The information provided here is quite technical and can be...
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January 27, 2014 in

Royal Caribbean Cruise Ends Early Due to Illness

It has happened again: the cruise industry takes yet another hit. Royal Caribbean just ended a ship’s 10-day trip due to hundreds of passengers and crew members becoming sick. On Sunday, the Explorer of the Seas was boarded by officials from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate reports of...
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