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Why We’re Observing Two Minutes of Silence This Veterans Day

Remembrance quilt, Armistice Day

The tradition of observing two minutes of silence on Veterans Day has lapsed in recent years. We think it must be kept alive, not only to honor the fallen of the world wars, but for all wars. Perhaps you are old enough to remember a time when the tradition was more widely observed than it is now. Harry Binder, founder of The Rep Vets, a national veterans disability advocacy firm, remembers a time when “the whole country stopped at 11a.m." The reason? At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918, Allied powers signed a ceasefire agreement...

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2022 VA Pay Increase Is Biggest in Over a Decade

Vietnam Veteran having fun sitting in back yard with pet Great Dane

Veterans receiving VA disability compensation are set to see their monthly VA pay increase by 5.9% in 2022. To put that in dollars, for every $1,000 a veteran currently receives in benefits payments, they will see an additional $59 in 2022. Spouses and family members receiving survivor benefits will see the same increase in their monthly payments. Here at the Rep for Vets, we have long felt that VA payments are not keeping up with the increasing cost of living. The annual cost of living adjustment has averaged around 1.5% for the last 10 years, so this year's increase of 5.9%...

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Jury Awards Veteran $1.7 Million in Third Trial Over Faulty 3M Earplugs

A Pensacola, Florida, federal jury has awarded $1.7 million in the third bellwether trial over 3M’s defective Combat Arms earplugs. Jurors found that 3M failed to provide adequate warnings for the earplugs, according to the plaintiffs' lawyers. From 2005 to 2012, 3M Combat Arms earplugs were standard issue safety equipment. Over that period of time, thousands, and possibly hundreds of thousands of military personnel used the faulty earplugs, exposing their users to loud noise events. A design flaw rendered the earplugs mostly ineffective, but many earplug users never realized the problem, or only realized they weren’t working after permanent hearing damage...

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Am I Eligible for the 3M Combat Arms Earplugs Class Action?

Do you suffer from hearing loss and tinnitus? Did you serve in the armed forces between the years 2003 and 2015? Defective 3M Combat Arms earplugs could be the culprit, and you could be entitled to compensation, thanks to a large class action lawsuit set to go to trial early next year. Hearing loss and tinnitus can be distressing, and have serious negative impacts on your quality of life. The good news is that thousands of veterans may be entitled to receive compensation for hearing loss and tinnitus caused by defective 3M Combat Arms earplugs, which were manufactured and sold by...

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VA Resumes In-Person C&P Exams In Most of the Country

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Update: As of October 2, 2020, in-person C&P exams are now available for scheduling throughout the country, but not all service areas are authorized to schedule exams that may require the removal of personal protective equipment (PPE). If your condition requires that you remove your mask or other PPE during the examination, enter your zip code in the interactive map here to see if it's permitted in your service area. Need help navigating these changes? Not sure what to expect at your C&P exam? Don't hesitate to contact an attorney or VA-certified claims agents at the Rep for Vets today for...

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