Veterans Benefits

West & Dunn Supports ABA Veterans Claims Assistance Network

West & Dunn Supports ABA Veterans Claims Assistance Network

West & Dunn encourages attorneys to volunteer for the American Bar Association’s Veterans Claims Assistance Network. Through VCAN, attorneys will receive free training that will permit them to assist veterans with filing initial claims for service connected disability benefits from the US Department of Veterans Affairs.

Landmark court decision extends Agent Orange presumption to veterans who served in 'territorial waters' of Vietnam

Landmark court decision extends Agent Orange presumption to veterans who served in 'territorial waters' of Vietnam

Early yesterday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit struck down the VA’s policy of denying disability benefits to Vietnam-era blue-water Navy veterans for exposure to Agent Orangeand other herbicides on a presumptive basis. In a case called Procopio v. Wilkie the court decided that veterans who served within the “territorial waters” of Vietnam are now entitled to presumptive service connection for diseases caused by Agent Orange exposure.