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Flare-ups and Functional Loss: Obtaining a Higher VA Rating for Your Service-Connected Joint Disabilities.
Are you receiving a 10 percent rating for your service-connected back injury, but there are times when the pain is so bad that you can’t pick something off the floor? Perhaps, you have a 0 percent rating for your knee but due to weakness, you can’t climb up the...read more
It has been a year packed with activity on the presidential and congressional level. We have seen proposed, amended and failed legislation, blocked executive orders, investigations, and charges of collusion on both sides. In this issue, we will...read more
The current VA appeals process is based on a non-linear, outdated model from 1933. This model has created approximately a 470,000 appeal backlog over the past two years. In 2016, veterans waited on average of six years to receive their appeals decisions. The...read more
You may have noticed there is a massive heroin addiction in our country today, with fatal overdoses destroying far too many families. The use of opioid painkillers, relatively easy to obtain, is often the starting point for the addiction. If the prescription is no...read more
If you are a Vietnam Era Veteran, you probably already know about the special VA rules that presume certain conditions are caused by Agent Orange exposure. One of these conditions is Type 2 Diabetes. What you may not be aware of is that you may be entitled to...read more
Have you been told that you do not qualify for VA benefits because you have a less than honorable discharge? Frequently, Veterans are given bad information regarding their characterization of service and the benefits that they are eligible for. They may have even been...read more
Are you a Illinois Veteran who needs help obtaining your medical cannabis card? Below are six tips Veterans need to know about how to obtain a medical cannabis card in Illinois: 1. Have a qualifying condition. To be eligible for a medical cannabis card in Illinois,...read more
You open the big white envelope you just received from the Department of Veterans Affairs, nervously anticipating what actions the VA has so wisely decided to take concerning your VA service-connected disability benefits. “They are reducing me!” you shout. “But my...read more
The U.S. Navy's Judge Advocate General Corps, Defense Service Office Southeast, presented Edward M. Farmer a Letter of Appreciation for providing expert testimony and advice in support of Administrative Separation Boards. His knowledge helped the Navy's JAG Officers...read more
On November 8, 2016, Edward M. Farmer presented at the U.S. Small Business Administration's Boots to Business, an entrepreneurial education and training program. Edward discussed the options for different legal entities for your business and the pros and cons of each....read more
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