Tag Archives: Benefits

How Disabled Does A Veteran Have To Be In Order To Qualify For Needs-Based VA Pension Benefits?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides two (2) types of monetary benefit programs for veterans. These monetary benefit programs are separated into benefits for (1) service-connected disabilities and (2) non-service-connected disabilities. The primary benefit for service-connected disabilities is the … Continue reading

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New York Health Department issues big report concluding benefits of marijuana legalization outweighs potential costs

As the New York Daily News puts it here: "The New York State Health Department is high on the prospects of legal marijuana." Here is what they mean: In a long-awaited report released Friday, the Health Department concluded the “positive … Continue reading

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Determining if an employee is eligible for accidental disability retirement benefits

Determining if an employee is eligible for accidental disability retirement benefitsDaquino v DiNapoli, 2018 NY Slip Op 03201, Appellate Division, Third DepartmentAn employee [Petitioner] appealed the Hearing Officer denial of the Petitioner's application on the ground that the incident did … Continue reading

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9/11 Firefighter’s Recent Death Shows Struggles of PTSD and Struggles With Pension Benefits

Joe Battista was an FDNY firefighter who worked for months at Ground Zero after the September 11th attacks, and then spent time sifting through debris at the Fresh Kills landfill looking for human remains. This soul-crushing work eventually took its … Continue reading

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Adopting a Stepchild in Michigan: Benefits and Process

If you have been helping to raise your spouse’s children for some time now, you probably consider them “your” children already, even if they are not “yours” biologically and legally. Obviously, you cannot do anything about the biological part. But … Continue reading

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