Appeals & VA Disability Benefits

GAO Issues Report on Appeals & VA Disability Benefits   In March of 2017, the Government Accountability Office released a report titled “VA Disability Benefits: Additional Planning Would Enhance Efforts to Improve the Timelines of Appeals Decisions”. This report addresses the Veteran Administration efforts to reform the appeals process by focusing on potential improvements to … Continued

Special Monthly Veterans Compensation

Special Monthly Veterans Compensation   Living with a disability can result in a veteran facing significant obstacles. There are some disabilities that a veteran can suffer that can result in compensation that is different from that received by veterans with other disabilities. These conditions are called “special monthly compensation” and can be received in addition … Continued

Compensation vs Pension Benefits for Veterans

The Difference between Compensation and Pension Benefits for Veterans   Veterans who file a claim for benefits should understand the difference between compensation vs pension. Once an individual understands this difference, it is easier to understand what kind of benefits an individual desires and the process required in order to obtain these benefits. It is … Continued

Individual Unemployability

 Do you qualify for Individual Unemployability VA disability compensation can be a tricky thing. Nearly all veterans are aware that they may qualify for compensation for injuries suffered or aggravated by their service. But many veterans are unaware that they may qualify to be paid at a 100% disability rate (the current effective rate pays … Continued

Buddy Statements in Veteran Affairs’ Disability Claims

The Role of Buddy Statements in Veteran Affairs’ Disability Claims   When a veteran files a disability claim with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, it is often a wise idea to supplement this claim with a “buddy statement” or “statement in support of claim” that substantiates the type of event that caused the veteran’s disability … Continued

Veterans Disability Private Medical Opinion

Veterans Disability Private Medical Opinion In a large number of veteran disability claims, a case can be significantly bolstered if a private strong medical opinion letter is provided by a treating physician. A direct service connection can often be shown if a veteran presents the Veterans Affairs office with a strong medical opinion that details … Continued

VA Compensation for PTSD to Veterans

VA Compensation for PTSD to Veterans Many veterans suffer in some way, shape, or form from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). The VA estimates that somewhere around 15% of Vietnam Veterans were diagnosed with PTSD at the time of the most recent study (in the late 1980s), but that up to 30% of Vietnam Veterans have had … Continued

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