Do's and Don'ts for your VA Compensation and Pension Exam
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Compensation and Pension Examination Worksheets
by disability - These Disability Examination Worksheets are in use both by the doctors of VHA (Veterans Health Administration) who do the disability examinations and by the rating specialists, hearing officers, and Decision Review Officers of VBA (Veterans Benefits Administration) who do the disability evaluations.
38CFR4 VA Schedule for Rating Disabilies
This rating schedule is primarily a guide in the evaluation of disability resulting from all types of diseases and injuries encountered as a result of or incident to military service. The percentage ratings represent as far as can practicably be determined the average impairment in earning capacity resulting from such diseases and injuries and their residual conditions in civil occupations.
Establishing Service Connection for Veterans Affairs Disability Compensation:
There are two types of service-connection 1. Direct and
2. Presumptive There are three requirements to establish Direct service-connection for residuals of injuries and issues; 1. In-service documentation of an injury or disease. 2. A current condition with a medical diagnosis.
Veterans Self Help Guide
Win Your Veterans Affairs Disability Claim - You finally decided to file a VA claim for disability, so now what do you do? Maybe you already have started the paperwork yourself or have been helped by a veterans service officer (VSO) filling out the required VA Forms and are now one of many waiting to hear from the VA about your claims status.
A Veterans Benefits Affairs Rater's View - "Worth a read" - Tbird (webmaster HadIt.com) First, allow me to introduce myself with some background info. I am a veteran, a nurse, a woman, and decide VA disability claims.
I share many of the frustrations of veterans when I see claims that have not been properly or expeditiously decided. It is my mission to correct these where possible. I have called errors on prior decisions and awarded benefits back to the original claim date. I'm sure that I also have made errors and hope others have caught and corrected these.
Definitions, Terms, Abbreviations
No VA Claim Filed Yet?
In general , the claimant must be a veteran or the dependent or survivor of a veteran‚ in order to be eligible. For VA purposes, the definition of veteran‚ is‚ a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released therefrom under conditions other than dishonorable.‚ Source: 38CFR3.1(d)
Disability compensation. (1) Basic entitlement for a veteran exists if the veteran is disabled as the result of a personal injury or disease (including aggravation of a condition existing prior to service) while in active service if the injury or the disease was incurred or aggravated in line of duty. Source: 38CFR3.1(b)
In plain English and general terms. In order to receive service connected disability compensation through Veterans Affairs. You must have an other than dishonorable discharge. And you must have evidence that the disability occurred or was aggravated in the line of duty.
Applying for VA Benefits
One of the more difficult tasks for a returning veteran is applying for the many VA benefits. The unknown of "should I," "would I qualify," "how do I apply," or "where do I go for help" can be a frustrating experience. VA intends to ease those frustrations and facilitate your transition from active participation in armed conflict back to civilian life with some basic tips for applying for benefits.
G.I. Bill 2008
Veterans: Find out how the new GI Bill affects you. You can calculate your new benefits by clicking here.
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Common Topics found on our discussion forums
- TDIU - Unemployability
- IMO - Independent Medical Opinion
- PTSD - Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
- CUE - Clear and Unmistakable Error
- TBI - Traumatic Brain Injury