Read the Full Report here VBA Annual Benefits Report FY 2016Totals – new recipientsVeterans who began receiving compensation benefits 284,550Survivors who began receiving service-connected death benefits 28,891Total: 313,441Estimated annual amounts paid – new recipientsBenefit program Number of recipients Estimated average … [Read more...] about Recipients, Payments and Disabilities FY 2016
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VA disability claims for noise-related hearing loss or tinnitus, there are certain things you’ll want to do to help your case:Provide detailed statements that explain the noise exposure you experienced during your military service. Cite the sources of the noise such as the machinery you used or the environment you worked in. Cite the duration of the exposure, and … [Read more...] about Trending Tinnitus Discussions
[Reprinted here with permission from Veterans Law Blog] Originally published at The Veterans Law Blog by Chris Attig. In this post, I’m going to talk to you about one of the EASIEST ways to prove service connection — secondary service connection. Well, actually, it may not be the easiest….but it’s not the hardest, and it is most certainly the most straightforward to … [Read more...] about Secondary Service Connection – The most straightforward connection to make – VeteransLawBlog
38CFR4 Total Disability Ratings §4.15 Total disability ratings. The ability to overcome the handicap of disability varies widely among individuals. The rating, however, is based primarily upon the average impairment in earning capacity, that is, upon the economic or industrial handicap which must be overcome and not from individual success in overcoming it. However, full … [Read more...] about 38CFR4 Total Disability Ratings
Originally appeared on Hill and Ponton BlogWhen dealing with VA claims, the topic of conversation generally revolves around obtaining a rating of 100%. However, even if you are rated 100%, you could qualify for additional benefits beyond the 100% schedular rating (but do not need to be rated at 100%). These additional benefits are referred to as Special Monthly … [Read more...] about Aid & Attendance: SMC Benefits Beyond 100% – From Hill and Ponton by Kirsten Hirt, Claims Advocate
Berta posted this reminder about Clemons v Shinkseki when claiming mental health disabilities. Read the full post and additional comments here."The scope of a mental health disability claim includes any mental health disability that could reasonably be encompassed by the claimant's description of the claim, reported symptoms, and the other information of record. … [Read more...] about Clemons v. Shinseki – Scope of a mental health disability claim includes any mental health disability that could reasonably be encompassed by the claimant’s description of the claim, reported symptoms, and the other information of record.
14 Questions About VA Disability Claims - When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about when it comes to filing VA Disability Claims.Veterans Affairs Math Explained – It’s Not Your Mother’s … [Read more...] about Popular Articles
Individual Unemployability is a part of VA's disability compensation program that allows Veterans Affairs to pay certain Veterans disability compensation at the 100% rate, even though Veterans Affairs has not rated their service-connected disabilities at the total level. Eligibility Requirements:You must be a Veteran You must have at least one service connected … [Read more...] about Individual Unemployability
In Chris Attig’s article “Bad Medicine? 6 Ways to Challenge Veterans Affairs C&P Exam Results” This article is referenced from a longer article on “How to Use Court Cases to Improve Your Veterans Affairs Claim or Appeal” I’ve also include the summary from the case for reference along with links to the complete article on Chris’s site the Veterans Law Blog. Excerpt from … [Read more...] about Challenging Your C&P Exam
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after you have been through a trauma. A trauma is a shocking and dangerous event that you see or that happens to you. During this type of event, you think that your life or others' lives are in danger.Going through trauma is not rare. About 6 of every 10 men (or 60%) and 5 of every 10 women (or 50%) experience at least one … [Read more...] about How Common Is PTSD?