Exposure to traumatic experiences has always been a part of the human condition. Attacks by saber tooth tigers or twenty-first century terrorists have likely led to similar psychological responses in survivors of such violence. Literary accounts offer the first descriptions of what we now call posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). For example, authors including Homer (The … [Read more...] about History of PTSD in Veterans: Civil War to DSM-5 by Matthew J. Friedman, MD, PhD Senior Advisor and former Executive Director, National Center for PTSD
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Being in the military everyone knows the hurry up and wait or the standing by to stand by. In this blog post Amanda Dejesus from Hill and Ponton tells about ways veteran's claims can be expedited:Veterans who are terminally ill Veterans who are facing extreme financial hardship and/or homelessness Veterans who have reached advanced age – there is uncertainty in the … [Read more...] about Hurry Up and Wait – at VA the tradition continues
No surprise this month to see Tinnitus questions as one of the top discussions. Tinnitus is the most common service connected disability. In the military there's a lot of boom boom and jet engines, while hearing protection has improved it's not always practical in real life situations. All related Tinnitus Information Click Here How is tinnitus tested by VA for compensation … [Read more...] about Top 10 Discussions June 2017 – Veterans Compensation Claims
I’ve had friends, family, clients that have needed to file for disability, and for the right reasons. They’re very sick or whatever it may be, and they really did not realize that they had to have worked five out of the past 10 years. They thought maybe because they had worked 20 years, and they had stopped, that they would still be eligible, and that is not the case. So it is … [Read more...] about Social Security Disability Insurance Benefits Overview – Hill & Ponton
Special Monthly compensation was granted by Congress and they're pretty stingy unless we're talking about their paycheck. As for us, disability is a variable open to VA's interpretation. I find fighting them is like herding cats. They'll do anything they can to appear dense and dodge the problem. If cornered, they order up the wrong DBQ or do x rays and "forget" to look for … [Read more...] about Special Monthly Compensation – open to VA’s interpretation and unfamiliar to many raters.
https://www.c-span.org/video/?429945-1/va-secretary-shulkin-testifies-fy-2018-budgetUnemployability Excerpt starts at 00:53:03 video CHAIRMAN ISAKSON>I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE BUDGET FOR A MINUTE IF I MAY. I WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE INDIVIDUAL UNEMPLOYABILITY CAP. CAN YOU EXPLAIN THE RATIONALE OF WHAT WENT THROUGH THE THOUGHT PROCESS THAT WENT THROUGH … [Read more...] about Unemployability Discussed During Fiscal Year 2018 Veterans Affairs Budget Veterans Affairs Secretary Dr. David Shulkin testified before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on his agency’s budget request for fiscal year 2018.
VA TL 10-07 below Rescinds VA TL 07-01 | September 14, 2010 | SUBJ: Adjudication of Claims for Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU) PURPOSE Our purpose in issuing this training letter is to revise and clarify our policies and procedures concerning the adjudication of TDIU decisions in order to restore the original intention of the TDIU evaluation – … [Read more...] about Total Disability Ratings Based on Individual Unemployability (IU) – VA Training Letter 10-97 Rescinds Training Letter 07-01
Excerpt from Hill and Ponton's What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)The goal for many veterans is to get to a 100 percent disability rating, but this is not always possible through the rating schedule due to an individual’s particular conditions. But, there is another way to be awarded a 100 percent rating: total disability based on individual unemployability … [Read more...] about Unemployability from Hill and Ponton
Read the full reportMost Prevalent SC Disabilities – by Disability Type - Numbers are the number of disabilities not veterans. One veteran may have multiple disabilities Most prevalent SC disabilities of all compensation recipientsTotal numberBody system Disability typeLimitation of motion of a joint or … [Read more...] about Most Prevalent Service Connected Disabilities FY 2016
I can't work if I'm getting Unemployability, right? No, in fact, unemployability does not always mean that a veteran is not working. The key, however, is that all income earned from employment must be at or below the poverty level, or from a job that is considered to be “sheltered”. These types of marginal employment are not considered as substantially gainful … [Read more...] about Can I work and receive TDIU? Yes, in some cases you can.