[Reprinted here with permission from Veterans Law Blog]When it comes to the current options for challenging a VA Ratings Decision, Veterans often send me emails asking what do they do..which option do they choose? To begin answering that question, let me tell you a story. Every so often, my wife and I trade out our family chores. She pays the bills, I go grocery shopping….she … [Read more...] about When You Get a VA Ratings Decision, Should You File an Appeal, Request to Reopen, or Seek Reconsideration?
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Today, we’re gonna talk about the appeal itself. Once you get a decision, what you need to do after the decision. The two avenues we’ve seen are to appeal it, or to ask for a reconsideration. Carol, what are your thoughts on this? Don’t ask for a reconsideration. That’s my thought. You know, one of the saddest things is that we see people not continue their appeals. If you’re … [Read more...] about Appeal vs Reconsideration – Hill & Ponton, P.A.
In order for the VA to recognize a veteran’s PTSD in order to award service connection, the diagnosis must be provided by a qualified medical professional. Even though many veterans are treated by VA or private therapists who are not doctors or psychologists (i.e. licensed mental health social workers, licensed counselors, etc.), the VA will not accept their opinions initially … [Read more...] about PTSD Guide: VA Service Connection from Hill and Ponton
A veteran will receive compensation at the 100% disability rating level if his/her service connected disabilities prevent the veteran from being able to get a job and keep the job. A Total Disability Rating Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU or IU) is possible even if the veteran’s service connected condition does not equal a 100% disability rating.Obtaining a 100% … [Read more...] about Unemployability (IU) Guide from Hill and Ponton
https://youtu.be/nIJejh0WmDg?t=9m50sTopicsUpdate on the podcast....new video training online....new webinar coming in February....and..... Hiring freeze at the VA...good, bad or indifferent? Can you service connect obesity? Appealing BVA Decisions to the Veterans court What do the eBenefits status codes mean?Links Sleep ApneaThe “Bridge … [Read more...] about VA TBI Claims, VA Obesity Claims, when to FIRE an attorney, the VA Hiring Freeze, and so much more!
Get to the P.O.I.N.T. Better Writing in Your Veterans Affairs Claim Save 10% use coupon code hadit - From Chris Attig - Veterans Law Blog Easy 5-step method for writing VA claims arguments that are clear, concise, and persuasive! You’ve been watching your mailbox like a hawk and the VA finally sends what you’ve been waiting for. Maybe it’s a Ratings Decision or a Statement … [Read more...] about Get to the P.O.I.N.T. Better Writing in Your VA Claim
Articles on Compensation and Pension Exams http://www.hadit.com/10-tips-help-keep-your-va-compensation-and-pension-exam-perspective/http://www.hadit.com/dsm-5-or-dsm-iv-for-va-mental-disorders-compensation-and-pension-exam/http://www.hadit.com/things-to-do-at-your-va-compensation-and-pension-exam/http://www.hadit.com/a-veterans-benefits-raters-view/ Some Posts … [Read more...] about Veterans Affairs Compensation and Pension Exams Related Information
The exams should be to what you’re asking for, what kind of compensation. If it’s the first claim to say that something is related to service, like a back claim saying, “I believe that my back was injured in service and that’s why I currently have this disability,” the question isn’t really so much the extent of this disability now; the question is whether it’s related or … [Read more...] about Preparing for Your C and P Exam
http://www.bva.va.gov/docs/VLR_VOL3/1-Allen-TheLawofVeteransBenefitsPages1-66.pdfTHE LAW OF VETERANS’ BENEFITS 2008-2010The Law of Veterans’ Benefits 2008-2010: Significant Developments, Trends, and a Glimpse into the Future Michael P. Allen1 INTRODUCTION The two-year period addressed in this article has been a busy time for the United States Court of Appeals for … [Read more...] about Law of Veterans’ Benefits 2008-2010
Williams Jr. v. PrincipiUSAVC 02-0764 - STEINBERG, Judge: Veteran Luther Williams, Jr. (the appellant), pro se, seeks review of a May 28, 2002, Board of Veterans' Appeals (Board or BVA) decision that (1) denied Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) service connection for a dental disability and (2) determined that he had failed to file a timely Substantive Appeal both as to a … [Read more...] about US Court of Veterans Claims (USCAVC) Cases