You finally decided to file a VA disability compensation claim, 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. If you haven’t figured it out by now, it’s time to realize … [Read more...] about Win Your VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claim
You've just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It's a legitimate question - rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons after being rated 100% disabled. Some Veterans like … [Read more...] about Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?
@Sandboxx creates lifestyle technology for the military and veteran communities, as well as their family and friends.Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.sandboxx.us … [Read more...] about Sandboxx – Military Social Network
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
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
Here is a look at the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Read the full list here Facts: There are 18.8 million veterans in the United States, according to the most recent statistics from the US Census. More than nine million veterans are served each year by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Health care facilities are made up of 1,065 outpatient sites and 170 VA … [Read more...] about Department of Veterans Affairs Fast Facts
In 2016 medical the G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery received 2 stars and the Gulf Coast VA received one start. In 2017 it remains the same. There are veterans that will tell you they receive excellent care and there are veterans who receive awful care. We must put more weight to the veterans whose care is subpar no matter how excellent it may be for other veterans. You are only as … [Read more...] about VA concealed mistakes and misdeeds by staff members entrusted with caring for veterans.
From Curtis L. Coy, Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity, Veterans Benefits Administration Dear Fellow Veterans and Colleagues, As you know, the recent passage of the Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also known as the “Forever GI Bill,” enacts several changes to the GI Bill that will positively impact Veterans and their families. Some of the … [Read more...] about “Forever GI Bill” Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017
Basically they would like to merge VA with TRICARE. Can't imagine that going going well. Congress - not consulted Veterans Groups - not consulted Studies Done - none “My overarching concern is these are very dramatic changes in the way health care is delivered to veterans,” said Carrie Farmer, a senior policy researcher on military care at Rand Corp., who has … [Read more...] about Veterans Affairs exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon
When you get an other than honorable discharge or a bad conduct discharge or a dishonorable discharge, you lose virtually all of your access to Veterans Affairs benefits. From the article "When service members separate from the military, their futures depend on something called a characterization of service. There are five different possibilities: honorable, general under … [Read more...] about Bad Paper Discharge? Mental Health Options Limited
Keeping the bills paid, the kids feed and a thousand other things you have to worry about each month, the last thing you need is for your income to disappear and then be saddled by a huge debt. If VA overpaid you they have every right to inform you and work out a repayment plan, but they should not have the right to put a family in a desperate situation because of their … [Read more...] about VA Asking Veterans to Return Benefit ‘Overpayments’
Sen. Kaine said, “These findings don’t enable veterans and Congress to have trust in VA’s performance. I will be asking the Veterans Affairs to provide confirmation that no veteran suffered any financial harm from these mistakes.” I couldn't agree more with Sen. Kane. I am finding it impossible to believe anything they cite as statistics, their track record on cooking the … [Read more...] about AGAIN! Roanoke VA office cited for mishandling veterans’ claims
When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a Veterans Affairs 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 Veterans Affairs Disability Claims. [Reprinted here with permission from Veterans Law Blog] 1. What benefits … [Read more...] about 14 Questions about VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims
Do you trust the VA to discuss medical marijuana? Many veterans don't, VA docs can't prescribe, they can, it says, discuss how it might interact with other medications or how it might effect pain management or PTSD symptoms. VA providers are still NOT permitted to refer veterans to state-approved medical marijuana programs, since the drug is illegal under federal law, with … [Read more...] about VA Clears The Air On Doctors Talking To Veterans About Marijuana Use
With 10 years of representing Veterans before VA Regional Offices all around the country and the BVA, I have a firm belief that Veterans can improve their VA Claims by following 8 Steps to Improve their VA Claim A recent non-precedential opinion of the Veterans Court seemed to follow those Steps in pointing out the flaws in a BVA decision. A recent non-precedential … [Read more...] about 4 Powerful Ways to Improve Our VA Claims – From Veterans Court decisions