What VA Does after It Receives Your Claim After VA receives your Application for Compensation, it sends you a letter. The letter explains what VA needs in order to help grant your claim. It states how VA assists in getting records to support your claim. The letter may include forms for you to complete, such as medical releases. They help VA obtain pertinent medical records … [Read more...] about VA Disability Claims Process
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VA assumes that certain diseases can be related to a Veteran's qualifying military service. We call these "presumptive diseases." VA has recognized certain cancers and other health problems as presumptive diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange or other herbicides during military service. Veterans and their survivors may be eligible for benefits for these … [Read more...] about Agent Orange Presumptive Conditions
VA disability compensation rates listed below are for calculating your retroactive pay once you win your claim. For example if you were awarded 50% from 1997 to present you will be paid at the 50% rate for the corresponding year. VA Disability Compensation - The VA disability compensation benefit evaluates disability resulting from all types of diseases and … [Read more...] about VA Disability Compensation Rates (Historic for Retro) 1974 – 2004
Citation Nr: 1427733 Decision Date: 06/18/14 Archive Date: 06/26/14 DOCKET NO. 10-06 071 ) DATE On appeal from the Department of Veterans Affairs Regional Office in Winston-Salem, North Carolina THE ISSUES Whether new and material evidence has been received to reopen a claim of service connection for a left ankle disability. Entitlement to service connection for a left … [Read more...] about Entitlement To Service Connection For Sleep Apnea, To Include As Secondary To Ptsd Granted
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
Lifetime HISA benefit up to $6,800. Lifetime benefit up to $2,000 may be provided for Veterans who have a non-service connected condition. Some excluded HISA structural alterations are exterior decking; purchase or installation of spa/ hot tubs/ Jacuzzi type tubs; home security systems; removable equipment or appliances such as portable ramps; porch lifts, and stair glides; and … [Read more...] about HISA Program – Veterans Affairs Home Improvements and Structural Alterations Program
Today, I want to talk to you about a question that a lot of Veterans ask me: If I get a 100% rating, should I continue fighting the Veterans Affairs for benefits? Let’s jump right into the answer. Many Veterans perceive the 100% rating as the end of the line. The sign of victory over the Hamster Wheel. But….….is it REALLY over when you get to 100%? Well, the hard part sure … [Read more...] about 6 Reasons to Keep Pursuing VA Claims and Appeals – AFTER you reach 100%
Request a copy of your C-File (Claims Folder) - If you have been denied disability, you will want to obtain a copy of your VA Claims file to obtain information that will help you in filing your appeal. Request it from the VA Regional Office where you submitted your claim for benefits. If you do not receive it in a timely manner, make a Freedom of Information Act … [Read more...] about Records, Veterans, Dept of Veterans Affairs, VA claims
Did You Use the Veterans Affairs Form 21-4138 Statement in Support of Claim? When it comes to forms that do nothing in a Veterans Affairs claim or appeal, the VA Form 21-4138 Statement in Support of Claim takes the Grand Prize. [Reprinted here with permission from Veterans Law Blog] The VA Bureaucracy has made the claims process so befuddling that it created a form that is … [Read more...] about Should You Use the VA Form 21-4138 Statement in Support of Claim Form?
[ezcol_1half] 789 F.3d 1375 (2015) Curtis SCOTT, Claimant-Appellant v. Robert A. McDONALD, Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Respondent-Appellee. No. 2014-7095. United States Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit.June 18, 2015.1376*1376 Jennifer Librach Nall, Baker Botts, LLP, Austin, TX, argued for claimant-appellant. Also represented by Christopher Granaghan, David B. … [Read more...] about Scott v. McDonald, 789 F. 3d 1375 – Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit 2015
Veterans Compensation Benefits Claims Research http://community.hadit.com/forum/36-va-disability-claims-and-benefits-research/ VA Disability Claims discussions post your Veterans Administration disability claims questions or answer for others. Read and research other veterans experiences. Veterans Compensation Benefits Claims Research Appealing Your … [Read more...] about VA Disability Claims Forums
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 Tinnitus – VA Disability Claims
The Veterans Affairs has had a lot to say in recent years regarding its failed attempts at building Veterans Affairs hospitals. Should VA officials’ construction-related pronouncements be believed? Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.denverpost.com Further Reading Aurora VA hospital: Anatomy of a calamity - The Denver … [Read more...] about The VA’s strained relationship with the truth
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?
What does Development Letter Sent mean on Ebenefits? Development letters are sent in the early stages of your claim. It acknowledges your claim and asks for additional evidence if you have any. The VA is legally required to send this letter to you. The letter may ask for things that aren’t applicable to your case, like buddy statements, or it may ask for things you’ve … [Read more...] about Ebenefits Development Letter Sent
[Reprinted here with permission from Veterans Law Blog] A de novo review is your other option. de novo, which means “new,” or “fresh look,” is a Latin term used by lawyers. In a de novo review, a DRO, who is a senior-level, highly experienced claim processor, looks at all the evidence of record (your entire claims file, including any new evidence you’ve submitted). The DRO … [Read more...] about 3 Things You Want Out Of a DRO Review – VA DRO Hearings (Decision Review Officer)
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[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?
Am I eligible for emergency care at a non-VA facility? An eligible Veteran may receive emergency care at a non-VA health care facility at VA expense when a VA facility or other Federal health care facility with which VA has an agreement is unable to furnish economical care due to the Veteran’s geographical inaccessibility to a VA medical facility, or when VA is unable to … [Read more...] about Am I eligible for emergency care at a non-VA facility?
Did you receive a letter proposing to reduce your Veterans Affairs disability rating? Check out the articles below to learn more. Forewarned is forearmed. Forge on brothers and sisters... Try not to panic, panic clouds your judgement. Use your military mind to push the panic back a bit and move forward. DO NOT MISS a VA Re-Examination appointments. Call an Uber if you … [Read more...] about Veterans Affairs Ratings Reduction – Read More, Fear Less
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 Compensation Service Connection from Hill and Ponton
There are three main elements you need to understand in how to prove PTSD to VA: Diagnosis In-service stressor Medical “nexus” or link between your PTSD and the in service … [Read more...] about PTSD Veterans Compensation Benefits Claims
Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin warned Wednesday that the VA is “still in critical condition” despite efforts that predate his tenure to reduce wait times for medical appointments and expand opportunities to seek care in the private sector. In a “State of the VA” report, Shulkin, a physician, issued a blunt diagnosis: “There is a lot of work to do.” Sourced through … [Read more...] about WATCH: Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin says there’s ‘a lot of work to do’ to fix the system
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.
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
Have you ever heard of a regulatory or procedural review? A "procedural review," as indicated in your electronic records and eBenefits, is generally associated with an internal review of a claims file to ensure a claim was processed correctly. When VA initiates certain actions, a three digit code is assigned to the action and is entered into the computer for tracking … [Read more...] about Regulatory or Procedural Review
Today we want to talk to you about individual unemployability and a big mistake we see, and that is the timing of the filing of the paperwork for that. A lot of times what we’ll see is somebody is not working and they’re filing for service connected compensation for their back or their headaches or their allergies, and they’re not service connected yet. Sourced through … [Read more...] about Individual Unemployability – When to File – Hill & Ponton, P.A.
Disability Benefits Questionnaire (DBQ) Veterans now have more control over the disability claims process. Veterans have the option of visiting a private health care provider instead of a VA facility to complete their disability evaluation form. Veterans can have their providers fill out any of the more than 70 DBQs that are appropriate for their conditions and submit them … [Read more...] about List By Symptom – VA Disability Compensation
Replaces Current ‘30-day/40-mile’ System With Patient/Provider-centric Decision-making WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it has presented the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees with the administration’s draft proposal of the Veterans Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences (CARE) Act, designed to improve Veterans’ … [Read more...] about VA Announces Veterans Coordinated Access & Rewarding Experiences (‘CARE’) Act
If you spend any time reading VA case law you'll come across the phrase less likely, more likely than not and so on. In the VA Clinicians Guide for Disability Examination it lays out how these are weighted. Independent Medical Opinions by Your Private Physician An Independent Medical Opinion (IMO) from a treating physician is in many instances a critical part of a veteran’s … [Read more...] about Less Likely, More Likely Than Not – and why reasonable doubt rule is one of the most important liberalizing rules that Veterans Affairs uses…
Meet the new boss, same as the old boss... VA Secretary Shulkin says "we will not tolerate whistleblower retaliation in the VA", however 9 months into the new Administration and the games played at the VA that were going to go away are still being played. Quoted in the article is Katherine Mitchel, a doc at the Phoenix VA. She lists continuing retaliatory measures, … [Read more...] about Veterans Affairs Secretary Shulkin says “we will not tolerate whistleblower retaliation in the VA”, and yet, 9 months into the new Administration the games continue
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
Personal stories from veterans, historical and political analysis from scholars and elected officials. This should be an interesting and hopefully unflinching look at the organization that was created to "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan." I've been in the VA system since 1991 and it has been anything but smooth, I imagine … [Read more...] about PBS Documentary – VA: The Human Cost of War – A history from the beginning
When I logged in ebenefits it shows they have reviewed the document they requested (C&P exam request). Now there is a new request for me this time. It says they are requesting my service medical records. I submitted all of these already when I submitted my claim online. Do I resubmit the documents I already submitted online? I have to request my C&P exam/ … [Read more...] about Just had C&P exam now there are requesting service medical records?
The sick truth is that about 1 in every 100 guys experience military sexual trauma, for women it's 1 in 4. In Virginia and North Carolina our sisters are waiting an average of about 26 days to see mental health docs. 26 days is a long time to hang off the edge of cliff which is where to many of our brothers sisters hang waiting for VA. Not surprisingly women get the … [Read more...] about In Virginia and North Carolina our sisters are waiting an average of about 26 days to see mental health docs.
I haven't been to the Vet Center in a few years. My therapist there transferred and I moved to the civilian sector. The transition from one to the other was about as seamless as I could have hoped for thanks to my Vet Center therapist. She set me up for success with my new therapist and with myself. I had been in regular therapy since 1991 in California but in 1998 I moved to … [Read more...] about Have you tried going to the Vet Center ? I did and I’m glad.
Effective July 7, 2014: VA is changing its monetary burial benefits regulations to simplify the program and pay eligible survivors more quickly and efficiently. These regulations will authorize VA to pay, without a written application, most eligible surviving spouses basic monetary burial benefits at the maximum amount authorized in law through automated systems rather than … [Read more...] about VA Burial Benefits: Service-Connected or Non-Service Connected – There’s a Benefit for You
Veterans struggling with addiction have a lifeline with the VA Domiciliary and compensated work therapy, they can stop sleeping rough and get clean in a safe environment, compensated work therapy can help them get back into the routine of working and provide a little spending cash. Temple VA's motor pool had a different idea about those programs and it didn't have anything … [Read more...] about Investigation finds corruption, intimidation at Temple VA campus
As some of you may know there are 3 kinds of lies, lies, damn lies and statistics and the VA uses them all. Once again we can thank a whistleblower for bring this to our attention. Even with CHOICE in place due to the VA creating fake wait lists to make their numbers look better than they were and damn the veterans who suffer. It continues at the Denver Veterans … [Read more...] about VA Inspector General: Improper wait list used for Colorado vets’ mental health care
The truth is that many people with “bad paper” might be able to receive most Veterans Affairs benefits, even without a discharge upgrade. The VA is allowed to grant eligibility to most people in this situation, for all benefits except the GI Bill. This happens if the VA looks at your overall service and decides that it wasn’t “under dishonorable conditions.” This is called … [Read more...] about VA Character of Discharge Review
You may recall in Nov. we shared with you the article from the Austin American Statesman regarding Temple VA's motor pool somewhat successful attempt at a fiefdom. And so here we are weeks later and VA won't release the final report on the abuse and corruption at the Temple VA. They say it would interfere with the OIG investigation which is ongoing. The Statesman requested … [Read more...] about Temple VA abuse and corruption final report won’t be released citing ongoing investigation.
Last year VA launched a new program to streamline purchasing supplies for their medical centers. As GAO lays out what the VA needed to do for the program to be successful A strong strategic plan Stable leadership Good communications Stakeholder buy-in GAO found Veterans Affairs was missing these elements when it launched the program; as a result, the program … [Read more...] about VA Contracting: Improvements in Buying Medical and Surgical Supplies Could Yield Cost Savings and Efficiency
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
I don't think they are ever going to stop cooking the books to make themselves look better. Perhaps they will just empty the hospitals and they can look really efficient. It's crazy stupid, veterans well being should be the priority not a bonus for screwing those veterans. Walter Savage, 81, an Air Force veteran found little help when he got to the VA in Roseburg ER's. … [Read more...] about At Veterans Hospital in Oregon, a Push for Better Ratings Puts Patients at Risk, Doctors Say
House rejects proposed funding fix for VA Choice program PBS NewsHour-Jul 25, 2017 WASHINGTON — The House has rejected a plan to allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to shift $2 billion from other programs to cover a sudden budget shortfall in its Choice program of private-sector care following opposition from veterans' groups. The vote was 219-186 Monday on a bill to … [Read more...] about VA CHOICE Program News from 2017
https://www.hadit.com/disability-calculator/ https://www.hadit.com/things-to-do-at-your-va-compensation-and-pension-exam/ https://www.hadit.com/can-100-percent-disabled-veteran-work/ https://www.hadit.com/common-va-service-connected-disabilities/ https://www.hadit.com/veterans-affairs-claims/ https://www.hadit.com/requesting-your-va-c-file/ … [Read more...] about Top 10 VA Disability Claims Posts for 2017
What GAO Found The Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) plan for implementing a new disability appeals process while attending to appeals in the current process addresses most, but not all, elements required by the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (Act). VA's appeals plan addresses 17 of 22 required elements, partially addresses 4, and does not … [Read more...] about VA DISABILITY BENEFITS: Opportunities Exist to Better Ensure Successful Appeals Reform GAO-18-349T: Published: Jan 30, 2018
This issue came up here a few times over the years, and also some months ago---but it bears repeating. In Most of the 1151 and/or FTCA questions we see here- it is obvious that the veteran's health care same solely from the VA. In a widow’s issue, months ago - it took quite some time for us to realize that the veteran’s surgery, which seemed to contribute to his death, … [Read more...] about Additional FTCA/1151 info
Throughout FY 2016, the CAVC and the Federal Circuit issued many significant decisions that impacted the way VA adjudicates appeals, including the following: ► Correia v. McDonald, 28 Vet. App. 158 (2016): This case provides a precedent interpretation of the final sentence of 38 C.F.R. § 4.59, which reads: “The joints involved should be tested for pain on both active and … [Read more...] about Significant Judicial Precedent and Its Effect on the Board
Fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy ride ... More trouble for an already troubled VA. Those who want to privatize will continue to break the system and veterans will be hurt. I don't want the VA to be privatized for profit care. I want them to put the money, resources and people into place to fix what we earned. They have told us for years that we deserve … [Read more...] about Problems Ahead at VA – Did Shulkin get fired or resign? This is why it matters – POLITICO
Giving veterans choices about their care is something we can all get behind. Dismantling VA in lieu of private care will hurt todays veterans and tomorrows veterans. Lots of veterans have good solid reasons for hating the VA for medical care, and there are tons more that love their care. For years they have talked about the great debt we are owed and the state of the art … [Read more...] about What does ‘privatization’ of Veterans Affairs really mean?
Employee misconduct at VA's medical facilities can have serious consequences for veterans. We looked at how VA deals with employee misconduct and found several opportunities for improvement. For example: VA doesn't always maintain required files and documents for adjudication, suggesting that employees may not have received due process. VA officials found guilty of misconduct … [Read more...] about VA: Actions Needed to Address Employee Misconduct Process and Ensure Accountability