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VA Disability Posts From Around the Web: Worth A Read

Hill and Ponton have a very interesting post on 10% VA Disability. Based on the Veterans Benefits Administration FY 2021 Report, 10% is the most common service-connected percentage awarded. See the image below, and then give H&P’s post a read.

Topics covered in this post:

  • What is a VA Disability Rating?
  • What is the compensation for a 10% VA Disability Rating?
  • What compensation is available for dependents at the 10% VA Disability Rating?
  • What are the top 10% VA Disability Rating Benefits?
  • Social Security with 10% VA Disability
  • 10% VA Disability and Extraschedular TDIU
  • How do you increase a 10% VA Disability Rating?

According to VA: Here are the Top 10 most popular Veteran resources from 2022

  1. Veterans, Gold Star Families get free lifetime pass to national parks, wildlife refuges, other public lands

On Veterans Day 2022, the U.S. National Park Service unveiled a lifetime pass providing free entrance to national parks for Veterans and their families. The pass gives them free access to about 2,000 public locations spread out across more than 400 million acres of public lands.

  1. Veteran discounts are available year-round

A comprehensive list of Veteran and military discounts that are good all year and are updated based on additional awareness.

  1. Record pay increase for Veterans receiving VA compensation benefits

VA announced compensation payment rate increases based on the latest cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). Beginning on Jan. 1, 2023, Veterans and beneficiaries who receive VA compensation benefits began seeing an 8.7% increase in their monthly compensation benefits—the largest increase in over 30 years.

  1. VALife insurance program coming in January 2023 for Veterans with service connection

In January 2023, VA launched a new life insurance program called Veterans Affairs Life Insurance (VALife). The program provides guaranteed acceptance whole life insurance coverage to Veterans 80 and under, with any level of service-connected disability.

  1. Benefits, and resources available to Veterans of OIF, Southwest Asia theater of operations

VA announced that Veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom, Southwest Asia and other locations may be entitled to compensation for medical conditions presumed to be related to exposure to fine particulate matter. For more information on new presumptive conditions, visit the Airborne Hazards and Burn Pit Exposures – Public Health page.

  1. Health application aims to transform Veteran heart health

VHA Innovation Ecosystem, in collaboration with Evidation, is encouraging Veterans to enroll in Heart Health. This free application-based program helps educate Veterans about their heart health and chronic conditions using their smartphones and wearable devices. Veterans can track relevant health data, including activity, mood, symptom and weight data.

SCOTUS Rejects Veteran’s Challenge to Disability Claims Filing Deadline

This case discusses an earlier effective date determination based on “*equitable tolling.”

SCOTUS unanimously rejected the veteran’s Arellano argument that his disability compensation should have been made retroactive to his date of discharge because his condition rendered him incapable of filing a claim within the required one-year window after leaving military service. Source:


Hill and Ponton: How Much Weight Does a C&P Exam Have?

“C&P examiners do not make the final decision regarding whether or not a claim is granted. They are a very important part of the process, and the data that they collect is utilized in the process of making that decision.” Source: Hill and Ponton

Author: Tbird


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