[Reprinted here with permission from Veterans Law Blog]I encouraged you to keep the exam in perspective. What is that Perspective?Honestly, it comes down to recognizing that the purpose of the C&P Exam is NOT to convince the doctor that … Continue Reading... about 10 Tips to Help You Keep the Compensation and Pension Exam (C&P exam) in Perspective
Greetings: I am grateful that one afternoon a few years ago, I Googled "I've had it with the VA". That simple "search" born out of utter frustration led me to "Hadit". And there it all started! As of two weeks ago, I'm rated 100% (long overdue). And, … Continue Reading... about 100% Rating – How I Did It! – Member Ping Juice
[Reprinted here with permission from Veterans Law Blog]When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA 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 … Continue Reading... about 14 Questions about VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims
While there are 2 legal processes to pursue an earlier effective date, there are several legal theories that can be used in those processes. Here are 2 of the most common legal theories to argue for an Earlier Effective Date in a VA Disability … Continue Reading... about 2 Times Veterans Should Argue for an Earlier Effective Date. – Veterans Law Blog
[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 … Continue Reading... about 3 Things You Want Out Of a DRO Review – VA DRO Hearings (Decision Review Officer)
38CFR4 Total Disability Ratings §4.15 Total disability ratings. The ability to overcome the handicap of disability varies widely among individuals. The rating, however, is based primarily upon the average impairment in earning capacity, that is, upon the economic or industrial handicap which must be overcome and not … [Read More...] about 38CFR4 Total Disability Ratings
This rating schedule is primarily a guide in the evaluation of disability resulting from all types of diseases and injuries encountered as a result of or incident to military service. The percentage ratings represent as far as can practicably be determined the average impairment in earning capacity resulting from such … [Read More...] about 38CFR4.1 Essentials of evaluative rating
I get asked more questions about how to file and win a Veterans Affairs sleep apnea disability claim than almost any other topic in all of VA Benefits Law. [Reprinted here with permission from Veterans Law Blog]True story. And I've been getting asked these questions for years. On top of that, for about 2 years, I … [Read More...] about 4 Things Veterans Should Know about VA Sleep Apnea Disability Claims
Appeals process: The multi-stage appellate process is available to you after you have already received one or more decisions on your claim, but disagree with some aspect of VA’s decision. During the appellate process, an appeal undergoes additional independent reviews, often multiple times and by different adjudicators, as … [Read More...] about 5 Things to Know about the VA Appeals Process
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 VA 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 … [Read More...] about 6 Reasons to Keep Pursuing VA Claims and Appeals – AFTER you reach 100%
Service-connected Disabled Veterans by Disability Rating Percentage: FY 1986 - 2013 Card Facts & Figures About Veterans and Soldier Source: PBS.orgExperts estimate that the total monetary cost for the U.S. — including long-term veterans care — … [Read More...] about Facts & Figures About Veterans and Soldier
DATE: 02-13-91 CITATION: VAOPGCPREC 04-91 Vet. Aff. Op. Gen. Couns. Prec. 04-91 (PDF at end of post)TEXT: Failure to Submit to Medical Examination--Insistence on the Presence of an Attorney and Use of a Recording DeviceQUESTION … [Read More...] about Failure to Submit to Medical Examination–Insistence on the Presence of an Attorney and Use of a Recording Device
PrepareAn accredited representative can help you prepare and file your claim. Speed up your processing time by filing a fully developed claim. Learn more about evidence requirements.DOCUMENTS YOU’LL NEED For the first … [Read More...] about Filing A VA Service Connected Disability Compensation Claim
[fts_youtube playlist_id=PLrrh23QvVVYjNLjTmx8rMUUkrt-yZXry7 channel_id=vavetbenefits vid_count=12 vids_in_row=2 large_vid=yes]What Is a Fully Developed Claim? Source: VA.govThe Fully Developed Claims (FDC) program is an optional new … [Read More...] about Fully Developed Claim (FDC) Veterans Affairs Benefits Videos
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 … [Read More...] about Get to the P.O.I.N.T. Better Writing in Your VA Claim
Military records and Claims folder’sIf you have paper versions of these, first make a copy of each file on a different color paper such as buff or yellow. That way you will be able to tell what is the copy and what is the original. Use the … [Read More...] about Getting Your Documents In Order
The DSM-5 was published in May 2013 and it appears the GAF Scale is no longer being used in DSM-5. Below I've quoted from dsm5.org website. After that quote I have also included the GAF Scale from the DSM-IV for reference purposes. "With the … [Read More...] about Global Asset Functioning Scale (GAF Scale)
[ezcol_1half]Acquired immunodeficiency similar to Gulf War illness in a dead former serviceman.Roncati L, Gatti AM, Pusiol T, Barbolini G, Maiorana A.J R Army Med Corps. 2015 Jun;161(2):153-5. doi: 10.1136/jramc-2014-000345. Epub 2014 Nov … [Read More...] about Gulf War Illness – National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).
From the State DepartmentAfghanistanBackground NotesThe United States has made a long-term commitment to help Afghanistan rebuild itself after years of war. The U.S., along with others in the international community, currently provides … [Read More...] about Gulf War Veterans Information
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/ … [Read More...] about HISA Program – Veterans Affairs Home Improvements and Structural Alterations Program
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 … [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
Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) can occur after you have been through a trauma. A trauma is a shocking and dangerous event that you see or that happens to you. During this type of event, you think that your life or others' lives are in … [Read More...] about How Common Is PTSD?
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 … [Read More...] about Hurry Up and Wait – at VA the tradition continues
Individual Unemployability is a part of VA's disability compensation program that allows Veterans Affairs to pay certain Veterans disability compensation at the 100% rate, even though Veterans Affairs has not rated their service-connected … [Read More...] about Individual Unemployability
Internet Medical Research PrintoutsFrom BertaThe VARO likes to say (if they in fact acknowledge any ineternet abstracts or treatises you have sent in support of claim) that the information, while factual, is general in nature and not specific … [Read More...] about Internet Medical Research Printouts for Your VA Claim
[ezcol_1half]One of the more difficult tasks for a returning veteran is applying for the many VA benefits. The unknown of "should I," "would I qualify," "how do I apply," or "where do I go for help" can be a frustrating experience. VA intends to … [Read More...] about Applying for VA Benefits
http://youtu.be/25x53ibwp7AMilitary Review is published monthly by the US Army Command and Gen'l Staff College. For subscription info contact MR, USACGSC, Ft Leavenworth KS 60627The battle of the Ia Drang Valley [IDV] was actually of series … [Read More...] about Battle of Ia Drang Valley [IDV] by LTC Kenneth R Pierce from “Military Review [MR]”, Vol LXIX, 1-89
Benefit Tip Co-Payment Reimbursement After receiving your service connection at 50% or above you can receive reimbursement for co-payments made from you initial service connection date. Take your award letter to your treating VA Medical Center … [Read More...] about Benefit Tip Co-Payment Reimbursement
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 - … [Read More...] about Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?
Can I apply for VA disability compensation for a disease or injury diagnosed after service? Short Answer Yes you can. Read on.Service connection may be established for a disability resulting from diseases or injuries which are clearly present in … [Read More...] about Can I apply for VA disability compensation for a disease or injury diagnosed after service?
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 … [Read More...] about Can I work and receive TDIU? Yes, in some cases you can.
In Chris Attig’s article “Bad Medicine? 6 Ways to Challenge Veterans Affairs C&P Exam Results” This article is referenced from a longer article on “How to Use Court Cases to Improve Your Veterans Affairs Claim or Appeal” I’ve also include the … [Read More...] about Challenging Your C&P Exam
Berta posted this reminder about Clemons v Shinkseki when claiming mental health disabilities. Read the full post and additional comments here."The scope of a mental health disability claim includes any mental health disability that … [Read More...] about Clemons v. Shinseki – Scope of a mental health disability claim includes any mental health disability that could reasonably be encompassed by the claimant’s description of the claim, reported symptoms, and the other information of record.
Commission on Care Final Report Two years ago, a scandal over VHA employees’ manipulation of data systems to cover up long appointment scheduling delays made headlines and left the veterans’ health care system reeling. The White House and Congress … [Read More...] about Commission on Care Final Report
Today, we want to kind of take the last two, the appealing both at the regional office and then also to the BVA and talk about what your job is. Once you’ve appealed, you’re going to have a couple years on either one to do, but you need to not just … [Read More...] about Common Mistakes – Dont Sit Back During Your Appeal – Hill & Ponton, P.A.
VA Math Explained. VA Math It's Not Your Mother's Arithmetic “VA Math” is the way that the VA computes combined impairment ratings for multiple conditions in a Veteran’s compensation benefits claim – and it requires that you unlearn real math. When a … [Read More...] about Disability Calculator: Veterans Compensation Rate Calculator
Documenting your claim, below is my system for going through service medical records.First thing I do after receiving a service medical record is number each page when I get to the end I go back and add 1 of 100 and so on.Second I then make a … [Read More...] about Documenting Your VA Claim – Examining your service medical records
Have a diagnosis from a doctor before applying for a claim, depending on what your VA claim is for the diagnosis may have to be from a VA doctor, such is the case with PTSD. Request a copy of your military service medical records.If you have had … [Read More...] about Documenting Your VA Claim Best Practices
In 2013, the American Psychiatric Association revised the PTSD diagnostic criteria in the fifth edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) (1). The diagnostic criteria are specified below. Source: National Center … [Read More...] about DSM-5 Criteria for PTSD
Question presented since we went from version IV to DSM-5 of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders M21-1 MR Part III IV 3 Sec A-1 General Claims Process: Which version are being used in claims?Click this link for the most … [Read More...] about DSM-5 or DSM IV For VA Mental Disorders Compensation and Pension Exam