Learning Center: Veterans Disability Benefits



The Myth of “Requests for Reconsideration” in VA Benefits Claims

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Veterans routinely ask our Veterans Disability Benefits staff, “Why is the attorney filing a Notice of Disagreement for my claim? I was told by my previous representative to file a request for reconsideration and that it would produce results much faster.” My initial response to that inquiry almost always includes the phrase, “You should know […]

Help for veterans with PTSD

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What does the face of PTSD (Post-traumatic Stress Disorder) look like? For too many veterans, they simply have to look in the mirror to know the answer to this question. PTSD is a serious and very complex disorder that affects veterans as a result of the horrors of war, injury, or other in-service event that […]

VA Benefits for Gulf War Syndrome

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Frequently in my practice I meet veterans who have a variety of symptoms that can’t be attributed to a single cause. The vets go to doctors in and outside the VA who can’t easily figure out what is going on with their health, and they are often misdiagnosed as a result. The problems are very […]

Fixing the VA Benefits Backlog

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Recently, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs advised Congress that it must do something to reduce the time it takes for a veteran’s appeal for disability benefits to be resolved. As of January, an estimated 400,000 veterans had appeals pending with the Veterans Administration. It takes an average of 1,000 days — nearly three years — […]

New Hope for “Blue Water Navy” vets Exposed to Agent Orange?

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During the Vietnam War, 90,000 Navy vets served offshore and may have been exposed to Agent Orange. But they are not eligible for VA disability benefits for health problems they suffered as a result of that exposure. These sailors, who served on ships off the coast of Vietnam during the war, were initially eligible for […]