Learning Center: Veterans Disability Benefits

VA Changes Process for Handling Appeals for Disability Benefits

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The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 went into effect in February 2019, changing how the Department of Veterans Affairs handles appeals in VA Disability benefits cases. The new law was designed to chip away at the 400,000 backlogged cases now waiting for review and provide veterans with quicker decisions on their VA Disability […]

Benefits for Veterans’ Surviving Spouses & Children

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When a veteran passes away and leaves behind a family, the government allows for the surviving spouse and children to receive tax-free monthly benefits, known as dependency and indemnity compensation. This compensation isn’t automatically awarded. In order to receive benefits, the surviving family members must submit an application to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs […]

Paying for Your Veterans Disability Attorney

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When clients have an injury or disability that keeps them from working or impacts their ability to live independently, financial issues often come hand in hand. When clients can’t work or have to pay out for large medical expenses, it can be a real struggle to make ends meet. Budgets are tight, barely enough to […]

Are You Eligible for Veterans Disability Benefits if You Can Still Work?

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Here’s something many disabled veterans may not know: Even if one is working or able to work, eligibility for VA disability compensation may still be possible – even at the 100 percent evaluation level. For many VA claims, current employment or ability to work does not bar you from receiving benefits. In fact, it’s not […]

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 […]

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