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CUE Appeals

CUE Appeals

CUE Appeals: A Case Study Here we present a Case Study of CUE Appeals. Claims Examiners are under more pressure than ever to quickly evaluate claims and make decisions. As a result, Clear and Unmistakable Error cases are more common than ever. Claims Examiners are so rushed that they often overlook obvious bits of evidence …

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TDIU And Vocational Rehab

TDIU And Vocational Rehab

TDIU And Vocational Rehab Benefits Are you considering applying for TDIU And Vocational Rehab Benefits (VR&E)? Veterans can certainly ask for Total Disability due to Individual Unemployability (TDIU) and Veteran Readiness and Employment (VR&E) benefits.  But (and you probably knew a “but” was coming) these programs address two different needs. As the name implies, TDIU …

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The Five Types of SMC

Five Types of SMC

The Five Types of SMC – Special Monthly Compensation Benefits Here you may learn of the five types of SMC or Special Monthly Compensation Benefits. In most cases, the VA disability rating system determines the amount of monthly compensation that disabled Veterans receive. However, according to the VA, some disabilities are so severe that the …

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Presumptive Service Connection

Presumptive Service Connection

Does My Agent Orange Exposure Qualify for the Presumptive Service Connection? What are the qualifying factors for the Presumptive Service Connection? Monsanto’s Agent Orange, an extremely powerful defoliant, was widely used by the U.S. military throughout much of the mid and late 20th century. It killed plants quickly, which explains its widespread use in Vietnam …

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VA Virtual Hearings FAQ

VA Virtual Hearings FAQ

FAQs About VA Virtual Hearings VA virtual hearings and telemedicine have become increasing popular in recent days. In April 2020, at the height of the spring 2020 coronavirus quarantines, lawmakers approved the VA Tele-Hearing Modernization Act. As a result, any room with a stable WiFi connection is a possible location for the Board of Veterans …

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Wait Times At The BVA

Wait Times At The BVA

What are the Current Wait Times at the BVA – Board of Veterans’ Appeals? In 2020, has there been any improvement to the current wait times at the BVA?  The much ballyhooed Appeals Modernization Act promised to return the Veterans Administration disability system to Abraham Lincoln’s vision.  A vision of a way “to care for …

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CAVC Win

CAVC WIN

A CAVC WIN Success Story In this article, we explain the claims process and go over what it takes to successfully appeal for CAVC win. The Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) resolves many disability cases. The crowded BVA docket resulted in long delays, and was one of the driving forces behind the 2017 Appeals Modernization …

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TDIU Application And Proof

TDIU Application And Proof

Understanding TDIU Application And Proof This article explores some TDIU Application And Proof nuts and bolts. In many cases, the VA percentage rating system is an excellent way to determine the extent of disability and the appropriate amount of benefits. But in many instances, the rigid rating system does not capture the full extent of …

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VA DIC Benefits

VA DIC Benefits

Who Qualifies for VA DIC Benefits? Understanding VA DIC benefits. DIC stands for Dependency Indemnity Compensation.  Qualified surviving spouses, children, or parents of a deceased veteran or service member may receive a tax-free, monetary benefit. In 2019, the Veterans Administration significantly expanded the Dependency Indemnity Compensation program. The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act extended …

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