VA Disability Schedules

Disability Schedules

VA to Revise Some Disability Schedules   The Veterans Administration announced that it will change the way it evaluates some disability schedules. Including service-related respiratory conditions, mental health conditions, and ear, nose, & throat disorders. The Administration intends to bring the VA’s rating schedule more in line with modern medicine.   Officials plan to eliminate …

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Expand Benefits For Veterans Exposed To Toxins

Expand Benefits For Veterans

Congress To Expand Benefits For Veterans Exposed To Toxins   In a move that would expand benefits for veterans of Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War, and the Global War on Terror, House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Mark Takano (D-CA) has set up an online survey for individuals to report toxic exposure symptoms related to their …

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How The VA Rates PTSD

VA Rates PTSD

How The VA Rates PTSD What is PTSD and how the VA rates PTSD.  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a common, though not always visible, disability that can be related to military service. Almost everyone who experiences a highly stressful event will have responses to it such as nervousness, trouble sleeping, fear, and many other …

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Burn Pit Coverage

Burn Pit Coverage

Baby Steps Toward VA Burn Pit Coverage   In December 2021, President Biden signed into law, as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), two bills that expanded the VA’s burn pit coverage of illness infrastructure. The bills (a) expand the Burn Pit Registry to include service in Egypt and Syria, and (b) require …

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VA Disability Attorney

VA Disability Attorney

A VA Disability Attorney’s Role in a VA Disability Claim   Can a VA disability attorney provide assistance in a Veterans Administration Claim? In his second inaugural address, President Abraham Lincoln envisioned the service that would become our modern Veterans Administration compensation structure. His vision included a service that would “care for him who shall …

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The Two Components Of TDIU Claims

Components Of TDIU Claims

The Two Components Of TDIU Claims There are two components of TDIU claims.  Sometimes, the Total Disability due to Individual Unemployability claims are straightforward. The veteran is not working, a VA doctor says the Veteran cannot work, and the Veteran has a disability rating that meets the requirements. But other times, there is some doubt …

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supplemental review

Supplemental Review

Requesting Supplemental Review in a VA Disability Case Your VA claim was denied because you needed more evidence? Then supplemental review may be your best option. Although, there are other options, like a higher-level review or a traditional appeal to the Board. A Supplemental Review begins by filing Form 20-0955. It often leads to a …

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Getting TDIU: VA Form 21-4192

TDIU FORM

TDIU FORM: VA Form 21-4192 Disability is always subjective. A condition that might be disabling in one context might not be disabling in another. That is the main idea of a Total Disability de to Individual Unemployability claim. VA Form 21-4192 either establishes or undermines a Veteran’s contention that they are disabled. It might come …

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Higher Level Review

Higher Level Review

Higher Level Review and Your VA Disability Claim Veterans still have the Higher Level Review option even after the 2017 VA disability reforms made some significant changes. For many Veterans, the extended wait time for an appeal hearing is over. Now, an appeal might simply be a matter of filling out a form. It’s not …

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Claims Backlog

Claims Backlog

Post-Pandemic Claims Backlog Worse Than Expected   With rising immunity to Covid, many parts of life are getting back to normal. But that is not the case at the Veterans Administration. Officials expect cases to be seriously backed up until late 2022. The post-pandemic claims backlog is worse than expected.   Before the coronavirus pandemic …

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