“Toughing Out” an Illness Can Result in Lost VA Benefits

“Toughing Out” an Illness Can Result in Lost VA Benefits Are you concerned about lost VA Benefits? In October 2022, the Supreme Court will consider an obscure rule that, in many cases, sharply limits VA back pay in disability cases. The case is Arellano v. McDonough and involves a veteran diagnosed with PTSD in 1981 […]

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VA TDIU Requirements – Understanding How to Qualify

VA TDIU Requirements – Understanding How to Qualify What are the basic TDIU Requirements? The basic VA disability rating scheme is pretty straightforward: the VA will compensate disabled veterans at a rate based on their level of disability. A ratings-based compensation means a veteran for whom the VA will pay an 80% disability rating more […]

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Can You Receive State Unemployment Benefits and VA Disability Benefits?

The government offers benefits, including unemployment benefits, to residents and their families in times of need. Veterans may qualify for disability benefits from the Veterans Administration and unemployment benefits from the federal or state government simultaneously because the types of benefits serve different purposes. The biggest difference between unemployment and disability benefits is that unemployment […]

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The Most Common Reasons DIC Claims are Denied

The Most Common Reasons DIC Claims are Denied   In the past, survivors of disabled veterans who passed away were presumptively entitled to survivor benefits, called Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, or DIC. Then, the law changed, establishing requirements which must be met before DIC claims can be granted. Now, because of the complexity of DIC […]

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Can You Receive SSDI and VA Disability

Can You Receive SSDI and VA Disability? If you’re a disabled veteran, you may be wondering if you can receive social security disability insurance, SSDI and VA disability benefits at the same time. The answer is yes. SSDI and VA disability are two separate federal programs, although there is some overlap. For example, an SSDI […]

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A Guide to VA Disability Benefits for Major Depressive Disorder

Major Depressive Disorder, or MDD, is the most common mental illness in the United States. It affects over seven million Americans, along with an untold number of friends, family members, and coworkers of these victims. Frequently, MDD co-occurs with other conditions, many of which are physical. Because of their military experiences, veterans suffer from MDD […]

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Top Seven VA Disability Claims

Top Seven VA Disability Claims Do you have a VA disability claim? The number of claims is on the rise. The sharp increase in deployments post-9/11 has pushed the number of disabled American Veterans to nearly four million. That is almost half of the Veterans who serve their country in any capacity, stateside or overseas. […]

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VA Disability Benefits for Migraine Headaches

VA Disability Benefits for Migraine Headaches Military veterans, particularly those with service in Iraq, Afghanistan, and the Global War on Terror, have a significantly higher rate of migraine headaches than the general population. In fact, migraine diagnoses in the military increased by 27% from 2001 to 2007 as a result of the increased deployments to […]

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How to Appeal a Denied DIC Claim Under the Appeals Modernization Act

Do you have a denied DIC claim? Before 2017, some Veterans claimed the VA’s attitude about disability claims was “deny until they die.” That idea is a bit melodramatic, but not entirely misplaced. Many disabled veterans waited several years for benefits to which they were entitled because of a service-related illness or injury. The Veteran […]

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Continuous Cohabitation and DIC Survivor Benefits

Continuous Cohabitation and DIC Survivor Benefits Marriage vows are for better or for worse, and in most marriages, spouses experience plenty of good and bad. Traditionally, spouses live together throughout a marriage, known as cohabitation, though living apart is not as rare as it used to be. If the divorce rate is any indication, it […]

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