All About VA Form 21-4142

Form 21-4142

All About VA Form 21-4142 VA Form 21-4142 gives the VA permission to obtain your personal information from non-VA sources, like private physicians or hospitals. In many cases, a medical release form like this one is a standard part of the process. The issuing agency receives it, processes it, and keeps it on file. However, …

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Service-Related Connection

Service-Related Connection

Establishing a Service-Related Connection in VA Disability Claims Defining a service-related connection. In a nutshell, any illness or injury which occurred while the Veteran was on active duty. Whether or not the illness or injury was directly tied to military activity, like a combat or training injury, is service-related for VA disability purposes.  Generally, illnesses include …

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Backdating a VA Disability Claim blog

Backdating VA Disability Claims 

Properly Backdating VA Disability Claims  We want to stress the importance of properly backdating VA disability Claims.  Full VA disability financial benefits could be several thousand dollars a month, depending on the circumstances of the case. So, a few months of back benefits could mean several thousand dollars. A few years of back benefits could …

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2021 VA Disability Rates

2021 VA Disability Rates

About 2021 VA Disability Rates Information on 2021 VA disability rates. Beginning January 1, VA disability recipients should notice a small bump in their monthly checks. The Cost of Living Allowance increase for 2021, which is based on information provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, is 1.3%. Social Security benefits should increase at the …

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What Is Individual Unemployability

Individual Unemployability

What is Individual Unemployability (IU)? Individual Unemployability (IU) is a part of VA’s disability compensation program.  This program allows the VA to pay certain Veterans compensation at the 100% rate.  Veterans can get benefits even though VA has not rated their service-connected disabilities at the 100% level. What  Are The Eligibility Criteria For Individual Unemployability? …

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Diseases Associated With Agent Orange

Diseases Associated With Agent Orange

What Are The Diseases Associated With Agent Orange? Medical science has determined a variety of diseases associated with Agent Orange. Because of this the VA recognizes certain cancers as presumptive diseases associated with exposure to Agent Orange.  Also connected to Agent Orange are numerous other health problems. Adding to that, exposure to certain other herbicides …

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Special Monthly Compensation

Special Monthly Compensation

What is Special Monthly Compensation (SMC)? Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) is a higher rate of compensation paid to Veterans due to special circumstances.  Like the need of aid and attendance by another person.  Or by specific disability.  Such as a loss of use of one hand or leg. What Qualifies For Special Monthly Compensation  Loss, …

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Asbestos Exposure and VA Benefits

Asbestos Exposure and VA Benefits

About Asbestos Exposure and VA Benefits This article answers questions about asbestos exposure and VA benefits the may be available if you have a related illness. If you are a Veteran and you served in any of the following occupations you may have been exposed to asbestos: mining milling shipyard work insulation work demolition of …

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What Is Individual Unemployability

Individual Unemployability

What is Individual Unemployability (IU)? Individual Unemployability (IU) is a part of VA’s disability compensation program.  This program allows the VA to pay certain Veterans compensation at the 100% rate.  Veterans can get benefits even though VA has not rated their service-connected disabilities at the 100% level. What is the eligibility criteria for Individual Unemployability? …

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