Burn Pit

Burn Pit

VA Adds Smoke From A Burn Pit To Presumptive Injury List   Veterans who developed rhinitis, sinusitis, or asthma after being exposed to burn pit smoke are now presumptively entitled to monthly benefits.   VA Secretary Denis McDonough said the decision was “the right move”. Further, McDonough hinted that he may add more conditions to …

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VA Case Backlog

Case Backlog

VA Case Backlog to Remain Until at Least 2023   Officials blamed the coronavirus pandemic for their failure to significantly reduce the appeals logjam. They expect the case backlog to continue until at least 2023.   “We don’t have the timeline yet. We’re working to set that,” BVA chair Cheryl Mason told the House VA …

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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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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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CUE Revisions Of Final Decisions

CUE Revisions

CUE Revisions Of Final Decisions What are CUE revisions and how can they affect a VA disability claim if it was denied?  Regional Offices almost always deny VA benefits claims, at least in part. The Clear and Unmistakable Error (CUE) appeals path, if it is available, is often a shortcut to a successful appeal. 2020’s …

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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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