Filing a disability claim with the VA is often complex and confusing. If you or a loved one is a Veteran that has had an application for benefits denied, it is important to contact an experienced VA lawyer who may assist you or a loved one through the process. With that being said, some common mistakes that Veterans often make include the following: Continue reading “Common Mistakes to Avoid When Filing or Appealing a VA Disability Claim”
There are a number of different benefits that a Veteran may be entitled to receive. Types of benefits include the following:
- Pension benefits;
- Readjustment benefits;
- Disability benefits;
- Vocational benefits;
- 1151 benefits for medical malpractice; and
- Dependency and indemnity benefits.
According to the Mayo Clinic, a traumatic brain injury happens when the skull is penetrated from a blow to the head. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDCP), traumatic brain injuries are one of the leading causes of long-term care treatment. In addition, the CDCP reports that traumatic brain injuries contribute to 50,000 deaths each year and 282,000 hospitalizations. According to the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center (DVBIC), there are over 20,000 military service workers that sustain a traumatic brain injury each year. Continue reading “Obtain Veterans’ Disability Benefits for a Traumatic Brain Injury”
In the United States, there are over 13 million veterans who are over the age of 65. Housebound is a pension service program provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Housebound program provides supplemental income to disabled veterans who are confined to their home. The income provided by this program is in addition to the veteran’s monthly pension payment. Continue reading “Are You 65 and Over with a Permanent Disability? Housebound for Veterans May Be a Viable Option To Secure Additional Monthly Income”
Stars and Stripes reported that Veterans Affairs Secretary David Shulkin would like to expand Agent-Orange-related medical coverage to new categories of veterans with ailments, but cost, medical science, and politics are preventing it from happening. Continue reading “VA Secretary Seeks to Expand Medical Coverage Related to Agent Orange Exposure”
Upon completion of a disability application and a determination by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that the disability was service-connected, the VA will assign a disability rating, which reflects the severity and life impairment of the disability. This rating will reflect the amount of compensation that the individual is entitled to receive from the VA. Continue reading “Understanding the VA Schedule Rating for Disabilities”
As a working American, you will typically find a certain amount of money taken out of each paycheck designated as Social Security on your pay stub. 6.2% of your income will be contributed to the Social Security system and employers match this percentage for each worker, totaling 12.4%. Social Security provides you with benefits when you retire, become disabled, or to eligible family members with benefits when you die.
Continue reading “What You Should Know About Social Security”
While on duty, many veterans report chronic skin conditions as a result of being exposed to environmental and chemical hazards. This commonly leads to skin disorders that remain even after returning home from service. A chronic or long lasting skin disorder may be grounds for disability benefits, so long as the condition was related to service.
A recent survey of New York State health providers conducted by The Rand Corporation shows that those who are treating the 800,000 veterans who live in the state are willing to care for them but find themselves unfamiliar with the military culture and the health effects on veterans as a result of their wartime experiences. Continue reading “Survey Examines NYS Community Providers’ Ability to Care for Veterans”
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD is a mental health condition recognized by the American Psychiatric Association. During the Vietnam War, which took place from 1961 to 1975, PTSD was not a clinical diagnosis. Therefore, many veterans serving the armed forced during this time period did not receive treatment for their condition and therefore did not have a documented diagnosis or condition in their medical files. Continue reading “Veterans Disability Benefits for PTSD”