Common Mistakes to Avoid When Filing or Appealing a VA Disability Claim

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”

VA Disability Benefits Basics

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.

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Obtain Veterans’ Disability Benefits for a Traumatic Brain Injury

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”

Are You 65 and Over with a Permanent Disability? Housebound for Veterans May Be a Viable Option To Secure Additional Monthly Income

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”

VA Secretary Seeks to Expand Medical Coverage Related to Agent Orange Exposure

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”

Understanding the VA Schedule Rating for Disabilities

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”

You may be Entitled to Disability Benefits for a Chronic Skin Condition

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.

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Veterans Disability Benefits for PTSD

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”

Disability Compensation For Veterans

Disability compensation for Veterans is a monthly tax-free benefit. Veterans that are disabled 10% or more as a result of an injury that occurred during active duty or active or inactive training. Disabilities include:

  • Physical injuries or diseases; and
  • Mental disorders, impairments, or illnesses.

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Aid and Attendance Pension For Veterans

Under the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), Veterans are entitled to benefits, such as an Aid and Attendance Pension if he or she suffered injuries during combat. If a Veteran meets certain eligibility requirements, he or she may be entitled to compensation for a caregiver, which can include a family member. Commonly, this benefit is used in situations where a person is currently residing in an assisted living facility and must prevent his or her assets from being depleted. To qualify for Aid and Attendance Pension, a person must meet the following criteria: Continue reading “Aid and Attendance Pension For Veterans”