Unsurprisingly, many veterans apply for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (also known as the VA) and wind up with a disappointing outcome. To address this, they may decide to appeal the decision, either to reverse a rejection or to get a better disability rating. But when should you file a VA disability appeal, and what happens if you do?
According to a recent report by the United States Census Bureau, veterans who fought in wars after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 suffer a much higher rate of disability than those from previous wars. They also have a significantly higher chance of having severe disabilities compared to earlier generations of veterans. Together, this points to veterans of recent wars needing much more in disability services compared to those of earlier wars. Continue reading “Census Report Shows Higher Rate of Disability Among Post-9/11 Veterans”
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has approved a request from the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) to waive a regulation that would normally disincentivize retired healthcare workers from employment at VA medical facilities. This regulation restricts the amount of money that retirees can receive, to reflect the added income from their retirement benefits. By waiving the regulation, they hope to attract medical professionals to come work at VA facilities to address the coronavirus crisis. Continue reading “VA Recruits Retired Healthcare Workers for COVID Care”
The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has recently updated its disability rating schedule for certain infectious diseases, autoimmune disorders, and nutritional deficiencies. This change in the schedule is meant to bring the disability ratings for these diseases in line with the current understanding of medical science. As a result, it could affect the disability ratings of many veterans who either are currently receiving disability benefits, or who are looking to receive those benefits. Continue reading “VA Updates Disability Rating Schedule For Certain Diseases”
According to the 2017 American Community Survey (ACS), more than 40 million Americans, or about one in eight people in the United States, suffers from some form of disability. However, only about 10 million people in the United States received Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits in that same year. Partly that’s due to variations in how disabilities are defined, but more importantly, it has to do with the difference between having a disability and being legally disabled. Continue reading “What Does It Mean to Be Legally Disabled?”
For the past two years, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and IBM Watson Health have had an agreement to work together to help treat veterans with stage four cancer. The program has been effective in helping those veterans that suffer from stage four cancer enter remission.
Continue reading “VA and IBM Watson Health Extend Cancer Treatment Partnership”
Any sort of war exposure can severely impact an individual, physically and mentally. Today, many war veterans are seeking treatment and compensation for mental illnesses acquired from combat. The VA, formally known as the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, is a department within the United States Government that administers a multitude of different benefits and services for veterans, providing financial and life assistance to current military personnel, veterans, and their dependents. Continue reading “Can Veterans Receive Compensation from the VA for Mental Illnesses?”
On July 10, 2018, the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a new partnership with the National Cancer Institute (NCI). This strategic partnership will allow veterans to have better access to clinical trials across the nation. The partnership will help provide greater access to more modern treatment options for our nation’s veterans. Continue reading “VA and National Cancer Institute Initiate Partnership”
Here are some tips to keep in mind:
Secure past-due lump sum benefits
It is important to put your lump sum benefits into a savings account in order to secure your financial future. While you may be receiving a VA-disability check each month going forward, having a large lump sum in the bank may come in handy in the event that a financial issue arises in the future. Continue reading “Winning A VA Claim Doesn’t Mean You Should Stop There”