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Author: Greg Rada

When Can the VA Reduce or Eliminate Your TDIU Benefits?

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | August 9, 2019 | Disability Compensation

The road to approval for Veterans Administration (VA) disability compensation benefits is rarely smooth, but once granted, many assume the worry is behind them and benefits will continue without end. Seeking disability benefits is not an easy decision for most veterans, and many will do everything they can to work to the fullest extent for… read more

What Is a TDIU and How Does a Veteran Qualify?

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | June 21, 2019 | Disability Compensation

Sustaining gainful employment is the way most people financially support themselves and their families. Upon discharge, most veterans are able to find and sustain employment without issue, and many veterans work for years without experiencing any negative side effects of their service. However, over time, they may find themselves unable to work because of injuries… read more

Proving a Service-Related Traumatic Stressor for PTSD Disability Claims

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | June 14, 2019 | Disability Compensation

Military service can expose service members to a variety of stressful and tense situations on a daily basis. It is impossible to prepare for how to deal with some of the scenarios that can occur. Servicemembers returning from conflict zones are particularly at risk for developing long-term and debilitating Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), which can… read more

An Overview of VA Disability Claims

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | May 24, 2019 | Disability Compensation

Serving one’s country as a member of the military requires a great deal of personal sacrifice, particularly time away from loved ones. The honor that comes with this service, however, is something that continues long after discharge. But life after military service can be marred for many by the onset of a related disability that… read more

Understanding How the VA Evaluates PTSD Claims

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | May 17, 2019 | Disability Compensation

Any traumatic event can produce long-term effects for the participants, but those in the military often encounter repeated, high-level traumatic incidents on a regular basis, particularly if they are deployed in a combat zone. The human psyche is not equipped, nor is there any effective way, to process traumatic events for many individuals. Classified as… read more

How the VA Assigns Disability Ratings

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | May 8, 2019 | Disability Compensation

Proving one has a disabling condition is only half the battle when seeking Veteran’s Administration (VA) disability compensation benefits. Unlike SSDI, the amount of compensation a claimant receives is not based on earnings alone but is directly linked to the disability rating assigned, which represents the level of social and occupational impairment the VA believes… read more

Understanding the Different Types of VA Disability Claims

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | April 23, 2019 | Disability Compensation

Disabilities can enter a person’s life in a variety of ways and at different times. Disabilities related to military experience can be particularly tricky to pinpoint because of the different environments a service member may encounter and the extreme circumstances they may have to face. Military personnel can experience the onset of a disability while… read more

Presumption of Agent Orange Exposure Extended to Blue Water Veterans

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | February 4, 2019 | Disability Compensation

Last Tuesday the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit handed a major victory to Vietnam veterans who served offshore in Vietnam’s territorial waters. Since the late 1990s, the VA has excluded the group known as “Blue Water” veterans, who served offshore, from receiving a presumption of agent orange exposure, and thus a presumption of… read more

Is the VA Biased Against Male Victims of Military Sexual Trauma?

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | May 12, 2018 | Legal Update

Military Sexual Trauma (military sexual trauma) is psychological trauma, which results from a physical assault of a sexual nature, battery of a sexual nature, or sexual harassment and which occurs while a veteran is serving on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training. It happens more often than many people know –… read more

Veterans Sue Navy Over Discharge Upgrade Denials

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | May 10, 2018 | Legal Update

Earlier this month, attorneys working with the Yale Law School Veterans Legal Services Clinic filed a class action law suit in federal court alleging that the Navy illegally denies requests for discharge upgrades made by veterans with PTSD and other mental health conditions.   The lead plaintiff is a Marine veteran of the 2003 invasion… read more