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Category: Disability Compensation

PACT Act – New Presumptive Conditions and Agent Orange Exposure Locations

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | August 4, 2022 | Disability Compensation,Legal Update

Congress this week passed the PACT Act, which might be the most significant piece of VA benefits legislation in years. In short, the PACT Act makes it so that the VA presumes certain cancers and respiratory conditions are considered automatically related to service for Gulf War and post-9/11 veterans. The PACT Act also expands the… read more

TDIU versus 100 Percent Schedular Ratings

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | July 6, 2022 | Disability Compensation

The difference between a TDIU and a 100% schedular combined rating can be confusing. Here is a breakdown of each rating and how they work. A Total Disability Rating Based on Individual Unemployability A total disability rating based on individual unemployability (abbreviated as TDIU or IU) is where the VA pays a veteran at the… read more

WHODAS 2.0 vs. GAF Scores and Your VA Disability Rating

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | July 6, 2022 | Disability Compensation

Service members may suffer from a variety of mental health problems following their time in the military. Veterans might experience mental illnesses such as PTSD, anxiety, anger and irritability, panic attacks, depression, and memory loss, which can affect the daily life and well-being of a veteran. While physical illnesses are generally easy to evaluate, symptoms… read more

What To Do When VA Schedules Unnecessary Reexaminations

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | June 9, 2022 | Disability Compensation,State Veteran Benefits

In 2018, the VA Office of Inspector General (VA OIG) released a report that revealed the VA schedules and conducts unnecessary reexaminations for disabled veterans. The report revealed that the VA would waste an additional $100 million in five years on these unwarranted reexams if left unchecked. So, what should you do when you find… read more

Claims For Increased Disability Ratings

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | June 9, 2022 | Disability Compensation,State Veteran Benefits

Once service connection is in effect for a disability, a veteran can file a claim for increased rating at any time. Once a veteran requests an increased rating, the VA will schedule them for a C&P examination, and after the examination, the VA will issue a rating decision that either increases the rating or continues… read more

Benefits Delivery at Discharge Claims: Here’s What You Should Know

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | June 9, 2022 | Disability Compensation,State Veteran Benefits

The VA established the Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) program to help eligible veterans receive their VA disability compensation benefits as soon as possible after they are released from active duty. In short, the BDD program allows a service member to apply for their VA benefits while they are still on active duty so that… read more

Completing A Military Records Request Form: Here’s What You Should Know

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | April 12, 2022 | Disability Compensation,Legal Update,State Veteran Benefits

Whether you’re retiring, filing a claim for VA benefits, or requesting a discharge upgrade, you will want a copy of your military medical and personnel records. Download and Print the SF-180 Form In order to request a copy of your military records, you need to complete a SF-180 form and mail it to the appropriate… read more

Veterans Exposed to Herbicides Outside of Vietnam: Here’s What To Do

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | April 12, 2022 | Disability Compensation,State Veteran Benefits

Agent Orange was a tactical herbicide the U.S. military primarily used to clear vegetation and leaves for military operations during the Vietnam War. Agent Orange was also used at Thailand military bases during the Vietnam War and in the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ). The herbicides were also tested and stored elsewhere, including some military bases… read more

Developing Medical Evidence to Support A Claim

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | April 12, 2022 | Disability Compensation,Health Benefits

One of the most important factors in winning a claim or appeal for VA disability compensation benefits is developing medical evidence in support of your case. There is virtually no way to get your disability claim approved without sufficient medical evidence to support your claim. In this post, I put together some tips about developing… read more

The Importance of Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQs)

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | February 24, 2022 | Disability Compensation

The VA has a duty to assist claimants in generating or gathering the evidence they need to substantiate their claims for disability compensation benefits. One part of that duty is for the VA to obtain medical examinations, which the VA calls Compensation and Pension Examinations (C&P exams). The VA claims and appeals process can be… read more