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Category: Disability Compensation

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

Podcast Interview with Military Law Matters

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | December 27, 2017 | Disability Compensation

I recently had the opportunity to sit down with Attorney Ferah Ozbek, a fellow veteran, to discuss my VA benefits practice and PTSD. Farah served in the U.S. Air Force as a judge advocate for 22 years, attaining the rank of Colonel. She now runs the website MilitaryLawMatters.com, which matches clients with military law attorneys. She… read more

VA to Revamp Appeals Process

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | October 10, 2017 | Disability Compensation,Legal Update

Big changes are coming to the VA appeals process as a result of a new law, the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, which became law on August 23, 2017. The new law restructures the current appeals process to address the massive backlog of veterans presently waiting for decisions on their appeals. Gregory… read more

PTSD Update: New Research Reveals Physical Effects on the Brain

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | August 2, 2017 | Disability Compensation

While traumatic stress from combat is as old as war itself, PTSD did not become an official psychological diagnosis until 1980. Psychological symptoms associated with PTSD are varied and may include persistent nightmares, intrusive thoughts, negative changes in mood, and heightened reactivity. According to new research presented at the American Academy of Neurology’s Sports Concussion… read more

VA Finalizes Camp Lejeune Presumptive Conditions

Posted by Gregory M. Rada | March 2, 2017 | Disability Compensation,Legal Update

After a long wait, the Department of Veterans Affairs has finalized and released regulations that establish a presumption of service connection for certain conditions caused by contaminants in the water supply at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.  The amended regulations apply to veterans, former reservists, and former National Guard members who… read more