Ability to Transfer Post 9-11 GI Benefits Bill Introduced

Ability to Transfer Post 9-11 GI Benefits Bill Introduced

Democratic Senators Jon Tester of Montana, Sherrod Brown of Ohio, and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut introduced legislation this week that would ensure all service members with at least 10-years of service are eligible to transfer their benefits to dependents at any time, either while being on active duty or as a veteran.

VA Must Improve Family Caregiver Program

VA Must Improve Family Caregiver Program

Since September 11, 2001, countless numbers of veterans have suffered serious physical or psychological injuries in service to the United States. Now, they must rely on support and assistance from caregivers, who are often family members. The assistance that family caregivers provide help veterans obtain a better quality of life and contributes to their overall recovery. However, caregivers often encounter financial difficulties due to lost income, and the caregiver role can take a toll on their own physical and emotional health.

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VA Must Cover Veterans' Emergency Room Debts

VA Must Cover Veterans' Emergency Room Debts

On September 9, 2019, in a class action lawsuit, the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) ruled that the VA’s 2018 reimbursement regulation violates the Emergency Care Fairness Act of 2010 (ECFA), which requires the VA to reimburse veterans for the emergency medical expenses they incur at non-VA facilities and are not covered by the veteran’s private insurance. The CAVC ordered the VA to remedy its unlawful regulation by reimbursing veterans for all their past and future out-of-pocket emergency medical expenses not covered by the veteran’s private insurance (other than

Do You Qualify for Individual Unemployability?

Do You Qualify for Individual Unemployability?

U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation can be a tricky thing. Nearly all veterans are aware that they may qualify for compensation for injuries suffered or aggravated by their service. But many veterans are unaware that they may qualify to be paid at a 100% disability rate (the current effective rate pays $2,915.55 per month) for service-connected disabilities that inhibit them from securing a “substantially gainful occupation,” regardless of whether they are 100% service connected. This is known as Total Disability Ratings Based on Unemployability of the Individual,

Are You Eligible for a VA Pension?

Are You Eligible for a VA Pension?

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) manages two disability benefits programs: compensation and pension. Both programs provide tax-free monthly payments to qualifying veterans. However, the two differ in terms of eligibility requirements. This blog post focuses exclusively on the non-service-connected pension.

Is Your Disability Service Connected?

Is Your Disability Service Connected?

What exactly is the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA) Disability Compensation?   VA Disability Compensation is a tax-free monthly payment made to veterans who experienced some form of a disability as a result of their time in service. Payments are made on the 1st of every month.

Filing For An Increase in VA Disability Compensation

Filing For An Increase in VA Disability Compensation

 Has your VA disability worsened? Should you file for an increase?  Many veterans face these questions after fighting with the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs (VA fo)r years to obtain benefits. Hopefully this post adds some clarity to the matter.

President's memo should expedite TDP loan discharge

President's memo should expedite TDP loan discharge

With a lot of fanfare and happy stakeholders looking on, President Trump signed a Presidential Memorandum at the recent AMVETS[1] conference in Kentucky that aims to expedite the process for 100 percent disabled veterans or those veterans who have been identified as totally disabled based on individual unemployability (TDIU) to have their student loans forgiven. According to the memorandum’s language, the loan forgiveness program was created with passage of the Higher Education Act of 1965, and amended by the Higher Education Opportunity Act in 2008 and other acts (Higher Education Act).

Buddy Statements in Veteran Affairs’ Disability Claims

Buddy Statements in Veteran Affairs’ Disability Claims

When a veteran files a disability claim with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs, it is often a wise idea to supplement this claim with a “buddy statement” or “statement in support of claim” that substantiates the type of event that caused the veteran’s disability as well as where the event occurred. A knowledgeable attorney can help a veteran navigate issues concerning a disability claim as well as present as strong a case as possible to make sure that the veteran receives benefits.

Hearing Loss and Blindness Veterans' Benefits

Hearing Loss and Blindness Veterans' Benefits

Hearing loss and blindness are disabilities that many Veterans suffer from and for which they deserve compensation through benefits.  A large number of veterans experience hearing loss and tinnitus or ringing in the ears. Other veterans experience vision loss or other eye-related problems. For each of these elements, it is vital for a veteran to establish that a disability is service-connected. To establish a service-connected disability, a veteran must establish that a current hearing or vision condition exists, that there is available evidence of an event in service that caused the

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