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,
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.
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.
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.
One of the most contested issues in VA disability claims revolves around the effective date of a disability. Many veterans believe that because their current disability is directly caused by an in-service event or occurrence, the effective date of their disability claim should be the day after they leave the service. Unfortunately, many are disappointed when they learn that in most instances, the effective date of their disability compensation benefits will be a later date.
Some veterans are unaware that they may reopen a disability compensation claim that has been denied by the Department of Veteran Affairs. In this blog post, I will explain to you what you need to reopen a previously denied claim.
Many veterans know that they are entitled to service connection for disabilities due to injuries incurred while they were in service. What some may not know, is that it’s possible to receive service connection for additional disabilities that are either caused or proximately due to their service connected disabilities.
In a recent decision, King v. Shulkin, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) ruled that the Board of Veterans Claims (Board) cannot deny a veteran an extraschedular rating simply because there are higher schedular ratings available for more severe symptoms.
Should you participate in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ new Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP)? In August 2017, the President signed into law, a new decision review process that proposes to provide a more “streamlined” review of VA disability claim decisions. The VA has recently began sending out selected veterans invitations to participate in the new Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP) program.