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.

VA Form 21-4138

VA Form 21-4138

If the Veteran’s Affairs Office sends a veteran a request for additional information to support a claim or a more detailed explanation of an element in a person’s claim, the veteran file a Statement in Support of Claim or VA-Form 21-4138. These statements frequently include or describe the evidence that supports a veteran’s claim. While these documents are not required to be a certain length or format, Form 21-4138 is frequently used to explain why certain documentation is missing in a military record or offer a statement from a family member or friend regarding the severity of a veteran’s

Agent Orange Exposure & Veterans Disability Benefits

Agent Orange Exposure & Veterans Disability Benefits

Many veterans are eligible for disability compensation for diseases that are associated with Agent Orange Exposure, which is an herbicide that was used during the Vietnam War. Statistics estimate that more than 100,000 veterans were exposed to herbicides while in Vietnam.

A New Veterans Memorial For Those Who Survived

A New Veterans Memorial For Those Who Survived

Have you seen the new veterans memorial? There are many famous war memorials around the U.S. that pay homage to the brave men and women who have served our country.  These memorials are visited by students, soldiers, veterans, and other U.S. citizens on a daily basis.  They are powerful reminders of the courage of those who have died in service.   Some of the most well-known are pictured here.

The $15 Billion Veterans Choice Card

The $15 Billion Veterans Choice Card

What is Veterans' Choice? In prior blogs, we noted that Congress recently authorized up to $15 billion in expenditures through the Veterans Access, Choice and Accountability Act of 2014. The Act is designed to improve existing care and to improve veterans’ access to health care when care from the Veterans Affairs (“VA”) will take too long.  As veterans and disability advocates, we’ve received a lot of questions about this new act from friend and clients alike.  The following are answers to a few of the most common ones.

Deception at the VA...Again

Deception at the VA...Again

Is the VA at it again?  The Rocky Mountain Disability Law Group blog has been covering the seemingly neverending news about scandals at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).  It started with reports of forged paperwork regarding the length of time those receiving VA medical benefits waited for care.  Then came allegations of both over-payments of claims and a huge backlog of unprocessed disability claims.  The latest?  Allegations that the VA intentionally and deceptively changed the dates on VA disability applications.

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