A Decision Review Officer (DRO) is an employee of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs who review certain types of appeals concerning veterans’ disability benefits. Obtaining a DRO review is much faster than appeal to the Bureau of Veterans Affairs. In handling a decision review officer hearing, however, individuals frequently find it essential to retain the assistance of skilled legal counsel.
The VA Compensation Pension Exam is a routine part of the Veteran’s Administration claims process. In some cases, individuals who have more than one injury or illness might even need to attend a Compensation and Pension Exam for each individual health condition.
There are various Federal Contracts owned by particular classifications of individuals including veterans. The unexpected death of an individual, however, can leave an individual with numerous questions about how ownership of the contract will transfer. This blog post will note some elements about these contracts when the certified owner dies and another individual, which could be a spouse or a child, becomes the new owner of the contract. It is also important to remember that in many of these types of contracts, the assistance of an attorney who specializes in government contracts and
Between August 1990 to February 1991, 700,000 soldiers were deployed to the Persian Gulf and may have been exposed to toxins that manifested in an illness referred to as Gulf Way Syndrome. In 1994, the federal government funded research on illnesses associated with veterans who had served in the Gulf War. The U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs recognizes that many Gulf War veterans experience a number of ailments including digestive problems, dizziness, headaches, fatigue, insomnia, joint pain, memory problems and respiratory difficulty. This condition is often referred to as either Gulf War
What's involved in appealing a Veterans disability decision? Filing a claim for veterans disability benefits can be a long and exhausting process. There are multiple steps along the way and the time it takes to get benefits ranges from months to years, depending on particular circumstances and the necessity of appeal.
A recent case, Moffit v. Shinseki (February 14, 2014), was a claim for enhanced dependency based on a hypothetical entitlement. The claimant’s husband was a veteran of the US Army, who served from 1944 through 1946 and served and was wounded in WWII. He filed for and won 100 percent disability compensation in 1946, which was reduced to 60 percent in 1956.
Do you think you have a Clear and Unmistakable Error Claim (CUE) with the Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims (CAVC)? A CUE (motion is a collateral attack on a final RO or Board decision. Disabled Am. Veterans v. Gober, 234 F.3d 682, 696–98 (Fed.Cir.2000).