What do Social Security records have to do with VA benefits? Recently, a Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) judge decided a case involving the relevance of Social Security records for a veterans’ disability claims. The case does not have precedential value, as a single judge made the ruling. In other words, future judges are not bound to follow it. The case does, however, provide insight into how a judge is likely to rule under a given set of circumstances and explains the law from other cases that are precedential.
Can Same Sex Couples Get VA Benefits? Under certain circumstances, spouses and children of disabled or deceased veterans are entitled to benefits. Recently, an issue has arisen over what constitutes a “spouse” for benefits purposes. More specifically, can a same-sex spouse claim benefits? What about a same-sex domestic partner? What impact does the state in which the couple is residing have?
Will the VA Fairly Hear Your Disability Claim? A recent veterans disability article noted that many veterans don’t apply for disability because they are unaware of the benefits or incorrectly believe their injury isn't severe enough to qualify. If you have a service-related injury, the disability attorneys at the Whitcomb, Selinsky Law PC or its sister firm, the Rocky Mountain Disability Law Group, strongly recommend that you at least consider whether filing a veterans disability claim is a viable option for you. If you do qualify, it is, of course, up to you whether to file, but for
You fought for your country. Let me fight for your veterans benefits. Joe Whitcomb's first fight for veterans disability benefits was his own. When he was medically separated from service back in 2005, he did not anticipate running into difficulty getting his veterans benefits, but that is exactly what happened.