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?
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.