In applying for disability compensation with the Veterans Affairs, veterans of the Vietnam War are entitled to various “presumptions.” A presumption in this context simply means that the veteran need not present evidence showing certain required elements of a claim. Those elements are already presumed proven.
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.
On February 15, 2018, the Veterans Affairs (VA) published in the Federal Register a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) notice. The VA is required to notify Veterans of COLA by the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017, P.L. 115–75. The law requires an increase in rates when the Social Security Administration increases benefit amounts payable under title II of the Social Security Act. The Social Security Administration announced a two-percent cost-of-living increase in benefits for 2018. The following rates for VA’s compensation program became effective on December 1,
Living with a disability can result in a veteran facing significant obstacles. There are some disabilities that a veteran can suffer that can result in compensation that is different from that received by veterans with other disabilities. These conditions are called “special monthly compensation” and can be received in addition to or beside the benefits that a veteran may receive. Unfortunately, there is a cap placed on a number of benefits that a veteran may receive.