Hearing loss and blindness are disabilities that many Veterans suffer from and for which they deserve compensation through benefits. A large number of veterans experience hearing loss and tinnitus or ringing in the ears. Other veterans experience vision loss or other eye-related problems. For each of these elements, it is vital for a veteran to establish that a disability is service-connected. To establish a service-connected disability, a veteran must establish that a current hearing or vision condition exists, that there is available evidence of an event in service that caused the
Florida is an interesting state, known for its oppressive heat, alligators, retiree population, and interesting (and sometimes just plain strange) news stories. This month proved no exception as two interesting stories related to veterans disability claims came out of the state. A good Veterans disability benefits lawyer should be able to answer this question.
The Inspector General's Recommendations for the U.S. Dept. of Veterans Affairs was recently released. Many able bodied and disabled veterans utilize the VA Health Care System for their medical needs. As we’ve reported in previous blogs, the system has been the subject of multiple scandals in the past few months.
Is it possible to get a Service Connected Disability for Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)? PTSD is defined by Mayo clinic as “a mental health condition that's triggered by a terrifying event — either experiencing it or witnessing it. Symptoms may include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.” It is a difficult disability to get disability for PTSD because it manifests in many different forms and severities, in many different individuals.
Will the New Law Help the VA Healthcare System? It’s here; it has arrived. We finally have some positive news related to the Department of Veterans Affairs, which has been facing criticized heavily for deception related to VA healthcare and veterans disability claims. Congress has finally drafted and agreed to a bill aimed at remedying the ongoing mess, for lack of a better word, in the VA healthcare system – and it only took five weeks of negotiation. Despite the lengthy negotiation period, the bill passed 91-3 when it finally came to a vote in the Senate; and it passed 420-5 in the
Can you get Cancer from Agent Orange? Ken Moore is a Vietnam Veteran who was exposed to Agent Orange during his service. Today, he suffers from cancer in addition to heart and lung problems, and he is unable to walk or speak. With the assistance of his wife, Judy, Ken applied for veterans disability benefits, claiming that he had become 100% disabled and unable to work.
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.
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.