Veterans Affairs

Bars to VA Benefits

Statutory and Regulatory Bars to VA Benefits

Are you eligible for VA benefits, or could certain laws and VA regulations restrict your access? In this blog post, we will delve into the complexities of VA benefits eligibility, exploring the legal and regulatory bars that may impact your entitlement. Regardless of the nature of your military discharge, specific circumstances outlined by Congress and […]

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Spousal Benefits at the Time of the Veterans Death

You Must Be the Spouse at the Veterans Death to Receive Their VA Benefits

To qualify for surviving spouse VA benefits, you as a claimant must be able to show that you were the valid or “deemed valid” spouse of a Veteran at the time of the Veterans death. The surviving spouse may also have to satisfy one or more of the following additional requirements: Married One Year Prior

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Getting a Medical Diagnosis for VA Disability Claims

The Importance of a Medical Diagnosis with VA Disability Claims

A valid medical diagnosis is an essential part of any VA disability claim, but this medical diagnosis can’t be given by anyone. To increase the likelihood of success with your claim, the medical diagnosis needs to be from a credible source. In this blog we’ll explain best practices for obtaining that diagnosis and why you

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Medical Evidence for VA Claims

Medical Evidence for VA Disability Benefits – A Multiple Sclerosis Case Study

This is a follow-up to our previous blog where we showed a letter from “Feeling Screwed by My Government.” We talked about his multiple sclerosis and his exposure to toxins while serving in the US Army at Fort McClellan. In this blog we’re going to be talking about the medical evidence for his case and

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Special Monthly Compensation from the VA

Special Monthly Compensation Benefits from the VA

Lately we’ve been getting a lot of questions about Special Monthly Compensation (SMC). Veterans are wondering if they qualify and if they can get Special Monthly Compensation in addition to their disability compensation. In this blog we’ll define Special Monthly Compensation and provide a list of questions that you should consider before applying. What is

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Establishing a Service Connection for VA Disability Claims

4 Ways to Establish Service Connection with Your VA Disability Claim

There are three basic requirements that a Veteran needs to meet to be entitled to disability compensation. They must have a medical diagnosis for a current disability, the injury must have occurred during their service, and there has to be a connection established between the service and the disability. That service connection is called a

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VA Disability Compensation and other VA Benefits

VA Disability Compensation and Other VA Benefits: Can You Double Dip?

Can you “double dip” when it comes to VA disability compensation and other VA benefits? Generally, you can’t. If you’re entitled to monetary benefits under more than one provision of the VA laws and regulations, you have to elect which VA benefit to receive. Below we’ll explain the situations in which “double dipping” isn’t allowed

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Disability Benefit Questionnaire

The Secret Sauce to Your VA Disability Claim: The Disability Benefit Questionnaire

In this blog we’re going to be discussing the “secret sauce” to a successful VA compensation or pension claim. That secret sauce includes utilizing the Disability Benefit Questionnaire provided by the VA. Below we’ll explain the Disability Benefit Questionnaire and why you should use it. What is a Disability Benefit Questionnaire? This is a downloadable

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VA Benefits for Children with Birth Defects

VA Disability Benefits for Birth Defects Caused by Agent Orange and Camp Lejeune Water

This blog includes a rather sad topic because it involves children and birth defects as a result of toxic exposure during the Vietnam War and service at Camp Lejeune. We’ve all heard about the terrible side effects from agent orange exposure in Vietnam and the illnesses caused by contaminated water at Camp Lejeune. When these

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TDIU for Veterans

Can You Lose VA Disability Benefits When Applying for TDIU?

Several months ago we published a YouTube video about Total Disability Individual Unemployment (TDIU) for Veterans and we’ve received a lot of good feedback on that video. One of the more frequent questions was whether a Veteran could lose their current disability rating when making a claim for TDIU. That’s a scary proposition for many

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Agent Orange Claim Presumptions

VA Disability Benefits: Presumptive Conditions When Filing an Agent Orange Claim

Everyone has heard about agent orange at some time in their lifetime. There are commercials all over the radio and television about filing an agent orange claim. It was a widely-used herbicide in Vietnam and Thailand during the Vietnam War. They used it as a defoliant to kill the shrubbery and trees, reducing the amount

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