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Category Archives: VA Service Connected Compensation


What Happens When a Veteran Dies Before VA Decides the Vet’s Service-Connected Disability Claim?

VA disability claims end when a veteran dies, unless someone “substitutes” in the place of the veteran. As a general rule, VA disability compensation claims end if a veteran dies while the claim is pending. However, if the veteran has a surviving spouse or child, they may substitute in the place of the veteran to […]

VA Secretary Promises No Cuts to Unemployability Benefits for Seniors….This Year

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David Shulkin, the U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, issued a letter on October 12, 2017 advising veterans service organizations that VA now opposes eliminating Individual Unemployability benefits for veterans over 60 years old.   Despite a proposal when the Trump Administration’s budget was first floated this year that would have eliminated Unemployability – also called Total […]

VA Claims New Program Will Give Service Members a VA Disability Decision the Day After Discharge

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  In a VA press release, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs reports that it has redesigned the Benefits Delivery at Discharge program in a way that will allow active duty service members to get VA disability decision as soon as the day after their discharge.  The redesigned program went into effect October 1. VA […]

VA’s St. Petersburg, FL Regional Office Cancels Hearings Due to Hurricane Irma

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VA issued the following letter addressing cancellations at the St. Pete RO due to Hurricane Irma: September 8, 2017 The St. Petersburg RO reports: With a focus on safety the St. Petersburg Regional Office cancelled all BVA, DRO and non-appeal hearings through Tuesday, September 12, 2017.  All Veterans, representatives as well as the BVA judges […]

Sleep Apnea & VA Service-Connected Compensation

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Sleep Apnea is a very complex medical issue that impacts many military veterans.  Unfortunately, it is not simple to prove that sleep apnea is related to your military service, and the VA denies many sleep apnea claims for service-connected disability compensation.  Any veteran pursuit a sleep apnea VA disability claim should be ready for the […]

How does VA Decide the Effective Date of A Veteran’s Service Connected Disability CompensationClaim?

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How far back will VA back pay go? Question:  How does the VA Decide How Far Back My Retroactive VA Disability Payments Will Go? So you are a veteran and you just received a Rating Decision granting you service connection for a disability from the US Department of Veterans Affairs (the VA). Chances are you […]

Veteran Online Shopping Benefit – A Winner on Two Fronts

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As of July 21, 2017, the only veterans permitted to shop at military Exchange stores are retirees.  However, this coming Veterans Day, November 11, 2017, will mark the beginning of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Veteran Online Shopping Benefit (VOSB).  The VOSB allows veterans who were Honorably discharged or discharged Under Honorable Conditions to shop […]

What is a “Presumptive” service-connected claim?

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Let’s start with the basics of “service-connection” Normally, to prove a claim for service connected compensation, a veteran must give the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical evidence or, in certain circumstances, lay (non-expert) evidence of each of the following: a current disability – meaning some current medical condition that impacts you; an in-service event […]

Burn Pits: The Post 9/11 Generation’s Agent Orange?

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Military Burn Pit Other than our veterans, few Americans know about them, but the lasting effects that the smoldering trash-heaps known as “burn pits” will have on our modern warriors will likely extend far beyond the putrid stench that is permanently ingrained in their uniforms, protective gear, and memories. If you are an Operation Iraqi […]

New VA Email to Vets About C&P Exams Says Nothing Useful!

V.A. to Vets:  Standby…We Will Get You an Examination Sometime…Maybe VA email to veterans leads the vet to believe that a Compensation & Pension exam is going to be scheduled…but it contains no real information VA’s latest tactic in trying to placate veterans is ending an email about VA examinations in their disability compensation claim.  […]


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