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VA Disability Effective Dates – Disturbing Trends

Tucker Law Group
February 22, 2021

A very disturbing recent trend from the VA is to approve an unemployability claim with the effective date set as the day of their decision. This takes away retroactive benefits from veterans who filed their claims months earlier, as the VA normally pays benefits retroactively only to the day the application was filed.

If your approved individual unemployability claim is given an effective date of the day the VA decided the claim, then they are taking away several thousands of dollars from you. Pay attention to the effective date, as you may be leaving that money on the table if you ignore this detail. You may be able to appeal the VA’s decision if you can prove you were not able to get or keep a job going back to the date you filed your application for unemployability. Watch the video to learn more.

At Tucker Law Group we handle these cases every day. If your unemployability claim has been denied, or if you have any additional questions, call Tucker Law Group at (866) 233-5044, or review our videos and media library for more information.

Video Transcript
A disturbing trend from the VA, picking the wrong effective date in unemployability claims. Don't leave money on the table.

I'm John Tucker and I'm a veterans disability attorney. I represent veterans all over the country in VA compensation matters. From Florida to Alaska, I represent vets like you in different types of claims. There's a disturbing trend we've seen lately from the VA. They'll approve an unemployability claim, but they'll only approve it with an effective date, the day of their decision. What they're doing is taking away retroactive benefits from veterans who filed their claims months before. You may know that VA pays benefits retroactively only back to the day you apply, the day you file the application. If they only give you the effective date on the day they decide the claim, they're taking away thousands and thousands of dollars from you if you're approved for a claim like individual unemployability. You have to pay attention to that effective date. And if you can prove that you were not able to get a job or keep a job going back to the day you filed the application for unemployability, you're leaving money on the table if you don't appeal VA's decision.

If VA has done this to you and changed the effective date for your unemployability, call us at the number on your screen. We can help you. I'm John Tucker. Thanks for watching.