In 2017, Congress passed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017. The intent of the Appeals Modernization Act is to simplify and streamline the VA appeals process and resolve appeals faster. Currently, veterans pursuing appeals of VA Disability Compensation benefits decisions can wait up to about 5 years before they receive a final decision. So how will this new appeals process impact veterans thinking about or currently appealing their claims? Continue reading “Fixing VA Disability Compensation: The Appeals Modernization Act”
Just a few days ago the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit decided the watershed case of Saunders v. Wilkie that will impact thousands of veterans’ claims for VA Disability Compensation benefits. Continue reading “Veterans in Pain May Find Relief with New Court Decision”
VA Disability Compensation benefits are payable only to those veterans who have a “service-connected disability.” But what does that mean, and how do you establish service-connection? Continue reading “7 Things About Service-Connected Disabilities Every Veteran Should Know”
When we talk about VA Disability Compensation benefits, we inevitably end up talking about disability ratings, aka VA ratings. So what are disability ratings? In short, your disability rating is the VA’s way of saying exactly how disabled you are, and thus, to what monthly benefit amount you are entitled. This seems easy enough, but it gets complicated the more disabilities you have. Continue reading “VA Disability Ratings, or, Why can’t the VA add?”
I recently wrote a post called Maximizing Benefits for Disabled Veterans. That post discussed a brief overview of how disabled veterans might be able to benefit from Social Security disability benefits in addition to their VA Disability Compensation benefits. However, there is much more to consider when you are thinking of applying for both SSA and VA benefits.
Some veterans wait months, even years, to apply for VA Disability Compensation benefits. Maybe they feel like they aren’t “really disabled,” or that they aren’t “disabled enough.” Whatever the reason may be, there is no good reason to wait to file a claim. In fact, by waiting, veterans can lose out on thousands of dollars of back pay. Continue reading “This Simple Mistake Could Cost You Thousands of Dollars in VA Benefits”
I am a disabled veteran. Can I get both Social Security and VA benefits?
The answer is an unsatisfying “maybe.” Whether a disabled veteran is eligible for both Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Social Security Administration (SSA) benefits depends on several factors. Continue reading “Maximizing benefits for disabled veterans”