Fixing VA Disability Compensation: The Appeals Modernization Act

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”

Veterans in Pain May Find Relief with New Court Decision

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”

Shake-Up at the VA – Helpful or Harmful?

Earlier this year we started to see news stories about the Inspector General’s investigation into then-VA Secretary David Shulkin’s improper use of government funds during a trip to Europe, and misleading the VA about the trip. At first, the Trump administration backed Secretary Shulkin, one of the few Obama administration hold-overs. However, this past Wednesday, President Trump dismissed Secretary Shulkin, and nominated the White House physician, Dr. Ronny L. Jackson, to replace him. Continue reading “Shake-Up at the VA – Helpful or Harmful?”

7 Things About Service-Connected Disabilities Every Veteran Should Know

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”

VA Disability Ratings, or, Why can’t the VA add?

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?”

Maximizing benefits for disabled veterans

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”