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VETERANS DISABILITY BENEFITS LAW

If you’re reading this article, you probably already know that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Veterans Benefits Administration presumes that Vietnam veterans have been exposed to herbicides containing high levels of dioxins, like Agent Orange. 38 C.F.R. § 3.307 (a) (6) (i), an...

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In applying for disability compensation with the Veterans Affairs, veterans of the Vietnam War are entitled to various “presumptions.” A presumption in this context simply means that the veteran need not present evidence showing certain required elements of a claim. Those elements are already...

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When a U.S. servicemember leaves the armed forces, he or she is presented with a form called a DD-214, Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. The DD-214 is colloquially referred to as a veteran’s “discharge” or “discharge papers.” There are several types of discharge, generally...

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Veterans are being cheated out of important education benefits by greedy, unscrupulous schools who take their money and then don't deliver on their promises. On April 24, 2015, Corinthian Colleges shockingly announced it would close the very next day. Less than two week later it filed for...

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One of the most contested issues in VA disability claims revolves around the effective date of a disability. Many veterans believe that because their current disability is directly caused by an in-service event or occurrence, the effective date of their disability claim should be the day after...

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Some veterans are unaware that they may reopen a disability compensation claim that has been denied by the Department of Veteran Affairs. In this blog post, I will explain to you what you need to reopen a previously denied claim.

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On February 15, 2018, the Veterans Affairs (VA) published in the Federal Register a Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) notice. The VA is required to notify Veterans of COLA  by the Veterans’ Compensation Cost-of-Living Adjustment Act of 2017, P.L. 115–75. The law requires an increase in rates when...

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Many veterans know that they are entitled to service connection for disabilities due to injuries incurred while they were in service. What some may not know, is that it’s possible to receive service connection for additional disabilities that are either caused or proximately due to their service...

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In a recent decision, King v. Shulkin, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) ruled that the Board of Veterans Claims (Board) cannot deny a veteran an extraschedular rating simply because there are higher schedular ratings available for more severe symptoms.

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Should you participate in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ new Rapid Appeals Modernization  Program (RAMP)?  In August 2017, the President signed into law, a new decision review process that proposes to provide a more “streamlined” review of VA disability claim decisions. The VA has recently...

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