1. How does the new 2019 VA appeals process work?
Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act is the new system under which all appeals of unfavorable VA decisions will
be processed. The new system lets a veteran choose from 1 of 3 appeal lanes. The appeal lanes are higher level review, supplemental
claim lane, and direct appeal to the Board of Veterans Appeals. To find out more about what option might be best for you contact
2. What is presumption of service connection?
The presumption of
service connection is a legal standard that allows a veteran who served in a particular theater during an applicable time
period to automatically be granted service connection if they have one of the specific presumed conditions. Today there quite
a few locations that the presumption applies to such as Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, and even veterans exposed to radiation
have a presumption of service connection. To find out if you qualify for presumptive service connection based on your disabilities
and where you served contact us today!
3. Is PTSD a disability?
is a very serious and often an all too common condition that affects many veterans. PTSD can be caused by exposure to any
type of traumatic event that occurs in service even if the event does not involve hostile military or terrorist actions. PTSD
can even occur as a result of military sexual trauma. If you think you have PTSD that was caused by your service than you
deserve to be compensated for it. If you think you might be suffering from PTSD donít go it alone, seek help for your
condition today go to a local VA hospital or call a doctor for help. Many are willing to help if you just give them the chance.
4. What is the DAV?
The Disabled American Veterans are an organization that
helps veterans in many different aspects, they are a great resource for a veteran who is disabled and needs help. They can
help with a VA disability claim if you need them and their services are free. Although the DAV is a great resource, an experienced
professional VA attorney should always be preferred for those cases that are complex and require extensive legal work.
What are VA Education Benefits
VA Education Benefits are designed to help veterans obtain an education, there
are a number of VA educational benefits available for veterans. You can find out more about what benefits might be right for
you on this VA page.
6. What are Veteran's Death Benefits (DIC)?
Dependency and Indemnity
Compensation (DIC) is a benefit available to veterans survivors in the form of monthly compensation checks. The most common
recipient of DIC is the veteran's spouse, but the benefit can also be obtained by the veteranís surviving children
or parents. The children must be under 18 (or found disabled before turning 18) in order to qualify for DIC benefits. DIC
benefits are rewarded if it is determined that the veterans death was the result of service-connected disabilities.
7. What is Aid and Attendance/Special Monthly Compensation?
Attendance and other forms of special monthly compensation are benefits that provide additional compensation for veterans
whose conditions cause a situation in which the need for regular aid and attendance is required. Other types of special monthly
compensation include housebound status and special adapted housing just to name a few. To learn more about what kinds of special
monthly compensation you might qualify for contact us today!
8. What are Veteran Spouse Benefits?
spouse benefits include veteranís death benefits such as DIC. A veteranís spouse might also be entitled to other
types of benefits such as employment opportunities or education and training. There are quite a few different types of benefits
available to the the spouses of a veteran. To find out more about them check out this link.
9. What are VA Forms?
There are a lot of different VA forms that one would
use to effectively communicate with the VA. Basically, any time you want the VA to acknowledge something you should locate
the appropriate VA form, fill it out and submit it. Even just writing a statement to the VA requires the use of a form. To
figure out what form you need to communicate with the VA contact us today!
10. What medical records
should I submit to support my claim?
Basically in order to establish service connection for a claimed
disability the medical records you submit should include proof of a diagnosis, evidence of an event or injury in service,
and proof of a causal connection between the current condition and the events or injury that occurred in service. If you are
applying for an increase in disability compensation then you would need a doctor to complete a disability benefits questionnaire
(DBQ), a DBQ can also help to provide a diagnosis and a nexus opinion if complete correctly. For a list of DBQs by body system
affected please use this link.