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9/29/2014
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VA to Require Standardized Forms for Appeals and Claims

In a rule published last week in the Federal Register, VA has decided it will not process a claim or an appeal without the submission of a standardized form

Category: Veterans Affairs

9/23/2014
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VA Ruling On Substitution in the Case of Death of Claimant

VA Releases New Rules On Motions to Substitute in Cases of Claimant Death

Category: Survivors and Dependents

9/16/2014
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VA Medical Centers Offering Yoga, Mind-Body Centering

To combat PTSD and other service-connected disabilities, many VA Medical Centers are now offering veterans mind-body centering courses such as yoga

Category: General

8/25/2014
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Veterans Choice Card n Healthcare

New law provides that veterans that live more than 40 miles from the VA or are unable to obtain a medical appointment with VA within 30 days may go to an outside doctor.

Category: Veterans Affairs

Labels: Healthcare
8/6/2014
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Effective Date and Separation from Service

Under CFR §3.400 (b) (2) (i), the proper effective date for a retroactive award is “Date entitlement arose, if claim is received within one year after separation from active duty.”

Category: General

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7/22/2014
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Common-Law Marriages and Entitlement to DIC Benefits

DIC Benefits and Common-Law Marriages

Category: Survivors and Dependents

7/17/2014
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VA Inspector General report on Provisional VA Ratings

The VA Inspector General (VAIG) has concluded that the Obama Administration's special program to reduce the backlog is inaccurate and ineffective.

Category: Veterans Affairs

5/28/2014
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Earlier Effective Date Based on Military Records

Earlier Effective Date Under 38 C.F.R. § 3.156(c)

Category: Veterans Affairs

5/6/2014
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Missing Cremated Remains of Veterans.

There are nearly 47,000 unclaimed remains of veterans in the United States waiting for proper burial. Missing in America Project helps return them.

Category: Veterans Affairs

5/5/2014
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Fort Collins VA clinic falsifies records

Fort Collins VA clinic falsifies records of medical appointments for veterans to make it appear that veterans are receiving healthcare in a timely manner.

Category: Veterans Affairs

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5/2/2014
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VA Officials Avoid Term Gulf War Illness

VA Officials Avoid Term Gulf War Illness in effort to limit claims for service-connection of the disability.

Category: Gulf War Syndrome

5/2/2014
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Shrinking US military will have impact on VA

Shrinking US military will have impact on VA

Category: Veterans Affairs

Labels: Employment
4/25/2014
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Support your claim with affidavits and statements

Support your claim with affidavits and statements.

Category: Veterans Affairs

4/12/2014
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Violence and PTSD

Violence and PTSD. The diagnosis of PTSD is not a sign that a veteran is likely to act in a violent manner.

Category: PTSD Claims

Labels: PTSD
4/4/2014
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What About the Caregivers?

Who is taking care of the caregivers of disabled veterans. Families of veterans often lack support for the sometimes difficult job of taking of disabled veterans with physical and emotional injuries.

Category: General

Labels: Caregiver
3/14/2014
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VA Moving Away from Traditional Review

DRO election and de novo review may be become mandatory as VA contemplates eliminating traditional review

Category: Veterans Affairs

3/11/2014
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Process of Appealing a Decision Made by Your VA Regional Office.

Veterans have the right to appeal the decision made by their VA Regional Office if they were denied benefits or if their disability rating was judged too low.

Category: Veterans Affairs

3/9/2014
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Probe is Called Upon VA's Electronic Purging of Medical Records

Members of Congress are set to probe into the accusations that the VA has electronically purged medical records in order to lesson their backlog numbers.

Category: Veterans Affairs

3/5/2014
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VA benefit Bill Rejected by Senate

VA benefit bill recently rejected by the Senate a missed opportunity for comprehensive veterans health and benefit reform

Category: Veterans Affairs

Labels: VA benefits
3/2/2014
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TDIU Based on Combined Effects of Service-Connected Disabilities

VA is to analyze TDIU applications based on the combined effects of multiple service-connected disabilities on a case-by-case basis.

Category: Unemployability Claims for Veterans

Labels: TDIU
2/27/2014
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Agent Orange Contamination Post-Vietnam

Military personnel working on C-123 planes after Vietnam were exposed to Agent Orange and dangerous levels of chemical herbicides and dioxins.

Category: Veterans Affairs

Labels: Agent Orange
2/21/2014
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VA has Electronic Access to the DoDs Certified Medical Records

VA has electronic access to DoDs certified medical records from their Health Artifact and Image Management System (HAIMS) in order to speed up claims made to VA

Category: Veterans Affairs

2/18/2014
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Survey of Veterans with TBI and PTSD Conducted by American Legion

Survey of Veterans with TBI and PTSD Conducted by American Legion is being conducted to help determine the treatment options for veterans.

Category: PTSD Claims

Labels: PTSD TBI
2/14/2014
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Veterans only have to pay in-state tuition for out of State college

Veterans will only have to pay in-state tuition even if attending out of state college under new Bill

Category: Veterans Affairs

Labels: Education