When the Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (“RAMP”), a program through which a veteran with a pending appeal can withdraw her or his appeal from the “legacy” system and transfer it into a trial version of the new appeals system established by the Veterans’ Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act, was initially presented, there was a lot of pushback. Veterans' groups nearly unanimously resisted the program, fearing that it would cause veterans to lose their place in line at the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. Admittedly, we too were a bit skeptical.
We Believe the RAMP Can Be a Positive Option for Many Veterans, Including Those Seeking TDIU Benefits
But, as we have worked through the RAMP with our clients, we have learned how to make the most of it. In fact, we have found that RAMP can be an extremely effective tool when it is approached skillfully. It can even work for veterans who are seeking Total Disability Individual Unemployability (“TDIU”) benefits, which grant a 100% disability rating to veterans who meet certain rating requirements and who, due to a service-connected disability, cannot maintain substantially gainful employment.
RAMP Paired with Strategic Case Development Could Lead to an Expeditious Grant of Benefits
Because veterans seeking TDIU must prove that their service-connected disabilities render them unable to maintain substantially gainful employment, TDIU claims require a fair amount of case development, including the gathering of vocational reports or expert testimony. When a case is developed strategically and then opted into RAMP, it can result in an expeditious grant.
How You Can Move Your TDIU Appeal Into RAMP
With decades of combined experience, we know what it takes to strategically develop a case. Therefore, if you are interested in moving your TDIU benefits appeal to the RAMP system, we encourage you to send us a note or give us a call at (877) 629-1712 right away for a free case evaluation.