Combat Vets helping Combat Vets
Combat veterans with degrees in social work and psychology helping other combat veterans with issues of PTSD and transitioning to civilian life.
- National Association of American Veterans (NAAV)
VA Map of Pending Claims
This VA webpage has a map that includes statistics on the average number of days an original claim for compensation is pending. Click on the map and it will open up a separate web page for the region. Click on the compensation tab, and you can discover the average number of days it takes to process a claim for your VA Regional Office. For example, in September 2013, the National Average for Processing a Claim was 347 days. Los Angeles the average claim is pending for 570 days, only 126 in Cheyenne.
Board of Veterans' Appeals status line
Call the Board of Veterans' Appeals (BVA) about the status of a case at 1-800-923-8381. Or click on the link to send email to the Board.
- U S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
Comparing CRSC and CRDP
Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) vs. Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments (CRDP) program, which is an automatic entitlement from DFAS for any Retiree with a combined 50% or higher VA disability rating. Some Retirees believe they are already receiving CRSC when they are actually receiving CRDP and thus do not submit their claim for CRSC. If you are not certain what you are receiving, please check your DFAS pay stub and consider submitting your claim for CRSC. The following is a summary of the contrast between CRSC and CRDP:
Craig Bash, MD - medical expert for veterans
Expert medical Advisor in Veterans' Claims
Chester "Skip" Morgan
Expert attorney that handles military law issues; including PEBs and MEBs, Discharge Upgrades, and the service department Boards for Correction of Military Records.
Google for Veterans
Nowadays Google seems to have its hands in almost everything. Today, it’s trying to connect Veterans through a site that was made by some Veterans, family of Veterans and friends who work at Google. It provides tools to help soldiers transition to civilian life and also provides a variety of other resources. Check it out! http://www.googleforveterans.com/
Make the Connection is a public awareness campaign by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that provides personal testimonials and resources to help Veterans discover ways to improve their lives. Many of our Nation’s Veterans—from those who served in World War II to those involved in current conflicts—return not only with physical wounds but also mental health issues they may not recognize.
National Veterans Legal Services Programs
Non-profit veterans service group.
- National Organization of Veterans' Advocates, Inc. (NOVA)
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
- Colorado Bar Association - Military Law Committee Lawyer Referral List
Save time and money by having a Legal/Medical expert review your Veterans Benefits Claim. This service will provide an expert medical opinion to evaluate cases.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve
This organization supports employers that have employees that are in the National Guard or Reserve Forces. Support includes advice on rights and responsibilities. Employers are introduced to military life and the responsibilities that Guard and Reserve Members have. Employers are often given tours of bases to see this in person and to be inspired by our the sacrafice Guard and Reserve service may entail.
- U.S. National Archives and Records Administration
- U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bar Association