Top 5 Reasons VA Claims get Denied

Top 5 Reasons VA Claims get Denied

Receiving a claim denial can be a very frustrating time. Waiting for what seems like forever and having your claim denied, there’s nothing more discouraging. Here are a couple of the top reasons why claims get denied and what you can do to ensure your claim gets...
VA Disability Increase

VA Disability Increase

After five years, those receiving VA disability checks will finally get a 2% pay raise in the checks starting January of 2018. The shocking things about this is that this is the largest cost of living increase since 2012. Most recipients receive a COLA (Cost of Living...
What is a Lifestyle Impact Claim?

What is a Lifestyle Impact Claim?

A Lifestyle Impact Claim is a high-value secondary claim that many veterans are eligible for due to one or more primary service-connected disabilities. Most veterans, lawyers, and VSOs DON’T know about secondary claims, which are eligible for compensation under the...
Gulf War Compensation Denial Rate

Gulf War Compensation Denial Rate

Dept. Veteran Affairs denies more than 80% of veterans’ claims for benefits connected to Gulf War-related disabilities. The U.S. Government Accountability Office filed a report in June of 2017 publishing the investigation on the VA’s denial of Gulf War claims....
Can the VA reduce your Disability Claim?

Can the VA reduce your Disability Claim?

The short answer is, yes, they can and this starts with a VA Benefits Reduction Proposal from the Regional Office. First off, for what reasons can they take away your benefits? Protected Ratings The first way that your claim can be revoked is through a protected...
Is the DRC a Good Change?

Is the DRC a Good Change?

What is it? On September 7, 2017, Washington made an announcement for a change coming to every VA in the United States. In line with the Department of Veteran Affairs promise to provide quicker claims, they have created the Decision Ready Claim or DCR. This claim...
How to Improve your PTSD Claim

How to Improve your PTSD Claim

 What is PTSD? PTSD or post traumatic stress disorder is a condition of mental and emotional stress resulting from injury or severe psychological shock. This event can also be referred to as stressors. Stressors, according to the VA, can be a traumatic event from...
Trump Changing Veteran Affairs

Trump Changing Veteran Affairs

During Trump’s campaign, he promised to provide for Veterans, to speed up the lengthy process to file a claim. As many of you know and have personally experienced, the VA has long wait lines and unresponsive agents. This can partly be attributed to the legislation in...
Top 10 Compensation and Pension (C&P) Exam Tips

Top 10 Compensation and Pension (C&P) Exam Tips

The Compensation and Pension exam, more commonly known as the C&P exam, is the #1 most important day in your entire VA disability claims process, even if the VA has already rated you or denied you. This is your opportunity to “prove” service-connection, meaning...
What is a Buddy Letter?

What is a Buddy Letter?

You’ve heard me talk a lot about the importance of “Statements in Support of A Claim” as well as “Buddy Letters.” The VA raters take them very seriously, and read every word when evaluating your claim.  Sadly, many veterans seeking service-connected compensation...