Category: Appeals

How Do I Read My VA Award Letter?

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It’s finally here! After long weeks of putting together your VA claim, you’ve finally received your VA award letter. You open it and… You’re left asking, “How do I read my VA award letter?!” After a long, and at times confusing and frustrating process, you’ve waited for this moment, only to find that the letter […]

BVA Case Decision: “Probative Value” of Private Medical Evidence Used to Support a Veteran’s VA Disability Claim

BVA Case Decision: “Probative Value” of Private Medical Evidence Used to Support a Veteran’s VA Disability Claim BVA Case Decision: "Probative Value" of Private Medical Evidence Used to Support a Veteran's VA Disability Claim Blog Medical Evidence BVA min

Bottom Line Up Front (BLUF): Medical evidence is medical evidence. All competent and credible evidence of record must be reviewed by the VA Rater (and considered) prior to making a VA claim decision. However, not all evidence is created equal. Evidence may have more (or less) PROBATIVE VALUE. What Evidence Has Probative Value? III.iv.5.A.2.d.  Definition:        […]

Your Guide to the Board of VA Appeals

Your Guide to the Board of VA Appeals Your Guide to the Board of VA Appeals

Before you keep reading this Guide to the Board of VA Appeals, ask yourself these questions: Were you denied your VA Disability compensation claim? Or are you unsatisfied with the rating you were assigned by the VA Ratings Board?  If you answered yes to either of these questions, then this is the guide for you! […]

Can the VA Reduce a PTSD Rating?

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After all the work that goes into filing a successful VA claim, followed by all the waiting for the VA to issue a decision, there are few things that feel better than finally having your claim approved! But can the VA reduce a PTSD rating? The short answer is, yes. The VA absolutely can choose […]

Filing a VA Claim for Migraines Secondary to Anxiety

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Did you know you can claim migraines secondary to anxiety for VA benefits? Here at VA Claims Insider, we refer to secondary claims as “the Overlooked Claim” because so many veterans overlook this opportunity to file for more benefits.  According to the American Migraine Foundation, about 20% of people with episodic migraines have anxiety, and […]

What is a Higher Level Review

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Have you had your VA benefits claim denied? Don’t panic! You can now request a Higher Level Review (HLR), and a senior rating specialist will re-examine your claim. The VA has updated its appeals system. As of February 19, 2019, you have the option of having your first-time claim or a supplemental claim reviewed without […]

VA Disability Sample Appeal Letter

VA Disability Sample Appeal Letter sample va appeal letter

After six months of patiently waiting, you are excited to know the outcome of your disability claims. You’re currently at 70% and filed in for sleep apnea. When you receive the letter, you are shocked by the denial of your VA your claim. You’re confused because you had someone walk you through the process, I […]