What is a Notice of Disagreement?

  A Notice of Disagreement is an appeal of a VA decision. Here is how it works: After you file a claim with the VA, the VA will either grant or deny benefits in a document known as a rating decision. The rating decision is the VA’s response to your claim. If you...
McKinney and the Presumption of Soundness

McKinney and the Presumption of Soundness

In general, the VA has an obligation to compensate veterans for injuries which were incurred in, aggravated during, or otherwise caused by active duty service in the military. The VA does not have the same obligation when it comes to injuries that existed prior to...
Understanding the VA Combined Ratings Table

Understanding the VA Combined Ratings Table

By Michael J Koberlein, Esq.   The VA Combined Ratings Table at a Glance Have you ever received a backpay award that was a lot less than you thought it was going to be? Have you ever believed you would receive a backpay award for an Agent Orange condition like...
Individual Unemployability – How To Qualify

Individual Unemployability – How To Qualify

Individual Unemployability: An Everyday Struggle Many veterans try to work as long as they possibly can, even when suffering from tremendous physical pain and struggling with severe mental health issues. In the case of most disabled veterans who can’t afford not to...
Burn Pits: The New Agent Orange?

Burn Pits: The New Agent Orange?

What Is a Burn Pit? The military used large trash pits as a way to get rid of refuse, and burned many different kinds of material. Many OIF/OEF veterans know exactly what a burn pit is, since they lived and worked near and around them. While the VA concedes that...
The Service Connection – July 2016

The Service Connection – July 2016

Veterans’ Law Newsletter Issue 1 – July 2016 Acquired Psychiatric Conditions By Jerusha Hancock While post-traumatic stress disorder gets a lot of attention when it comes to veterans, it’s only the tip of the iceberg. Sometimes, a veteran’s symptoms don’t...