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...

Confirming Your Stressor for PTSD

Unlike a lot of other mental health disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder (or PTSD), can manifest months or even years after a veteran leaves service. Sometimes, those signs can be subtle and become more disabling as time goes by. In order to be service-connected...

The Long Wait

A lot of veterans ask, “Why is it taking so long for the VA to process my claim?” A big reason that veterans wait such a long time is that there are a lot of claims to get through. For example, in Florida, there is one regional office in St. Petersburg to process the...

The Decision in Murphy v. Shinseki

The decision of the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) in Murphy v. Shinseki, 26 Vet.App. 510 (2014), gives veterans and VA claimants legal precedent to respond to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) when VA mischaracterizes their claimed issues on...

Bradley v. Peake and the Housebound Rate or 160 Percent

According to 38 USCS section 1114(s), if a veteran has a service-connected disability rated as total and has additional service-connected disability or disabilities independently ratable at 60 percent or more, the monthly compensation will be adjusted accordingly. In...

VA’s Insanity Definition

On August 19, 1968, Henry Gardner USMC was convicted by general court-martial for being absent without leave on several occasions from May through July of 1968. He served time in the Da Nang prison in Vietnam, where he was involved in a prison riot. On January 30,...