What Is an 1151 Claim?

What Is an 1151 Claim?

With 1700 VA healthcare facilities providing healthcare to millions of Veterans across the country, malpractice is bound to happen somewhere. When malpractice is committed in a private medical facility, the patient has the option to bring a medical malpractice...
What Is Suicidal Ideation?

What Is Suicidal Ideation?

Suicidal ideation is a symptom included in the VA rating schedule for mental health conditions. The VA considers the presence of this symptom when determining a rating decision for PTSD, major depressive disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety disorder and other mental...
How Can I Obtain an Earlier Effective Date?

How Can I Obtain an Earlier Effective Date?

Many veterans who receive a negative decision from the VA don’t realize that they can appeal that decision. Some veterans unknowingly allow the deadline for appeals to run out. Later, if the veteran wants to pursue an earlier effective date, he or she will have to...
The Service Connection – Summer 2017

The Service Connection – Summer 2017

Understanding the VA Disability Timeline By Jerusha Hancock, Veterans’ Attorney Most veterans understand that when a politician gives a timeline, it is rarely met. Several Iraq war vets have seen extended deployments. While it is difficult for a commander to...
What is Military Sexual Trauma (MST)?

What is Military Sexual Trauma (MST)?

The U.S. Committee on Veterans Affairs recently issued a press release introducing a bill to expand the definition of military sexual trauma (MST) to include cyber harassment. This bill formed in the wake of reports of nude photos of female service members being...
Do I Qualify for TDIU?

Do I Qualify for TDIU?

What Is TDIU? For veterans who cannot work due to their service-connected disabilities, Total Disability due to Individual Unemployability (TDIU) might provide some relief. If granted, TDIU grants 100 percent disability benefits to the veteran even if his or her...