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 lawsuit, but the rules are different when a Veteran is harmed…

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 health conditions. In a recent decision by the Court of Appeals…

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 tell his soldiers their deployment has been extended, it is…

The VA rates post-traumatic stress disorder using a standardized rating schedule. A veteran may be service-connected for 0%, 10%, 30%, 50%, 70%, or 100% based on the severity of his or her PTSD. Click here to learn more about the differences between each percentage. The VA will consider both the…