If you have tried to get multiple claims service-connected, you may have heard or read the term “pyramiding.” In the case of VA disability compensation, pyramiding means receiving separate ratings for the same disability or the same manifestation. In other words, a single symptom cannot be rated more than once,…

Establish Service Connection  As with all disability claims to the VA, you have to start by establishing service connection. Once diagnosed, you will need to prove that your osteoarthritis is linked to an event that occurred during your time in service. Overuse of joints, and in-service injuries, make it possible…

Veterans are entitled to disability benefits for any injury or disability that was a result of service. However, many Veterans don’t understand what disabilities or injuries are the result of service and what disabilities can be attributed to aging. There are many injuries and negative health conditions that occur as…

You’ve been receiving monthly VA disability compensation from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for years. Out of nowhere, you get a letter saying you’ve been overpaid, and the VA would like you to repay the funds. Since you thought you were receiving the correct amount of monthly compensation,…

Protected vs Unprotected Ratings When you successfully file a VA benefits claim, you’ll receive either a protected or unprotected rating. A protected VA disability rating means that the VA won’t independently expend any resources to check on your condition, making it much less likely or even impossible for your rating…

In a perfect world, getting service connection for a veterans disability benefits claim would be as easy as sending in a single form. After all, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has a duty to assist Veterans in developing their claims and an obligation to make sure Veterans get service…

Obesity VA Disability

Recent studies have shown that nearly a third of military Veterans are classified as obese. While the underlying reasons for the high rates of unhealthy weight among Veterans might be diverse and complicated, a few factors have stood out. For instance, the rate of obesity was particularly high among those…

What Is Suicidal Ideation?

How Do VA Ratings Work for Suicidal Ideation? According to the General Rating Formula for Mental Disorders, which the VA uses to identify mental conditions that qualify for benefits, suicidal ideation may entitle you to up to a 70% disability rating overall. Suicidal ideation may also be identified as near-continuous…