Service treatment records (STRs) are the chronological medical records of a service member. STRs should include all medical, dental, and psychiatric treatment a Veteran received while in the Armed Forces. These records are key to your VA disability claim. Service treatment records can provide evidence of an injury, event, or…

VA Disability for Hypertension

Hypertension (high blood pressure) is a common and critical condition. If left untreated, hypertension can damage blood vessels and overwork the heart. This can lead to several life-threatening medical problems, such as heart failure, kidney failure, and dementia. If a Veteran is diagnosed with hypertension, they should see if they…

The Veterans Administration is providing clinical screenings at VA health care facilities in Nebraska and throughout the nation for Coronavirus (COVID-19). The virus is considered a serious public health threat and older Veterans are among the most vulnerable to infection. COVID-19 spreads through the air, like the flu, and typically…

In addition to dealing with the day-to-day consequences of a service-connected disability, Veterans may find further difficulties when planning for the future by purchasing life insurance. Private insurance companies may demand a higher premium from you as a result of your disabilities. The Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance program was developed…

Perfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of man-made chemicals that allow materials to repel water and oil. For this reason, PFAS are widely used by the military, generally in fire-suppressing foam.  PFAS has been found in the drinking and/or ground water on at least 206 military sites in the United…

When to Get a Medical Opinion

Part of the VA’s duty to assist includes an obligation to provide a medical examination or medical opinion for a Veteran seeking service connection. The VA must provide an exam or opinion if evidence of record does not contain enough medical evidence to decide the claim, but the file contains…