MST – Veterans Benefits for Military Sexual Trauma Victims

Some Basic Elements Of An MST Claim Military sexual trauma is very common, affecting as many as one in four female servicemembers.  The term includes not only involuntary sexual relationships (e.g. a CO implies that preferential treatment will follow a sexual relationship) or repeated, threatening, and unreasonable behavior of a sexual nature. Due to the […]

Can Disabled Veterans Get Social Security Disability?

disabled veterans get social security disability

Disabled veterans may qualify for both Social Security disability benefits and veterans disability compensation. If you meet the separate requirements of each type of benefit, you can receive both payments. There are some circumstances in which one might offset the other, but it can be beneficial to apply for both. For a more in-depth discussion […]

Can I Appeal a Denied VA Claim?

When a decision is made in your claim, you will receive a Ratings Decision. If your claim has been granted, the decision will assign a rating for your condition. If the claim is denied, or if you disagree with the rating that is assigned then you must file an appeal within 1 year. There are […]

When Should I File for VA benefits?

If you believe that you may qualify for VA benefits and you have never filed a claim before, you need to file a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs as soon as possible. In many cases, the benefits you receive will be paid back to the date that the claim is filed. This means […]

VA Disability Benefits for Hearing Loss

Veterans with Hearing Loss Many veterans are among the 30 million Americans with some form of loss of hearing, largely because these individuals are at risk for both trauma-induced hearing loss (being too close to an explosion) and chronic loss (working in an aircraft hangar). In fact, hearing loss is the top combat injury in […]

Camp Lejeune Water Exposure

Camp Lejeune

The VA has finally established a presumptive service connection for some veterans, reservists and National Guard members who were exposed to contaminants in the Camp Lejeune water supply. What are the service requirements to qualify for presumptive service-connection for exposure to Camp Lejeune water? In order to qualify the service member needs to have served […]

VA Announces it Mishandled over 24,000 Claims for TBI

On June 1, 2016 the Department of Veterans Affairs announced that it had made an error in the processing of more than 24,000 claims for compensation related to traumatic brain injury (“TBI”). Under the VA policy put into place in 2007, initial TBI Compensation and Pension (“C&P”) exams must be done by one of four […]

Can Veterans Work While Applying for VA Benefits?

When I talk with Veterans who are applying for compensation benefits, they often want to know if working while applying for VA benefits will hurt their chances of being approved. For most Veterans the answer is usually pretty simple – if you are not receiving a non-service connected pension, Social Security benefits and you are […]

How do I file a VA compensation claim?

To file a claim for VA benefits, you can either print, complete and mail the application form (VA 21-526EZ), or you can file your claim online at the VA’s website. Related Posts