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 […]

What is the VA claims folder?

Your claims folder (aka “cfile”) at the VA contains all of the documents related to your claim for compensation and/or pension. The VA has recently completed the process of converting from paper files to electronic files, so your claim may have some documents that were in a physical file folder that are now scanned in […]

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 […]

What Is the VA Benefits Direct Deposit Schedule?

VA Direct Deposit

The VA benefits direct deposit schedule determines when you will receive your VA benefit check. If you have just been approved for VA benefits then you will get your first regular monthly payment on the first of the next month.  The VA pays benefits a month behind, just like Social Security pays disability benefits a […]

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 […]

TDIU for Disabled Veterans – Can I Qualify?

veteran with depression on side of bed

TDIU for disabled veterans is a benefit for veterans who are unable to work due to their service-connected conditions. As a veteran with one or more service-connected disabilities, you are eligible to apply for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Through this application, you will also be considered for TDIU, or Total […]

How do I file a Veterans Benefits claim for PTSD?

ptsd veteran

If you are filing a claim for PTSD, you also need to complete VA form 21-0781 to submit with your application for VA compensation. This form requires detailed information about the event(s) that you believe led to your PTSD. You should give as much information as you can remember. Many times the VA will need […]

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 […]