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14 Questions about Veterans Disability Compensation Benefits Claims 

When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about when it comes to filing VA Disability Claims.









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If you are new to hadit and have DIC questions it would help us tremendously if you can answer the following questions right away in your first post.

What was the Primary Cause of Death (# 1) as listed on your spouse’s death certificate?

What,if anything, was listed as a contributing cause under # 2?

Was an autopsy done and if so do you have a complete copy of it?

 It can be obtained through the Medical Examiner’s office in your locale.

What was the deceased veteran service connected for in his/her lifetime?

Did they have a claim pending at death and if so what for?

If they died from anything on the Agent Orange Presumptive list ( available here under a search) when did they serve and where? If outside of Vietnam, what was their MOS and also if they served onboard a ship in the South Pacific what ship were they on and when? Also did they have any major  physical  contact with C 123s during the Vietnam War?

And how soon after their death was the DIC form filed…if filed within one year of death, the date of death will be the EED for DIC and also satisfy the accrued regulation criteria.

Many years ago I tried to find a widow’s past  posts here, as she had returned to hadit with more questions on her DIC claim..

I googled -DIC Berta hadit and her name- and many links popped up, some from VBN (YUKU) where a widow has complained at YUKU that she got no help from me because I asked her too many questions at hadit.

Fortunately some VBN members advised her that I understand DIC in and out and I asked probably the same questions any VSO or vet rep would. And maybe  asked some the vet reps didn’t even think of.

DIC can become a very complex issue , and only by asking questions  ,can we possibly direct any survivor as to what they should do.

By “we” I mean others here as well as me  because all vets with a spouse need to get up to speed on DIC.

Others will get a chance , with the  two issues on the board today One is DIC,  and one might become DIC at some point but that vet is still alive.

Many DIC claims fall under 100% SC P & T for ten continuous years.....easy to succeed in

A few are Section 1151 death issues. Difficult but not impossible to win.

The rest usually involve proving that a SC disability caused or contributed significantly to death,....not impossible but difficult too sometimes.

And if the DIC claims are not based on the ten year DIC regs, the survivor may also definitely need a strong IMO.

 

 

 

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I am adding to this thread some of the links I mentioned at our recent End of Life radio show:

https://www.ssa.gov/survivors/

Survivors of veterans are often eligible for monthly benefits, as well as any children under 16 .

https://benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets/general/accrued.pdf

Unfortunately we did not get time to go over accrued benefits much.

Accrued benefits under the 2010 Nehmer Court Order are different and explained here:

https://community.hadit.com/topic/47237-accrued-benefits-under-nehmer/#gsc.tab=0

and here:

https://community.hadit.com/topic/70372-accrued-benefits-for-survivors/#gsc.tab=0

and in many other threads at hadit.

We do not know yet what additional AO presumptives might be added by the Secretary,

and we dont know if this will trigger another Footnote One condition to any new AO regulations.

(Hopefully it will- and Rick Spataro (NVLSP) will certainly help me if we have questions here on interpreting the next Nehmer order ( if there is one) and if NVLSP will have a specific email addy for their input into any AO decisions.)

The REPS benefit:

(my former Vet reps didnt have a clue on what this is all about.)

https://community.hadit.com/topic/34695-restored-entitlement-progran/#gsc.tab=0

I received REPs award in 2010 and a veteran at VBN received it in 2012.

My REPs award was about 20 thousand bucks......

I applied for REPS in 1995 just in case my husband's death would be directly service connected.

It is an application on page 10 of the 21-534 (but was explained differently in 1995 on that form)

https://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/vba-21-534-are.pdf

When VA service connected my husband's death in 2009, REPs required me to fill out a new REPs form but

the evidence I needed was the same.

Since my former vet dopes- oops vet reps -didnt understand the form I had filed out in 1995  at the back of my formal 534,  I wonder how many survivors or their children had been eligible for this benefit and never knew it.

And might still be eligible now.

Oddly enough the VA 21-534 EZ form does not  even mention REPs at all...even the VA does not want us to know of this benefit I guess,and any survivor might be eligible for it, or their children, under the criteria in the above  hadit link.

Here is the application:

https://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-8924-ARE.pdf

and here is the recent End of Life Radio show we did-

 http://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2017/11/17/hadit-podcast-special-show-end-of-life-show

We have done this type of show at least 4 times in the past 15 years

and it pays to do it again from time to time.

 

 

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forgot blog radio link

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