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10 Tips to Help You Keep the Compensation and Pension Exam (C&P exam) in Perspective
100% Rating – How I Did It! – Member Ping Juice
2 Times Veterans Should Argue for an Earlier Effective Date. – Veterans Law Blog
3 Things You Want Out Of a DRO Review – VA DRO Hearings (Decision Review Officer)
38CFR4.1 Essentials of evaluative rating
4 Things Veterans Should Know about VA Sleep Apnea Disability Claims
5 Things to Know about the VA Appeals Process
6 Reasons to Keep Pursuing VA Claims and Appeals – AFTER you reach 100%
8 Steps to Improve Your VA Disability Claim or Appeal
A Veterans Benefits Raters View
Additional 100% Disabled Veteran Benefits
Agent Orange Presumptive Conditions
Agent Orange Symptoms and Effects
Am I eligible for emergency care at a non-VA facility?
Analogously Ratings – Conditions Not In The Schedule For Rating Disabilities
Appeal vs Reconsideration – Hill & Ponton, P.A.
Applying for VA Benefits
Benefit Tip Co-Payment Reimbursement
Can a 100 percent disabled Veteran work?
Can I apply for VA disability compensation for a disease or injury diagnosed after service?
Commission on Care Final Report
Common Mistakes – Dont Sit Back During Your Appeal – Hill & Ponton, P.A.
Common Mistakes – Attending the C&P Exams by Hill and Ponton
CUE, the Presumption of Soundness, and Really Old Errors by Chris Attig
Definitions, Terms, Abbreviations
Disability Benefits Questionnaires
Disability Calculator: Service Connected Disabilities Calculator
Documenting Your VA Claim – Examining your service medical records
Documenting Your VA Claim Best Practices
DSM-5 Criteria for PTSD
DSM-5 or DSM IV For VA Mental Disorders Compensation and Pension Exam
Ebenefits Development Letter Sent
Ebenefits Status Messages
Entitlement To Service Connection For Sleep Apnea, To Include As Secondary To Ptsd Granted
Establishing Veterans Affairs Service Connection for Disability Compensation
Explore VA benefits: Overview of VA disability compensation and how to apply
Facts & Figures About Veterans and Soldier
Failure to Submit to Medical Examination–Insistence on the Presence of an Attorney and Use of a Recording Device
Filing A Veterans Affairs Service Connected Disability Compensation Claim
Fully Developed Claim (FDC) Veterans Affairs Benefits Videos
Get to the P.O.I.N.T. Better Writing in Your VA Claim
Getting Your Documents In Order
Global Asset Functioning Scale (GAF Scale)
Gulf War Illness – National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM).
Gulf War Veterans Information
HISA Program – Veterans Affairs Home Improvements and Structural Alterations Program
Internet Medical Research Printouts for Your VA Claim
Iraq veterans in legislature want to protect PTSD dogs
Is an OIF Vet also a Gulf War Vet?
Law of Veterans’ Benefits 2008-2010
Links – Diseases and Conditions Specific to the Military Veteran Population
Links to Common Search Terms
Most common VA service Connected Disabilities
Most Viewed Posts on The VA Claims Research Forum 2014
Need a Lawyer? Learn About Veterans Benefits attorneys & the Fees They Charge – VeteransLawBlog
New Rules for VA Claims As Of March 15, 2015
Popular Topics from VA Claims Research Forums
Preparing for Your C and P Exam
Proving a Non-Combat Stressor in a VA PTSD Disability Claim
PTSD Guide: VA Service Connection from Hill and Ponton
Rating Reduction or Sever Service – Veterans Affairs Proceedings
Records, Veterans, Dept of Veterans Affairs, VA claims
Request Military Service Records
Requesting A Copy of Your VA Claims Folder (C-File)
Restrict VA’s Individual Unemployability Benefits to Disabled Veterans Who Are Younger Than the Full Retirement Age for Social Security
Sexual Assault Trauma Syndrome
Should You Use the VA Form 21-4138 Statement in Support of Claim Form?
Significant Judicial Precedent and Its Effect on the Board of Veterans Appeals Throughout FY 2015
Special Monthly Compensation for VA Service Connected Disability
Statement of the Case Example – How to Read and Understand this VA Form (Video)
Ten things veterans should know about burn pits
The Next 72 Hours – 3 Things Veterans Must Do During Civilian Emergency Room Visits – Ben Krause
The VA Claims Maze – How To Be Successful
Tinnitus – VA Disability Claims
Top 10 Content Sept 2016
Top 10 VA Disability Claims Discussion Posts June 2016
Types of VA Disability Claims
Unemployability – From the podcast
Unemployability (IU) Guide from Hill and Ponton
US Court of Veterans Claims (USCAVC) Cases
VA Backlog…Looking Back…Nothing New
VA C and P Exam – Do’s and Don’ts – VA Compensation Pension Exam
VA Can Better Ensure Unemployability Decisions Are Well Supported
VA Claims – The Importance Of Understanding Exactly What Are The Issues
VA Claims Glossary-Definitions-Abbreviations-Terms
VA Compensation Rates Effective 12/01/2014
VA Disability Claims Forums
VA Disability Claims Process
VA Disability Compensation
VA Fast Letters and VA Training Letters
VA Historical Service Connected Compensation 1974 –
VA Math Explained. VA Math It’s Not Your Mother’s Arithmetic
VA Office of General Counsel 2011
VA Office of General Counsel 2012
VA Office of General Counsel 2014
VA Office of General Counsel 2015
rebabevets posted a question in VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims Research Forum,I already get compensation for bladder cancer for Camp Lejeune Water issue, now that it is added to Agent Orange does it mean that the VA should pay me the difference between Camp Lejeune and 1992 when I retired from the Marine Corps or do I have to re-apply for it for Agent Orange, or will the VA look at at current cases already receiving bladder cancer compensation. I’m considered 100% Disabled Permanently
Ddsr posted a question in VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims Research Forum,The 5, 10, 20 year rules...
Five Year Rule) If you have had the same rating for five or more years, the VA cannot reduce your rating unless your condition has improved on a sustained basis. All the medical evidence, not just the reexamination report, must support the conclusion that your improvement is more than temporary.
Ten Year Rule) The 10 year rule is after 10 years, the service connection is protected from being dropped.
Twenty Year Rule) If your disability has been continuously rated at or above a certain rating level for 20 or more years, the VA cannot reduce your rating unless it finds the rating was based on fraud. This is a very high standard and it's unlikely the rating would get reduced.
If you are 100% for 20 years (Either 100% schedular or 100% TDIU - Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability or IU), you are automatically Permanent & Total (P&T). And, that after 20 years the total disability (100% or IU) is protected from reduction for the remainder of the person's life. "M-21-1-IX.ii.2.1.j. When a P&T Disability Exists"
At 55, P&T (Permanent & Total) or a few other reasons the VBA will not initiate a review. Here is the graphic below for that. However if the Veteran files a new compensation claim or files for an increase, then it is YOU that initiated to possible review.
NOTE: Until a percentage is in place for 10 years, the service connection can be removed. After that, the service connection is protected.
Example for 2020 using the same disability rating
1998 - Initially Service Connected @ 10%
RESULT: Service Connection Protected in 2008
RESULT: 10% Protected from reduction in 2018 (20 years)
2020 - Service Connection Increased @ 30%
RESULT: 30% is Protected from reduction in 2040 (20 years)
broncovet posted an answer to a question,While the BVA has some discretion here, often they "chop up claims". For example, BVA will order SERVICE CONNECTION, and leave it up to the VARO the disability percent and effective date.
I hate that its that way. The board should "render a decision", to include service connection, disability percentage AND effective date, so we dont have to appeal "each" of those issues over then next 15 years on a hamster wheel.
Ztmiller8 posted a question in Appealing Your Veterans Compensation Disability Claims NOD, DRO, BVA, USCAVC,Finally heard back that I received my 100% Overall rating and a 100% PTSD rating Following my long appeal process!
My question is this, given the fact that my appeal was on the advanced docket and is an “Expedited” appeal, what happens now and how long(ish) is the process from here on out with retro and so forth? I’ve read a million things but nothing with an expedited appeal status.
Anyone deal with this situation before? My jump is from 50 to 100 over the course of 2 years if that helps some. I only am asking because as happy as I am, I would be much happier to pay some of these bills off!
Joey Ross posted an answer to a question,I told reviewer that I had a bad C&P, and that all I wanted was a fair shake, and she even said, that was what she was all ready viewed for herself. The first C&P don't even reflect my Treatment in the VA PTSD clinic. In my new C&P I was only asked about symptoms, seeing shit, rituals, nightmares, paying bills and about childhood, but didn't ask about details of it. Just about twenty question, and nothing about stressor,
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