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New study pressures VA to expand Agent Orange compensation

Army Chemical Corps Vietnam-Era Veterans Health Study A new study linking exposure to herbicides and hypertension may establish eligibility for VA disability compensation for Agent Orange high blood pressure claims. The Army Chemical Corps Vietnam-Era Veterans Health Study (2012-2013) was designed to learn if high blood pressure (hypertension) and some chronic respiratory diseases are related…

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Camp Lejeune Contaminated Water

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its adjudication regulations relating to presumptive service connection to add certain diseases associated with Camp Lejeune contaminated water from August 1, 1953 to December 31, 1987: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/09/09/2016-21455/diseases-associated-with-exposure-to-contaminants-in-the-water-supply-at-camp-lejeune This proposed rule would establish that veterans, former reservists, and former National Guard members, who served at Camp Lejeune…

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Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC)

Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Servicemembers who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease. Eligibility (Surviving Spouse) To qualify for DIC, a surviving spouse must meet the requirements below. The…

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Filing a VA Disability Claim

Filing a VA disability claim? Here is what you need to know. Service connected disability compensation is a benefit that is exactly what it sounds like: it’s compensation for a current disability that occurred as a result of your active duty service. In order to be successful and have your disability claim approved, you are…

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VA Appeals Process

So, after all the hard work involved with replying to the VA’s requests for more records and for enduring one or more Compensation and Pension, or C&P, exams, you get a notification letter from the VA where they deny your claim or don’t rate your disability high enough. Welcome to the VA appeals process. It…

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NOD vs Reconsideration / Reopen

What route should you take with your denied VA disability claim: NOD vs reconsideration / reopen? Make sure that you know the facts before you make a decision. First, I want to say upfront that I advise filing an NOD 99% of the time. Let’s start out by talking about the advantages of an appeal…

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VA Aid & Attendance

The VA Aid & Attendance Benefit is a non-service connected pension available to wartime veterans and their surviving spouses to help with long-term care expenses including assisted living and in-home care. Eligibility for VA Aid & Attendance: 1. Military: Veteran had 90 days active of service with one day during a qualified war period: a.…

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Agent Orange Disability Claims

Agent Orange Claims: Were You Denied? Veterans who served in Vietnam and “in country” even if only for a day, were exposed to Agent Orange. Brown Water Navy Veterans and Blue Water Navy Veterans who came ashore were also exposed to Agent Orange, as well as many others who served during the Vietnam Era. Presumption of…

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Expediting VA Disability Compensation Claims

VA Wait Times What is the secret to expediting VA disability compensation claims? Anyone who has ever dealt with the VA knows that they do not do anything quickly, and decisions usually take at least a year if not longer. Take a look at how bad the VA’s timing really is (national averages): VA Backlog…

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