Understanding Your Service-Connected Benefits

It’s not always crystal clear what benefits you have earned or can access at different service-connected levels and ratings. Many veterans aren’t utilizing the full spectrum of benefits simply because they aren’t aware of them, or it’s tricky to understand. A veteran qualifies for VA healthcare with any service-connected disability rating, including 0%. To help provide more clarity, let’s look …

VA Addresses Financial Barriers for Mental Health Care

The VA wants to eliminate copays for outpatient (non-VA system) mental health visits. Many veterans are aware of the limitations of seeking care solely in the VA healthcare system. Now that veterans have even more access to outside/community healthcare, this new ruling would potentially help more veterans follow through with outpatient or community mental health treatment, as there is still …

More Than a Chip on Your Shoulder

Shoulder injuries are common for veterans and nonveterans alike. Between 7-8 million people see a doctor each year for shoulder pain and issues. There are 400,000-500,000 rotator cuff surgeries performed each year in the US alone, with expectation for that number to continue climbing. Why are there so many shoulder injuries? Shoulders can easily become injured from excessive or repetitive …

VA Mission Act Part 2

There is a lot to learn, understand and uncover in relation to the VA Mission Act of 2018. In this post we’re going to focus on clearing up some common misconceptions that surround the VA Mission Act. Misconception 1: The Act was passed to limit the VA’s involvement and effectiveness.  Truth: The Act was supported by 38 different veterans groups …

VA Mission Act of 2018

Backstory Leading to The Mission Act A report from August 2014 brought to light a huge, heartbreaking issue that many veterans, and veteran advocates already knew…long wait times at VA care facilities were causing prolonged suffering for many veterans, and possibly contributed to death for some. Another shocking revelation of the report was that certain VA hospitals and care facilities …

2022 VA Disability Compensation Pay Increase

In the last 12 years, the annual VA cost of living adjustments have ranged from 0.0% – 3.6%, averaging out at 1.5%. We probably don’t have to tell you that those increases have in no way adequately kept up with cost of living increases and inflation.  For 2022, the VA will increase disability compensation by 5.9%, the largest increase in …

VA Benefits and Medicare

A common misconception is that once a person qualifies for one set/source of benefits, they are ineligible for any others. Many veterans may not think about any additional coverage, including Medicare, once they have VA benefits. For some veterans, having Medicare in addition to VA benefits could be beneficial for helping with expenses not covered by the VA.  What is …

New Presumptive Conditions

Are you eligible for new service-connected benefits? Laws are changing and veteran advocates are pushing for more approved presumptive conditions for benefits and services that veterans are in dire need of. It’s important to stay up-to-date about how this impacts you. This post is spotlighting two of the newest moves for presumptive conditions and service connection. *In May of 2021, …

Hunger and Food Instability for Veterans

At this time of year, a large portion of the nation’s population is starting to plan and prep for Thanksgiving. For many, this means not only time to be thankful, spend time with loved ones, and express gratitude, but a day of overabundance of food.  For veterans struggling with food instability, Thanksgiving day can be an especially painful reminder of …

Awareness and Prevention for Veteran Suicides

As Veteran’s Day approaches, many will acknowledge and feel thankful for those who have served our country with all they have. But after the day of remembrance is over, there are still millions of veterans struggling, hurting, and in need of quality services and connection.  Suicide isn’t a fun topic to hear about or discuss. But it’s a very real …