Is it Anxiety?

Feeling worried or nervous about big changes, uncertain events, a meeting with the boss, and things that are important to you is normal. As human beings, we are designed to have responses to things that matter or could affect our life and choices. However, for many, the nerves and worries go beyond the small moments and are more lasting or …

Benefits Backlog May Linger into 2022

2020 was a hard year for almost everyone. Many businesses suffered, supplies decreased while demands increased, and multitudes of offices reduced or eliminated their in-office employees at least temporarily. Veterans have felt the consequences of this with benefits claims taking much longer than usual, largely due to Covid shutdowns that started in the spring of 2020 in the National Personnel …

Permanent and Total Disability

Permanent and Total Disability (also called 100% P&T) is a term and status that is often misunderstand and used incorrectly. It’s important to understand the difference and how a veteran can be one or the other OR both. Permanent and Total Disability is when a veteran’s disabilities are total (VA rated them 100% disabling) and permanent (likelihood for improvement is …

You Need a Buddy

What is a buddy letter? (Also called a buddy statement.) It’s a written document/statement in support of a VA disability claim (for service connection or claim to increase ratings) from someone who has seen or has knowledge about a veteran’s injury or event which caused or contributed to symptoms or disabilities.  Who Needs a Buddy Letter?  A buddy letter can …

The C-File

What is a C-File? A VA claims file, most often referred to as a C-File, is an important piece of the disability and benefits puzzle. The C-File contains all of the records the VA receives and obtains that relate to disability benefits. The file can contain service records, medical records, benefit application, all claims, appeals, denial letters, code sheets, ratings …

Headache or Migraine?

It is estimated that more than 37 million Americans suffer from migraine headaches. Veterans who have experienced a brain or head injury or who have been deployed are at a 3x higher than average risk of developing headaches and migraines. Women are also 2-3x more likely to suffer from migraines than men.  What’s the difference? It can be tricky to …

New VA Motto a Step Toward Inclusivity?

Advocates for female rights and lawmakers first introduced the idea of changing the VA motto to be more gender inclusive in 2017. The current VA motto, “To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan,” has remained the same since it was installed on plaques outside the VA headquarters by administrator Sumner …

The Veteran’s Journey to Better Sleep

Our last blog post discussed the alarmingly high rate at which veterans suffer from insomnia and other sleep disorders. While those numbers are discouraging, they provide some glaringly obvious information; more needs to be done to bring about awareness, acceptance, and treatment/help for sleep issues in veterans. This post is going to talk about some things that could possibly set …

Insomnia & Sleep Disorders

Veteran Insomnia If 3 am is a regular visitor, you aren’t alone. Over 30% of the population experiences insomnia. Studies find that for veterans, the number is even higher. A study from the San Diego Department of Veteran Affairs followed over 5,500 post 9/11 veterans for 7 years. The results, published in June 2020, showed that 57% of the veterans …

Increased VA Funding Proposed for 2022

Last week, the White House outlined a fiscal 2022 budget plan that would increase funding to The Department of Veterans Affairs. The increase would be geared toward increasing funds for homelessness, suicide prevention, caregiver support, and medical research. The plan indicates an 8.2% increase in discretionary funding, which is the third largest increase of any federal department in the 2022 …