Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease, called GERD, is a common gastrointestinal condition. Cleveland Clinic reports than an estimated 20% of the US population have GERD. It is sometimes referred to as chronic acid reflux. If you are suffering from GERD, you likely have some of the following symptoms: Heartburn Indigestion Pain in the chest Difficulty swallowing/feels like something is “stuck” in the …

Confused by Combined Disability Rating Math?

Calculating the combined disability rating is a process that can confuse and stress even the math-savvy! The formula for coming up with this rating seems a bit opposite of what you’d intuitively think when you first look at it, but it doesn’t have to be daunting. Once you see the step-by-step process for how to get the accurate rating, you …

Career & Educational Help for Veterans

Most veterans are familiar with the GI Bill and how it can help pay for training programs or a college/graduate degree. There are other educational and career benefits available for veterans that are less commonly talked about or used, but potentially just as, or more helpful, for many. In this post, we are shining light on Veteran Readiness and Employment …

New COVID-19 Vaccination Mandate for VA employees

The CDC has reported COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations rising very quickly this summer, as a new variant “Delta” has been spreading. Federal officials have estimated around 97% of those hospitalized are unvaccinated. The VA has seen a sharp increase in cases amongst staff and veterans in their care as well, and the administration is taking action to do what they …

How Can the VA Reduce Your Ratings?

It is a common source of worry and confusion for veterans…wondering if and when the VA will try to reduce their service-connected ratings and benefits. Understandably, a loss of needed disability benefits due to a rating reduction can put a huge strain on a veteran. In this post, we are going to explain when, how and why the VA can …

Getting an accurate rating for headaches/migraines

According to the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA), headaches/migraines are listed as #9 in the top 10 most common veteran disability claims. The difference between different types of headaches, including migraines, is significant. You can brush up on the facts or learn about those differences with one of our previous posts on headaches and migraines here. Recap: One of the tricky …

Mental Health Rating Myths Part 1

There are millions of veterans with mental health ratings in our country. In 2020, there were over 1.7 million veterans who were rated just for PTSD. A lot of confusion and misinformation is out there regarding veterans who suffer from and are rated for mental health conditions. Some of this misinformation may even prevent veterans from fully disclosing the severity …

Mental Health Ratings

Mental conditions and disorders are considered the most difficult to rate. Mental health looks different in every individual, symptoms vary, can be hard to measure, and they fluctuate in intensity and variables.  How does the VA rate mental conditions? When you are service-connected for a mental condition, your medical evaluations will help the VA raters determine how serious or severe …

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 …