Presumptive Service Connections-Asthma, Rhinitis & Sinusitis

Hundreds of thousands of veterans are suffering from conditions that are likely connected to being exposed to poor air quality from burn pits during their time in service. Waiting for studies and data to “prove” this, so that the VA will more readily recognize these conditions and provide benefits, has been slow-going and disheartening, causing veterans and their advocates years …

Ulcerative Colitis Ratings

What is Ulcerative Colitis? Ulcerative colitis (UC) is a chronic inflammatory bowel disease in which inflammation and ulcers occur in your large intestine (colon) and rectum. It is most commonly thought to be caused from an overactive immune response. Normally, a viral or bacterial threat in your colon would trigger your immune system to cause temporary inflammation and send white …

Gulf War Illness

Although the Gulf War may seem relatively short-lived in comparison to other wars, the medical ramifications for many veterans who served during that time period has had an extremely long lasting impact. The first Persian Gulf War was fought heavily in Iraq and Kuwait from January to February 1991.  What Happened, Medically Speaking? A large percentage of veterans who were …

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 …

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 …

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 or T&P) 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 …