Mammoth Backlog of C&P Exams May Continue to Increase

Veterans know a Compensation & Pension (C&P) exam is a crucial step to be able to receive disability benefits. Most who have gone through the process would agree it’s never been very straightforward or fast tracked, but a huge backlog is making the wait for benefits much longer and more convoluted. The exam request backlog increased by over 200,000 during …

The Major Richard Star Act

As it stands, only veterans who served 20+ years and have a disability rating of 50% or more are able to receive full retirement benefits and disability compensation. Data reports that at least 42,000 veterans are currently ineligible to receive full benefits for both due to the current law. This means their military longevity pay/retirement benefits are REDUCED by their …

It’s Getting on My Nerves

The 7th most common veteran disability is sciatica. Sciatica refers to pain along the path of the sciatic nerve, which runs from the lower back, hips, down both buttocks and legs. It most commonly affects only one side of the body. What Causes Sciatica? A herniated disk, narrowing of the spine (spinal stenosis), or bone spur on the spine, all …

How Can We Make a Difference?

Last week, our post addressed rising suicide rates for veterans during Covid-19. Awareness of this real life mental health pandemic (suicide) is a great first step. But it is going to take more than just knowing the stats to make a positive change. The purpose of this post is not to treat, diagnose, or “cure” anything. We aren’t doctors or …

Veteran Suicide Rate Increase & Covid-19

Suicide is something we don’t like to hear or talk about, but its prevalence in our society, and in our veterans, is something we need to continue shining light on and fighting to change. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for the overall population of the 10-34 year old age group in our country. 2020 veteran suicide studies …

Common Reasons the VA Denies Claims

In this post, we will briefly explain some of the most common reasons the VA denies claims. Many of these are easy to avoid with awareness and having someone on your team to help you with the process! 1. A lack of current disability. Most veterans know they must have a current condition to establish service connection. While it is …

Back At It

Back pain is in the top 10 most common veteran disabilities. Many factors contribute to back pain and disabilities, such as physical training and strain, equipment weight, falls or injuries, lack of  proper shoes, etc. The Musculoskeletal system is very complex, and one area of injury or pain can often cause multiple issues. In reality, knowing what ratings you qualify …

More common than you think: PTSD Disability

The third most common veteran disability is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). PTSD is a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have witnessed or experienced a traumatic event. Referred to as “shell shock” during WWI or “combat fatigue” during WWII, PTSD is not something only veterans suffer from, although data shows that veterans make up the majority of …

Do you hear what I hear? Auditory Injuries & Disabilities.

Of the top 10 most common veteran disabilities, auditory injuries/issues are boss, taking spots 1 and 2.  According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, exposure to sounds at 85 decibels or higher can contribute to hearing loss and auditory ailments. 85 decibels might seem like a lot, but if you look over the graph below, you can …

One foot in front of the other: Foot Disabilities

Did you know that many veterans have foot problems, pain, or conditions that they suffer from that are often overlooked or misunderstood, and causing them to miss out on disability ratings/benefits? In this post, we’re going to get a little scientific, but then break it down, so you can get a more clear idea of what foot deformities and conditions …