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 …

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 …

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 …