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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …