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 …

Finding Your Service Treatment Records

Service treatment records are the medical records from your time in service. When filing a disability claim, you can either submit your service treatment records OR request that the VA access them. It is important for you to have a copy of them to ensure their accuracy, and for your own use. They include all health information and appointments from …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …