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 …

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 …

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 …

Nexus Letters

The word NEXUS means link. A Nexus letter is the link between your medical condition and your military service. There are five different scenarios where a Nexus letter might be warranted: attempting to directly service-connect a condition, service connection through aggravation (preexisting condition made worse by service), presumptive connection, secondary connection, and connection based on VA medical care. The Nexus …

State Veteran’s Benefits

Find veterans benefits offered by each state. Did you know that state, city, and community programs also offer a range of veteran benefits and programs for qualifying vets and their families? There are also private groups that offer help with either direct benefits or resources to find veteran benefits. It’s important to know that there is no central repository of …

2020 VA Disability Rates

2020 VA Disability Rates saw 1.6% cost-of-living increase based on the COLA calculations. For a 50% disabled veteran with a spouse and one child who currently receives $1,026.36 per month, this amounts to about $16 more per month. 2020 disability rates are effective 12/1/2019. VA disability rate increases are determined by Cost-of-Living-Adjustments (COLA). To calculate the VA disability rate increase …