The PACT Act broadens the scope of VA healthcare and benefits for Veterans who have been exposed to burn pits, Agent Orange, and other harmful substances. By extending the list of medical conditions presumed to be caused by such exposures, the PACT Act amplifies the support and care accessible for affected Veterans and their survivors. […]

The VA discontinued public facing DBQ (Disability Benefit Questionnaire) forms online. We believe this to be a great disservice to all Veterans. Why rely on an inadequate C&P exam for your disability claim? Download your own DBQ form(s) now for your private doctor to complete. If you are not satisfied with the decision on your […]

On August 23, 2017, the Veteran Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (Pub L. 115-55) was enacted, often referred to as the Appeals Modernization Act (AMA). For a complete understanding, you can explore the legislation on Congress.gov. This groundbreaking law: Appeal Review Options All VA rating decisions must be appealed within one year of […]

The VA uses an effective date to determine the start of a veteran’s disability benefit payment for a claim, typically the date of their initial or increased compensation application. However, this date may not be the earliest, and there may be various arguments for a different effective date. It’s important for a veteran to pay […]

Bladder Cancer is a now a recognized presumptive condition related to Agent Orange exposure. Many Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and other related herbicides in Vietnam, Korea, Thailand, or other locations later developed bladder cancer due to their service. For years, the VA denied their disability compensation claims and denied any link between […]

Migraine Headaches, or migraines, are a painful type of headache with one or more of the following symptoms: Nausea Vomiting Sensitivity to light Sensitivity to sound Changes in vision (such as scotoma, flashes of light, tunnel vision) Sensory changes (such as feeling of pins and needles in extremities) Oftentimes, migraine headaches can be so painful […]

The VA Tele-Hearing Modernization Act allows Veterans and their representatives to appear at BVA virtual hearings via videoconference from locations other than a VA regional office. The BVA virtual hearing option is available to any Veteran who can access a WiFi connection from a personal computer or mobile device. That’s right, you can even appear […]

Blue Water Navy Veterans who served during Vietnam may now be eligible for VA disability compensation for claims related to Agent Orange (herbicide) exposure. The Blue Water Navy (BWN)┬áVietnam Veterans Act of 2019 (PL 116-23) along with the recent Federal Circuit Court decision, Procopio v. Wilkie, establish the presumption of herbicide exposure to any veteran […]

Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Servicemembers who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease. Eligibility (Surviving Spouse) To qualify for DIC, a surviving spouse must meet the requirements below. The […]