Why Use an Attorney?

There are several options for veterans seeking VA disability benefits. Veterans can choose to work the case on their own. They could use a service organization or a state agency. All of these options are viable options and most of them are free. If there are free options then why use an attorney who charges a fee? There are three … Read More

Substance Use Disorders

Veterans cannot be directly service-connected for substance use disorder. They can be service connected on a secondary basis for disabilities that arise from drug use due to a service-connected condition. Veterans can receive ratings for substance-related disabilities as long as the substance use was not the veteran’s own “willful misconduct.” VA defines willful misconduct as “an act involving conscious wrongdoing … Read More

Genomics

Heredity is transmitted from your parents through DNA. A gene is a region of DNA that contains instructions to make RNA molecules that code for other proteins. When genes are transmitted through the process of reproduction, they govern inheritance of genetic traits like hair color or blood type. The Human Genome Project (HGP) is an international research effort to sequence … Read More

Vision Loss and VA Disability

To obtain disability for vision loss you must show two main things. The first is that your currently have a diagnosed disability affecting your vision. This requires a medical diagnosis from a qualified medical provider. The second thing you must show is that the current disability identified by a qualified medical provider was caused by an event or injury in … Read More

Traumatic Brain Injury and VA disability Compensation

Traumatic brain injury (TBI) is a condition where the brain is damaged because of a traumatic event. A “traumatic event” is any event, like a car accident, IED blast, gunshot wound, falling and hitting your head, etc., that causes damage to the brain. If the brain condition is caused by an illness or is genetic, then it is not considered … Read More