How To Increase a VA Disability Rating

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If you read our blog post on scheduled disability ratings and compensation, you know that disability ratings influence monthly disability compensation. If you are unhappy with your disability rating, you may file a Notice of Disagreement with the VA. This review is limited to one year from the decision, however. If new evidence or new symptoms of disability and its … Read More

What is Total Disability under the VA’s Rating Schedule?

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The VA determines your disability compensation based on a rating schedule. For more information on the schedule, check out our post here. Essentially, the ratings are issued in increments of 10-percentage points from 0% to 100%, with 100% meaning completely disabled and totaling the highest compensation. The VA determines the rating based on statutory guidance which breaks down disabilities by … Read More

What is Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)?


According to the Mayo Clinic, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), is “a mental health condition that’s triggered by a terrifying event – either experiencing it or witnessing it.” Unfortunately, PTSD is common in veterans. While there is no formula to know why some people are more susceptible to PTSD, military veterans have a higher risk of developing PSTD than many … Read More

How Is My Mental Disorder Rated for Disability Benefits?

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If you read our post, My Mental Illness Was Caused By My Military Service – How Do I Prove It for Disability?, then you are aware that mental illness is a valid disability for receiving disability compensation. Once you have proved the service link between your mental disorder and the VA approves your claim, your disability will be rated to … Read More

My Mental Illness Was Caused By My Military Service – How Do I Prove It for Disability?

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Millions of veterans have been treated for mental illness so if you are suffering with one, you are not alone. Common mental illnesses that have resulted from serving in the armed forces include depression, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), substance abuse, anxiety, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Of course, this list is non-exclusive. Similar to veterans who receive disability compensation for … Read More