I Need VA Disability Benefits, But Do I Qualify as a Veteran?

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Filing for disability with the Department of Veterans Affairs (the “VA”) can be a stressful process and legally complex. The first step, though, is to determine eligibility based on the VA’s definition of a “veteran.” In this blog post, we will help you break down that definition and provide greater understanding. I served in the military. Does that automatically make … Read More

Survivor Benefits (DIC)

There are several types of survivor benefits managed by VA. Of particular importance are DIC benefits. If you’re the surviving spouse, child, or parent of a service member who died in the line of duty, or the survivor of a Veteran who died from a service-related injury or illness, you may be able to get a tax-free monetary benefit called … Read More

Caregivers Under the VA System

A family caregiver plays an important role in caring for the Veteran at home and in the community. VA has two programs for caregivers: The Program of General Caregiver Support Services (eligible Veterans all eras) and the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers (eligible post-9/11 Veterans). To learn about these programs visit this link: https://www.caregiver.va.gov. As a Caregiver, the … Read More

Multiple Sclerosis

Service-connected (SC) status refers to Veterans who are disabled by an injury or disease that was incurred or aggravated during active military service. MS is a presumptive condition and benefits are based on the presumption that the disability is service-connected (SC). Veterans with symptoms of MS in the military or within seven years after honorable discharge may be eligible for … Read More

Special Combat Compensation

Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) provides special compensation to retirees who have retired pay reduced because of receiving U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation. This means that qualified military retirees with 20 or more years of service that have “combat related” VA-rated disability will no longer have their military retirement pay reduced by the amount of their VA disability … Read More