VA Math: If the VA increased my disability rating, why didn’t my overall rating change?

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Veterans who have multiple disabilities are often confused by how the VA obtains their overall disability rating. While it may seem that a condition with a 60% disability rating and a condition with a 50% rating would make you totally disabled, this is not the case.  How VA Math Works The VA recognizes that it’s …

Medical Records and Evidence You Need to Support Your VA Disability Claim or Appeal

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In order to receive disability compensation from the VA, you will need to demonstrate that you were honorably discharged from the U.S. military and that you have a condition that is connected to your military service: a direct connection, an aggravated connection, a secondary connection, or a presumptive connection.  In order to prove you have …

VA Disability Rating for Neck Pain: Cervical Spine, Neck Arthritis, Radiculopathy and Cervicalgia VA Rating

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VA Disability Rating for Neck Pain (Cervicalgia), Cervical Spine Pain, & Neck Arthritis The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) views conditions of the spine through two main categories—neck and back. Back pain typically refers to injuries in the lower half of the spine or the thoracolumbar section. Neck pain refers to the top seven vertebrae of …

Why You Should Get An Accredited VA Representative For Your Claims & Appeals

Congress intended the VA benefits system to be “non-adversarial” and friendly to veterans seeking assistance for hardships resulting from their service to the country. VA’s duty to assist, the benefit of the doubt rule, and the ability to re-file denied claims are examples of a “veteran-friendly” process. For many veterans and dependents, the VA process …