4 Tips for your VA Higher Level Review Informal Conference

When a veteran appeals a rating decision he or she can opt to have a Decision Review Officer (DRO) review the claim in what is called a Higher Level Review(HLR). The veteran can elect to have an” informal conference” as a part of their HLR.

What Is A VA Claim Rating Decision?

Once the VA makes a decision on your claim, they will send you notification in the mail. The notification will also be provided to your appointed representative. The VA may grant any or all of your claim, deny any or all of your claim or any combination thereof. Upon receiving your rating decision, you should …

VA Disability Ratings for Diabetes

If you have experienced diabetes in or since your time of service, you can file a claim with the possibility of receiving one of the following disability ratings for compensation from the VA: 10%- If the veteran’s diabetes can be managed by a restricted diet and no other treatment. 20%- If the condition requires daily …

Did You Know: LCSWs & VA Mental Health DBQs

Did you know that in certain circumstances a LCSW(licensed clinical social worker) can complete a Mental Health DBQ? Here’s what the VA’s M21-1 Adjudication Procedures Manual says about it: “The following credentialed mental health professionals are qualified to perform C&P mental disorder review examinations or examinations in claims for increased evaluations of service-connected (SC) mental …

The Top 5 Most Common VA Disability Claims

Disability claims are on the rise among veterans. Overall, there was an 8% increase in the number of disability claims amongst veterans from 2017 to 2018. Despite the number of disabilities facing former service members, approximately 25% of these claims stem from the following top five most common conditions affecting veterans: Tinnitus Tinnitus refers to …

What To Do After Winning A VA Claim

What should veterans do after winning a disability compensation claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs? There are several areas to consider, but first and foremost you should remember that the VA claims process is always subject to revision and change based on current or future legislation, procedural updates, funding issues, etc. Double Check The …

What is a Veterans Disability Claim? What Amount of Benefits Is Paid?

Veterans disability claims can result in monthly payments made to a veteran to compensate them for a service-related disability, whether full or partial.  They are not automatic. A disabled former service member must apply in order to receive the benefit. Who Qualifies? United States veterans of any branch of the military are qualified to apply; as …