Overview of the VA Bureaucracy

You won’t hear any disagreement that the Department of Veterans Affairs is a bureaucratic monster. The reality is, no matter how monstrous the VA is, we have to understand its process in order to have a benefit granted. Here is a brief overview of the VA and its organizations. VBA v. VHA v. NCA Within…

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Why Private Attorneys are not “Check Chasers”

Often times, Veterans ask me why they should choose our firm over the DAV, American Legion or local VSOs office? The answer is simple. A Veteran should absolutely utilize these invaluable organizations. They provide free claims and appeal assistance that our law firm can’t provide. While there may appear to be bad blood between these…

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CAVC Certifies Class-Action For Reimbursement Claims

On September 9, 2019, the Court ruled that the Emergency Care Fairness Act of 2010 prohibits the VA from denying reimbursement for deductibles and coinsurance that veterans owed under their health insurance policy for emergency medical expenses incurred at a non-VA facility.   This means that if the VA denied some or all of your claim…

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VA Law – Blue Water Vets to receive compensation

A “blue water” veteran is an individual who served in ships up to 12 miles off the coast but who never made landfall in Vietnam. In case you hadn’t heard, under current department rules, “blue water” veterans can receive medical care for their illnesses through VA. However, Vets must submit “scientific” proof that their disabilities…

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VA Law – VA Updates disability rating schedule related to hematologic and lymphatic systems

WASHINGTON — Effective Dec. 9, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) updated portions of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD or Rating Schedule) that evaluates the hematologic and lymphatic systems. These federal regulations used by the Veterans Benefits Administration help claims processors evaluate the severity of disabilities and assign disability ratings. “Our goal…

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VA Law – April “Update your address” with the VA

Find out how to change your address and other contact information in your VA.gov profile. This will update your information across several VA benefits and services. What’s the advantage of using my VA.gov profile to change my address? When you change the address and other contact information in your VA.gov profile, it updates across these…

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