Recent Blog Posts

Is My Spouse Eligible to Receive My VA Disability Compensation If I Die?

If you are a disabled veteran and your family is dependent upon your VA benefits, you may be wondering what happens to those benefits if you die. Your veterans’ disability benefits only continue while you are alive to receive them. However, your surviving spouse may be eligible for survivor benefits known as Dependency and Indemnity… Read More »

3 Things You Need to Know About TDIU

Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU) is essential if you are unable to work due to a service connected disability. TDIU is a monthly payment from the VA made to veterans whose service-related disability prevents them from holding a job. Here are 3 things you should know about TDIU benefits: Any disability that is… Read More »

Showing Proper Respect to Vets on the Fourth of July

For patriotic Americans across the country, Independence Day is a time to celebrate our nation’s birth with a variety of activities and observances. But while we leave solemn observations to Memorial Day, July 4th is generally punctuated with the “rockets’ red glare” and “bombs bursting in air.” For decades, fireworks and firecrackers have entertained families,… Read More »

National PTSD Awareness Day Is June 27

In 2010, Congress designated June 27 as National Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Awareness Day. In 2014, June became National PTSD Awareness Month. This year, the National Center for PTSD (NCPTSD), an agency of the Veterans Administration, invites people from all over the country to mark the day and honor vets whose wounds are real but unseen… Read More »

Record Processing Times for VA Appeals

Legislative Hearing on H.R. 3216, H.R. 4150, H.R. 4764, H.R. 5047, H.R. 5083, H.R. 5162, H.R. 5166, H.R. 5392, H.R. 5407, H.R. 5416, H.R.5420, and H.R. 5428 The House of Representatives: Veterans Affairs Committee held a hearing today on multiple bills proposed to be passed through the committee.[1] H.R. 5083, the VA Appeals Modernization Act… Read More »

Rulemaking Could Delay Camp Lejeune Benefits for Another Year

In March, our blog helped spread the good news that “Secretary of Veterans Affairs Bob McDonald has decided to propose presumptions of service connection for certain conditions associated with chemical solvents that contaminated the drinking water at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, from 1953 to 1987.” The presumptions would speed claims for suffering veterans who would… Read More »

Federal Judges Overturn Demotion of Allegedly Corrupt VA Officials

On February 1, 2016, Military Times reported that federal administrative judges had overturned a decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs to demote two senior officials who had gamed the VA’s hiring system to pad their salaries and rake in exorbitant sums as reimbursement for alleged relocation costs. The Military Times article states that Kimberly… Read More »

Homeless Veterans

Paddlers Wanted for VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge

If you’re looking for a fun and exciting way to show your support for local veterans in need, the VA Vigilante PaddleFit Challenge is for you. The event, scheduled for Saturday, May 21, 2016, in Wrightsville Beach, was founded to raise funds for homeless and disabled veterans in North Carolina. All proceeds go directly to agencies… Read More »

Application Defect Addressed by VA Compensation Service

By: Ryan Spencer, Veterans Disability Benefits Attorney VA Compensation Service addressed an “application defect” that affected uploading of documents on both the eBenefits and SEP portals. Specific details include the following: The defect resulted in users being incorrectly informed that documents were successfully uploaded, when in fact the documents may have been rejected. These errors occurred… Read More »

SVAC Announces “Veterans First Act”

By: Ryan Spencer, Veterans Disability Benefits Attorney In a press conference in April, SVAC announced the “Veterans First Act,” an omnibus provision focused primarily on VA accountability for employees and whistleblower protection.  The nearly 400-page bill also contains numerous other provisions addressing caregiver benefits, prompt payment under the Choice program, enhanced education benefits, prescription of… Read More »