New VA Appeals System

Problems with the new VA appeals system are multi faceted, but many have complained about slow processing. A new system, expected to start in February 2019 could address these concerns. It is called the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act. Obviously,...

Win your VA case with "Lay Evidence"!

What is Lay Evidence? Lay evidence is any evidence written from a non-expert or non-medical professional that offers observational or a layperson’s perspective on any necessary fact that can substantiate a claim for VA compensation. More simply stated, any...

How long will my VA Compensation claim take?

Waiting times VA compensation are described below.  Veterans  may experience long waiting times before they receive those benefits. What Should I do first? Before you file a claim, its often helpful to obtain copies of your medical and service records, but this is not...

HITECH Medical Records for low cost.

Expensive medical records is an understandable frustration of many disability applicants. This is despite the fact that most of these records are kept electronically.  They should be very easy to transfer to the patient.  Solutions exist under the HITECH Act. What is...

The Rule Against "Pyramiding"

A huge source of confusion among Veterans is how individual disability ratings are combined to produce their overall rating. When a Veteran has two or more service-connected disabilities, their overall disability percentage is determined by using a special table to...

Social Security and Citizenship

Citizenship status and SSDI eligibility You do not need US citizenship or permanent residency to qualify for Social Security Disability Insurance (“SSDI”). However, you must work in The United States legally. In addition, you must have a social security number and...