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Members of Bosley & Bratch Present at National Association Veterans' Advocates Conference in San Antonio, Texas

     Continuing our long tradition of leadership in training lawyers and agents in VA disability benefits and related legal issues, Ralph Bratch and Dan Smith of Bosley & Bratch recently presented at the National Organization of Veterans… Read More
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VA’s Extraschedular Ratings

     There are several ways to get to 100 percent VA disability.     An extraschedular rating can be one of those ways. An extraschedular rating is when the VA criteria for rating a disability does not reflect the severity of the veteran̵… Read More
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Vets Start Winning Okinawa Agent Orange Exposure Cases

     In 1981, LTC Kris Roberts and his Marines were ordered to dig-up hundreds of steel barrels that were  leaking chemicals at Marine Corp Air Station Futenma, Okinawa.  Years later, a slew of diseases and cancers afflicted LTC Roberts and ma… Read More
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VA Disability Claim backlog is climbing again

VA’s backlog has grown by 30,000 cases since last fall.  After staying around 70,000 cases for a year, the backlog reached over 100,000 at the beginning of March.        The VA says this is because in the last few months it has seen an… Read More
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VA calls for “hiring surge” to tackle backlog

The VA’s backlog of appeals is continuing to quickly grow again.  Veterans wait an average of 5 years for appeals processing, but at the current, rate that wait time may jump to 8.5 years the VA warns.  The VA’s goal is to resolve claims withi… Read More
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Senate Introduces New Bill to Reform VA Appeals Process

     A new bill introduced in the U.S. senate proposes to speed up VA appeals.  Senator Tim Kaine says the new bill would simplify and improve the current process.  The bill is virtually identical to the one introduced in the last session of c… Read More
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Choosing an Attorney Representative Can Increase the Chance of Success by Over 16%

     Recently, our blog explained why securing representation for your disability claim makes the process easier.  Now is a suitable time to examine whether some representatives are more effective at winning claims than others.       We no… Read More
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The importance of Lay Evidence

One of the most powerful tools to use in building a case is “lay evidence.”  We often obtain lay evidence in the process of building up a veteran’s appeal—in fact, it is often one of the starting points.  It tells us, and the V… Read More
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VA Begins Accepting VA Disability Claims for Camp Lejeune Contamination

On Tuesday, March 14, 2017 the VA’s new presumptive service connection for certain diseases and exposure to contaminated water at Camp Lejeune went into effect and the VA began accepting disability claims. Veterans, Reservists, and National Gua… Read More
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VA Finally Agrees to Offer Mental Health Treatment to Veterans With "Bad Paper" Discharges

     VA Secretary David Shulkin recently announced that the VA will start offering mental health services for veterans with other-than-honorable discharges.  Shulkin said that the new policy will be implemented as soon as possible.  There is a… Read More
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Apr
25
     Continuing our long tradition of leadership in training lawyers and agents in VA disability benefits and related legal issues, Ralph Bratch and Dan Smith of Bosley & Bratch recently presented at the National Organization of Veterans… Read More
Apr
24
     There are several ways to get to 100 percent VA disability.     An extraschedular rating can be one of those ways. An extraschedular rating is when the VA criteria for rating a disability does not reflect the severity of the veteran̵… Read More
Apr
13
     In 1981, LTC Kris Roberts and his Marines were ordered to dig-up hundreds of steel barrels that were  leaking chemicals at Marine Corp Air Station Futenma, Okinawa.  Years later, a slew of diseases and cancers afflicted LTC Roberts and ma… Read More

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