Starting October 1, 2013, there will be higher outpatient costs at VA hospitals and clinics for retirees eligible for TRICARE for Life (TFL). These costs will be for those conditions that are not rated as service-connected. Though this will obviously save TRICARE some money (approximately $1 million per year), this change comes because regulations do […]
Archives for August 2013
Many veterans are confused when VA grants their claims for service connection only to assign a zero percent disability rating. Veterans assigned a zero percent rating are not able to receive compensation for this disability. Wingard v. Shinseki Congress expressly gave VA the authority to pay veterans with disabilities determined to be 10, 20, 30, […]
In a much publicized manner, the world was informed in the summer of 2006 that a Department of Veterans Affairs employee\’s laptop was stolen. That hard drive contained the names, birth dates and Social Security numbers of 26.5 million veterans.
VA Diabetes Ratings: Under VA’s rating code, a veteran is entitled to a 40% rating for diabetes “[r]equiring insulin, restricted diet, and regulation of activities.” A 20% rating shall be assigned for diabetes “[r]equiring insulin and restricted diet, or; oral hypoglycemic agent and restricted diet.” Middleton v. Shinseki A new decision from the U.S. Court […]
At some point or another, whether it has been said to you or your fellow veterans, I am sure you have heard some form of the following from the VA: \”We cannot find your military records because they were destroyed in a fire, therefore we have denied your claim.\”
On August 10, 2013, President Obama addressed VA issues in a speech at the Disabled American Veteran National Convention in Orlando, Florida. President Obama underscored four issues characterized by outstanding relevance. The first issue is TBI and PTSD, which are signature disabilities of veterans from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. In the speech, […]