As you probably know, the VA will pay a higher level of compensation to veterans with disabilities that are directly related to service-connected disabilities. So, for example, if a veteran has a service-connected back injury, the veteran is also entitled to service connection for radiculopathy in his legs if he has that condition and it […]
Archives for September 2014
The cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) is designed to ensure that the purchasing power of Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits is not eroded by inflation. The Bureau of Labor Statistics in the Department of Labor determines the Consumer Price Index for Urban Wage Earners and Clerical Workers (CPI-W). If there was an increase from the third quarter last year to the third quarter this year, there is a COLA increase.
Many retirement age veterans who have answered yes to this question have sought increased ratings in an effort to attain that 100 percent rating. Even more so, these veterans have consulted with local VA personnel on a claim for Entitlement to Individual Unemployability (IU).
Many veterans do not realize that compensation is available at levels higher than VA pays out at the 100% rating level. In other words, in some circumstances, you may be entitled to more benefits, even if you already have a 100% rating. The benefit is called Special Monthly Compensation, and VA is required to consider if […]
A new set of guidelines released by the Defense Department on Wednesday, September 3rd gives hope to veterans barred from receiving benefits due to less-than-honorable discharges. These new guidelines will base eligibility on special consideration to findings of PTSD. Petitions from veterans seeking upgrades will be reviewed by independent boards to decide whether they are […]
Writing Programs for Veterans to Help Cope With Trauma For veterans in the Fayetteville, North Carolina area, a new program has sprouted up to assist veterans in working through any trauma they have been through. After 30 years in the Air Force, Jerry Bradley retired as a chief master sergeant. Writing has helped him cope […]