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VA Permanent and Total Service Connected Disability: What does it mean?

Under 38 USCS Section 110 states: “A total rating of 100% (or other permanant rating) that has been in continous force for twenty years shall not be reduced.” Until then you are subject to whatever exams for rating purposes the VA desire. However, barring no reduction, permanent and total service connected disability is a 100%...
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VA Disability: Is it really “non-adversarial”?

Those new to the VA claims process may come to believe that the VA is “pro claimant” or will, without a doubt, provide every possible assistance to support your disability claim. This belief is a dangerous pitfall based upon Congressional mandates and case law which is often ignored by a bureaucracy that is understaffed, undertrained,...
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Notice of Disagreement: Request the DRO Appeal

When your receive the initial decision from the VA you have one year to file a Notice of Disagreement (NOD). When you file your NOD you should request the Decision Review Officer (DRO) hearing. This “non-traditional” method of appeal allows a “de novo” review, meaning a “new review” of the claim. The traditional NOD appeal...
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Hire an Actual Lawyer for Your VA Claim

Effective June 20, 2007, veterans are allowed to retain an attorney after the first denial by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) at the Notice of Disagreement stage. Since the passage of Congressional Legislation in 2007 allowing Veterans access to an attorney once the VA claim has been denied, a growing number of Veterans finally have...
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Agent Orange Claims

If you are a veteran who served in Vietnam or near the Korean Demilitarized Zone during Vietnam and you suffer from the following: Ischemic Heart Disease, B cell leukemia, Parkinson’s, AL Amyloidosis, Acute and Subacute Transient Peripheral Neuropathy, Chloracne or other Acneform Disease consistent with Chloracne, Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia, Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2), Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma,...
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How to Get the Best Representation for Your Veterans Disability Claim

Is your representative an attorney? This seems to be a silly question but often those who we meet with either do not know or mistakenly think their representative is an attorney when the representative actually is NOT! Also many individuals we see with Veterans Disability claims may mistakenly have a representative not licensed in the...
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