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What is an Effective Date, and How Do I Know It’s Correct?

November 19, 2021

News An “effective date” is the date the VA uses as a start date for veteran’s disability benefits. The date is important because it often determines how much a Veteran will receive in accrued or retroactive benefits, also known as backpay.  Please note, the discussions and examples identified here are for illustration, and the concepts…

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Why did it take so long to get my mail from the Department of Veterans Affairs?

November 18, 2021

Delays at the VA are nothing new. Veterans are already aware that initial claims can take months to process, and that appeals can take years, depending on the Appeals Modernization Act lane chosen by the Veteran. This is why it is so important to work with an experienced VA Accredited Attorney to develop an appeal…

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What is the Appeals Modernization Act?

November 15, 2021

The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017, known as AMA, was fully implemented on February 19, 2019, and it provides three new options for review for veterans who have received unfavorable rating decisions on the claims for compensation and pension. Background Prior to the AMA, the system of appealing VA Rating Decisions was…

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Are a Veteran’s Dependents Entitled to Healthcare Benefits if the Veteran Dies?

November 13, 2021

The short answer is yes – children of a deceased veteran are entitled to healthcare benefits. The question then becomes how to claim those benefits, and under what circumstances they can be claimed. The following are a few of the options available to children of a deceased veteran. TRICARE Benefits TRICARE benefits are available to…

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Over $100,000 in Past-Due Benefits Award to Veteran!

November 2, 2021

Please Note: Not all cases are the same, and every client has a unique set of circumstances. Not every case will result in large settlements. Past-Due Benefits Awarded to Veteran Andy Gross is thrilled to announce that it was able to secure over $100,000 in past-due Veterans Benefits for a Veteran who was originally denied…

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Board of Veterans Appeals Quarterly Report

November 2, 2021

Every quarter, the Board of Veterans Appeals publishes a report on the backlog of cases on their docket. This data can be used as a good guide for estimating how long an appeal will take once filed before the Board. Let’s take a look at the data: First, before looking at these reports, it is important to…

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What is TDIU?

November 2, 2021

The Basics TDIU stands for Total Disability Individual Unemployability. Basically, the VA will award TDIU if your service-connected disability renders a veteran unable to work, but their total rating does not equal 100%. When a vet is awarded TDIU, they are paid at 100%, even though they aren’t technically 100% disabled according to their combined…

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Can I Work and Still Receive TDIU?

November 2, 2021

The short answer is yes, but with stipulations. While TDIU stands for Total Disability Individual Unemployment, receiving TDIU does not require that a veteran stop working altogether in order to be eligible. In order to be eligible, both requirements below must be met: The veteran has at least 1 service-connected disability rated at 60% or…

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Attorney Andy Gross Secures Discharge Upgrade for GWOT Veteran

October 27, 2021

The Global War on Terror-era Veteran sought our services in appealing his VA Disability Compensation claim. Andy discovered that the VA had earlier made a number of mistakes in assigning the Veteran his rating, and was able to convince the VA to upgrade his rating to 100%. Realizing that this young Veteran had served his…

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Veteran Wins Battle to Connect Sleep Apnea to Military Service

October 17, 2021

Sleep Apnea Connected to Military Service After a nearly 10 year battle to relate his sleep apnea to his service, the VA has finally granted service connection to one Veteran. The Veteran was on Active Duty from 1990 until 1997, although he developed the tell-tale signs of a sleep apnea disability while in service, he…

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