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What Is The Claims File?

May 13, 2022

In short, the “Claims File,” or “C-File” for short, is your entire record at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). At its most basic level, your claims file is everything the VA has in relation to your claim(s) for benefits and compensation. What does the C-File contain? The C-File will contain (or should contain) all…

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Common Mistakes – Not Evaluating TDUI

May 6, 2022

What is TDIU? TDIU (Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability) is a disability benefit that allows veterans to be compensated at a 100%, without being a scheduler 100%, which means that all ratings add up to 100%. When a veteran can’t work, they should be compensated at that 100% level because they are unemployable and…

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Maryland State Property Tax Exemption Benefits

April 29, 2022

Veterans with a 100% rating from the VA for permanent and total disability are exempt from paying property taxes on their homes. This means that they will not have to pay taxes on the home they use as their legal residence. The History The Maryland State Codes, MD Tax Property §7-208, has provided tax exemptions…

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What is Clear and Unmistakable Error (CUE)?

April 22, 2022

Clear and Unmistakable Error (CUE) is a highly specialized and rare type of error that when brought to the attention of later reviewers, shows that the outcome would have been dramatically different if not for the error. This could have dramatically changed the outcome of your claim as well as the monthly benefits you receive.…

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What is A Claim & Pension Exam?

April 15, 2022

A Claim and Pension exam, or “C&P” exam for short, serves two main purposes: Make determinations as to how severe the disability is. Determine if the disability is related to an in-service event, injury, exposure, or condition. The exams is performed by a VA healthcare provider, or more commonly as of late, a healthcare professional…

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Can The VA Take Your Disability Rating Away?

April 1, 2022

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has the authority to take away your disability rating if it determines that you fraudulently received the rating, or if a mistake has been made when issuing the rating. For example, if someone steals your identity to get disability benefits, the VA will stop those benefits as soon…

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What is TDIU?

March 25, 2022

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 Appeal My VA Benefits Decision?

March 11, 2022

The process of appealing a VA benefits claims can be frustrating for veterans. They may feel that the rating they have been given does not reflect the severity of their injury or illness, or that they have been improperly denied service connection. However, it is important to note that appeals are filed every day, and…

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Rare Cancers to be Added to Presumed Service-Connected List

March 3, 2022

Updates to Presumed Service-Connected List On March 1st, The VA made an announcement of its intentions to add nine rare respiratory cancers to the list of presumed service-connected disabilities, which are conditions presumably caused by military service that occurred under unique circumstances. These are in relation to exposure from toxic chemicals in the air, soil…

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Case Law Update: Court Invalidates VA’s Regulations Implementing the Veterans Appeals Improvement Modernization Act of 2017

February 25, 2022

On July 30, 2021, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Court) issued a 63-page decision invalidating three important regulations issued by the Department of Veterans Affairs. In Military-Veterans Advocacy v. Secretary of Veterans Affairs, et al., (MVA) the Court struck down: 38 C.F.R. § 3.155, which excludes supplemental claims from the intent-to-file…

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