Question: I am going into my VA medical center next month for back surgery. I will be laid up for a few months recovering. I am currently employed and am not rated at 100% but my doctor says I will not be able to work for a while. My doctor said I could be eligible [...]
Category: VetsFirst Q&A
Question: I am not rated as totally disabled but my medical conditions are preventing me from working. I can usually get a job but I can’t keep it. Do I have any options? Answer: Even if you are not rated at 100%, VA benefits may be available to compensate you at the 100% level if [...]
Question: What do I need to show or prove to win my claim for service-connected compensation? Answer: Since I do not know what type of claim you are filing I am going to provide you with general eligibility information for service-connected compensation. To win a claim for service-connection a claimant must generally meet, or show, [...]
Question: What is service-connected compensation? Answer: Although there are many different benefits available from the VA veterans are often most interested in service-connected compensation. Service-connected compensation, also referred to as disability compensation, is a monetary benefit paid to veterans on a monthly basis because of injuries or diseases that happened while on active duty, or [...]
VetsFirst Q&A: Do you have any material I can use for an oral presentation on the history of the VA?
Question: I am an officer in my local VSO chapter and I have been tasked with giving an oral presentation to my chapter on the history of the VA. Do you by chance have anything handy I could steal, I mean use? Answer: Oddly enough I do have what you need. The United States Department [...]
VetsFirst Q&A: Will my wife’s monthly award be retroactive to her initial VA claim due to a rating increase?
Question: My wife is currently rated at 30% disabled due to her shoulder joint replacement but her condition has worsened. She is under her physician’s care so medical documentation to support an increase in her rating is not an issue. If she files a claim with VA for a rating increase and it is approved, [...]
Question: I am a Vietnam Veteran and I was recently diagnosed with diabetes due to my exposure to Agent Orange. My friend told me I am eligible for a cash payment from some settlement fund. Is this true? Answer: No, the settlement fund was depleted many years ago. The Agent Orange Settlement Fund was created [...]
Question: I read on a website that I could receive a special one-time Government Life Insurance dividend. Is this really true? Answer: No, this is a hoax. Such dividend announcements are part of a recurring problem of misinformation that dates back to 1965. Unfortunately, this misinformation unnecessarily raises the expectations of veterans and service personnel. [...]
Question: I am expecting a VA TDIU rating of 100% soon. I am told that a benefit of this rating is a $10,000 life insurance policy with no premium. Can you tell me if this true? Answer: A15. Based on what you wrote you should be eligible for Service-Disabled Veterans Insurance (S-DVI) The S-DVI program [...]
Question: I know a veteran who is claiming he has dependents so he can get additional monthly compensation. I would like to report him to the authorities. Who should I tell? The FBI? Answer: Before we go any further I caution you to think carefully about what you are considering doing. I recommend that you [...]