VetsFirst Q&A

VetsFirst Q&A: Will VA Fill Prescriptions Written By Non-VA Doctors?

Written by on December 22, 2014 in VetsFirst Q&A with 0 Comments

Question: I am a veteran, but I receive care for my heart from a non-VA specialist. This specialist prescribes my heart medications. Will VA fill these prescriptions? I don’t use the VA for healthcare because I feel that there are other veterans who need their services more than I do. I would, however, like to take advantage of VA’s prescription drug […]

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VetsFirst Q&A: Can I Receive Both SBP and DIC Benefits at the Same Time?

Written by on December 15, 2014 in VetsFirst Q&A with 0 Comments

Question: I am the widow of a service-connected veteran who was a military retiree. Can I receive both a Survivor Benefit Plan (SBP) annuity and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) benefits at the same time? Answer: In general, an individual cannot receive both SBP and DIC concurrently. When the Defense Finance and Accounting Services (DFAS) is […]

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VetsFirst Q&A: I Am Blind. Will VA Provide Me With an Electric Razor?

Written by on November 25, 2014 in VetsFirst Q&A with 0 Comments

Question: I heard that VA will provide me with an electric razor due to my blindness. Is this true and how do I get one? Answer: That is absolutely true. The VA’s Prosthetics Department, located at your local VA Medical Center, provides aids to eligible veterans to help them overcome impairments due to blindness. These benefits are available to […]

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VetsFirst Q&A: Will My Son Lose His DIC Benefits If My New Husband Adopts Him?

Written by on November 21, 2014 in VetsFirst Q&A with 0 Comments

Question: My son receives Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) from VA because his father died due to a service-related disability. I’m remarried. Do his benefits change if my new husband chooses to adopt him? Answer: Your son will continue to receive his DIC entitlement even if your current spouse adopts him. VA regulations also state that if the adoptive parent is […]

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VetsFirst Q&A: How Do I Order Prosthetic Stump Socks from VA?

Written by on October 28, 2014 in VetsFirst Q&A with 0 Comments

Question: I need to order prosthetic stump socks from VA ASAP. Which form do I use? Answer: Prosthetic socks are available from the VA Denver Acquisition and Logistics Center (DALC). DALC maintains an inventory of standard-sized prosthetic socks which are available for immediate delivery. If the specific prosthetic socks you need are not stocked at the DALC, VA will order […]

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VetsFirst Q&A: When Can a Grandparent Claim a Grandchild as a Dependent for VA Benefits?

Written by on October 16, 2014 in VetsFirst Q&A with 0 Comments

Question: I have legal custody of my grandchildren. Can I claim them as dependents for VA benefits purposes? I only have a VA disability rating of 50%. Answer: Veterans who have a 30% or higher disability rating can get an increase in their VA disability compensation if they have one or more dependent(s), such as a […]

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VetsFirst Q&A: When Can a Veteran Receive Compensation for Multiple 0% Ratings?

Written by on September 29, 2014 in VetsFirst Q&A with 0 Comments

Question: I have been service connected for two conditions at 0% each since March 1993. Starting in 2011, I began to receive compensation for these conditions. Right now, I’m 60% service connected. My question is should I have received compensation at the 10% rate from 1993-2011 for the two conditions rated at that time at 0% each? […]

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VetsFirst Q&A: How Often Will VA Pay for Adapting a Van?

Written by on September 24, 2014 in VetsFirst Q&A with 0 Comments

Question: I was told that the waiting time to purchase an adapted van is two years. I purchased my current adapted van five years ago, in 2011. I actually took possession of it in April 2012. I want to purchase a new van in the next year or two and need to know if I will be reimbursed […]

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VetsFirst Q&A: Is There a Hardship Exclusion for VA Pensioners?

Written by on August 25, 2014 in VetsFirst Q&A with 0 Comments

Question: I’m a potential adoptive parent. I receive a VA pension in the amount of $1054 per month for a non-service-connected disability. I have no dependents and do not receive any other government benefits. The child I am hoping to adopt receives Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and will probably receive an enhanced adoption subsidy due to the child’s special […]

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VetsFirst Q&A: Can My Incarcerated Son’s VA Disability Benefit Be Used to Pay Support for His Child?

Written by on August 19, 2014 in VetsFirst Q&A with 0 Comments

Question: I’m writing on behalf of my son, who is incarcerated. We just received notice his VA disability compensation will be reduced to 10 percent. The amount he will get is around $100 per month. But he has to pay child support in the amount of $700 per month. Can anything be done so he can at least meet the child support amount? Answer: […]

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