Filing a claim for disability benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs is complicated enough. But many vets make mistakes that result in unnecessary denials and delays. Common mistakes include:
The most common impairments among veterans receiving veterans' disability benefits are:
If you are a veteran who has waited a long time for a decision on a claim or appeal for disability benefits, this story will probably not surprise you. According to a story in Stars and Stripes, seven disabled vets have filed a lawsuit against the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) because of the length of time they have had to wait - not for a decision on a claim, but just to get their own medical records!
In August 2014 the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released a report on VA disability benefits. The report contains significant information about the cost of disability benefits, the numbers of vets receiving disability benefits, and analyses of the potential consequences of proposed policy changes.
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, resigned last week amid a growing scandal at VA medical facilities. Prompted by the fallout from an inspector general's report that found that vets at the Phoenix VA were waiting an average of 115 days to see a primary care doctor, the secretary's resignation ended a tenure that was characterized by intractable problems.
It is Veterans Day, so this is an appropriate time to review the benefits that our country offers those members of the military who served so honourably. There are around 23 million living veterans in the United States. However, there are benefit programs from the Department of Veteran Affairs available to many of them that are not being used by those vets - often because they are unaware of the resources available to them.