How to download VA benefit letters
To receive some benefits, Veterans need a letter proving their status. Access and download your VA Benefit Summary Letter (sometimes called a VA award letter) and other benefit letters and documents online.
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To meet the nexus requirement, the veteran must have an evaluation by a physician that will establish that the veteran is indeed disabled and also that his disability is as likely as not caused by his military service. There are two methods used to establish such a nexus; one is independent medical examination and the other is independent medical opinion.
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App for Veterans (VA Launchpad) contains select VA applications (apps) for Veterans and their Caregivers.
New apps will automatically appear in the VA Launchpad when they become available. Organizing VA health information and resources into five categories, it quickly accesses and launches the VA app of your choice. With VA Launchpad, VA intends to save you time and help you better integrate available VA apps into your life.
If you're thinking of filing a claim or initiating an appeal of a denied claim, this is your new best friend. The details of exactly what you need to meet a rating are here and in use every day. Yes, it's complex. Yes, it's cumbersome. Yes, knowing how to use The Schedule is a necessity if you want to file a successful claim. Go for it!
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Veterans' disability benefits are compensation for
the veteran's impaired earning capacity and are intended to "provide reasonable and adequate compensation for disabled veterans and their families." They are not supposed to be for the sole support of the veteran, but can be counted in child support calculations to provide for the veteran's dependents as well. If the veteran wasn't disabled, he would be earning an income upon which the court would base child support; since disability benefits replace that income, child support can be based upon it.
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How can I get an extra schedular rating?
To receive an extra schedular rating the veteran must first show that the veteran’s conditions result in a disability picture that is not covered by the schedule of ratings.
U.S. soldiers and Marines caught in roadside bombings and firefights in Iraq and Afghanistan
are coming home in epidemic numbers with permanent hearing loss and ringing in their ears,
prompting the military to redouble its efforts to protect the troops from noise.
Hearing damage is the No. 1 disability in the fight against terror, according to the Department
of Veterans Affairs, and some experts say the true toll could take decades to become clear.
There's a reason for that.
Veterans often suffer brain injuries that impair hearing.
From flight line operations to firearms qualification ranges, aircraft maintenance back shops,
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where innovative and agile technologies are born, noise brings the potential of
hearing loss if proper personal protective hearing equipment is not available or utilized.
“In fact, Veterans Administration records show that auditory conditions such as hearing loss and
tinnitus are the number one and number two most prevalent disability claim in the VA,”
said Dr. Tanisha Hammill, research coordination branch lead at the Department of
Defense Hearing Center of Excellence in San Antonio. “In terms of number
of claims, this is the most prevalent injury among our veterans, so there is an
obvious need to focus on reducing those injuries among our service members,” she said.
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The general rule is that the effective date is assigned based on the date of receipt of claim or the date entitlement arose, whichever is later. Before applying the general rule, however, all information gathered during evidence review must be considered to determine whether a more specific effective date rule applies.
In some situations, different theories of entitlement allow for assignment of different effective dates. In such cases, consider each effective date rule when assigning an effective date and assign the most advantageous effective date that applies for the facts of the case.
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If you’ve filed a claim for disability compensation, you can continue uploading more evidence for up to one year to support your claim. Evidence may include supporting documents like medical test results, doctor’s reports, and other records. Upload your evidence online now.
When you claim that a disabling condition is caused by military service, you have to prove that allegation.
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