The VA will now recognize asthma, rhinitis, and sinusitis as diseases presumed to be
connected to Veterans who served in specific countries at specific times.
Entitlement to a total disability evaluation based on individual unemployability (TDIU) due to service-connected
disabilities on a schedular or extraschedular basis prior to May 6, 2019 is denied.
The Veteran's coronary artery disease is rated at 100 percent on a schedular basis as of May 6, 2019, and the Veteran has already been awarded special monthly compensation (SMC) pursuant to 38 U.S.C. § 1114(s) from May 6, 2019 forward.
Possible Effects on VA Benefits
From 2005 to 2019, the federal Bankruptcy Code commonly required veterans to relinquish some of their veterans’
benefits to their creditors in order to obtain bankruptcy relief. The Bankruptcy Code thereby treated veterans’ benefits
less favorably than Social Security benefits, which federal law typically insulates from creditors’ claims
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For the first time, U.S. panel recommends screening adults for illicit drug use
“We have a pretty high prevalence of adults using illicit drugs and we’re seeing harms every day from that. This is a big change
that we’re really excited about. Effective treatment is where we will finally begin to move the needle on the epidemic.”
Substance use, substance abuse, smoking marijuana in a legal state...the rumors and the controversy rage on.
Here are the facts. VA could care less that you burn rope whether it's legal in your region or not. There is no penalty for using marijuana, you will not lose any disability benefits for abusing any substance. If you test positive during a not-so-random drug screen, your provider may tell you that there won't be any more pain meds prescribed but other than that, there is no penalty. If you test positive for opiates or cola or speed or whatever, you'll get a referral to a rehab program...maybe. That's it, nothing more. Your rights are not being violated by drug screening you. Get over it. Drug abuse, particularly opioids, is a huge health problem in our country and VA is treating that like a health problem...not a criminal issue...and that's a good thing! I support drug screens of all adults at every encounter. It amuses me when my lab result for marijuana says HIGH.
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Military Suicides Rose 15 Percent Last Year
The upward trend was strongest in the Army and Marine Corps
American workers are engaged in "the equivalent of a general strike," former Labor Secretary
Robert Reich has argued, following unexpectedly low U.S. employment figures.
Jim Strickland is a Vietnam era Army veteran and nationally recognized expert on VA
Title 38 - Pensions, Bonuses,
and Veterans' Relief
Title: PART 17 - MEDICAL
Most people who receive Social Security payments will be able to view their COLA
notice online through their personal my Social Security account.
VA benefits also increase 5.9%
Benzene Tetrachloroethylene (PCE or PERC) Acetone Trichloroethylene (TCE) Xylenes
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Not every veteran is automatically entitled to medical care from the VA.
Veterans must meet basic eligibility requirements for enrollment.
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This is your C & P examiners guide and it's your only chance to know what the examiner knows before you go in the room.
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Citation Nr: A21013934 DATE: August 19, 2021
CONCLUSION OF LAW The character of the appellant's discharge from service for the period from
October 2, 1979 to March 26, 1981 is a regulatory bar to the receipt of VA compensation benefits.
38 U.S.C. § 101, 5303 (2020); 38 C.F.R. §§ 3.1, 3.12, 3.301, 3.354 (2020)