Entitlement to service connection

for bilateral foot disability claimed

as secondary to carbon

tetrachloride exposure.

C & P Exams

Are you scheduled for a C & P exam? 

You should read:

C&P Service Clinician’s Guide

It's your chance to know what the examiner

knows before you go in the room. ​

Veterans Benefits Administration Reports

​Detailed Claims Data  - 

 Status Reports
Reports contain data covering claims inventory, claims

backlog, claims accuracy, and

Fully Developed Claims. 

The C & P examiner will

see you now...

DD Form 214

Discharge Papers and Separation Documents

Read what a DD 214 is and

when you might need it

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go with the pros.

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You quit when the gorilla is tired.

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Jim Strickland is a Vietnam era Army veteran and nationally recognized expert on VA

disability benefits. Jim writes extensively about VA and Social Security disability benefits. 
Jim's Mailbag is a regular column featured at  Stateside Legal  where veterans, servicemembers,

and family members can  ask Jim their questions  about VA and Social Security disability benefits. 

Veterans Lawyer Attorney

Citation Nr: 21053994   DOCKET NO. 18-00 777
The Veteran reported being in receipt of Social Security Disability (SSD) and in a January 2020 statement, the Veteran

indicated he received SSD when he stopped working in 2004. These Social Security records may contain evidence that pertains

to the Veteran's claims before the Board. As such, VA must make efforts at this time to obtain any outstanding records.

Nexus letters IMOs Veterans Disability

Create your personal my Social Security account today
A free and secure my Social Security account provides personalized tools for everyone, whether you receive

benefits or not. You can use your account to request a replacement Social Security card, check

the status of an application, estimate future benefits, or manage the benefits you already receive.

What happens if we don’t take Medicare Part B?
​It’s very important to understand the consequences of not taking Part B, which you do not have to take

Should Veterans With VA Health Care Sign Up for Medicare?

Social Security benefits are often available to the disabled veteran. There are plenty of twists and turns here though and the benefits aren't anywhere close to being the same. You may be eligible for one but not the other! The VA rates you on the degree of disability that was incurred while you were on active duty. Those 10 point increments are added up with the very strange VA math that's used to determine your overall rating. The SSA rates you as either totally disabled and unable to work at all or not. Often enough age will play into it and the SSA will see you as employable until age 55 and then you're pretty much over the hill and the SSA will give you a break. If you are eligible for both SSA and VA benefits, study them carefully to learn how best to use the services provided. There is some overlap that you may not need and there are personal decisions you need to make about your overall health care and you need to be aware of all of it. These are great benefits and it's worth your time to learn all you can about them.

Veterans Social Security Disability & Medicare Benefits

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Search the Board of Veterans Appeals Decision Database Here

Type in your key words and choose a couple of years to look at. Try different combinations of key words

as you go along. Remember that BVA cases do not establish a precedent so even if your case seems similar,

you have to repeat the path that other successful appeals have taken.



Let's file a VA claim right now 

Intent to File  

Too many of us skip this important step. Spending a few minutes taking care of this may give you months of additional benefits.​​ 


You may file claims on  eBenefits 

 or you can mail them in using certified mail or you can fax them in. ​ 

​V A Claims Intake Center
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53547- 4444
Toll Free Fax:

Centralized Intake Coversheet

How to file a VA disability claim

Welcome to the KnowVA Knowledge Base
Locate information
more quickly and efficiently

38 CFR Book C
The Schedule for Rating Disabilities

Military Records​

Track Your VA Claim

or Appeal Status
Learn how to track

your status online​

View your VA disability ratings
If you have one or more disability ratings, you can
view your VA

combined disability rating and

your individual ratings online

Military Health History Pocket Card

Did you see combat, enemy fire,

or casualties? 

Were you or a buddy wounded, injured or hospitalized?​ 

Do you have a claim pending for illness or injury related to

your military service?

​Do you have a service-connected condition?

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The VA Watchdog

 ~  How To Win Your Veterans Disability Claim  ~​​​​​​


How To Know If It’s Time To Return To Work

​When you have taken a step back from work due to a disability, you may reach a point in your

recovery where you begin to wonder if, when, and how to best approach a return to work.

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Since 2005 we've been a leader in providing

expert resources to help you win your claim for the benefits you earned through your honorable service to our country.

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This is the CFR

Code of Federal Regulations

Title 38 - Pensions, Bonuses,

and Veterans' Relief​​

Title: PART 17 - MEDICAL​ 

Many service members use industrial solvents in regular military tasks

​Benzene   Tetrachloroethylene

(PCE or PERC)   Acetone    Trichloroethylene (TCE)   Xylenes

C & P Exams unemployability tdiu benefit

I forgot to tell the examiner some things, ​now what should I do?