Can I Collect Both VA Disability Compensation and Social Security Disability Benefits?

Military Veterans who are injured and become disabled during his or her service will be able to collect VA Disability and Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) benefits simultaneously. More than 950,000 former service members receive SSDI. Both federal agencies have...
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Does the VA Classify PTSD and Depression as the Same Thing?

If you consistently feel “down” or numb, or if your mood interferes with daily activities, you might be suffering from depression. Alternatively, you could have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and both depression and PTSD share several symptoms. With either condition,...
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My VA Appeal is Taking Forever, Can’t My Lawyer Speed It Up?

Waiting for your VA disability benefits appeal can feel like an arduous and never-ending process. Those who have gone through it can testify to it being an extremely frustrating process; but with the right support system, it can be made...
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Can I Get Service-Connected for My Heart Condition as a Secondary Disability to My Psychological Condition?

A Veteran with a service-connected disability can file a claim for benefits related to that disability. To collect for a secondary disability, a Veteran first needs to secure benefits for the primary disability. To determine if a disability is service-connected,...
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Understanding Military Traumatic Brain Injuries

The National Library of Medicine found that there have been about 450,000 traumatic brain injuries (TBI) from the U.S. military in the 21st century, and many of these cases go unreported. A TBI is a serious and dangerous injury that...
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Can an Attorney Expedite My Veteran Disability Claim?

While some attorneys may mislead you by suggesting they can make the Veterans disability claims process go faster, that is not true. An attorney cannot expedite your claim. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) currently takes about 4-8 months to...
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Loss of Veterans’ TDIU Disability Benefits

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has numerous ways of assessing how disabled a Veteran is and whether he or she can sustain gainful employment. In addition to the traditional rating system, the VA can also offer Total Disability based...
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Why Should I Hire a VA Disability Lawyer?

When beginning your VA disability claim, it can be challenging to determine whether you will need an attorney to assist you with the process. After all, lawyers are expensive and cannot promise specific outcomes. When making such an impactful decision,...
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Getting Help and Benefits for Military Sexual Trauma

When you have suffered from military sexual trauma (MST), know that you are not alone. Unfortunately, many women and men experience incidents such as non-consensual sexual contact, sexual harassment at work, and rape. In the armed forces, you provided this...
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Do I Need a DBQ for My VA Claim?

Medical examinations can be stressful for anyone, regardless of history. Yet, for many Veterans who have chronic service-connected injuries or traumas, completing medical exams can be difficult. For this reason, many Veterans may choose to have their evaluations completed by...
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