Proving Entitlement to Service Connection for PTSD under Relaxed Standards

Disability claims filed through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) commonly involve post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). According to the VA, over 50% of former servicemembers will experience a traumatic event at some point in their lives. There are many common...
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Women’s Forum

The VA Holds Its First Virtual Women Veterans Forum There have been women in the United States Army since the Revolutionary War, and women continue to serve in it today. According to the Defense Department, women now make up 20% of the Air Force, 19% of the Navy, 15% of the...
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Service Records: Proving Your Eligibility

Active Duty and Active Duty Guard Members Every time a service member is given medical care from a military medical facility, including the very first physical examination each one must take part in during the initiation stages of service, the...
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2020 VA Special Monthly Compensation Rates

The Veterans Administration (VA) special monthly compensation (SMC) is a higher rate of compensation that the VA pays to Veterans as well as their spouses, surviving spouses, and parents with certain needs or disabilities. How the VA Assigns SMC Levels...
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Foot Injury

Can I Receive Disability for a Service-Connected Foot Injury? If you have chronic pain as a result of your military service, you may want to sharpen your pencil and look at filing a claim. The most common service-connected injuries include:...
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Sleep Apnea/PTSD

The High Risk of Sleep Apnea in Veterans with PTSD A study of U.S. Veterans shows that the probability of having a high risk of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) increased with increasing severity of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) symptoms. The...
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Virtual Hearing

Virtual Hearings Now Underway The Board of Veterans’ Appeals (Board) has launched a new virtual hearing option, providing Veterans with the flexibility, convenience, and access of attending Board hearings with Veterans Law Judges (VLJs) and Veteran representatives from a personal...
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COVID Overview

What is the VA Doing to Keep Up with the Pandemic (COVID-19)? The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented an aggressive public health response to protect and care for Veterans, their families, healthcare providers and staff in the face...
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COVID FAQs

COVID-19: What Every Veteran Needs to Know Call centers at the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and some VA health facilities are currently experiencing very high numbers of calls. They ask that you use their online tools for the following...
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COVID and Our Heroes

Troops and Veterans Hit Hard by COVID-19. As of April 22, 2020, the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) indicate there have been 5,734 total cases of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus. Within...
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