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Service Connection

VA Disability Compensation Rates

Veterans who suffered an injury or illness during their active-duty service may be eligible for disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA disability compensation is a monthly, tax-free benefit. The amount you may be eligible for varies...
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A Parachutist Badge Can Help Get Service Connection on a Direct Basis

A parachute badge, also known as “Jump Wings,” is a military badge from the United States Armed Force awarded to anyone serving who completes the Basic Airborne Course. This course can be taken at Fort Benning, Georgia and ultimately qualifies...
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Secondary Service-Connected Depression after a Physical Condition

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), depression is the most diagnosed mental illness among US military veterans. A Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) study found that as many as 33% of former servicemembers exhibit symptoms of depression. While...
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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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The 5 Worst Myths About VA Disability Benefits

We have practiced VA Disability Law for so long that very few things take us by surprise. You might say we’ve “heard it all before”. The VA Disability process has made mainstream news in recent years, and more people are filing...
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Taking another Look at Deferred VA Decisions

When most Veterans think of their rating decision from the VA, they most likely believe they will either be approved or denied. This is logical because the VA is trying to determine if you’re disabled or not. So, approved or...
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What is Radiculopathy, and How Can a Veteran Service Connect for this Condition?

Because so many military occupations are physically demanding, it makes sense that many Veterans have issues with their backs. Even service members who have less strenuous occupations face a lot of wear and tear due to physical training, marches, and...
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How Veterans Can Service Connect for Headaches

Since 2011, headaches have been one of the most popular topics covered in this blog. Many readers may be surprised to realize just how many Vets struggle with headaches.   Men and women who served in recent conflicts may have...
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Becoming a Certified Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business

Plenty of veterans get bit by the entrepreneur bug when they return home after service. It’s a great opportunity to put the skills learned in the military to good use. As a veteran, there are a few advantages to be...
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3 Steps to Take to Prove Service-Connection

Anyone who has ever applied for VA disability benefits will be painfully familiar with the term “service-connection.” These two hyphenated words are often the first hurdle veterans need to overcome when applying for disability benefits. Service-connection is a legal term...
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