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How to prove a PTSD Stressor

non combat PTSD Stressor

PTSD may be getting more attention now, but it’s been an issue that has been facing Veterans for decades. Regardless of whether a Veteran served during World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, or on any combat mission, developing PTSD is a real possibility.   When developed as a result of combat, a Veteran does…

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How Veterans Can Service Connect for Headaches

Since 2011, headaches have been one of the most popular topics covered on 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 headaches as a result of Traumatic Brain Injuries. Veterans who served in Iraq, both recently…

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7 Goals Veterans Should Set For VA Disability Claims In 2016

It’s safe to say that I’m not the only one who hates New Year’s Eve. It’s pointless. Who wants to stay up just to watch a ball of light drop 40 feet? I’ll even go as far as saying that New Year’s was just made up to sell more calendars. Kidding aside, it seems like…

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Notifying the VA of a Change in Address

Failing to notify the VA of a change in address can jeopardize receiving your benefits in a timely manner. You could miss important correspondence and benefits checks if you do not take the proper measures to keep your VA file up to date. Unfortunately, officially changing your address with the postal service or another Federal…

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Presumptive Service Connections in Prisoners of War

For the next few posts, we’re going to talk about presumptive service connections in the determination of Veterans Disability benefits. This means that certain disabilities are believed by the VA to be the direct result of a veteran’s military service. Today, we’re going to highlight presumptive service connections for former prisoners of war. The VA…

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PTSD; It’s not the same for every Veteran

I often like to get up on my high horse and pretend that I know everything about everything. This may explain why I’m so unpopular. Though I pretend to have all of the knowledge in the world, I often get knocked off that high horse when I am proven wrong. One such instance occurred recently when…

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All About Forms: Appeal to Board of Veterans’ Appeals

If you’ve received your Statement of the Case (SOC) after your original claim for Veterans Disability Benefits and wish to challenge these findings, the Appeal to Board of Veterans’ Appeals (VA Form 9) is the first place to start.   This form allows for selection of a hearing option, the listing of specific issues to…

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Coast Guard Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange

The eastern region of the U.S. is home to many Coast Guard Veterans, many of whom make West Virginia their home. Some of our honored Veterans may have been exposed to a toxic herbicide known as Agent Orange. In September of 2011, the VA made an announcement that Veterans who served aboard the U.S. Navy…

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Why Veterans Struggle With Sleep Apnea

Our firm focuses on VA Disability benefits and Social Security Disability. The two programs are similar in many ways. However, one of the biggest differences involves how applicants are approved. The primary reason for being approved for Social Security Disability is that you are completely unable to perform past or future work. That’s in stark…

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How Range of Motion Impacts Your VA Disability Claim

Range of Motion Impacts

Regardless of their branch of service or Military Occupational Specialty, most Veterans had a physically demanding experience while serving. This is obvious for Veterans who served in combat, but it may not be as obvious for those weren’t in combat. Everyday life in the Military is physically demanding. Everything from ruck marches to the type…

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