Veterans Administration Disability Information
The Veterans Disability Administration oversees the disability benefits of all veterans who have applied for or are receiving disability benefits from the federal government. Filing for disability benefits can be a difficult process, and when you are disabled, the process can feel overwhelming.
When you need help with a new or existing claim with the Veterans Disability Administration, it's time to seek legal help to get your claim on the right track. When you have an attorney on your side, you can rest assured that your claim will be handled effectively, taking the burden of filing all of the necessary paperwork out of your hands. As a disabled veteran, you are entitled to financial benefits once you can prove your disability and your claim gets approved. Without legal help, these types of claims often take longer than they should while you wait for benefits to arrive.
More than 130,000 veterans are eligible to apply for refunds of taxes they paid on disability severance pay dating back almost three decades, according to the IRS. The payments come after it was found the Department of Defense improperly withheld taxes on payments dating to Jan. 17, 1991. Here is a recent article from AL.com about it. Also, the IRS recently published a detailed information paper describing this process as follows: IR-2018-148, July 11, 2018 WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today is advising certain veterans who received disability severance payments after January 17, 1991, and included that payment as…Read More
I recently saw this heartbreaking article regarding Vietnam veterans titled “Reverberations from war complicate Vietnam veterans’ end-of-life care.” Maybe it is because I just watched the Ken Burns’ Vietnam documentary but this article really struck a chord with me. If you haven’t seen it, this is a “must-watch.” What strikes me the most about the documentary is the absolute incompetent and willfully negligent leadership that kept the problems with the Vietnam war (and why we were there and our chances and definition of success) from the American public. Instead, the war killed and wounded a tremendous number of our nation’s most…Read More
Given the high denial rates by the VA for Gulf War veterans, here is an interesting article about veterans who are doing something about it and helping other veterans. This information is directly from the article in Stars and Stripes: “In 1994, Congress passed legislation allowing a “presumption” for Gulf War veterans with undiagnosed illnesses — meaning they don’t have to prove their illnesses were caused by military service. Undiagnosed illnesses are a group of undefined and unexplained symptoms found in veterans of that era — headaches, fatigue and joint pain and neurological, skin and respiratory issues. One problem, Brown…Read More
I meet with or talk by phone to at least 2 to 3 veterans each day. These are veterans who contact me and ask me to help them fight the VA due to the VA’s denial of the veteran’s request for disability compensation. Out of these veterans that I see each day, at least one will tell me that he or she believes that the VA is purposely denying his or her disability claim and that “the VA is waiting for me to die.” This comment is so prevalent that I almost always finish the rest of the sentence for…Read More
Last month I blogged about issue of debt collection against our veterans and the issue of the treatment of our veterans continues to weigh on my mind. It would not be hard for anyone reading my blogs to determine I am a liberal. In fact, a description of me as a Yellow Dog Democrat will never offend me. And as a liberal, I generally believe war stinks. In fact, I hate it. I believe it is a significant drain on our nation’s treasure and American lives. That does not mean, however, that I do not believe some wars are righteous. …Read More
We have just finished honoring our military servicemen and women on Memorial Day, the holiday where we pay homage to our veterans who have died serving this country. But in addition to such celebrations, we can do more by insisting that our veterans be treated fairly by the department in charge of their care. The scandal involving the hospitals and medical clinics operated by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs has been heavily reported on in the last few years. But another significant malfeasance by the VA concerns the department’s efforts to collect monies back from our veterans for over…Read More
As of March 24, 2015, the VA (Veterans Administration) implemented a new regulation requiring that all VA claims be filed on standardized forms. The VA will also no longer accept informal claims in order to establish a claimant’s effective date for benefits. Federal Register rule changes were announced here: Standard Claims and Appeals Forms; Final Rule Filing a VA Disability Claim In order to file an original VA disability claim, you must submit a completed VA Form 21-526EZ Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits identifying the specific disabilities you are claiming. If you plan to file a claim…Read More
Our Knoxville office, Bond, Botes & Lawson, recently began participating in a Veterans’ Legal Clinic. The Veteran’s Legal Clinic is a joint project sponsored by the Knoxville Bar Association, Legal Aid of East Tennessee, Knox County Public Defender’s Community Law Office, the University of Tennessee College of Law and the local VA office. Its purpose is to help and assist veterans with their legal needs, regardless of income or other circumstances, by providing free legal advice. Given that we meet with people from all backgrounds every day in our office, I decided to participate in this program. I am also…Read More
This is a sad story. The Veteran who languished on a VA list for a long time has, unfortunately, passed away. The exposé on the VA delays in providing medical care came directly from this Veteran and the saga he had to live through. I have written in the past about the delays in VA care and disability claims. Never Miss a Deadline In fact, because of the delays, I always tell veterans this when they first meet with me: “The process is more important than the claim because, if you miss any VA imposed deadlines during the process of…Read More
I always tell my Veteran clients to expect long delays by the Veterans Administration in their attempts to get VA disability benefits. It is a shame that I spend more time talking about the fact that there will be extraordinarily long delays by the VA in processing and deciding the claim than I do in talking about their actual disability claim itself! In order to further explain to my own veteran clients that there will be long delays, I ask them to read the blog posts that I have written previously about this topic. In addition to any discussion about…Read More