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How to Get VA to Grant a Spinal Fusion Disability Rating

How to Get VA to Grant a Spinal Fusion Disability Rating

Back pain disability claims are common among veterans. Traumatic injury or wear and tear on the spine during military service can cause chronic back pain, often leaving veterans with limited mobility, ongoing pain, and an inability to work.
The VA recognizes back pain as a disability,...

VA Adds 9 Cancers to Burn Pit Exposure Presumptive List

VA Adds 9 Cancers to Burn Pit Exposure Presumptive List

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has announced it will automatically presume service connection for Gulf War, Iraq War, and Afghanistan War veterans diagnosed with nine rare cancers. The announcement comes after the VA found evidence associating these cancers with burn pit smoke and fume...

The 9 Most Common VA Forms and Tips on Using Them

The 9 Most Common VA Forms and Tips on Using Them

Every veteran who has filed a claim for VA benefits knows about the dizzying battery of VA forms. There are hundreds of VA forms available. Does it matter what you write in VA form 21-4138? Is VA form 21-0996 even necessary? Should you fill out VA form 21-0781 or 21-0781a?
Knowing which VA...

The Essentials on VA Disability Ratings for Bulging Disc

The Essentials on VA Disability Ratings for Bulging Disc

Back pain is a common problem for veterans. The strain of military service can lead to wear and tear on the spine, not to mention the risk of traumatic injuries in training or combat. Many veterans experience chronic or worsening pain after they leave active duty.
Degenerative disc disease...

What is The Physical Evaluation Board Liaison Officer (PEBLO)

What is The Physical Evaluation Board Liaison Officer (PEBLO)

A PEBLO (Physical Evaluation Board Liaison Officer) is assigned to any service member who is diagnosed with a medical condition and referred to IDES (the Integrated Disability Evaluation System). Throughout the DoD Disability Process, the PEBLO serves as the primary point of contact for the service...


Protected VA Disability Ratings: When Can VA Reduce My Rating?

Protected VA Disability Ratings: When Can VA Reduce My Rating?

Great! You received a 70% disability rating from the VA. But does your rating last forever? What if your disability improves over time with treatment or therapy? Can the VA reduce your disability rating?
Not always. When a veteran’s service-connected medical diagnosis improves, the VA...

Range of Motion for the Shoulder: What Every Disabled Veteran Should Know

Range of Motion for the Shoulder: What Every Disabled Veteran Should Know

Many veterans leave the service with shoulder problems. Strain and disabilities to the shoulders are common during deployment, training, and combat. Not being able to use your shoulder can affect your ability to work and limit daily life. For example, you may not be able to safely drive, lift...


How to Obtain The VA Main Phone Number

How to Obtain The VA Main Phone Number

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a number of services to Veterans and their families. This includes healthcare, pensions, education benefits, and home loans. The VA also operates a telephone helpline for Veterans and their families. The main VA phone number is 800-827-1000. This...