Veterans Disability Info Blog


Why VA Needs to Prioritize Claims for Mental Disabilities

Why VA Needs to Prioritize Claims for Mental Disabilities

I wish I could say it was the first time this has ever happened. But it’s not. More times that I would like to admit we’ve received phone calls from family members of veterans who have committed suicide due to the stress and mental disorders they are experiencing.
The VA’s...

VA Whistle-blower is Subjected to Retaliation and Resigns

VA Whistle-blower is Subjected to Retaliation and Resigns

A Department of Veterans’ Affairs employee who blew the whistle on the VA’s use of unauthorized wait lists for mental healthcare in Colorado has resigned after describing his being subjected to retaliation for speaking out.
The whistle-blower describes VA conduct such as assigning...


Victory for a Veteran with PTSD Based Upon In-Service Bed Wetting

Victory for a Veteran with PTSD Based Upon In-Service Bed Wetting

We recently won service connection for PTSD for a veteran who presented with a very complex case. The victory in this case illustrates why expert advocacy is needed in complex cases.
This case involved a young veteran who joined the military at age 17 in order to escape a very abusive...




Veterans Day in Times of Change

Veterans Day in Times of Change

Tomorrow is Veterans Day. As usual, many news outlets are largely focusing on all the deals and freebies that will be available to our valued military and the numerous fundraisers and parades that will take place across the country, notably, the “America's Parade” in NYC, which is...

VA Considers Adding New Diseases to the Agent Orange List

VA Considers Adding New Diseases to the Agent Orange List

Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Secretary Robert McDonald is considering adding several diseases to a list of 15 conditions associated with Agent Orange exposure. This move would help disabled Vietnam veterans and their families significantly by easing the path to service connection for...

Claiming DIC Benefits for Diseases Caused By Service Connected PTSD

Claiming DIC Benefits for Diseases Caused By Service Connected PTSD

Has the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) denied your Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) benefits claim because they don’t feel post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) causes vascular dementia or adult failure to thrive?
VA examiners continue to view PTSD as a narrow,...