A Letter to Congress About VA Healthcare On the Eve of a Government Shutdown

The following letter was sent to all members of Congress on the morning of January 19, 2018, as Congress decides whether to pass a Continuing Resolution or to allow for a government shutdown.  If you are having trouble viewing the letter, you can view it in PDF Format here: Government Shutdown Letter to Congress

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Obtaining Service Connection Through Continuity of Symptomatology

You may obtain service connection for any disability resulting from a disease or injury that occurred while serving in the military. Generally, you must prove the following three elements to obtain service connection for a disability: (1) a diagnosed condition, (2) an in-service event or disease, and (3) еvidеnсе of a nexus linking the diagnosed […]

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Investigation Into VA’s Response to Cancelled Surgeries At DC VA Medical Center

During Veteran’s Day Weekend 2017, the Washington, D.C. VA Medical Center reportedly cancelled at least nine surgeries as a result of concerns over the safety and sanitation of some surgical equipment. Although VA claims no patients were harmed, some Veterans that obtain healthcare from the DC VA Medical Center are concerned that VA has not […]

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Veteran Esquire Legal Solutions Files Freedom of Information Act Requests for VHA Clinical Appeals Information

On November 30, 2017, Veteran Esquire Legal Solutions, PLLC, filed four Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests to the Veterans Health Administration (VHA). The requests were filed to obtain critical information regarding the VHA Clinical Appeals Process. The requests were filed to help Veterans and Veterans Advocates learn more about the process of appealing clinical […]

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What is a DBQ?

A DBQ, or “Disability Benefits Questionnaire,” is a standardized VA Form. Medical experts use DBQ’s to document the cause and severity of conditions listed on a VA claim. There are many DBQ’s available for many of the conditions most commonly claimed. When filing a claim for disability benefits, a DBQ can be submitted by your […]

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VA Has Scheduled C&P Examinations For My Claims. Am I Required to Attend?

One of the most challenging parts of the VA claims process is undergoing C&P Examinations. These exams are often intrusive, impersonal, and stressful for many Veterans. VA sometimes requires Veterans to drive to unfamiliar locations for examinations. However, C&P Examinations are an important part of the VA claims process. If VA has scheduled C&P examinations […]

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I am developing new conditions as a result of my service-connected conditions. Can I get VA benefits for secondary service connection?

Veterans commonly develop new medical conditions when undergoing treatment or using medications for service-connected disabilities. Any time a service-connected condition causes a new condition to develop, VA benefits may be available for those conditions. Also, VA benefits may be available if a service-connected condition causes a non-service connected condition to worsen. This principle is called […]

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I left active duty with clean separation exams. Can I still receive VA benefits?

Many Veterans do not apply for VA benefits because of popular misconceptions about the VA claims system. One misconception is that a Veteran cannot obtain benefits because of “clean” separation exams. The thought is that because they did not mark any conditions on these physical exams, they cannot receive benefits. This is not always true. […]

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Veterans Law Attorneys Can Help Your VA Benefits Appeal

Receiving a denial letter from the Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) is often a stressful experience. Denial letters often contain jargon and legalese that is confusing and difficult for many Veterans to understand. Also, there are important filing deadlines that must be followed if the denied Veteran wishes to appeal the denial. Although the government […]

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