Understanding Temporary Total Ratings

If you become incapacitated because of a service-connected condition, you may be eligible for a temporary 100 percent rating during your period of incapacitation. This is true even if your typical combined rating is less than 100 percent. Temporary total ratings are only available to Veterans that do not receive a monthly payment at the […]

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Understanding Secondary Service Connection

Most Veterans know they are eligible for VA Disability Compensation for disabilities or conditions that are caused during military service. However, many Veterans do not realize they are eligible for additional benefits for conditions that are caused or aggravated by service-connected conditions. Secondary Service Connection is an important concept of Veterans Law that should not […]

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Veteran Esquire Legal Solutions Files Suit To Improve Veterans’ Access to C-Files

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs (“VA”) has been engaging in a practice of unlawfully delaying the release of records Veterans need to appeal denials of VA disability benefits. Veteran Esquire Legal Solutions, PLLC, has filed a lawsuit to seek judicial assistance in ending this unlawful practice that makes it more difficult for Veterans […]

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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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VA Compensation Benefits for Incarcerated Veterans

Establishing eligibility for VA benefits is critical to ensure incarcerated Veterans are rehabilitated. Veterans that have a regular source of income once they are released are much less likely to re-offend. For Veterans with a criminal conviction, it is very important to maximize their receipt of VA benefits to improve quality of life. Even though […]

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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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Determining Where to File a Discharge Upgrade Application

Veterans upgrading less than fully honorable discharges should apply to their branch of service’s Discharge Review Board or Board for the Correction of Military Records. Both Boards generally have the authority to modify most military discharges. However, the Boards cannot modify discharges that were included in the sentence of a general courts martial. Deciding the […]

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Discharge Upgrades for Veterans With PTSD and TBI

Veterans suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and TBI (Traumatic Brain Injury) as a result of military service may be eligible to upgrade less than honorable discharges. Upgrading a military discharge can help Veterans open the door to obtaining important Veteran benefits, such as access to the GI Bill, VA disability compensation, and VA […]

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