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Popular Articles by Chris Attig of Veterans Law Blog
The C&P Exam is just another piece of the puzzle. It is not the only piece – but if we view it as such, we often make our claims harder than they have to be. And we certainly make them more stressful.
This is not your mother’s arithmetic and 50 + 50 does not equal 100. It’s also called fuzzy math by some, so plug in your percentages into the calculator and it will tell you what your total percentage is.
What VA Does after It Receives Your VA Compensation Claim – After VA receives your Application for Compensation, it sends you a letter. The letter explains what VA needs in order to help grant your claim. It states how VA assists in getting records to support your claim. The letter may include forms for you to complete, such as medical releases. Read More
U.S.C. is the law, the C.F.R. is how they interpret the law and last but certainly not least is the V.A. adjudication manuals that is how they apply the law. The section of the law that covers the veterans benefits is Title 38 in the U.S.C. in the C.F.R. is usually written 38 C.F.R. or something similar. Read More
Paid either in addition to (SMC K), or in place of regular ratings (all others). There are several different levels of SMC, and several different combinations of them as well. The most common are Housebound and Aid and Attendance, both typically paid at the rate of SMC L. Higher levels of Aid and Attendance are allowed, depending on the amount of care needed by the vet. They are typically paid at the rate of either SMC R1, or R2. Read More
Written by: Steve A. Neff MSW The following is written from a C & P examiners perspective relating to psychiatric exams. It is a good guideline for all exams but I only did psych exams. I’ve been examined by the VA for multiple problems and this is my format when I go to be examined. A little common sense and clarity of thinking will go a long ways towards getting you
what you are entitled. Read More
Index with links to the various Training/Fast Letters… Read More
We can not stress enough how important it is to: View your VA Claims folder at the Veterans Affairs regional office. Call the VA at 1-800-827-1000 and request an appointment to view your VA C-File (claims folder). Ensure that all the records in your Veterans Affairs C-File are yours. Check that everything you have sent to the VA is included in your C-File. After viewing your VA Claims folder (c-file) and correcting any mistakes you may find. Then request a hard copy of your claims folder (c-file). Read More
Question presented since we went from version IV to 5 of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders M21-1 MR Part III IV 3 Sec A-1 General Claims Process Which version are being used in VA Compensation Claims.