VA Disability

VA Proposal to Reduce Your Disability Rating – What it Means


When the Veterans Administration (VA) proposes to reduce a veteran’s disability rating, it creates one of the most stressful times in a veteran’s life.    By Matthew J. Brown, Esq. VA-accredited attorney and partner at Wolf & Brown Law Offices Routinely, our office encounters a situation where the veteran believed in good faith their service-connected…

The PACT Act: Are you Eligible?


The PACT Act creates presumptions that make it easier for veterans and their survivors to become entitled to service-connected disability and death benefits.    By Matthew J. Brown, Esq. VA-accredited attorney and partner at Wolf & Brown Law Offices On August 10, 2022, the President signed into law the Sergeant First Class Heath Robinson Honoring…

VA authorizes “fast-track” disability benefits for Agent Orange


According to Military Times, “The move represents another major expansion of toxic exposure benefits for veterans, this time for individuals suffering from illnesses dating back to the Vietnam War era. The changes follow mandates included in the Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics Act — better known as the PACT Act — passed by Congress in…

GAO reports on Reserve members and disability benefits access issues


“Members of the National Guard and the Reserves can claim Veterans Affairs disability benefits. But they may struggle to prove that disabilities are service-related when they only serve part-time—making it harder for them to access benefits.” This is according to the GAO. According to their report, the VA “approved 11 to 20 percent fewer initial…

Compensation vs. Pension Benefits: Understanding the Key Differences


It’s essential for veterans and their families to understand the distinctions between these two benefit programs to determine which may be applicable to their unique circumstances.    By Matthew J. Brown, Esq. VA-accredited attorney and partner at Wolf & Brown Law Offices The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides a range of benefits to eligible…

Deciphering the VA Rating Decision: Understanding What’s Inside


For veterans navigating the complex world of VA disability benefits, receiving a VA rating decision is a significant milestone.    By Matthew J. Brown, Esq. VA-accredited attorney and partner at Wolf & Brown Law Offices This document is the culmination of a lengthy process and contains vital information that determines the level of disability compensation…

C&P Examinations – How Important They Are and What You Should Know


When filing for VA disability compensation, VA may ask you to attend an examination as part of the claims process. Generally, the purpose of this examination is to determine if you claimed disability is service-connected; or alternatively, to determine if the severity of your current service-connected condition is worsening, static, or improving.    By Matthew…

“Glitch” blamed for delaying veterans disability claims for years


From AirForceTimes.com: “About 32,000 veterans’ disability claims were delayed — some as long as five years — due to a technical flaw in federal filing systems, Veterans Affairs officials acknowledged this week.” Although the number of claims is reported to be a “fraction” of the millions of claim filed since the beginning 2018, “Department leaders…