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The Most Common VA Disabilities

Most Common VA Disabilities

Updated: February 28, 2024

What are the most common VA disabilities for Veterans? The U.S. Census reported in 2020, about 30% of Veterans had a disability, while 24% of Veterans reported as having a service-connected disability. About 41% of Gulf War-era (post-Sept. 11, 2001) Veterans and 25% of all Veterans report having service-connected disabilities, according to the U.S. Equal […]

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VA Disability Claims for Covid-19

Updated: October 13, 2022

Active-duty military service members and National Guardsmen on emergency response orders may have been exposed to Covid-19 in the line of duty. Some people who contract the Covid-19 virus experience lingering effects from the disease, which the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) refers to as “post-Covid conditions,” or “long Covid.” If you contracted […]

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C & P Exam - Compensation and Pension Exam

C & P Exam

Updated: November 4, 2022

Any veteran who has filed a claim with the Veterans Administration (VA) for pension or disability compensation may be asked to undergo a compensation and pension (C&P) exam as part of the claims process. This exam helps the VA determine if a disability is service-connected and if the condition has worsened over time and should […]

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VA Disability Ratings for Back Pain

Updated: October 11, 2022

Lower back pain is the leading cause of disability in the United States, affecting about 4.3 million Americans – twice the burden of any other health condition. About 20% of such cases are chronic, lasting a year or more, according to the National Institutes of Health. However, the incidence of low back pain is about […]

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Intent To File Informal Claim

Intent To File (Informal Claim)

Updated: August 4, 2021

When you apply for VA disability benefits, you won’t be awarded your benefits on the same day you apply. It takes time to process, evaluate, and make a determination on a claim. The VA official site reminds that it can take up to 130 days or more to make a decision on an individual claim. […]

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Disabled Veterans

Disabled Veterans

Updated: July 25, 2021

Over the past two decades of fighting in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other combat zones, the United States has experienced a massive increase in disabled veterans. Between physical and mental injuries, many American veterans now struggle with the wounds of war. But, confusion still exists about who qualifies as a disabled veteran. As such, we’ll use […]

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Permanent Disability Retired List (PDRL)

Permanent Disability Retired List (PDRL)

Updated: July 20, 2021

What is the Permanent Disability Retired List or PDRL? The Defense Accounting and Finance Service says service members who enter the Disability Evaluation System, or DES, are subject to one of two classifications if they are not returned to duty after being evaluated. One is to be placed on a Temporary Disability Retired List or […]

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VA Disability Claim

VA Disability Claims

Updated: July 11, 2021

What do you need to know about filing VA Disability Claims? The first and best initial advice you can take is to start early preparing for your claim. For all Department of Veterans Affairs claims you will need to use resources at VA.gov in order to submit a claim, documentation, medical records, etc. The need […]

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Temporary Disability Retired List (TDRL)

Temporary Disability Retired List (TDRL)

Updated: July 3, 2021

When serving in uniform, some military members get injured or sick and require extended care. In times like these, military medicine’s first priority is to return the service member to a level of health that allows them to return to duty. And while that care is happening, further medical evaluations may be required to determine […]

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VASRD Endocrine System

VASRD Endocrine System

Updated: April 9, 2021

The Veteran Affairs Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) is a government-published collection of medical requirements for VA raters to use as a standard for when they review military members and their medical claims to determine VA official military disability ratings. These VA disability ratings help determine VA disability percentages to medical conditions. They also help […]

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