The latest update in the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD) at Title 38 Code of Federal Regulations is for genitourinary and cardiovascular regulations. The newest regulations take effect on Nov. 14.

The changes were made to ensure that these portions of the rating schedule contain current medical terminology and provide detailed and updated criteria for the evaluations related to genitourinary and cardiovascular disabilities.

Since September 2017, VA has updated the rating schedule for the following body systems:

Some of the changes include renaming conditions to reflect current medicine, removing obsolete conditions, clarifying ambiguities, and adding conditions that previously did not have diagnostic codes. The complete list of updates is available online.

Starting today, claims related to genitourinary and cardiovascular conditions that were pending prior to Nov. 14 will be considered under both the old and new rating criteria for evaluation purposes, and whichever criteria is more favorable to the Veteran will be applied. VA will only apply the new schedule for claims received on or after Nov. 14.

VA will continue updating the remaining body systems located in the VASRD.

By April Cunningham is a chief for VBA's Office of Strategic Engagement

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Published on Nov. 15, 2021

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  1. Chad Childers November 22, 2021 at 7:07 am

    I am very glad the VA is making improvements in the level of care given to veterans. Being a veteran myself I have seen a whole lot of advancement in the level care since I’ve been out of the Army fifteen years.

    I do wish the VA would expand dental care to more veterans. Dental health is so important to overall health. I am a 90% service-connected disabled veteran and still do not get dental care through the VA.

  2. Robert Pearson November 21, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    I got approved for Hypertension in 2019 does this qualify as a percondition for cardiovascular decease

  3. William Smith November 21, 2021 at 8:04 am

    How can I win my claim I receive 10% for my ankle it was broken and And I had circulation issues now after they awarded me to 10% I found out that out of the five beans in my leg running to my foot my ankle know my father beans only one of those carrying blood and I had to have vascular surgeon and vascular surgery and I end up have to get my lower part of my leg amputated how can I win my case with this

  4. MSG Richard O'Connell Viren jr. November 18, 2021 at 5:40 am

    2004 I had a heart attack at home. At the General Leonard Wood military Hospital, they determined I should see a heart specialist immediately and I was sent to Lake Ozark where it was determined I had 80% blockage in 4 arteries. The recommendation was for open-heart surgery Immediately. Large vein in my left leg was removed from groin to ankle and they were used to add to my heart to give my heart normal blood flow.
    I had applied for compensation for the open-heart surgery and chart condition.
    Since then I have met other veterans who have received compensation for their heart. Some with medical actions and others without any surgical actions.

    [Editor: It’s always difficult to ascertain a situation on the internet with few details, but based on the info above, it sounds like this procedure and the medical condition occurred after military service, and was not related to military service. The claim decision letter will explain the exact reasoning for the denial. VA will grant disability compensation for an injury or medical condition that you incurred on active duty. When filing for compensation, you need three things in the claim: a current medical diagnosis for an injury or medical condition, evidence of that injury or medical condition in your active service records, and a nexus, or opinion, from a medical doctor linking the former to the latter. You can learn more about comp, here: ]

  5. James Carey November 17, 2021 at 7:04 pm

    Is erectile dysfunction a secondary claim for prostate cancer and how would I file for it. If so.

  6. Jessica November 16, 2021 at 11:08 pm

    You can file your claim online. Go to the VA website and you will find the link for online claims. You can upload documents and evidence statements there as well. It’s pretty self explanatory and the VA is required by law to help you. You can file online to preserve date of claim and you have a full year from the date you file to develop your evidence for that claim. Best of luck!

  7. Charles Fuller November 16, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    Can the only conditions that can be claimed for disability have to have their origins while in the military?

    [Editor: VA disability compensation is for injuries or medical conditions that either were caused by or were aggravated by active military service. More info, here: ]

  8. Frank Woolf November 16, 2021 at 2:38 pm

    In 2019 I had a heart attack. It was blockages which were in the small arteries outside my heart. I now have Angina. I have Sleep Apnea, which is severe. I am on a B-Pap machine. I have Type2 diabetes which I am currently being treated at the VA. Neither of these are included in my compensation package.

  9. arvill jean worley November 16, 2021 at 1:48 pm

    How do u know that u qualify for this

  10. Miguel A Ortiz Soto November 16, 2021 at 1:08 pm

    I had being trying to contact a va representative in the va office in Puerto Rico ,Just mail box, that said , leave you name and number, will call you as soon as possible, I have being waiting for over a week now. Any other place Were I can reopen my claim?

    • Chad Finley November 16, 2021 at 2:13 pm

      Try contacting the local DAV, they have helped me in the past.

  11. Edgar Coulton November 16, 2021 at 12:59 pm

    When will the NPRC get up to speed on providing g medical records to claim intake center? I’ve been waiting for over 2 years

    • Efren Mendoza November 16, 2021 at 10:54 pm

      I was stationed in Germany from 98 to 2001 and when departing from the military I was told not to state any of my medical conditions to make the out processing faster. I had and still suffer from back pain, knee and shoulder pain. Now I’ve developed an extremely bad insomnia and skin infections that I believe were all do to military activity. Is there a way to get any type of compensation now after 20 years?

  12. Nestor Velázquez November 16, 2021 at 11:42 am

    Do I qualify for any of these changes?

    • Patricia November 18, 2021 at 6:49 am


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