• More benefits claims support available to Native American Veterans

    Veterans who are members of the Navajo Nation now have more options when it comes to support for pursuing benefits claims before the Department of Veterans Affairs.

  • Dublin VAMC hosts successful career fair

    Several hundred people showed up at the Dublin VAMC career fair, hoping to serve America’s Veterans. All who applied received an interview.

  • Appeals: Informal conference offers clarity, feedback in higher-level decision reviews

    Considering a higher-level review of your claim decision? An informal conference can allow you to communicate directly with a reviewer.

  • Nine new cancers added to the presumed service-connected list related to particulate matter

    On April 26, VA announced the addition of nine rare respiratory cancers to the list presumed service-connected disabilities due to exposure to fine particulate matter

  • VA proposes updates to disability rating schedules for respiratory, auditory and mental disorders body systems

    In late 2017, VA began a multi-year effort to revise and update the VASRD, or VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities. The VASRD’s 15 body systems had seen periodic rating criteria updates, but this continuing effort reflects the first comprehensive review since 1945.

    Today, VA announced its eighth update: respiratory, auditory, and mental disorders body systems.

  • Filing a VA claim for disability compensation

    VA disability compensation is a monthly, tax-free payment to Veterans who were injured, sustained a long-term illness or experienced a worsening medical condition during their military service.

  • VA updates disability rating schedules for genitourinary and cardiovascular systems

    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. 

  • Are you eligible to file for benefits based on presumptive exposure?

    Were you exposed to hazardous materials while serving in the military, such as from Agent Orange or burn pits? Did you serve in Vietnam, Thailand or Southwest Asia? If so, you may be eligible to file for service-connected benefits based on presumptive exposure.

  • Record pace for Board of Veterans Appeals hearings; reschedule options available

    With 20,000 hearings completed by August 2021, the Board of Veterans Appeals is on pace to best its previous record, smashing its historical average of 16,000 annually.

  • Military Sexual Trauma survivors see increased claim grant rates

    VBA grant rates for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to sexual trauma increased by approximately 22 percentage points since 2015.

  • VA to start processing disability claims for certain conditions related to particulate matter

    VA will begin processing disability claims Aug. 2 for asthma, rhinitis and sinusitis on a presumptive basis based on presumed particulate matter exposures during military service in Southwest Asia and certain other areas — if these conditions manifested within 10 years of a qualifying period of military service.

  • VA overcomes obstacles to reach millionth-claim milestone

    Despite a global pandemic, VBA has remained resilient in breaking boundaries with the completion of the one millionth claim this week. This is the second fastest rate within a fiscal year of completion in VA history with last year’s date of May 26 being the fastest on record to reach one million claims completed.

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