VA Disability Timeline

Amongst uncertainty in the VA, where should Veterans turn for help?

I honestly love watching The Daily Show with John Stewart. I have watched it since I was a young kid and can’t sleep now without my daily dose of political satire. I have to admit that it’s odd to hear The Daily Show discusssomething I work with every day on their program. Over the past several months John Stewart and crew have looked into the issues facing the VA in an honest and humorous way. While I enjoy watching Stewart make jokes about what I do, this really means the problems are actually quite worse than we may realize. The problem is that if programs like The Daily Show are covering...

What the VA Backlog Reduction Means for Veterans

I really don’t like statistics. In the world of VA Disability Compensation there are stats for everything. A recent report released by the VA states that the VA backlog has been reduced by 44%. This means that the total number of claims still backlogged with the VA is 344,000. Now, this may seem like a great improvement, but what do those numbers really mean? First, let’s address what the VA means by backlogged. According to the VA, a backlogged claim is one that has been pending more than 125 days. That is just over four months, or if you are a Kardashian, a long marriage. On a serious note,...

Important information for any soldier approaching discharge.

It’s interesting how we get new VA clients in waves at the law firm. One week, all of the Veterans we talk to seem to be from the Vietnam era, the next, it will be individuals interested in learning about DIC. However, lately, it seems we are speaking to recently discharged Veterans on a regular basis. When talking to one of these young Veterans, I tend to notice a few things. For one, they always call me sir, two, they often still use military time, and three, they are likely already receiving some type of VA disability benefits. Veterans who have been out of the service for a while may...

VA Disability Timeline Backlog

If you are a Veteran who has filed for VA Disability compensation, then you are aware that one of the biggest challenges you face is a long wait. At the current time, the average wait time for a VA Disability claim takes 2-4 years. There is a good chance that you aren’t aware of why this process takes so long. We addressed some of these issues in a previous blog post; however, a recent article by the Associated Press sheds even more light on the backlog at the VA. The May 27th article states that 45 percent of the 1.6 million Veterans from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan are now...

Why is my VA Claim Taking So Long?

So, you just filled out your 21-526, and are probably wondering how long your VA Disability claim will take. Unfortunately for most Veterans, the answer isn’t pleasant. At the current time, most VA Claims take anywhere from two to four years for a final decision to be made. There is a pretty good chance that the news mentioned above has you a little upset, and you are probably are wanting to know why claims take so long. There are several factors that go into the long wait for claims to be approved. First and foremost, the number of new claims being filed is contributing to the backlog. With...

Can I Service Connect for My Teeth?

When speaking to Veterans about Disability Benefits, there are some questions that get asked a lot, like: How long will my claim take to process? But there are some questions we don’t receive very often, like: Can I service Connect for my teeth? The answer to both of the questions, like most things when dealing with disability compensation, is not simple. We addressed the timeline in a previous blog, but this is a great opportunity to discuss service connection for dental issues. In order to get service connection on a dental issue, you must have received some sort of trauma or were a POW. ...

What is an SOC?

In the legal process of VA Disability Compensation, you may hear the term “Statement of the Case,” and are probably wondering what that means. In your legal timeline, a Statement of the Case or SOC comes after your “Notice of Disagreement.” Once your Notice of Disagreement is filed through the VA, they will make a decision. (This will often occur several months later.) This decision is referred to as a Statement of the Case.   So, now we know when it comes, but we still have to decide what it is in regards to your claim for VA Disability Compensation. Essentially an SOC is a decision. However,...