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Gulf War Syndrome and VA Ratings

Many veterans of the Gulf War Era (Persian Gulf, Operation Enduring Freedom, and Operation Iraqi Freedom) suffer from a multi-symptom undiagnosed illness.  “Gulf War Syndrome” is the name commonly applied to the condition.Gulf War Syndrome is commonly attributed to exposure to multiple biological, chemical, and environmental hazards.  Gulf War Syndrome by its nature is one …


The Claims File, Your C-File, and What it Means to Your Claim

In the practice of law, there are a number of terms that are routinely thrown around that have meaning to the people using them, but to the casual observer are nothing more than gibberish.  Today I want to talk about one of the terms that you will hear frequently when discussing your claim for benefits with your …


Special Monthly Compensation.  Above and Beyond the 100% Mark

What is Special Monthly Compensation and do you qualify for it? You fought for your country.  You incurred a number of conditions because of your service.  After service, you fought to continue working.  Eventually, you were unable to keep working.  You then sought out disability benefits, and the VA denied those benefits.  Yet again, you …


Camp Lejeune, Health Care and Presumptions

Located in Jacksonville, North Carolina, Camp Lejeune is a 246 square mile Marine Corps base opened in 1941.  The base’s water supply was contaminated shortly after opening.  The contamination was due to poor chemical disposal practices of an off-base dry-cleaning service and leaking fuel tanks.  Between 1953 and 1987, over one million Marines, families, and …


Total Disability Based on Individual Unemployability. What does it Mean

One thing that you learn as you get into veteran’s benefits law is there is an abundance of acronyms. There are more than any sane person cares to remember. However, you always want to remember: TDIU. What is TDIU? TDIU (also referred to as IU) is the VA acronym for Total Disability based on Individual …


What is a Notice of Disagreement and How Do I File It?

When you receive a Rating Decision, you have an important decision to make.  Are you happy with the decision as it stands?  Did the VA grant service connection?  If they granted service connection, did they apply the right rating?  If they applied the right rating, did they get the effective date right?  The VA can …


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