Why establising the effective date of your VA claim is so important

Everything You Need to Know About the Effective Date of Your VA Claim [sc_embed_player_template1 fileurl=”https://davisnelsonlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/effectivedate.mp3″](15:41) Establishing the effective date for your VA claim is one of the most important aspects of it. In today’s audio, you’ll learn when and why it determines when you’re VA benefit will start. You will also learn that the effective …

Requirements of Service

Does your military service count for VA benefits purposes? [sc_embed_player_template1 fileurl=”https://davisnelsonlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/servicerequirements.mp3″](12:53) Everyone knows what military service is, or think they do. But when it comes to determining whether your military service will count with the VA, the rules are a little more complex. Service with the Army, the Navy, the Marines, the Air Force, and …

Taking the Fast Track to a Successful VA Pension Claim

Choosing the Right Claim Approach Will Increase Your Chances of Approval [sc_embed_player_template1 fileurl=”https://davisnelsonlaw.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/FDCProcess.mp3″](07:30) Anyone filing a claim for benefits with the capital Department of Veterans Affairs must make a choice between two processing approaches. The first one is known as the Fully Developed Claim approach. The other approach I will refer to as the Regular …

Should you ask the VA for help?

Before you begin putting together a claim for VA benefits, such as VA Aid and Attendance, you should ask some questions. The answers to those questions will have a direct impact on whether your claim will be approved or denied. Unfortunately, many people do not ask these questions, and as a result, they won’t have …

VA makes changes to the Veterans Choice Program

Occasionally, VA actually listens to veterans and their families, then tries to do the right thing. It has just revised its eligibility criteria for the “Choice Program.” This probably will be most valuable to those of you who live in rural areas. The Veterans Coice Program is supposed to make it easier and quicker to …

Social Security Update

First, the bad news. There will be no cost of living increase in either Social Security benefits or VA Pension benefits in 2016. The government’s inflation index has actually decreased, mainly due to reductions in energy costs. Both Social Security and VA Pension benefits increase whenever this inflation index goes up in the prior year. …

Beware of what you ask the VA

There is a principle that young lawyers learn very early in their careers. Don’t ask a question unless you already know the answer. Why? Because you may not like the answer. This guidance ought to be followed when dealing with the Department of Veteran Affairs, whether you are a lawyer or not. Here’s why. Let’s …

VA pension or Medicaid, or both?

Nearly all of my clients tell me that what they like best about VA Pension is that they will be able to live out their lives at home and still get the care they need. The pension is paid to them in cash rather than to their care provider or an institution. That way they …