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HOW TO PROVE SERVICE CONNECTION FOR YOUR VA CLAIM

July 15, 2019 Author: Heidi Hrabcak

In filing a claim for disability compensation, a veteran must first “establish service connection”. What is “service connection”? It is the link showing the veteran’s current illness or disability to the veteran’s military service.  Here are the five ways a veteran can establish service connection. Direct Service Connection Direct service connection can be established by providing evidence, military or service treatment records, to the VA showing the (...)

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LANDMARK DECISION REGARDING BLUE WATER NAVY VETS

February 27, 2019 Author: Heidi Hrabcak

In our last post regarding the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Bill (aka H.R. 299) we informed you that the bill unanimously passed through the House of Representatives and was pending in the Senate. This past December the bill came to a crashing halt when a few Senators held up the bill which required unanimous consent. The legislation was introduced again this past January during the first days of the 116th Congress. While we wait to see the bill’s progression in the Senate, there has been (...)

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VA Medical Negligence

January 31, 2019 Author: Krista Weida

  Have you or a loved one been disabled or died as a result of VA medical treatment?  There may be help without going through the court system.   Section 1151 benefits are often unknown to a veteran and his/her family.  Being successful under this law can be confusing and complicated.  The attorneys at Lawyers for American Vets can help navigate the system and help you determine if you possibly have a claim.  We encourage you to reach out to our attorneys for a (...)

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Can the VA Reduce My Disability Rating?

January 12, 2019 Author: Heidi Hrabcak

We get this question too frequently from our veteran clients. The short answer is “yes”, if the VA follows its own guidelines and procedures. However, there are instances where a veteran’s rating is protected and CANNOT be reduced. In these instances, it is helpful to have an experienced VA attorney assist you through the process. Disability ratings which continue for 5 years or more require the VA to prove that the veteran’s situation has improved on a sustained basis (...)

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