What a Fed Shutdown Means

April 07, 2011 | Terry Howell

What Does a Shutdown Actually Mean? By Amy Bushatz UPDATE: Shutdown Averted and military pay is safe -- at least tem­porar­ily -- but mil­i­tary ser­vice­mem­bers should have never had to … [Read more...]

COLA Likely to Return in 2012

March 29, 2011 | Terry Howell

Our friends at the Military Officers Association of America maintain a constant watch on the factors that determine the cost of living adjustment for military retirement pay, VA compensation and … [Read more...]

More Wars, Less Veterans Benefits

March 27, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

Seems like a week can’t go by without hearing some new deficit reduction planwith veterans’ benefits in the crosshairs of politicians. All the while, these same politicians appear more than … [Read more...]

Shutdown’s Impact on Vets Still Unknown

March 23, 2011 | Terry Howell

UPDATE: I recently spoke to a congressional staff member who confirmed that military retirees and veterans receiving monthly GI Bill or comp and pen payments are already protected from the affects … [Read more...]

Some Vets Get Chance at Medical Retirement

March 19, 2011 | Terry Howell

Roughly 70,000 veterans who were given a medical separation between September 11, 2001 and December 31, 2009 have the chance to have their separations reviewed and possibly upgraded to a medical … [Read more...]

Loophole Impacts Reserve Early Retirement

March 11, 2011 | Terry Howell

Call it a glitch or a loophole; either way Pentagon lawyers have interpreted a technicality in the 2008 National Defense Authorization Act in a way that will make it harder for Guard and Reserve … [Read more...]

Good-Bye Interval Pay, We Will Miss You

March 11, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

Many veterans using educational benefits recently received a notice from the Department of Veterans Affairs stating Interval Pay will cease August 1, 2011. And, there is a fair amount of confusion … [Read more...]

Supreme Court Ensures Fair VA Appeals Process

March 05, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

Prior to a recent Supreme Court decision, disabled veterans’ appeals were usually not considered after the 120-day filing deadline passed. In Henderson v. Shinseki, decided March 2, 2011, the … [Read more...]

Proven Tips #4: Beat Denials & Lowball Ratings

February 19, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

Here’s a recap of where we’re at with this process. I’ve written about the disability claim process up through the VA appointment with an evaluator and supplying evidence to the VA about your … [Read more...]

Proven Tips #3: Ace a VA Disability Exam

February 12, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

Here’s a continuance of my own little story for service connection for the following: Sleep Apnea secondary to Sinusitis and Allergic Rhinitis. I was denied for these conditions right after my … [Read more...]

Bachmann Backs Off Plan to Cut VA Budget

February 06, 2011 | Terry Howell

Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) recently announced her plans to rein in federal spending, in part by cutting $4.5 billion from the Department of Veterans Affairs - specifically disabled veteran … [Read more...]

Proven Tips #2: Evidence, Nexus Letters and VSO’s

February 01, 2011 | Benjamin Krause

Your VA Application for Disability Compensation: Part 2 of 4 To catch up from the last writing, you just finished researching the ins and outs of your hypothetical disability: sinusitis. After … [Read more...]