Court Decides Back Pay Dates
Did you know after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) determines that a veteran deserves disability benefits for an impairment connected to a disease or injury suffered during military service, the effective date of the award depends on when the veteran initiated the claim for benefits? For example, in 1996, Robert Sellers filed a standard form for disability benefits in which he listed specific physical ailments and other “disabilities occurring during active duty service.” At that time, the VA gave Sellers benefits for physical conditions, but did not evaluate him for any psychiatric conditions. In 2009, Sellers sought benefits specifically for psychiatric symptoms, which he received. His petition in (Sellers v. McDonough) concerns the effective date for those benefits – 1996 or 2009. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which has exclusive jurisdiction over the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, ruled that 2009 was the effective date because Sellers’ 1996 form did not identify any psychiatric conditions for which he sought benefits. Sellers maintains that the form is not dispositive (providing or controlling a final outcome) and that the VA in 1996 should have examined his impairments comprehensively.
Always Consult With An Accredited Agent
Did you know that survivors of veterans whose cause of death was listed as COVID-19 plus other contributing factors (service-connected conditions) should always consult an accredited Veterans Service Officer (VSO) to see if the veterans’ death might lead to a claim as a service-connected disability contributing to his/her COVID-19 death? Other contributing factors could always be a possibility.
Chemical Waste Site
Did you know Fort Ord, the former U.S. Army post on Monterey Bay in California, closed in 1994 under recommendation from the BRAC commission of 1991? Some of the land has been designated as national monument land while other areas have been considered for commercial development. At the same time, Fort Ord is one of the most complex chemical waste sites in the entire country.
Gulf War Veterans Surpass Vietnam Veterans
Did you know Gulf War-era veterans now account for the largest share of all U.S. veterans, having surpassed Vietnam-era veterans in 2016, according to the VA’s 2018 population model estimates? VA estimates for 2021 indicate there are 5.9 million American veterans who served during the Vietnam era and 7.8 million who served in the Gulf War era, which spans from August 1990 through the present.
Loan Guaranty Service Certificate of Eligibility
Did you know the Loan Guaranty Service Certificate of Eligibility is moving to VA’s eBenefits platform? Applying for the certificate is the first step in obtaining a VA-backed home loan. During the buying process, this confirms to the lender that you qualify for the VA home loan benefit.
Specially Adapted Housing Grant
Did you know the Specially Adapted Housing Grant and the “View My Documents” feature will be migrated from VBA to the eBenefits platform?
Did you know the search feature on VA’s website is moving to the eBenefits platform? Veterans will easily be able to find a veteran service organization (VSO), veteran agent or claims representative using the search features on eBenefits. Also, veterans will have the ability to appoint an attorney, claim agent, or VSO to act on their behalf in the preparation, presentation and prosecution of claims for VA benefits.