Tuesday, November 11th, 2014
Veterans who have been denied VA benefits may gain from filing appeals as education and understanding about service-related disabilities increase—including military sexual trauma and traumatic brain injury.
Veterans with service connected disabilities may benefit from appealing U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) denials and disability ratings, according to Allsup, a nationwide Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) and veterans disability appeals representation company.
VA-accredited claims agent Brett Buchanan, who assists Allsup customers, will present “What You Need to Know about Veterans Disability Appeals,” on November 20, 3-4 p.m. as part of the VetsFirst (a program of United Spinal Association) webinar series. Register for the free program at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/100000000064973142.
“It’s fitting to highlight this topic on the heels of Veterans Day,” said Buchanan. “The medical and military communities are learning more every day about the long-term effects of environmental exposures and psychological and physical traumas, such as military sexual trauma (MST). Veterans who have been denied VA benefits or received a rating they believe is too low can appeal and benefit from more experienced and informed decision makers.”
Examples of this include:
- In 2011, the VA began assigning MST-related claims to adjudicators with expertise in complex cases and required them to receive MST-specific training.
- In 2014, new regulations went into effect regarding disabilities that VA considers to be secondary to a service-connected traumatic brain injury (TBI), making some veterans eligible for additional disability benefits.
- According to the VA, veterans and service members who were exposed to burn pits may be at greater risk for health problems. The VA continues to study the health of veterans who have deployed to recent conflicts and is working on initiatives that address clinical issues and the need for long-term studies
“I’ll walk veterans through the appeal process so they know what to expect,” said Buchanan. “The more the veteran understands the process and options for assistance, the better he or she can prepare for a successful appeal.”
The webinar will include:
- Overview of VA disability programs
- Basic criteria for approval of disability benefits
- Advanced criteria for approval of the Compensation Benefit
- Application and appeal process
- Why veterans need help
Buchanan will answer questions after the presentation.
“VetsFirst is proud to partner with Allsup in helping to educate veterans about the VA’s appeals process,” said Heather Ansley, Vice President of VetsFirst. “We know that many veterans living with disabilities will benefit from this webinar.”