Monthly Archives: November 2012

How does the VA Determine a Percentage of Disability for Mental Disorders?

     VA Disability benefits for service-connected mental disorders are determined pursuant to a specific rating formula.  When evaluating a mental disorder, the rating agency shall consider the frequency, severity, and duration of psychiatric symptoms, the length of remissions, and the … Continue reading

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Epilepsy and Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits

     Persons may qualify for Social Security Disability or SSI benefits on the basis of epileptic seizures.  If the epilepsy is severe enough and well documented, the Social Security Administration may approve a claim without even considering ability to past work … Continue reading

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Initiating a Claim for VA Benefits

     Veterans seeking VA Benefits must start the process with a formal request or claim.  The process for veterans begins when one of the VA’s regional offices receives a claim.  The claim can formally be made on a VA form … Continue reading

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Establishing Service Connection in a VA Disability Case

    A veteran seeking VA Disability benefits has to show that her current disability has some sort of nexus or linkage between an event, injury, or disease that occurred during her period of active military service.  There are five ways of showing … Continue reading

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Can I Get Social Security Disability or SSI Benefits for Lupus?

     If you are suffering from systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), you may qualify for Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits.  SLE is a chronic inflammatory disease that can affect any organ or body system that is often accompanied by constitutional … Continue reading

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