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Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits

What does VA stand for?

In the United States Government, VA is the abbreviation for Veterans Affairs. VA formally stood for Veterans Administration. Read below where Experts have defined and answered questions regarding VA Benefits and the importance of VA Benefits in the Military.

What is VA Benefits

This is a government run Military Veteran benefit program that cares and provides for thousands of retired veteran survivors and veterans family medical needs. Many of the veteran benefits can include disability compensation, pension, education, home loans, life insurance, vocational rehabilitation, survivors’ benefits, medical benefits and burial benefits.

If someone used Marijuana, will VA deny him or her benefits?

If the veteran has a license from the state to use this drug for health issues or medicinal purposes, with a heath card verifying the fact, then the VA will still continue VA benefits. However, if illegal drug use is found, the VA has every right to deny further VA Benefits.

What does total permanent disability mean to the VA office?

Permanent total disability is 100% rating and the inability to work. If the VA rates you as 100% and "unemployable" then you have permanent total disability.

Would someone qualify for a VA loan, if they were discharged with an article135-178 honorable discharge.

The individual would meet the requirements, if the individual has the minimum of two years of active duty service or, if you have an honorable discharge and 6 or more years reserve time with an honorable discharge would meet the requirements for the individual for the VA loan.

If a percentage of VA benefit disability is granted, will a person receive compensation from the date of their application, date of injury, or date of separation from active duty and will interest be paid on this amount?

Typically, the effective date of back pay for approved VA Disability pay that an applicant gets is usually the date of the claim. However, in some cases if there were previous claims that were wrongly denied or there is a special statutory authority, for example Agent Orange Vets from Vietnam, then the date might be different. But for most VA Disability claims, it is the date of the claim and interest is not usually paid.

What can someone do if they have a VA Disability Waiver Refund?

Title 26 Code of Federal Regulations, section 1.122-1, is a valid section of the law. Here is basically what the law provides: if you have a military disability you can deduct the disability compensation from retired pay income shown on form 1099-R [and filed with annual tax returns]. If someone has received a "new" decision and their percent of disability went up and it was back dated, they would need to file "amended" back taxes for up to 36 months (if it applies) to get the tax difference on the money they paid on but should not have if it had been tax free in the first place.

Many questions can arise when VA benefits come into play. People would want to make sure that they do everything expected in order to keep their VA benefits in line. At times, this results in legal questions. Experts can answer your questions in an efficient and knowledgeable manner. People can get legal insight to help them find an option that is best suited to their individual needs.

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Recent VA benefits Questions

  • I was married to a WWII vet for 29 years. We married in 1980.

    I was married to a WWII vet for 29 years. We married in 1980. We divorced in 2009 because of documentable abuse. At the time of his death he was receiving Aid And Attendance. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer's and I had him cared for in my home until unable to do so any longer. The live-in nurse quit suddenly. At the time of his death he had been a resident in Tx State Veteran's home for about 5 months. My question: Is there any way I am eligible for survivor's benefits ?
  • i am about to get med boarded out of the ms national guard.

    i am about to get med boarded out of the ms national guard. i wanted to know how long does it take for them to go thru the process. also im getting encap for almost six months and they are telling me that i will not receive no more payments until the med board is finished
  • My 21 year old son has been in Marine boot camp since Sept.

    My 21 year old son has been in Marine boot camp since Sept. 15, 2014. He loves it and the physical training is not an issue other than he keeps having medical problems and has been dropped back to the medical platoon for the 3rd time since arriving. It is now for a severe inner ear infection which prevents him from going forward. He is yet to complete the first phase of training because he cannot participate in the swim quals due to this infection. He is being sent to an off base Dr. this week to have his ear drum punctured in order to drain the fluid that is causing hearing loss, ringing in the ears, physical pain and balance issues.
    The recovery may be weeks more before he can participate. He is completely discouraged and afraid he will have permanent hearing loss. He has requested separation but they are telling him this will be considered fraudulent enlistment and will affect any further hopes he has for a military career and possibly any security clearances any other job may require in the future.
    How can this be considered fraud and why can he not get an ELS which does not characterize the separation?
    What does he need to do now and how should I advise him as I can only communicate by letters and an occasional phone call from him?
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