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This show is to empower military veterans to raise their quality of life and keep their dignity and respect intact! It will attempt to educate and inform all U. S. veterans and their families about the benefits available to them! Danny Fleary, the host of this show, founded Veteranschanginglivesofamerica.org to help point the way to the benefits Veterans and their families deserve!
 
Veterans Legal Lowdown is a podcast created by Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick LTD, a law firm representing veterans nationwide on their VA disability claims. In each episode, our legal team breaks down a veterans law topic--from Burn Pits to Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) and VA claim hacks to the latest VA news. This is CCK On Air.
 
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Many veterans pursue 100 percent disability ratings because of the amount of compensation and additional benefits associated with it. Therefore, it is important to note that there are multiple types of 100 percent VA disability ratings. Join the CCK team as we review five types of 100 percent disability ratings. Do not miss out on this informative …
 
The length of the VA claims and appeals process can vary tremendously based on many factors. These include the number of issues for which a veteran is filing a claim, the complexity of the case, whether the veteran is in the Legacy or AMA system, and more. Join the CCK team as we review the many reasons for long VA wait times and how veterans can h…
 
Presumption of exposure means that veterans who served in certain locations at certain times do not have to provide the typical elements to establish service connection. In August 2022, the PACT Act expanded presumptions related to Agent Orange exposure to include additional locations and time periods. Join the CCK team as we review the new presump…
 
On this episode of Veterans Legal Lowdown, the CCK team is discussing the newly established VA presumptions for veterans affected by burn pits. On August 10, 2022, the PACT Act added 23 new conditions to the presumptive list for toxic and burn pit exposure. Be sure to tune in as we review the criteria for this VA presumption and how to apply for bu…
 
On this episode of Veterans Legal Lowdown, the CCK team is discussing a recent VA benefits case in which a CCK client received a huge VA back pay award. CCK ultimately reached an agreement with VA without having to file a single formal brief. Tune in to this episode to learn more about how CCK helped the Veteran receive almost 30 years’ worth of re…
 
If VA finds that a veteran’s condition has improved, and if the condition is not considered permanent, VA can reduce their disability rating. While 100 percent ratings are not automatically permanent, they can be granted permanent status in certain situations. Join the CCK team as we discuss how to determine if your 100 percent rating is permanent.…
 
Veterans can receive disability compensation for mental health conditions caused by military service. When filing for disability benefits for mental health conditions, there are some mistakes veterans commonly make. Join the CCK team as we review some of these mistakes and discuss how they can be avoided. Be sure to tune in to this informative epis…
 
Women are the fastest growing group in the veteran population, with about two million currently living in the US. In addition to the general health and wellness benefits available to all eligible veterans, VA offers a range of female-specific services and resources. Join the CCK team as we review these health services, eligibility requirements, and…
 
The VA claims and appeals process can be confusing and complicated, and veterans often receive unfavorable decisions or denials. However, there are several ways veterans can strengthen their claim. On this episode of Veterans Legal Lowdown, the CCK team is discussing six ways to improve your VA claim. Tune in to catch our discussion! For more infor…
 
If a veteran’s service-connected condition causes a separate illness or disability, this is called a secondary condition. Join the CCK team as we discuss how to increase your VA rating by filing a claim for a secondary condition. We also review types of evidence to submit with secondary claims and how VA rates secondary disabilities. Be sure to tun…
 
A claimant can appeal their case to the CAVC, a federal appellate court located in Washington, D.C, if they were unsuccessful before the Board. A claimant can also file a supplemental claim with new and relevant evidence for readjudication by VA. Join the CCK team as we discuss four reasons why veterans should appeal to the CAVC instead of taking t…
 
On August 10, 2022, the Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act was finally signed into law. This bill provides improved benefits and health care to veterans suffering from burn pit and other toxic exposures. Join the CCK team as we break down the PACT Act and discuss how it affects veterans. Be sure to tune in for this info…
 
Total disability based on individual unemployability, or TDIU, is awarded to veterans who are unable to secure or follow substantially gainful employment due to their service-connected disabilities. This benefit allows veterans to be compensated at VA’s 100 percent disability rate. Join the CCK team as we break down three ways to secure TDIU. Be su…
 
In a recent Court case, CCK helped a Veteran seek benefits under 38 U.S.C. § 1151 for an additional back disability that resulted from a back surgery performed at a VA facility. Initially, both VA and the Board of Veterans’ Appeals denied his claim. Tune in as the CCK team breaks down how we challenged the Board decision and secured benefits for ou…
 
VA compensation and pension exams are a crucial part of the disability claims process. As such, VA places significant value on the results of these exams to confirm or deny service connection and assign a disability rating. Tune in to find out how C&P exams work, why they are so important, and what to do if your exam is unfavorable. For more inform…
 
Hypertension means high blood pressure. Hypertension places people at higher risk for other health problems, including heart disease, heart attack, and stroke. Join the CCK team as we review how VA rates hypertension, how to establish secondary service connection, and common secondary conditions to hypertension. Don’t miss out on this informative e…
 
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing is repeatedly interrupted throughout the night. There are many conditions that can be caused or aggravated by sleep apnea. Join the CCK team as we discuss secondary conditions to sleep apnea and their VA disability ratings. Tune in to catch all the important details! …
 
Migraine headaches are a type of headache characterized by intense pain. They can be accompanied by nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound, lightheadedness, and blurred vision. On this episode of Veterans Legal Lowdown, the CCK team is discussing how VA rates migraine headaches, how to get TDIU, and what types of evidence are useful for V…
 
VA officially announced its intention to add nine rare respiratory cancers to its list of presumptive service-connected disabilities for veterans who served for any period of time in the Southwest Asia theater of operations. This new legislation comes as part of the COST of War Act of 2021 and is meant to address illnesses stemming from exposure to…
 
The Honoring Our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act is a piece of legislation that, if passed, will provide improved benefits and health care to veterans suffering from toxic exposure. Join the CCK team as we break down each section of the PACT Act and discuss its implications for toxic-exposed veterans. Don’t miss out on this impor…
 
As most veterans are aware, there continue to be massive delays in the processing of VA claims and appeals. Because of this immense backlog, VA can often take months or years to grant benefits. On this episode of Veterans Legal Lowdown, the CCK team discusses how VA disability attorneys can help you develop a stronger claim or appeal to get a more …
 
The process of appealing to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) can be very difficult to navigate on one’s own. For this reason, it is most often in a veteran’s best interest to hire a qualified, experienced representative. Join the CCK team as we discuss how to choose the right attorney to represent you before the CAVC. Tune in to catc…
 
On February 15, VA announced proposed changes to the Schedule for Rating Disabilities (VASRD). In particular, these changes would impact veterans seeking disability benefits for sleep apnea, tinnitus, and mental health conditions. Join the CCK team as we discuss the rating changes and how they will affect veterans’ monthly compensation. Don’t miss …
 
Compensation and pension exams are used by VA to determine if a veteran’s condition is connected to their military service, as well as to evaluate the severity of that condition. Join the CCK team as we explain how veterans can tell if their C&P exam went well and share our advice for combating an unfavorable exam. You won’t want to miss this! For …
 
Disability Benefits Questionnaires, or DBQs, are downloadable forms created for veterans’ use in the evaluation process for VA disability benefits. DBQs are intended to speed up the processing of claims and give veterans more control over the process. Join the CCK team as we discuss how DBQs work, where to find them, and other important information…
 
On this episode of Veterans Legal Lowdown, the CCK team is breaking down the recent Supreme Court case regarding VA’s understanding and application of “clear and unmistakable error.” Tune is as we review the case and discuss the question: When VA denies a veteran’s claim based on an interpretation that is later deemed invalid, is that considered “c…
 
The Board of Veterans’ Appeals is the appellate body of VA and can overrule a decision made by a VA Regional Office. Following an unfavorable Board decision, veterans have two options to appeal: submit a Supplemental Claim or appeal to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. Join the CCK team as we discuss how to appeal to the CAVC. Be sure to tu…
 
Kidney disease can impact the body’s ability to regulate blood pressure, filter waste, and can cause serious health problems. There are several types of kidney conditions, including acute kidney failure, diabetic nephropathy, chronic kidney disease, and end-stage renal failure. Join the CCK team as we discuss how VA rates each kidney condition, the…
 
A veteran’s service-connected disability is deemed “permanent” when VA is reasonably certain, based on medical evidence, that the level of impairment will continue for the rest of the veteran’s life. Join the CCK team as we discuss how to know when your VA disability rating is permanent. We also review situations in which VA can reduce a rating and…
 
Wrist injuries, such as sprains and fractures, often result in wrist pain. Veterans commonly experience wrist injuries and pain as a direct result of their military service. On this episode of Veterans Legal Lowdown, the CCK team is discussing some of the most common wrist conditions among veterans and how VA rates them. Don’t miss out on this info…
 
A compensation and pension (C&P) exam is a medical exam ordered by VA to evaluate the condition(s) a veteran is claiming for disability compensation. Join the CCK team as we discuss several important things to keep in mind before, after, and during a C&P exam. We offer tips on preparing for the exam, advice on how to accurately report symptoms, and…
 
The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, or the CAVC, is a federal court with jurisdiction over decisions made by the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. Tune in as the CCK team reviews the entire CAVC process and timeline. We also discuss how much a CAVC appeal costs, the benefits of hiring an attorney, and how to appeal an unfavorable CAVC decision. Don…
 
Permanent and Total disability, or P&T, refers to veterans whose disabilities are rated 100 percent disabling by VA and have zero or close to zero chance of improvement. Join the CCK team as we discuss how to determine eligibility for a permanent and total disability rating, when VA can reduce a P&T rating, and additional benefits available to vete…
 
The National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, is a Department of Defense policy and spending bill that passes through Congress every year. The 2022 NDAA includes several provisions that will greatly benefit veterans and servicemembers. Join the CCK team as we discuss the new NDAA provisions and what they mean for the future of VA benefits. Don’t…
 
A gynecological condition is one that affects the female reproductive organs. Women veterans who are coping with service-related gynecological conditions may qualify for VA disability benefits. Join the CCK team as we discuss how to establish service connection for gynecological conditions, compensation and pension exams, and VA disability ratings …
 
Thyroid conditions are common among veterans, especially in those who were exposed to toxic substances during military service. Join the CCK team as we review VA disability ratings and benefits for thyroid conditions. We also discuss presumptive service connection for thyroid conditions based on Agent Orange exposure and other military toxic exposu…
 
A VA award letter is issued when a decision has been made regarding a veteran’s claim for benefits. Specifically, this letter indicates a veteran’s disability rating(s) along with the corresponding amount of monthly compensation. Join the CCK team as we discuss how to read and understand your VA award letter, how to appeal an unfavorable VA decisio…
 
👉🏿Carmella George, MPA is a leading VA-Accredited Claims Agent helping veterans get the rightful benefits they deserve. Tap in on the 1st Thursday of each month at 8PM EST on all her platforms including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to get accurate, certain and straight answers and information for your pressing disability questions LIVE. 💪🏿Carmella…
 
Irritable bowel syndrome, or IBS, is a chronic gastrointestinal condition that affects the large intestine. Join the CCK team as we discuss VA disability ratings for IBS and how to establish service connection. We also review symptoms and risk factors, C&P exams, presumptions for Gulf War veterans, and MUCMIs. Be sure to tune in for this important …
 
The Veterans Health Administration provides services such as primary care, vision and hearing, dental care, mental health services, and more. Generally, to qualify, veterans must have served in the active military and be service-connected for a qualifying condition. Join the CCK team as we discuss how to enroll and the eligibility requirements and …
 
VA-accredited representatives are individuals recognized by VA as legally authorized and capable of assisting claimants in pursuit of VA benefits. The accreditation program exists to ensure that veterans and their family members receive adequate, informed representation. On this episode of Veterans Legal Lowdown, the CCK team discusses several thin…
 
Depression is a serious mental health condition that affects the way a person thinks, feels, and acts. It is one of the most common mental health issues that veterans face, and it can have long-term effects on their well-being. Join the CCK team as we discuss how to establish service connection for depression. We will also review VA disability rati…
 
👉🏿Carmella George, MPA is a leading and globally serving VA-Accredited Claims Agent helping veterans get the rightful benefits they deserve. Tap in on the 1st Thursday of each month at 8PM EST on all her platforms including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter to get accurate, certain and straight answers and information for your pressing disability quest…
 
A 100 percent disability rating, or total disability rating, is the highest percentage that can be given for service-connected compensation purposes. This rating is reserved for veterans with extremely debilitating service-connected conditions. Join the CCK team as we discuss the different ways in which a veteran can obtain a 100 percent rating. Be…
 
Depression is a serious mental health condition that affects the way a person thinks, feels, and acts. It is common for veterans suffering from service-connected depression to develop a secondary condition or conditions as a result. Join the CCK team as we discuss common VA secondary conditions to depression, how to qualify for secondary service co…
 
Caregivers play an important role in the health and well-being of veterans. The Caregiver Program, or Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers, was established to provide benefits to caregivers of post-9/11 disabled veterans. Join the CCK team as we discuss these benefits, eligibility for the Caregiver Program, how to apply, and tips for gett…
 
Ankle injuries, which are fairly common among veterans, can lead to the development of other issues, such as with the feet or knees. On this episode of Veterans Legal Lowdown, the CCK team discusses several ankle conditions commonly experienced by veterans. We will also explain how to get service connection, how VA rates each ankle condition, and m…
 
Carmella George, VA Accredited Claims Agent www.veterandisabilityclaims.com www.carmellageorge.com www.vetsdisabilityclaims.com www.vaclaimsagent.com FB Group: www.facebook.com/groups/vetsdisabilityclaims Everything VA Disability Claims & Benefits.Av Carmella George
 
Veterans experience a range of back disabilities related to their military service. The most common ones include lumbosacral or cervical strains, degenerative disc disease, degenerative arthritis of the spine, and intervertebral disc syndrome. Join the CCK team as we discuss how VA rates back pain for disability compensation purposes. We will also …
 
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