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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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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 …
 
Veterans often experience certain medical conditions at higher rates due to events that occurred during military service. On this week’s episode of Veterans Legal Lowdown, the CCK team discusses the top 20 most common VA disability claims and how VA rates each condition. From sleep apnea and tinnitus to PTSD and anxiety, we will review it all. Tune…
 
National Guard and Reserve members who receive discharges other than dishonorable are eligible for certain VA benefits. These benefits include disability compensation, pension, home loans, health benefits, education benefits, insurance, and more. Join CCK as we discuss each benefit in detail and eligibility criteria for National Guard and Reserve m…
 
There are a number of different benefits available to surviving dependents of veterans, such as compensation, pension, health care, insurance coverage, burial allowance, and more. Join the CCK team as we break down the most common death and burial benefits, as well as how to apply and prove eligibility for each one. Tune in to catch all the importa…
 
Tune in to hear the CCK team discuss VA disability compensation for TBI and PTSD. TBI usually results from an injury to the head causing brain dysfunction, while PTSD occurs due to experiencing a distressing, shocking, or otherwise traumatic event. On this episode of Veterans Legal Lowdown, we will review how TBI and PTSD are connected, overlapping…
 
Due to the Blue Water Navy Act, thousands of Blue Water Navy veterans are newly eligible for disability benefits related to presumed Agent Orange exposure. However, a recent investigation by the VA Inspector General’s Office found that many of these claims are being incorrectly reviewed. Join the CCK team as we discuss how VA is addressing the issu…
 
Exposure to hazardous toxins and harmful environmental conditions during the Persian Gulf War caused veterans to develop numerous health conditions. Gulf War Syndrome, also known as Gulf War Illness, is a term used to characterize the wide range of symptoms and conditions resulting from the exposure. Join the CCK team as we discuss VA presumptives …
 
A 100 percent disability rating is typically reserved for veterans with extremely debilitating service-connected conditions. On this episode of Veterans Legal Lowdown, the CCK team discusses several different ways veterans can obtain a 100 percent rating. From schedular ratings and TDIU to permanent and total disability ratings, we will review it a…
 
Agent Orange was one of several herbicides used during the Vietnam War era. The highly toxic chemicals in Agent Orange often take years to break down and can cause a wide array of health effects. On today’s episode of Veterans Legal Lowdown, the CCK team discusses the effects of Agent Orange, presumptive service connection for Agent Orange, and mor…
 
Join the CCK team as we discuss everything to look out for when choosing a VA lawyer or representative. Some of these red flags include VA representatives who charge fees based on future benefits or request fees upfront. VA representatives are also not allowed to mislead you about your benefits or rights. Tune in to hear the CCK team explain all th…
 
On this episode of Veterans Legal Lowdown, the CCK team discusses disability ratings for hip pain. Hip pain, which is fairly common among veterans, can cause a variety of additional problems and complications. To be awarded VA disability compensation, hip pain must result in functional impairment or loss. Tune in as the CCK team breaks down how hip…
 
E-Benefits is a secure web portal created by VA and the Department of Defense allowing veterans, servicemembers, and their families self-service capabilities in managing VA and military benefits. On this week’s episode of Veterans Legal Lowdown, the CCK team discusses why it is important to keep eBenefits information private and how to identify red…
 
VA offers a variety of lesser-known benefits to veterans, including burial benefits, non-college degree programs and certificates, special restorative and vocational training, student loan forgiveness, Aid and Attendance, life insurance, and many more. Join the CCK team as they discuss what these benefits are and how to qualify. Be sure to tune in …
 
VA has announced that Veterans diagnosed with chronic asthma, rhinitis, and sinusitis within 10 years of a qualifying period of service in Southwest Asia and certain other areas will have their disability claims processed on a presumptive basis. Join us as we take you through the specifics of VA's new policy, how this affects Veterans exposed to bu…
 
On this episode of Veterans Legal Lowdown, the CCK team discusses Compensation and Pension (C&P) exams for mental health. In a mental health C&P exam, the examiner will evaluate how the veteran’s mental health condition affects their daily life. Tune in to learn about VA’s mental health rating formula, what a C&P examiner will ask a veteran about t…
 
Adjustment disorder occurs when a person has great difficulty coping with a particular source of stress, such as a major life change, loss, or event. Often, it involves symptoms of anxiety, such as excessive worrying, panic attacks, difficulty sleeping, and restlessness. Tune in as the CCK team discusses how to establish service connection, how VA …
 
Migraines are a form of intense headache that can last for many hours and are very common among veterans. Join the CCK team as we discuss common secondary conditions to migraines and how VA rates these conditions. From possible symptoms and causes of migraines to tips on how to file a claim for secondary service connection, we will review it all! F…
 
Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which a person’s breathing is repeatedly interrupted throughout the night. Tune in to hear the CCK team discuss VA ratings for sleep apnea and how to win a sleep apnea VA claim. From common symptoms of sleep apnea to tips on proving service connection, we will review it all. Join us to catch al…
 
On this episode of Veterans Legal Lowdown, the CCK team is diving into the topic of nexus letters. A nexus letter is a document that connects a veteran’s in-service event to their current disabling condition. Tune in as we discuss what a strong nexus letter should include, how to find a competent and qualified doctor, how much a nexus letter should…
 
PTSD is a mental health condition that can occur following a distressing, shocking, or traumatic experience. Common among veterans, PTSD often leads to secondary disabilities, including sleep apnea, migraines, depression and anxiety, high blood pressure, and more. Join the CCK team as we discuss common secondary conditions to PTSD and their VA rati…
 
On this week’s episode of Veterans Legal Lowdown, the CCK team breaks down everything to do with non-compensable VA ratings. VA assigns non-compensable ratings to veterans who have a service-connected condition but do not experience any symptoms, or to veterans who experience symptoms not severe enough to warrant a higher rating. Tune in to learn w…
 
Tune in to hear the CCK team discuss VA benefits for allergic rhinitis and chronic sinusitis. Allergic rhinitis is a response to breathing in specific allergens, while chronic sinusitis occurs when sinuses remain swollen and inflamed for three months or longer. From ways to prove service connection to possible VA ratings, we will review it all. Joi…
 
TDIU, or total disability based on individual unemployability, allows veterans who are unable to work due to their severe PTSD to receive VA compensation at the 100 percent level. Check out this week’s episode to hear the CCK team break down how to win TDIU benefits for PTSD. We will cover the requirements for schedular and extraschedular TDIU, the…
 
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