VETERANS QUESTIONS AND CONCERNS
Can the VA take away your disability rating?
Basically, if you have had a VA service-connected disability rating for 5 years or more, the VA must prove your condition has improved on a sustained basis before they can reduce or terminate your disability rating. After 10 years, the VA can only reduce your rating; they cannot terminate it (absent proof of fraud)
Can they take away my VA disability?
10-year rule: A service-connected disability rating cannot be terminated if it has been in effect for 10 years. Compensation can be reduced if evidence exists that the condition has improved. The sole exception is if the VA can prove fraud, in which case the VA can terminate the benefits. PR 1, 2014
What is a VA QTC exam?
Examination reports completed by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)examination facilities are located in the Compensation and Pension Record Interchange (CAPRI). These are automatically uploaded into Veterans Business Management System (VBMS). ... For Quality, Timeliness, Customer (QTC) service, go to QTC Exam Track
How long does it take to get a decision after C&P exam?
After your VA claim exam. We'll review all the evidence in your file, assign your disability rating, and send you a decision notice (a letter letting you know your disability rating). Each claim is different, but it usually takes us about 3 to 4 months to process a claim from start to finish.
Is my VA disability rating permanent?
Answer: If the permanent and total box is not checked on your VA rating decision letter, you can be re-evaluated and possibly have your disability rating reduced. A veteran can be rated 100% “Total” without being “Permanent & Total” (P&T). This usually happens when VA believes that a disability may improve
Can I still work with 100% VA disability?
A veteran generally can still work when receiving VA disability. However, typically in order to receive individual unemployability or a 100 percent schedule rating for certain disabilities, a veteran cannot work full time or make over a certain amount of money per year (generally anything above the poverty line).
Can you still work with 100 percent VA disability?
While can you receive both if you still work, it can be more difficult to prove you are disabled for one benefit. ... You can still work if you are receiving a 100 percent VA Disability rating. Total Disability Individual Unemployability: These benefits pay the same as a 100% VA Disability rating.
How long do VA disability benefits last?
If the veteran's disability is less than permanent and total, and the veteran has been receiving disability benefits for twenty years or more, and upon re-examination by the VA the veteran's disability rating is lowered, the amount of compensation will not drop below the original level.
Where to Start if a Military Retiree or Veteran Has Died
What to Do Afterwards
Whether you’re a spouse, a dependent who has recently lost your military veteran or you’re a retired military veteran looking to make sure all your “ducks are in a row” for your next of kin in case you pass away knowing what to do when a military veteran or retiree dies is important.
Where to Start if a Military Retiree or Veteran Has Died
First, you may need to contact the following agencies about the military member’s death:
1.The Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS)
2. Your local Casualty Assistance Office
3. Veterans Administration
4. Social Security
5. Defense Eligibility Enrollment System (DEERS)
Contact the Defense Finance and Accounting Service= 1-800-626-3317
The Defense Finance and Accounting Service is the military pay agency. You will need to make an initial verbal report of the retirees/veteran’s death immediately.
You can contact DFAS by:
Calling 1-888-332-7411 or 1-800-321-1080
Be sure to include a copy of the military member’s death certificate
Contact the Casualty Assistance Office
The casualty assistance office is in charge of taking requests as well as scheduling military funeral honors for the veteran who died. Funeral honors details will perform military rites for veterans, retirees and current service members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and Coast Guard.
The Casualty Assistance Office will require a copy of the completed DD Form 214.In addition to funeral honors, the casualty assistance office may be able to help the family cope with the loss of their veteran, understand their entitlements and apply for various benefits.
Most often, funeral directors request a local veteran organization to provide funeral honors, but if specific arrangements are requested, talk to your Casualty Assistance Office about these requests.
The Casualty Assistance Office will need the following information in order to assist you:
Full name, rank and social security number of the deceased service member
Branch of service (Army, Navy, etc.) and component (active duty, reserve or National Guard)
Date and place of death
Circumstances of death (natural causes, accident, military service injury/illness, etc.)
Name, address and phone number of the funeral home that is handling the details
Location, date and time of the memorial service at which the military honors are needed.
New VA facility coming to Chesapeake
It was announced Tuesday that a new Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will be built on the Chesapeake Regional Healthcare campus.
The proposed clinic is a two-story, state-of-the-art medical facility. It will be built near the Cypress Landing Veterans Housing and is projected to begin construction in 2022, with completion in the fall of 2024.
John Rogers with the Hampton VA Medical Center said the Chesapeake facility will also alleviate pressure on the Peninsula.
Jones & Cabacoy Veterans Care Center (Opening August 2022)
The Virginia Department of Veterans Services is building a 128-bed, 141,000 square foot facility in the Princess Anne Commons corridor focusing on veterans’ care. The center will provide skilled nursing, Alzheimer's/memory care, and short-term rehabilitation services. The City of Virginia Beach will extend Nimmo Parkway to allow access to the facility. The grand opening is expected in late 2022.