How To Approach A Mental C&P Exam

Any veteran seeking service connection for a mental health condition will have to complete a Compensation and Pension (C&P) exam before the VA will decide his or her claim. The most important thing to remember with these exams is that the VA contracts out its examiners, meaning it uses physicians from...

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What Is Speech Discrimination?

When veterans apply for service connection for hearing loss, the VA will send them to a state-licensed audiologist to get their hearing evaluated. This exam will include a puretone audiometry test and a controlled speech discrimination test. A pure tone audiometry test measures the least audible sound that a person can...

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A Guide To VA Contract Companies For Mental C&P Exams

For veterans seeking to gain service connection for their disability with the VA disability compensation system, many will need to undergo a Compensation and Pension (C&P) exam. The VA uses these exams to evaluate the veteran’s impairment to determine (1) if the veteran’s condition is service connected and (2) the severity...

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Marginal Employment – Working With A TDIU Rating

Veterans who are unable to follow a substantially gainful occupation due to their service connected conditions are eligible to receive a total disability based on individual unemployability (TDIU) rating. The inability to secure or follow a substantially gainful occupation (SGO), as defined under 38 CFR 4.16(b), depends on economic and...

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Understanding The AMA System

What Is The Appeals Modernization Act (AMA)?

Signed into law on August 23, 2017 and effective on February 19th, 2019, the Appeals Modernization Act (AMA) put into place a new system for modernized appeals within the VA disability claims system. The biggest changes this program made to the...

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How To Prove TDIU For Migraines

The word “migraines” can encompass many different types of headache conditions within the VA schedular disability rating system. This is because under 38 CFR 4.124a, all headache conditions are rated under the same scale used for migraine headaches: 

Diagnostic Code 8100: Migraine

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