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How to Read VA Diagnostic Code

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If you have been granted service connection for a disability by the VA, you will have received a rating sheet which breaks down the different aspects of your claim. Today we are going to talk about one small, but important, part of that rating sheet – the four-digit diagnostic code assigned to your disability. This diagnostic code is important because it tells you exactly what aspects of your disability the VA took into account when it assigned you a rating. This can be useful in the future if you plan on appealing a rating decision because it tells you what the VA is looking for when it rates your particular disability.

Sleep Disorders – Are they Service Connectable?

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Sleep Disorders

 

Many Veterans experience sleep disorders that may be attributable to either their military experiences or secondary to another condition that may be service-connectable. In this blog, we will explore various types of sleep disorders and what conditions they may be linked to.

How the Appeals Process Works and Why It Can Take So Long

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Hurry up and wait.  Every current and prior service member knows this famous motto, no matter what branch they served in.  Unfortunately, this way of life does not end after separation from the military if you plan on filing a claim for disability with the VA.  Wait times for receiving an initial decision on your claim can take about a year or more, and if you need to appeal the decision, it can be multiple years before you begin receiving monetary benefits.  Knowing the details of how the appeals process works can help to alleviate some of the frustrations when it comes to the waiting game with the VA.

VA Pledges to Stop Covering Up Its Doctors' Bad Behavior

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The Veterans Affairs Department  pledged to boost its oversight and reporting of poorly performing doctors, telling lawmakers at a congressional hearing Wednesday it was already taking steps to fix the lack of accountability first identified in a watchdog investigation unveiled this week.

“My final act of service.” One Marine’s last mission

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Tony Egan

 

Editor’s Note: VA extends heartfelt and sincere condolences to the family and friends of Tony Egan. This Marine’s character of service and most importantly, his courage are beautifully captured in this tribute by Joseph Darius Jaafari, first published on Nation Swell.  We share this story in hopes that visitors to this site may continue to appreciate and honor the life of one of the finest our country has to offer. Rest in peace, Tony Egan.

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