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VA Benefits in Brief. Disability Compensation. Pension. Education & Training. Health Care. Home Loan Guaranty. Burial & Memorial Benefits. Life Insurance. VA Benefits in Brief. Service Connected Disability Compensation.

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VA Benefits in Brief

Disability

Compensation

Pension

Education &

Training

Health Care

Home Loan

Guaranty

Burial & Memorial

Benefits

Life Insurance

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VA Benefits in Brief

Service Connected Disability Compensation

  • Injuries/diseases incurred in, or aggravated by, military service
  • Based on Average Impairment of Earning Capacity
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VA Benefits in Brief

Determining Degree of Disability

  • Schedule for Rating Disabilities - Statutory Authority in Title 38 USC § 1155
  • Ten Grades of Disability ranging from 10% to 100%
  • Monthly Rate of Payment for Veteran with no Dependents ranges from $117 to $2,527
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VA Benefits in Brief

Wartime service

Permanent and Total Disability or Age 65 and Older

Means-based with income

Limits set by Congress

Maximum Annual Payment Rate for a veteran with no dependents is $11,181

Non-Service Connected

Pension Program

compensation pension benefits
Compensation & Pension Benefits

2.9 Million – Receiving Compensation Benefits

  • $29.1 Billion Compensation Benefits Paid

216,957 – Receiving Pension

  • $2.8 Billion – Pension Benefits paid
the claims process
The Claims Process
  • Quick Start
  • Benefit Delivery at Discharge
  • After Discharge

Claim

Received

Evidence

Gathered

  • Process averages 147 days
  • Legal Requirements under the Veterans Claims Assistance Act
  • Process averages 14 days
  • Rating decision obligates government for compensation

Claim

Decided

  • Process averages 13 days
  • Appeal period begins with notification

Veteran

Notified

disability evaluation system des
DES Pilot was authorized by Presidential Directive,

and commenced on November 26, 2007 in the

National Capital Region

The pilot has three principal concepts:

Single disability examination based upon VA examination templates and worksheets that will be utilized by DoD in the Medical Evaluation/ Physical Evaluation Board process and by VA in the disability evaluation process

A single disability rating by VA that is binding upon both agencies

Expeditious payment of VA benefits on the first day allowed by law after a member is separated from service.

Single examination MOA signed by VA and DoD on

November 6, 2007

Disability Evaluation System (DES)
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All examinations in the National Capital Region

are performed at the VAMC Washington, DC.

To date:

Servicemembers enrolled in the pilot = 666

Servicemembers referred to VA = 585

Proposed disability ratings completed = 157

Servicemembers separated and in receipt of VA compensation benefits = 27

Average number of examinations per service member = 4

Disability Evaluation System (DES)
traumatic brain injury tbi
Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
  • Proposed Rule Published on January 3, 2008
  • Two TBI Roundtable Meetings were Held with DoD
    • Title 10 USC Requires DoD to Utilize the VASRD
    • Participants Included: VBA, VHA, OGC, and DoD
  • Final Rule in OMB
posttraumatic stress disorder ptsd
Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
  • Change in Policy regarding In-Service Diagnosis of PTSD
    • Fast Letter 08-08 issued April 7, 2008
    • Immediate Exam When PTSD Diagnosed In-Service
    • If VAE Consistent with In-Service Diagnosis, No Further Verification of Stressor Required
  • Mandatory RVSR and DRO Training for Handling PTSD Claims
    • PTSDTPSS Training Module II Consists of 33 Hours of Practical Training, which Includes the Post-test
who we serve
Who We Serve

Over 1.5 million GWOT Service Members Deployed since Hostilities began

  • More than 1.6 million Active Duty
  • More than 468,000 Guard and Reserve

919,516 GWOT Veterans Discharged thru Feb 2008

  • 484,999 Active Duty
  • 434,517 Guard and Reserve
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Who We Serve

274,840 VA Claims Decisions Completed for GWOT Veterans

  • 258,193 Veterans awarded Service Connection
  • 16,647 Veterans denied Service Connection
  • 50,528 Claims pending
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Who We Serve

Ten Most Frequent Service Connected Disabilities for GWOT Veterans

  • Tinnitus
  • Lumbosacral or Cervical Strain
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Degenerative Arthritis of the Spine
  • Limitation of Flexion of the Leg
  • Defective Hearing
  • Tenosynovitis
  • Limited Motion of the Ankle
  • Hypertensive Vascular Disease (Essential Arterial Hypertension)
  • Scars, Other
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Who We Serve

Average Combined Degree of Disability for GWOT Veterans Awarded Service Connection

0% 33,002

10% 50,770

20% 34,774

30% 33,400

40% 30,235

50% 18,144

60% 20,852

70% 13,554

80% 9,917

90% 4,401

100% 9,144