Expanded Agent Orange Presumption for Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans

by The Bainbridge Firm, LLC | Feb 18, 2020 | Veterans

The Blue Water Navy (BWN) Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 went into effect on January 1, 2020, and extended the presumption of herbicide exposure to Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam and Cambodia, or in the Korean Demilitarized zone (DMZ)....read more >>

VA Disability Cost-of-Living Adjustment for 2020 & Updated Benefit Rate Tables

by The Bainbridge Firm, LLC | Dec 09, 2019 | Veterans

Under federal law, cost-of-living adjustments (COLA) for VA compensation and pension rates are the same percentage as for Social Security Disability benefits.  This means that just like Social Security beneficiaries, disabled veterans will see a 1.6% increase in their monthly benefits for 2020 due to the rising costs of living.  The 1.6% increase went into effect on December 1, 2019; however, veterans will not actually see a change in the amount of their disability benefits until January 2020.  The following Rate Tables show the increased benefit rate for 2020....read more >>

Veterans Disability: What is Individual Unemployability Compensation?

by The Bainbridge Firm, LLC | Nov 08, 2019 | Veterans

Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability is a unique disability benefit that allows the VA to pay qualifying veterans at the 100 percent rate, even when their total disability rating is less than 100 percent. ...read more >>

The New Claims Process for VA Appeals

by The Bainbridge Firm, LLC | Aug 06, 2019 | Veterans

Congress passed the Appeals Modernization Act (AMA) in 2017, in an effort to modernize the claim and appeals process, improve notification of VA decisions, speed up the processing of claims, and decrease the number of backlogged appeals. A pilot program for the new claims process was implemented after Congress passed the AMA and allowed veterans to opt into the new claims process before it went into effect on February 19, 2019....read more >>