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The Three Elements of a Service-Connected VA Claim And the Importance of the Nexus

In order for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to award service-connection for a disability, the Veteran must establish these three elements: A current chronic physical or mental condition; An event or stressor that occurred during Active Duty service; and A link (also known as a ‘nexus’) that connects the chronic condition to the in-service …

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Student Loan Payments Pose Unique Issues for Social Security Recipients

Student loan payments can be a heavy burden for many people, but for those who rely on Social Security disability benefits to get by, the burden is especially heavy. With many returning to college at later ages for a change in career, and others co-signing on student loans for family members, there are more older …

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Increasing the Rating for a Current Service-Connected Disability

Because most injuries and illnesses change over time, the Veterans Administration allows Veterans to file for an increase in certain disability ratings.  It is important to note that the VA will not automatically adjust a Veteran’s compensation if his or her condition worsens – the Veteran has to actively file for an increase, even if …

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The Facts Behind “Reopening Claims” After a Final VA Denial

The VA minimizes large legal hurdles in a disability benefit claim by allowing Veterans to reopen closed claims after the VA has issued a final denial. Though most Veterans and veteran service organizations put the primary focus of disability benefit claims upon medical evidence, in the end VA claims are legal procedures.  They are specific …

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Two Teens Killed by a Wrong-Way Driver in North Carolina Car Accident

A teen car accident in North Carolina killed two 17-year-old girls recently. The accident happened on U.S. 64 in Nash County, just east of Spring Hope, according to ABC 11. A vehicle, carrying three teenagers, was struck by an oncoming vehicle that was heading westbound in the eastbound lanes of Highway 64. The backseat teenage …

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Alcohol-Related Car Accidents in Buncombe County Increase in 2011

The North Carolina Highway Patrol reports that it investigated more alcohol-related car accidents in Asheville and elsewhere in Buncombe County over the last year. The number of these accidents has shown a significant increase from 2010 to 2011, in spite of the statewide reduction, according to the Citizen-Times. Alcohol-related accidents in Buncombe saw an 18 …

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