Users' questions

Can VA permanent disability be taken away?

Can VA permanent disability be taken away?

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can take away your disability rating if it determines you received your rating fraudulently, or if it determines it made a “clear and unmistakable error” when issuing your rating.

How does medication affect a Veteran’s Disability Rating?

A veteran’s representative may wish to look at the medication issue from just the opposite perspective. In other words, in most cases, medication improves the veteran’s overall condition. The important question then becomes: Should the degree of the veteran’s disability rating be based upon his medicated or unmedicated service-connected condition?

What was the rating reduction for disabled veterans?

One veteran recently wrote in on our Facebook group, Disabled Veterans – Chapter 31 Voc Rehab, of their horror of a disability rating reduction. That rating reduction was from his $1,300 per month payment to $0.

How often do veterans have to pay for medication?

Copayment rates may change annually, including the annual cap on medication copayments. Veterans in Priority Group 1 do not pay for medications. Veterans in Priority Groups 2-8, are required to pay for each 30-day or less supply of medication for treatment of nonservice-connected condition (unless otherwise exempt).

What are the VA benefits for disabled veterans?

Disability compensation is a monthly tax-free benefit paid to Veterans who are at least 10% disabled because of injuries or diseases that were incurred in or aggravated during active duty or active duty for training. A disability can apply to physical conditions, such as a chronic knee condition, as well as a mental health conditions,

Can a veteran’s medication affect their disability rating?

Unless the effects of medications are specifically included in the impairment rating criteria for your condition, the VA is NOT allowed to consider whether a particular medication moderates a Veteran’s condition in determining the degree of disability. It’s that simple.

Are there any new opioid medications for veterans?

The Department of Veterans Affairs just announced a new “breakthrough” drug it may use to treat pain instead of opioid medications pending future research. The new drug, called ZH853, was developed by VA scientists out of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in collaboration with Tulane University.

When did the VA stop giving painkillers to veterans?

A 2012 DEA rule change led to a steep decline in prescriptions for addictive painkillers at VA hospitals and clinics, while the number of veterans seeking treatment for chronic pain has steadily increased since the start of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq.

When does VA health care benefit expire for veterans?

Care received that is potentially related to combat service of Veterans who served in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998. This benefit is effective for five years after the date of the Veteran’s most recent discharge from active duty. VA offers a wide range of services to support Veterans, including financial assistance options.