10 Most Common VA Disabilities for Veterans and Their Ratings | CCK Law (2022)

10 Most Common VA Disabilities for Veterans and Their Ratings | CCK Law (1)

Veterans often experience certain medical conditions at higher rates than their civilian counterparts as a result of events that occurred during military service. Due to the physical intensity required by military service, many veterans face musculoskeletal conditions—in fact, conditions of the musculoskeletal system are the most common types of disabilities veterans face. Other common disabilities include those of the auditory system, likely caused by factors such as gunfire, and mental health disorders caused by the potential stressors military service can bring.

According to VA’s Annual BenefitsReportfor Fiscal Year 2019, there are approximately 5.2 million disabled veterans with over 25 million disabilities, averaging about 5 disabilities per veteran. Here are the most common disabilitiesamong the veteran population:

1. Most Common VA Disability: Tinnitus

Generally speaking, tinnitus refers to the perception of noise or ringing in the ears. Most often, tinnitus is a symptom of an underlying condition, such as hearing loss, ear injury, or a circulatory system disorder. The most common symptoms of tinnitus may include phantom noises in the ears such as: ringing, buzzing, roaring, clicking, hissing, and humming. According to VA’s 2019 report, tinnitus is the most commonly claimed condition among veterans with 183,145 compensation recipients.

As mentioned previously, service members are consistently exposed to loud noises from gunfire, machinery, armored vehicles, and aircraft, as well as other combat-related noises. In addition, many veterans cope withtraumatic brain injuries (TBIs)stemming from traumatic injuries or exposure to improvised explosive devices (IEDs). As a result, tinnitus is a common condition from which veterans suffer.

Importantly, veterans do not need a specific diagnosis of tinnitus to be granted service connection. Instead, veterans can provide a subjective report of their symptomatology and that is enough to show that you meet the rating criteria. From there, VA will decide if your tinnitus is related to your service.

After service connection for tinnitus is established, VA will award a disability rating based on the severity of your condition. VA rates tinnitus under 38 CFR § 4.87, Schedule of Ratings – Ear, Diagnostic Code 6260. The highest schedular rating for tinnitus is 10 percent and it is very rare that veterans will receive higher than that on an extraschedular basis. According to VA, 93.6 percent of all veterans are rated at 10 percent for tinnitus. Importantly, this singular 10 percent disability rating takes both ears into account.

2. Second Most Common VA Disability: Bilateral Hearing Loss

Bilateral hearing loss involves muffling of speech and other sounds, difficulty understanding words, trouble hearing consonants, frequently asking others to speak more slowly, clearly, and loudly, withdrawal from conversations, and avoidance of some social settings.

Bilateral hearing loss affects veterans in many different areas of service. While hearing loss is most often thought of as being associated with combat, it can also be due to other causes. For example, if a veteran’s military occupational specialty (MOS) involved working around aircraft all day, they would likely be exposed to loud engine noises. As a result, they might be at a heightened risk of experiencing hearing loss later in life.

TheDuty Military Occupational Specialty (MOS) Noise Exposure Listinghas been reviewed and endorsed by each branch of service. Based on the veteran’s records, VA adjudicators should review each duty MOS or duty assignment documented on theDuty MOS Noise Exposure Listingto determine the probability of exposure to hazardous noise. If the duty position is shown to have “Highly Probable” or “Moderate” hazardous noise exposure, such exposure should be conceded as an in-service event for service connection purposes.

After service connection is established, VA will assign a disability rating for bilateral hearing loss based on severity. The rating is primarily based on two auditory tests:

  • Speech discrimination – assess how well an individual understands words / what someone else is saying
  • Pure tone threshold – indicates the softest sound audible to an individual at least 50 percent of the time

Such tests are important because VA has specific criteria that a veteran’s hearing loss must meet in order to be considered a disability for compensation purposes. Simply having a doctor say that you suffer from hearing loss does not necessarily mean it is severe enough for VA criteria. Instead, it must rise to a certain level to be considered a disability that VA will grant service connection for. Most often, veterans are assigned a 10 percent disability rating for their service-connected hearing loss, though it is possible to obtain a 100 percent rating for hearing loss.

Specifically, VA’s 2019 report shows that 93.6 percent of veterans who are service-connected for hearing loss are rated between 0 and 10 percent.

3. Third Most Common VA Disability: Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a mental health condition that results from experiencing a distressing, shocking, or otherwise traumatic event. Nearly 1.7 million veterans are service-connected for mental health conditions, of which 1 million are service-connected for PTSD specifically. To be granted service connection for PTSD, veterans must demonstrate the following:

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  • A current diagnosis of PTSD
  • An in-service event (known as a stressor)
  • A nexus opinion linking the current diagnosis of PTSD and the in-service event

In addition to the typical elements of service connection, veterans must verify a stressor, or the in-service event that they believe caused theirPTSD. The stressor must be corroborated in order to show that it happened. To do so, veterans can provide lay statements detailing the in-service event.

Importantly, stressors do not have to be related to combat. Instead, veterans can get service-connected for PTSD as a result of non-combat-related events (e.g., military sexual trauma).

Additionally, veterans should file a claim for PTSD even if they do not yet have a diagnosis. VA may find that they have another mental health condition that warrants a diagnosis and subsequently service connection. It is also possible that veterans may be diagnosed with multiple mental health conditions (e.g., anxiety, depression, and PTSD).

However, veterans will only receive one combined rating that accounts for their full level of impairment. All mental health conditions are rated under 38 CFR § 4.130, on a scale from 0 to 100 percent. Veterans are most commonly assigned a 70 percent rating for PTSD. As of 2019, approximately 91 percent of veterans were rated at 30 percent or higher for mental health conditions, such as PTSD, while about 42 percent of veterans were rated at 70 percent or higher.

Nonetheless, it is important to note that the structure of the rating schedule allows veterans room to show they meet a higher rating. Lay testimony, medical evidence, and expert opinions are all valuable types of evidence that can be used to support an increased rating.

Vietnam-era veterans have the highest percentage of service-connected PTSD, while Persian Gulf War veterans are a close second. Although these groups have higher percentages, they are not the only ones who can be awarded service connection. Rather, veterans serving in any period or era can also be granted VA disability benefits for PTSD.

4. Fourth Most Common VA Disability: Scars

Veterans can receive service connection for scars that result from their time in military service, or from service-connected conditions that required surgery. When considering scars, it is common to think of gunshot and/or combat wounds as the cause. However, it is often more common to see scars as secondary to surgeries, as mentioned above. Veterans with service-connected orthopedic conditions may undergo surgery that results in a scar.

About 1 million veterans are service connected for scars, making it one of the most common service-connected disabilities. VA disability ratings for scars, however, are usually fairly low as the criteria to get above a 0 percent rating is very difficult. About 76.6 percent of veterans are rated at 0 percent for skin conditions, while 18.1 percent of veterans have a 10 percent disability rating forskin conditions.

To qualify for the 10 percent rating, veterans must have more than one or two scars that are painful or unstable (i.e., losing the skin covering the scar). This tends to be uncommon. VA does not rate scars based on where they are located, but the percentage of the body that is covered by the scars. Overall, scars affect nearly 10 percent of all veterans.

When providing evidence for service connection or increased rating claims for scars, it may be helpful to include clear, in-color photographs. Providing both the VA examiners and adjudicators detailed evidence of your scars may influence the final rating.

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5. Fifth Most Common VA Disability: Limitation of Flexion of the Knee

Knee conditions are very common amongst veterans. Limitation of flexion of the knee is just one type of knee condition that can receive service-connected compensation. Specifically, limitation of flexion of the knee refers to the range of motion of the knee as the veteran moves it or curls it inward towards the body.

Generally speaking, VA rates this condition based on the range of motion that exists as the veteran moves their knee in that direction. The rating criteria is as follows:

  • 50% – extension limited to 45 degrees
  • 40% – extension limited to 30 degrees
  • 30% – extension limited to 20 degrees
  • 20% – extension limited to 15 degrees
  • 10% – extension limited to 10 degrees
  • 0% – extension limited to 5 degrees

Limitation of flexion of the knee is rated as a musculoskeletal condition. VA’s 2019 report determined that almost 1.2 million veterans are service connected for this condition.

The most common rating VA assigns for limitation of flexion of the knee is 10 percent. This low evaluation speaks to how VA rates knee conditions. Namely, there are strict rating criteria and specifications veterans must meet to have their knee conditions rated at certain levels. It is not just about how painful it is or how much it hurts. Instead, VA will measure the exact range of motion and assign a rating based largely on these findings.

Within VA’s regulations, veterans should be afforded a 10 percent rating even if they do not necessarily meet the specific diagnostic code criteria for limited range of motion but can otherwise show they have painful motion. However, VA often makes mistakes when it comes to this.

VA should pay attention to other indicators of functional loss such as weakness, interference with sitting and standing, pain on motion, and fatigability. This does not always occur and, as a result, veterans sometimes receive lower VA disability ratings than they deserve. While knee conditions affect all eras of veterans, Gulf War veterans were found to be most affected.

6. Sixth Most Common VA Disability: Lumbar and Cervical Strains

Unfortunately, back conditions are quite common among Veterans. VA rates back conditions, such as lumbar and cervical strains, under 38 CFR § 4.71a, Schedule of Ratings, Musculoskeletal System, and the criteria is based largely on a veteran’s range of motion. Generally speaking, veterans will attend a exam and the examiner will measure how far they can bend forwards, backwards, and side to side, using a goniometer. VA will determine the severity of a veteran’s back condition based on the range of motion measurements provided by the examiner.

However, the C&P examiner should also take into account the functional loss caused by the veteran’s back condition, as evidenced by pain during motion. For example, a veteran might be able to bend forward 85 degrees but starts to experience pain at 55 degrees. In this case, the veteran should receive a disability rating that is consistent with both the range of motion measurementsandthe functional limitations caused by their back pain.

In addition to range of motion measurements and functional loss, VA examiners should also address the presence of flare-ups. If veterans experience flare-ups of back pain, they may be eligible for a higher disability rating. For example, a veteran is granted service connection for a back condition and receives a 10 percent disability rating. On most days, the veteran is unable to bend forward more than 60 degrees. However, when experiencing a flare-up, the veteran is unable to bend forward more than 30 degrees. Therefore, during the flare-up the veteran’s back condition becomes more than 10 percent disabling. As such, VA should assign a disability rating in accordance with this additional loss.

In a 2017 Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims case,Sharp v. Shulkin, the Court decided that examiners must offer an opinion on how the veteran could be functionally limited during a flare-up, even if the examination is not being performed during a flare-up. If an examiner fails to do so, then the examination is inadequate for VA rating purposes and a new examination may be warranted. If the examiner is unable to provide an opinion, they must prove they have considered all available evidence before arriving at that conclusion.

Overall, VA’s consideration of functional loss and flare-ups account for how a veteran’s back condition impacts their daily life, making up for the otherwise very mechanical application of the rating schedule. Based on the data from the 2019 report, roughly 1 million veterans are service connected for a lumbosacral or cervical strain.

Once again, Gulf War veterans are most affected by lumbar and cervical strains. Gulf War veterans are on the list a lot in terms of which era is affected the most by these commonly experienced conditions. This could be due to how long the Gulf war spans and consequently, the large number of veterans within this group. Other factors such as physical training, heavy gear, and lack of proper shoes in service.

7. Seventh Most Common VA Disability: Paralysis of the Sciatic Nerve

Sciatica is a nerve condition in which pain radiates along the path of the sciatic nerve, traveling from the lower back down through the legs. It most often occurs when the sciatic nerve is compressed or pinched, usually by a herniated disk in the spine or an overgrowth of the bone on the vertebrae. Typically, sciatica affects only one side of the body. Common symptoms include numbness, tingling, burning sensation, and muscle weakness.

Paralysis of the sciatic nerve is very common amongst veterans primarily because it is linked to back and neck issues. When rating back and neck conditions, VA is required to rate any neurological residuals. Therefore, paralysis of the sciatic nerve is often granted without veterans needing to file additional claims.

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This condition involves a reduction in movement and feeling of certain limbs. Nerve issues, such as sciatica, are rated in three different categories based on the degree of severity of symptoms:

  • Paralysis(the most severe category)
  • Neuritis
  • Neuralgia

Technically, the term “sciatica” usually refers to neuralgia (i.e., sharp pain due to an irritated or damaged nerve) of the sciatic nerve. Therefore, neuralgia is generally the most common category that veterans fall into; however, it is possible that a veteran’s sciatica may present symptomatology consistent with a higher level of severity. Each of the three categories of nerve conditions mentioned above also have sub-categories for mild, moderate, or severe symptoms, creating many different possible ratings for a condition that affects a nerve.

VA rates sciatica under 38 CFR § 4.124a, Schedule of ratings – neurological conditions and convulsive disorders. For paralysis of the sciatic nerve, the rating criteria is as follows:

  • 80%– complete paralysis in which all the muscles of the leg below the knee fail to work, causing serious difficulty in bending the knee
  • 60%– incomplete but severe paralysis marked by muscular atrophy, poor blood circulation, and limited functionality of the affected body part
  • 40%– incomplete but moderately severe paralysis
  • 20%– incomplete but moderate paralysis
  • 10%– incomplete but mild paralysis

The data from the 2019 report indicates that nearly 900,000 veterans are service connected for paralysis of the sciatic nerve. The condition is rated under the neurological system. Of the veterans with service-connected disabilities affecting the neurological system, only about 5 percent of veterans are rated at the 50 percent rating level or higher.

The criteria for paralysis of the sciatic nerve is very vague and open-ended, and the terms used are not clearly defined. As a result, veterans do not know what is required for a higher rating.

Lay evidence may be helpful in demonstrating that a sciatic nerve condition is more severe than the disability evaluation reflects. Vietnam veterans are most affected by paralysis of the sciatic nerve, which may be related to their Agent Orange exposure. Many Vietnam veterans havediabetesand peripheral neuropathy, which also involves paralysis and nerve problems. As such, paralysis of the sciatic nerve tends to be a related residual.

8. Eighth Most Common VA Disability: Limitation of Motion of the Ankle

Limitation of motion of the ankle is common amongst veterans. This condition usually develops following an ankle sprain that has not adequately healed or was not rehabilitated completely. An unhealed ankle sprain increases the likelihood of another ankle sprain occurring in the future. Repeated ankle sprains often cause and perpetuate ankle instability and limited motion. Additional sprains lead to further weakening, or stretching, of the ligaments thereby producing greater limitations.

Many veterans suffer from limitation of motion of the ankle due to the physical demands of military training and service. Specifically, veterans engage in fitness-related activities and jobs that required physical exertion while serving. Such activities and jobs may have resulted in ankle sprains and injuries throughout service, thereby leading to issues later on.

In addition, a veteran may have been involved in an accident resulting in a traumatic injury to their ankle. For example, veterans involved in parachuting accidents often report ankle injuries later in life.

When rating limitation of motion of the ankle, VA primarily looks to diagnostic code 5271. Similar to the other orthopedic conditions mentioned above, the rating criteria deals with the range of motion of the ankle. VA then rates the condition based on the limitations to the range of motion.

Veterans usually receive either a 10 or 20 percent disability rating for limitation of motion of the ankle. A 10 percent rating consists of moderate symptomology while a 20 percent rating consists of marked conditions. There are no definitions as to what these criteria mean either, which results in an absence of analysis or rationale in deciding which evaluation is appropriate. This ambiguity gives veterans an opportunity to appeal and argue for an increased rating.

As of 2019, 700,000 veterans are service connected for limitation of motion of the ankle.

9. Ninth Most Common VA Disability: Migraines

Migraines, the ninth most common VA disability, are recurring, intense, and frequent headaches that can be completely debilitating. Often they cause people to lock themselves in a room with complete darkness and no sound. Furthermore, they prevent people from working and going about their day-to-day activities. Service-connected migraines are rated under diagnostic code 8100 based on the frequency, severity, duration, and impact on daily life. All these factors are outlined in the rating criteria and incorporated into how VA evaluates the veteran’s migraine condition.

In addition to direct service connection, veterans may also receive service connection for their migraines on a secondary basis. Namely, if the veteran has a separate service-connected condition that then causes or aggravates their migraine condition, secondary service connection may be warranted. For example, a veteran’s orthopedic condition (e.g., neck strain) is so painful that over time it leads to intense migraine headaches. Here, the veteran may be able to link their migraine headaches to their service-connected orthopedic condition in order to receive VA disability benefits. Another common example involves migraine headaches resulting from service-connected traumatic brain injury (TBI).

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Service-connected migraines are rated under diagnostic code 8100 based on the frequency, severity, duration, and impact on daily life. The rating criteria are as follows:

  • 50% –with very frequent completely prostrating and prolonged attacks productive of severe economic inadaptability
  • 30% –with characteristic prostrating attacks occurring on average once a month over last several months
  • 10% –with characteristic prostrating attacks averaging one in two months over last several months
  • 0%-with less frequent attacks

Generally speaking, the word “prostrating” means that the veteran’s migraine headaches are so severe and debilitating that they are required to lay down for an extended period of time due to complete exhaustion and physical weakness. Typically, prostrating migraines also require veterans to stop all activity and possibly take medication or seek medical attention. According to VA’s 2019 report, 600,000 veterans are service connected for migraines.

10. Tenth Most Common VA Disability: Limitation of Motion of the Arm

As of 2019, the tenth most common VA disability is limitation of motion of the arm. This condition replaced degenerative arthritis of the spine as the final spot on the list from last year. Limitation of motion of the arm is much like the limitation of motion of the ankle, as described above.

Typically, this condition results when an injury in the arm or shoulder has not healed fully or not been rehabilitated adequately. Like ankle injuries, an unhealed shoulder or arm injury can increase the likelihood of an injury occurring again. Repeated injuries can further increase instability in the shoulder or arm and limit the range of motion.

Injuries to the shoulder or arm which affect the range of motion of the arm can occur commonly during military training and service. Lifting heavy objects, transporting heavy supplies, or other forms of physical training can strain the muscles in the arm or shoulder and cause injury. Additionally, wounds that become infected can create scar tissue in the muscles and affect range of motion. Injuries to the arm or shoulder from a fall, forceful impact, or accident, are also common in veterans.

Diagnostic Code 5201 is used to rate limitation of the arm. To issue a rating, VA will take into consideration whether the veteran’s dominant or non-dominant arm is affected and how severely it is limited. Below are the criteria for each rating percentage based on how much the veteran’s range of motion in the arm is limited.

Diagnostic Code 5201 – Arm, limitation of motion of:

  • 40/30%– to 25 degrees from side
  • 30/20%– midway between side and shoulder level
  • 20/20%– at shoulder level

As of the 2019 Annual Report, around half a million veterans were service connected for limitation of motion of the arm.

Honorable Mention: Degenerative Arthritis of the Spine

Degenerative arthritis of the spine is also a common disability and was included in this list in years past. There are two main types of arthritis of the back: degenerative arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Degenerative arthritis occurs when cartilage between joints erodes over time resulting in joint stiffness, limited mobility, and pain. This type of arthritis usually takes place in weight-bearing joints (e.g., back, hips, knees). Arthritis of the spine is a breakdown of the cartilage of the joints and discs in the neck and back.

Degenerative arthritis of the spine is the final common condition for which veterans receive VA disability benefits. The American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons states that degenerative arthritis of the spine is the primary reason for disability discharge among service members.

Over 395,000 veterans are currently receiving disability benefits for degenerative arthritis of the spine. The rating criteria is based on the joint involved and whether it is major or minor. However, veterans are often not rated under the arthritis diagnostic code as it usually results in such a low rating. If veterans also have limited range of motion or incapacitating episodes, it could result in a higher rating.

VA should acknowledge both diagnostic codes involved (i.e. arthritis and limitation of motion). Veterans are sometimes confused as to why VA is not rating them under the arthritis diagnostic code. Ultimately, it is because has to defer to the rating code that gives veterans the most compensation.

Achieving Service Connection for VA Disability Benefits

In order to be awarded service connection for a VA disability benefits claim, the veteran will need to submit three things to the VA:

  • A current medical diagnosis;
  • An in-service event, injury, or illness which caused or worsened the veteran’s condition; and
  • A medical nexus that links the veteran’s condition to the in-service event, injury, or illness.

Veterans who wish to file a claim for VA benefits may use VA Form 21-526EZ. The form has sections for the veteran to provide information regarding their identity, condition, and military service.

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FAQs

What is the easiest VA disability to claim? ›

The #1 Easiest VA Disability to Claim: Tinnitus

Tinnitus can only have one VA rating. It is either 10% or nothing. There is no lower VA rating and there is no higher VA rating. Therefore, we call it a “low-value” claim, because it is always rated at 10%, and 10% only, with no exceptions.

What is the VA disability rating for high blood pressure? ›

According to the VA guidelines, you may receive a disability rating of 10% to 60% for hypertension: 10% rating–When your diastolic pressure is 100 to 109, or your systolic pressure is 160 to 199. 20% rating–If your diastolic pressure is 110 to 119, or your systolic pressure is 200 or higher.

Is High Cholesterol a VA disability? ›

Hypercholesterolemia or elevated serum (blood) cholesterol is not a disability for which VA compensation benefits are payable. Diagnoses of hyperlipidemia, elevated triglycerides, and elevated cholesterol are laboratory results and are not, in and of themselves, disabilities.

What are the most common service connected disabilities? ›

List of the Top 10 Most Common VA Claims
  • #1 Tinnitus.
  • #2 Hearing Loss.
  • #3 Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
  • #4 Scars, General.
  • #5 Limitation of Flexion, Knee.
  • #6 Lumbosacral or Cervical Strain.
  • #7 Paralysis of the Sciatic Nerve.
  • #8 Limitation of Range of Motion of the Ankle.

What medical conditions qualify for VA disability? ›

You may be able to get VA disability benefits for conditions such as:
  • Chronic (long-lasting) back pain resulting in a current diagnosed back disability.
  • Breathing problems resulting from a current lung condition or lung disease.
  • Severe hearing loss.
  • Scar tissue.
  • Loss of range of motion (problems moving your body)
  • Ulcers.
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What is the VA 10 year rule? ›

The VA disability 10-year rule states that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) cannot eliminate a disability rating that has been in place for at least 10 years unless there is evidence of fraud. This 10-year period is calculated from the effective date of VA's original grant for service connection.

What is the average VA disability rating for back pain? ›

What is the average VA disability rating for back pain? VA disability ratings for back pain can range from 10% to 100%, depending on the severity of the pain, the range of motion the veteran is left with, and the frequency of the pain.

Is sleep apnea a VA disability? ›

How Does the VA Evaluate Sleep Apnea? The VA evaluates sleep apnea under 38 C.F.R. § 4.97-13, Code 6847 as Sleep Apnea Syndromes (obstructive, central, mixed). The lowest possible rating, 0 percent, does not qualify you for any monthly compensation, but it makes you eligible for other benefits, such as healthcare.

What is the VA rating for insomnia? ›

38 C.F.R. § 4.130. The Veteran's service-connected insomnia is currently rated noncompensable prior to July 9, 2012 and as 10 percent disabling from July 9, 2012.

Can I claim sleep apnea secondary to hypertension? ›

In this case, if a veteran is already service-connected for obstructive sleep apnea and later develops hypertension because of their obstructive sleep apnea, they can file a claim for hypertension secondary to obstructive sleep apnea.

What is the VA rating for diabetes? ›

The VA rates Type 2 diabetes on this same scale. It will rate your diabetes as 10 percent disabling if you can manage it with diet alone. You will receive a 100 percent disability rating if you require insulin more than once a day. You can also receive ratings of 20, 40, or 60 percent.

Is vitamin D deficiency a VA disability? ›

2. The finding of a vitamin D deficiency, or less than the normal amount of vitamin D, is a laboratory finding which, by itself, does not constitute a recognized disability for purposes of entitlement to VA benefits.

What is the VA rating for knee pain? ›

The VA's painful motion rule entitles a veteran to a 10% rating even if they don't meet the specific diagnostic criteria as long as there is proof that they are experiencing painful motion when the knee is moved.

Is congestive heart failure a VA disability? ›

A 100 percent disability rating is warranted where the evidence reveals chronic congestive heart failure, or a workload of 3 METs or less results in dyspnea, fatigue, angina, dizziness, or syncope, or there is left ventricular dysfunction with an ejection fraction of less than 30 percent.

What VA disabilities are secondary to tinnitus? ›

Tinnitus is one of the most commonly claims conditions by veterans, and it can lead those affected to develop secondary conditions such as sleep disorders, anxiety, and migraines.

What is 10 VA disability? ›

VA disability compensation (pay) is a tax-free benefit paid to Veterans with injuries or illnesses obtained during or made worse by active duty.
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VA Compensation Rates: 10% - 20%
PercentagePayment
10% Disability Rating$152.64
20% Disability Rating$301.74

Is Sciatica a VA disability? ›

Neuritis and Sciatica

This could entitle a veteran to a 60 percent disability rating while symptoms of moderately severe or mild sciatic neuritis (sciatica pain) can be given ratings of 40, 20, or 10 percent based on the quality of the disability application.

Is arthritis a VA disability? ›

The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) grants VA disability to those who have arthritis, yet the degree of benefits varies depending on the type and intensity of the arthritis. If you experience arthritis due to your time in the service, you may be eligible to make an arthritis claim and be awarded compensation.

What VA disabilities are presumptive? ›

VA presumes that specific disabilities diagnosed in certain veterans were caused by their military service.
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These presumptive symptoms include:
  • Cardiovascular symptoms.
  • Fatigue.
  • Headaches.
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms.
  • Joint pain.
  • Menstrual disorders.
  • Muscle pain.
  • Neurological or neuropsychological symptoms.
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What is the VA 55 year rule? ›

THE 55 YEARS OLD RULE - Applies to veterans over the age of 55. Specifically, it states that if you are 55 years old, then federal guidelines dictate that you should be exempt from reexamination, except in rare circumstances or by regulation.

What is the VA 8 year rule? ›

If you are rated as totally disabled as a result of a service-connected disability for at least eight continuous years preceding death, your spouse is entitled to an additional $246. An additional $286 is payable for each dependent child.

How many times can the VA reevaluate ratings? ›

How Often Does VA Reevaluate Ratings? VA usually reevaluates veterans' service-connected disabilities on two occasions: Six months after leaving military service; and. Between two and five years from the date of the decision to grant VA disability benefits.

What happens to my VA disability when I turn 65? ›

Even after veterans reach full retirement age, VA's disability payments continue at the same level. By contrast, the income that people receive after they retire (from Social Security or private pensions) usually is less than their earnings from wages and salary before retirement.

What is the VA rating for neck pain? ›

Can I get VA Disability for neck muscle pain? Yes, as long as the neck pain is service-connected, you can qualify for VA Disability. It will be rated the minimum 10% unless there is limited motion that qualifies for a higher rating.

What is the VA rating for shoulder pain? ›

As long as you can prove that the shoulder pain you're experiencing is service-connected, you'll likely receive at least a 10% disability rating. One principle the VA uses to determine the rating for shoulder injuries is the “Painful Motion” principle.

What should I tell my VA for back pain? ›

Therefore, in regards to direct service connection for back pain, veterans must show evidence of the following:
  • A current diagnosis of a back condition;
  • An in-service event, injury, or illness; and.
  • A medical nexus (i.e. link) between the current, diagnosed back condition and the in-service event, injury, or illness.

How does the VA rate anxiety? ›

When it comes to mental health conditions, such as generalized anxiety disorder, the likelihood of receiving at least a 30% rating is high. Again, you just have to prove that the condition is service-related. Those who deal with minor social and occupational impairment because of their anxiety receive a 30% VA rating.

How much disability is tinnitus? ›

The standard compensation rate for tinnitus is 10%, whether it affects one or both ears. Many times, people with tinnitus also have hearing loss. Hearing loss is a separate, compensable disability that should be included as a condition on your VA claim if you have both. Tinnitus may be temporary or chronic.

Is sleep apnea still 50 disability? ›

Right now, service-connected sleep apnea is assigned a 50 percent rating if you are prescribed a CPAP machine. If you have a CPAP and you also have chronic respiratory failure or similar conditions, you can get a 100 percent rating.

Is Restless Leg syndrome a VA disability? ›

The veteran's bilateral restless leg syndrome is evaluated under Diagnostic Code 8103, which provides that a 30 percent disability rating is warranted for severe convulsive tics. A 30 percent disability rating is the maximum disability evaluation permitted under Diagnostic Code 8103.

What disabilities are secondary to sleep apnea? ›

Some of the following conditions can be secondary to sleep apnea, while others may be the primary condition to which sleep apnea is secondary.
  • Allergic Rhinitis.
  • ALS.
  • Atrial Fibrillation.
  • Back Pain.
  • Brain Infection.
  • Spinal Cord injury.
  • Cervical nerve conditions.
  • Toxic Exposure.
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What is the average VA disability rating? ›

The average combined VA disability rating for all veterans, across all demographics, is currently 10%, which equates to $140.05/month in 2019.

What percentage of VA disability claims are approved? ›

The Board of Veterans' Appeals Annual Report for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 indicated that the VA disability appeals success rate for veterans was 35.75 percent. Specifically, out of 85,288 decisions issued, 30,492 were allowed, or granted.

What is the VA 5 year rule? ›

The VA disability rating 5-year rule states that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) cannot reduce a veteran's disability rating if it has been in place for five years or more unless the condition shows sustained improvement over time. In this situation, the veteran's rating is considered a stabilized rating.

Can you claim anxiety with the VA? ›

Thankfully, the VA now recognizes service-connected conditions like anxiety, depression, and adjustment disorder. Each of these can have a profound impact on your ability to live your day-to-day life and work. Despite this, veterans are still sometimes denied the benefits they need and deserve.

Generally, VA rates this condition as a musculoskeletal condition based on the range of motion that exists as the veteran moves their knee in that direction.. VA rates PTSD under the Schedule of Ratings for Mental Disorders, 38 CFR § 4.130 , Diagnostic Code 9411, at 0, 30, 50, 70, or 100 percent .. VA rates back conditions, such as lumbar and cervical strains, under 38 CFR § 4.71a, Schedule of Ratings, Musculoskeletal System, and the criteria is based largely on a veteran’s range of motion.. VA rates sciatica under 38 CFR § 4.124a , Schedule of Ratings, Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders.. Limitation of motion in the ankle is usually rated under 38 CFR § 4.71 , Schedule of Ratings, Musculoskeletal System, Diagnostic Code 5271, at 10 or 20 percent .. Depression is rated under 38 CFR § 4.130, the General Rating Formula for Mental Health Disorders, at 0, 10, 30, 50, 70, or 100 percent depending on the level of social and occupational impairment.. If a veteran is service connected for an active cancer, VA should automatically assign a 100 percent disability rating.. VA rates veterans with flat feet under 38 CFR § 4.71a, Diagnostic Code 5276 at 0, 10, 20 30, or 50 percent .. VA uses the General Rating Formula for Mental Health Disorders under 38 CFR § 4.130 to assign a rating at 0, 10, 30, 50, 70, or 100 percent based on social and occupational impairment.

For the first time ever, VA Claims Insider has data-mined the Top 10 VA disability rates for conditions in 2022 based on the Veteran Benefits Administration (VBA) Fiscal Year (FY) 2020-2021 report to Congress regarding VA disability compensation.. While a 0% VA disability rating is still considered “service connected” with some VA benefits, the 0 percent VA rating is not eligible for monthly tax-free compensation benefits (the 0% VA rating is “non-compensable” by law).. VA Disability Rating2021 VA Disability Rates for Conditions2022 VA Disability Rates for Conditions 10%$144.14$152.6420%$284.93 $301.7430%$441.35 $467.3940%$635.77 $673.2850%$905.04 $958.4460%$1,146.39 $1,214.0370%$1,444.71 $1,529.9580%$1,679.35 $1,778.4390%$1,887.18 $1,998.52100%$3,146.42 $3,332.06 *These rates assume “Veteran Alone” for simplicity.. ⭐️ VA Disability Rates for Conditions Tip #1: “How to Get a VA Disability Increase, Take Control of YOUR claim, Get an Immediate VA Disability Rating Increase, and Have it Decided 6 Months FASTER.”. His frustration with the 8-step VA disability claims process led him to create “VA Claims Insider,” which provides U.S. military veterans with tips, strategies, and lessons learned for successfully submitting or re-submitting a winning VA disability compensation claim.

Disabled veterans can use our VA Disability Rating Calculator to instantly calculate their combined VA disability rating in a few simple steps.. For example, a 10% VA rating is worth just under $150 per month, while a 100% VA rating can be worth more than $3,000 per month.. If you have one disability, then the rating for that disability and the rating for your total disability will be one and the same.. Add that 15% onto the original 70%, and you wind up with an 85% total disability rating, which would be rounded up to a 90% combined VA disability rating.. The amount of monthly tax-free disability compensation you’ll receive depends on your overall combined VA rating, which is based on a fuzzy “VA Math” calculation.. Veterans can use our #1 rated VA disability calculator to calculate your VA rating percentage quickly, and determine your monthly payment amount, in just a few clicks.. If your disability renders you unable to maintain substantial gainful employment, you may receive the pay and benefits of a 100% VA rating—even if your combined VA rating is below 100%.. In my brand-new FREE 45-minute video training you’ll learn 3 SECRET VA Disability Claim Tips that could get you a higher VA disability rating (if deserved by law), even if you’ve already been denied…. ⭐ VA Disability Rating Calculator Tip #1: “How to Get a VA Disability Increase, Take Control of YOUR claim, Get an Immediate VA Disability Rating Increase, and Have it Decided 6 Months FASTER.”. ⭐ VA Disability Calculator Tip #2: “How to Legally, Morally, Ethically, and Medically Get a 100 Percent VA Disability Rating and Over $3,000/month, Tax-Free, for Life” (This One Is Easier Than You Might Think!)

The VA awards disability compensation for each respiratory condition that is service-connected.. When evaluating service-connected disabilities, the VA has a "Schedule of Ratings" that classifies various levels of symptoms into percentages of disability.. The VA ratings for the respiratory system are based on three main criteria:. To become eligible for disability compensation from the VA, asbestos fiber must be present in your lungs.. To become eligible for compensation from the VA, asbestos fibers must be present in your lungs.. You will be assigned a 100% disability rating if you struggle with terminal lung cancer, mesothelioma, esophageal cancer, throat cancer, gastrointestinal cancer, colorectal cancer, or bronchial cancer which is causing you extreme pain and suffering in your daily life.. When there is only one rated disability with service-connection, the veteran's combined rating is simply the rating that is assigned to their service-connected condition.. When assigning a single disability rating for co-existing respiratory conditions, the VA determine which disability is predominant, and then evaluate the overall severity of the multiple conditions under the diagnostic criteria for the predominant disability.. Cancer is rated 100% during treatment and will continue to be rating at 100% for six months after treatment ends .. The VA will then schedule a reexamination and any leftover symptoms or complications are rated separately.. Veterans who have developed respiratory conditions after exposure to asbestos during active military service may qualify for a variety of benefits available to them through the VA.

The second reason many VA disability appeals are remanded is the veteran’s disability worsened on appeal.. Forget the VA’s Duty to Assist: The VA has a duty to assist veterans with their VA disability compensation claims.. Being mean, rude, and yelling at VA employees will not improve your VA disability appeal success rate.. Taking Advice From Friends: Unless your friend is a highly skilled VA disability lawyer, you might not want to take their advice to help your VA disability appeal success rate.. For example, suppose a law firm advertised “we win 99% of VA disability claims!” The ethics rules believe that statement would lead a potential client to believe they have a 99% chance of winning their claim after hiring a VA disability compensation lawyer .. At Woods and Woods, the Veteran’s Firm, we’ve helped thousands of veterans with their VA disability applications and appeals.. You can look for a VA disability attorney near you or call us and join the thousands of veterans living off of VA disability thanks to Woods and Woods.

Use our VA disability calculator to determine your combined disability rating and annual or monthly compensation.. To calculate your disability rating, take a look at your VA disability compensation award letter and select your official rating.. Your rating percentage determines your compensation.. For example, if you have a 50% disability rating for one condition and a 60% rating for a different condition does not mean you are entitled to a 110% VA disability combined rating.. For example, a veteran rated for a 50% disability and a 30% disability, would receive a combined rating of 65%, which the VA rounds to the nearest 10, so 70%.. You can also apply via regular mail by filling out VA Form 21-526EZ, Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits.. But, veterans must already have a VA disability rating to receive other kinds of compensation, like:

That could also be DVT.. This can cause swelling and pain in your legs, or you may have no symptoms at all.. Certain medical conditions or medications can raise your risk of developing blood clots.. If both your legs are swollen, you likely have another condition, since it’s unlikely you have blood clots in both legs at the same time.. For instance, if you were born with a blood clotting disorder or if you have a family history of DVT or pulmonary embolism, this could put you at higher risk for DVT.. Your doctor may also wish to perform a blood test to determine if you have a clot and how severe it is if so.. Once you get a diagnosis of DVT, you may be eligible for VA disability compensation.. Once you get approved for VA disability compensation, you’ll receive a specific rating schedule for your condition.. You can’t ‘pyramid’ va disability ratings, but some veterans have been rated for the wrong conditions and don’t get as much as they should for the real disability they have.

Due to their work, service members and veterans are naturally more likely to develop musculoskeletal conditions than those in the general population, and one of the most common sites of development for these types of conditions are the hips.. Each of these conditions are subject to VA disability compensation if the veteran developed the condition as a result of his or her military service.. These medical records should hopefully include a doctor’s visit diagnosing the veteran with a hip condition in service, or at least a record of symptoms related to a hip issue in service, even if an official diagnosis was not given at that time.. 100 – Of the pelvis, vertebrae, or extending into major joints, or with multiple localization or with long history of intractability and debility, anemia, amyloid liver changes, or other continuous constitutional symptoms 60 – Frequent episodes, with constitutional symptoms 30 – With definite involucrum or sequestrum, with or without discharging sinus 20 – With discharging sinus or other evidence of active infection within the past 5 years 10 – Inactive, following repeated episodes, without evidence of active infection in past 5 years. 100 – With constitutional manifestations associated with active joint involvement, totally incapacitating 60 – Less than criteria for 100% but with weight loss and anemia productive of severe impairment of health or severely incapacitating exacerbations occurring 4 or more times a year or a lesser number over prolonged periods 40 – Symptom combinations productive of definite impairment of health objectively supported by examination findings or incapacitating exacerbations occurring 3 or more times a year 20 – One or two exacerbations a year in a well-established diagnosis. 90 – Following implantation of prosthesis with painful motion or weakness such as to require the use of crutches 70 – Markedly severe residual weakness, pain or limitation of motion following implantation of prosthesis 50 – Moderately severe residuals of weakness, pain or limitation of motion 30 – Minimum evaluation, total replacement only

If you are experiencing knee pain, a knee injury, or functional loss of the knee relating to your military service, you may be eligible for disability compensation based on a variety of factors.. However, obtaining knee ratings and disability compensation for knee pain can be tricky.. In this case, you will need to provide documentation that you had knee pain or a knee disability prior to your military service, as well as documentation that your military service made that knee pain worse.. The VA will rate knee pain and conditions under many different diagnostic codes, depending on the specific problem, or problems, caused by a knee condition.. Total Knee Replacements: If your knee disability becomes so severe that a total knee replacement is required you will automatically receive a temporary 100% rating for one year post surgery.. If the pain is not severe, but you have limited range of motion in your knee, your knee will be rated according to the criteria set forth for limitation of flexion and/or limitation of extension.. Partial Knee Replacements: Unlike total knee replacements, partial knee replacements do not have their own diagnostic code.. However, if you have problems with your knee dislocating or giving out because of a service-connected disability, instability of the knee can be rated in addition to other ratings for the same knee.. To break the multiple-rating system down, if you have trouble bending your knee, straightening your leg, and your knee gives out on you, then you are entitled to three separate ratings (limitation of flexion, limitation of extension, and instability of the knee).

Similar to their cases, these respiratory conditions and other illnesses are eligible for disability from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).. There are some respiratory medical conditions that have been given a presumptive service connection.. The VA has also added nine respiratory cancers to the list of presumptive conditions for veterans who were exposed to burn pit smoke in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other overseas locations.. The nine respiratory cancers are:. Here's a brief look at some of these tests and their VA ratings:. Ideally, a patient performs the tests before and after taking medication.. The performance results after medication are the ones that must be used for the VA rating unless the results prior to taking the medication are worse—and this isn’t usually the case.. After taking a full breath, the FVC indicates the maximum amount of air you can exhale.. This measurement is used to determine the ratio between both the maximum amount of exhaled air and the air blown in one second.. This test, also known as a stress test, determines how much oxygen is being used by the body when it’s performing at "maximum capacity.". When the VA rates these conditions, the agency gives one rating for each respiratory condition, and uses the rating that best reflects the patient’s general, overall condition.

What is VA disability and how much is 100 VA disability?. Veterans receive the VA disability every month.. Veterans with total disability receive the 100 VA disability, wherein “100” is 100 percent, which is the maximum VA rate/benefit.. This year, the 100 VA disability per month is around $3,200 to $3,700 depending on the veteran’s specific situation and factors like the number of spouse and child, age of a child, etc.. The rest of the article will cover more detailed information about 100 VA disability benefits and other VA disability rates.. So, the more disabling your condition is after serving in the military, the more money you will receive as compensation.. This is why the VA disability pay is also commonly referred to as a compensation rate.. The VA makes this possible through the Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU) program.. 1 service-related disability rated at 60% or more Multiple disabilities (At least 1 rated at 405 or more, or combined ratings of 70% or more). With that, you have read everything there is to know about VA disability.

Posted by Berry Law on. August 25, 2020 in Increase Rating If you receive disability benefits from the VA, you know how important the payments you receive are.. When a Veteran qualifies for disability benefits, it means they will have the financial support they need to care for their family and self, even if their disability has made it impossible for them to work .. In many circumstances, a Veteran’s service-connected disability is so severe that they cannot maintain a job, which can mean that VA disability benefits are their only source of income.. Some Veterans may not know at first that the VA will periodically request to reexamine any Veteran who has qualified for disability benefits.. The VA reexamines Veterans who are receiving monthly benefits so that they can determine whether a Veteran’s disability rating should increase, decrease, or remain the same.. We want to help you understand how the VA’s rating review exams work so that you do not get blindsided and end up with a lower disability rating than you deserve.. The VA will periodically review a disabled Veteran’s file and order a medical examination to ensure that the Veteran remains disabled and eligible for the benefits he or she is receiving.. Many disabling conditions get worse over time, which may result in added benefits for a Veteran who does not already have a 100% disability rating .. However, the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) has the authority to request reexaminations for Veterans whenever the VA determines there is a need to verify either the continued existence or the current severity of a disability, unless there is an exclusion for reexamination.. Over 55 years old at the time of the examination, and not otherwise warranted by unusual circumstances or regulation Permanent disability not likely to improve Disability without substantial improvement over five years Claims folders contain updated medical evidence sufficient to continue the current disability evaluation without additional examination Overall, combined evaluation of multiple disabilities would not change irrespective of the outcome of reexamining the particular condition Disability evaluation of 10 percent or less Disability evaluation at the minimum level for the condition. A report released by the VA in July 2018, titled “ Unwarranted Medical Reexaminations for Disability Benefits ,” said of approximately 53,700 Veterans’ cases subjected to reexaminations in a six-month review, 19,800 (37%) were unwarranted.. The report’s review team said approximately 14,200 Veterans subjected to unwarranted reexaminations experienced no change to their disability evaluations because of their reexamination.. In addition to “undue hardship for Veterans,” the report’s authors wrote that, “Unwarranted reexaminations also created unnecessary work for VA employees, which reduced VBA’s capacity to process benefits claims and the Veterans Health Administration’s (VHA’s) capacity to provide healthcare services.”. In a Washington Post report about the review , VA Press Secretary Curt Cashour said, “The VA’s goal is to ensure all Veterans receive the benefits to which they are entitled under the law.. Your disability remains the same Your disability has worsened, and an increase in benefits may be appropriate Your disability has improved, and a reduction in benefits may be appropriate

(i) For purposes of this section, a qualifying chronic disability means a chronic disability resulting from any of the following (or any combination of the following):. (1) Chronic fatigue syndrome;. Functional gastrointestinal disorders are a group of conditions characterized by chronic or recurrent symptoms that are unexplained by any structural, endoscopic, laboratory, or other objective signs of injury or disease and may be related to any part of the gastrointestinal tract.. Specific functional gastrointestinal disorders include, but are not limited to, irritable bowel syndrome, functional dyspepsia, functional vomiting, functional constipation, functional bloating, functional abdominal pain syndrome, and functional dysphagia.. (ii) For purposes of this section, the term medically unexplained chronic multisymptom illness means a diagnosed illness without conclusive pathophysiology or etiology, that is characterized by overlapping symptoms and signs and has features such as fatigue, pain, disability out of proportion to physical findings, and inconsistent demonstration of laboratory abnormalities.. For the purposes of paragraph (a)(1) of this section, signs or symptoms which may be manifestations of undiagnosed illness or medically unexplained chronic multisymptom illness include, but are not limited to:. (i) With three exceptions, the disease must have become manifest to a degree of 10 percent or more within 1 year from the date of separation from a qualifying period of service as specified in paragraph (c)(3)(ii) of this section.. (ii) For purposes of this paragraph (c), the term qualifying period of service means a period of service meeting the requirements of paragraph (e) of this section or a period of active military, naval, or air service on or after September 19, 2001, in Afghanistan.. Campylobacter jejuni• Guillain-Barré syndrome if manifest within 2 months of the infection.• Reactive Arthritis if manifest within 3 months of the infection.• Uveitis if manifest within 1 month of the infection.Coxiella burnetii (Q fever)• Chronic hepatitis.. Nontyphoid Salmonella• Reactive Arthritis if manifest within 3 months of the infection.Shigella• Hemolytic-uremic syndrome if manifest within 1 month of the infection.• Reactive Arthritis if manifest within 3 months of the infection.Visceral leishmaniasis• Delayed presentation of the acute clinical syndrome.

107 The following year, on October 9, 1996, Congress enacted the Veterans Benefits Improvements Act of 1996, which redefined the terms employment handicap and serious employment handicap to include a requirement that a veterans vocational impairment be one resulting in substantial part from his or her service-connected disabilities.. The issue presented by this appeal is whether the Secretary's imposition by regulation of a causal nexus requirement, i.e., that a veteran's service-connected disability must "materially contribute" to the veteran's employment handicap, is consistent with the controlling statute, 38 U.S.C.. Appellant has contended, both in his briefs filed with this Court and during a personal hearing before the Board (see R. at 212), that because he has a service-connected disability rated 10% disabling and an employment handicap he is entitled to a vocational rehabilitation program under chapter 31 of title 38 of the Code, without regard to whether his service-connected disability contributes to his employment handicap.. The statute in effect when the appellant filed his claim for vocational rehabilitation in June 1989 did not require a causal nexus {7 Vet.. Therefore, because the appellant filed his claim for vocational rehabilitation in June 1989, i.e., before November 1, 1990, his appeal is not subject to the 20% or more rating requirement added by the 1990 amendment.. 21.51(f)(2) provides that "an employment handicap does not exist when any of the following conditions is present: . . . . (ii) The veteran's employability is impaired, but his or her service-connected disability does {7 Vet.. The issue before this Court is whether VA's imposition by regulation of a causal nexus, i.e., a requirement that a veteran's service-connected disability "materially contribute" to the veteran's employment handicap, is consistent with the underlying statute, 38 U.S.C.. (a) Services and assistance which the Secretary may provide under this chapter, {7 Vet.. 484} 3103(c)(2)(A) does not require that "seriously handicapped" veterans have a causal nexus between their employment handicaps and their service-connected disabilities in order to get basic chapter 31 benefits; it just imposes this requirement in order for them to get a longer period of eligibility for vocational rehabilitation than a veteran with an "employment handicap.". As noted above, prior to 1980, a causal nexus between a veteran's service-connected disability and an employment handicap was a condition precedent for eligibility for vocational rehabilitation.. 7394 included a nexus requirement; 1501(1) of that bill defined the term "vocational rehabilitation" as those services which "are determined by the Administrator to be needed to render a veteran who has an employment handicap because of service-connected disability employable and employed . . . ." (Emphasis added.). Thus, under current law, entitlement is limited to veterans who need training to overcome an employment handicap resulting from service-connected disability, and the Committee bill would eliminate the requirement of a determination that the veteran's service-connected disability constitutes some form of employment handicap.. Neither the language nor the plain meaning of 3102 requires that there be a causal nexus between a veteran's service-connected disability and that veteran's employment in order for the veteran to be entitled to chapter 31 vocational rehabilitation.. 21.51(c) that a veteran's service-connected disability must "materially contribute" to the veteran's employment handicap is inconsistent with 3102 and, for that reason, not authorized by 38 U.S.C.. Sections 21.51(c)(2), (e), (f)(1)(ii), and (f)(2), title 38, Code of Federal Regulations, to the extent that they require a causal nexus between a veteran's service-connected disability and that veteran's employment handicap, are held "unlawful and set aside" as "regulations issued or adopted by the Secretary .

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Service-connected medical issues including sleep apnea may be deemed to be directly caused by military service, there may be a “presumptive” condition that includes sleep apnea, or you may experience sleep apnea as a secondary condition associated with some other VA rated issue.. In general, sleep apnea is medically defined as a sleep disorder where breathing stops and starts, which can result in feeling tired even after a full night’s sleep.. Obstructive sleep apnea Central sleep apnea Complex sleep apnea syndrome (which includes symptoms of both the other types above). Snoring Interrupted or stopped breathing during sleep Gasping for air during sleep Awakening with a dry mouth Morning headache Insomnia or difficulty remaining asleep Excessive daytime sleepiness, AKA hypersomnia Difficulty paying attention due to sleep deprivation Irritability due to insomnia or lost sleep. 100 percent VA rating: awarded in cases of “chronic respiratory failure with carbon dioxide retention or cor pulmonare, or; requires tracheostomy” 50 percent rating: awarded in cases where the use of a CPAP machine is required 30 percent rating: awarded for persistent day-time “hypersomnolence” 0 percent rating: awarded for asymptomatic sleep apnea with documented sleep disorder breathing. Any military member experiencing sleep disorders should, in anticipation of needing this data at a later date, request a sleep study to be done in a military medical facility where possible to establish whether or not there is a service connection to the sleep issues.

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