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The VA has a number of different programs and benefits that help disabled veterans with different needs. You may be eligible for more than one of these benefits, so it’s important to talk to a veteran’s attorney with years of experience with all the aspects of the VA and what it offers. You do not have to be disabled to receive some of these benefits, and you can receive multiple benefits at the same time. 

Disability Compensation

In order for you to receive disability compensation through the VA, you must have been honorably discharged, served on active duty or in active or inactive duty training, and have a disability rating for your service-connected condition. In addition, one of the following must be true:

Autoimmune disease is a term that covers at least 80 different known conditions. An autoimmune disease or autoimmune disorder occurs when the immune system is unable to distinguish between foreign invaders and healthy tissue, producing antibodies that destroy the body’s own tissue instead of the infection. 

Some of the most commonly-recognized autoimmune diseases include lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease, celiac disease, psoriasis, and fibromyalgia. Autoimmune diseases can be debilitating and they are difficult to diagnose because symptoms are broad, including fatigue, chronic joint pain, digestive problems, muscle weakness, inflamed skin, hair loss, and chronic, unspecified pain. 

Rules for VA Compensation

From one of our good friends and supporters, Ross Levin, owner of Aviation Art Hanger I post this wonderful remembrance and tribute:

Commemorating the 72nd Anniversary of the Doolittle Raid on Tokyo

Seventy-two years ago today, on 18 April 1942, 80 crew members in 16 B-25 aircraft flying off of the USS Hornet demonstrated to Japan that it was vulnerable to American air attack. Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle’s remarkable and daring raid provided a vital morale boost and opportunity for U.S. retaliation after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941.

In order to help you understand why you need to file your application for benefits, pension, or DIC the following information is provided from 38 U.S.C. §5110:

Effective Date — usually this is the date that the application for benefits is received by the VA. There are exceptions, however, to this rule which is found in 38 U.S.C.S. §5110 and 38 C.F.R. §3.400.

Disability compensation effective dates — “shall be the day following the date of the veteran’s discharge or release if application therefor is received within one year from such dates of discharge or release.” This is why you need to file your application without delay.

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