C&P Exam for Bipolar Disorder: What to Expect and How to Prepare!
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by Brian Reese
1d ago
Today, VA disability expert Brian Reese will explain everything you need to know to crush your C&P exam for bipolar disorder. It’s completely normal to be scared and uncomfortable about discussing your mental health struggles during a C&P exam, especially with a healthcare provider you’ve never met and don’t trust. However, knowing what to expect and how to prepare can make a big difference. Understanding the process and the types of questions you might get asked during a C&P exam for mental health can help put your mind at ease (you’re still going to be nervous on e ..read more
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Is VA Disability Considered Income for SNAP?  
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by Clay Huston
1d ago
Yes, VA disability compensation is considered income for SNAP eligibility.  This is because federal law requires all income to be counted toward SNAP income limits unless explicitly excluded.  VA disability compensation is not explicitly excluded and, therefore, counts toward SNAP income limits.  Other VA disability benefits that count as income include:   Special Monthly Compensation (SMC)   Housebound allowance   Aid and Attendance   Veterans Pension   Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC)  You DES ..read more
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What is the Bipolar Disorder VA Rating?
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by Brian Reese
1d ago
VA ratings for bipolar disorders range from 0% to 100% with breaks at 10%, 30%, 50%, and 70%. Your final VA rating for bipolar depends on the frequency (how often), severity (how bad), and duration (how long) of your mental health symptoms and how those symptoms negatively impact your work, life, and social functioning. In this article, Brian Reese the VA Claims Insider will explain everything you need to know about bipolar disorder VA ratings and how to understand your symptoms in the context of the VA’s mental health rating criteria. Let’s begin! Table of Contents Summary of Key Points What ..read more
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How to Ace Your C&P Exam for Anxiety and Depression (The Insider’s Guide)
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by Brian Reese
2d ago
In this Insider’s Guide, Air Force veteran Brian Reese will explain how to ace your C&P exam for Anxiety and Depression. It’s normal to feel scared and uncomfortable about discussing your mental health struggles during a C&P exam, especially with a healthcare provider you’ve never met and don’t trust. However, knowing what to expect and how to prepare can make a huge difference. Familiarizing yourself with the process and the types of questions you might get asked during a C&P exam for mental health can help put your mind at ease (you’re still going to be nervou ..read more
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How Long Does It Take to Get a VA Rating After C&P Exam? [2024 Update]
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by Brian Reese
3d ago
As of May 2024, you can expect to get a VA rating decision within 90-120 calendar days after your final VA C&P exam. Although you are likely to be scheduled for a C&P exam within the first 30 calendar days after submitting your claim, the rating process that follows the exam is currently the longest part of the VA claim process. It’s important to note that this timeline can vary based on several factors including: Claim Complexity: More complex initial claims can take longer to process than a simple increase claim. C&P Examiner’s Documentation: The accuracy and completeness of t ..read more
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How to Ace Your VA Exam for PTSD: The Ultimate Guide
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by Brian Reese
3d ago
Today, Brian Reese the VA Claims Insider will explain how to ace your VA C&P exam for PTSD. It’s understandably scary and uncomfortable to get scheduled for a PTSD C&P exam. However, understanding what to expect and how to prepare along with some of the questions asked during the exam can help educate and empower you to open-up and share your uncomfortable truths on exam day. You must be uncomfortably vulnerable and tell the examiner how you are on your very worst days (ensure you’re being honest and truthful). Let’s begin! Table of Contents VA Exam for PTSD: 3 Dif ..read more
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VA Disability Rating for Shoulder and Arm Conditions: The Definitive Guide
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by Brian Reese
4d ago
VA ratings for shoulder and arm conditions range from 10% to 50%, with breaks at 20%, 30%, and 40%. The lowest VA rating for shoulder and arm pain is 10%, while the highest rating is 40% if you have limited range of motion in your dominant arm at 25 degrees from the side. The highest scheduler VA rating for the shoulder and arm is 90% for disarticulation (amputation at the shoulder joint) of the major arm. The rating factors include the severity of the limitation of range of motion, measured by degrees with a goniometer, and whether it affects your major (dominant) or minor (non-dominant) arm ..read more
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How to Get VA Disability for Flat Feet and Plantar Fasciitis: The Insider’s Guide
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by Brian Reese
5d ago
If you’re a veteran struggling with flat feet (pes planus) or plantar fasciitis, understanding how the VA rates these conditions is crucial for securing the benefits you deserve. VA ratings for flat feet are higher than VA ratings for plantar fasciitis. For example, the VA rating for bilateral flat feet is 50% while the VA rating for planar fasciitis is 30%. If you’re experiencing issues with both flat feet and plantar fasciitis, consider filing a VA disability claim for both conditions. Why? Because if you have both conditions diagnosed, with similar symptoms for each disability, according to ..read more
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Qualifying for 100% VA Disability with Multiple Sclerosis  
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by Kelly Olone
5d ago
Is 100% VA disability with multiple sclerosis (MS) possible? Absolutely!   If you’re living with MS, you know the toll it takes on your body and the challenges everyday tasks become.   However, if you can prove your military service directly caused your MS, VA benefits may be around the corner, including the golden ticket of 100% VA disability.     Don’t know where to start? This post will help you understand how to service-connect MS, what VA disability rating you should expect, and much more. Let’s begin!  Summary of Key Points   The m ..read more
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How to Ace Your VA C&P Exam for Skin Conditions
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by Brian Reese
5d ago
If you’ve filed a VA claim for skin disease, chances are you’re going to be scheduled for a VA C&P exam for skin conditions. In this high-value blog post, you’ll learn how to ace your exam so you can get the VA rating and compensation you deserve for serving our country. Some of the most common skin conditions in veterans include dermatitis, eczema, psoriasis, skin cancer, and chloracne. Pro Tip: The VA rates skin conditions under 38 CFR § 4.118, Diagnostic Codes 7800-7833 from 0% to 60% based on their severity and impact on daily functioning. The rating criteria considers the percentage o ..read more
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