On February 19th of this year, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) implemented the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act (AMA), which was passed by Congress in 2017. Over the last year, the VA offered some veterans the option of participating in a pilot program that greatly resembled the new program. Now that the new […]
Hagel and Kurta Memos
Recently the Department of Defense (DOD) implemented rules to provide guidance to Discharge Review Boards (DRB) and Boards of Corrections of Military Records (BCMR) when addressing discharge upgrades for veterans who suffered with mental health issues while in the service.
These DOD Memos were put into effect to address the overwhelming number of […]
On October 18, 2018, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will begin implementing new regulations published in the Federal Register (83 FR 47246) that determine eligibility for VA Pension benefits. The VA Pension is a needs-based benefit paid by the VA to low-income veterans and their families who served during wartime. For veterans who are […]
Innovative Tool Leads to Record Number of Decisions
When a veteran is first denied VA benefits he/she is entitled to appeal part or all of the decision. Generally, the VA Regional Office takes at least 1 to 2 years to review the appeal and make a decision on whether the entire appeal or part of it […]
What is RAMP?
Over the last six months, many veterans with pending VA benefit appeals have received letters from the VA inviting them to participate in a new pilot program called RAMP. RAMP stands for Rapid Appeals Modernization Program, and it is intended to streamline the VA’s current appeals process and shorten decision times for pending […]