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Hey Jim, I am receiving a 2nd surgery for my meniscus and ACL tear. I was told by the surgeon/ortho Dr. that I would have my disability temporarily bumped to 100%. I'm trying to get the process of this situated prior to my surgery so everything can remain smooth. I was wondering what your opinion on this was and what steps Ii should take. Thanks.


Jim's Reply:

That's correct...a surgery on a rated disability will bump your rate to 100% for a couple months while you recover, maybe more.

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Hey there: I have a 90% scheduler rating and the VA awarded me TDIU. I'm blessed and very appreciative. I still having several claims pending that "if" granted, will increase my rating to 100%. Moreover, I've read that if a veteran is granted 100% scheduler rating while on TDIU; the VA will "automatically converted" TDIU into P/T awarding the veteran 100% P/T dropping the TDIU. Nevertheless, I've also read that this information is incorrect because nothing is automatic when dealing with the VA. Can you please give your insight on the matter.... Thank you!

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I provided my past and current medial record, along with information regarding what a Nexus letter contains and why it is necessary to support my claim for TDIU to my Pain Management Specialist, but was told he could only provide a treatment history. I was disappointed and obviously frustrated. What is the best/ most successful way to request a Nexus letter? Thank you for your time.

New On Stateside


Department of Defense Memoranda Guiding Discharge Review Boards

This article provides important information for veterans with less-than-honorable discharges and their advocates on key guidance for upgrading their discharge based on in-service mental health conditions or experiences.



A VA Survivors Pension offers monthly payments to qualified surviving spouses and unmarried dependent children of wartime Veterans.

Step 1: Check if the Veteran’s service allows you to be eligible.

Step 2: Check if you currently meet the criteria to be eligible.

Step 3: Apply


1: The Veteran


A stamp-style image  of the word 'denied' in red ink.
Mandatory implementation of the Veterans Appeals Improvement Act (AMA) of 2017 occurred on February 19, 2019. Congress recognized the appalling wait times veterans and their eligible family members have been enduring as to appealing VA benefit decisions.