Benefits

How to File a Well-Developed MST Claim

Elements of Your Claim

Military sexual trauma (MST ) is sexual harassment that is threatening or physical assault of a sexual nature. Both men and women serving in the military can suffer from MST .

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Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) for Surviving Spouses and Children

Summary

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free monthly benefit paid by the VA to eligible survivors of the following:
 

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Discharge Conditions: How to Request Review

The reason for your discharge and the “character” of that discharge is very important in deciding if you (and/or your dependents) are eligible for military and veteran benefits as a result of military service. The reason for your discharge is listed on the DD-214 Certificate of Release which is issued at the completion of military service.
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How to Appeal Your Veterans Benefits Denial to the Court

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Introduction

This classroom is here to help you through your appeal of the Board of Veterans' Appeals (BVA) decision denying your claim for VA benefits. We hope that this will help you feel more confident about dealing with the legal system. 

Is this classroom for you?

You may use this classroom if:

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Update: Mandatory Implementation of the Veterans Appeals Improvement Act of 2017

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.

VA "Fully Developed Claim" process

Incentive program: VA offers a year's worth of retroactive compensation for filing a successful fully developed claim.

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Child Support and Veterans Benefits - Q and A

Questions about what can or can't be done to collect child support from your Veteran's Benefits? This article covers some of the most common Q&A's on this topic.
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TRICARE - Health Care for Service Members and Others

TRICARE provides health coverage for active duty and retired service members, their families, and survivors. TRICARE is run by the Department of Defense (DoD). CHAMPVA is a VA health program.
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DD Form 214, Discharge Papers and Separation Documents

A Certificate of Release or Report of Separation is generally issued when a service member performs active duty or at least 90 consecutive days of active duty training. It is used to prove military service for benefits, retirement, employment, and membership in veterans' organizations.
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How to File A VA Claim for Disability Compensation

Updated in March 2015 to reflect the VA's improved e-filing process.