VA Disability – Is it beneficial to Appeal that Denial?

December 13, 2016 at 11:18 pm

There it is.  That dreaded VA claims denial.  All that effort and what do you get?  Denied!  You had the medical history and the justification.  You were sure the VA would see all the details. You were confident the bureaucracy would smoothly process your documentation.  Only now, you are reading about your options for appeal.  But, the real question you are asking if you file an appeal is, “are there benefits?”

After all, filing an aDeciding-to-Appealppeal takes a lot more groundwork than the initial claim.  Just getting appeal approval is subject to the bureaucratic algorithms of the VA.   And, if the appeal gets approved the percentage of disability will most likely not resemble anything like what you expect.  The analogy of processing an appeal is like handing your luggage to the airlines at the beginning of a flight.  It may look pretty when you packed it.  After the baggage handler gorillas get your luggage, it often looks much different at baggage claim!

Still, you can only get success if you appeal.  And, with success there are benefits.  First, the VA disability benefit is yours for life!  Second, it is tax-free income, since it is considered a claim against the government.  Third, since it is tax-free, it is also unattachable income, which means it’s free from judgments like divorce and lawsuits.  Fourth, it is subject to cost-of-living percentage increases.  Fifth, you can deduct Veterans Group Life Insurance (VGLI) directly from the disability benefit without paying Prudential online (Prudential VGLI, 2015).  Sixth, it can be deposited into your international retirement-home bank if it accepts direct deposit.  If not, it can be mailed by U.S. treasury check using international, ground mail (assuming you trust that sort of thing and you can find a bank that will cash it)!  For more financial benefits details from realizing success after appealing your VA disability denial contact Lowery’s Accounting Service.

Regulations abound governing the process of filing a claim.  You must have either an accredited attorney or have on file with the VA a Veterans Service Officer (VSO) or claims agent who formally processes and files your original or appeal claim (Prohibition against acting as claims agent or attorney, 1996).  Still, you are left with sorting through your materials, sifting through your medical records, and associating medical literature with your complaint so you can even begin to independently outline an appeal.  Where are you going to get someone to help with that overwhelming step?

Until recently, that was left to you to piece together.  Forget medical advice!  You just needed to put the jigsaw pieces together… and then you could independently outline what you collected for your accredited attorney, Veterans Service Officer, or claims agent to prepare and present to the VA (Request a representative for VA claims, 2015).  Now Ivy League Consulting™, a division of Ivy League Works™, offers a benefit to serve in that gap; and reduce the overwhelming groundwork before the preparation of the actual appeal.  Your attorney, VSO, or claims agent will appreciate it, too!

So, are there benefits if you appeal and have a successful outcome? Schedule an appointment with Lowery’s Accounting Service to review more of your financial benefits so you can answer that question for yourself!  Then, ensure you have registered a VSO or claims agent with the VA, if you don’t already have an accredited attorney, and start to put the jigsaw pieces together with Ivy League Consulting™.

 

References:

Prohibition against acting as claims agent or attorney. (1996). Code of Federal Regulations Part 4, Chapter 59, section 5901.

Prudential VGLI. (2015). Veterans Group Life Insurance.  Retrieved July 16, 2015 from Prudential.

Request a representative for VA claims. (2015). eBenefits.  Veterans Administration.  Retrieved July 16, 2015 from eBenefits.

 

 

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