Veteran Sergeant Linda Maron has found her niche working with veterans and their families in Granbury. She is a former Blue Shield, New Jersey Claims Administrator and later Senior Personnel Sergeant, managing soldier careers for over 20 years.
Veterans applying for disability coverage for multiple service-related conditions will not necessarily be evaluated for all conditions at the same time.
Veterans often see calls asking about their total rating because they are unaware that not all terms have been adjudicated in that notice. At the end of the list, some conditions may be listed as “pending”. This means that these terms are still under review and either require additional review, are awaiting additional information, or have other reasons.
Unless a development letter is sent to the veteran requesting additional information, there is nothing the veteran needs to do. Partial evaluations benefit veterans because the VA does not withhold the entire claim until it is fully adjudicated. They assess what they can do, and if at least one issue can be decided favorably or adversely on the basis of documentary evidence, they continue to issue partial rating decisions and defer other terms that are still in development.
In addition, rating decisions may be delayed. This is during the appeals process where the case is “remanded”, i.e. sent back to the local office for further development. In this case, the VA may request additional information or clarification from the veteran and must respond to those letters.
We see many veterans who have scored over 70% on at least one issue, have a disability rating of 40%, and have not filed for “personal unemployment.” IU means inability to work due to a service-related disability, and in such cases the veteran can be requested to consider her IU. This won’t increase your overall rating percentage, but the veteran will be paid 100% of her compensation. This will greatly improve the quality of life for veterans who struggle to maintain paid employment due to service-related illnesses and injuries. We will carefully consider these cases before proceeding so as not to potentially jeopardize a veteran’s current evaluation, but if we believe a veteran may qualify, we will consider It’s worth it.
We would like to thank you for all the work in our wonderful Veterans Services community and encourage our military to join the DAV, MOAA, VFW, American Legion Post, Marine Corps League, or Blue Star Mothers. . For information on those organizations, please call my office. I wish you a very happy and healthy new year.