Lisa Nuss

Lisa Nuss


Lisa Nuss is a lawyer, research analyst, and writer with a background in judicial and legislative work. Her opinions have been published in major newspapers including the Philadelphia Inquirer and the San Francisco Chronicle as well as online in the Huffington Post and the (UK) Guardian. Her writing has been used as curriculum in university courses and at the Southern Poverty Law Center. While attending the University of Oregon as an undergrad, Lisa was named the Gerlinger Cup winner and went on to earn a J.D. and a Master’s Degree in Public Policy at the University of Washington.

VA Pension & VA disability benefits

By / February 18, 2018 / Veterans Disability / 3 Comments

Veterans may wonder if they can receive both pension payments and VA disability benefits. The answer is yes, you might be able to participate in both programs – but it depends on the amount of your disability benefits. It may help to review the different purposes and eligibility requirements for each benefit: Non-service-connected pension benefits for veterans disabled after service This type of pension is not for any service-connected disability. It is designed for veterans who become disabled from conditions that occurred after their military service. It is intended for: Low income veterans, who meet income requirements, AND Who are...Read more

Understanding Veterans Disability Benefits

By / February 18, 2018 / Veterans Disability / 210 Comments

Veterans’ are entitled to compensation for disability from an injury or disease that occurred (or was aggravated) during active military service. This applies to partial or full disability, on a scale from 10% – 100% disabled, depending on how much the condition interferes with your normal life functions. Type of military service In order to qualify for veterans disability benefits, your injuries or diseases need to have occurred or been aggravated, during active military service, defined as: active duty, OR active duty for training, OR inactive duty training. Eligible veterans need to have been discharged or released “under conditions other...Read more

Five Common Mistakes in VA disability claims

By / February 18, 2018 / Veterans Disability / 30 Comments

The process of filing VA disability claims can be very confusing. If you haven’t started the process yourself, you’ve probably heard stories about the problems with delays and mistakes and lengthy appeals. As you make your way through the process, try to avoid these five common mistakes: 1. Putting off the filing of your claim One of the biggest mistakes is to put off filing a claim. If you’ve been wondering whether you’re eligible, or waiting to see if your symptoms improve – putting off filing a claim could cost you real money. If you receive an award, either with...Read more

Veterans Disability Benefits – How do I apply?

By / February 18, 2018 / Veterans Disability / 16 Comments

To receive veterans disability benefits, you need to be officially designated as “disabled” by the Department of Veterans Affairs. According to the DVA, you need to be at least 10% disabled “because of injuries or diseases that were incurred in or aggravated during active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training” to be eligible for compensation. You also must have been discharged under circumstances other than dishonorable. Veterans disability benefits are administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), through the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). The VBA is a separation division from the VHA (Veterans Health Administration). Even...Read more

How is veterans disability compensation calculated?

By / February 18, 2018 / Veterans Disability / 5 Comments

In order to receive veterans disability compensation, you must first establish that you have a disability stemming from your military service. Once an eligible condition is identified, your level of disability will be scaled by the VA from 0% to 100%, depending on how much it interferes with your normal life functions. Benefits Begin at the 10% Disability Rating Monthly benefits are paid to veterans with a disability rating of at least 10%. A 0% rating acknowledges that you have a disability, but that it is not sufficient to entitle you to receive benefits. Even if you receive a rating...Read more

Waiting for Veteran Disability Benefits – How long does it take?

By / February 18, 2018 / Veterans Disability / 244 Comments

It has become a well-known fact that the DVA can take a long time to process claims for Veteran Disability Benefits. The good news is that the DVA has reduced the average amount of time it takes to get a decision on a claim. In 2016, a veteran waited an average of 123 days to hear the results of a claim, way down from the eight-month wait in 2012 and the nearly one year average wait in 2013. The bad news is, there still can be lengthy delays and the time varies considerably by the location where you file. Increased...Read more

What is a Veterans Disability Benefits Fully Developed Claim?

By / February 18, 2018 / Veterans Disability / 72 Comments

The Fully Developed Claim process is a fast track way to get a VA disability claim reviewed. It’s called a Fully Developed Claim (FDC) because the veteran does the upfront work of gathering all needed information. The effort appears to be well worth it – in 2015, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Data reports FDC’s were decided on average 49% faster than all other disability claims. The program started nationwide in 2010 to address the serious backlog of disability claims, and now more than half of all claims received by the Veterans Benefits Administration are Fully Developed Claims. Veterans...Read more

Special Needs Trusts Can Provide For Disabled Children

By / February 18, 2018 / Managing Your Money / No Comments

As a parent with a disabled child, you want to know that your child will be cared for when you can no longer provide or manage the care yourself. There are many financial tools that help families with special needs planning for the life of their child. A Special Needs Trust is one method that can ensure your child has the funds needed to live a full life after you are gone. Mechanics of the Special Needs Trust There are several forms that a Special Needs Trust can take. First of all, the trust can cover assets directly owned by...Read more

Disabled American Veterans Are Entitled to Compensation

By / February 18, 2018 / Veterans Disability / 98 Comments

Today, more than four million veterans receive compensation due to a service-connected disability. Disability compensation is intended to replace the lost earnings capacity that veterans have suffered because of their service to our country. According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, disability compensation is “a monetary benefit paid to veterans who are disabled by an injury or illness that was incurred or aggravated during active military service.” Monthly benefits are paid out based on the severity of the injury or illness, and the number of a veteran’s dependents. Claims and Benefits Paid Out Continue to Increase More than a...Read more

Do VA Disability Benefits apply only if I’m permanently disabled?

By / February 18, 2018 / Veterans Disability / 20 Comments

Many may think VA disability benefits only apply to someone whose injuries are so severe that they’re confined to a wheelchair or have lost a limb. However, disability compensation is available to any veteran who has a physical or mental illness or injury incurred during, or aggravated by, military service. For each condition that is service-connected, the Veterans Benefits Administration measures the degree to which that condition interferes with your daily life functions. This “disability” is measured on a scale from 0% to 100%. Vets with ratings of 10% or higher are entitled to monthly tax-free compensation. One state estimates...Read more

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