Lisa Nuss

Lisa Nuss

Lawyer

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.

Watch Out for VA Pension Benefit Scams

By / February 18, 2018 / Veterans Disability / No Comments

War-time veterans and their survivors who are in financial need may qualify for Veterans’ Affairs pension benefits. While these funds are intended for those who have sacrificed for our country, sadly, there are scammers who see a pot of money and devise ways to “help” that in reality will cost you more money. These offers may sound like a good deal but they rarely are. Their pitches are often based on half-truths, so they sound realistic – but they don’t tell you the whole story and they don’t warn you about long-term consequences. The Federal Trade Commission warns veterans that...Read more

Veterans disability benefits include mental conditions

By / February 18, 2018 / Veterans Disability / 9 Comments

Many service members may be reluctant to seek Veteran’s disability benefits treatment for mental health issues. This may be because they worry it will affect their ability to advance in the military; it can also be due to the VA’s history of not recognizing mental health conditions, and/or underrating the disability they can cause. One study found that as many as one in five veterans returning from service in Iraq or Afghanistan reported having symptoms of PTSD or major depression -- yet only about half seek treatment. But left untreated, mental health problems can eventually disrupt a vet’s life, leading...Read more

Increase in VA Disability Claims for PTSD

By / February 18, 2018 / Veterans Disability / 108 Comments

The VA disability claims, and benefits paid out, for post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) are increasing. By 2016, PTSD was the third most common disability compensated for veterans from all wars, after tinnitus and hearing loss. PTSD a common result of combat Post-traumatic stress disorder is the most common mental health disorder experienced by those in combat. The Disabled American Veterans website put together a good report on this topic. They point out that most all veterans will experience some readjustment issues. It’s important to be aware of what a normal readjustment is, compared to the kind of problems that can...Read more

Homeless Veterans Housing Assistance Vouchers

By / February 18, 2018 / Veterans Disability / No Comments

The federal agencies for veterans’ affairs and housing have created a voucher program to help veterans facing homelessness. The program combines financial assistance with case management, helping veterans with challenges based on physical disability, mental illness or substance abuse. It is run by the U.S. Housing & Urban Development agency (HUD) and the VA. The program is called HUD-VASH. The goal is to provide permanent housing and it applies to both single veterans and veterans with families. To qualify, veterans must be eligible for VA health care, and be homeless or facing eviction. Homeless is taken to mean someone who...Read more

Housing Grants for Disabled Veterans

By / February 18, 2018 / Veterans Disability / No Comments

Grants are available to help certain disabled veterans buy or adapt a home to meet your needs. The program aims to help vets with certain permanent and total service-connected disabilities to live independently in a barrier-free living environment. To be eligible, veterans first must apply for disability benefits with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Once the VA certifies that your disability is service-connected and assigns a severity rating, you can apply for the grants. Keep in mind the grants are designed generally for vets that are 100% service-connected with certain specific disabilities. There are two types of grants available, each...Read more

When VA disability claims are denied, should I just reopen the claim?

By / February 18, 2018 / Veterans Disability / 349 Comments

Veterans often wonder, when their VA disability claims are denied, should they just reopen a new claim. It’s understandable that the lengthy delay in the appeals process might lead vets to wonder about this option – but there are several key points to keep in mind: First, if you reopen a claim instead of appealing it, and you are eventually given an award, it may only go back to the date you reopened the claim, and not the date you filed the original claim. Second, asking for a claim to be reopened after a denial requires a showing of “new...Read more

Denial of VA disability benefits – Options for review before appeal

By / February 18, 2018 / Veterans Disability / 4 Comments

If you’ve received a denial of your VA disability benefits claim, there are some options to consider before filing an appeal. Don’t be discouraged when you receive a denial. You should be aware that the VA has admitted to a high error rate in processing its claims. The denial could be due to an error that can be cleared up, or it could be due to missing or misread evidence that can also be fixed. See our article Denial of VA Disability Claims – What you need to know You are always entitled to appeal all or part of an...Read more

Appealing Veterans Disability Benefits claim denials

By / February 18, 2018 / Veterans Disability / 112 Comments

If your claim for disability benefits is denied, you have the right to appeal. You must file the appeal within one year of the initial decision. Much media attention has been given to the high error rate in denials, so it makes sense to consider appealing the denial. Appeals represent almost one-third of the 800,000 pending veterans disability claims. A recent report found that the Board of Veterans Appeals found mistakes in 73% of reviewed cases. What you can appeal According to the VA, an appeal is “a request for the Board of Veterans’ Appeals to review a local VA office...Read more

Strengthening your VA Disability appeal

By / February 18, 2018 / Veterans Disability / 50 Comments

You can appeal your VA disability decision for any reason, within one year. Three common points of appeal are: dispute over the existence of a disability; whether the disability was connected to your military service, or the level of disability. What to include in an appeal Consider carefully the reason for the denial or disagreement and target your appeal to include as much evidence as you can on that issue. If you agree with part of the VA’s decision, there’s no need to go over those issues again. Be specific about what it is you disagree with. Think about the...Read more

Denial of VA Disability Claims – What you need to know

By / February 18, 2018 / Veterans Disability / 555 Comments

When VA disability claims are initially denied, the first thing veterans should know is that the VA has a very high error rate. After you receive your decision packet with details of your decision or award, you can appeal all or part of the decision. The appeal process can take a long time, but knowing that there is a high error rate and that a lot of denials are later overturned can help guide your decision whether to appeal. Error Rate in Claim Processing is Very High The Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) admits that it makes a lot of...Read more

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