VA General Info and Helpful Tips on How to Increase Rating

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Veterans Benefits – VA Disability Advocates You can Trust

Veterans Help Group has helped thousands of veterans across the USA appeal denied VA claims. If you’ve received an unfavorable decision or your claim has been denied by the VA, get in touch for a free case review. Veterans deserve to get fair compensation for the physical and psychological injuries they sustained while defending America.

If you served our beloved country and sustained an injury or suffer from a disabling condition because of your military service, Veterans Help Group believes that you deserve disability benefits or compensation from the US Department of Veterans Affairs. However, unfortunately, we know that obtaining these benefits is challenging, and denials are common. The good news is that you are not alone.

A veteran disability advocacy group will help you put together an effective VA disability appeal. As experienced advocates, we know that the VA is not the most accessible organization to work with, and a lot of veterans face challenges and issues while appealing a benefits denial.

According to the VA statistics, veterans who hire an advocate or representative to help with their VA claims often get more money than those that don’t. The experienced advocates at Veterans Help Group have a long and successful track record of obtaining successful outcomes for our valued veteran clients, and we would like to put our expertise and extensive resources to work for you.

Service-Related Mental and Physical Health Conditions

Many of our nation’s fighting women and men suffer from various physical and mental health complications and problems. Severe burns, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, severe lacerations, and exposure to toxic chemicals are just a few of the many health conditions veterans experience.

Some other health issues include depression, cancer, diabetes,  post-traumatic stress disorder, Gulf War Syndrome, and other illnesses. The VA compensates veterans for these injuries and health problems.

Representing Veterans Nationwide

We are committed and dedicated to making veterans aware of their VA benefits as well as helping qualified veterans get their benefits after a disability claim has been denied by the VA. During appeals, Veterans Help Group always seeks to secure the compensation our injured or disabled veterans rightfully deserve to provide for themselves as well as their families.

As experienced advocates, our firm is knowledgeable of various VA requirements and the process. Our team will fight to get you the benefits that you deserve so you can lead a peaceful life. If you’ve been wrongfully denied by the VA, our representatives will pursue your appeal aggressively and be relentless and caring advocates for you.

Veterans Help Group also works with experienced and qualified medical professionals, such as psychiatrists and vocational experts in order to help process your VA appeal. Our trained legal staff and advocates will assist in gathering all needed medical and healthcare records, evidence, investigative reports, and statements from suitable witnesses.

Our team will assist with several kinds of issues on appeal, such as

  • Dependency Indemnity Compensation
  • Migraines
  • Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability, also known as TDIU
  • Traumatic Brain Injury
  • Agent Orange
  • Special Monthly Compensation because of PTSD, TBI, and various mental health issues.

Tips for Receiving an Increased VA Disability Rating

When you’re approved for disability benefits from the US Department of Veterans Affairs, you’ll receive a percentage rating reflecting the severity or intensity of your medical condition or mental health issue.

Did you know that disability ratings range between 0% and 100% in 10% increments? And higher ratings result in additional monthly compensation for veterans.

The higher your VA disability rating, the higher the compensation you receive. For example, in 2020, veterans with a rating of 10% received $142.29 in monthly benefits. In contrast, those with a 20% rating received $281.27 per month.

If your impairment level has increased, you might be entitled to receive a higher disability rating. Use these tips to get an increased disability rating.

Supply Documentation that Strongly Supports Your Disability Rating Increase

Note that your disability rating is assigned by the US VA based mainly on the severity of your service-related disabilities or mental health issues. However, you may feel that your service-related condition has worsened or that your previously approved benefits are not adequate anymore.

If that is the case, you may have to supply the VA with updated and accurate medical evidence and documentation that accurately represents all your disabilities and injuries.

With Veterans Help Group’s expert attention to your service-related disabilities, you will have the proper documentation and medical records that accurately represent your worsening condition.

Attend Medical Appointments

It is essential for veterans to attend all the medical appointments made either by the VA or their private doctors. This is particularly true if you are undergoing psychological or physical therapy or have been prescribed medication.

Get a Buddy Letter from a Credible First-Hand Witness

We can define a VA Buddy Letter as a credible written statement that is completed by a competent and reliable individual at least 18 years of age. This person should have direct or first-hand knowledge of your injury or the event that led to the injury. This letter offers an account of what they witnessed or are witnessing now to support your disability claim.

The best thing is that these personal statements can come from your fellow service member, friend, spouse, pastor, boss, co-worker, adult child, or any other credible and competent witness who is at liberty to discuss your disability condition and its underlying symptoms.

Use the Right Forms to Request an Updated Disability Rating

The forms you must complete to request a re-evaluation usually differ based on where you initially received medical treatment. For example, if you received care at a VA facility or military service health facility, you just need to complete Form 21-526EZ.

On the other hand, if you received medical treatment for your injuries at a civilian facility, you will also have to complete Form 21-4142. A trained and experienced veterans’ benefits advocate will help you decide the best course of action. 


Many veterans in find that their impairments or disabilities worsen with time. When your service-related impairments worsen, you might be entitled to a disability rating increase. This means that you may be owed more monthly compensation for your physical or mental impairments.

Why Hire an Advocate to Increase Your VA Disability Rating

Low-Rating Decisions

Have you received a preliminary decision from the VA and believe that they gave you a lower disability rating than you deserve? If so, you could appeal.

Our competent VA benefits advocates have helped many veterans who were initially rated too low. Keep in mind that you only have 12 months to appeal an unfavorable VA decision. You should contact our veterans’ disability representatives before your appeal period expires.

Worsened Impairments

Has your mental or physical impairment worsened since your last disability rating decision? If so, you may want a rating increase. As a veteran, you can file for disability rating increases with the VA.

If you need assistance and guidance filing for a rating increase, you can give our VA disability rating advocates a call. We will guide you in the right direction.

Speak With an Experienced and Trained Veterans Benefits Advocate to Increase Your Rating

Veterans Help Group is proud to represent thousands of veterans and their families, and our mission is to win your VA disability benefits claim. Our team of trained advocates and case managers works with lawyers, psychologists, doctors, and paralegals to fight hard for your disability benefits claim.

If you have been denied your veterans’ disability benefits, you do not need to face the VA all alone. At Veterans Help Group, we get you the representation you need in order to file a strong appeal. Our team of advocates has helped veterans receive the disability benefits they are entitled to get.

Need help with your veterans’ benefits? Give Veterans Help Group a call. We have supported veterans in getting the benefits they deserve since 1995 and can help you improve your disability rating. If you or a loved one served and is unable to work, we are here to help.

Call Us Now!

To get started with your veteran’s disability claim and increase your rating, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at 855-855-8992 or get started with our free case evaluation tool. Our veterans’ benefits advocates are committed to serving the brave men and women of our country. Legal representation and advocacy should be available to all disabled veterans. We look forward to speaking with you and learning how we can help increase your rating.



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