Good afternoon, this is Brad Hennings here at Chisholm Chisholm and Kilpatrick. I'm joined today by Anna Peterson and Nikolas Brakes, and we're here to talk a little bit about mental health ratings in the VA disability system. Before we get going, I just wanted to let everyone know that if you have any questions during the presentation, please ask them right here on Facebook. If you're watching this later on, please reach out to us on Facebook or on our website at CCKlaw.com. So let's talk a little bit about the VA and how they rate disabilities. What does the VA consider a ratable mental illness? Well, it's basically any sort of mental health disability that's diagnosed and that can be attributed to a veteran's military service. This can include a range of different disabilities, such as anxiety-related disorders, post-traumatic stress disorder, psychotic disorders like schizophrenia, and even cognitive disorders and eating disorders like bulimia or anorexia. The important question is whether or not the disability is related to their military service. This would also include signature injuries of the current conflicts, such as traumatic brain injuries. What mental health illnesses are not ratable by the VA? One that comes to mind is personality disorders. The VA has stated that they will not grant service connection for personality disorders. This can significantly affect some of our older veterans who were discharged due to a personality disorder. Personality disorders are lifelong conditions and do not change, which is why the VA doesn't service connect them. In my experience, I have found that in some cases, personality disorders are used as an excuse to deny service connection. When reviewing these files, I often see individuals who clearly had issues during their service, sought mental health treatment, and then were suddenly discharged or medically...
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VACATION AND RETIREMENT NOTICE FOR EACH WEEKEND AND WINTER, EXCEPT HOLIDAYS EVERY THURSDAY, FRIDAY, SATURDAY, AND SUNDAY 1. The VACATION NOTICE will take effect on the 7th day of the month following the end of the week. You do not need to provide a copy of your VA Form 23-2053. 2. You are eligible to receive a maximum vacation pay for the upcoming weeks based on your salary, the number of weeks your position in service is called for, and the length of your service. 3. The maximum vacation pay will be based on the current pay for the base pay grade in the weekly pay schedule of which you received your pay letter. 4. The maximum vacation pay for all weeks in this wave is 10 per cent (10.0 per cent) of the total vacation pay you have. 5. You may receive 10 vacation pay for a quarter of service for the following reasons: a. You served at a time which was designated as a “weekend” within 6 months of your pay period of assignment to the unit. b. When you were assigned to a unit that was called for duty every morning and every afternoon. c. When the unit is called for duty on Saturdays on the days faster than the regular workweek. d. When the unit is called for duty on regular hours only (no weekday shifts). 6. The following circumstances will lead the pay officer to designate you as eligible for vacation pay for weekend dates in this wave. a. You are assigned to a unit for a regular 24-hour period (i.e. “weekend”), but the unit is not assigned to duty at the normal time, you have two or more weeks of non-regular training in the unit, and your work requirement that would normally require you to report or attend a school may require you to work weekends. b. You serve during holidays. c. Furthermore, you are under the age of 50 as of the pay date. d.
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