VA meets on disability compensation

On May 18, Jacob Gadd, assistant director for Program Management, attended the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation. The Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation is charged with advising the Secretary of Veterans Affairs on the maintenance and periodic readjustment of the VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities. The Committee received an update on Compensation and Pension (C&P) activities by Bradley Mayes, director of C&P Service.

Mr. Mayes addressed several topics such as the New Agent Orange Presumptives (B-cell leukemia, Parkinson's disease) and this current fiscal year priority of revising the Musculoskeletal criteria for the VA rating schedule. Additionally, Mr. Mayes discussed the need for Veterans Benefits Administration evaluation of the 56 Rating Exam Worksheets and the new VA E-Benefits portal which will allow veterans to apply for benefits, download their DD Form 214 and receive VA online services.


  1. My son was medically discharged and given a 50% service connected rating of disability. The VA Administration has reviewed his disability and decided that he is only 10%. The military said he had to be discharged medically. How can the VA take away the original disability rating? Nothing has gotten better and in fact has gotten worse. By reducing his rating, he lost his Tri Care health insurance. I think this is wrong and something needs to be done. He wanted a career in the military. The system is screwed up and needs to be fixed so that when a person is discharged for medical reasons and is given a rating, it should not be reduced.
  2. all that is said is the av meets on disability compensation but not a thing about what was said an what is going with agent orange
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