Over the past month, I’ve been surveying veterans who follow Veterans Law Blog.

I want to learn what the VLB does well, I want to learn what the VLB is not doing well.

I wanted to learn how the VLB could be better and get you more information and knowledge.

In this video, I’ll summarize the 5 most consistent pieces of feedback and what that means for the Veterans Law Blog in the rest of 2019.



  1. Nancy Hetrick

    Does the VA have any kind of death benefits? My husband passed away on August 6th, 2019, and was a veteran. He served in South Korea during the VietNam conflict era, and I don’t know if there’s any benefits or not. It was not something due to anything with being a veteran, unless you consider Parkinson’s disease one of your things that you cover. Please advise if you do, so I can get the proper channels to go through to get his benefits. Thank you.

    • Chris Attig

      Hi Nancy,

      I am so sorry for your loss.

      There are many VA benefits available to survivors, ranging from pensions, to educational assistance to burial benefits and last illness medical expense reimbursement.

      The 3 big benefits for survivors of disabled veterans – and they are NOT the only benefits, so do some research – are:

      1) DIC – a monthly benefit paid to veterans who are disabled at a certain level for a certain number of years before their death, or for veterans who passed away to a service connected disability (or one that SHOULD have been service connected)

      2) Accrued benefits – if a veteran had an open and pending claim or appeal at the time of his or her death, an eligible survivor can step into the shoes of that veteran and pursue a claim for “accrued benefits” – benefits that should have been paid to the veteran during his or her lifetime.

      There is a LOT of info on the Veterans Law Blog® about survivor benefits, but this post is a good place to start:


  2. Jai Cotman

    A question more than a comment. I can’t speak for others, but I am no longer on Facebook, so any information shared on that platform is missed. I can imagine others fall into that boat as well. Will any of that info be made available on related information posted on YouTube? Thanks so much for all you do to help us get the assistance we need.

    • Chris Attig

      I’ll be focusing a lot more on You Tube the rest of this year, and will not be on Facebook as much.

      What sort of information would you expect to see more of on YouTube?


  3. John B

    Mr Attig,

    Your website is the best veterans reference availability on the internet.

    With your information I handled my VA claim with very little outside assistance.

    I have submitted four claims thus far. All were approved.

    What was most amazing was due to your advice all my claims were processed in just a month or two after I submited them.

    All of my claims were granted.

    I thank you for giving me the tools to be my own advocate.

    I know very few Vets move through the claims process with such ease. But for me it went very smoothly. And the reason it went smoothly is because of your advice.

    Thank you for all you do for us.

    • Chris Attig

      Hi John,

      I’m so glad that the VLB helped you get those claims through so fast!

      That’s about as fast as my fastest cases, so I may have to pick YOUR brain. 🙂

      Great job, and congratulations!!


  4. Randall Hulse

    After using information on your website, and 4 years of difficult patience, I finally received notice that my claims for % increase were approved! What began with a SOC denial, then appeals remand, then a SSOC…2 C&P exams later all evidence came together to get my approval. Your website helped me do all of the work myself and not have to give 1/3 of my backpay to attorneys. No VSOs either. Just me and your information!
    Thank you so much for your work you do!!
    Randy H.

    • Chris Attig


      Congratulations!!! I love hearing stories like this and it’s exactly what this blog was meant to do – give you the information to take the fight to the VA…AND WIN!

      Great job!


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