On 1 June 2016 the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald had granted “equitable relief to more than 24,000 Veterans following a national review of Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) medical examinations conducted in connection with disability compensation claims processed between 2007 and 2015 … Equitable relief is a unique legal remedy that allows the Secretary to correct an injustice to a claimant where VA is not otherwise authorized to do so within the scope of the law.”
Consequently, the VA will offer new TBI examinations to Veterans whose initial examination for TBI was not conducted by one of four designated medical specialists (a psychiatrist, physiatrist, neurosurgeon or neurologist) and provide them with the opportunity to have their claims reprocessed. TBI has been one of the signature injuries of the current war.
Although the VA will contact the individuals affected, we suggest that anyone who filed during this period for the injury contact their claims service officer to ensure they are not overlooked.
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As of 15 June 2016