Longstanding VA policy reflected in VA procedural manuals provides that when disability compensation is claimed, VA must make a formal rating decision as to each disability that was either claimed by the veteran or noted in the veteran's records, subject to certain exceptions for non-claimed conditions that are acute and transitory or recorded by history only.
There are many exceptions to the general rule, two which are possibly related to your claim: If further information is needed to determine whether any appropriate payee exists or whether there are any persons having equal or higher precedence than a known prospective payee, VA will request such information from a survivor or authorized representative if the claims file provides sufficient contact information.
The authority citation for part 3, subpart A continues to read as follows:.
That provision delayed the effective date of certain changes to preexisting law made by Public Law 102-4 for a period of six months or for a lesser period in the event that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs determined that VA had fulfilled its obligations under the Nehmer court orders based on the prior law. Public Law 104-275 , sec. If, following such efforts, VA releases the full amount of unpaid benefits to a payee, VA may not thereafter pay any portion of such benefits to any other individual, unless VA is able to recover the payment previously released.
Social Media Facebook Twitter. In the case that a Nehmer class member dies before receiving the payment of retroactive benefits while the case is still under a Nehmer review , the VA will award unpaid benefits to the first individual or entity in existence in the following order: Hi Seth.
Moreover, even if there were any conflict between the 1991 stipulation and order and the hypothetical legislation described by the commenter, we would still disagree with the commenter's conclusion. Government Contracts 51 documents in the last year. However, the provisions of this section will not apply if payment to a Nehmer class member based on a claim described in paragraph c or d of this section is otherwise prohibited by statute or regulation, as, for example, where a class member did not qualify as a surviving spouse at the time of the prior claim or denial.
Special Benefits Section 3. Hi Ann, Apologies for the delayed response to your comment — Seth is out of the office for the time being.
Government Publishing Office metadata More information and documentation can be found in our developer tools pages. The 1991 final stipulation and order in Nehmer stated effective-date rules governing two kinds of claims: However, we did not intend to preclude retroactive payments in cases where VA did issue a decision denying compensation for a covered herbicide disease in a decision rendered after May 3, 1989.
If a Nehmer class member entitled to retroactive benefits pursuant to paragraphs c 1 through c 3 or d 1 through d 3 of this section dies prior to receiving payment of any such benefits, VA shall pay such unpaid retroactive benefits to the first individual or entity listed below that is in existence at the time of payment:.
Patrick M. This rule results from footnote 1 of the Nehmer stipulation. The Benefits Expansion Act, Public Law 107-103 , reflects a purpose to require ongoing periodic reviews of the scientific evidence to determine whether additional presumptions of service connection should be established.
Section 3. Principi, Secretary of Veterans Affairs. A claim will be considered a claim for compensation for a particular covered herbicide disease if:.