Winning Your VA Claim for Chloracne: A Guide for Vietnam Veterans

Hello, I’m Allen Gumpenberger, the founder of Gumps VA Compensation. Our firm specializes in helping veterans win the compensation they deserve for their service-related disabilities. Today, I want to discuss a specific disability that affects many Vietnam veterans: chloracne.

Chloracne is a rare type of acne that is caused by exposure to certain chemicals, including herbicides like Agent Orange. Many Vietnam veterans were exposed to these chemicals, which can lead to chloracne and other health issues. If you are a Vietnam veteran and suffer from chloracne, you may be eligible for VA disability benefits.

The first step in winning your VA claim for chloracne is to get a proper diagnosis. You will need to see a doctor who can confirm that your chloracne is related to your military service. This can be a challenge, as chloracne is a rare condition and may be misdiagnosed as regular acne.

Once you have a proper diagnosis, you can begin the VA claims process. This process can be complicated, and it is important to have an experienced VA disability lawyer on your side. At Gumps VA Compensation, we have helped many Vietnam veterans win their claims for chloracne and other service-related disabilities.

To win your VA claim for chloracne, you will need to provide evidence that your condition is related to your military service. This may include medical records, statements from witnesses who served with you, and other documentation. Your VA disability lawyer can help you gather this evidence and present it to the VA in the most effective way possible.

It is also important to note that the VA may try to downplay the severity of your chloracne or argue that it is not related to your military service. This is where having an experienced VA disability lawyer on your side can make a big difference. Your lawyer can challenge the VA’s arguments and present evidence that supports your claim.

In conclusion, if you are a Vietnam veteran who suffers from chloracne, you may be eligible for VA disability benefits. The VA claims process can be complicated, but with the help of an experienced VA disability lawyer, you can increase your chances of winning your claim. At Gumps VA Compensation, we are committed to helping veterans win the compensation they deserve, and we look forward to serving you.

Age and the VA Claims Process: Insights from Allen Gumpenberger at Gumps VA Compensation

Hello there, it’s Allen Gumpenberger, founder of Gumps VA Compensation. I’m excited to share with you some important information about the VA claims process, specifically focusing on whether age plays a role in the process.

First, let’s start with some basic information about the VA claims process. When a veteran files a claim with the VA, the VA will evaluate the veteran’s claim based on a variety of factors, including the severity of the veteran’s condition and the veteran’s service history. The VA will also consider any medical evidence provided by the veteran, as well as any additional information provided by the veteran’s healthcare provider.

Now, let’s address the question of whether age plays a role in the VA claims process. The short answer is no, age does not play a direct role in the VA claims process. The VA is required to evaluate each claim based on the evidence provided, regardless of the age of the veteran.

However, it’s important to note that age can indirectly affect the VA claims process. As veterans age, they may be more likely to develop conditions that are related to their military service. For example, veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange during their service in Vietnam may develop conditions such as diabetes or cancer later in life. These conditions may be more common in older veterans, which means that older veterans may be more likely to file claims related to these conditions.

Additionally, older veterans may face additional challenges when filing claims with the VA. For example, older veterans may have difficulty obtaining medical evidence to support their claims, particularly if they are no longer able to work or have limited mobility. Older veterans may also have more complex medical histories, which can make it more difficult to establish a clear connection between their military service and their current condition.

At Gumps VA Compensation, we understand the unique challenges that older veterans face when filing claims with the VA. That’s why we’re dedicated to providing personalized, compassionate support to veterans of all ages. We work closely with our clients to gather the necessary evidence to support their claims, and we’re always available to answer any questions or concerns that they may have.

In conclusion, age does not play a direct role in the VA claims process, but it can indirectly affect the process in a variety of ways. At Gumps VA Compensation, we’re committed to providing the highest level of support and advocacy to veterans of all ages. If you have any questions about the VA claims process or would like to learn more about how we can help, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We’re always here to help!

How to get a good VA compensation result for peripheral neuropathy

As a veteran and the owner of Gumps VA Compensation, I have helped many veterans navigate the process of obtaining VA compensation for various conditions, including peripheral neuropathy. I understand how difficult and overwhelming it can be to understand the VA’s compensation system and to gather the necessary evidence to support a claim for peripheral neuropathy. In this article, I want to educate my fellow veterans on how to get a good VA compensation result for peripheral neuropathy.

First, let’s define what peripheral neuropathy is. Peripheral neuropathy is a condition that affects the peripheral nerves, which are the nerves that connect the brain and spinal cord to the rest of the body. The symptoms of peripheral neuropathy can include numbness, tingling, burning sensations, muscle weakness, and pain. This condition can be caused by a variety of factors, including diabetes, alcoholism, exposure to toxins, and certain medications.

To get a good VA compensation result for peripheral neuropathy, it’s important to have a clear diagnosis from a medical professional. This means visiting a doctor or specialist who can diagnose peripheral neuropathy and provide documentation of the diagnosis. It’s also important to gather any medical records related to your peripheral neuropathy, including test results and treatment records.

Next, it’s important to understand the VA’s rating system for peripheral neuropathy. The VA uses a rating system called the General Rating Formula for Peripheral Nerve Injuries to determine the level of disability for peripheral neuropathy. This system takes into account factors such as the severity of the symptoms, the level of functional impairment, and the ability to work.

To get a good VA compensation result, it’s important to provide evidence that supports the severity of your peripheral neuropathy and its impact on your daily life. This can include statements from friends and family members, as well as your own statements, describing how the condition affects you. It’s also helpful to provide evidence of any accommodations you’ve had to make, such as special equipment or changes to your work environment.

It’s also important to be aware of any potential secondary conditions that may be caused by your peripheral neuropathy. For example, if your peripheral neuropathy is caused by diabetes, it’s important to also provide evidence of any complications from diabetes, such as retinopathy or nephropathy.

It’s also important to remember that the VA’s compensation process can be complicated and time-consuming. It’s not uncommon for a claim for peripheral neuropathy to take several months or even years to be processed. It’s important to be patient and persistent in following up on your claim and to seek help from a professional like myself if you need assistance.

In conclusion, getting a good VA compensation result for peripheral neuropathy requires a clear diagnosis, strong evidence of the severity of the condition, and an understanding of the VA’s rating system. With the right preparation and guidance, veterans with peripheral neuropathy can successfully navigate the VA’s compensation process and receive the benefits they deserve.

VA Compensation And Benefits

Hey everyone, it’s Allen Gumpenberger with Gumps Talks VA. As a veteran, it’s important to stay informed about changes to VA compensation and benefits. That’s why we wanted to let you know about the recent increase in VA compensation that Congress has passed and is set to go into effect in January 2023. This is one of the biggest increases in years and could have a significant impact on the financial well-being of veterans and their families.

First, let’s discuss what VA compensation is and who is eligible to receive it. VA compensation is a tax-free financial benefit paid to veterans who are disabled as a result of a service-connected injury or illness. It is also available to certain surviving spouses, dependents, and children of deceased veterans. The amount of compensation a veteran is eligible to receive is based on the severity of their disability, with higher ratings resulting in larger payments.

The new increase in VA compensation is set to go into effect on January 1, 2023. It includes a 8.7% cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for all VA compensation and pension rates, as well as an increase in the rates for dependents and survivors. This COLA is designed to help offset the impact of inflation on veterans’ benefits.

While a 8.7% increase may seem small, it can make a significant difference for many veterans and their families. For example, a veteran with a 100% disability rating currently receives $3,057.13 per month. With the new COLA, they would receive an additional $39.74 per month, bringing their total monthly payment to $3,096.87. This may not seem like a lot, but it can add up over time and help veterans cover the costs of necessary expenses like medical bills, housing, and food.

In addition to the COLA, the new increase in VA compensation also includes an increase in the rates for dependents and survivors. For example, the rate for a surviving spouse with one child will increase from $1,340.49 per month to $1,362.11 per month. This is a significant increase that will help surviving spouses and dependents cover their expenses and maintain a decent standard of living.

While the new increase in VA compensation is welcome news for many veterans and their families, it’s important to note that not everyone will be eligible to receive it. To be eligible for VA compensation, a veteran must have a service-connected disability that meets certain criteria. If you’re not sure whether you are eligible for VA compensation, we recommend reaching out to the VA or a veterans’ service organization for more information.

If you are a veteran or surviving spouse who is eligible for VA compensation, we encourage you to reach out to Gumps VA Compensation. Our team of experienced professionals can help you navigate the process of applying for and receiving VA benefits, including the new increase in VA compensation. We have a proven track record of helping veterans and their families get the benefits they deserve, and we are here to help you too.

In conclusion, the new increase in VA compensation is a welcome development for many veterans and their families. It includes a 8.7% COLA for all VA compensation and pension rates, as well as an increase in the rates for dependents and survivors. If you are a veteran or surviving spouse who is eligible for VA compensation, we encourage you to reach out to Gumps VA Compensation for help navigating the process of applying for and receiving these benefits.

National Veterans and Military Family Month; What to Expect

Hello there, Allen Gumpenberger here with another blog to keep you updated on the latest happenings in the Veteran community. I’ve come bearing good news! At the beginning of the month, President Biden declared the month of November, National Veterans and Military families appreciation month.

According to the president, this month is a time to honor veterans for their strength and service to the Nation. As people who personally experienced the ups and downs of being in the military, the President understands the devotion it takes to serve.

This is a month to honor the veterans who served the nation as well as praise the courage of those who give their lives to take care of their loved ones who served. The President asked that honor be bestowed on veterans and military families through ceremonies, activities, and of course giveaways.

There are tons of events and business discounts ongoing to give veterans the honor that they deserve. Many businesses have set up special discounts for veterans, others are organizing special events to celebrate the month. Most remarkable is the United States Defense department launch of an initiative to help support veterans.

In order to help Veterans and military families secure affordable basic needs the Defense secretary has directed that the 2023 Basic Allowance for Housing be reviewed and increased. Although this went into effect in October, effective January 2023, members of the BNA (Basic Needs Allowance) who apply and qualify will be paid a supplemental allowance.

In addition to that, the President will include a 4.6 percent pay increase for service members from the 1st of January 2021. There’s a lot for veterans to benefit from and you know I will always keep you posted with the details. To honor veterans, commissaries will be funded for a price cut at the register to achieve at least 25% in savings.

To find out more about this, check out the department’s press release here. Other businesses offering support for Veterans and military families this month are;

The 9/11 Memorial and Museum– Complimentary admission from November 9th to November 13th.

Crunch Fitness– Veterans, their families, and active-duty military can work out for free from the 7th of November to the 13th. Other discounts apply at different crunch fitness venues, feel free to visit their site for more info.

Kohls- All veterans and active duty military personnel get 30% off purchases made at any Kohl store from November 11 to November 13th.

Central Station Hotel – From the 10th of November to the 14th, central station hotel is giving a 30% discount to all Veterans and their families when you book a stay through the 9th of April, 2023.

It’s a month to honor and celebrate all that veterans and their families have done for the United States. Businesses that recognize and want to honor this month can be found here. Take advantage of these discounts for you and your family. To access these discounts, all you have to do is show your military id card, a veterans ID card, or a VA benefits card.

If you need extra help accessing these special benefits, you know we’ll always have your back. Feel free to schedule an appointment with us, and let’s find out how to help you.


VA Disability Gives New Benefits

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For years, the story was the same…

Throughout the 90s and post 9/11 wars, the army would use open air pits to dispose of jet fuel, garbage and other materials…

On prolonged exposure to these fumes, Courageous soldiers would return home, only to be diagnosed with Cancer, respiratory issues or lung disease (sometimes amidst other service related injuries…)

These war heroes would then reach out to the VA concerning the connection of their crisis to their service related exposure to toxic fumes…

But get shut down for lack of “sufficient evidence”. And left to carry their cross alone, without any compensation or due help from the nation they risked their lives for.

Not anymore though…

I come bearing great news!

Hi there, Allen Gumpenberger here, back with yet another blog post to enlighten you (or your retired loved one) on VA Disability…

President Joe Biden, on August 10 signed the legislation (Called the PACT Act) – Outlining 23 health conditions that will be labeled as “Presumptive” aiding veterans to get special benefits from their service infused exposure to Burn Pits and Toxins.

This new Act reduces the heavy burden on veteran survivors or their families, to prove eligibility to special benefits by being victims of Brain Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Lung Diseases, Testestinal Cancer, Respiratory Issues and more.

The announcement was made by VA Secretary, Dennis McDonough at the American Legion Convention recently held in Milwaukee on August 31, 2022.

This isn’t a wife’s tale.


It’s been signed, sealed and made official by the President himself, with  processing of new applications for benefits proceeding on Jan 1, 2023

“Veterans have waited too long for this care and these benefits already and we’re not going to make them wait any longer,” …

“So instead of phasing in the conditions over the coming years, we’re making all conditions outlined in the PACT Act presumptive August 10.”

VA Secretary Denis McDonough told the American Legion National Convention in Milwaukee on Wednesday.

“One of the biggest expansions of VA benefits in history won’t be easy”“We will really need your help communicating because we want every veteran, every single veteran to get the care they need and the benefits they deserve, the benefits they have earned, and we will not rest until they do,” McDonough said.

The new bill was named in honor of Sgt. 1st Class Heath Robinson, diagnosed with Lung Cancer and a rare autoimmune disorder after serving his time with the Army National Guard in Kosovo & Iraq. Due to his prolonged exposure to burn pits.

He passed away in 2020.

So if you or a loved one have any similar health challenges to the ones listed in this post, you can get real help and SOON.

This new law further increases the presumptive disease list relating to Agent Orange by including exposure in the following places;

  • Thailand
  • Cambodia
  • Laos
  • American Samoa
  • Johnston Atoll
  • Guam

While boosting federal research on toxic exposure, and the VA’s resources and training to help process and deliver new claims from a bill that costs about $279 billion over 10 years and estimated by the Congressional Budget Office to go as high as $600 billion

Be rest assured I’ll have a post showing you a step by step process to claim these benefits as soon as an update comes.

Until then, Stop suffering in silence and start preparing to legally take what is deservedly yours if you’re eligible…

Feel free to schedule an appointment  if you need hands-on help when the VA opens the doors!




The internet isn’t half as safe as you might think, or worse than you already know.

It is a jungle filled with predators trying to scam as many ignorant people as they can find.

Your VA benefits make you an attractive target for these fraudsters camouflaged as helpful law firms. Posing as helpful but trying to use your ignorance to rob you of your blood and tears

Your hard earned VA Disability Benefits

Hi there, Allen Gumpenberger here, back with yet another blog post to enlighten you (or your retired loved one) on VA Disability again.

So follow every word of this article as I show you how to avoid the online predators bent on stealing what is rightfully yours.

The following are signals you should be cautious of when a “law firm” reaches out to you (or you to them) even when they claim to have your best interest at heart;


  • COMMUNICATION TOOLS : These “firms” will usually reach out via official looking phone calls, text messages, email or media messages.

So BE ON ALERT and don’t let your guard down.

As long as it is a tool to get your attention and permission, IT CAN BE A SCAM.



Any request  asking you to sign a legally binding document committing your VA Benefits to a law firm and giving them access to your eBenefits account is outrightly a SCAM. Sound the alarm immediately. They’re out to get you.

  • SIGNING BLANK FORMS: Under no circumstance should you sign an empty Blank form, supposedly to be completed by someone else at a later time (Virtually or in person.)

All information (data, terms, agreements, statements) should be on whatever document requires your signature when filing a claim for your VA Benefits.

The moment a supposed law firm tells you to sign a blank form, know that you very well may be in the grasp of scammers.


Here are some scam-proof measures you or your loved one can take in their bid to claim their hard earned VA Disability Benefits:

  • REVIEW BEFORE SIGNING : Always carefully review the content of any document before signing. A signature is legally binding and could make your case difficult even if you eventually find you’ve been scammed.

So If you already have personal legal counsel, by all means reach out for assistance reviewing any legal documents.



  • CHECK FOR ACCREDITATION: If you need help from a law firm to file your VA Disability benefit claim, then ensure you find an accredited VSO (Virtual Service Organization) to be completely safe.
  • REPORT! : These predators are out to cause pain and loss to you and several other veterans and their families for their selfish gains if they’re not stopped. Compensation they haven’t earned.

So if in any way get insight into their tricks, or spot a suspicious predatory firm, you owe it to your comrades to REPORT IT IMMEDIATELY or contact the VA directly at 1-800-827-1000.

If you’re eligible to claim your VA Disability Benefits but weary of falling into the wrong hands, then Gumps VA Compensation Services is here to help you


Schedule an appointment right away!

The Ultimate Guide to Increase Your VA Disability Rating.

Hi there, Allen Gumpenberger back with yet another blog post to enlighten you (or you’re retired loved one) on VA Disability. It is one of the most important subjects and questions that many veterans have in mind, how can I Increase Your VA Disability Rating?

You’ve put your life and health on the line for your country, so there’s nothing worse than not getting the compensation you deserve.

Yet watching your family get the pointier end of the stick as they bear the complete weight of your transition to civilian life and personal welfare.

But the good news is…

That is going to be totally under your Control after you finish this article.

Especially if whatever compensation you’re getting right now from the VA (Veteran Administration) isn’t nearly enough to manage your rapidly deteriorating health and its consequences.

If you’re reading this, then you’re already familiar with what a VA Disability Rating is, and probably getting a monthly stipend. But over time, your situation has worsened along with the costs of managing it.

So to infuse some comfort and happiness back into your life, I’ll show you how to get more pay by increasing your VA Disability rating.


How To  Increase Your VA Disability Rating


Instead of waiting for the VA to miraculously come to your aid, here are three (3) ways other veterans like you are presently getting more pay to better care of themselves and their conditions;


Make an Official VA Rating Increase appeal


Your initial claim and the compensation that comes with it doesn’t bar you from filing a fresh complaint to the VA requesting for an increase in your rates based on new developments in your conditions.

Unknown to most veterans, you have up to a year from the date of your previous Rating and Payment notification to file a Notice Of Disagreement under the Appeals Modernization Acts (so don’t worry about breaking protocol or rank)

These appeals could either be asking for another review by a more rating specialist if you feel it wasn’t done properly called a Higher-Level Appeal.

 And could also involve providing new medical evidence of your deteriorating health since the initial review or appealing directly to the board of Veteran Administrations. Called Supplementary Claims & Notice Of Disagreements respectively.


File a Claim


If you just found this article and realize it’s been more than a year since your last rating notification was received and can’t file a Notice Of Disagreement as discussed above…


Don’t panic. You’re still in the clear.


How? You can still file a claim to the VA office to have your ratings increased by submitting New medical evidence (private medical results included) showing that your service-connected disability has worsened in recent times.

What follows this is a Compensation & Pension exam (C&P) which I’d advise you don’t miss under any circumstance to ensure your claim is not denied.

The form for this claim is an Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits (VA Form 21- 526EZ)


File for TDIU and 100 Rating Compensation


If you have a service-connected disability that has rendered you completely unemployable then you might be eligible for a Total Disability Based On Individual Unemployability (TDIU) benefit.

 Filing and getting this gives you access to get the equivalent pay for having a 100% VA Disability Rating even if your disability rating score doesn’t add up to a 100


PS: You’re eligible for this if you have a disability rating of at least 60% or more than one service-connected disability that adds up to at least 70%. Pretty amazing right!?

 The necessary form to get this claim if it applies to you or a loved one is the VA Form 21-8940: Veteran’s Application Based on Unemployability.


Closing Remarks

 At this point, getting lower benefits than you deserve will simply be a choice. You and your family deserve better, and the transition for rest of you or your loved one shouldn’t be more difficult than it should be.

If you need any help processing your options or have a unique case somehow not mentioned in this post, then contact me right now by sending an email. I’d be honored to help!

Go claim that PAY!









VA Disability Back Pay – Everything You Need to Know

Hi there, Allen Gumpenberger back with yet another blog post to enlighten you (or you’re retired loved one) on VA Disability. In this blog post, I’ll be focusing the spotlight on something that could well benefit any disabled veteran reading this as they make the not-so-easy transition from Military to Civilian Life.

So what is this Mysterious thing Allen? I’ll tell you…

It’s called a VA Disability Back Pay. And yes, it isn’t the same as the Disability benefits you’re already accustomed to right now. This is a Tax-Free additional payment that could facilitate life for you as you bravely carry on life with your disability and make sure it is easier on your dependents if you have any.

So follow closely champ.


What Is a VA Disability Back Pay?

This is money owed Disabled Veterans between the date you applied for your disability benefits and the date it was eventually granted.

This aid is Sponsored by The U.S Department of Veteran Affairs via the VHA (Veteran Health Administration) considering that Brave men and women who have given their lives and health for the country, upon appealing for the Disability benefits owed them, have to sit out weeks, months and even years in pain and discomfort waiting for the processing and final approval of these benefits.

Back pays are extra pay commensurate to disability rating and waiting time of veterans.


 What Makes You Eligible?

To be Eligible for the VA Disability back pay you (or your loved one as the case may be) must have been in active duty with the Navy, Air Force, Marines, Army or Coast Guard, in addition to a Certificate of Eligibility.

And of course, had to endure a frustrating waiting period upon applying for your initial disability benefits.

Having the prior mentioned makes you eligible to claim a VA Back Pay. Also, worthy of note is that this back pays are also released upon increase in existing disability payments by the Department of Veterans Affairs


How Is It Calculated?

The VA simply calculates the corresponding amount for each qualified applicant using the following factors;


PREVIOUS DISABILITY RATING : The back pay is usually calculated by calculating the difference between your previous disability rating and the new one if your situation worsened. For example a veteran with a 50% insomnia rating that worsened to a 70% rating while waiting for his disability benefits, would have a difference calculated and the commensurate amount paid.


NUMBER OF DEPENDENTS CHANGED: This is simply an increase in dependents like children, spouse (in the case of a marriage), or other family members. An increase in dependents is a huge factor to what your back pay amounts to.


THE EFFECTIVE DATE: A huge misconception is that the effective date is when your injury occurred. But the department considers only the date your claim was received and uses the time gap between that date and your approval to calculate and process your back pay.


How to Claim your Back Pay?

Claiming your Back Pay is a streamlined straightforward process. You simply start by;

Submitting an application online or at the closest local VA office to you,

Include your application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits. And a VA form, all to be mailed or sent to the Department

Do well to have evidence like medical reports ready in preparation for the processing of your application as the VA will upon accepting your claim review, calculate and decide upon your eligibility and Disability Rating… Necessary parameters for the amount that makes up your Back Pay.

If you’re eligible and yet to receive your back pay benefits but find this process overwhelming, then Gumps VA Compensation Services is here to help you.

Schedule an appointment right away!

Military to Civilian Transition What You Need to Know

Hey everyone, this is Allen Gumpenberger here with another unique blog to enlighten you on the topic of the military transition to civilian life.

If you’ve almost served complete time in the military and you’ll be getting out soon, that’s great news! The community and I welcome you back with open hands but I also want to show you the most mistakes made every year by people transitioning from military life back to the life of a civilian.

The department of defense says about 200,000 military people transition to civilian life every year and 2 out of 3 of these veterans, struggle with adjusting to the way of life of the civilians.

So now you see my friend that if you’re struggling with this already, you now know that you are not alone. Hundreds of thousands of other veterans are experiencing the same right now.

In this post, I want to show you the mistakes other veterans have made before you and how you can avoid them so that you can enjoy this transition process as much as possible.




As a veteran, you might think the only thing you need to make a successful transition is to secure a good job. This is good but it is not enough because part of your identity remains with the military – regaining it will be your biggest challenge or opportunity depending on how you choose to look at it.

I’m going to be very honest, the process isn’t easy. Everything about your life is changing and it might be hard to find yourself again but keep your mind open, don’t shut your family out and with time, you will get a hang of it.

Proper Planning:

Before you leave, it is ideal to start early enough and think about what you want to spend time on when you leave so you don’t feel stuck when you do. Making these plans will save you time and money, You’ll see why soon.

Build Connections:

Your other military folks, friends, and family play an important role in helping you settle down in your newfound lifestyle.

They could help with a job, moving to a new place, or finding a new career. Don’t try to do it alone; it’s easier with others.

Also don’t neglect the fact that your family is going through the transition as much as you are, even if they don’t speak up about it. Try to be considerate and involve them in your transition process.

Pay attention to your finance/health

It is advisable to have enough savings for emergencies in peradventure they come up. You can look for free financial counseling on building a financial plan or creating a budget as the case may be.

Before transitioning, don’t try to avoid seeking medical help or treatment.

Dealing with an injury sustained before your transition is more cost-effective than doing so after you leave so make your physical and mental health a priority.