VIENNA, VIR­GINIA – As of Sep­tem­ber 30th, 2010 there were 22.7 mil­lion U.S. vet­er­ans, accord­ing to the Depart­ment of Vet­er­ans Affairs (VA). A sur­vey released by the Bureau of Labor Sta­tis­tics this past March revealed an unem­ploy­ment rate of 12.1% in 2011 for the “post-​9/​11″ vet­er­ans, which is sig­nif­i­cantly higher than the over­all U.S. unem­ploy­ment rate of 8.3%. With the unem­ploy­ment rate of vet­er­ans still on the rise, get­ting an accu­rate dis­abil­ity rat­ing is increas­ingly impor­tant since it has a direct impact on the amount of monthly com­pen­sa­tion the vet­eran receives.

The VA Dis­abil­ity Rat­ing sys­tem is a very struc­tured process based on the patient’s doc­u­mented med­ical con­di­tion and his or her response to spe­cific ques­tions; how­ever vet­er­ans may not under­stand why cer­tain ques­tions are being asked dur­ing phys­i­cal exams. Although the VA fully dis­closes this infor­ma­tion in 38 CFR Book C, Sched­ule for Rat­ing Dis­abil­i­ties and the infor­ma­tion is avail­able and eas­ily acces­si­ble by every­one on the VA Ben­e­fits page (http://​www​.ben​e​fits​.va​.gov/​w​a​r​m​s​/​b​o​o​k​c​.​a​s​p), the ter­mi­nol­ogy is tar­geted towards med­ical pro­fes­sion­als and may not always be help­ful to vet­er­ans. While the Mil­i­tary Tran­si­tion Assis­tance Pro­gram (TAP) brief­ing includes the VA Dis­abil­ity Rat­ing process dur­ing the course, often times clar­ity of the expla­na­tion varies by instruc­tor. The result is a VA dis­abil­ity rat­ing sys­tem that is often a con­fus­ing and poorly under­stood process to many vet­er­ans who are sep­a­rat­ing or retir­ing from mil­i­tary service.

In an effort to help Amer­i­can heroes, Micro­Health devel­oped a mobile appli­ca­tion to make the VA Dis­abil­ity Rat­ing process sig­nif­i­cantly eas­ier to fol­low and to under­stand. The Micro­Health “My VA Dis­abil­ity” mobile app, a user-​friendly tool with mul­ti­ple func­tions, is designed and tar­geted specif­i­cally for sep­a­rat­ing and retir­ing vet­er­ans and will help them to bet­ter uti­lize their time with the VA physi­cian max­i­miz­ing his or her health ben­e­fit resources.

Cur­rently, My VA Dis­abil­ity oper­ates on the Android plat­form, but will be com­pat­i­ble with iOS in future releases. The Micro­Health My VA Dis­abil­ity app may be down­loaded com­pletely free of charge on Google Play (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.microhealth.app.myvadiagnosesv2). A sec­ond release with more fea­tures and enhance­ments is expected soon.

About Micro­Health, LLC: Founded in 2010, Micro­Health LLC (www​.micro​health​llc​.com) is a small busi­ness that pro­vides Health­care Infor­ma­tion Tech­nol­ogy solu­tions to Fed­eral and com­mer­cial clients. As part of its com­mit­ment to cor­po­rate social respon­si­bil­ity, Micro­Health, a Green Cer­ti­fied busi­ness, actively engages in the com­mu­nity through its sup­port of the Wounded War­rior Pro­jectTM, speak­ing engage­ments at area schools and uni­ver­si­ties, and other ini­tia­tives pro­mot­ing the com­mon good.