Elyse Futhey

J.D., The Colleges of Law

Elyse Futhey is a freelance editor at Nolo. She holds a J.D. from Santa Barbara and Ventura Colleges of Law and a B.A. in Political Science from Loyola Marymount University. Elyse has experience writing briefs to Administrative Law Judges on behalf of clients applying for Social Security disability benefits.


Articles By Elyse Futhey

Veterans Disability Conditions Related to Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
Thousands of service members returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan suffer from traumatic brain injury (TBI). So many, in fact, that TBI is called the “signature injury” of these wars.
Requesting Corrections to Veterans Military Records From the BCMR
You may want to request a correction in your military record or a change in the character of your military discharge.
Service Disability Compensation for Accidents Not Related to Combat
Injuries that result from accidents while you're on active duty can qualify you for disability compensation.
Unfit for Duty: When You Can Be Found Unfit and Denied Benefits After Separation From the Military
Whether you will be found unfit with or without benefits depends on how your injury your occurred, your disability rating, and your years of service.
How to Obtain Your VA Records
You have the right to your claims file, medical records, personnel records, incident reports, and toxic exposure reports. Here's how to get them.
Getting a Private Medical Opinion for Your VA PTSD Claim
Having an independent medical opinion from a non-VA doctor can help your PTSD claim for VA disability benefits.
Getting Veterans Disability Compensation for Vision or Hearing Loss
Hearing loss and tinnitus are common among veterans. Here's how the VA tests and rates vision and hearing loss caused by service.
Can the VA Stop or Lower My Disability Benefits If I Go to Jail?
If you're incarcerated, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) will sometimes reduce or terminate your disability benefits.
Social Security Benefits for Members of Domestic Partnerships and Civil Unions
While same-sex marriage is legal nationwide, domestic partnerships and civil unions vary by state.