38 U.S. Code § 1156 - Temporary disability ratings
(a) Assignment of Temporary Ratings.—
(1) For the purpose of providing disability compensation under this chapter to veterans, the Secretary shall assign a temporary disability rating to a veteran as follows:
(A) To a veteran who—
(i) was discharged or released from active duty not more than 365 days before the date such veteran submits a claim for disability compensation under this chapter;
(ii) has one or more disabilities for which a rating of total is not immediately assignable—
(B) To a veteran who, as a result of a highly stressful in-service event, has a mental disorder that is severe enough to bring about the veteran’s discharge or release from active duty.
(C) To a veteran who has a service-connected disability that requires hospital treatment or observation in a Department of Veterans Affairs or approved hospital for a period in excess of 21 days.
(2) With respect to a veteran described in paragraph (1)(A), the Secretary may assign a temporary disability rating to such veteran regardless of whether such veteran has obtained a medical examination or a medical opinion concerning such veteran’s disability.
(b) Termination of Temporary Disability Ratings.—
(1) Except as provided in paragraph (2), a temporary disability rating assigned to a veteran under this section shall remain in effect as follows:
(A) For a veteran who is assigned a temporary disability rating under subsection (a)(1)(A), until the later of the date that is—
(B) For a veteran who is assigned a temporary disability rating under subsection (a)(1)(B), until the date on which a rating decision is issued to such veteran following the medical examination scheduled under subsection (a)(3).
(C) For a veteran who is assigned a temporary disability rating under subsection (a)(1)(C), until the later of the date that is—
(i) the last day of the month in which the veteran is discharged from the hospital as described in such subsection (a)(1)(C); or
(c) Regulations.— The Secretary shall prescribe regulations to carry out the provisions of this section.
Source(Added Pub. L. 110–389, title II, § 211(a),Oct. 10, 2008, 122 Stat. 4149.)
Prior to renumbering of sections 301 to 363 of this chapter as sections 1101 to 1163 by Pub. L. 102–83, § 5(a),Aug. 6, 1991, 105 Stat. 406, section 356 of this chapter, Pub. L. 85–857, Sept. 2, 1958, 72 Stat. 1125, which provided for a minimum rating for veterans with arrested tuberculosis, was repealed by Pub. L. 90–493, § 4,Aug. 19, 1968, 82 Stat. 809, but repeal not applicable in case of veteran who on Aug. 19, 1968, was receiving or entitled to receive compensation for tuberculosis which in the judgment of the Administrator had reached a condition of complete arrest.
Pub. L. 110–389, title II, § 211(b),Oct. 10, 2008, 122 Stat. 4151, provided that: “Section 1156 (a)(1) of title 38, United States Code, as added by subsection (a), shall apply with respect to a veteran who is discharged or released from active duty (as defined in section 101 of title 38, United States Code) on or after the date of the enactment of this Act [Oct. 10, 2008].”