Recent mailbag comments
Reply to: Prostate Cancer, CP Exams and Disability
This is a brief description of my recent experiences. I am a Viet Nam Army vet. After having a prostate biopsy following an increase in PSA readings, my urologist suggested continuing to monitor my PSA for the next 3-6 months. My Gleason was 3+3, with positive biopsy in 2 of 12 sites. I am 72 years old and have had 3 heart attacks in the last 17 years. I submitted my disability claim on Jan 14 and was awarded 100% Temporary Disability by March 15. I expect I will have a C & P exam next Fall sometime, but my plan at this time is to continue with the "Watchful Waiting."
Reply to: VA telephones have never been answered that I'm aware of
Yes some VAMC's and CBOC's suck. They don't seem to care. But that is certainly not universally true--there is wide variety in the VA and there are some facilities where they *do* answer the phones, and most of the employees *do* give a s--t, and where helping a Veteran is the best part of the job.
I *always* answered my phone when I worked for the big bad VA bureacracy--except when I was meeting with a Veteran. We had a crack administrative support crew that rarely let the calls roll over to voice mail. And if they did, they had contests between themselves about who could call the Veteran back the fastest. Plus, in the section where I worked, half the staff were Veterans! They for damn sure did not want to spend their day screwing other Vets! And those of us who didn't serve, almost all of us came from families with generations of service, fierce patriotism, and deep gratitude and respect for you guys and gals who wore the uniform.
Ok, off my soap box. Yeah, parts of the VA could use a major overhaul. But not all the apples are bad in this bunch.
Reply to: Veterans attorneys represent veterans when the veteran needs help with the VA
Very interesting topic and I do agree that most lawyers have specific cases that they like to work on. Awesome how a person can get a direct answer on this site. Thanks for the post.
Reply to: Voc Rehab not available after TDIU
What you might want to check into is the Independent Living Program.
For Veterans too disabled to work the ILP can help with you many aspects of your life. If it found that music lessons would improve your ability to be involbed in the community, they could approve it.
File a request for VR&E, when you go to the interview provide your rating information, and inquire about ILP.
Read as much information as you can find about it while you are waiting.
Reply to: 100% ratings - there is no such thing as a protected rating
How do you have the money sent to State to apply towards child support and possibly applied to the arrears?