Hello Jim,

I am hoping you can shed some light on an unusual so called Hearing loss.

My threshold scores show a moderate hearing loss. however my speech discrimination scores are in the 50's area bilaterally. I was an Aircraft mechanic and served in Viet Nam with the Air Force for a year.

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Posted on: Monday, December 2, 2013

Sir,  I am a gulf war vet I have had multiple symptoms for a number of years now.  unfortunately for me I got out of the corps in may of 91 a month after I got back from the gulf.  while in the gulf me and my platoon went to a newly established chow hall and ate the first fresh meal that we  had had in months.  it wasn’t  long and all of us where fighting ove

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Posted on: Monday, December 2, 2013
Jim, I have talked with a representative in travel three times about my travel pay. The VA now uses a different map- ("military Bing map") which uses the shortest distance between destinations. Totally ridiculous, circuitous routes, which nobody in their right mind would travel. Some of these roads, which I can't even find on any map, must be unpaved, certainly not cleared of snow in the winter, rendering them impassable. The VA employee I spoke with agreed to snail mail a map of this mysterious, meandering, totally absurd route, which I intend to use, not only for my benefit, but also to benefit other veterans who are routinely being short-changed on their travel pay.more...
Posted on: Thursday, November 7, 2013
Jim, Back in early March I tripped over an article on the VA now accepting claims for Ischemic Heart Disease under the Agent Orange qualifier. I had bypass surgery in 1981 and never knew that it was related to AO. I served in Vietnam for a year, Jan. 1966 to Feb 1967. I filed under the Fast Track claims on March 27 2013. I would like to know why there was no notifications about this being added to the list of eligible claims sent out to veterans. Now I read that my compensation is only going to paid from my filing date. I've been dealing with this condition for over thirty years and this is what I get?more...
Posted on: Thursday, November 7, 2013

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Posted on: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Hello Jim, I served in the Navy during the First Gulf War with the Seabees. I got out in 1992, in 2005 my friend saw the signs of PTSD and convinced me to go the VA. I was having a lot problems at work and failed relationships, plus nightmares, flashbacks, and difficulty dealing with people in my job as a customer service representative (both customers and management) To make a long story short I was awarded 30% service connected for PTSD. I went to therapy at local Vets Center, things got worse at work, and personal life( been divorced three times and had 5 failed live in relationships since 1992)more...
Posted on: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Hi Jim, Recently a friend of ours told us the VA raters are looking for keywords in buddy letters. Could you advise what some of them are? I am the wife of an OIF Veteran and am trying my best to write a good letter without it being a book. There are some key things I want to stress in the letter and give good examples like it says to do but do not want to end up with a book. I don't know if this helps but things we are claiming are moody, sleep apnea memory loss (associated with gulf war syndrome) PTSD and a few other things. I have looked online for basic spouse buddy letter examples but can not find anything everything I find is peer to peer. more...
Posted on: Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Hello Jim, I'm a VA employee and a rater at a VARO. You recently had a discussion about how "reconsideration" is used instead of going straight to a formal appeal. These are my comments about that. I agree with you and the lawyer, there is no such thing as “reconsideration.” These are duplicate claims with no basis in law to reconsider unless evidence, not previously considered, is received. What should be happening in these cases (we routinely did it until around early-mid 2000, is that a letter should be sent to Veteran indicating that if he has additional evidence not previously considered, we will be glad to reconsider; otherwise, you have the remaining one year to appeal the decision. At this point, any pending claim would be cancelled. more...
Posted on: Friday, September 27, 2013
Hi Jim, What would you estimate the compensation percentage would be for a veteran whose heart stopped , was revived by EMT's , had 5 stents put in arteries , takes 10 plus pills a day and still contends with chest pain and weakness ? I am 64 years old and earned a CIB in Vietnam in 1970 and a CAB in Iraq in 2005. Thank you for all you do for veterans !more...
Posted on: Friday, September 27, 2013
Hey Jim, Sometimes I meet very interesting people at our local VA OPC. Vietnam Veteran took a long time to explain that he travels 50 miles 1 way to come to the clinic and knows for a fact that the $6.00 deductible has been waived for veterans rated 50 percent or more. The poor lady at the window knew nothing about that change. He continued to argue but finally explained that his Congressional Rep. would be contacting this office. Perhaps I am a little different, I don’t know to many health care agencies that pay millage to come to a medical appointment that is free for many of us. If that change of policy is in effect I am sure you would know. Is it true? If the info gets out there it might save the people who work at the VA a lot of aggravation. The only time I heard that the $6.00 fee is waived that if it is a C&P exam. more...
Posted on: Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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