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
Jim, I now you are no fan of e-benefits and here's a great example of how confusing it can be. As I told you the other day, I received a call from a woman who identified herself as a DRO granting me service connection for sleep apnea and rhinitus. I believe this was based on a Substantive Appeal Form 9 I submitted in May 2013 however, I never got a docket number from BVA and assumed it had not, as yet, left the Roanoke VARO.more...
Posted on: Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Jim, My 97 year old mother in law, widow of a WW II veteran, has significant dementia and has just been granted VA benefits on her husband's WW II service. Her doctor states that she is unable to handle her finances. The widow has submitted a request for a competency evaluation in order to obtain 3 months of retroactive benefits, but now the family is having second thoughts of pursuing the retroactive benefits and the VA pension due to scary stories we have heard. Her daughter has power of attorney, but is not a court appointed guardian. The only monies my mother in law has is Social Security and a reverse mortgage. My mother in law has 24/7 care in her home and may run out of the reverse mortgage money in 3 to 4 years. Since her expenses and care are a lot more than she received from SS and the VA pension, the family will have to sell the house and put her in a nursing home. And when that money runs out, file for Medicaid. more...
Posted on: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Hi Jim, Question: My husband retired in 1996 and since has developed Diabetes, there is not a family history. How can we tell if this is service connected or not? He served in the USCG from 1974 to 1996. Also is there any connection with asthma and Trichloroethylene? Reply: The only diabetes that is automatically (presumptively) service connected is for Vietnam veterans who served with boots on the ground and were exposed to agent orange. There are some limited cases elsewhere, such as in Korea. If diabetes is diagnosed on active duty or within the first year after ETS, that may also be service connected.more...
Posted on: Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Mr. Strickland, I came across your watchdog site after looking for information for my husband. He recently filed an increase for his PTSD claim in November 2012. The claim has finally made it into the "Preparation for Notification" stage as of 8/20/2013. On that same date a new claim appeared on his eBenefits, a predetermination: Incompetency Proposal. Now we know exactly what it is from, at the C & P exam he stated that I, as his wife, takes care of all of our finances. That being said, I have ALWAYS taken care of our finances, his military time/service has had no direct relation to that. We are still young, expecting our first child, actually 8/20/2013 was our little boys due date but he is being quite stubborn and has still not arrived yet.. throughout the years we have made mistakes, but have learned from them, and with the back pay that would be owed on this claim, we set up a budget plan to pay off all of our debt, to raise our credit, so that we can obtain our first home.more...
Posted on: Friday, September 6, 2013
Dear Jim, My family and I were buying a home with a VA mortgage, we made and offer it was accepted, we had an inspection, we had a VA appraisal and that was all so great, we did everything that was asked, we did not renew our lease, we were ready for the move our first home, took me 52 yr I have been married for 28yrs, 3 kids , we were ready to leave and move to a beautiful home and we started packing. So excited 3 weeks before closing I get a call from my lender telling me my VA mortgage denied, due to a UNDER HONORABLE DISCHARGE. more...
Posted on: Friday, September 6, 2013
Hi Jim, I'm a VN vet.... I've applied for Agent Orange Prostate Cancer and PTSD compensation.... Its been going for a bout a year now.... Yesterday I receive 2 letters from MSLA for an appointment to take a physical exam and a second meeting with a Psychology doc soon. What can I expect from these meeting exams... I am very apprehensive and a bit nervous.... Also, What is MSLA??? Reply,more...
Posted on: Friday, September 6, 2013
Jim, I had a C&P exam yesterday for prostate cancer. Just a little concerned after leaving. It seemed as if the doctor was trying to say that my cancer had disappeared. Diagnosed in 3/2011 with a low grade adeno carcinoma 2 cores positive from biopsy. I have had three biopsies since all negative which I am happy about but I still have prostate cancer. My civilian doctors and I have chosen watchful waiting as the treatment. My first reaction was to get it out of there but I'm happy with our decision. I have been to best cancer hospital in NYC and they also agreed with our decision. more...
Posted on: Friday, August 30, 2013
Hello Jim, I am currently rated and service connected with ankles, hip and back injuries while doing my job as a paratrooper. I currently am being treated for my knees. What is your suggestion on the best way for me to proceed to attain connection? Reply, You seem to have significant leg injuries from your days as a paratrooper. Every veteran who has such injuries, caused or aggravated by our service, should seek the benefits he or she has earned. The law tells us that we are entitled to disability compensation for any service connected injury that has a disabling effect on our activities of daily living. If your knees are painful and you have difficulty walking or with the range of motion to your knees, you are likely eligible for a disability rating.more...
Posted on: Friday, August 30, 2013
Jim, I was reading your article about using a direct claim for IHD and agent orange. I'm a 65 year old Viet Nam veteran who is just discovering that I possibly have IHD and carotid disease. I will soon be having more tests at a VA hospital. My question is: How does one find a qualified physician to write a nexus letter? I live in rural, western Illinois. I can ask the local VSO if he knows of anyone. But otherwise, I wouldn't have a clue. more...
Posted on: Friday, August 30, 2013

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