I applied for disability for HBP and for sleep apnea and was denied because they could not find any service connection.more...
Posted on: Wednesday, December 11, 2013
If a surgery may make your condition better, can the VA tell you that you have to have the surgery?more...
Posted on: Monday, December 9, 2013
Dear Jim, I am writing this because I was hoping to get your expertise and assistance in this matter. I recently separated from the Marine Corps after 8 years of active service. At the time of my separation, I was disabled from a previous injury and unable to reenlist due to being unfit for duty (I actually have my Primary Care Manager’s letter stating as much). I was not sent to a Medical Board or a Performance Evaluation Board, but was instead told to ‘take it up with the VA’ and dropped to full duty for my EAS date. more...
Posted on: Monday, December 2, 2013
Hi Jim, Wondering if you've come across many Nam Vets that have been diagnosed with Glioblastoma Multiforme Stage 4 Brain Cancer? My late husband of 40+ years was in Nam as a Tanker in 70/71. He fought for 38 years before he finally got a rating of 40% (10%-Tinnitis & 30% PTSD). He'd been trying to get help for his hearing loss that he came home with from Nam since 1972, but all the VA would give him was 10% Tinnitis. He also wanted help with his eye, a 50 Cal blew up in his face and he came home from Nam with a growth on his eye. Finally after over 30 years, the growth enlarging and interfering with his eye site, he had surgery to remove the growth.more...
Posted on: Monday, December 2, 2013
Jim, First I want to thank you for running this website, it is helping me unravel a disastrous start to my retirement C&P claim. Real quick, do you find it helpful to write a personal letter to the VA and upload it to the eBenefits site? I have heard both yes and no so wanted an experts opinion. Thanks Again.more...
Posted on: Monday, December 2, 2013
Hey Jim, I am caught between a rock and a hard place. I have been continuously evaluated at O1 and R1 for the past 31 years and last November, the VARO sent me a letter demanding a reexamination. I contacted my current POA and asked them about this. In short, they said it must be a mistake, because I am protected under 3.951(b) and to cancel the exam. So I did not attend. In any event, last August I received a proposal to reduce from O1 and R1 to P2. I have 100% for LOU of both feet, 100% for neurogenic bowel, and 60% for neurogenic bladder. I was rated in 1982 for O1 and R1, or 38 CFR 3.50 (e)(2).more...
Posted on: Monday, December 2, 2013
Jim, My mother has been receiving VA benefits for five years. She is in a wheelchair with MS and I have been her full time caregiver. A few months ago she received a letter from the Paralyzed Veterans of America encouraging her to apply for the Aid & Attendance Benefit. We made the appointment with her Neurologist to fill out the application. After answering questions about whether my mother needs help getting dressed, bathing & preparing food, we unwittingly answered yes to the question "Do you need help managing your finances?". We all completely thought we were answering the question about her needing physical help of getting to and from the bank & mailing bills. Never in our wildest imagination could we have been prepared for the VA declaring my mom Mentally Incompetent from that application.more...
Posted on: Monday, December 2, 2013
Hi Jim, Great job you are doing. keep it up. I am awaiting for my appeal to heard, about a C/P knee exam, I have heard there are four separate ratings but cant remember them, now will the rater have enough professional dignity to apply them? The results were bony joint enlargement, crepitus, effusion, tenderness and guarding of movement. Also right knee clicks and grinding: range of motion was flexion -10 to 95 degrees. extension was limited by -10 degrees, also pain on motion. x-ray results revealed moderate to severe DJD with joint effusion and a nondisplaced degenerative tear also there was tricompartmental arthritis chronic strain of the anterior cruciate ligamentmore...
Posted on: Monday, December 2, 2013
Dear Jim, I want to thank you for all your help you give to vets. I follow your site and I recommend it as much as I can. I wrote you some time ago concerning my own claims and I wanted to let you know I have been granted 100% IU. Just some numbers which concern my own case. This email may aid other vets with similar circumstances.These are not paid of course at same percentage.You know v.a. Math and all :). I was 40% for wounds then filed for ptsd and a medical problem I had since nam last year. On that claim You may be interested that I was first granted 50% ptsd and 50% for medical condition, rhinitis and sinusitis which the v.a. Said was highest allowable by law for me.more...
Posted on: Monday, December 2, 2013
Mr. Strickland, I had a dear 100% disabled veteran friend that passed away just a couple a weeks ago. His wife called me last night to see if I could help her file the papers with the VA to continue receiving his disability. I don’t mind helping her at all, but I don’t know which forms to file. Could you give me some insight on how to help her? Again as always I really appreciate all the help and support you give to the VETERANS and their families.more...
Posted on: Monday, December 2, 2013

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