Jim,
My husband is a 100% disabled veteran who is turning 65 in March Does he need Medicare Part B?
And if we do sign up for it, if he had an emergency and had to go to a non VA hospital, does he have to use Medicare?

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Posted on: Monday, December 6, 2010

Jim,
I am the alleged terrorist________arrested at________VAMC_______for an allegedly making a terrorist threat. I am on bond awaiting trial.
As a service connected disabled veteran I have been a veterans’ advocate for several years and don’t even have a traffic citation to my name. I have never threatened anyone in my life!

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Posted on: Friday, December 3, 2010

Jim,
The VA asked me to set up my agenda for a Formal Hearing. I listed all my claims and asked for 3 to 5 hours so I can present all my evidence. A VA Official sent me a letter and said I only have 1 hour for an Informal Hearing or I can reschedule and it's impossible for me to present my case in that time.

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Posted on: Friday, December 3, 2010

Jim;

I am presently applying for a VA pension via VA Form 21-4138; are there any samples of successful letters to the VA Adjudicator that one might use as a guide for layout or perhaps a template of some type?

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Posted on: Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Jim,

I came across your web page and your straight talk, just in time, a couple of years ago....

I had filed for a PTSD rating and of course was turned down. I had already been given 10% for hearing loss.

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Posted on: Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Jim,

I am a viet Nam vet and I have diabetes type 2 and just found out that I have carpal tunnel .. Is the carpal tunnel secondary to diabetes for VA Service connected disability purpose?

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Posted on: Sunday, November 28, 2010

Jim,

I just read material on your web site for the first time and was duly impressed! Your reply to an inquiry (vol 58) from a veteran in Portland, Oregon was perhaps the most intelligent I have ever read on the topic. I'm envious of your health care professional background; I wish I had that kind of knowledge and experience.

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Posted on: Sunday, November 28, 2010

Jim,

I am just wanting to rant about this medication. Prior to going to Vietnam I went through 4 months of combat training at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii. The odd fact of this is that we were all Air Force personnel being trained as Combat Security Policemen under a program known as Safeside. A good number of our trainers (all Air Force) were graduates of the Army Ranger program. Our training was similar.

Any time a person went on sick call to Wheeler Air Force Base they automatically figured you were trying to get out of the program and the main prescription was Darvon. Now the FDA has stated the the drug propoxphene (which is in Davon and Darvocet N) puts patients at risk of potentially serious or fatal heart rhythm abnormalities.

Agent Orange wasn't going to hurt us, Darvon was "good" stuff. Next I suppose we will find out that our weekly malaria pills could cause something. I apologize for this email but I just had to vent.

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Posted on: Friday, November 26, 2010

Jim,

I belong to the Northern California Health Care System. I'd like to know why it takes a while before the system to issue medical supplies to veterans? My doctor ordered me stockings for my leg about two months ago and I still have not received them to date.

Why does the prostetics department just sit on doctors orders. I asked my doctor why it is taking so long to get the item he ordered for me and he told me that is with all the orders that he requests. I'm not sure because of the Location of Clinics that orders are not being filled in an timely manner.

Your response will be greatly appreciated.

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Posted on: Friday, November 26, 2010

Jim,

My husband just had a C&P exam for Agent Orange related Ischemic Hearrt Disease on October 4th, 2010. We just received a statement from our private insurance, BCBS, that they were billed for the exam under the exam code of "Emergent Medical Exam." The health insurance has never been billed before and he is already 100% P&T for PTSD. Is this a new VA policy? Whom do we contact to determine why the private insurance was billed.

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Posted on: Friday, November 26, 2010

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