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October 28, 2010
Jim, I am now a former VA employee due to mistreatment and bullying by the Administrative Officer in my department - with the complicity of the department chief. I have witnesses, backup documentation, and my mental health disability percentage was increased my 20%. My psychiatrist even gave me a letter saying I should leave the department, but…
Jim's Mailbag
October 28, 2010
Jim, My brother is MIA, Vietnam, 1973. He married a citizen of Vietnam while he was in Vietnam. They were coming home in 3 weeks when his Helicopter was shot down. A "search" took place for his wife and we were told they could not find her. In 1997, I found her myself during my 2nd trip to Vietnam. She told me that when my brother did not come…
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October 28, 2010
Jim, I thought you might find this interesting. Document is available here for viewing or download. Reply:
Jim's Mailbag
October 26, 2010
Jim, I wrote to you several months ago concerning my Hepatitis-C and wanted to follow up on that issue with you. Went to see local VA rep and he advised me to seek a letter from my internist regarding the exposure factors. I received one lab result from the time I was active duty which is directly correlated with the time of exposure to the 74'-75…
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October 26, 2010
Jim, I have six disabilities rating from the v.a. Iam sitting here pulling my hair out trying to to do this math. MY rating are 70,40,30,20,20,10 which add up to a combined rating rating of 90% . Could you please show me how to to do this math.Please send me a chart if you have one.
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October 26, 2010
Jim, I was in the Navy from 1972-79. and my first ship was an ocean going minesweeper (MSO 521) 1972-75. while aboard we used TCE almost every day. I was an electricians mate. An MSO is a small ship and while out at sea and crossing the Atlantic taking a shower everyday was only a dream. once a week if lucky. Anyway, I slept , ate , and was…
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October 26, 2010
Jim, You have been a great help to me. I'm no writer...just wanted to say thanks.
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October 26, 2010
Jim, WHAT ARE THE OPTIONS OF A VETERAN THAT HAS BEEN CONTINOUSLY MISDIAGNOSED AT A VA HOSPITAL IN FAYETTEVILLE NC? THIS IS A FEMALE VETERAN, IN SHORT I WILL EXPLAIN WHAT HAS HAPPEN OVER THE YEARS. JUST APRIL 29, 2010, SHE WAS GIVEN A INJECTION THAT NEARLY KILLED HER. SHE HAS A HEART CONDITION AND A VERY LOW HEART RATE, BRADYCARDIA, THE VA WITHOUT…
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October 26, 2010
Jim, Good PM--James------saw yu got married-----so congrats!!!!----James just "heard" that since I am 70% SC and 30% IU----if I cash in---my wife gets ZERO---can yu shed any light on this for me @ yur convenience---THANX a lot loyal Veteran!!!!, for what yu do. Reply: My wife (over 15 years now) would be interested to hear I’ve gotten married.…
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October 26, 2010
Jim, First off thank you for all you do for veterans. I am a Iraq combat infantry vet. I am 80%SC, 100%IU (PTSD ), P&T, SSDI. I have been in thirty day inpatient programs here in Oregon. After all this I was thinking about trying to take a few class's at a community college (half time at most).
Jim's Mailbag
October 26, 2010
Jim, My wife is going to write a support letter for my IU claim. Diabetes and secondary's totaling 70%. Do you have any good advice for her support letter? We've been told to have the letter notarized.
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October 26, 2010
Jim, Is this crap true? I heard something about this from the DSO at the VA in Loma Linda, Ca. If so please send me some links to investigate. Thanks VA, Prudential Made Secret Deal Could this resonate as much as the Walter Reed scandal? Bloomberg reports that since 1999, Prudential Financial Inc. has had a secret agreement with the U.S.…
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October 26, 2010
Jim, I am a vet from the Vietnam Era. I am seen for healthcare at the VA HealthCare System in Chicago. A week ago, I was scheduled at a critical surgery clinic. This clinic in itself is filled to the max on the one 'half day' that they meet per week. What I arrived to last week at this clinic was a space, with seating for at best 20 patients,…
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October 26, 2010
Jim, Liked you article on the Myhealthyvet and the Blue button. What is up with the VA "Ebenefits" web site https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/ebenefits-portal/appmanager/eb/veterans I am a 60% disabled vet with on going claims and what they have on their page is nothing like what is happening in real life.
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October 26, 2010
Jim,I’m applying for 70% TDIU. Once I’ve received my award, how can I get the TDIU benefit to become a more permanent 100%?Reply:You’ve asked a question I receive dozens of time each month. The TDIU benefit is perhaps the least understood of all VA disability compensation benefits.
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October 26, 2010
Jim, I wanted to thank you again for the last help you gave me about going for 100% or not to. I have another situation which I am not sure how to handle. I just received a letter from the VA tell me that they are conducting a review of my claims folder. Says my case was identified as a potential Nehmer class-member case based on the new additions…
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October 26, 2010
Jim, I know you are not a lawyer but with the cost of IHD as a AO presumptive disease, can congress approve one or more and deny the other or is it all or nothing? Reply; I believe all 3 new presumptives will come as a package, all or nothing. I also believe that it could be nothing.  
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October 26, 2010
Jim, I've found a web site that has V.A. publications and manuals that deal with what those people ( the V.A. ) are supposed to be doing for veterans. On my search engine, I typed in: www1.va.gov/vhapublications Reply: That’s a great site. Thanks for sharing. I really enjoy getting mail from veterans like you who want to reach out to help other…
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October 26, 2010
Jim, Thank you for the work you do on behalf of all veterans. After the hearing on AO Presumptive ISH conducted 9/23/10 where does leave the veteran? What is the next step in this process? Will the VA start to process the previously denied claims. and if so when? Reply: No, VA will not begin processing claims...not to my knowledge. I believe more…
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October 23, 2010
Jim, I do read just about all of your articles and am aware of what you say about someone who is 100% for TDIU and less for service connected disability applying for additional service connected disability to achieve 100%. I do believe that is good advice. I would like to outline my situation and ask for your opinion. I am currently rated at 70…