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Jim's Mailbag
June 21, 2018

Question

My son was diagnosed two weeks ago with throat cancer an he has claims at the BVA should he inform them so they can expediate his claims? Thank you for your advice

Jim's Reply

He should inform his representative...I'll assume he has a lawyer if he has an appeal before the BVA. As a rule VA won't expedite anything unless and until it's verified that the veteran has been accepted into hospice care. Acceptance into hospice care is a signal that the individual has less than 6 months to live and VA usually tries to resolve any issues then.

Jim's Mailbag
June 21, 2018

Question


Can I refuse a urine test.I am on NO meds. Not even an aspirin.I get handed a cup every time I see the Dr.

 

Jim's Mailbag
June 21, 2018

Question

I’m a Navy veteran that worked on the flight deck.

Jim's Mailbag
June 21, 2018

Question


I have been rated 100% by the VA but I have not receive permanent and total. The VA letter said that I have one condition that will be re-evaluated for mental condition. But the issue I have is if the VA was to take away my mental condition I would still be at 100% for my static conditions. I was basically told that I am not considered total and permanent due to a technicality. I thought the benefits should be given in the favor of the veteran. I am losing out on critical additional benefits because I am not total and permanent. How can I get this rectified?

Jim's Mailbag
January 24, 2011

Jim,

if you say lung diorders are being paid for being in Vietnam why are they arguing mine for ten years. i have what they say are deposits and they are increasing as i get older i was air mobile artillery 68-70 without the stories why would i be denied after extending constand combat duties. and agent orange,is there something wrong here

Reply:

I can't recall that I've ever said that lung disorders are being paid for. I don't know of any other advocate who says that either.

Jim's Mailbag
October 28, 2010

Jim,

Well, I read your article and found it interesting. I've had prostate cancer since Aug.08 and was treated in Dec. 08 with brachytherapy. I had two types of cells. I had the something-else-will-kill-ya-first type and also had the medium aggressive cell structure. My PSA at time of treatment was only 2.6 and it's a good thing DRE found it or I still wouldn't know I had prostate cancer. My C & P is scheduled for the end of Sept.

Jim's Mailbag
March 28, 2018
Jim's Reply Your question is complex and probably has a dozen good answers. So...it depends. I elect Part B for myself because my civilian doctor is 5 minutes away, my VA doctor is 2 hours from me. I like my VA doc, just not that much. I've not tried to use the Choice Program but since it's been a huge failure, I wouldn't rely on that. You have to balance your finances to your need for convenience. If you can deal with VA, don't take B. Keep in mind that if you change your mind down the road that there are penalties and B will get much more expensive for you.
Jim's Mailbag
March 28, 2018

Question

I'm 55yrs old and currently rated at a 100% scheduler VA rating ,not P/T. I also receive SSDI.I was rated a 100% in 2013, prior to that rated at 70%. My ratings are as follow  100% major depressive disorder ,40% HNP, lumbar spine (post operative) with degenerative joint disease,10% right lower extremity sciatic sensory deficit (claimed as muscle spasm and numbness of right lower extremity.)I Know I will never be able to be gainfully employed ever again.

Jim's Mailbag
March 21, 2018

Question

I'm at 70% currently my disability is chronic venous insufficiency service  connect well I had a heart attack last week how do I apply and receive a temporary  100 % for three monthes or longer what do I have to do now.

Jim's Mailbag
March 21, 2018

Question

Hi Jim,

I have a question for you regarding a reconsideration I filed for my migraine claim. Here is the timeline. Feb 2017 Filed for Migraines.

Jim's Mailbag
March 20, 2018

Question

I am a 63 yo Vietnam era vet and enrolled in the VA health care system. I have nothing but good to say about the VA Mountain Home Hospital located in Johnson City TN.  My question is does the VA pay for addiction treatment that rendered in a  non-VA clinic ? I had a horrible crush injury in 1990, long story made short is that I became dependent then addicted to painkillers over the ten years of off and on operations until my leg was amputated above the knee a year ago. I have been taking Methadone for ten years for pain and addiction which gives me a livable life.

Jim's Mailbag
March 20, 2018

Question

I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January 2018 at VA in Columbia,MO. VA set me up near my hometown so I could start radiation. A CT scan was done at the treating facility and few days later the radiologist called me and said there was a large mass discovered on my left kidney I filed a claim for Prostate cancer thru a vso, all paperwork and evidence were sent, Portland got the case. A med services people called me and asked if I could go to St. Louis for an evauation.

Jim's Mailbag
March 20, 2018

Question

I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January 2018 at VA in Columbia,MO. VA set me up near my hometown so I could start radiation. A CT scan was done at the treating facility and few days later the radiologist called me and said there was a large mass discovered on my left kidney I filed a claim for Prostate cancer thru a vso, all paperwork and evidence were sent, Portland got the case. A med services people called me and asked if I could go to St. Louis for an evauation.

Jim's Mailbag
March 20, 2018

Question

I'm a Viet-Nam Veteran and in the process of drafting a final letter to be attached to my service connected hearing loss VA Claim. My questions are as follows:

#1:-How long are cover letters usually, 2 or 3 pages?

#2-I'll also be attaching military/medical documents with my letter in support my VA Claim as well.

#3--Should my letter just stick to the facts on how I received my service injuries and describe them

                          "OR"

Jim's Mailbag
March 20, 2018

Question

I think the person who is providing my father-in-law's care at home is using drugs.  He's a veteran and is trying to get the VA to pay her for the care she provides.  Does the VA require drug testing for caregivers?

Jim's Reply

If you suspect illicit drug use in your home or in your fathers home, your only call should be to law enforcement. VA isn't going to be able to help you.

Jim's Mailbag
March 19, 2018

Question

Hi Jim,

Jim's Mailbag
March 19, 2018

Question

Your Question: I am  a Vietnam 90% service connected  30% for heart disease had 3 stents at my C&P I was asked several questions and was given MET 5 not over 7 however, I recently saw Cardio Dr. sometimes  I get shortness of breath could be that I am 70 years old he wants to do a stress test if I do reall well on it Will I loose my 30 % compensation.Should I get this done out of the VA Your email:

Jim's Mailbag
March 19, 2018

Question

I came to ask you Jim a question before I got too much further into your blog so I'm going to ask the question.