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Jim's Mailbag
February 20, 2018

Question 

I was in Vietnam Nam from July 1968 to July 1969. I didn't have a heart problem when I arrived in country. I had a physical before I left country and the Cardiologist told me I had developed a heart murmur but that it wouldn't be a problem. As I got older the problem worsened and in the spring of 2008 I had aortic valve replacement. Before surgery I was cathed and was told that two of my arteries were blocked 50 percent.  I put in a claim and it was denied. I am not sure when IHD was considered a compensable disease for agent orange related problems.

Jim's Mailbag
February 20, 2018

Question

Just went to DAV seeking to file notice of disagreement re: temporary 100% evaluation to permanent due to incurable metastatic prostate cancer which will require treatment for the rest of my life. They stated that VA's stance is that all cancers will improve and therefore they will never grant disability permanent unless it becomes terminal. Is it worth my filing Disagreement?  Thank You.

Jim's Mailbag
February 20, 2018

Question

Initially filed claim for back sept 2015. C & P nov 2015.   Denied upgrade on back in dec 2015.  Filed appeal sept 2016 (within 1 year  of claim Daniel).  Went for Another C & P in back for the appeal on dec 12 2017.   Still not heard a decision on my appeal rating.  I got a copy of my last c and p and was favorable on my behalf.   Why is it taking so long to hear a rating for the appeal. Been over 2 months since the c and p.  I have recieved other rating fairly quick. 2 to 4 weeks in the past. How can I check in this status?

Jim's Mailbag
February 20, 2018

Question

My children's father is a disabled veteran that is 70 percent service connected.He was declared incompetent a few years back which caused his funds to go to a fuidicary. His mother is in control of the children's benefits somehow. She has told me that they receive $500.00 a month combined for them. I looked at the pay chart for a veteran with one child that is 70 percent service connected and they receive $1442.48. I need to know how I can find out the exact amount their receiving and how can I get the money issued to me??

Jim's Mailbag
February 15, 2018

Question

Jim,

I live in Califonia and my ex-wife lives in Oklahoma. When our divorce was finalized it was 2015, so now Oklahoma has jurisdiction for child support.

How would I go about finding out the Family Court who has jurisdiction in Oklahoma?

Right now the State of Oklahoma is claiming I more than I make based on the decision of the Family Court here in California when I was receiving more money from BAH when I went to college in 2015.

Thank you for whatever help you can give me.

 

Jim's Mailbag
February 15, 2018

Question

When I log into ebennys to check my disability rating it says N/A. I’ve never heard nor seen that before. Thanks.

Jim's Reply

The ebenefits site is notorious for its frequent failures.

Information often changes from moment to moment, you may see excerpts from some other veterans file or the site may not work at all for you.

We advise that you use caution when accepting anything you see on the site. If it doesn't feel quite right, it probably isn't.

 

Jim

Jim's Mailbag
February 15, 2018

Question

My husband has his evaluation tomorrow, he has been at 80% rating, 70% ptsd, 10% ankle injury. He has always gone to all psych appointments, but the meds she would always prescribe him would never work, only make him feelingless & unemotional like a zombie. I have been with him total of 7 1/2 years on & off, steady for last 3 1/2 yrs, & have seen no better change. If anything i have seen things get worse. But we feel his psych only listened because "she had to".

Jim's Mailbag
February 13, 2018

Question

I just read a question from another veteran about a diagnosis of prostate cancer. The situation was similar to my own and the vet was concerned about the possibility of benefits being stopped because of an initial diagnosis with two subsequent negative biopsies.

Jim's Mailbag
February 12, 2018

Question

100% due to Agent Orange Heart Attack.  Only taxable income is less than $7000/Yr.  Recently Express Scripts sending me co-pay charges. Do I have to pay them?  Any waivers available?

Jim's Reply

In most cases, you shouldn't be paying a copay at all unless your 100% rating is temporary or some typical OTC medicines are prescribed. Have a look at this brochure.

Jim's Mailbag
February 9, 2018

Question

I'm 100% iu for PTSD plus 60% for hypertensive CKD stage 3 am I eligible for SMC (s) for 100% plus 60 

Jim's Mailbag
February 9, 2018

Question

I have a 60% rating for PTSD and wanted to see about an increase due to some recent bipolar diagnoses and alcoholism and also sleep apnea but don’t know what to do to seek help and I don’t want my VA insurance or rating to go down.

Jim's Mailbag
February 9, 2018

Question

I was given a 100% disable for exposure to agent orange.  I was diagnosed with lung cancer and have been going through chemo for a year now.  They sent me a letter with my ratings and said if I got better they would reevaluate me and deduct money.  When I was first d8agnsed the doctor said cancer never goes away it can come back anytime.  Can they take money from me?

Jim's Mailbag
February 9, 2018

Question

I am currently rated at 80% disability. I was called by a VA employee to tell me I was eligible for TDIU. I am still currently waiting on approval.  My question is will my kids be entitled to the VA covered medical care? (I forget the name). We are currently covered under Medicaid and I know once I receive the TDIU 100% disability rating we will no longer qualify for government assistance 

Jim's Mailbag
February 9, 2018

Question

I am a spouse of a USAF Ret MSgt, I will not go into the entire problem of trying to get a rating secured for disabilities connected to my spouses military service that he never applied for until 2012 retiring in 1981, going in for Agent Orange problems, never hearing anything so he refused to go back until he dad to financially request assistance for medical problems and now after 8 years he has an attorney and has gone through several levels of the VA and is currently being seen by a Primary care physician and involved in the locl regional hospital.  That said he had app

Jim's Mailbag
February 8, 2018

Question

Hello..  retired back in 2005 with 60% service connected Va Disability.  I’ve been re-evaluated 3 times in the past 12 years for service connected disabilities and I finally overturned a couple of things resulting in 100% service connected T&P schedular rating.

1st- Are we required to tell employer that we receive va disability benefits?

Are we required to tell an employer of our disabilities if not visible and could pass all mental & physical requirements?

Jim's Mailbag
February 8, 2018

Question 

What would be my best option be to try and receive a rating of permanent.  I currently am rated at 70% with the majority being based on a diagnosis of being bipolar.  I have been consistently receiving treatment for years including talk therapy, medication, routine implementation, on and on  and on.  My condition has never become a thing of the past and I often feel as if it is worse.  My marriage is suffering (in my second round of marriage therapy), increased individual therapy.  I'm still working, but I'm struggling everyday even with medications.  I've begun to have s

Jim's Mailbag
February 8, 2018

Question

We were denied vehicle privilege tax exemption by our local county clerk.  We previously got a free disabled vet tag.  Our understanding is that tags other vehicles we own should be exempt from the wheel tax.  Their response was that each county in Tennessee make their on rules.  If I’m correct, how can I prove it to them?

Jim's Reply

Each state sets its own rules about what they will and won't allow.

Some states are very generous, others not so much. Then there are counties, cities, municipalities, parishes...the list goes on and on.

Jim's Mailbag
February 6, 2018

Question

Where can I find legal support?

As patient in inpatient PTSD care(6-8week program), i reported HIPAA violations to staff. I was subsequently retaliated against by staff and threatened with discharge. I reported these concerns to patient advocate and continued to get retaliated against for using my patient rights to report the problem until I was prematurely discharged for going to patient advocate. I was immediately released from the program

Jim's Mailbag
February 6, 2018

Question

Jim,

I was rated at 100% P&T for MH (several concomitant conditions, no PTSD) several years ago and was assigned a SMC code S (housebound).

While my overall condition has not significantly improved, I am no longer totally housebound. How do I notify them of this?  I assume I am obligated to notify them since I am P&T with no future exams scheduled.

Thank you.

Jim's Mailbag
February 6, 2018

Question

Briefly

15 years active (4 dsf)

Diagnosed ptsd while active