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Jim's Mailbag
February 6, 2018

Question

Greetings Jim,

I am retired (USAF-23 yr) Vietnam vet with 10% disability.  I was diagnosed last month with prostate cancer.  I am currently evaluating my options - including "Wait and watch."  What should my immediate steps be with respect to the VA and possibly increasing my disability rating?

Jim's Mailbag
February 1, 2018

Question

Jim, I have read over the net that the field examiner can insist that since my mother lives with me, there can be no guns in the house. My mother has never fired a weapon and does not know how, but I have several firearms in the house. They are secured in a locked gun safe. Please tell me this is not true. Thanks.

Jim's Mailbag
February 1, 2018

Jim, I'm a 41-year-old retired soldier, with a 100% rating but not T&P.  I receive Social Security Disability check every month due to my service connected diagnoses.  I have 3-4 migraines a week that last more than 12hrs and other issues that prevent me from working. How do I get the VA to change my rating to 100% T&P?

Jim's Mailbag
January 30, 2018

I have been evaluated at 100% (temporary) for prostate cancer. My condition is castrate resistant PC and am currently in my second clinical trail using a experimental chemo drug. My oncologist has indicated that metastatic PC while able to be treated is incurable and my condition will not improve.  Under these circumstances would the VA change the evaluation to 100% permanent and total disability?

Jim's Mailbag
January 30, 2018

Question

I have PTSD from the military and i live in Missouri. Can i legally own a firearm and pursue my concealed carry license?

Jim's Mailbag
January 29, 2018

Question

I am an atomic Vet 100% disabled due to ionizing radiation I was exposed to at the Nevada Test Site in 1953. I am receiving health care from the VA. I made aware,recently. that I am being charged $109.00 per month by Social Security for Medicare. Is this right and if not, how can I correct it?

Jim's Mailbag
January 29, 2018

Jim,
I am fighting with the VA over my P&T. They have me at temporary 100% for my PTSD, and have said that they feel it will get better, even though it has only gotten worse over the past 8 years. As soon as I got to South Carolina, I had my PC put in a consult to get my therapy going, and the consult sat for two years. If it wasn't for the fact that one of my friends works for WWP I wouldn't be getting any counseling. I have even done residential treatment, where my therapist wrote a letter to the VA saying that I needed to be put at P&T and why. The VA is now, for the third time in about a year, making me do another C&P exam. Whats it going to take for them to realize that this is serious and that they are toying with mine and my family's lives?

Jim's Mailbag
January 29, 2018

Question

Are you qualified for the same benefits such as free car registration if you are 100% TDIU compared to 100% Schedular rating?

Jim's Reply

Yes. If the 100% TDIU is permanent (or P & T) and not a temporary (future exams scheduled) all the benefits are the same as a 100% schedular rating. The benefits like car registration vary from state to state so you'll have to check your state regs to be sure.

 

Jim

 

Jim's Mailbag
January 29, 2018

I have applied to be fiduciary for my mother. I called the hub and ask what credit score is acceptable and was told a fair score was by Helen Turner at Louisville Fiduciary. I have a score of 644 with over 200k of liquid assets. Do you think this will be good enough?? I have read the horror stories of non family, as well as family appointed fiduciaries and have great concern. Thanks.

Jim's Mailbag
January 29, 2018

Question

I was discharged from the Navy in 1974 after my 2nd enlistment with a 30% disability rating. I worked in the private sector for 42 years.  I am now retired. I manage my own affairs, do my own taxes, and stick to my budget. I am on fixed income (SSRI and VADC) and have very little debt, just monthly household expenses. I own my home and am very busy in retirement.

Jim's Mailbag
January 26, 2018

I was just diagnosed with Prostate Cancer.  I am a US army Vietnam Veteran.  I was exposed to agent Orange.  I submitted all my paperwork to the VA for compensation for my disability. I am reading that I will only get temporary compensation?  Why is that and how to do we keep it going?  How long does it take for us to get the compensation.  so many questions so few answers. 1. is it just for me or for my spouse too.  Is there anything I should know as to what to say or not say? 

Jim's Mailbag
January 26, 2018

Should I use QTC for my C & P exam?  Or should I get the forms for my private doctor to complete for me to send to the VA for their C & P exam?

Jim's Mailbag
January 26, 2018

In 1988 I had surgery for sleep apnea. it ended my career because the surgeon went to deep into my palate. it failed to cure my apnea and severely affected my ability to work in the Navy, a sailor that cannot swim is of little use and in the early nineties the mood toward disabled service members was difficult to justify keeping them on active duty. I was medically discharged in July of 1992, with a rating of 30%...

Jim's Mailbag
January 12, 2018

Question:

Hi there. I'm a disabled vet and I currently have an 80% disability rating (70% for PTSD and 10% for Tinnitus). My PTSD symptoms have become markedly worse over the last six months and I'm no longer able to work. So my question is should I apply for an increase in my current disability rating or apply for individual unemployability and what are the advantages and disadvantage of applying for one or the other. Thx, Randy

Jim's Mailbag
January 12, 2018

Question:

Dear Jim, I received a 100% disability due to hearing loss under IU. I may be a candidate for a cochlear implant. Will I loose my 100% PT rating if hearing significantly improves? Trying to choose between hearing better and funds to live on. Thanks

Jim's Mailbag
January 12, 2018

Question:

This is about the Camp Lejeune water contamination everything has been proven they’ve got me at 100% temporary I had to have my left kidney removed for cancer I’m wondering how long will I continue to get benefits through the VA and how long will it stay at 100% I know nothing about this stuff

Jim's Reply:

Apply online using eBenefits: https://www.ebenefits.va.gov/SiteDown/siteDown.html

Jim's Mailbag
January 12, 2018

Question:

I am at a 100% percent for PTSD for about 10yrs I just got assigned 20% percent for hypertension effective date 06/24/2016 denied ED secondary to PTSD but VA stated that because am a 100% I cant receive any retro because am max out if that was so why did the VA assigned and effective date on 20%? Please help no one at the call center is on the same page.

Jim's Mailbag
January 12, 2018

Question:

OK, so I am 100% P&T scheduler and have not worked in over 10 years. Is there a monetary increase if I were deemed IU? Just curious, have been told several things but I have not had a great answer in that time. Thanks for the information!

Jim's Mailbag
January 12, 2018

Question:

I was recently told that if you have been dx'd with PTSD-combat that it is an auto 100% disability from the VA. Any truth to that?

Thank you and thank you for helping my fellow Vets, Mike

Jim's Mailbag
July 3, 2017

Have you been denied a home tax exemption? Read on to learn how to get a home tax exemption when you have been rated 100% permanently and totally disabled for employment but have an underlying schedular rating of less than 100%.