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Jim's Mailbag
August 14, 2017

Question

Good day Jim, I have recently been diagnosed with prostate cancer at VA. I did not serve in Vietnam, however when I told the doctor that I worked as a radar mechanic for over 9 years he suggested that I apply for the VA prostate cancer disability program. What are my chances of being approved? Radar EM emissions are dangerous but I don't know if they apply to VA or not. Many thanks.

Jim's Mailbag
May 17, 2017

Question

My husband was just award 100% P & T by the BVA in Washington.

He has been at 80% for a few years. We are now being sent for exams by the VA regional office. We are confused as to why unless they are perhaps appealing the BVA decision. Can they do that. And if they go back and pay back pay, does the 10 years start from the date it was approved or the retro date they pay you back pay for.

Jim's Mailbag
December 15, 2010

Jim,
What is the VA regulation that the rating specialist is supposed to follow in regards to changing, lying or misrepresenting what the C&P examiner actually wrote in the C&P evaluation statement?

In order to deny a claim. Rewriting the doctors statement or ignoring supporting data submitted by claimant. The RO making it almost impossible for the claimant to get a copy of the C&P report to defend or appeal the claim. Thank you.
Reply:

Jim's Mailbag
December 13, 2013
If you're a Vietnam era Navy veteran and you served off the coast of Vietnam, don't give up in your pursuit of the benefits you earned.
Jim's Mailbag
June 4, 2014
I was awarded 40% for peripheral artery disease (PAD) and 20% for type2 diabetes. I was recently diagnosed with 80% blockage in my right kidney artery. Should I file a claim for this or can I file for IHD? What is an nexus letter?
Jim's Mailbag
December 16, 2014

Jim,

I'm a reporter writing an article on a VN vet who claims multiple tours and multiple valor medals. Records from NARA obtained via FOIA indicate no VN service.  As well, his DD 214 is suspect. It would be very helpful to authenticate or disauthenticate it.  What agency, organization or person can you recommend?

 

Reply:

 

Other than NPRC I don't know of anything I'd trust.

Jim's Mailbag
September 16, 2016

Hello Jim, I am new to posting on blog. I have recently medically retired from the Army and have been awarded a permanent 1oo% service connected disability.

Jim's Mailbag
September 6, 2016

Jim: Hello, I was awarded a 80% rate in April 2012 and then on September of the same year I got a letter saying even tho I was rated 80% they would pay me at 100% because one of my claims was not a final decision...reading the comments below I would assume I have a schedule 100 rating?

Jim's Mailbag
September 6, 2016

Jim: Well my husband was in the Army from June 1976-Feb 98. He received 70%. Then in August of the same year I told my husband something has got to be done about the snoring. I have put up with it about 20 years. We went he was given the sleep study test and was diagnosed with sever Sleep Apnea. He has stop breathing over 530 x during the night. We turned the paper work in over 2 or 3 years ago. Sent back in for an appeal. Came right back denied. I can't believe this has happen to him. When he enlisted they promised they would take care of him for the rest of his life.

Jim's Mailbag
March 25, 2014
So yes the VA is taking random pee tests. My question is why? Why was that info needed and what for? I asked the ex-patient advocate and his reply was, "You can get your Health Care else ware". Didn't the administration 2 or three years ago say, If Medical Marijuana is allowed in your state you could talk about it with your VA doctors? What gives?
Jim's Mailbag
December 31, 2015
Hello, I am currently rated at 40 percent, due to arthritis in my knees, neck and back. A few years ago, I was told that the depression I have been suffering from is made worse or could be a result of the chronic pain and reduced mobility of the disability that I have.
Jim's Mailbag
November 16, 2012

Jim,

the va has rated me a zero percentage for high blood pressure and im on three meds what do I do.

Jim's Mailbag
March 14, 2016
What recourse does a veteran have when they do obtain a nexus letter from the Chief of vascular surgery...
Jim's Mailbag
February 3, 2016

Jim: I enlisted in Jun 74 and was honorably discharged in 10/81. I currently have a 10% disability for the ringing in my ears. The ringing has been there since, but did not file a claim until 6/14. When I was getting my medical records together the DAV worker noticed that at my ETS medical review revealed "flat feet" was noted. A claim was filed. Approximately 1 1/2 years ago I underwent a decompression lumber laminectomy as I was previously 6'2" and was then just 6'1". My legs were in terrible shape. I was unable to stand or walk.

Jim's Mailbag
February 3, 2016

Jim: Where could I find a attorney to represent my buddy with a chemical exposure claim against the Veterans Affair, since they have denied my buddy PTSD and compensation for a Kidney removal secondary to Chemical Exposure back in the 1970's combat tour during the Vietnam Era. Badly in need of an attorney because my buddy also suffer from other ailment and disease related to service connection. 

Jim's Mailbag
October 22, 2015
Jim, I have been 70% disabled with a 100% IU rating for the last 8 years for Mental Health. As of recently, I was awarded 100% P&T with "no future exams scheduled."
Jim's Mailbag
December 31, 2015

Jim:  I am a Vietnam Blue Water Veteran. I was just awarded 30% disability for my IHD/CAD.Over the years I've had 6 heart attacks, I have 16 stents and a triple bypass. Should I appeal the award?

Jim's Mailbag
December 31, 2015
Jim: I am going crazy right now and I can even stop thinking about it how the VA are starting to bully me around by lowering my right hip chronic strain rating from 40% to 10%. What is your kindly advice please help your struggling vet how to deal with unfair bias CP exam report.
 
Jim's Reply: If a decision was made to lower a rating and you disagree, the option is a formal appeal. You can tell VA in plain language why you disagree and what you believe your rating should be.
Jim's Mailbag
December 31, 2015
Jim, I retired in 2011 with 22 active duty yrs of service. I then applied for VA disability and received a 90% rating. They denied my Sleep Apnea when I originally applied for disability on the grounds that there was no complaints or history of sleep apnea in my military records. I then sent them records from my primary care Doctor showing previous complaints during my active duty. They sent me a denial saying I do have sleep apnea but still didn't have any links to my military duty. I have now filed a (NOD) notice of disagreement.
Jim's Mailbag
December 31, 2015
Jim: I have had prostate cancer since May of 2011. I have been receiving 100% s/c disability benefits since June of that year. I have used watchful waiting/active surveillance in responding to my condition.