Jim's Mailbag

Jim's Mailbag
December 27, 2015
I recently moved from Louisiana to Arkansas when I spoke to my VA reps I was told nothing would change. I am 100% T& P and unemployable it is mainly based off my PTSD.
Jim's Mailbag
December 14, 2015
I'm a bit late on this post but I appreciate the help in advance. I  was wounded in Iraq, just got out of active duty and got rated at 100% for TBI (temporary), 30% for loss of vision in one of my eyes, 10% for something to do with me broken bones and loss of range of motion. Now I understand that I am going to get 100% and I am subjected to a reevaluation in about a year. My question is, should I apply for a permanent rating?
Jim's Mailbag
January 12, 2015

Jim,

I am wondering if you have any knowledge on what you think the outcome might be on my husband's C&P for an increase.

 My husband had a C&P on Dec 11th 2014 for an increase and the doctor put down that he was exaggerating and that is so far from the truth.

Jim's Mailbag
October 22, 2015

Jim: I am 100% service connected disabled. If I live 10 years then die of natural causes, will my wife recieve a monthy check of any kind?

Jim's Mailbag
October 22, 2015

Jim: In Nov 2012 I had my prostate removed for cancer I was awarded 100% FOR 6 Months and then reduced to 60% in amount of $1100 a month it has been over two years still have no erectile function or when I do use alprostadil suppository it hurts so bad you can't do anything, I cannot more than half hour or before I have to urinate if I drink water, beer, gatorade, pepsi go longer . Do you think I am getting enough compensation?

Jim's Mailbag
November 7, 2013
Jim, I have talked with a representative in travel three times about my travel pay. The VA now uses a different map- ("military Bing map") which uses the shortest distance between destinations. Totally ridiculous, circuitous routes, which nobody in their right mind would travel. Some of these roads, which I can't even find on any map, must be unpaved, certainly not cleared of snow in the winter, rendering them impassable. The VA employee I spoke with agreed to snail mail a map of this mysterious, meandering, totally absurd route, which I intend to use, not only for my benefit, but also to benefit other veterans who are routinely being short-changed on their travel pay.
Jim's Mailbag
December 17, 2013
Reply: I also have 100% disability from VA and I have medicare Part A & B. I've elected to use no supplemental coverages for myself. Supplemental policies are often called Medigap insurance.
Jim's Mailbag
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.

Jim's Mailbag
November 1, 2010

Jim;

When disabled veterans have their yearly lab tests done (blood&urine) for diabetes does the VA...
A. Check to see if you have your prescribed meds in your system?
B. Check for illegal drugs in your system?


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I don't know that vets have yearly tests for diabetes. You may be referencing routine lab work (blood tests and urinalysis) during physicals that may note high blood sugars as well as high cholesterol and many other abnormalities.

Jim's Mailbag
November 5, 2010

Jim,

I have a question that you may be able to give me an opinion on. In 1968 I was diagnosed with Adult Situational Reaction. Since in 1968, PTSD did not exist at that time, could you tell me if you think that is the same as being diagnosed with PTSD

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Jim's Mailbag
March 16, 2015

I had a quadruple bypass in January and was in Vietnam. There is mild aortic valve sclerosis without stenosis. My current EF after surgery is 55-60%. Based on this information would my rating be in the 30% or 10% range ? 

 

 

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Jim's Mailbag
July 21, 2014
I was in Vietnam in 1966. US Navy Fred T Berry DD858. We worked the gun line and now I have had one ischemic heart attack and 4-5 ischemic strokes. My case has been in since 1996, it is before the board for review now. Will a lawyer do me anygood?
Jim's Mailbag
March 13, 2013
Jim, I'm a vietnam vet and recently filed an ischemic claim with my VSO as I had an echocardiogram with an lvef at 39.1%. Started lisinopril at 5mg and went to 10mg just before another echo after 4 months. That echo came out good at 60.8%. Other problems with the lv didn't change. All my health care is with VA but no service connected disability yet. My question is-will VA likely test me further and which reading will they most consider for any compesation settlement and what's your guess on the settlement rate? Appreciate your time-Thanks again
Jim's Mailbag
February 24, 2014
I just filed for IHD agent orange. I have two “stent” procedures, one in 2001 and 2002. I have all my hosp and doctor records for this. I started going to the VA in 2008 and now have all my meds from them. I have had two stress tests with the VA, and because my stents are working fine they say I am ok now. I also have a desk job, because I can't really run around much without getting tired. Will they hold it against me for working?
Jim's Mailbag
March 21, 2011

Jim,

An update to my case that you have been following. I have completed (successfully) cardiac rehab and have at least one more disability payment left at the 100% level. More would be nice of course. I will keep you infomed of changes as they take place. I hope to hear from the VA before the end of March or very early in April. I would like to learn what the next step will be and what kind of rating they will give me.

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I'm happy to hear you're doing well with the cardiac rehab. Your health is more important than the rating.

Jim's Mailbag
June 5, 2013

Jim,

I filed a claim for coronary artery disease. My doctor says I have cad with a 30 to 40% stenosis of my left descending proximal artery. I am confused as to the VA's definition of ischemic heart. I have a normal ejection fraction and had a score of 8.3 on my stress test. I have been taking medication for four and a half years and the only real symtom I currently have is fatigue.

Jim's Mailbag
January 3, 2014

Jim,

I have a question about a story on the WatchDog. It is entitled "Veterans urged to file discharge papers locally" , by Keith Strange.

I have also written him for clarification.

When I was discharged in '70, we were also advised to do the same.

This was before the advent of identity theft.

The papers we filed with our particular Counties, all became part of the "Public records" at that time. Use of this information for identity theft was unheard of at the time.

Jim's Mailbag
May 20, 2013
Hello Jim, I really enjoy following your blog and your comments and I think it's tremendous that you take time out of your own life to help veterans try to figure out the Veterans Affairs disability system. I joined the DAV about a year ago and I'm the adjutant for my local chapter in Northern Virginia, but I still can't find the answer to what I perceive as a very simple question. Is there any difference between benefits a spouse receives now or in the future (after the Vet passes away) if the Vet is rated 100% disabled due to individual unemployability versus 100% disabled due to the schedule? I've actually looked all over the place for this answer and cannot find it anywhere. An attorney friend of mine who specializes in this area told me just today that there indeed is some sort of a difference.
Jim's Mailbag
April 23, 2015

Waiting on appeal to be finalized. Appeal assign date May 13, 2014 with there completion time within 291 days. Now call center for Winstons Salems Regional Office wants additional 300 days in the decision review office process. Why are there no accountability? Need a advocate that has accessibility to the review officer checking monthly on my behalf. Winston Salems Regional Office do not follow there own est. completion time. Who is working in my behalf?

 

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