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Jim's Mailbag
September 29, 2012

Jim,

I served during the Vietnam era and honorably discharged and the only medical I can afford is the VA benefits at my local VA hospita.  My service dates were May 1960 to Sept. 1964. My medical classification is almost on the bottom of the totem pole but I used to get very good care at least twice a year and the Physician Assistant was thorough and caring.

Jim's Mailbag
July 9, 2014
I am a Gulf War Veteran that filed a claim for moderate restrictive ventilatory impairment. I was denied.
Jim's Mailbag
March 12, 2015

Jim, 

My question is this:

Jim's Mailbag
March 11, 2015

Jim,

Thank you and your colleagues for what you do in support of all veterans.  I have been researching and your website is an awesome place for vet help.

I served 1978-1979, Armored Cavalry, Tanker, Germany (E-4); received a

2 year enlisted ROTC College Scholarship; graduated as a 0-1.

Jim's Mailbag
October 28, 2010

Jim,

I was cruising through the watchdog and read about the exposure to Agent Orange. I served in Vietnam 1969-70 as a Combat Engineer with the Navy Seabees. I was exposed to more crap than I can even remember. One exposure I never read about is Creosote. This is the nasty dark black stuff (wood preservative) that was shipped to us in Nam because supposedly it was outlawed in the U.S.

Myself and a few of my buddies were to find out in an almost fatal way this stuff was very bad news. We were swabbing this stuff on Bridge decking when we found ourselves passing out with terrible headaches, nausea and a hard time breathing. After a few days in sick bay we were released and spent another several days on light duty before being allowed back in the field.

Jim's Mailbag
February 17, 2015

Jim,

My husband was drafted into Army during 1962-64 and did several tour of duty to Viet Nam setting up radio contact; he was stationed in Japan.

Jim's Mailbag
February 10, 2015

Jim,

I have an appeal for a heart condition that was filed in 2011 to raise my rating from 60 to 100.  While waiting on VA I was granted 100% P and T Schedular on a totally separate claim I filed in 2013.  VA obviously dated the 100% rating from the 2013 date.  After about a month or so VA suddenly sent me a SOC on my appeal for the older issue that was pending since 2012 which is when I filed the appeal and NOD.

My question to you is should I continue my appeal on the older claim?

Jim's Mailbag
January 30, 2015

Dear Jim,

 

Just saw on e- benefits my BVA appeal in Washington has made a decision on my claim and are mailing to the following---me ,my rep,and back down to RO.

Jim's Mailbag
January 29, 2015

Dear Jim,

My father was discharged from the Army in the early 70's, he was given a piece of paper that stated he a hearing loss. He went to the VA in La Jolla 2or3 yrs later and was told learn to read lips.
After I got out of the Navy I was awarded 100% for PTSD, he put in a claim for a hearing loss. Well during his C&P they only did a physical, he was denied for not having a Maryland CNC Exam.

Jim's Mailbag
January 21, 2015

Jim,

 

My husband is 100% covered under VA Medical. Should we continue to pay for Medicare part B? We are a Triple A member so if we travel we can buy special medical coverage for the trip.

 

Reply:

 

It's a personal choice. I pay for Part B because I like the flexibility it gives me. For example, I didn't care for the VA orthopedic care I was receiving so I used a civilian surgeon with my Part B. I paid a small copay and I was finished with my treatments before VA could even line up my appointment.

Jim's Mailbag
January 20, 2015

Mr. Strickland,

 

First and foremost, thank you for your time in taking a look on my question here.

Here’s my current situation, in 1994, the US navy placed me on the temporary disability retirement program and I was discharged honorably and I was receiving my monthly retirement pay. After 5 years, they placed me in a permanent disability retirement program and still continue to receive my monthly retirement pay. But in 2013, VA rated me with 100% disability and they stopped my monthly retirement pay.

Jim's Mailbag
January 16, 2015

Jim,

A disabled vet I know is really having problems with his ACH deposit this month. He changed bank accounts and his payment is lost they have placed a "tracer" on it. They are now saying 6 weeks if he doesn't pay his rent tomorrow. He will be evicted, he wants me to drive 6 hours each way to Nashville office to see if they will cut him a check on the spot or find his deposit. Do you have any idea before I drive 12 hours if they will help him or turn him away?

Thank you so much!

 

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Jim's Mailbag
January 15, 2015

Hi Jim,

Happy New Year!  I am rated 80% SC Unemployable Total & Permanent.

I have been married for 5 years.  I would like to know what the spousal benefits are, should I pass away.  I appreciate your help in advance!  Great job you do and you are a great guy!

 

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Thanks for your kind words.

Jim's Mailbag
January 13, 2015

Hi Jim,

Love your site!  I was browsing online and found some info about how to increase your social security by $1,200 a year if you are a vet.  I am already 100% disabled by social security and also 100% disabled by the VA, but my social security disability is not service related.

Would I still qualify for this?  

Thank you for all you do, the veteran community appreciates this!

 

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Most of all that is automatic. You usually don't need to do anything.

 

Jim's Mailbag
January 12, 2015

Hi Jim,

          I've never done this before and my VSO is clueless! I am currently being treated by the VA for the Hep C virus with the new drug Harvoni.  I am genotype 1 and this drug has 98% success/cure rate.

Jim's Mailbag
January 6, 2015

Hi Jim,

First off, thank you so much for what you do! I've read several of your articles now and have found them very useful.

What I haven't been able to find is a precise dollar amount that is spoken of when the VA says "marginal gainful employment". I've recently be granted IU and am going out of my mind with boredom not working or going to school. I would like to work a tiny bit just to break up my days. Exactly how much am I able to earn without blowing my entitlement to IU?

 

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