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Dear Jim, I am a service officer in New York & I'm a Disabled Veteran. I agree with you that DBQ's are, at best, a mixed bag. However, I have had some success with them in the past 18 months. They tend to work better if you can get a VA Doctor to complete one at a VA Clinic or VA Hospital and if the claim is simple. For example, A Vietnam Veteran who served "In Country" and now has Type II Diabetes caused by Agent Orange. This is a presumptive claim and a DBQ for DMII is likely to speed up the process a great deal. However, a more complicated claim like a Service Connection claim For ALS (Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis ) is not likely to be helped much by a DBQ. I do know that the VA is contacting doctors to verify the DBQ's.
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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!

 

Reply:

 

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

 

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Hello Jim, I came across your website as I was researching IHD and herbicides. My questionsiare: Since every scientific study published describes IHD as "Ischaemic or ischemic heart disease (IHD), or myocardial ischaemia, is a disease characterized by ischaemia (reduced blood supply) of the heart muscle, usually due to coronary artery disease (atherosclerosis of the coronary arteries). Its risk increases with age, smoking, hypercholesterolaemia (high cholesterol levels), diabetes, and hypertension (high blood pressure), and is more common...

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