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Question:

I was medically retired from the US Navy on the permanent disability retirement list (PDRL). Does this qualify me for student loan forgiveness?

Jim's Reply:

 

No. Unfortunately, there are only 3 ways to obtain a student loan discharge via a disability rating. You can learn more about that at the Federal Student Aid website

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Question:

Hello Mr. Jim, My husband had Prostate Cancer 14 years ago. His PSA level slowly started getting higher and he is being treated for Prostate Cancer again, with Erectile Dysfunction. Trying to get him revaluated for a increase. What are the first steps that he should take to make this happen?

Jim's Reply:

 

He files a claim and the process begins again, much the same as earlier. 

https://www.va.gov/disability/how-to-file-claim/

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Question:

My ex husband just started receiving VA benefits. He owes me $40,000.00 in back child support. Am I entitled to a small portion of those benefits? Thank you

Jim's Reply:

 

You may be entitled to a portion of those benefits, yes. 

While VA disability pay can't be garnished in the traditional sense, if you submit the proper paperwork, some of that money may be apportioned. 

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Military sexual trauma (MST ) is sexual harassment that is threatening or physical assault of a sexual nature. Both men and women serving in the military can suffer from MST . MST is an experience, not a diagnosis.

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