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Hi Jim, I am rated 70% for PTSD . I have not worked for the past 13 months. However, I have received my full salary from my employer through sick days provided to me by my union. Those sick days are scheduled to end in January 2021. I applied for both SSDI and TDIU. I was granted SSDI because the SSA does not deem sick leave as being gainfully employed.

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My father was a Vietnam veteran with Type 2 diabetes, prostate cancer, and ischemic heart disease. He was just awarded 100% disability in June of 2020 for the prostate cancer (he was already receiving around 50% for the diabetes and ischemic heart disease). He was originally diagnosed with the prostate cancer in December of 2018, however he did not know he could apply for this benefit. He only received one month of the 100% disability. Can I file a claim to try and have his prostate cancer disability back dated to December 2018?

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In May of 2020 my husband of 53 years went off the deep end and knew he needed help. After driving himself 75 miles to the closest Va and waiting 8 hours, the VA doctor had him transported by ambulance to an outside facility that could take him. Due to the pandemic, they could not find a VA hospital bed. I called the next day and was assured that Community Care would take care of the hospital bills. We get a new bill every day and it is September. I have called many times but the Va puts me on hold. After an hour or so I hang up.

New On Stateside

FAQ


Is there a nationwide eviction ban?

The CDC has issued an order banning many, but not all, evictions through December 31, 2020.

 

How do I know if I qualify?

You might qualify if the following is true for you:

VA pension

Summary

Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax-free monthly benefit paid by the VA to eligible survivors of the following:
 

Photo credit: Benjamin Manley. A woman sits on a bench, back to the camera, with her arms around two small children
The Department of Defense (DoD) has stated that family support is critical for service members. It supports service members who decide to adopt children and tries hard to support families during the adoption process.

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