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November 24, 2020
How to get checked for tinnitus?
Jim's Mailbag
November 24, 2020
Should there be amendments regarding eligibility for prostate issues?
Jim's Mailbag
November 24, 2020
Question: Jim, to treat my prostate cancer the prostate was removed in 1997. In 2004, I underwent 6 weeks of external beam radiation. Stress urinary incontinence followed and in 2011 my sphincter had weakened to the extent of my having an artificial sphincter implant. Nine years later (11/10/20), I had my second artificial sphincter implant.…
Jim's Mailbag
November 24, 2020
Understanding VA percentages.
Jim's Mailbag
November 23, 2020
Are there medical journal articles to show Agent Orange is associated with Pancreatic Cancer?
Jim's Mailbag
November 23, 2020
Can someone receive TDIU while receiving a city or state retirement pension?
Jim's Mailbag
November 23, 2020
How to contact the VA to change Direct Deposit accounts
Jim's Mailbag
November 23, 2020
Question: I am a 100% Vietnam Veteran. Plus I have parts A and B thru Medicare....What Plan can I use to get My 144.00 back from Social Security?   Jim's Reply: Part A is required, you're not getting out of that. Part B is elective. You can either not take Part B or cancel it at the appropriate time. I usually don't recommend that but whatever.
Jim's Mailbag
November 22, 2020
Question: I currently have a 100% total & Permanent disability with the VA and have just been diagnosed with PTSD by the VA. So should I file a claim for this or not? I know that it will not affect my monthly payments.
Jim's Mailbag
November 21, 2020
Am I entitled to any benefits when my veteran spouse and I get a divorce? He is 100% rated.
Jim's Mailbag
November 21, 2020
Can a previously scheduled yearly exam at the VA change my 100% P&T rating?
Jim's Mailbag
November 19, 2020
Question: Hey Jim, I am receiving a 2nd surgery for my meniscus and ACL tear. I was told by the surgeon/ortho Dr. that I would have my disability temporarily bumped to 100%. I'm trying to get the process of this situated prior to my surgery so everything can remain smooth. I was wondering what your opinion on this was and what steps Ii should…
Jim's Mailbag
November 19, 2020
Question: Hey there: I have a 90% scheduler rating and the VA awarded me TDIU. I'm blessed and very appreciative. I still having several claims pending that "if" granted, will increase my rating to 100%. Moreover, I've read that if a veteran is granted 100% scheduler rating while on TDIU; the VA will "automatically converted" TDIU into P/T…
Jim's Mailbag
November 16, 2020
Question: I provided my past and current medial record, along with information regarding what a Nexus letter contains and why it is necessary to support my claim for TDIU to my Pain Management Specialist, but was told he could only provide a treatment history. I was disappointed and obviously frustrated. What is the best/ most successful way to…
Jim's Mailbag
November 16, 2020
Question: I have been rated for sleep apnea, right shoulder (chronic torn labrum), migraines, and a few other conditions for 10 years now. I have a total rating of 90%, and have filed an increase which may put me at 100%. Given the length of time for my initial ratings, with no improvements, what are the chances of getting P&T? Thank you…
Jim's Mailbag
November 15, 2020
Question: I been waiting for VBA San Diego to processed my Aid & Attendance for 3 years, I am paying the caregiver out of my 100% Service Connection. Also, I submitted for the Caregiver Program 60 days ago, with no answer.   Jim's Reply: If you've been waiting for any action to process for 3 years I'd have to say that something has gone…
Jim's Mailbag
November 15, 2020
Question: Hi Jim, My pain doctor who was new (4 years ago). Kept treating me with injections and after I had to scream! He finally sent me to a surgeon (outside of the VA)! I had to have my shoulder replaced, Neck Surgery and Spinal Surgery. Then they found out my hip was broken for over 3 Years! The Pain Pharmacist told the Doctor that he cut my…
Jim's Mailbag
November 15, 2020
Question: Hi Jim, my husband is a retired Marine. He is 52 years old and was recently diagnosed with advanced Prostate Cancer. It has metastasized into his abdomen, throat, and the bone near the sternum. He was stationed at Camp Lejeune where there was water contamination but I read that the VA is not recognizing prostate cancer as a connection…
Jim's Mailbag
November 15, 2020
Question: I have been 90% disabled with IU P/T for 19 years and 2 months. I’ve just been diagnosed with Prostate cancer. Should I go for straight up total 100% or leave well enough alone?   Jim's Reply: You're already "straight up total 100%"...that's what the TDIU benefit is, a 100% total rating. However, you can add another 100% rating (…
Jim's Mailbag
November 15, 2020
Question: Please direct me to a link for Blue Water Navy. I was on two Westpac tour in the Gulf of Tonkin '70 - '74. I never stepped foot on Vietnam Shores. I remained just off the coast for two 6-month tours. I have Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma. I was told that I may qualify for Agent Orange. If this is true how do I find out?  Thank you.