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Jim's Mailbag
August 3, 2011

Jim,

First off, I just want to say thank you for all of your hard work and dedication to veteran’s everywhere! I have a question pertaining to private attorneys and veteran’s disability law. Is there a legal cap to what a lawyer can be paid from retroactive disability claims? I know the cap for SSDI claims is $6,000 or 25% whichever is cheaper, but I’m having a hard time finding a definitive answer about veteran’s claims and caps. Please assist if you can and thank you again for your ongoing service!

Jim's Mailbag
August 3, 2011

Jim,

Just a couple of questions you may be able to answer for me..

1) The RO has had my file for two or three months my last c&ps were last october 20 2010 is this normal for a rater to take this much time to approve or deny a claim?

2) I had included also on my claim in april 2000 and again in 2007 that my fluacting blood pressuer was due to agent orange also my primary va dr stated in his report that the high blood pressuer was more than likely due to my exposuer of agent orange is the fact that va conceded my exposuer to agent orange and combat i guess becuse i was at the dmz 3rd mar div they denied it. is it even claim you can file?

Jim's Mailbag
July 30, 2011

Jim,

IS THERE A RELATIONSHIP TO AGENT ORANGE AND LOSS OF IRON OR NO IRON IN THE BODY. 1965-66 VIET NAM VET. THANKS IN ADVANCE - BEING READING YOU FOR A GOOD WHILE.

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Jim's Mailbag
July 30, 2011

Jim,

My claim for IHD has been at the Ratings Board for about 90 days+. I call 2 twice a week and they tell me I should hear very soon. They have all the medical info they need to determine my case. I feel the longer they take --the result will be disappointing and they will turn my claim down. I had 2 heart attack (sting installed) 2nd h.attack (quad by pass). Should I keep calling or just wait for the brown envelope?

Jim's Mailbag
July 30, 2011

Jim,

hi, i am a Vietnam veteran, i have a claim for ischemic heart disease, my claim dates back to 1996 i served aboard the uss Jamestown agtr3, basically a spy ship, i was able to get a hold of an updated list of navy ships that fall under agent orange it's dated may 4 2011 the were only a hand full of these ships operating around the world, they were classified as agtr's the uss oxford which was our sister ship is listed in the up date we have not been as of yet our mission was the same and one of us (our ship) was always on station up and down the vietnam coast, we took liberty in vung tau, an thoi ect. I am trying to find out how i get my ship added to the list . also i landed in Saigon at ton son nute aiport and stayed at the annapolis hotel while in transit four different times and i can't find any of my travel info from st.louis i served in vietnam from sept 1967 untill dec 1969 i extended once, if there is any help you could offer would be greatly appreciated

Jim's Mailbag
July 19, 2011

Jim,

I just got the following message from a Vet Advocate. Could please give me your take on this, or is it even now at this point in time.

Jim's Mailbag
July 19, 2011

Jim,

Viet Nam 1969-70 I was diagnosed with prostate cancer on June 9, emailed disability application to VA on June 15. On June 16 received email that application was received at Detroit office.

I an thinking of watchful waiting as treatment. I expect not to hear from VA for many months. Will I get 100% disability from June 9 if I chose this treatment option? I am not sure VA will consider this a ongoing treatment.

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Jim's Mailbag
July 19, 2011

Jim,

Jim's Mailbag
July 13, 2011

Jim,

thank you so much for the service you provide, I think I would have gone crazy (crazier) if I hadn't happened across this site when I did. I am an Army veteran of the Reagan, Bush, Clinton Grand Tour (Greneda, Panama, Persian Gulf I, and Somalia).

Jim's Mailbag
July 13, 2011

Jim,

My husband sustained a head injury in 1968 in Viet Nam. He is rated 100%. He will turn 65 in August. He doesn't know whether he should apply for medicare or not. Is there anyway that by applying for medicare he would lose his medical benefits with the VA? Do you have any recommendations? I appreciate your help and your love for your fellow veterans with their concerns. Thank you.

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Jim's Mailbag
July 13, 2011

Jim,

I need some reliable information about agent orange condemnations. I served in Bindlach-Bayreuth Germany 74-75. My mos was 63C20. I was in a heavy maintenance co with numerous repairs of 4 wheel-half tracks-jeeps-2 1/2-. There was a chopper base there and lots of 55 gal drums of numerous chemicals and jp. This place was nicknamed "the rock" because it was very high up. The place had underground airports-unexplored caves-chemical-biological stores that was never fully disclosed to the troops.

Jim's Mailbag
June 13, 2011

Jim,

Jim's Mailbag
June 13, 2011

Jim,

I have a pending claim for Erectile Dysfunction with the VA. My wife and I would like to submit statements in support of my claim. Can you give me some suggestions as to what we should include in these statements? I am service connected for PTSD, and have submitted a letter from my pyschiatrist, and info from my medical doctor will follow. Thank you for your assistance.

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Jim's Mailbag
June 7, 2011

Jim,

I submitted a Form 9 to my RO in mid-September, 2009 via USPS Certified Mail. When I didn't get an acknowledgement, I inquired through IRIS. The RO's response was that they'd never received it. When I gave them the tracking number, they said they'd look again. They then "found" it and confirmed receipt by letter in December, 2009. Here is the letter text;

Dear Mr. G,

Jim's Mailbag
June 7, 2011

Jim,

I am a Vietnam Veteran who served with the 9th Infantry Division of 1967. I have been attending PTSD meetings for almost ten years, and these meetings have not changed my status. How long do I have to attend these meetings? I do not get any results from these meetings.

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I don't have an answer for that. I hear such things from many Vietnam vets and as I'm not a psychologist and as I don't know you personally, I'm at a bit of a loss to answer you.

Jim's Mailbag
May 22, 2011

Jim,

Where can I get a copy of the house bill that President Bush passed in 1996 stating troops on the gound in vietnam agent orange herbicide automatic gets 100 percent service connection disability.

Jim's Mailbag
May 22, 2011

Jim,

My husband is a Viet Nam Vet/Retired Navy. He attributes his hearing loss to his days in Viet Nam. What is the process to get hearing aide assistance from the VA?