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January 31, 2019
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Jim's Mailbag
March 30, 2011

Jim,

I currently have a rating of 70% for migraines. That decision was made last year and shortly after that they said they were evaluating my condition to see if I have 100% unemployability. They have told me since June of 2010 that they are ready to make a decision. How long do they have to make that decision from the time they say they are ready? Thanks for your help. I really do appreciate it.

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Jim's Mailbag
November 13, 2018
VA benefits not sufficient
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November 20, 2018
probationary employee with vet preference
Jim's Mailbag
March 13, 2013
Hi Jim, I filed an AO claim for IHD 3/7/12, its now 1 year. NY RO brokered it to PHIL RO in dec. I had a C and P on 1/8/13. how do I find out if its lost in the cracks or not ? thanks
Jim's Mailbag
November 7, 2013
Jim, I have talked with a representative in travel three times about my travel pay. The VA now uses a different map- ("military Bing map") which uses the shortest distance between destinations. Totally ridiculous, circuitous routes, which nobody in their right mind would travel. Some of these roads, which I can't even find on any map, must be unpaved, certainly not cleared of snow in the winter, rendering them impassable. The VA employee I spoke with agreed to snail mail a map of this mysterious, meandering, totally absurd route, which I intend to use, not only for my benefit, but also to benefit other veterans who are routinely being short-changed on their travel pay.
Jim's Mailbag
September 18, 2013
Hey Jim, Sometimes I meet very interesting people at our local VA OPC. Vietnam Veteran took a long time to explain that he travels 50 miles 1 way to come to the clinic and knows for a fact that the $6.00 deductible has been waived for veterans rated 50 percent or more. The poor lady at the window knew nothing about that change. He continued to argue but finally explained that his Congressional Rep. would be contacting this office. Perhaps I am a little different, I don’t know to many health care agencies that pay millage to come to a medical appointment that is free for many of us. If that change of policy is in effect I am sure you would know. Is it true? If the info gets out there it might save the people who work at the VA a lot of aggravation. The only time I heard that the $6.00 fee is waived that if it is a C&P exam.
Jim's Mailbag
March 15, 2011

Jim,

I have been treated with excellent care by other area VA medical
facilities ever since joining the VA health care system. This year my
wife and I moved here and I had my VA records transferred. All of my
VA experiences have been satisfying and always handled professionally.
However the following complaint has been one of the most humiliating
and disgraceful experiences in my life.

Jim's Mailbag
October 28, 2010

Jim,

I am now a former VA employee due to mistreatment and bullying by the Administrative Officer in my department - with the complicity of the department chief. I have witnesses, backup documentation, and my mental health disability percentage was increased my 20%. My psychiatrist even gave me a letter saying I should leave the department, but I couldn't locate another job. It got to the point where I couldn't get up every morning or leave the house on some morning, so I had to put in for disability retirement.

I took my concerns to the union and the hospital human resources department. Needless to say nothing was really done. Also the department chief broke the Department of Labor rule about not interfering with my unpaid lunch break and exerting supervisory authority.

I cannot locate a lawyer to take my case. Can you provide any help or advise???

Jim's Mailbag
February 6, 2019
Complex situation
Jim's Mailbag
October 26, 2010

Jim,

Good PM--James------saw yu got married-----so congrats!!!!----James just "heard" that since I am 70% SC and 30% IU----if I cash in---my wife gets ZERO---can yu shed any light on this for me @ yur convenience---THANX a lot loyal Veteran!!!!, for what yu do.

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My wife (over 15 years now) would be interested to hear I’ve gotten married. It may be best if we don’t tell her.

You're 100%, don't think about the IU part.

Jim's Mailbag
August 30, 2013
Jim, I am a 60% disabled Vietnam vet for 4 years. My claims are PSTD and Hearing. I have submitted a new claim ( Agent Orange prostate Cancer) that is now in the Information processing phase. All that I read is that the rating will be 100% temporary until cancer is determined cured, then reduced to 40 to 60 percent. My question is: If my Prostate cancer claim of 100% is reduced to say, The lowest 40% will they add that to my Present 60% and give me a 100% permanent? Am I understanding this correctly?
Jim's Mailbag
February 8, 2019
Vietnam era
Jim's Mailbag
November 18, 2010

Jim,

I am a 30 percent service connected former Marine. 20 percent Chondromalacia knees, 10 for Spinal Condition. Is it possible to be deemed unemployable by my VA Doctor if my disabilities have impacted my job (mailman) to the point where I can't perform them anymore? Thx again for all your help!

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Probably not. To be eligible to apply for unemployability requires (in most cases) that you have a 70% rating overall with at least one 40% rating or a single rating of at least 60%.

Jim's Mailbag
August 30, 2018
Is my Unemployable Status Subject to Change?
Jim's Mailbag
November 26, 2018
Need help quick!
Jim's Mailbag
October 11, 2018
Told not eligible for compensation
Jim's Mailbag
November 14, 2011

Jim,

Im a Vietnam Vet currently rated at 50% for ptsd. My claim for unemployability was denied so i filed a NOD. Im also on Social secuity disability since Dec 09. I got a letter yesterday that has me scheduled for a meeting with DRO on Dec.7 in Indy.

Guess im a little nervous and was wondering if u have any good advice. Should i take my wife with me or a rep. Im represented by a Veterans Service Organization. will appreciate any advice

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Jim's Mailbag
January 9, 2011

Jim,
Would you please provide your imput as to what I should do on this matter.
I'm 90% disable and in July of 2010 put the paperwork in for the 100% unemployability.

Jim's Mailbag
January 14, 2019
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