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Jim's Mailbag
March 20, 2018

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I think the person who is providing my father-in-law's care at home is using drugs.  He's a veteran and is trying to get the VA to pay her for the care she provides.  Does the VA require drug testing for caregivers?

Jim's Reply

If you suspect illicit drug use in your home or in your fathers home, your only call should be to law enforcement. VA isn't going to be able to help you.

Jim's Mailbag
March 19, 2018

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Hi Jim,

Jim's Mailbag
March 19, 2018

Question

Your Question: I am  a Vietnam 90% service connected  30% for heart disease had 3 stents at my C&P I was asked several questions and was given MET 5 not over 7 however, I recently saw Cardio Dr. sometimes  I get shortness of breath could be that I am 70 years old he wants to do a stress test if I do reall well on it Will I loose my 30 % compensation.Should I get this done out of the VA Your email:

Jim's Mailbag
March 19, 2018

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I came to ask you Jim a question before I got too much further into your blog so I'm going to ask the question.

Jim's Mailbag
March 19, 2018

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My wife is now eligible for CHAMPVA.  She is under 65 and working.

Does she have to maintain her private insurance through her employer in order to use CHAMPVA?  I'm thinking it would be cost effective to drop her employer's insurance and pick up a CHAMPVA Supplemental policy (those costs would be less than the costs of her policy with her employer).

Jim's Mailbag
March 13, 2018

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When a veteran has 100 percent disability can they still work .

Jim's Mailbag
March 12, 2018

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Hello Jim, hope all is well with you. My question is: I have been suffering from my knees a lot, pain, swelling etc. I served 7 years with the Active Army in the Infantry and 27 years in administration with the Army Reserve. During my reserve tenure I also participated in combat activities due to having to be combat ready.  My doctor at the VA is telling me that my knee issues are based on being old and nothing else.  I am 63 years old.

Jim's Mailbag
March 12, 2018

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I have  an upcoming comp and pension exam next week, currently rated at 90%, 50% PTSD, 30% Coronary heart disease, 20% Diabetes, 20% periphery nureothpay on each leg and 10% tinnitus.

Jim's Mailbag
March 7, 2018

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Hi Jim, I am a Vietnam vet. Prostate cancer 3 years ago underwent a prostatectomy. I filed a claim and just got notice that a have been declined for any claim (zero). Do I have any options to contest. I understand ED is additional. My quality of life from frequent urination is terrible. Thank you for any guidance. 

Jim's Mailbag
March 7, 2018

Question

7528 Malignant neoplasms of the genitourinary system

100

Note - Following the cessation of surgical, X-ray, antineoplastic chemotherapy or other therapeutic procedure, the rating of 100 percent shall continue with a mandatory VA examination at the expiration of six months. Any change in evaluation based upon that or any subsequent examination shall be subject to the provisions of § 3.105(e) of this chapter. If there has been no local reoccurrence or metastasis, rate on residuals as voiding dysfunction or renal dysfunction, whichever is predominant.

Jim's Mailbag
March 7, 2018

Question

Does selling stock and closing a IRA effect IU earnings?

Jim's Reply

No. Only earned income via gainful employment is a concern. You can win the Lotto and still receive your VA TDIU benefits. if you win the Lotto, be sure and get in touch so I can help with that.

Jim's Mailbag
March 7, 2018

Question

Dear Jim,

Thank you for all the advice that you provide for veterans seeking compensation for service-connected disabilities.

Jim's Mailbag
March 7, 2018

Question

Is the va going to upgrade bladder cancer to the same status as prostate cancer i served in va 216 on board uss coral sea yankee station 1968-1969 and i have bladder cancer.

Jim's Reply

Probably not any time soon. There's always talk about that, never any action.

Jim's Mailbag
March 2, 2018

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I am a 100% p&t veteran. I married my caregiver recently. (On my letter the box is checked that says permanent and total) my question is, will the VA re-exam me just because I got married? I’m not afraid of an exam at all. I see my doctor every 3 months. We just extended to every 6 months.

Jim's Mailbag
February 27, 2018

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I was on IU but rated with 90% disablity. So I was being paid at 100% From 2013 to 2016. May 2016 I recievced a letter that the Va will reduce take my IU and I will oy be recieving my 90%.

Jim's Mailbag
February 27, 2018

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I was recently awarded 100% service connected disability because of cancer caused by agent orange exposure in Vietnam. I was awarded DEA assistance. VA language in the decision letter says "Basic eligibility to DEA is granted as the evidence shows the veteran has a total service connected disability, permanent in nature. There is nothing in the VA decision letter about future medical exams. I am 69 years old.

The decision letter says nothing about P&T except the above sentence, but the VA rep at 800-827-1000 said VA records indicate my award is P&T.

Jim's Mailbag
February 27, 2018

Question

How can I get a copy of my last c&p exam? It was done in Nov.2017.this claim is from 2009,on appeal in 2010.

Jim's Reply

You can request a copy of this and all your records here https://www.archives.gov/st-louis or by writing to your VA Regional Office.

Jim's Mailbag
February 27, 2018

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Joe my Uncle is a Viet Nam Veteran. He has a brain Aneurysm, diabetes and blood pressure. He also had prostrate cancer and was operated on for it. He was rated at 100% now the VA has examined him and said he is cancer free. they now want to reduce his rating by half. Is this legal and does he have any recourse.

Jim's Mailbag
February 27, 2018

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Hi Jim, I submitted an appeal for agent orange though a DAV representative. Had a VA hearing in January 2017. The hearing officer did not make a decision. The DAV is telling me a decision still has not been made. I served in Thailand 71-72 . Should I contact an attorney or should I wait.

Jim's Reply

You have no choice but to wait for a decision. An attorney can't help you until the current adjudication is completed.