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May 20, 2011

Jim,

my father is totally disabled veteran .I filed for in home care assistance and was finally approved after nine months .They withheld his monthly pension pending the fiduciary process. I filled out the proper paperwork with my local VA council assistance .I even filed appeal for my in home care assistance because the amount was extremely small compared to what we spend on his nursing requirements.When get through to the va I am told there will be another six to nine months for fiduciary process.I then ask why we do not receive monthly compensation and told we have to wait for the fiduciary to go through .I know this was supposed to against VA policy .I have spent in excess 14000 dollars on nursing care with no end in sight

Jim's Mailbag
May 16, 2011

Jim,

I came across your site purely by accident and glad I did. I have learned more here in a week than I did in years of reading from all the V.A. sites. Thank you for all you do. My question is: I am a retired Viet Nam era combat vet. I am current rated at 70% for PTSD, DM11,Hearing Loss and tinnunaus. I had my claim for IHD and PD denied in 2008. I sent in my NOD and contacted Rep for Vets to help me with an appeal I also filed under Fast Track. The fast track claims were sent to traditional claims processing for some reason. I have a pace maker and defibulator with MET of 3 and an EF of 34%. I received a letter from V.A on the 28th of Feb. this year saying I qualified under the Nehmer Rule. Do you think that my appeal will negate the Nehmer?

Jim's Mailbag
May 16, 2011

Jim,

Love the new site. Have talked with you on several occasions over the years. To the point, wondering if you have any advice to help get my "new" claims to a decision stage. I have appeals that are over 7 years old and of course nothing will be done with them until the new claims (which date back to July 2009) are finished.

Jim's Mailbag
May 16, 2011

Jim,

I am already 10% for Left foot plantar faciitis w/heel spur and was recently diagnosed with Right foot plantar faciitis w/heel spur...could you tell me if it is possible that I will be awarded an additional 10% for the Right foot problems or will they consider it Bilateral foot problems and just keep it at 10%?

Thanks for your continued help.

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Jim's Mailbag
May 6, 2011

Jim,

My Mother is about to be a widow for the 3rd time. My Step-father Joe is terminally ill and my Mother is in need for assisted living. Joe served 2 gigs in the US Army from the years 1956-1960 and 1972-1976. I have been informed from the VAA that his service falls with in the gray areas that were not served during war time. Completely understood.

Jim's Mailbag
May 6, 2011

Jim,

I was just awarded 100% up from 70% and now they say I need a
Fiduciary. I dont want one and want to speak to a lawyer. Do you
have any info or phone numbers of lawyers in Southern California.


Reply:

A fiduciary is an individual who is appointed by VA to manage the VA
issued benefits money of an individual who has been declared
incompetent by VA to handle their own finances. It's my opinion and
the opinion of many others that the VA fiduciary program is badly
broken and ineffective.

Jim's Mailbag
May 2, 2011

Jim,

I am writing on behalf of a fellow soldier and combat brother of my husband's. He is getting an apportionment taken out of his va disability check that is going to his ex wife in place of his child support but iowa will not recognize it as payment so iowa says he is not paying and back child support is piling up etc. I would love to talk more in depth about this if you are Interested because the research I have done states this can be a loophole in the system and I have contacted senators etc and they are interested but if I can't get this particular person on board with giving up his info how can we still help other vets this is happening to?

Jim's Mailbag
May 2, 2011

Jim,

Can you lead me to someone that can help me in the Springfield MO area. I was treated for prostate cancer in 2009, I received a letter today saying my benefits will be reduced from 100% to 10%. (not even allowing for ED)

I have been having bladder and urine problems since the 13th day of my
radiation, I’ve have mentioned the problem of urgency and leakage to my VA Dr. each time I’ve gone for an appointment and take medication
daily to help the problem.

Jim's Mailbag
May 2, 2011

Jim,

I was an Aircraft Technician in the Marines from 1988 to 1992. In 1992 I started a downward slide in my health and now have the following medical issues:

· 1992: Asthma, and other issues
· 2001: Large lipoma removed from submandibular gland in neck
· 2001: Psoriasis
· 2002: Sleep apnea
· 2010: Diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis (numerous forms) symptoms started much earlier than 2010
· etc

Jim's Mailbag
April 14, 2011

Jim,

My friend has been a patient at the VA hospital for almost a month now. She is very happy with the doc who is trying to save her leg after a nasty motorcycle wreck.

In all the time shes been on the ward, she's only met one other veteran with a medical issue. The rest on the ward were having tucks done. Tummy tucks, ARM tucks, leg tucks, etc.

Vets are waiting forever for surgery dates because the suites are booked by dependent spouses needing their extra fat cut off after their gastric bypass surgery. What's wrong with this picture?

Jim's Mailbag
April 14, 2011

Jim,

Jim's Mailbag
April 5, 2011

Jim,

Thank you for your service to our country and your informative web site. I am a VA employee. Please keep my name confidential. I love my job!.

Jim's Mailbag
April 5, 2011

Jim,

I am going into the VA for a re-evaluation of my disability. I am wondering if they do a drug test with any of the physicals, and if testing positive for marijuana will effect or take away any of my benifits. Any help will be greatly apreciated.

Jim's Mailbag
April 5, 2011

Jim,

A quick question, concerning, DIC. If a veteran is Rated 100% for PTSD
eligible for DIC after 10 years??? It says totally disabling, if 100% PTSD is not totally disabling ,, well I just don’t know? I know this guy and he was a medic in 68 in Nam and he is IMHO totally disabled.
Thanks

Jim's Mailbag
March 30, 2011

Jim,

I trust this E-mail finds you & yours in the best of spirits and health. Well Jim I took your advice and mailed (via Certified Mail RRR)a letter of inquiry. The letter was signed for in the VARO on 3/4/11. To date...no response. How long should I realistically receive a response Jim? Please advise and please do have a very pleasant evening.

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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
March 30, 2011

Jim,

I have been taking Plavix since my heart attack in 2006. All of my arteries were blocked at least 95%. I have 4 stents. My civilian heart doctor wants me to take Plavix.I do not have a VA heart doctor. I have a 70% VA rating due to diabetes and IHD caused by Agent Orange. Since I have a 70% rating,all of my meds are free.My Plavix is free too thru the VA. My wife is disabled too. Her meds cost here more than here monthly disability check. I just read on another one of your sites that the VA will no longer pay for Plavix.I can not afford to pay the $200.00 per month out of my pocket since my wife is disabled too. What is the VA doing? Thank you.

Jim's Mailbag
March 21, 2011

Jim,

An update to my case that you have been following. I have completed (successfully) cardiac rehab and have at least one more disability payment left at the 100% level. More would be nice of course. I will keep you infomed of changes as they take place. I hope to hear from the VA before the end of March or very early in April. I would like to learn what the next step will be and what kind of rating they will give me.

Reply:

I'm happy to hear you're doing well with the cardiac rehab. Your health is more important than the rating.