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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
July 13, 2011

Jim,

I have a friend that has an other than honorable discharge and he wants To gets va benefits – how does he start the process. He also lost his dd214

Reply:

Start by getting the 214 here http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/

Once he has that in hand he should apply as usual for benefits here http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/compensation/

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 13, 2011

Jim,

How do we apply for this Aid and Attendance benefit? I am 82 years of age - my wife is almost 80 years old and has a crushed vertebrae and wears a back brace And cannot succesfully attend to our household wellfare. Can you help us?

Reply:

I can't personally help you but I can refer you to my web page that has information on how you may file for the benefit. https://www.vawatchdog.org/Benefits_Guide.html

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.

Reply:

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 27, 2011

Jim,

I am a US Navy veteran (1970-1974) and have a credit card debt from 2002. I have just recently been harassed and threatened about it. Is there any statute of limitations. I am receiving financial help through HUD-VASH (VA Supported Housing) and cannot afford what they are demanding. Any advise would be appreciated.

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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?

Jim's Mailbag
May 20, 2011

Jim,

I'm a lay veterans advocate and twice this week I’ve had questions come up about financial hardships and expediting claims. In the first case, the vet has yet to be plugged into the VA system and is financially drowning while he waits. If I remember correctly, this is the two form he needs to send to expedite his claim.

http://www.va.gov/vaforms/va/pdf/VA5655.pdf

Jim's Mailbag
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.


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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.