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March 21, 2018

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I'm at 70% currently my disability is chronic venous insufficiency service  connect well I had a heart attack last week how do I apply and receive a temporary  100 % for three monthes or longer what do I have to do now.

Jim's Mailbag
March 21, 2018

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Hi Jim,

I have a question for you regarding a reconsideration I filed for my migraine claim. Here is the timeline. Feb 2017 Filed for Migraines.

Jim's Mailbag
March 20, 2018

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I am a 63 yo Vietnam era vet and enrolled in the VA health care system. I have nothing but good to say about the VA Mountain Home Hospital located in Johnson City TN.  My question is does the VA pay for addiction treatment that rendered in a  non-VA clinic ? I had a horrible crush injury in 1990, long story made short is that I became dependent then addicted to painkillers over the ten years of off and on operations until my leg was amputated above the knee a year ago. I have been taking Methadone for ten years for pain and addiction which gives me a livable life.

Jim's Mailbag
March 20, 2018

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I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January 2018 at VA in Columbia,MO. VA set me up near my hometown so I could start radiation. A CT scan was done at the treating facility and few days later the radiologist called me and said there was a large mass discovered on my left kidney I filed a claim for Prostate cancer thru a vso, all paperwork and evidence were sent, Portland got the case. A med services people called me and asked if I could go to St. Louis for an evauation.

Jim's Mailbag
March 20, 2018

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I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in January 2018 at VA in Columbia,MO. VA set me up near my hometown so I could start radiation. A CT scan was done at the treating facility and few days later the radiologist called me and said there was a large mass discovered on my left kidney I filed a claim for Prostate cancer thru a vso, all paperwork and evidence were sent, Portland got the case. A med services people called me and asked if I could go to St. Louis for an evauation.

Jim's Mailbag
March 20, 2018

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I'm a Viet-Nam Veteran and in the process of drafting a final letter to be attached to my service connected hearing loss VA Claim. My questions are as follows:

#1:-How long are cover letters usually, 2 or 3 pages?

#2-I'll also be attaching military/medical documents with my letter in support my VA Claim as well.

#3--Should my letter just stick to the facts on how I received my service injuries and describe them

                          "OR"

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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.