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March 29, 2013
Hi Jim Right now I am Permanent and total 100%. I have a VA secured loan on my house which I might have to let go. Do you know if the VA can garnish my disability pay if the loan goes bad? Thank you for your help in this matter. Best regards Reply, As a rule, there aren't many circumstances where your disability payments can be garnished…
Jim's Mailbag
March 25, 2013
Jim, First I'd like to thank you for your opinions and advice that you offer to disabled vets! I think it is dificult to actually find someone that actually cares enough to help us like you do and I apreciate what you do! I receive 70% service connected disability and am considering an appication for unemployability. I have…
Jim's Mailbag
March 25, 2013
Jim, Do you believe our benefits will be cut? Reply: I don't believe we will experience direct cuts. I do believe that benefits will erode over time. This will occur as benefits aren't raised or improved to keep up with the cost of living and so on. The people who are supporting the erosion of our benefits usually aren't veterans. The trend…
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March 25, 2013
Jim, I got my letter 50% disability at $810.00 a month. This was not retro to when I opened my claim only 14 months ago my opening of the claim was in 2010 more like 36 months. Is this subject to a NOD or do I just ask? I also am not receiving the full amount since I am married both my mom and dad are still alove and have child under the age of…
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March 25, 2013
Hello Jim, I've read several times about people asking about protected ratings. I feel that if anyone could answer, it would be you. I filed a claim in 2003 for cardiovascular disease. Of course it was denided as it was not a presumpted condition at that time. When Ischemic Heart Disease was added, I filed and received a 100% P & T Rating.…
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March 25, 2013
Jim, I saw your site and some discussions on it. I do have a question. I have a service connected injury and I am receiving disability for it. It turns out that I have to have surgery on it and it requires a 2-3 month recovery and work leave. I am self-employed and am wondering if the VA will compensate me for my time off of work?
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March 21, 2013
Hello Jim, I am a USN Veteran and have served for 30 years from 1956 – 1987. Currently I have a 100% disability rating associated with prostrate cancer and Agent Orange Presumptions. It is my understanding that this is a temporary rating. My local Urologist had suggested “Watchful Waiting” as my course of action and this is what I told the VA…
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March 21, 2013
Hi Jim, My husband is a Vietnam Vet and was in Special Forces. He has had chronic pain in his back and knees. He currently gets disability for his knees. In Nov. 2012, he went to the VA for several issues, in an attempt to identify a lump near his abdomen, the CAT scan showed that his hip had disintegrated, he saw an orthopedic surgeon 5 weeks…
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March 21, 2013
Dear Jim, I am hoping you can guide me to an answer please. My husband was in the Army during the Vietnam War but served in Germany. He just received a diagnosis of prostate Cancer and will need daily radiation for a minimum of 8 weeks. He works in the Oil Fields of Oklahoma, His company will not let him work even half days. They have said they…
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March 13, 2013
Hey Jim, I came across your website and figured I would send you an email since my family and me are completely lost when it comes to the VA. My dad was in Vietnam and from the Agent Orange he ended up getting really bad diabetes, heart problems, on dialysis, eye problems, you name it..he has it. 6 years ago, he had to stop working…
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March 13, 2013
Jim, I'm a vietnam vet and recently filed an ischemic claim with my VSO as I had an echocardiogram with an lvef at 39.1%. Started lisinopril at 5mg and went to 10mg just before another echo after 4 months. That echo came out good at 60.8%. Other problems with the lv didn't change. All my health care is with VA but no service connected…
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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
March 8, 2013
Hey Jim, I was in the Beirut bombing in 1983 while serving in a USMC rifle company. I lost an ear drum and took some shrapnel in the back but otherwise I was OK. I went on to serve during Desert Storm and did 10 more years of active duty. Upon getting out in the early 90's I was angry and a heavy binge drinker. I never considered getting any help…
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March 6, 2013
Hello Jim, Good morning and THANK YOU for your service and work. June,2012 was granted 10% for tinnittus and 0% sc for hearing loss numbers were 2% points to high on the speech recognition part of the test when should I seek an increase or do I go to my own audiologist for new test and submit with application for increase. That speech…
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March 4, 2013
Dear Jim, I am a Vietnam Veteran (67-68) who has applied for additional benefits related to Agent Orange. I have been diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome (MDS) which is better known as pre leukemia. This is my second time being denied and being told that there is no connection to Agent Orange. If you have any info about MDS and can…
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March 2, 2013
Hello Jim, When i was in the service i broke my 4th rib during a basic training event. I filed for compensation because it started to cause me breathing problems when running, walking up inclines, laughing for long periods of times, and coughing excessively. The VA diagnosis as costochondritis tietze's syndrome and gave me 0% for it. I was…
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February 27, 2013
Jim, I'm a Veterans Service Officer. just received a call from a veteran who was awarded 100% for PTSD two weeks ago with an effective date back to May 2010. Friday he received a letter from the VA saying that he is not competent to handle his money because his daughter share a joint account with him and his wife.
Jim's Mailbag
February 27, 2013
Jim, I had prostrate cancer from agent orange exposer while in Vietnam, and had surgery. I was awarded 100% from VA and given 0% for ED. I also receive extra for lose of creative organ. I was reduced to 50% because I no longer have signs of cancer. I still receive money amount for lose of creative organ but was never given a % rating for lost of a…
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February 22, 2013
Hi Jim, It’s been awhile, and I hope this finds you well. I wanted to share my recent good news with you. I received my initial letter from the DVA regarding my DRO review, and coincidentally had a VA medical appointment today which confirmed my new 90% disability rating (increased from 10%). According to the DVA letter I was approved for 100% w/…
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February 22, 2013
Jim, I would like to know why the USS DAVIS DD 937 is not on the list of ship that was in Vietnam, 1966.