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Jim's Mailbag
February 9, 2018

Question

I have a 60% rating for PTSD and wanted to see about an increase due to some recent bipolar diagnoses and alcoholism and also sleep apnea but don’t know what to do to seek help and I don’t want my VA insurance or rating to go down.

Jim's Mailbag
February 9, 2018

Question

I was given a 100% disable for exposure to agent orange.  I was diagnosed with lung cancer and have been going through chemo for a year now.  They sent me a letter with my ratings and said if I got better they would reevaluate me and deduct money.  When I was first d8agnsed the doctor said cancer never goes away it can come back anytime.  Can they take money from me?

Jim's Mailbag
February 9, 2018

Question

I am currently rated at 80% disability. I was called by a VA employee to tell me I was eligible for TDIU. I am still currently waiting on approval.  My question is will my kids be entitled to the VA covered medical care? (I forget the name). We are currently covered under Medicaid and I know once I receive the TDIU 100% disability rating we will no longer qualify for government assistance 

Jim's Mailbag
February 9, 2018

Question

I am a spouse of a USAF Ret MSgt, I will not go into the entire problem of trying to get a rating secured for disabilities connected to my spouses military service that he never applied for until 2012 retiring in 1981, going in for Agent Orange problems, never hearing anything so he refused to go back until he dad to financially request assistance for medical problems and now after 8 years he has an attorney and has gone through several levels of the VA and is currently being seen by a Primary care physician and involved in the locl regional hospital.  That said he had app

Jim's Mailbag
February 8, 2018

Question

Hello..  retired back in 2005 with 60% service connected Va Disability.  I’ve been re-evaluated 3 times in the past 12 years for service connected disabilities and I finally overturned a couple of things resulting in 100% service connected T&P schedular rating.

1st- Are we required to tell employer that we receive va disability benefits?

Are we required to tell an employer of our disabilities if not visible and could pass all mental & physical requirements?

Jim's Mailbag
February 8, 2018

Question 

What would be my best option be to try and receive a rating of permanent.  I currently am rated at 70% with the majority being based on a diagnosis of being bipolar.  I have been consistently receiving treatment for years including talk therapy, medication, routine implementation, on and on  and on.  My condition has never become a thing of the past and I often feel as if it is worse.  My marriage is suffering (in my second round of marriage therapy), increased individual therapy.  I'm still working, but I'm struggling everyday even with medications.  I've begun to have s

Jim's Mailbag
February 8, 2018

Question

We were denied vehicle privilege tax exemption by our local county clerk.  We previously got a free disabled vet tag.  Our understanding is that tags other vehicles we own should be exempt from the wheel tax.  Their response was that each county in Tennessee make their on rules.  If I’m correct, how can I prove it to them?

Jim's Reply

Each state sets its own rules about what they will and won't allow.

Some states are very generous, others not so much. Then there are counties, cities, municipalities, parishes...the list goes on and on.

Jim's Mailbag
February 6, 2018

Question

Where can I find legal support?

As patient in inpatient PTSD care(6-8week program), i reported HIPAA violations to staff. I was subsequently retaliated against by staff and threatened with discharge. I reported these concerns to patient advocate and continued to get retaliated against for using my patient rights to report the problem until I was prematurely discharged for going to patient advocate. I was immediately released from the program

Jim's Mailbag
February 6, 2018

Question

Jim,

I was rated at 100% P&T for MH (several concomitant conditions, no PTSD) several years ago and was assigned a SMC code S (housebound).

While my overall condition has not significantly improved, I am no longer totally housebound. How do I notify them of this?  I assume I am obligated to notify them since I am P&T with no future exams scheduled.

Thank you.

Jim's Mailbag
February 6, 2018

Question

Briefly

15 years active (4 dsf)

Diagnosed ptsd while active

Jim's Mailbag
February 6, 2018

Question

Greetings Jim,

I am retired (USAF-23 yr) Vietnam vet with 10% disability.  I was diagnosed last month with prostate cancer.  I am currently evaluating my options - including "Wait and watch."  What should my immediate steps be with respect to the VA and possibly increasing my disability rating?

Jim's Mailbag
February 1, 2018

Question

Jim, I have read over the net that the field examiner can insist that since my mother lives with me, there can be no guns in the house. My mother has never fired a weapon and does not know how, but I have several firearms in the house. They are secured in a locked gun safe. Please tell me this is not true. Thanks.

Jim's Mailbag
February 1, 2018

Jim, I'm a 41-year-old retired soldier, with a 100% rating but not T&P.  I receive Social Security Disability check every month due to my service connected diagnoses.  I have 3-4 migraines a week that last more than 12hrs and other issues that prevent me from working. How do I get the VA to change my rating to 100% T&P?

Jim's Mailbag
January 30, 2018

I have been evaluated at 100% (temporary) for prostate cancer. My condition is castrate resistant PC and am currently in my second clinical trail using a experimental chemo drug. My oncologist has indicated that metastatic PC while able to be treated is incurable and my condition will not improve.  Under these circumstances would the VA change the evaluation to 100% permanent and total disability?

Jim's Mailbag
January 30, 2018

Question

I have PTSD from the military and i live in Missouri. Can i legally own a firearm and pursue my concealed carry license?

Jim's Mailbag
January 29, 2018

Question

I am an atomic Vet 100% disabled due to ionizing radiation I was exposed to at the Nevada Test Site in 1953. I am receiving health care from the VA. I made aware,recently. that I am being charged $109.00 per month by Social Security for Medicare. Is this right and if not, how can I correct it?

Jim's Mailbag
January 29, 2018

Jim,
I am fighting with the VA over my P&T. They have me at temporary 100% for my PTSD, and have said that they feel it will get better, even though it has only gotten worse over the past 8 years. As soon as I got to South Carolina, I had my PC put in a consult to get my therapy going, and the consult sat for two years. If it wasn't for the fact that one of my friends works for WWP I wouldn't be getting any counseling. I have even done residential treatment, where my therapist wrote a letter to the VA saying that I needed to be put at P&T and why. The VA is now, for the third time in about a year, making me do another C&P exam. Whats it going to take for them to realize that this is serious and that they are toying with mine and my family's lives?

Jim's Mailbag
January 29, 2018

Question

Are you qualified for the same benefits such as free car registration if you are 100% TDIU compared to 100% Schedular rating?

Jim's Reply

Yes. If the 100% TDIU is permanent (or P & T) and not a temporary (future exams scheduled) all the benefits are the same as a 100% schedular rating. The benefits like car registration vary from state to state so you'll have to check your state regs to be sure.

 

Jim

 

Jim's Mailbag
January 29, 2018

I have applied to be fiduciary for my mother. I called the hub and ask what credit score is acceptable and was told a fair score was by Helen Turner at Louisville Fiduciary. I have a score of 644 with over 200k of liquid assets. Do you think this will be good enough?? I have read the horror stories of non family, as well as family appointed fiduciaries and have great concern. Thanks.

Jim's Mailbag
January 29, 2018

Question

I was discharged from the Navy in 1974 after my 2nd enlistment with a 30% disability rating. I worked in the private sector for 42 years.  I am now retired. I manage my own affairs, do my own taxes, and stick to my budget. I am on fixed income (SSRI and VADC) and have very little debt, just monthly household expenses. I own my home and am very busy in retirement.