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February 15, 2018
Question Jim, I live in Califonia and my ex-wife lives in Oklahoma. When our divorce was finalized it was 2015, so now Oklahoma has jurisdiction for child support. How would I go about finding out the Family Court who has jurisdiction in Oklahoma? Right now the State of Oklahoma is claiming I more than I make based on the decision of the Family…
Jim's Mailbag
February 15, 2018
Question When I log into ebennys to check my disability rating it says N/A. I’ve never heard nor seen that before. Thanks. Jim's Reply The ebenefits site is notorious for its frequent failures. Information often changes from moment to moment, you may see excerpts from some other veterans file or the site may not work at all for you. We advise that…
Jim's Mailbag
February 15, 2018
Question My husband has his evaluation tomorrow, he has been at 80% rating, 70% ptsd , 10% ankle injury. He has always gone to all psych appointments, but the meds she would always prescribe him would never work, only make him feelingless & unemotional like a zombie. I have been with him total of 7 1/2 years on & off, steady for last 3 1/2…
Jim's Mailbag
February 13, 2018
Question I just read a question from another veteran about a diagnosis of prostate cancer. The situation was similar to my own and the vet was concerned about the possibility of benefits being stopped because of an initial diagnosis with two subsequent negative biopsies.
Jim's Mailbag
February 12, 2018
Question 100% due to Agent Orange Heart Attack.  Only taxable income is less than $7000/Yr.  Recently Express Scripts sending me co-pay charges. Do I have to pay them?  Any waivers available? Jim's Reply In most cases, you shouldn't be paying a copay at all unless your 100% rating is temporary or some typical OTC medicines are prescribed. Have a…
Jim's Mailbag
February 9, 2018
Question I'm 100% iu for PTSD plus 60% for hypertensive CKD stage 3 am I eligible for SMC (s) for 100% plus 60 
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…
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…
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…
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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…
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…
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…
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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…
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…
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…