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October 22, 2015
Jim: I am 100% service connected disabled. If I live 10 years then die of natural causes, will my wife recieve a monthy check of any kind?
October 22, 2015
Jim: In Nov 2012 I had my prostate removed for cancer I was awarded 100% FOR 6 Months and then reduced to 60% in amount of $1100 a month it has been over two years still have no erectile function or when I do use alprostadil suppository it hurts so bad you can't do anything, I cannot more than half hour or before I have to urinate if I drink water…
April 23, 2015
Waiting on appeal to be finalized. Appeal assign date May 13, 2014 with there completion time within 291 days. Now call center for Winstons Salems Regional Office wants additional 300 days in the decision review office process. Why are there no accountability? Need a advocate that has accessibility to the review officer checking monthly on my…
March 16, 2015
I had a quadruple bypass in January and was in Vietnam. There is mild aortic valve sclerosis without stenosis. My current EF after surgery is 55-60%. Based on this information would my rating be in the 30% or 10% range ? Reply:
March 11, 2015
Jim, Thank you and your colleagues for what you do in support of all veterans. I have been researching and your website is an awesome place for vet help. I served 1978-1979, Armored Cavalry, Tanker, Germany (E-4); received a 2 year enlisted ROTC College Scholarship; graduated as a 0-1.
February 17, 2015
Jim, My husband was drafted into Army during 1962-64 and did several tour of duty to Viet Nam setting up radio contact; he was stationed in Japan.
February 10, 2015
Jim, I have an appeal for a heart condition that was filed in 2011 to raise my rating from 60 to 100. While waiting on VA I was granted 100% P and T Schedular on a totally separate claim I filed in 2013. VA obviously dated the 100% rating from the 2013 date. After about a month or so VA suddenly sent me a SOC on my appeal for the older issue…
January 30, 2015
Dear Jim, Just saw on e- benefits my BVA appeal in Washington has made a decision on my claim and are mailing to the following---me ,my rep,and back down to RO.
January 29, 2015
Dear Jim, My father was discharged from the Army in the early 70's, he was given a piece of paper that stated he a hearing loss. He went to the VA in La Jolla 2or3 yrs later and was told learn to read lips. After I got out of the Navy I was awarded 100% for PTSD , he put in a claim for a hearing loss. Well during his C&P they only did a…
January 26, 2015
January 21, 2015
Jim, My husband is 100% covered under VA Medical. Should we continue to pay for Medicare part B? We are a Triple A member so if we travel we can buy special medical coverage for the trip. Reply: It's a personal choice. I pay for Part B because I like the flexibility it gives me. For example, I didn't care for the VA orthopedic care I was…
January 20, 2015
Mr. Strickland, First and foremost, thank you for your time in taking a look on my question here. Here’s my current situation, in 1994, the US navy placed me on the temporary disability retirement program and I was discharged honorably and I was receiving my monthly retirement pay. After 5 years, they placed me in a permanent disability…
January 16, 2015
Jim, A disabled vet I know is really having problems with his ACH deposit this month. He changed bank accounts and his payment is lost they have placed a "tracer" on it. They are now saying 6 weeks if he doesn't pay his rent tomorrow. He will be evicted, he wants me to drive 6 hours each way to Nashville office to see if they will cut him a check…
January 15, 2015
Hi Jim, Happy New Year! I am rated 80% SC Unemployable Total & Permanent. I have been married for 5 years. I would like to know what the spousal benefits are, should I pass away. I appreciate your help in advance! Great job you do and you are a great guy! Reply: Thanks for your kind words.
January 14, 2015
January 13, 2015
Hi Jim, Love your site! I was browsing online and found some info about how to increase your social security by $1,200 a year if you are a vet. I am already 100% disabled by social security and also 100% disabled by the VA, but my social security disability is not service related. Would I still qualify for this? Thank you for all you do, the…
January 12, 2015
January 12, 2015
Hi Jim, I've never done this before and my VSO is clueless! I am currently being treated by the VA for the Hep C virus with the new drug Harvoni. I am genotype 1 and this drug has 98% success/cure rate.