Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) is an employment-oriented program that helps transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans with service-connected
disabilities and employment handicaps to prepare for, find, and keep suitable employment. Services may include employment assistance, short and long-term training, purchase of required supplies and equipment,
and on-the-job training.
Gisela Miller is an Accredited Agent for VA Claims & Appeals.
She's also the spouse of a disabled veteran.
Gisela met her husband in her native Germany while
he was stationed there during his deployments to the
Gulf War. She returned to America with him,
taught herself the English language and became an accomplished paralegal and an American citizen
as she dueled with the VA to ensure her husband was awarded the benefits he earned. (He was.)
Once his benefits were secure, she embarked on
a year long journey to becomea VA accredited
agent and now represents veterans and their
families in the VA appeals process.Gisela
will be a frequent contributor to the
VAWatchdogand is available to answer your
questions about the VA claims and
Contact Gisela here and
Blue Water Claims Update
The Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims has made a landmark ruling that will help many Navy
and Coast Guard vets who have been classified as Blue Water Sailors. The case was Gray vs
McDonald and was decided on April 24, 2015. This will greatly benefit many Vietnam Navy
veterans effected by Agent Orange.
If the Veterans Affairs community-based outpatient clinics can’t be adequately
staffed with medical professionals, and veterans have difficulty using a program
designed to give them non-VA treatment options, Congress and VA should consider
easing program rules and getting rid of the clinics altogether, Rep. John Carney said Monday.
More than a year into a nationwide crisis in veterans health care, the
government whistleblowers who exposed deadly faults in the Veterans
Administration have had lots of experience in what to expect
when speaking out against supervisors.
He’s been fighting to get it approved for a year.
“You can’t get anybody on the phone. You
can’t get anybody to call you back,”
The House Republican Conference chairwoman has what she sees as a simple fix to
improve veterans medical care. She also worries that nothing seems easy
when it comes to reforming the Department of Veterans Affairs.
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Amid reports of armed citizens standing guard at military recruiting stations
and recommendations on how best to protect military personnel, Florida
officials announced Monday that they will expedite concealed
weapons permits for active duty military and veterans.
The University of Phoenix, which runs an online college popular among military
veterans, is under federal investigation for possible deceptive or unfair business
practices, its parent company the Apollo Education Group told shareholders Wednesday.
Five hundred and fourteen days. That’s how long it took to get the emergency
department at the Colmery-O’Neil VA Medical Center in my home state of Kansas
reopened after it was closed in 2013 due to a staffing shortage. Only after numerous
phone calls, letters, meetings and more were we able to navigate through the
bureaucracy of the Department of Veterans Affairs. For nearly two years,
our veterans in Topeka and across Kansas were left without emergency
facilities in the face of VA immovability, lacking the care they are owed and deserve.
Disability Service Connection
Secondary Service Connection-Increased
Total Disability Rating -
Individual Unemployability -
Compensation under 38 U.S.C. 1151 -
Special Monthly Compensation -
Specially Adapted Housing/Special
Home Adaptation Automobile
Allowance/Adaptive Equipment -
Benefits Based on a Veteran's
Seriously Disabled Child
Notice of Disagreement
The first step to appeal
Application for DIC, Death Pension,
Veterans Pro Bono Grants Available
Legal Services Corporation (LSC) is announcing the availability of competitive
grant funds for the Veterans Pro Bono Program for calendar year 2016 and solicits
grant proposals from interested parties. LSC seeks proposals from: (1) Non-profit
organizations that have as a purpose the provision of free legal assistance to
low-income individuals or the provision of free services to veterans; or (2) private
attorneys or law firms that seek to establish such a non-profit for these purposes.
The Veterans Health Administration has 41,500 job vacancies for doctors,
nurses and other medical professionals across its sprawling health care
system at a time when it is struggling to provide timely medical care for
veterans, according to records obtained and analyzed by USA TODAY.
Officials at Orlando’s VA Medical Center at Lake Nona are struggling with a
shortage of nurses and doctors. The hospital has more than 1,300
vacancies to treat Central Florida’s 400-thousand veterans.
Several months into his new job as Veterans Affairs Secretary, Robert
McDonald visited the subbasement in the agency's main
Washington office to meet with the heads of the workers' union.
The Denver VA hospital and its affiliated clinics still need more than 600 medical
workers to be fully staffed, according to records obtained by USA TODAY
and analyzed by 9NEWS. USA TODAY discovered the 41,500 VA medical
staff vacancies nationwide as of late June, according to data obtained through
a Freedom of Information Act request. The full- and
part-time openings include 5,000 doctor jobs.
Hull man accused of stealing $40,000 from VA
Bradley Swartz, 60, was indicted on the federal charges Thursday and
arrested Friday. The alleged thefts occurred between 2008 and 2011.
It was supposed to be one of the great fixes following the VA wait time scandal:
A card that allowed veterans who had waited more than 30 days to get
medical care from an outside provider. Now, it looks like more promises have been broken.
Rendon lost a tooth Wednesday, and claimed his dentist couldn’t
help him because Veterans Affairs would not pay.
Grand Jury Returns 50-Count Indictment Against VA Supervisor Who
Falsified Consults at Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta, GA. Indictment Based on Investigation by OIG Special Agents, Assisted by OIG Healthcare Inspections Clinical Staff.
Dr. Brett Valete provides Military Veterans with psychological
Independent Medical Evaluation, Independent Medical Opinions,
Nexus Letters and Ratings Reviews. For more information visit www.VeteransPsychEvaluations.com
Our study demonstrates statistically significant associations
between both sugar and artificially sweetened soda consumption and HTN.
The VA’s balanced approach to glycemic control — keeping blood sugar
levels low but not too low — appears to be the best course for
patients seeking to avoid cardiovascular side effects of type 2 diabetes.
Veterans' Compensation for Service-Connected Disabilities
The Veterans Administration (VA) provides eligible disabled Veterans with
VA Disability Compensation, a monthly tax-free payment whose
amount will depend on the degree of the Veteran's disability. In order to qualify
for this benefit program, you must have a service-connected
disability resulting from injury or disease that was
incurred in or aggravated by your active military service.
The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs
(CHAMPVA) is a comprehensive health care benefits program in which the
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) shares the cost of covered health care
services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries. The program is administered
by the Chief Business Office Purchased Care located in Denver, Colorado.
Due to the similarity between CHAMPVA and the Department of
Defense (DoD) TRICARE program (sometimes referred to by its old name,
CHAMPUS) the two are often mistaken for each other. CHAMPVA is a
Department of Veterans Affairs program, whereas TRICARE is a
Department of Defense regionally-managed health care program for active duty
and retired members of the uniformed services, their families, and survivors. In
some cases a person may appear eligible for either program. However,
anyone eligible for TRICARE cannot choose between
the two plans and will not be eligible for CHAMPVA.
Patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) who initiate dialysis within the
Veterans Affairs (VA) health system are more likely to do so at lower
levels of renal function compared with those who initiate dialysis
outside the system, according to new study.
and a veterans law attorney.
Dr. Anaise can manage your appeal,
as well as provide an IMO or IME.
Why not let a doctor AND a lawyer manage your claim?
VA Can Better Ensure Unemployability
Decisions Are Well Supported
The Veterans Affairs Department could be handing out individual unemployability benefits to vets who shouldn't be getting the money, says a July 2 Government Accountability Office report. In fiscal year 2013, the report says 330,000
veterans received individual unemployability benefits, which the VA provides to disabled veterans of any age who are unemployable because of service-connected disabilities.
Since the mid-1980s, six times as many men under 55 now are receiving prostate cancer diagnoses, and the younger patients face considerably higher mortality rates.
With the stakes even greater, the debate continues on whether too much screening is being performed and how aggressively the cancer should be treated.
New research reveals that the effects of PTSD
can go beyond the mind -- and put women's
hearts and brains at risk. Post-traumatic stress
disorder can wreak havoc on a
person's ability to deal with small disturbances,
such as a loud noise or an upsetting story
in the news, and it can keep them from getting
good sleep. In addition to these problems,
and perhaps because of them, PTSD might
also increase women's risk of heart attack
and stroke, according to new research.
A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is a gold-embossed paper certificate bearing the official signature of the current President of the United States and honors the memory of deceased, honorably discharged Veterans.
The National Cemetery Administration honors Veterans and their families with final resting places and lasting memorials that commemorate their service to our nation.
The Department of Veterans Affairs recently
published a new regulation that expands benefits
eligibility for a select group of Air Force veterans
and Air Force reserve personnel who were
exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange
through regular and repeated contact
with contaminated C-123 aircraft used in
Vietnam as part of Operation Ranch Hand (ORH).
Improving veterans’ sleep (both quantity and quality) may reduce their risk of developing depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to afirst-of-its-kind study by the RAND Corporation.
Above are the executives who control your VA benefits and your health care.
Click on an image to learn more about them.
From the Desk of
"Restrict VA’s Individual Unemployability Benefits to Disabled Veterans
Who Are Younger Than the Full Retirement Age for Social Security"
Congressional hearings have been ongoing on this topic, which was a Congressional
Budget Office option offered back in 2013 as part of a budget deficit reduction analysis.
Basically, the approach would limit VA making a TDIU award to those veterans who are
under the Social Security retirement age, with the thought being that the veterans
over that age can simply draw Social Security and therefore don't need TDIU. One of
my favorite veteran clients is a gentleman well into his eighties. He was an infantryman
in Korea in 1952 to 1953 (not a good time to be an infantryman--he said he never
saw a Korean, just lots and lots of Chinese) and was combat wounded. He worked until
his early eighties because he liked working, liked earning an income, and saw no
need to retire. Only recently, did the nature of his disabilities begin to affect his
ability to work--then and only then he sought TDIU and was granted it. He's the
classic case of why the potential for TDIU should be available
to all veterans, not simply barred to some age barrier.
Robert A Friedman
Veterans Law Attorney
Attorney Friedman has helped more than
15,000 clients obtain Social Security
disability and veterans disability benefits.
More specifically, Robert has helped
more than 1000 veterans suffering from
PTSD win more than $50 Million
in veterans disability benefits.
Veterans — But Many Still Don’t Qualify
The 1991 law presumes veterans were
exposed to the defoliant if they have
certain diseases and “set foot” in Vietnam,
but Navy vets and Air Force vets in
Thailand say they were also exposed. Here’s our guide to groups seeking Agent Orange benefits.
Veterans Mental Health Evaluations
and I’ve specialized in PTSD and
trauma evaluations for over 15 years.
If it’s a combat trauma, or if you were
non-combat but experienced traumatic
events, or if you were a victim of
military sexual trauma, I want to help you
Serious health conditions linked to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) continue to mount.
Researchers recently uncovered a significant
link between the condition and the risk of
developing heart failure. PTSD already has been
associated with higher rates of
cardiovascular, nervous, digestive,
musculoskeletal and respiratory diseases.
Many of the studies, including this latest, also have
demonstrated higher risks with combat experience, even without the development of PTSD.
Many veterans and family members erroneously
assume the VA’s “Aid and Attendance” (A&A) benefit
is one that will provide actual home healthcare for a
veteran or a veteran’s spouse. In reality, A&A
is simply an additional monetary award
granted under various conditions.
Get Veterans’ Guns Taken Away
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,
Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is involved in a
government effort to disarm America’s veterans
and seniors who may lack the capacity to manage their finances. And it’s not just veterans facing this
scrutiny: now it’s anybody who gets Social Security.
When a veteran, as a result of a traumatic experience abroad, seeks disability benefits and/or counseling, the VA moves to appoint a guardian to manage that veteran’s financial affairs.
eking tighter controls over firearm purchases, the Obama administration is pushing to ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns if they lack the mental capacity
to manage their own affairs, a move that could affect millions whose monthly disability payments are handled by others.
The push is intended to bring the Social Security
Administration in line with laws regulating
who gets reported to the National Instant Criminal
Background Check System, or NICS, which is
used to prevent gun sales to felons, drug addicts,
immigrants in the country illegally and others.
Young men in Vietnam spent their downtime talking
about women, drinking PBR, and being one
of the bros, not all that different from kids today.
Here's a collection of 40 retro photos of
young U.S. soldiers, who are now our
Dads and grandpas, being awesome over in Vietnam.
Julie L. Glover
Veterans Law Attorney
Attorney Glover represents veterans
in all phases of the disability benefit process,
in tort claims against the VA,
and in estate and probate matters.
Soldiers with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) — a trauma-induced condition in which individuals experience heightened emotional arousal and
anxiety — see a world full of threat.
A new study projects some hard numbers for what many have
suspected in the past – that sugary drinks are linked to diabetes.
Health care coverage options for military veterans
If you're enrolled in TRICARE or the Veterans health care program, you're
considered covered under the health care law. You don't have to make any
changes. If you don’t have veterans or other health coverage,
you can use the Marketplace to enroll in a plan.
A cash flow crunch is halting some dental services for some Rio Grande Valley
Providing Health Care for Veterans
The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest
integrated health care system with over
1,700 sites of care, serving 8.76 million Veterans each year.
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced last week that if $3 billion wasn’t
in the federal budget, it would be forced to begin a facility shutdown in August.
Troops who worked at burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as those exposed to
multiple dust storms during war-zone deployments, have higher rates of
common respiratory illnesses like asthma and emphysema, as well
as rare lung disorders, according to data drawn from the
If you have post-traumatic stress or a blast-related traumatic brain injury,
two research institutes want your brains.
Not now, of course — when you're done using them.
Philip Paolini served four years in the Vietnam War as a marine. In the
years since then, he's faced a number of hardships, including
post-traumatic stress disorder(PTSD), substance abuse and homelessness.
MAKING THE CUT
Why choosing the right surgeon matters
even more than you know
What are you waiting for?
Your claim isn't going to file itself.
Use the form above and file your claim today.
The only claim we guarantee you will not win
is the claim you didn't file.
Use this form for a new claim, an increase to an existing claim, TDIU, SMC,
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You earned those benefits.
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Just over two years ago the Veterans Affairs Department released a strategy for ending the disability claims backlog. Today, the VA is little more than two
months away from the deadline it set -- the end of Fiscal Year 2015 -- but currently has just under
128,000 backlogged claims.
Adam R. Luck
Veterans Law Attorney
Attorney Luck represents Veterans in all
phases of the disability process, pension
claims, tort claims against the VA, military
discharge upgrades, and estate and
probate matters. He has been accredited
by the VA to represent Veterans in
all claims brought against the VA.
The VA Claims Intake Center
Department of Veterans Affairs
PO Box 5235
Janesville, WI 53547-5235
Toll Free FAX Janesville – 844-822-5246
(Either of these centers will work if you're unsure)
The VA Claims Intake Center
Department of Veterans Affairs
PO Box 5235
Newnan, GA 30271-0020
Toll Free Fax Newnan – 844-531-7817