All enrolled Veterans receive the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA's) comprehensive
Medical Benefits Package which includes preventive, primary and specialty care,
diagnostic, inpatient and outpatient care services. Veterans may receive
additional benefits, such as dental care depending on their unique qualifications.
For the period January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013, we identified
147 of 304 (48 percent) required misuse actions associated with the management
of 122 beneficiaries were not performed timely or according to policy.
VBA did not:
Timely complete 117 of 265 (44 percent) required actions to determine if
misuse of funds occurred.
Complete 30 of 39 (77 percent) required actions after misuse of funds
occurred, such as reissuing (restoring) misused funds, performing collection actions,
and completing internal negligence determinations.
Remove two fiduciaries that misused funds and allowed them
to continue to manage 48 other beneficiaries.
Disabilities determined by VA to be related to your military service can lead to
monthly non-taxable compensation, enrollment in the VA health care system,
a 10-point hiring preference for federal employment and other important benefits.
Ask your VA representative or Veterans Service Organization representative
about Disability Compensation, Pension, Health Care, Caregiver Program,
Career Services, Educational Assistance, Home Loan Guaranty,
Insurance and/or Dependents and Survivors’ Benefits.
What is Dependency and Indemnity Compensation?
A federal judge awarded $3.2 million in damages to Jacob Amrani. The total includes $2.9 million in economic damages and $300,000 in non-economic damages.
“I feel absolute vindication,” Amrani said. “They did more than deny my claim.
They tried to blame me. They tried to make me the villain.”
The troubled Tomah Veterans Administration Medical Center
says it will make several changes to address staffing shortages.
The heads of the agencies that provide health care and disability benefits for
thousands of New Mexico veterans say they are making progress in reducing
wait times for medical appointments and speeding up decisions
on disability claims despite myriad challenges.
We've learned there were a series of surprise inspections at the Atlanta VA Medical
Center and 9 other major VA hospitals across the country July 20th, after concerns about
staff improperly shredding documents. The VA Inspector General
found evidence that staff at a Los Angeles clinic was likely shredding patient records.
A new report based on a December study says that 94 of 140 healthcare facilities
needed more psychiatrists to meet demand. The report attributed the shortage to many
issues including the high cost of hiring qualified doctors, a large amount of time
existing doctors spent on duties other than treating patients,
and lack of a centralized hiring process and performance management system.
Providing Health Care for Veterans
The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest
integrated health care system with over
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
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
abuse and homelessness.
Employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility in Phoenixhave
accessed whistleblower Brandon Coleman’s records for a third time, continuing
a long campaign of what Coleman considers harassment for speaking publicly to the media.
The Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center has refused to release
the names of doctors who are performing initial exams for traumatic brain injuries.
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.New documents
obtained by The Daily Caller reveal that ATF,
a division of the Department of Justice,
is working with the FBI and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to enter veterans who get VA benefits into the government’s
Ben Carson stated that, “We don’t need a Department of Veterans Affairs.
Veterans Affairs should be folded in under the Department
of Defense” in order to reduce the size of the government.
A research team at Johns Hopkins University
says they have found a unique
honeycomb pattern of broken and swollen
nerve fibers in brains of Iraq and
Afghanistan combat veterans who
survived improvised explosive device
(IED) blasts, but later died of other causes.
In doing so, the team says they
may have found the signature of
"shell shock" - a problem
that has afflicted many soldiers
since World War One warfare.
Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)
announced that it has revised its regulation
regarding the presence of animals on VA property.
The updated regulation will ensure VA practices
remain consistent with applicable federal law.
It will also assist individuals entering VA facilities
in developing a clear and consistent
understanding of the criteria
governing facility access for service animals.
Has your VA doctor declined to refill your narcotic prescriptions?
Don't blame the VA!
“A hundred and twenty people a day die of drug abuse in this country,” Riley said. “If that doesn’t get your
attention, I don’t think anything can.”
Riley also says law enforcement efforts cannot be
blamed for any claim of rationing of painkillers.
But as veterans law attorney Drew Early points out;
"I see this as only good
news for anyone at Camp Lejeune during the specified period
and meeting the on-station time requirement."
Above are the executives who control your VA benefits and your health care.
Click on an image to learn more about them.
Veterans Discharged For Misconduct Have Higher Risk Of Homelessness
Military discharge and subsequent transition to civilian living
has long been associated with homelessness and poor mental health.
MAKING THE CUT
Why choosing the right surgeon matters
even more than you know
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 – 844-531-7818
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.
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
Burial benefits include a gravesite in any of our open cemeteries with available space,
opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a government headstone or marker,
a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to the family. Some
Veterans may also be eligible for a burial allowance.
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.
A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is a gold-embossed paper certificate
bearing the signature of the current President of the United States
and honors the memory of deceased, honorably discharged Veterans.
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.
Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) is a unique home care
program that provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary, primary care in the homes of Veterans
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
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.
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.
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 become a VA accredited
agent and now represents veterans and their
families in the VA appeals process. Gisela
will be a frequent contributor to the
VAWatchdog and is available to answer your
questions about the VA claims and
appeals process now.
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.
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"I don't believe a bit of it," Byrne said. "They play games on how they get rid of their
backlog. They will deal with a claim when, in essence, they just turned it down
and it will go into their appeals process, which by the way, is really backed up."
He added, "I don't buy a bit of it."
Byrne's comments come after media reports cited a VA official who said the
department cut its case backlog of claims older than 125 days
from a record 611,000 disability claims in 2013 to under 100,000.
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,