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Wheelchairs for veterans
Government has a duty to ensure adequate mobility for disabled vets


VA lists 12 priorities to better serve veterans

Local and national Veterans Affairs officials are hoping initiatives such

as appointment scheduling systems and a new model walk-in

clinic in Charleston will help the agency rebuild veterans' trust.


Americans grossly overestimate number of

veterans with mental problems, poll says
‘The civilian military divide is still there’

A survey by the George W. Bush Institute’s Military Service Initiative

says Americans have a warped understanding of veterans mental health issues.


Clinton Defends GI Bill at Veterans

Convention, Gets Weak Response

Hillary Clinton doubled down Monday on her commitment to preserve

the full education benefits now provided by the GI Bill to

post-9/11 veterans and their families to attend college.


Transforming VA care: A way forward

The Commission on Care, commissioned by Congress in 2014 to reform the

troubled Veterans Health Administration (VHA), issued its final report on July 6.

In an accompanying statement, Commission Chair Nancy Schlichting writes

that the report offers “bold recommendations that set a foundation for

ensuring our nation’s veterans receive the care they

need and deserve, both now and in the future.”



The Data Dump

Vital Links to

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Veterans Law Library

​A Comprehensive Collection

of  Materials Relating to the

Veterans Benefits

Adjudication Process


U.S. Medicine

A monthly publication that

serves healthcare professionals

working in the Department

of Veterans Affairs, Department of

Defense and U.S.

Public Health Service.


Veterans Benefits

Administration

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Answer questions to find out which

benefits you may be able to receive


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Bilateral Factor
CFR › Title 38 › Chapter I ›
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TDIU
M21-1, Part IV, Subpart ii,
Chapter 2, Section F -
Compensation Based on
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SMC
M21-1, Part IV, Subpart ii,
Chapter 2, Section H -
Special Monthly Compensation (SMC)

Reductions
M21-1, Part III, Subpart iv,
Chapter 8, Section D -
Reductions in Awards

NOD
M21-1, Part I, Chapter 5,
Section B - Notice of
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Military separation pay

impact on VA compensation

Under federal law, until veterans

pay back their involuntary separation

pay, they can have their

VA disability

compensation withheld.



Truckers competing for veterans
Discipline instilled by military service valuable, carriers say

J.B. Hunt reports that about 20 percent of its employees are veterans.

The company pledged in 2014 to hiring 10,000 more by 2020. J.B. Hunt

representatives have traveled as far as Germany to recruit at military

installations as part of the "Hunt's Heroes" initiative.Nathan Waite, an Army

veteran who drives for Stallion Transportation Group of Beebe,

said he learned to pay attention to detail while he was in the military.


Former Spokane VA doctor receives 12 life

terms for child molestation

A former emergency room doctor at the Veterans Affairs hospital in

Spokane has been sentenced in federal court to 12 terms

of life in prison for being a child molester.


Congressional Committee Seeks Gunman's VA Record

The chairman of the U.S. House Committee on Veterans Affairs has requested

all VA medical records for the former Marine who killed three

law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.


VA offers alternative to opioid pain management

“I was never one to live off opiates,” Mr. Pershing said. He had seen other

vets become addicted to their prescription drugs.

“I wanted to find an alternative answer — something different.”


Flight schools, veterans struggle with new VA regulations

It was about a year ago that faculty at the University of North Dakota’s

flight school rounded up aviation students using veterans' 

benefits and laid to rest rumors that their education would no longer be paid for.



VA Service Connection Benefits and Alcohol Use

Brett Valette, Ph.D. 
Clinical Psychologist 


There are hundreds of reasons why Veterans drink alcohol. 
Some drink alcohol with dinner.
Some drink alcohol to sleep. 
Some drink alcohol watching “The Game”. 
Some drink alcohol to relieve pain. 
Some sip alcohol from a martini glass. 
Some gulp alcohol from a plastic cup. 
Some drink a glass of Cabernet after work.
Some drink a bottle of Vodka to forget. 
Many veterans may have a service connected condition: An injury, chronic pain,

PTSD, depression, anxiety, insomnia, and drink alcohol to deal with it -- then the

alcohol problem may be service connected and rated.

This enables veterans to get treatment and benefits. 
The reason many doctors do not service connect alcohol abuse is because

many still believe that alcohol abuse, or use, is voluntary - a choice.

These docs may be missing the real reason. And the VA has guidelines about this. 
The VA makes it very clear that a non-service connected condition

(alcohol abuse) can be service connected if the condition is

made worse by a service connected condition (pain, PTSD, etc). 
Aggravation of a Nonservice-Connected Disability (Allen) 
Allen refers to a court case heard in the United States Court of Veterans Appeals in

1995. In this case, which spanned close to 30 years and several decisions, the

Court determined that service connection may be granted not only for

disabilities caused by a service-connected disability, but also for conditions

that merely had been aggravated by a service-connected disability. In other

words, there need not be a direct causal relationship between the service-connected

disability and the other condition. It is only necessary to identify that the claimed

condition was permanently worsened or “aggravated beyond natural

progression” by the service connected condition. 
The view of alcohol abuse has come a long way. It used to be viewed as a

moral issue. Then it moved into the disease category. Some people see it as

simply bad behavior. Some see it as a genetic predisposition, or even a

biological sensitivity to the alcohol. For this article and for the VA rating,

it is seen as a coping mechanism, a secondary condition, that is

harmful to you. Long term alcohol abuse can lead to cognitive and

memory impairments, increased depression, liver disease,

diabetes complications, and yes, these conditions would then be service connected. 
In short it looks like this: 
Service connected back injury = alcohol use to deal with the pain = liver disease.
The alcohol abuse and liver disease become service

connected and become part of your combined rating. 
Another example: 
Service connected PTSD = insomnia = alcohol abuse to sleep = mild memory problems.
It all becomes service connected and can be rated. 
Veterans should not be embarrassed or feel guilty about alcohol abuse.

It is important to get treatment. And it is important to be honest and get

the VA to recognize how a service connected condition is effecting their lives. 
If a veteran has a service connected disability and uses alcohol to deal with it,

then they can help themselves and their families.

Contact me.

I help veterans get the benefits they deserve

and that enables them to get the treatment they need. 


Brett Valette, Ph.D. 
Clinical Psychologist 

www.VeteransPsychEvaluations.com



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Donald Trump Undermines Everything Veterans Have Fought For

'We fought for the safety of our country, but Trump makes us less safe'
Donald Trump will speak Tuesday in Charlotte at the Veterans of Foreign Wars

convention. He will tell thousands of our brave veterans how he, alone, can

“make America great again.” His message of singular strength in a world

enflamed by violence and instability has struck a chord. But we veterans

can’t fall for it; we know the greatness of our nation can never lie with any one person.


Trump Releases VA Plan
The plan tackles wait times, mental health and job services.


Remodeling veterans’ health care for the 21st century
The Caring for Our Heroes Act would expand choices of providers


Veterans give Trump, Clinton sharply different response in Charlotte

In a 25-minute speech, Trump also said he would root out government

corruption, overturn the “rigged” system, improve VA health care and

establish a 24-hour hotline in the White House for

veterans to call and voice complaints about the service.


Looking for a New Mission? 25000 Jobs Waiting for Veterans

Know this – the jobs are there and if you are open to heading south


VA Spends $20 Million On Art Instead Of Hiring Doctors
Over the past 10 years, the VA spent $20 million on artwork, $16 million of which

was spent under President Barack Obama’s tenure, according to

research from two government spending watchdogs. The VA dramatically

increased its purchases of artwork since 2009, according to the research.


 Ever increasing taxpayer dollars to fund the VA

when VA performance declines when given the money?

























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Report Finds 'Deficiencies' Remain at Veterans' Hospitals

Health care operations at the Department of Veterans Affairs still show "profound

deficiencies" and "require urgent reform," according to a report to be released

Wednesday by a congressional commission charged with fixing the troubled agency.

Commission on Care

Final Report


VA panel's final report recommends

broader health-care choices for veterans

Commission says Veterans Health Administration has 'profound deficiencies'

that require urgent reform; proposes a 'bold transformation.'


Former veterans group president gets probation for theft
Freedom Foundation leader pleaded guilty to stealing gift cards


Postal carrier charged with theft, official misconduct

A postal carrier in Mishawaka was arrested after allegedly stealing

packages containing medications set to VA patients,

according to the probable cause affidavit.


VA Stocking Up on Guns, Riot Gear, Tactical Equipment

The Department of Veterans Affairs bought more than $11 million worth of

weapons, ammo and other security equipment between 2005 and

2014, according to a report released last month by a non-profit

organization that tracks spending across the federal government.

Two Years Later, the Phoenix VA Is Still a Mess

In Washington, the most common “solution” to a problem is to throw more

money at it, and that has been the case with the ongoing VA scandal.

Unfortunately, as a recent report from the Phoenix VA proves, this

strategy is bound to fail every time, because it does not

address the root causes of systemic problems.


Indifference, mistakes plagued vet's VA care

In an exam room at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care Systems

hospital in late May, Willie McCall, a decorated Army

veteran who served in the Korean War, was dying.




Bills To Aid Veterans That Republicans

Have Rejected - And Response

Talk is cheap, and walking it is difficult, but I'm not so sure it isn't a good thing so

many of these bills get voted down or otherwise do not become law. By the time

they get through the hallowed halls of Congress most are so full of filet

mignon going to other congresspersons' districts to

buy their votes that the original intent is overshadowed.


Veterans Brutally Attacked by Black Lives Matter,

Says Army Staff Sergeant

A U.S. Army National Guard staff sergeant says he and one of his Army veteran

friends were assaulted by Black Lives Matter supporters in San Antonio,

Texas, Thursday Evening. “As I was getting my face stomped in and thrown

through a window, they (all 4 of them) were yelling racial slurs saying

how whites sucked and black lives were better,”

Mark Stephen, the second victim, said on Facebook.


Special court in Madison County helps veterans avoid jail

A special court in Madison County has been helping veterans

avoid jail since 2009. Circuit Judge Charles Romani Jr., an Army

sergeant during the Vietnam War, began the Madison

County veterans court in 2009, the Belleville News-Democrat reports.




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VA doubling back to resolve TBI claims denials

eterans Affairs officials aren't saying how 24,000 veterans were diagnosed with

traumatic brain injury by VA physicians considered unqualified to make

such a determination, but on Wednesday, told Congress the

department is working to resolve related disability claims problems.
Some veterans diagnosed with TBI from 2007 to 2015 were denied

disability benefits because they were examined by a VA

health provider considered to be unqualified under VA policy.


IED blast survivor's battle for TBI benefits

After a seven-year delay, a Minnesota veteran is finally getting

traumatic brain injury treatment and benefits from the Department

of Veterans Affairs. Former Army Staff Sergeant and Green Beret

Nate Anderson is one of the nearly 25,000 veterans nationwide

whose original traumatic injury exams were not done

by specialists, as required by VA policy.


Let Veterans Get Civilian Medical Care

I disagree with pretty much everything Donald Trump has ever said. But in

calling for veterans to have more options on their doctors and hospitals, he’s

got a point. Imagine, for example, the outrage if military veterans

were able to receive subsidized health care at the clinic or hospital of

their choosing, but were then forced into a separate system of run-down,

inconveniently located facilities. If the next administration rejects

proposals to reform the Veterans Health Administration and

instead perpetuates the current system, the effect will be the same.




VA denying nearly 1 out of every 3 veterans’ emergency claims

Yahia told members of Congress, during the 2014 budget year, approximately

30 percent of the 2.9 million emergency claims filed with the VA were denied.

Of those 870,000 denied claims, Yahia said 89,000 were late. Another 98,000

were not emergencies. There were 140,000 claims denied because a VA facility

was determined to have been available. In addition, 320,000 more claims

were denied because the veteran was determined to have other health insurance

that should have paid for the care. In total, about one-out-of-every-three

veterans’ emergency claims were denied during the 2014 budget year.


Department of Veteran Affairs medical center parking in NYC

remains closed nearly four years after Hurricane Sandy

Nearly four years after Hurricane Sandy, a large swath of parking for veterans

outside the group's hospital in Manhattan remains closed off as

bumbling bureaucrats struggle to designate alternative spots.


Lax care at VA led to lost legs, lawsuit says

Logan Taylor served his country, and now his family wants the Department of

Veterans Affairs to properly care for him. So far, they say that hasn’t happened.
They're suing the VA for alleged substandard care that, they say,

resulted in him losing both his legs to gangrene.



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VA Form 21-534 EZ

Application for DIC, Death Pension


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TDIU Annual - VA Form 4140


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The American College of Trial Lawyers Challenges as

Unconstitutional Long Delays in Veterans’ Appeals for Benefits

Lawyers, Fellows in the American College of Trial Lawyers, today filed a

petition with the United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

seeking an order requiring the Department of Veterans Affairs

(VA) to eliminate unconstitutional delays in the VA appeals system.


From the Desk of Drew Early

Veterans Law Attorney

The suit above may not seem like much to an outsider, but when you consider the

caliber and qualifications  of the litigants bringing the suit, it really becomes impressive. 

The American College of Trial Lawyers represents some of the most seasoned

and highly qualified trial lawyers in the Nation.  You don't apply to them; you

must be invited.  The actual litigants in the matter are all Fellows of the

College--that in itself speaks volumes.  Then, consider the strength of firms

they work for--King and Spalding is in Atlanta and is very established, with a

great record of pro bono veterans support and Williams and Connolly in DC,

similarly a very veteran-supportive firm.  You should note these firms are

bringing the action pro bono for their veteran clients--some of the best law

firms in the Nation are rallying around this issue.
To me, that speaks volumes--both in terms of the legal community truly helping

veterans as well as the quality of that representation.  I know John Chandler

personally from King and Spalding and he is a true gentleman and an

ardent advocate for veterans. He, his fellow litigators, and the firms

that are involved are all doing veterans real service as they bring this issue forward.


/s/ Drew Early

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