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What you won't find here are people who disguise their identity with funny names.
Other veterans benefits sites introduce you to "experts" who won't
tell you who they really are. They use fake identities like
"The Old Gunny" or something equally silly.
We don't do that. I'm Jim Strickland, the webmaster.
I'm a veteran and if you read the site regularly, you've met my family
and you know where I live.
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You can't give us your money...we won't accept it.
We rely on facts, not rumors. We aggregate and publish
headlines you should be reading. We publish how to win your benefits.
We play by the rules. There aren't any tricks or shortcuts here but if you'll
carefully read our stuff, you'll win your well grounded claim.
So...if you got here by accident, we're glad to see you.
Now that you're here...
Since 2005 the VAWatchdog has been keeping an eye on VA...because somebody has to.
The primary goal of VAWatchdog is to educate veterans. It's our philosophy that a
veteran should understand the reality of what he or she faces when dealing
with the Department of Veterans Affairs and other, similar agencies.
Rather than handing your Power of Attorney (POA) over to a stranger who
may or may not have any particular skills, education of training, we believe
that you are equipped to manage your own VA claim. All you lack is the
information about how the system really works.
You'll find that here in the pages of VAWatchdog.
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You must devote some time to the task. Many veterans believe
that they can hand their benefits issues over to a representative
and that the rep will take care of it for them. Nothing is further from the truth.
The vet who expects a representative to handle their claim is in for a disappointing adventure.
We teach DIY...Do It Yourself. A new veterans claim begins with a VA Form 21-526.
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The fellow above is Larry Scott.
He founded the VAWatchdog in 2005.
Larry passed away a couple of years ago from
a non-service connected illness.
Jim promised Larry to carry on the tradition
of helping veterans to obtain the benefits they've earned.
I'm Jim Strickland.
I'm a veteran of the Army 1967 - 1970.
I served in Germany at the 98th General Hospital.
I'm retired from a career in health care that started at
Ft. Sam Houston.
I use VA services just like you do.
I started working with Larry Scott at VAWatchdog in 2006.
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Mail your forms, documents
and evidence here...
Department of Veterans Affairs
Claims Intake Center
PO Box 5235
Janesville, WI 53547-5235
Toll Free Fax: 844-822-5246
We recommend that you mail a copy
and then fax a copy! Yes, it's twice the
work but maybe VA will only lose one
and the other will be processed.
Remember: Use Certified Mail!
Your VA Claim
If you haven't figured it out by now,
it's time to realize you're involved in a giant paper shuffle
and this IS NOT a spectator sport.
Put down your gun
and pick up your keyboard.
The battlefield has changed.
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We are all about educating veterans. We do that by providing a headline
news aggregation service for veterans and their families.
We believe that an informed veteran will fare much better in life.
The benefits we earned through our dedicated and honorable military
service can often be complex and not easy to obtain. VAWatchdog provides you with simple instructions that you can use to manage your VA benefits.
We believe that most veterans should take a Do-It-Yourself (DIY) approach
to handling VA benefits claims. VA does not require that you have a "representative".
The fact is that VA would rather work directly with the veteran to adjudicate a veterans
disability claim. Veterans disability claims are often challenging but once the veteran
understand the Veterans Administration rules, the process of managing your
benefits is much easier.
Nobody cares about your claim the way you do.
You may be filing a disability claim about obstructive sleep apnea, prostate
cancer, agent orange related benefits or you may want information about any of the hundreds of other VA benefits that are available to you.
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We avoid rumors. We aren't here to bash the VA. We publish the facts
that we believe are the most correct and of most use to you.