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Disabled Vietnam veteran Eugene Brice finds service to country doesn’t shield him from racism

Eugene L. Brice survived the Vietnam War, the 1968 Tet Offensive and 29 years in the U.S. Army,

but he is struggling to emotionally survive a recent trip to the grocery store.

Entitlement to service connection

for bilateral foot disability claimed

as secondary to carbon

tetrachloride exposure.

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These are the folks that know your state and federal benefits the best. Your state provides service officers to help you navigate all your benefits. Check them out for state tax info, veterans claims, homelessness...and a lot

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Dr. Orange

The Secret Nemesis of Sick Vets
For decades, the military and

the VA have repeatedly turned

to one man to guide decisions

on whether Agent Orange harmed

vets in Vietnam and elsewhere.

 His reliable answer: No.

AND then there are the

Three Great Lies.

I've updated those just a bit.

1: The check is in the mail.

2: Of course I'll respect you in the morning darling.

3: Hello. I'm here from the VA and I'm going to help you.

Veterans Psychologist Nexus Letters

'Smells Like Gasoline'

Military Families in Hawaii Say They Are Being Sickened by Their Tap Water

Medicare Premiums 2022: How much will you pay for Part B coverage?
The standard premium will have an increase of 14.5%

Jim Strickland is a Vietnam era Army veteran and nationally recognized expert on VA

disability benefits. Jim writes extensively about VA and Social Security disability benefits. 
Jim's Mailbag is a regular column featured at  Stateside Legal  where veterans, servicemembers,

and family members can  ask Jim their questions  about VA and Social Security disability benefits. 

Blood test offers new hope to people with depression
The test would avoid the ‘years of trial and error’ that

currently characterise diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions.​​

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Hello...​I'm Jim Strickland. That's me above, at my VA clinic in Savannah, Georgia. I publish the VAWatchdog. The other fellow above is Larry Scott.​ He founded the VAWatchdog in 2005. Larry passed away some years ago from a non-service connected illness.  

Crown Memorial Centers - Larry Scott    About me: I was born in a Navy hospital, the son of a marine who went on to 20 years in his beloved USMC Old Corps and E-9 rank at age 36. I entered the Army from Florida in 1967 knowing Vietnam was my next stop. We can always depend on surprises from our military so I was trained as an operating room technician and sent to the 98th General Hospital in Germany where I served until June of 1970. I used my 91D20 skills to open a career for myself in civilian health care. I retired in the early 2000s due to service connected conditions...old seemingly minor injuries sustained in a training event got much worse with age and I was forced to take the TDIU benefit and I left the work I enjoyed. Like so many vets out of work, I looked for things to do and met Larry Scott as he was developing the VAWatchdog Dot Org. Larry was a good friend and mentor and when he became terminally ill I promised I'd carry on the VAWatchdog Dot Org in his memory.​ And here we are. I hope you enjoy what you see here and that you find some value as you research the benefits you earned. Those benefits aren't charity and they aren't a handout...we earn those benefits and if obtaining them takes a bit more effort, so be it. We're here to help you along your journey.

Questions and comments are welcomed and always answered promptly. /s/ Jim​     <jim912@gmail.com>

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I was born in a Navy hospital.

I grew up in the Old Corps.

My dad retired as an E-9

and never lost touch with his

fellow Iwo Jima survivors.

I have walked on the shoulders of giants!

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When You've Hit A Dead End

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs ​White House Hotline

​855 - 948 - 2311    <Denis.McDonough@va.gov​>

​Yes, this really works. No, it doesn't ring in the White House.​ Be sure to include your DOB, your last 4, contact info...

a couple of numbers, your preferred email and such. Describe the problem as briefly as you can. Don't rant. ​​

You will get a reply.

After 18 VA patients contract COVID in hospital and 1 dies,

top doc rips staff for coming to work sick, not masking
“We have committed very real harm to a large number of patients this week,” Dr. Sarah Unterman,

chief of staff for the hospital, said in a memo excoriating the “horrific and disturbing” situation.

VA has the second-worst COVID vaccination rate among all federal agencies

Department officials did not provide information on specifics of how many

unvaccinated individuals work in health care or jobs involving direct contact with veterans.


Nexus Letters and

Independent Medical Opinions

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Opportunity To Prevail

Drug Overdose and Suicide Among Veteran Enrollees in the VHA

​The rate of opioid use disorder among patients in the Veterans Health Administration

(VHA) is 7 times higher than that of non-VHA enrollees.

Vaccines work, Pentagon says, as surge in troop COVID deaths comes to a halt

​After a months-long surge that saw COVID-19 deaths among service members nearly triple,

there haven’t been any reported in the past two weeks

Thomas J. Seiter, M.D. ​
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Disability benefits can enhance your independence and help you care for your family

​​Veterans’ Benefits Rating and Rates
Disability Compensation
Veterans who have disabilities, medical conditions or injuries incurred or aggravated during active military service — no matter when or where they served — may be eligible to receive tax-free monthly benefits.

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”

José Narosky

This is the CFR

Code of Federal Regulations

Title 38 - Pensions, Bonuses,

and Veterans' Relief​​

Title: PART 17 - MEDICAL​ 

What is a veteran? What is a protected veteran?
U.S. veterans are those who have served on active duty in the United States Armed forces

( Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, to the Coast Guard).

Omaha woman sentenced to time served for threatening VA Hospital employees
Investigators say Tina Hardin told

medical staff she wanted to "shoot up the VA."

Veterans Lawyer Doctor

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Military Health History Pocket Card

Did you see combat, enemy fire, or casualties? 

Were you or a buddy wounded, injured or hospitalized?​ Do you have a claim pending for illness or injury related to your military service?

​Do you have a service-connected condition?

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Scholz v. United States, No. 20-2163 (7th Cir. 2021)

​Scholz has two lawsuits pending against the government under the

Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), 28 U.S.C. 1346(b), 2671–2680.

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NEHMER - Implementing Court Order

Awards Under the Nehmer Court Orders for Disability or Death Caused by a

Condition Presumptively Associated With Herbicide Exposure

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The United States Department of Veterans Affairs

It's  Your  VA - Deal With It!​​

It's a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired.

You quit when the gorilla is tired.

Robert Straus

​​​Alabama

C&P

Exams

SSDI - TDIU

How To Know If It’s Time To Return To Work

​When you have taken a step back from work due to a disability, you may reach a point in your

recovery where you begin to wonder if, when, and how to best approach a return to work.

Jim Strickland

jim912@gmail.com

Veterans Disability Claims 

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Intent to File  

Too many of us skip this important step. Spending a few minutes taking care of this may give you months of additional benefits.​​ 

GetStarted 

You may file claims on  eBenefits 

 or you can mail them in using certified mail or you can fax them in. ​ 

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53547- 4444
Toll Free Fax:
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38 CFR Book C
The Schedule for Rating Disabilities


The NPRC
Military Records​


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or Appeal Status
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Health Care for Veterans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

​​Not every veteran is automatically entitled to medical care from the VA.

Veterans must meet basic eligibility requirements for enrollment.

Long-Haul COVID Can Include Chronic Fatigue

The often debilitating condition known as chronic fatigue syndrome appears to be common among COVID-19 long-haulers.

​​​​HEADS UP!

Are You Scheduled For

A C & P Exam?

This document will save

you a lot of worry!

C&P Service Clinician’s Guide

This is your C & P examiners

guide and it's your only chance

to know what the examiner

knows before you go in the room.

​​Welcome to the VAWatchdog...

Since 2005 we've been a leader in providing

expert resources to help you win your claim for the benefits you earned through your honorable service to our country.

We'll guide you to valuable resources you as you file a claim and when needed, we'll connect you to professional, board certified consultation.

Our privacy policy, fair use policy and contact information  is here.

If you're a health care or legal professional interested in helping America's veterans with their claims, drop me a note at <jim912@gmail.com> and I'll be happy to explain how this works. /s/  Jim

Many service members use industrial solvents in regular military tasks

​Benzene   Tetrachloroethylene

(PCE or PERC)   Acetone    Trichloroethylene (TCE)   Xylenes

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 Brett Valette, Ph.D.

Providing Military Veterans Personalized Psychological and Medical Evaluations. Complete the Contact form, and you'll get a personal phone call from us. We listen, and want to know what you are going through. We provide Independent Medical Evaluations (IME), Independent Medical Opinions (IMO) and nexus letters for ratings reviews, secondary conditions, medical conditions, discharge upgrades, and many types of denied claims.  We also provide Social Security Disability claim reports.

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Discharge Papers and Separation Documents

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view your VA

combined disability rating and

your individual ratings online

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Reports contain data covering claims inventory, claims backlog, claims accuracy, and

Fully Developed Claims.