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Reference guide to help during final

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What You Should Know about Disability and Debt

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How Divorce, Alimony, and Child Support

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VA benefits can be garnished only for spousal

or child support, and only under certain conditions.

How to file a VA disability claim
Find out how to file a claim for disability compensation

or increased disability compensation.

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Your 2020 Guide to Social Security Benefits
Whether you’re claiming Social Security in 2020, have been collecting benefits for years, or are still decades away, here’s what you need to know about this critically important retirement program.

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Military Sisterhood Initiative to go live February 18
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conditions result in a disability picture

that is not covered by the schedule of ratings. 

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Scheduled For A C & P???    Filing A Claim?
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and it's still one of the best ways I know to win 
your case. Published in 2002 the principles and much of 
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We believe you are the best person to manage your claim. You're smart enough to hold an honorable discharge, then you're smart enough to fill out some forms and put those forms in the mail.

You must be involved. If you expect someone else to do the grunt work for you and for FREE, you lose.

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Yes, your VA is supposed to help you. No, your VA will NOT help you. You're on your own.

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Larry passed away some years ago from a non-service connected illness.

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​I use VA services just like you do.​ I started working with Larry Scott at VAWatchdog in 2006.

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The Military Veteran's Disability Guide - 2006
Let's see what I was writing 12 years ago.

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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.

As the site grows, navigation becomes more of a challenge. Finding what you need on any busy site can be a problem. We're working hard to try and make it simpler for you. 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 21-526EZ
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Our mission, goals and values are simple. We are all about educating veterans.

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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 understands 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. We don't shy from the more controversial topics like marijuana and the VA or your rights as a veteran to own a gun, pistol or to be given a concealed weapons carry permit.We avoid rumors. We aren't here to bash the VA.
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The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

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

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One of the most important benefits you have today is

the authorization to use an urgent care center

near to you. But first, you have to

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print your papers and be prepared!

Veteran Disability Claims 

Nexus and IMO Letters

Social Security Scammers Are Trying a New Trick
These criminals have added fake emailed documents to their repertoires -- often using the official SSA letterhead.

Has VA medical care caused you an injury or other harm?

You can sue the VA for medical malpractice but it's a complex process and you'll want lawyers who have

done this successfully in the past. There are strict time limits and draconian regulations to follow. 

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Download VA benefit letters
To receive some benefits, Veterans need a letter

proving their status. 

For Better Brain Health, Preserve Your Hearing
Hearing loss is the largest modifiable risk factor for developing dementia, exceeding that of smoking, high blood pressure, lack of exercise and social isolation.

Why Getting a Diagnosis Matters

​A diagnosis does so much more than get noted in your medical history. It also can help you apply for programs like Social Security Disability and medical marijuana cards. And maybe even more importantly, it can help you explain yourself to friends, colleagues and family.

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Untreated Hearing Loss Linked

To Loneliness And Isolation For Seniors

Did you know that hearing loss and tinnitus are the

most commonly rated veterans disabilities? Did you

know that hearing loss and tinnitus can cause

other secondary conditions, particularly mental

health problems like depression and loneliness?

Chronic Pain Is an Impossible Problem
A “safe” alternative to opioid painkillers

turns out to be not so safe.

How Do You Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits?
Information on social security disability benefits

Website Monitoring Tool

Misuse of Certain Nonopioid Analgesics on the Rise
Gabapentin, Baclofen May Be Seen

as Opioid Alternatives

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​Family Medical Leave Act problems after husband's deployment

Vet being harassed at work

VA doctor malpractice

Child support arrears create hardship

68 year old veteran with cancer

When did the Vietnam era start

Radiation treatment for prostate cancer and now C& P exam

Diabetes claim secondary to OSA

Revisiting child support order

Gulf War veteran behavior found to be willful misconduct

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How To File a VA Disability Appeal
You have the right to appeal any benefits decision made by the Veterans Benefits Administration. The VA appeals process is set in law and is different from other judicial appeals processes. Find out how to file an appeal.

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