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military unit histories and individual service
records of discharged, retired, and deceased
military personnel. It also provides information
on locating and replacing military awards and medals. Included is contact information for
military history centers, websites for additional sources of research, and a bibliography of other publications, including related CRS reports.
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VA has three RPOs that handle GI Bill claims.
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Here are some resources for mental
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Benefits Based on a Veteran's
Seriously Disabled Child
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Service members, Veterans, and their families.
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Welcome to the Veterans Legal Help Navigator. This online tool helps veterans' caseworkers and advocates across the country find the right fit legal help for veterans.
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Filing your VA and/or Social Security disability
claim is not a spectator sport.
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.
This web site can provide you with all you need to file and win
your well grounded claim. But we can't file that claim for you.
Yes, your VA is supposed to help you.
No, your VA will NOT help you.
You're on your own.
Research your claim as you file it, do it right the first time.
We're here to help.
Questions and comments can be sent directly to Jim.
No, we don't use the phone very much.
We won't call you, we don't publish our number.
We prefer to use email for the security and record it gives
us when we are reviewing your claim or evidence.
The veteran or a family member must contact us by email.
We can't reach out to veterans, the veteran must contact us.
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(or any other web site you want to explore)
the Wayback Machine will show you screenshots
and history of your chosen target.
The fellow above is Larry Scott.
He founded the VAWatchdog in 2005.
Larry and Jim started aggressive advocacy efforts together in 2006.
Larry passed away some years ago from
a non-service connected illness.
I promised Larry I'd carry on the tradition of
helping veterans to obtain the benefits they've earned.
I'm Jim Strickland.
That's me above, at my VA clinic in Savannah, Georgia.
I edit and contribute to the VAWatchdog.
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.
Jim at work editing the VAWatchdog
Jim; Not sure if you have seen this yet. I’ve attached an “invitation” one of our clients received inviting him to participate in the RAMP program. We had to read it about 5 times to understand everything, so I would highly recommend any veteran getting one of these to seek the advice of a rep or attorney. We can definitely see where making the wrong selection could be detrimental. We're happy to offer free evaluations to any veteran who gets a RAMP letter. /s/ Julie Glover
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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.
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
. Completing that form isn't rocket science. The quality of
your outcome is largely up to you. The time you devote
to learning how this works will impact the result when you get the award letter.
Our mission, goals and values are simple.
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
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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
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We publish the facts that we believe are the most correct and of most use to you.
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These are known as derivatives.
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