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Over Ten Years of Service to America's Military Veterans

Since 2005 This Is The Site VA Reads When They

Want To Learn What They've Been Doing

Welcome Aboard!

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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The people who visit the VAWatchdog are veterans, veterans family members,

VA employees and advocates. The vast majority of our site visitors are seeking help.

They are looking for you and your services.

The VAWatchdog is credible after a decade of service to veterans.

We don't rant or offer rumors, we provide help to veterans and their families.

If you're interested in joining us, email Jim Strickland.



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You're now at the most informative veterans disability benefits site anywhere.
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.
You won't hear us asking for donations or membership fees.
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...

Welcome Aboard! 
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 21-526.

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.

About VAWatchdog

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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 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.

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. We publish the facts

that we believe are the most correct and of most use to you.

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Things You'll Need

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!

Forms to File Claims

VA Form 21-526EZ
Disability Service Connection
Secondary Service Connection

IncreasedDisability Compensation

Temporary Total Disability Rating
 Individual Unemployability
Compensation under 38 U.S.C. 1151
 Special Monthly Compensation
Specially Adapted Housing

Special Home Adaptation

Automobile Allowance/Adaptive Equipment
Benefits Based on a Veteran's
Seriously Disabled Child

VA Form 21-0958 - NOD
​Notice of Disagreement

VA Form 21-534 EZ

Application for DIC, Death Pension
Change of Address​

TDIU Annual - VA Form 4140
Declaration of Status
of Dependents
VA form 21-686c

How To

How To Apply For SSDI

How To Apply For

TDIU Unemployability

How To Use

Disability Benefits Questionnaires


How To Apply For A Disability Rating

How To Apply For An Increase

to an existing rating

How To Retrieve Your

Military Personnel Records

Research Your Claim

The M21-1MR

The Schedule For Rating Disabilities

Many VA Benefits aren't.

Read why and what you

should do about

Permanent & Total (P & T)