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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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VA grows locations for C&P contract exams

The Medical Disability Program Office (MDEO) administers the Medical Disability Exam (MDE) contract program. MDEO contracts allow vendors to provide examinations to Veterans and service members who are seeking disability benefits from VA.

Compensation and Pension Examinations        VA C & P Exam

VA claim exam (C&P exam)
After you file your disability benefits claim, we may ask you to have a claim exam

(also known as a compensation and pension, or C&P, exam). Get answers to commonly asked questions here.

Veterans Lawyer Personal Injury

There is no other part of the Department of Veterans Affairs  disability benefits application and adjudication process that is so intimidating as the Compensation & Pension (C & P) exam. Grizzled veterans who have jumped out of airplanes and confronted the enemy in countries around the planet are known to cower in fear of meeting a C & P examiner. The examiner may be a Veterans Health Administration employee or a contractor with a company like  LHI  and offer  varying exams and services. There are other contractors who perform C & P exams and they may operate at a VA facility or out of private offices where they normally practice. The examiner may be a physician or a physician assistant or a registered nurse practitioner or you may be offered a hearing exam by an audiologist and so on. Most exams are perfunctory and often confusing to the veteran. Your key to success is simple; Speak the truth about your symptoms without embellishing symptoms but not minimizing anything. Make brief notes to yourself of anything you want to say. If you don't have a cheat sheet, you'll forget...you know you will. Don't ever display anger or be a smartass. There is nothing you can do to make this any better but to maintain your cool. Keep reading.

Research The United States Department of Veterans Affairs Board of Veterans Appeals

database of decisions to find a claim similar to yours.

Use what you learn there to fashion your own claim and appeal.


Citation Nr: 1730666 
In December 2007, the Veteran underwent a Compensation & Pension Exam


Citation Nr: 20044701
The Board notes the Veteran appealed a reduction from 20 percent to 10 percent

disability rating for his service-connected fibromyalgia.

LHI

​LHI assists the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in providing quality compensation and

pension examinations to Veterans seeking benefits for service-connected health issues

Separating Fact From Fiction

The Must Do & Must Not Do of the C & P Exam

* The examiner does not make the decision about your claim.

* You may take records with you but the examiner may refuse them.

* The examiner won't treat you or prescribe medicines.

* NEVER try to fake any symptom. If you aren't prescribed a neck brace, don't wear one.

* The examiner will only perform the task assigned by an order of the regional office.

* You do not have to allow the examiner to cause you pain or discomfort during the exam by manipulating joints, etc.

* The examiner does not have any insight about how your claim will be decided. Don't ask.

* You may request that a family member or friend join you during the exam. The examiner may agree or refuse your request.

* DO NOT attempt to secretly record any part of the exam.

* DO make notes for yourself before you go. This is the only way you'll be sure to tell the examiner all the details you want to share.

* DO NOT over-exert yourself trying to please the examiner. This exam is about your worst symptoms, not the best.

* DO be courteous at all times. Don't complain to the examiner about all the indignities you've suffered. Focus on the reason you're there.

* DO use your common sense. This exam probably won't make or break the decision about your claim but it can help.

Entitlement to service connection

for bilateral foot disability claimed

as secondary to carbon

tetrachloride exposure.

Veterans Medical Malpractice Lawyer

​​​​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.

Get Some Hometown Help!

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

more. Don't get advice from well meaning

friends,  neighbors or volunteer "VA Reps", 

go with the pros.

Nexus Letters and

Independent Medical Opinions

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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.

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.

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

Thomas J. Seiter, M.D. ​
Independent Medical Opinions - DBQs - Medical Records Reviews​
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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.

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.


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

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 Lawyer Personal Injury Appeals VA Claims

This is the CFR

Code of Federal Regulations

Title 38 - Pensions, Bonuses,

and Veterans' Relief​​

Title: PART 17 - MEDICAL​ 

Veterans Lawyer

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

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

​​​Alabama

DD Form 214

Discharge Papers and Separation Documents

Read what a DD 214 is and

when you might need it

Veterans Disability Claims 

Nexus and IMO Letters

Let's file a VA claim right now 

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. ​ 

​V A Claims Intake Center
PO BOX 4444
JANESVILLE, WI
53547- 4444
Toll Free Fax:
844-531-7818


Centralized Intake Coversheet


How to file a VA disability claim


Welcome to the KnowVA Knowledge Base
Locate information
more quickly and efficiently


38 CFR Book C
The Schedule for Rating Disabilities


The NPRC
Military Records​


Track Your VA Claim

or Appeal Status
Learn how to track

your status online​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The VA Watchdog

 ~  Since 2005 - Facts About Your Benefits - Help With Your Claims ~​​​​​​

​​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

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).

Veterans Psychologist Nexus Letters

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

Veterans Benefits Administration Reports

​Detailed Claims Data  -  Status Reports
Reports contain data covering claims inventory, claims backlog, claims accuracy, and

Fully Developed Claims. 

Stateside Legal Help For Veterans

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”

José Narosky

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.

Veterans Lawyer

NEHMER - Implementing Court Order

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

Condition Presumptively Associated With Herbicide Exposure

Many service members use industrial solvents in regular military tasks

​Benzene   Tetrachloroethylene

(PCE or PERC)   Acetone    Trichloroethylene (TCE)   Xylenes

'Smells Like Gasoline'

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

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.

View your VA disability ratings
If you have one or more disability ratings, you can
view your VA

combined disability rating and

your individual ratings online


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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