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Veterans Will Now Have Presumptive Conditions for Burn Pit Exposure

The VA will now recognize asthma, rhinitis, and sinusitis as diseases presumed to be

connected to Veterans who served in specific countries at specific times.

Veterans Lawyer Personal Injury Appeals VA Claims


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​​

Tell them you read about this at The VAWatchdog...

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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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.


C & P

Exam?

Jim Strickland

jim912@gmail.com

I'm in Florida, up in the  NE corner near Jacksonville.

Are you close? The coffee is on me.

<jim912@gmail.com>

Military Suicides Rose 15 Percent Last Year
The upward trend was strongest in the Army and Marine Corps

​​Welcome to the VAWatchdog...

For many years we're the leader in providing expert resources to help you win the claim for the benefits you earned. We'll guide you as you file a claim and provide you with professional, board certified consultation should you need some help.

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

Veterans Lawyer

 This is the CFR

Code of Federal Regulations

Title 38 - Pensions, Bonuses,

and Veterans' Relief

Title: PART 17 - MEDICAL 

Social Security Announces 5.9 Percent Benefit Increase for 2022

Most people who receive Social Security payments will be able to view their COLA

notice online through their personal my Social Security account.


VA benefits also increase 5.9%


​​​Federal Register

Each day Federal agencies publish documents in the Federal Register, including proposed rules, final rules, public notices, and Presidential actions.​​

Research Your Claim Or Appeal As You File It

Learn what has worked for others and what gets denied or remanded

Veterans Lawyer

Hey Jim, I've got the blues...

I'm being sued by my HOA!  I'm a disabled veteran and I need some legal help.

The Judge gave us till the 20th of October to answer questions and submit questions to the HOA.  Jim's Reply.

Many service members use industrial solvents in regular military tasks...

​Benzene   Tetrachloroethylene (PCE or PERC)   Acetone    Trichloroethylene (TCE)   Xylenes​

What You Should Know When Applying for Social Security Disability

If your application is denied, then you can ask for reconsideration

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

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

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.

​​Alabama

If you're late with child support payments, you need to read:

38 CFR § 21.330 -

Apportionment

American Workers Are on Strike Over 'Low-Wage S*** Jobs'

​American workers are engaged in "the equivalent of a general strike," former Labor Secretary

Robert Reich has argued, following unexpectedly low U.S. employment figures.

Veterans Lawyer Doctor


Veterans Psych Evaluations
 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.

Some Wounds Can't Be Seen        Contact Us Today

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. 

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

Veterans Doctor Nexus Letters

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.

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.

Citation Nr: 21052813   DOCKET NO. 10-32 295

Entitlement to a total disability evaluation based on individual unemployability (TDIU) due to service-connected

disabilities on a schedular or extraschedular basis prior to May 6, 2019 is denied.
The Veteran's coronary artery disease is rated at 100 percent on a schedular basis as of May 6, 2019, and the Veteran has already been awarded special monthly compensation (SMC) pursuant to 38 U.S.C. § 1114(s) from May 6, 2019 forward.

Veteran Disability Claims 

Nexus and IMO Letters

​​​​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.

This document is a VA product, still in wide use and if you study it prior to the exam, you'll have the upper hand. Knowing exactly what you should expect is a big advantage.

Do some homework...and good luck.

Veteran Involvement in the U.S. Capitol Breach

Possible Effects on VA Benefits

Veterans’ Benefits and Bankruptcy

​From 2005 to 2019, the federal Bankruptcy Code commonly required veterans to relinquish some of their veterans’

benefits to their creditors in order to obtain bankruptcy relief. The Bankruptcy Code thereby treated veterans’ benefits

less favorably than Social Security benefits, which federal law typically insulates from creditors’ claims

Veterans Benefits Administration Reports

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

Veterans Medical Malpractice Lawyer

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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

Entitlement to service connection

for bilateral foot disability claimed as secondary to carbon tetrachloride exposure.

Let's file a VA disability 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.​​ ​Get Started Two options explaining

the Benefits you've earned.​

You may file claims on  eBenefits  or
you can mail them in using certified 
mail or you can even fax them in. ​ 

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