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XVIII Airborne Corps, and Third Army, Airborne and Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal badges. 

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VA unemployment benefit would be protected under this plan

​​A new House proposal would make the Department of Veterans Affairs Individual Unemployability program

permanent even for elderly veterans, following attempts in recent years to pare back the benefit. President Donald

Trump’s administration, which proposed cutting back on the benefit for veterans after they reach retirement age.

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You quit when the gorilla is tired."  —  Robert Straus

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The Board assigns significant probative weight to the September 2019 independent medical opinion of D.B.M., M.D 
finding it is at least as likely as not that the veteran’s present left knee condition is the direct result
​of his motor vehicle accident injuries that occurred while on active duty.

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The professionally written   Nexus Letter   is often the single most valuable tool we have at our disposal to win claims. If you doubt any of that please go to the  Board of Veterans Appeals and use their search  to look for cases with Nexus Letters or IMOs. You'll find, "...the Board finds the September 2019 Independent Medical Evaluation Report to be probative even though the Veteran’s service treatment records are silent...". I've referred vets to a small handful of reliable doctors for years. I've received hundreds of positive messages that tell me that the IMO/Nexus Letter works for you as well as it did for me. If you're caught up in an appeal and you aren't sure what else you need or if you want to file a new claim and prevail without a lot of fuss...talk with these doctors and make a plan to win.

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This is your C & P examiners guide.

The language used in this guide is very much in effect at your VA. When you have a nexus letter, it should conform

to the phrases you'll find here. For example, your doctor should write "More likely than not" when talking of service connection.

That phrase wins claims, anything less may not.

See Page 14  Section 1.16  How do I give an opinion for nexus (relationship to a military incident?

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Hey Jim:  This Court of Appeals decision is a bit of a smack-down for VA’s implementation of the Appeals Management Act. VA will need to relook what they are doing under AMA - although this case only speaks to three specific regulations, a broader relook of their overall implementation of AMA would probably be prudent. /s/ Drew

Decided: July 30, 2021

​Congress enacted the AMA in 2017 to reform the exist-ing VA administrative appeals system, which was,

by all accounts, “broken,” marked by lengthy delays, and plagued with a formidable backlog of cases. 

More problematic, however, was the “continuous evidence gathering and readjudication

of the same matters”that caused appeals to “churn” in the system.

​MILITARY-VETERANS ADVOCACY, Petitioner v. SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

Government leaders to their workers: Get vaccinated or get tested

​“Whenever a Veteran or VA employee sets foot in a VA facility, they deserve to know that we have done everything

in our power to protect them from COVID-19,” Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough said in a statement Monday.

“With this mandate, we can once again make — and keep — that fundamental promise.”

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Veterans Struggle to Get Copies of Needed Service Records Due to Pandemic
Access to some VA benefits, services delayed as backlog of requests hits 500,000

The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC)

VA Online Scheduling (VAOS) lets eligible Veterans request community provider appointments

(​This looks simple enough. There are only 4 different links you have to click-through to get to ever more complex instructions.

I'll try to use this today. I have no hopes I'll be able to get any appointments. /s/ Jim)

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In a November 2011 nexus statement, the Veteran's neurologist opined that that the Veteran's progressive supranuclear

palsy is most likely caused by or a result of his exposure to Agent Orange. The neurologist explained that PSP is a

movement disorder very similar to Parkinson's disease. The neurologist further explained that PSP affects the same areas

as Parkinson's disease and is possibly causally related to chemical exposure such as Agent Orange. 
The Board finds that the evidence is at least in equipoise regarding service connection for progressive

supranuclear palsy and will resolve reasonable doubt in favor of the Veteran.

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Your Department of Veterans Affairs worries about you and how you spend their...er-uh...your money. If you are about to win a claim and there is a lot of retroactive pay due you (over $20,000.00 or thereabouts) your file will get a look to see if you are competent to manage that money for yourself. If  VA determines that you are incompetent,  not only will you not see your retroactive pay, you won't see much of anything in the future once the VA appointed fiduciary takes over your money.

Even if the VA appointed your Mom as the fidu, you still won't see the money because Mom has to get approval from the VA to spend anything and if they don't like how she wears the fidu hat, they fire her and appoint someone else...a stranger.

VA isn't likely to appoint anyone you like to be your fiduciary. VA will do background investigations and credit checks on anyone who volunteers to become your fiduciary and even speeding tickets may be used to disqualify them.

How does VA determine whether you are competent to manage your finances? During a routine C & P exam the examiner will ask you a few questions about your finances; How much money does VA deposit for you each month? How much is your rent? What are your utility bills running recently? What do you pay for your car insurance? If you can't answer, you lose. You can't just say, "Well, my spouse handles all that so I'm damned if I know." You'll see a fidu PDQ.

It's easier to appeal and interrupt the process as soon as you receive notice of a potential fidu appointment. Once the fidu is appointed and the deal is done getting rid of one is cumbersome and challenging. 

You don't lose only the control of your money, you lose  your 2nd Amendment Rights  too. Incompetent veterans can't own or even be in the same house as firearms.

You guessed it. If you can avoid the appointment of a VA fiduciary, you should.

By The Numbers - How This Works-What To Do
1) You receive notice that VA is proposing to appoint a fiduciary. You are shocked and you do not agree. This is only a proposal, not a decision. You have the right to appeal.

2) DON'T PANIC! Sit down and read the letter very carefully. Read it again. There is valuable information in the letter you received.

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3) Complete a Notice of Disagreement (NOD) form
4) Mail the form using Certified Mail, Return Receipt Requested. Do not use anything other than Certified Mail!

5) Do not delay! Don't run around asking everyone what to do. Don't try to collect statements from anyone like family or friends. Don't do anything but get the letter in the mail and contact a veterans law attorney.

6) Once VA gets the NOD form, they will reply to tell you that you can't file a NOD yet because no decision has been made. Don't worry about that.  Your NOD has notified them that they have made a mistake.  You are now on record with the disagreement.

7) Wait patiently. After VA receives your NOD they will probably  schedule you for another C & P exam. During this C & P exam you will
be asked about how you manage your finances. Answer truthfully and completely.

8) But first...  
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