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. 

Gun Control, Mental Incompetency, and Social Security Administration Final Rule

n. Under federal law, persons who are “adjudicated as a mental defective” are

ineligible to ship, transport, receive, or possess firearms or ammunition.

Veterans Law Attorney

Department of Veterans Affairs Fiduciary Appointments

Nexus Letter Independent Medical Opinion Veteran

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.   Contact A Veterans Law Attorney For Help   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...  Contact A Veterans Law Attorney For Help


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?

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The VA Watchdog

VA Accredited Veterans Law Attorney Referrals

Expert Nexus Letter Providers

 ~  All The Benefits Updates That Every Veteran Needs To Know  ~​​​​​​


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

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.

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

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.

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.

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C & P

Exam?

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.

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.

​​Alabama

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

38 CFR § 21.330 -

Apportionment

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.

Veteran Involvement in the U.S. Capitol Breach

Possible Effects on VA Benefits

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.

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%


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

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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

​​​Federal Register

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

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. ​ 

​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​

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

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Veterans Lawyer Personal Injury Appeals VA Claims

Veteran Disability Claims 

Nexus and IMO Letters

 This is the CFR

Code of Federal Regulations

Title 38 - Pensions, Bonuses,

and Veterans' Relief

Title: PART 17 - MEDICAL 

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

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>

Veterans Lawyer

Research Your Claim Or Appeal As You File It

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

Veterans Benefits Administration Reports

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

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.