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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
For...
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

(DBQ's)

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 CFR
TDIU
SMC

The Schedule For Rating Disabilities









Many VA Benefits aren't.


Read why and what you

should do about


Permanent & Total (P & T)




PROCEDURAL Guidance
requests to Add Dependents

Legislation will help Pacific veterans

exposed to Agent Orange
How To Leak To ProPublica

Tech Q&A

Finding veterans' records online
MRI twice as likely as biopsy to spot

prostate cancer, research shows
Become a Freedom Fighter

Join the ACLU
VA starts domestic violence program

Department of Defense Extends

Online Military Exchange

Shopping Privileges to Veterans

Here's What Medicare Part A

Costs and Covers in 2017



Veterans Benefits

Administration

(VBA)

Benefit Brochures

The Fully Developed Claim

eClaim Disability

Compensation Brochure

eBenefits

Your VA & DoD Benefits. Online

Summary of VA Home Loan

Guaranty Benefits

Summary of VA Benefits

Summary of VA Benefits

for Disabled Veterans



The Veterans Voice

International


Opinion   Editorial

News & Views


(Under Construction)




VA SPOTLIGHT

Brett Valette, PhD


UPDATED...April 2017

This is a series of stories

bringing light to the dark side of the

VA’s treatment of some Veterans

applying for disability.  Whether out

of frustration, desperation, anger, or

‘just to make it right” they contacted me, and together, we fought the injustice. 

These are actual cases and claims. 

I have changed names and identifying

information for confidentiality reasons.


Spotlight March 2017

This is the first in a series of stories bringing

light to the dark side of the VA’s treatment

of some Veterans applying for disability. 


Spotlight April 2017

Claim Killer DBQ Questions.
VA Spotlight is a series of stories bringing

light to the dark side of the VA’s treatment

of some Veterans applying for disability.

Whether out of frustration, desperation,

anger, or ‘just to makeit right” they contacted

me, and together, we fought the injustice.


Click Here To Contact Dr. Valette


VAWatchdog​

America's Leading Resource For
Military Veterans News & Benefits Information 

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

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Veterans Medical Malpractice Attorney


Vets rapidly losing 2nd Amendment gun rights
Behind the scenes, US military veterans are afraid they are being
specifically targeted and are quickly losing their 2nd Amendment rights.
According to one group, in over 150,000 instances, they already have.


Has the VA Deprived You of Your Second Amendment Rights?
NRA Wants to Hear From You!

VA has been reporting to NICS the identities of its beneficiaries
who have been assigned a fiduciary to manage their benefits.
VA claims that such determinations constitute an “adjudication of mental
defectiveness” under federal law, thereby prohibiting the
beneficiary from acquiring or possessing firearms.


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Veterans Disability Lawyers

The great majority of our clients suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

We have represented veterans before VA Regional Offices, the Board of Veterans

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A federal prohibition would exist for any person who: 
* Has been convicted in any court of a crime punishable by imprisonment
​for a term exceeding one year.
* A fugitive from justice.
* An unlawful user of or addicted to any controlled substance.
* Has been adjudicated as a mental defective or committed to a mental institution.
* An alien illegally or unlawfully in the United States or who has been admitted to the
United States under a non-immigrant visa.
* Has been discharged from the Armed Forces under dishonorable conditions.
* Having been a citizen of the United States, has renounced U.S. citizenship.
* Subject to a court order that restrains the person from harassing, stalking,
or threatening an intimate partner or child of such intimate partner.
* Has been convicted in any court of a misdemeanor crime of domestic violence.
* Under indictment for a crime punishable by imprisonment for a term exceeding one year.



In addition to federally prohibitive criteria, 
the NICS must delay or deny firearm transfers

based on applicable state law.
A delayed transaction will be purged from the NICS within 88 days from creation. 
The NICS Section recommends that you wait 30 days from the date initiating the
check prior to filing an appeal on a delay to give the NICS Section’s staff time to
complete the initial transaction. 
If your original background check is completed, the Federal Firearm Licensee
​will be notified with a final status.



Reasons NICS Background Checks are Denied or Delayed
A Denied message from the NICS indicates the subject of a NICS background check

has been matched with a similar name and similar descriptive information of

a record containing a state or federal prohibition.
A Delayed message from the NICS indicates the subject of a NICS background check

has been matched with a similar name and similar descriptive information

associated with a record containing a potential state or federal firearm prohibition.
The NICS Section must obtain additional information before making a final

determination of a Proceed or Denied for the firearm transfer. The NICS Section

is afforded three business days in which to conduct this research. If the NICS Section

is unable to provide either a Proceed or Denied response to the Federal Firearms

Licensee within three business days, the Brady Handgun Violence Prevention Act of

1993 does not prohibit the Federal Firearms Licensee, or FFL, from

transferring the firearm; however, the FFL is not required to do so.



Fiduciary Appointments & Gun Laws
Have you been notified that VA will appoint a fiduciary to manage your financial affairs?

Were you told you would not be allowed to purchase or own firearms?
Read the authority they use:
Mental Illness Prohibition  (
NICS Improvement Act)
Q:  Federal law prohibits people who are dangerously mentally ill from

purchasing or possessing a gun.  Does the NICS Act change who is covered by this prohibition?
A:  No.  The NICS Act does not change the prohibition enacted in 1968 that bars people

who are dangerously mentally ill from purchasing or possessing a gun.  Under federal

law, people may not buy or possess a gun if they are “adjudicated as a mental

defective” or “committed to any mental institution.”  ATF regulations define

“adjudicated as a mental defective” as a:
Determination by a court, board, commission, or other lawful authority that a person,

as a result of marked subnormal intelligence, or mental illness, incompetency,

condition, or disease:
(1) Is a danger to himself or others; or
(2) Lacks the mental capacity to contract or
manage his own affairs.
These regulations have not been changed by the NICS Act.  Note that merely seeking

or receiving treatment for mental illness is not sufficient to bring someone

within this prohibited class.
The NICS Act does provide that persons who are entered into NICS because of this

mental illness prohibition may seek “relief from disabilities” by petitioning that their

names be removed from NICS if they no longer suffer from the mental health

condition that originally barred them from buying or possessing guns.


Veterans and Weapons-Concealed Carry Permits-PTSD and Other Mental Health Conditions

National Instant Criminal Background Check System (NICS) Appeals   


Veterans Affairs & Guns and Weapons  

Concealed Carry Permits   NICS

Firearms PTSD and Other Mental Health Conditions



Veterans Benefits

Administration

(VBA)

Fact Sheets

Standard Claims and

Appeals Forms Update

Disability Compensation Benefits

C-123 Aircraft and

Agent Orange Exposure

DBQ's

TDIU

Unemployability

MST

Presumptive Benefits

Special Monthly

Compensation

(SMC)



C & P Exams & the

Claims Process

New data sheets from VA

http://www.benefits.va.gov

/compensation/claimexam.asp.
If you’ve already been scheduled for a VA

claim exam, but need to reschedule the date

and time, be sure to change your

appointment using the phone number

given to you as soon as possible. For more

information about the claim process, go to www.benefits.va.gov/compensation


VA Claim Exam Factsheet

VA Claim Exam Tips

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

VA Claim Process Step-by-Step

Mental Health Exam Factsheet

Review Exams Factsheet



Guide to Federal Records

Records of the Veterans Administration [VA]

(DTRA)

Defense Threat Reduction Agency

VA Payment for Emergency Care

Patient Record Flags



OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA

VA Benefits for Sleep Apnea

as a service

connection to PTSD
Brett Valette, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist



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