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Best way to check on a supplemental claim online?

​Confused on what to do with claim.

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​Suing the VA for negligence and malpractice.​​

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You've Arrived at the VAWatchdog Dot Org!
​Welcome Home
We've been keeping veterans informed of news and events important to them since 2005.
You'll find all you need to file your claim and referrals to professionals who can help you when things don't go well. 
What you won't find here is unending chat or opinions from strangers who like to think of themselves as experts. 
Our goal is to ensure that you are awarded the benefits you earned with your service to our country. 

We're here to help you take charge of your benefits, and that is all.

Extra Schedular Rating

​Extra schedular ratings under

38 C.F.R. § 3.321(b)

​How can I get an extra schedular rating?

​To receive an extra schedular rating the veteran

must first show that the veteran’s

conditions result in a disability picture

that is not covered by the schedule of ratings. 

Wounded Warrior Project Veterans Benefits

​C&P Service Clinician’s Guide
Scheduled For A C & P???    Filing A Claim?
This is a must read for you!!!​
I've been posting this again and again over the years 
and it's still one of the best ways I know to win 
your case. Published in 2002 the principles and much of 
the verbiage still applies and is in daily use at the VA. 

VA Urgent Care Pharmacy Locations
Find VA-approved urgent care/retail location

pharmacies near a specific

address or ZIP code, or search by VA Facility.

Gregory M. Rada - A Veteran for Veterans

​​Focusing on appeals involving psychiatric conditions

and/or individual unemployability (TDIU)

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Nationwide Representation 
Free Phone Consultations - ​(844) 838-7529

Announcing the Veterans Benefits Banking Program
A partnership between VA and the

Association of Military Banks of America

Florida takes great care of her veterans. My grandfather,

my father and I all entered the military from here and eventually retired here. /s/ Jim

Craig Bash M.D., MBA

The Veterans Medical Advisor


If you are an honorably discharged veteran, you served your country well and you earned

certain benefits.​ Sad to say, sometimes it can be difficult for the veteran to obtain the earned

benefits guaranteed by law.​ Veterans need a recognized medical expert who knows the VA

system. As a disabled veteran himself and a respected, board certified physician, Dr. Bash fits the

need—and adds even further insight as a VA-accredited service organization representative. 


​​Call   925-381-7561    Email   drbash@doctor.com

Thomas J. Seiter, Jr., M.D.


Independent Medical Opinions
Disability Benefit Questionnaires (DBQ's)
Service & Civilian Medical Record Reviews
Nexus Letters


Get In Touch With Dr. Seiter

Disability Benefits Scammers Want To Steal Your Info

Callers offering to help you apply for disability

benefits are scammers. Hang up on them.

File Your Claim Right Here

Just Do It Yourself!

The VA Has Embraced Artificial Intelligence

When you look all around you and you can't find

anyone with native intelligence...

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

SUMMARY: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) provides notice that it intends to conduct computer-matching Social Security Administration (SSA) Master  and  Files of SSN HoldersVA pension, compensation, and (DIC) records. 

The goal of this match is to identify beneficiaries

and to reduce or terminate VA benefits, if appropriate.

The match will include records of current VA beneficiaries.

Drew Early   Veterans Law Attorney
Graduate of the US Military Academy, West Point

Adjunct Professor - Emory University Law School
20 Years Army Service - Airborne - Explosive Ordnance Badge
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Appeals of Veterans & Survivor Claims
(770) 939-1939

How to File Your State and Federal

Taxes for Free in 2020
TurboTax and other tax prep services advertised themselves as “free,” but we found several ways that they tricked people into paying. Here's our guide to preparing and filing your taxes without falling into a trap.

'This is wrong'

Vietnam vet waits as VA stalls on adding

several illnesses to Agent Orange list

Trump budget chief:

Cutting veterans pay isn't a big deal

​​Trump's budget director said it's fine to take from veterans benefits to balance the budget. In his

2019 budget, Trump has proposed rounding down the cost-of-living adjustments given to veterans.

PTSD, MST, TBI, 
Agent Orange Exposure, Back Injuries

Gulf War Syndrome, Migraines, Heart & Vascular Disease, 
DIC, Unemployability TDIU

Free Veterans Disability Consultation!      Call Now!  (800) 742-5035

Veterans get more banking options,

under new VA partnership

Some veterans may have better access to banking now, through a partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Association of Military Banks of America.

NC company charges veterans for benefits

advice they could get for free

One veteran lost thousands of dollars when he

signed up for the companies service

Adam R. Luck,

Veterans Law Attorney

​Roger Hale,  Veterans Law Attorney​​

​Personal Injury Lawyer - Free Consultation For Veterans​
​​Industrial Accidents   Nursing Home Negligence   Car Accidents   ​

Workers Compensation   Veterans Law​     

Pain & Suffering     Emotional & Mental Anguish

(​405) 531-9983

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

38 CFR Parts 1 and 14 

This rulemaking addresses who is permitted,

and under what circumstances, to directly access VA’s

claim records through those IT systems during representation of a VA claimant in a claim for VA benefits, but is not intended to address the larger issues involving who may access VA records more generally.  

An open letter to the Veteran community

from the U.S. Census Bureau
Jobs for Veterans across the country

Veterans benefit directly when their communities are counted correctly. Billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed each year based on census data that support education, housing, health

care, hospitals, fire stations, and more. An

accurate count is especially crucial for Veterans

in rural communities, those with disabilities,

and those at risk of homelessness. ​​

GLOVERLUCK

Veterans Law At Your Service

​PTSD and other mental impairments
Military Sexual Trauma
Traumatic Brain Injury
Agent Orange exposure
Camp Lejeune water contamination
Gulf War Syndrome
Asbestos or Radiation exposure

​Federal Tort Claims/Title 38 U.S.C. 1151

Also known as FTCA and Section 1151 Claims

​Nationwide Representation 

844 244 VETS (8387)

Veterans PTSD Assessments

Independent Medical Opinions    PTSD DBQs

​Thomas Grieder, MD, PhD

​Twenty five years service as a VA psychiatrist

Assistant Professor and Associate Clinical Professor

UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

​Lead psychiatrist for the East Los Angeles PTSD Clinical Team

Contact Dr. Grieder

The Law Offices of David Anaise, MD JD
Board Certified Physician/Surgeon    Accredited Veterans Law Attorney    Military Veteran

DRO, BVA, CAVC Appeals     Nexus Letters     Independent Medical Opinions
Has Your Claim Been Denied?   Do you need an IMO or a DBQ?
You'll need to speak with an expert physician and then a veterans law attorney.
Why not speak with both at the same time?
(520) 219-7321  
 Free Case Evaluation    (520) 219-7344

Governor Ron DeSantis Announces Housing Loan Program for Military and Veterans

“I’m excited to announce my administration’s newest veteran-focused initiative: the “Salute Our Soldiers” Military Housing Loan Program for veterans and active duty military personnel throughout the state,” said Governor DeSantis.

The Debt Management Center

Submit a waiver or compromise request here

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

It is time for Congress to investigate

​What Is the VA’s Role in Criminal Behavior?

Your Health

Urgent Care Centers

One of the most important benefits you have today is

the authorization to use an urgent care center

near to you. But first, you have to

print your paperwork

to take with you. Don't wait until you need this

benefit to prepare for it. Read this now,

print your papers and be prepared!

Google Tracks You

and we don't.
​DuckDuckGo apps block

Google's hidden trackers.
​The world needs an alternative

Robert Wilkie  <robert.wilkie@va.gov>  ​855-948-2311

One More Reason You Need An Independent Medical Opinion

VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION

Accuracy of Claims Decisions Involving Conditions of the Spine

Training book used for VA

'How To Lie With Statistics'

INN TO THE FOREST

​Lodging & Camping in southern Illinois with access to the Shawnee National​

We offer lodging, camping,

​stabling, corral, pasture,

access to a hunting lease and

discounts for America's

military veterans!

Why Getting a Diagnosis Matters

​A diagnosis does so much more than get noted in your medical history. It also can help you apply for programs like Social Security Disability and medical marijuana cards. And maybe even more importantly, it can help you explain yourself to friends, colleagues and family.

Owe VA Money??? 

​​Submit A Waiver Request

Untreated Hearing Loss Linked

To Loneliness And Isolation For Seniors

Did you know that hearing loss and tinnitus are the

most commonly rated veterans disabilities? Did you

know that hearing loss and tinnitus can cause

other secondary conditions, particularly mental

health problems like depression and loneliness?

Chronic Pain Is an Impossible Problem
A “safe” alternative to opioid painkillers

turns out to be not so safe.

Jim's Mailbag

Jim Strickland is a Vietnam era Army veteran and nationally recognized expert on VA disability benefits

and a member of the Stateside Legal Website Advisory BoardJim's Mailbag, is a regular column where veterans,

servicemembers, and family members can  ask Jim their questions about VA and Social Security disability benefits.  

You can browse all of these Q&As here, and search the Jim's Mailbag archives for helpful answers.

AT WAR
40 Stories From Women

About Life in the Military​   

"Not Many Women Get

to Do What I Do"

Military Sisterhood Initiative to go live February 18
A social platform to build peer

support community for women Veterans

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Medical Malpractice - Veterans 1151 Claims

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​VA Malpractice Attorneys Helping Veterans Harmed By The VA​
​​Veterans Healthcare Rights - Federal Tort Claims -

VA Medical Malpractice Claims, Misdiagnosis, ​Hospital Negligence, Medical Errors
For a review of your VA malpractice case contact our lawyers today.
Our firm serves throughout the nation, and is one of the few firms to have specialized experience in VA malpractice cases.
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PAPER Evidence Records

and Claims All Go Here

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PO BOX 4444
JANESVILLE, WI

53547- 4444
Toll Free Fax:

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Key findings about America’s military veterans

​​The experiences of post-9/11 veterans differ from

those who served in previous eras. Post-9/11

veterans more likely to have been deployed,

seen combat, experienced emotional trauma

How Do You Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits?
Information on social security disability benefits

Website Monitoring Tool
Marijuana Accessories

An IMO by an expert  often makes the difference!

How To File a VA Disability Appeal
You have the right to appeal any benefits decision made by the Veterans Benefits Administration. The VA appeals process is set in law and is different from other judicial appeals processes. Find out how to file an appeal.

Be a  VA  Volunteer.

I did that for years & it's

the best thing ever. Get 

into the belly of the beast.

VA  loves  volunteers!

Do You Need

Medical Care

RIGHT NOW?
​You are already authorized

to use an urgent

care clinic!

Dr. David Anaise

Physician - Surgeon - Veteran

Veterans Law Attorney

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38 CFR Book C 

Schedule for Rating Disabilities

Hello Jim...

Can you help me with....

​Family Medical Leave Act problems after husband's deployment

Vet being harassed at work

VA doctor malpractice

Child support arrears create hardship

68 year old veteran with cancer

When did the Vietnam era start

Radiation treatment for prostate cancer and now C& P exam

Diabetes claim secondary to OSA

Revisiting child support order

Gulf War veteran behavior found to be willful misconduct

​All these and many more answers to your questions can be found at 

Jim's Mailbag

How Divorce, Alimony, and Child Support

Affect Veterans' VA Benefits
VA benefits can be garnished only for spousal

or child support, and only under certain conditions.

Florida Veterans

Medical Marijuana Card
Tell the doctor you saw it on VAWatchdog

and ask about veterans discounts!​

VA Releases Survivors Quick Start Guide
Reference guide to help during final

arrangements planning

What You Should Know about Disability and Debt

There Are Protections...When it comes to debt collection, disability income enjoys special status.

VA launches online patient portal for veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

announced the launch of an online patient portal

this month that will provide service veterans

with digital access to their patient statements.

The NPRC
Military Records DD 214

Jim's Mailbag

Your 2020 Guide to Social Security Benefits
Whether you’re claiming Social Security in 2020, have been collecting benefits for years, or are still decades away, here’s what you need to know about this critically important retirement program.

Download VA benefit letters
To receive some benefits, Veterans need a letter

proving their status. 

Where should we retire?

We get $2,470 a month from Social Security

and want a warm, friendly city near the ocean.

Welcome to the KnowVA Knowledge Base

Locate information more quickly and efficiently

How to file a VA disability claim
Find out how to file a claim for disability compensation

or increased disability compensation.

Has VA medical care caused you an injury or other harm?

You can sue the VA for medical malpractice but it's a complex process and you'll want lawyers who have

done this successfully in the past. There are strict time limits and draconian regulations to follow. 

​Get some advice today...call now!

For Better Brain Health, Preserve Your Hearing
Hearing loss is the largest modifiable risk factor for developing dementia, exceeding that of smoking, high blood pressure, lack of exercise and social isolation.

Traveling?

​How to ensure seamless care while traveling

Veteran Disability Claims 

Nexus and IMO Letters

Social Security Scammers Are Trying a New Trick
These criminals have added fake emailed documents to their repertoires -- often using the official SSA letterhead.

Misuse of Certain Nonopioid Analgesics on the Rise
Gabapentin, Baclofen May Be Seen

as Opioid Alternatives