§4.17  Total disability ratings for pension based on unemployability and age of the individual.
             All veterans who are basically eligible and who are unable to secure and follow a substantially gainful occupation by reason of disabilities which are likely to be permanent shall be rated as permanently and totally disabled. 

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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.

If Jim hasn't already addressed the questions you have, you can submit your own question. 

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Increase in Maximum Tuition and Fee Amounts Payable Under the Post-9/11 GI Bill

This notice is to inform the public of the increase in the Post-9/11 GI Bill maximum tuition and fee amounts payable...

Does VA conduct random drug screens?

Can they do that? Is there a policy?

Understanding VA’s New Process for Verifying Individual Unemployability

​​The VA recently began sending out letters to veterans in receipt of a total disability rating (100 percent) based on individual unemployability (IU) that detail the department's new process for verification of employment status. The letters include some confusing language that the VA is working to clear up.


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Dallas, Texas

The Benefits Navigator will list benefits you may be eligible for

Veterans Benefits on Reddit

Do you know who your doctor is? 

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VA Reviews Veteran Mental Healthcare Access Amid Suicide Reports
The VA is addressing recent reports about veteran suicides by reviewing its veteran mental healthcare access and appointment protocols.

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. 

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Is the Trump Administration Seeking to Monitor Social Media Accounts of Disability Recipients?
The U.S. Social Security Administration proposed stepped-up evaluation of social media posts when investigating peoples' disability claims.

Vietnam veteran?  High blood pressure?

You should file a claim 

The Academies of Sciences

Back to Basic - How to File a Claim

Senators Propose Increasing VA EHR Modernization Oversight
Two senators are taking steps to increase oversight of VA’s Cerner EHR modernization effort by establishing a new committee.

My Claim Has Been Denied - Now What?

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Bankrupt vets can lose their disability benefits.

This new effort would protect them.

VA office in charge of protecting whistleblowers from retaliation is under investigation... for retaliating on whistleblowers

Florida Veterans...Get a free medical marijuana card !
Tell the doctor you saw it on VAWatchdog and ask about veterans discounts!​

Changes Coming to Military's Transition Assistance Program This Fall

Changes are coming to the Pentagon's program for transitioning troops, which is designed to boost veterans' chances for success, starting with requirements that must be completed more than a year before a service member plans to leave.​

Congressman seeks videos from veterans suffering from burn pit exposure

Testimony will be used to gain approval for a bill helping veterans who encountered the poisonous toxins.

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to pay child support and a whole lot of other topics of interest to active military, veterans and their families.

​Disability - When the initial decision finds no "nexus"
What is the "nexus" and why is it important? 

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Why not speak with both at the same time? 

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US Launches Clean-Up For Vietnam War-Era Agent Orange Site
US forces sprayed 80 million litres (21 million gallons) of Agent Orange over South Vietnam between 1962 and 1971 in a desperate bid to flush out Viet Cong communist guerrillas

Veterans angry over latest medical marijuana plan

The plan approved by the House Appropriations Committee would also grant veterans free, state-issued medical marijuana ID cards. This sweetener reportedly angered some veterans

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This is the only thing that works. 

​"If you are unable to pay the debt in full or clear the debt in a reasonable timeframe through monthly payments, we can consider a compromise offer.  A compromise means we can accept a lesser amount of money as full settlement of your debt."

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Fox News Hosts Bash Veterans For Taking Benefits From VA

Fox and Friends claims veterans use their military service as an excuse to mooch off of government benefits.

No, really.

How long should it take?

Comments by veterans law attorney Drew Early.

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An Idea for Student Loans: Get Rid of Them

It’s time to shut down the Bank of Uncle Stupid.​

VA to Roll Out Community Care Expansion Even If IT Systems Aren't Ready

​Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie on Wednesday told a skeptical House Committee that his agency is sticking with the June 6 rollout date for expanded private health care options, even if the IT systems aren't fully in place to handle the transition.

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​​What Is Substantial Gainful Activity (Work) to Social Security?
Substantial gainful activity is the level of work that a person without a disability can do.

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The Bash Bulletin: The new VA appeals process 

​The VA has started using the new 2019 claim process...here...
 Two places where new information can be added to the appeals stages occurs in the supplemental lane and at the BVA.


There is no substitute

for the veteran claimant who is involved and informed. Once you've learned how the system really works, filing correctly...getting it right the first time...isn't that hard to do. Educate yourself by reading what the experts have to say.

You have a right to file a claim for disability benefits whenever you believe that any diagnosed medical (physical or mental health) condition that was acquired or aggravated during your active service becomes disabling to any degree.

To file a claim is the only way to receive benefits. Talking to others on-line or anywhere else won't do it, you have to formally file a claim. Filing a claim isn't mysterious and it isn't as hard to do as many would have you believe. In fact, it's pretty simple. You download the form and print it out or you can do it on-line, whatever you're comfortable with.

You complete the form in language as simple and direct as you know how...you don't need to use legal terms or fancy medical talk, you just tell VA what you think happened in terms that are as simple as possible.

Then you mail that form in or submit it electronically and VA takes it from there. You do not need or particularly want a "representative" to file a claim. All that a "VA Rep" can do is what we just did...fill out the form and send it in. You can DIY and keep control of your claim.

In the final analysis too many vets waste time debating whether or not to file a claim and how to get it done. When you file the claim an effective date is set and that's the date that retro benefits are applied back to. If you waste 10 months talking about your claim rather than filing it, you may have wasted 10 months of monetary benefits while you chatted it up with others. If you were to eventually win a 100% rating, you may throw away as much as $30,000.00 plus because of your indecision.

File the claim today... we show you all the ways how here.

What You Should Know about Disability and Debt

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

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40 Stories From Women About Life in the Military​   

"Not Many Women Get to

Do What I Do"

How to Fight VA Debt
Military members know that when DoD gives

you too much money, it will come back for it.

The VA is similar, but the system is worse.


38 CFR Part 3 Active Service Pay

AGENCY: Department of Veterans Affairs.

ACTION: Proposed rule.

​ The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) proposes to amend its adjudication regulations. One amendment would permit VA to suspend disability compensation payments upon receipt of notice from the Department of Defense (DoD) that the veteran has received, is receiving, or will begin to receive active service pay. 

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It is our experience over the years that no matter how well you prepare your legitimate and well founded claim for VA benefits, your VA will find a way to FUBAR it. Once a claim has been denied, there isn't any other option than to formally appeal the denial. Oh sure, you can talk to others in chat rooms or consult with your new friends at the local VA clinic but until you file a Notice of Disagreement (NOD) VA isn't going to act on your issues. Some denials you may want to manage yourself; lowball ratings where it's obvious a specific document wasn't considered, for example. All other appeals should be managed by an accredited veterans law attorney. The appeals process has become so complex and lengthy that unless you're represented by a pro, your chances of prevailing over the long run get slimmer. We have much more about how to appeal here.

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