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What is the "nexus" and why is it important? 

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

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The VA is similar, but the system is worse.

What is RAMP?

Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017

​Rapid Appeals Modernization Program (RAMP)


​Are you ready?

Hey Jim, A shout-out to remind you that effective February 19, 2019, there will only be one VA appeals system.  What does this mean?  I suggest that if you have an appealable issue and have yet to file an appeal, to do so IMMEDIATELY.
I am working very hard to get as many appeals filed under the wire, so we can still get appeals filed under the legacy system.  I am doing that as the new system removes certain rights from veterans that otherwise might be available to veterans or family members under the existing appeals system, particularly as it comes to getting new evidence before the VA for consideration.

/s/ Drew Early Veterans Law Attorney

Death and valor on a warship doomed by its own Navy.

Veterans and Addiction
Alcohol & drug abuse are higher among active duty service members and veterans.

Many suffer from underlying post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

How to Apply for Veterans Disability Benefits
Here's what you need to know about applying for veterans disability benefits and fast-tracking your claim.

Financial Coaching Gives Him a Path Out of Student Loan Debt

His Social Security disability benefits were again garnished, leaving him with little​

Undocumented Immigrants and Social Security

 Separating Fact From Fiction

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Free training, tools to help you grow your skills, career, or business.

VA Health Care
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* Community-based outpatient treatment services
* Vet Center support, including individual and whole-family services, for post-traumatic stress disorder, military sexual trauma, depression, readjustment, and substance use disorders

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

Office of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs
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Orlando VA's long waits for colonoscopies potentially endangered vets' health, investigation finds

As many as 450 veterans at the Orlando VA Medical Center faced long wait times for endoscopy procedures, including colonoscopies, and the center failed to refer them to community providers

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. 

Mission ‘Accomplished’?

Trump Boasts of Being Boon for Military

What You Should Know about Disability and Debt

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

Who you think you're messaging and who you're actually messaging...

ADLs are terms used to describe your disability​

Use the same language that VA uses to increase your chance of success!

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needs family law representation, Losing a kidney, Sexual assault in a DOD school, Marijuana, How to find a

lawyer, What kinds of questions can the VA examiner ask, Erroneous hair drug test, VA can't take compensation

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

'He lost his purpose'

Purple Heart recipient headed to Iowa prison after wartime brain injuries

A Tennessee clinic swindled the military out of $65M

This is how it got caught. The scheme revolved around tubes of pain cream that cost taxpayers $14,500 each.

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Rules and Regulations


38 CFR Part 17 Confidentiality of Certain Medical Records Under the MISSION Act

Hey Jim, What's a Personal Injury Claim?

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More Choices for Veterans Limited by Slow Payments
Relaxing the rules won’t help veterans if the slow payment problem isn’t corrected.

This Highly Popular Social Security Proposal Is Back and It May Pass the House
With more than 200 co-sponsors, the third time could be the charm for this Social Security reform bill.

More Than 800,000 Waiting for Social Security Disability Hearings, Wait Times Are Declining But Still Average 18 Months
Allsup reports 50-state ranking of pending disability hearings and importance of a disability representative for the Social Security disability appeals process

Bash Bulletin     Prostate cancer reduction   

Vietnam veteran?  High blood pressure?

You should file a claim 

The Academies of Sciences

House Democrats, Newly Empowered, Turn Their Investigations on Veterans Affairs

​​The new Democratic leadership of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee said Friday that it would investigate the influence exerted by three members of President Trump’s Florida beach club on the Department of Veterans Affairs.


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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.

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

Presumptive benefits to blue-water navy veterans are a major win

​The heroes of this story involve a cast of unlikely characters: lawyers. ​

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Criminal Law

This Is Why Many Veterans Aren’t Getting The Care They Need

There are too few doctors and nurses to treat them in rural and high-cost urban areas.

Trump boasted about jobs for disabled people.

But his policies have set us back.


Does VA conduct random drug screens?

Can they do that? Is there a policy?


Military Records DD 214

Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs)
Official Personnel Folders (OPF)

Selective Service Records

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Number of veterans seeking private-sector health care expected to jump. Is VA ready?

Veteran service organizations and congressional committees with oversight responsibilities for the Department of Veterans Affairs contend that the barebones details released last week raise many more questions than they answer.

House VA committee to probe Trump-connected individuals' influence over VA

Three men "ostensibly used their wealth and connections to President Trump and his family to make decisions" for the VA, according to Rep. Mark Takano.

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