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for required forms!


The Forms

Beginning 2015 everything has its form!


VA Form 21-0958

Notice of Disagreement (NOD)


​VA Form 21-534EZ

Application for DIC, Death Pension, 

and/or Accrued Benefits


VA Form 21-526EZ

Disability Service Connection

Secondary Service Connection • Increased Disability 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


Proposed VA Form 21-0966

Intent To File a Claim For Compensation, Pension, Survivors Pension, Or Other Benefits

The 21-0966 can't be used until

03/24/2015


Change of Address


The VA Claims Intake Centers
These are the places you'll mail

or fax forms and evidence to:


Western Region

Department of Veterans Affairs

PO Box 5235
Janesville, WI  53547-5235
Toll Free FAX Janesville – 844-822-5246


Eastern Region
Department of Veterans Affairs

PO Box 5235
Newnan, GA   30271-0020
Toll Free Fax Newnan – 844-531-7817


File Your Claim On-Line

eBenefits


Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQ's) 

List By DBQ Form Name

​​DBQ Provider Instructions

DBQ FAQs


VA Form 4140


VA form 21-686c

"Declaration of Status of Dependents"



Johnson rips VA inspector for Tomah stonewalling

Sen. Ron Johnson says the chief watchdog overseeing veterans' health care is stonewalling

his attempts to investigate over-prescription of opiates at the Tomah Veterans Affairs Medical Center.


Why Do VA Hospitals Exist?

The Veterans Health Administration is the #1 training facility in America ​for medical schools

and young doctors-in-training. Veterans Hospitals provide a captive audience of warm bodies

for students to use in their training. Since you aren't allowed to sue a VA doctor

when a mistake is made, it all works out to the advantage of the VA.



​Vets not impressed with VA reforms

​A group of lawmakers and policy activists called for an overhaul of the way the

Department of Veterans Affairs delivers healthcare Thursday, arguing the VA

should let veterans decide whether to get health care from the private sector.


​Veteran wants to use outside care when VA can't help

​I do appreciate the care and acknowledge I would probably be dead if it were not for

the VA currently — as I don’t see how anyone could afford the $700-plus monthly

co-pay my medication has on Medicare, or most private insurance. I still would like the

choice to utilize outside care when the VA cannot get to me in a reasonable time frame.


McDonald Tells Congress VA Will Not Completely Privatize Health Care

Veterans Affairs Department Secretary Bob McDonald told lawmakers on Thursday he has no plans to grow the agency's payroll or bureaucracy, or to completely privatize VA health care.


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The New Claims Intake Centers (CICs)

Your VA regional office (VARO) is no longer the place to send your claims!


If you are western region, mail claims to;

Department of Veterans Affairs Claims Intake Center

PO Box 5235 Janesville, WI   53547-5235

Better yet, fax it toll free to;
FAX Janesville – 844-822-5246


If you are eastern region, mail claims to;

Department of Veterans Affairs Claims Intake Center

PO Box 5235 Newnan, GA   30271-0020
Even better,

Fax Newnan – 844-531-7817


If you mail claims or evidence, use certified mail only!


For the best service, use the eBenefits site.


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VA employee reforms, good or not, could be road map for other agencies

​Miller said he hopes his colleagues use his legislation “as a template to look

into other agencies within the federal government.”


Criticism of senator's war record rankles veterans

"This kind of stuff has been going on for generations," said Phil Carter, director of veterans

programs at the Center for a New American Security. "We've seen conversations about

peacetime service as opposed to wartime service. We've seen veterans

from different wars trade stories about who had it tougher.


A Disease Doctors Refuse to See
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Needs Effective Treatments


VA's 2016 IT budget focuses on health care delivery, veterans
More than half of the proposed 2016 IT budget for the Department of Veterans Affairs will go toward delivering better outcomes for vets.


WILL FIXING VA.GOV BE DIGITAL TEAM'S FIRST PRIORITY?

The Department of Veterans Affairs is one of the first federal agencies to have its own

in-house digital service squad. But the small team of coders and designers clearly has more work to do: The agency's main website placed dead last in a recent survey of federal websites. 
VA’s score of 56 out of 100 points indicates website visitors were dissatisfied with its

services, and the site has “much room for improvement,” 



Blue Water? Heads Up!

​​​Many Blue Water VN Navy vets are left in a quandary when it comes to claims. 

They aren't afforded the Agent Orange presumptions under 38 CFR 3.309 unless

they can show "boots on the ground" or duty aboard as part of the "Brown Water"

Navy.  So, they are left with claims based on direct service connection, not presumptive.
               However, 38 CFR 3.313 does afford them one presumptive claim.  Look at the

CFR and it provides for non-Hodgkins lymphoma, to include service in

waters off-shore.  That can make for a very simple and

straightforward claim and is often overlooked by VA.

Drew Early
Veterans Law Attorney



Northland veteran's fight for VA benefits heads to Washington, D.C.

He proudly served in the army guard in the 1980s.


VA Secretary Caught Making Big False Claim About His Military Service

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald falsely claimed he served in special operations forces during an exchange with a homeless military veteran that was caught on video earlier this year. McDonald’s spent most of his five-year military career with the 82nd Airborne Division, the Huffington Post reported on Monday.

VA Secretary Robert McDonald has done what many think is unforgivable. Some are

calling it "Stolen Valor" and they aren't at all happy about it.

I asked some Facebook veteran friends for their opinions.

I've posted a few of those opinions here.


Probe finds more scheduling issues at Phoenix VA center

An internal Veterans Affairs investigation identified widespread deficiencies within the radiology department at the Phoenix VA hospital, according to a report issued Thursday.


Radiology Scheduling Issues Phoenix VA Health Care System 

​The VA Office of Inspector General Office of Healthcare Inspections conducted a review to

assess the merit of allegations made by an anonymous complainant regarding

appointment scheduling, staffing, and other administrative issues in the

Radiology Department of the Phoenix VA Health Care System (facility). 


La. VA complains about payments

Louisiana veterans are running up debt because a federal agency isn’t paying

their medical bills on time, according to the chief of the state’s veterans agency.
Federal law authorizes the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to provide health

coverage for eligible military veterans when they are “financially liable” for emergency medical services provided at a local non-VA hospital or ambulance company.
But the VA division Congress recently put in charge of getting the bills paid isn’t doing its job,

said David LaCerte, secretary of the state Department of Veterans Affairs.


Union website blocked by VA’s internet system

​The day after the union representing workers at the Department of Veterans Affairs

St. Petersburg Regional Office used its website to announce plans for a

protest against management, the VA’s internet system blocked access to the site.


VA seeks budget help to beat back backlog of disability claims appeals

​While VA has made a fair amount of progress dealing with its claims backlog, the appeals

backlog has grown over the past year. It stands today at more than 285,000 and it

takes on average more than 1,000 days to settle an appeals case.


Families, leaders angered by revelations in ex-VA director's appeal case

The Department of Veterans Affairs had hoped to mollify members of Congress and the

families of victims of the Legionnaires’ outbreak at the Veterans Affairs

Pittsburgh Healthcare System when it fired former director Terry Wolf last year.

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Data Manipulation at the VA Regional Office Little Rock, Arkansas 

We substantiated the allegation that Little Rock VARO staff adjusted dates of claims for

unadjudicated claims discovered in the files; however, staff did so in compliance with

VBA Fast Letter guidance in effect at that time. We reviewed documentation on 48

unadjudicated claims that VARO staff located in claims folders from May 22, 2013,

through June 20, 2014. Staff adjusted the dates of claim for all 48 cases we reviewed, resulting in the claims having more current dates than the dates they were initially received within VA. 


Sarah Palin’s inaccurate claim about suicides of veterans of the ‘war on terror’

​Palin took the stage at the Conservative Political Action Conference to a standing ovation and

delivered an impassioned speech about taking care of veterans. She described the

challenges veterans have in getting access to quality health care, obtaining jobs after returning from deployment and other issues — including this statistic about veteran suicide rates.


Veterans and their families warned about pension fraud

​Attorney General Kathleen G. Kane and Acting Adjutant General James R. Joseph today warned Pennsylvania veterans and their families to be aware of schemes aimed at selling veterans financial products they don’t need or charging them for services which are otherwise free.