​​

Where Do I Submit ALL Paperwork?

(Either of these centers will

work if you're unsure)


The VA Claims Intake Center

Western Region

Department of Veterans Affairs

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


The VA Claims Intake Center

Eastern Region
Department of Veterans Affairs

PO Box 5235
Newnan, GA   30271-0020
Toll Free FAX Newnan – 844-531-7818





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Forms​​


VA Form 21-0966 - Intent To File A Claim


VA Form 21-526EZ -  File A Claim

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


VA Form 21-0958 - NOD

​Notice of Disagreement

The first step to appeal


VA Form 21-534 EZ

Application for DIC, Death Pension


Change of Address


TDIU Annual - VA Form 4140


VA form 21-686c

Declaration of Status of Dependents



George F. Woodruff

Soldier – Sailor – Author – Patriot

As a solid member of “The Greatest Generation”, George has served in two wars in two different

branches of the service; U. S. Navy in World

War II and U.S. Army in the Korean War.​ 

In May 2014, George became a resident

of the Trinka Davis Veteran’s Community

Center in Carrollton GA. This book tells of

his journey through this amazing VA

facility and will remain here until….

Just Before Taps



And VA wants more money?

Take two minutes and look at this clip by Rep. Miller.  VA does not have a

resourcing or funding problem; it has significant management and

prioritization issues.  We do not give alcoholics more booze,

we should treat the VA similarly.  /S/ Drew
 Drew Early, Esq.



VA Secretary promises modernization of VA health system

​While visiting the Jackson VA Friday, VA Secretary Robert McDonald said

big steps are being taken to modernize the VA and improve

its health care to the nation’s nearly 22 million veterans.











​​​VA secretary: 'absolute confidence' in

embattled regional administrator



Jim's Mailbag


Hello Jim;
I just received a letter from Little Rock VA Regional.  The letter states that I

must verify dependents on the provided form.  Okay, fine.  I'll do it.
Here is the alarming part: The letter states that should I fail to respond within

60 days, my benefit payment will be reduced by the amount I am receiving for my dependent(s.) 
Exsqueeze me? Direct mailings such as this letter are statistically

shown to generate A PERCENTAGE of responses in any situation, VA or not.
VA, therefore, has required that ALL veterans receiving this letter MUST

reply or lose dependent benefit payments.  VA knows that any such mailing

will NOT receive a 100% response.  VA will reduce costs by arbitrarily

eliminating those disabled veterans who do not respond as demanded,

regardless of whether or not the veterans are eligible.
It is interesting to me that my wife's active use of CHAMP/VA services

should indicate that she is alive and kicking, that this information is known by

VA, but VA demands 'information' already available to VA, and if VA does

not receive it specifically from me, VA will reduce payments.
VA seems to have dealt itself four aces and now demands that all veterans

receiving the letter show a straight flush or fold. Note: I do not know if it's related,

but even though I am 100% permanent and total as of 2004, I am also 

one of the 5,000 veterans with 4 appeals older than 10 years.  My recent

C&P exam re these appeals at Little Rock VARO was interesting in that

they examined me for AO exposure and ignored my statement that I had AO

sprayed directly on my mine sweeper on the Qua Viet River.  Instead, they concentrated

on 'exposure' on Guam, then sent me a denial of the claim based on the fact

that DOD says there was no AO on Guam.  I was unaware of the

bait-and-switch during the exam - I simply assumed that new evidence

must have come to light about Anderson AFB/B52 AO runs.   

You might want to put out a warning to veterans - if you get

the demand for verification of dependents, make sure you send it in!
WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT?


Reply:

I just got one myself. I was surprised when a nice fellow from the Atlanta VARO

called me to ask if I'd ever received such a form? We
chatted for a few minutes and sure enough, maybe a week later the form
showed up. I still need to get that faxed to them.
Yeah, I agree that this will cause some veterans some problems.
Unfortunately, VA has every right to do this and they're actually
required to verify status every now and then. The number of veterans
inconvenienced by this may actually be fewer than the number who
haven't reported changes in dependents.

Keeping up with VA requirements is our responsibility. If we aren't paying

attention to the mail we receive, we may lose benefits. It's really just that simple.


​/S/ Jim



US veteran’s children taken away over his use of medical marijuana
Tensions running high between courts, family attorneys and child 

protective services, who are unsure where lines

are drawn in a world of legalized cannabis


Getting Your Claim Processed Favorably

and Quickly: Some Helpful Hints

Simple Truth #1: Make your claim easy to approve

Simple Truth #2: Tell VA where to find evidence

Simple Truth #3: Often, you can obtain evidence easier than VA


A Drug to Cure Fear

​We urgently need more effective treatments for anxiety disorders.



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Have you received a letter from VA with an 

IRS Form 1095-B, “Health Coverage” ?


You, VA and the Internal Revenue Service

The Affordable Care Act requires most U.S.

taxpayers to declare they have minimum

essential health coverage on their federal tax form.   

In December, VA will begin a mailed letter

effort to notify all enrollees and beneficiaries

of their VA health care coverage

period in 2015.  Included with the letter will

be IRS Form 1095-B, “Health Coverage”,

detailing VA health care coverage in 2015. 

Veterans and beneficiaries should

use this form to complete

the 2015 income tax forms.  The law also

requires VA to provide this information

to the Internal Revenue Service. 

Mailings are expected

to be completed by the end of January 2016.


For more information about this new

requirement, visit www.healthcare.gov



Here's how to replace military

service records and awards

Army veterans and retirees who served on

active duty or in the reserves and their

family members are eligible to receive a variety of service-related documents for free.

It's just a matter of knowing how.



​Montana vet’s three-year battle with VA ends in victory

​After battling a Missoula veteran’s disability rating for a traumatic brain

injury for more than three years, the VA has finally blinked.


More cooking the books at a VA clinic

The VA inspector general has issued a scathing report accusing a

Colorado VA clinic of manufacturing wait time data and

delaying treatment for hundreds of veterans.


Key VA program a 'systemic failure'

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Ill.) wants to know how the Department of Veterans

Affairs (VA) will fix a key health program, calling its implementation a "systemic failure." 


Former Albany VA director wins appeal, but won’t be back

She will not, however, be allowed to return to the Albany VA or be placed at any

other VA facility in a position charged with overseeing patient care,

according to a statement from VA Deputy Secretary Sloan Gibson.


Former VA Scientist Responds to

Lawmaker's Suspicions over Drug Sale

Today, skeptical lawmakers question whether Schinazi got rich using

VA resources and funding. He sold Pharmasset, and with it

the drug, to Gilead in 2011 for $11 billion.



Afghanistan, Iraq vets dump on Donald Trump after IED talk in Iowa

​"If a bomb goes off, our wounded warriors, instead of losing their legs,

their arms, worse, they're okay," Trump told the crowd.

"They go for a little ride upward, and they come down. "



Congress outraged over hepatitis C treatment VA can't afford

​Congress is looking into why veterans are being denied

a cure for a deadly form of hepatitis.



Appeals judges reverse punishment for senior VA execs

Veterans Affairs officials' attempt to punish a pair of high-ranking executives over

mismanagement issues has been knocked down by appeals judges who ruled

the department’s other disciplinary moves have been

too inconsistent to justify punishing those two.



VA forces 90-year-old chaplain from home
Veterans Administration pulls contract with facility caring for Don Baker


'Blatant dishonesty and corruption:'

Care delays at Colorado Springs VA clinic spur outrage


VA demands proof World War II combat vet with

Purple Heart served in military

“I get this letter that says we can’t accept it because we’ve got no record of you

being in the service,” he told the station. “I guess I’m the unknown soldier.”
He was wounded in a foxhole in the Philippines in 1944.


VA Inspector General’s report faults

operations at Buffalo VA clinic

​The Office of Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Veterans

Affairs just finished a report citing deficiencies at a psychiatric

outpatient clinic operated by the Buffalo VA Medical Center.


Hampton VA nurse convicted of sexually

assaulting patient previously raped

A former nurse at the Hampton VA Medical Center was convicted Friday on

charges of aggravated sexual assault and

making a false statement to a federal agent.


Federal auditors fault VA psychiatric clinic in Buffalo
Wait times, sanitation, needles draw criticism


VA Chief Of Opiate Safety Charged In Drug Deaths Of Three

A Department of Veterans Affairs hospital hired a doctor as its chief of

opiate safety shortly after his privileges were suspended in

another state, when 35 patients died of drug issues in his care.



The Veterans

Appeals Experience


The System is Broken 


400,000

Veterans have appeals pending


80,000

Veterans have appeals older than 5 years 


5,000

Veterans have appeals older than 10 years 


5 years

will be spent resolving a typical appeal 


There is no end in sight.


Veterans Law Library

​A Comprehensive Collection of Materials

Relating to the Veterans Benefits

Adjudication Process


U.S. Medicine

a monthly publication that serves healthcare professionals working in the Department

of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense

and U.S. Public Health Service.


Veterans Benefits Administration

Fact Sheets


Benefits.gov

Answer questions to find out which

benefits you may be able to receive


Above are the executives who control the Department of Veterans Affairs,

the Veterans Health Administration, the Veterans Benefits

Administration and your VA benefits and your health care.



Dr. Brett Valette provides Military Veterans with psychological

Independent Medical Evaluation, Independent Medical Opinions,

Nexus Letters and Ratings Reviews. For more information visit www.VeteransPsychEvaluations.com



Presidential Memorial Certificates

A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is a

gold-embossed paper certificate bearing the

official signature of the current President of

the United States and honors the memory

of deceased, honorably discharged Veterans.


Veteran & Dependent Burial

in VA National Cemeteries

The National Cemetery Administration honors

Veterans and their families with final resting

places and lasting memorials that

commemorate their service to our nation.