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Section B - Notice of
The document above is significant. VA typically discounts Parkinsonism or
Parkinsons-like conditions as it relates to Agent Orange; this new study
(although dated as of 2014, but actually released as a final study 2 months ago),
finds “NO RATIONAL BASIS for excluding Parkinsons-like symptoms
from the service-connected category denoted as Parkinson’s.”
Those are pretty strong words to find in a NAS report.
I suggest veterans suffering from Parkinson’s-related conditions
strongly consider making an application for benefits
if they have not already done so or were previously unsuccessful.
Your VA Claim
If you haven't figured it out by now,
it's time to realize you're involved in a giant paper shuffle
and this IS NOT a spectator sport.
Put down your gun
and pick up your keyboard.
The battlefield has changed.
The results illustrate that Veterans Affairs completed only 66 percent of
medical claims in 30 days or less, which is the agency's
required time frame for processing billing.
of Colorado veteran who died
A well-known veteran in Grand Junction received inadequate treatment
at the local Department of Veterans Affairs hospital before he
died, the agency's inspector general found.
Despite $10B 'Fix,' Veterans Are Waiting
Even Longer To See Doctors
Many veterans are still waiting to see a doctor.
Two years ago, vets were waiting a long time for care at Veterans Affairs clinics
across the country. At one facility in Phoenix, for example, veterans waited an
average of 115 days for an appointment. Adding insult to injury, some VA schedulers
were told to falsify data to make it look like the waits weren't that bad.
An active, young veteran seemingly healthy lost his life after a week of getting
diagnosed with a fatal disease. Now the decorated veteran’s mother is
upset not just by his sudden death, but the treatment a
Yuma VA Clinic she says neglected to provide.
VHA Pain Management
Opioid Safety Initiative (OSI)
The VHA recognizes the clinical challenges to successfully managing pain
and prescribing safely for our Veterans while implementing the Opioid
Safety Initiative (OSI) Directive and the Informed Consent Directive.
After her husband was killed by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan in 2012,
Heather Gray never imagined that the biggest obstacle to falling
in love again would be financial penalties from the government.
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
On Monday, I made some remarks on how we’re working to improve
Veterans' satisfaction with the care they receive from VA. It was never my intention
to suggest that I don't take our mission of serving Veterans very seriously.
In fact, improving access to care is my number one priority
and the priority I have set for the entire department.
The House of Representatives has passed several bills that would impact
veterans and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
These bills will now be sent to the Senate for consideration.
Sen. Roy Blunt on Tuesday called for the resignation of Veterans
Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald after McDonald
compared wait lines at VA hospitals with those at Disney theme parks.
Blunt said McDonald’s “preposterous statement is right out of Never Never Land.”
Were you improperly denied
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Disability Service Connection
Secondary Service Connection-Increased
Total Disability Rating -
Individual Unemployability -
Compensation under 38 U.S.C. 1151 -
Special Monthly Compensation -
Specially Adapted Housing/Special
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Allowance/Adaptive Equipment -
Benefits Based on a Veteran's
Seriously Disabled Child
Notice of Disagreement
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Application for DIC, Death Pension
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Federal Tort Claims
Title 38 U.S.C. 1151
David Anaise MD, JD
Above are the executives who control the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Veterans Health Administration, the Veterans Benefits Administration, your VA benefits and your health care.
More VA shenanigans (above) — bad enough Janesville is up to like 12
different PO boxes, now BVA is jumping in with their own
PO Box drill for appeals–related correspondence.
HTH can some beat up old retired vet or widowed spouse who doesn’t
read the Federal Register in the 1st place keep up with where
to send what? No, it “increases the efficiency of mail processing….”
Oh really? Is that why the Christmas cards I sent the local
Appeals Coaches and DROs at VARO Atlanta actually got to
them in March? Yes, true story. Grr, I’m getting grumpy again.
for treatment related to disability
For Army veteran Anna Harper a mix up on the VA's part nearly
cost her her good credit. Getting the VA to pay takes a year.
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald has received brutal criticism
from both ends of the political spectrum after he compared the wait
times at VA hospitals to wait times for rides at Disneyland.
A Disney Theme Parks spokesperson responded by phone to deny this claim:
“We take wait times very seriously. We continually push the boundaries to give
our guests the best experience possible. A large team of highly trained
industrial engineers are tasked with improving our guest’s experiences,
from transportation, to guest flow, to ride comfort and certainly wait times.
After Disney’s reaction, it seems the VA will continue
to remain the least happy place on earth.
AS President Obama visits Vietnam, we are struck by the fact that most
citizens of both countries have no living memory of a conflict that claimed
the lives of more than 58,000 Americans and upward of a million Vietnamese.
The BASH Bulletin
The Appeals Process
The Veterans Medical Advisor
The VA secretary recently sent this to me for all veterans if their claims
were denied: When a claim is denied and the veteran disagrees
with that denial, there are the following options:
* The veteran may appeal. To start the appeal process, the veteran must
complete and submit VA Form 21-0958, Notice of Disagreement.
Submit via fax to VA's Evidence Intake Center at the
Toll Free Fax: 844-822-5246
* or mail to Evidence Intake Center at –
Department of Veterans Affairs Claims Intake Center
PO Box 5235 Janesville, WI 53547-5235
* The veteran may request reconsideration of the claim.
Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation
Benefits, via faxing or mailing to the Evidence Intake Center as
described above. As needed, include a statement to describe,
for example, what evidence you believe was missed or
misinterpreted, or to describe the clear & unmistakable error you believe VA made.
* The veteran may submit a new claim. File online at eBenefits,
or complete and submit VA Form 21-526EZ, Application for
via faxing or mailing to the Evidence Intake Center as described above.
(If you mail, use Certified Mail.)
* FYI remember VA has a new policy of “No Form No Benefit” (NFNB)
so please do your forms as carefully as possible and use an
administrative accredited agent and use an experienced physician
for SMC & DBQ forms for a maximally correct VA medical diagnostic code...and rating!
/S/ Craig Bash M.D. Associate Professor
Cell Phone 240-506-1556
What The New York Times Gets Wrong About PTSD
Occurrences are also much more likely in those who survive non-combat
traumas, which include sexual assault (30–80 percent of survivors develop
PTSD), nonsexual assault (23–39 percent develop it), disasters
(30–40 percent) and car crashes (25–33 percent), among
other causes. Veterans of the wars in Afghanistan and
Iraq have just a 20 percent occurrence of PTSD.
Veterans are still suffering from the illnesses caused by the toxic herbicide
used during the Vietnam War. They want to know why the VA doesn’t offer more help.
It was a perfect opportunity to hold the presumptive GOP nominee’s
feet to the fire for his broken promise to raise $6 million for vets.
But this was no spontaneous protest.
In the United States, nearly 30,000 deaths a year can be attributed to the
abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers. Opioids like OxyContin, Vicodin,
Percocet and Methadone. This epidemic in part was due to the surge in
prescriptions being written over the last two decades.
However, a new analysis reveals that for each of the last three
years, prescriptions are being written for opioids decline.
On Saturday, President Obama will set out on a trip to Vietnam.
On the same day, a funeral will be held in Quang Tri
province for a man named Ngo Thien Khiet.
Earlier this month, following Mr. Ingram’s death and allegations of neglect
and misconduct by the Wilmington VA Medical Center, Sens. Booker
and Menendez and Rep. LoBiondo called for suspending
the Wilmington VA’s oversight of South Jersey CBOCs.
Republicans on a congressional subcommittee on Friday excoriated
the Veterans Administration's prescribing patterns and
oversight of controlled substances during a hearing in Denver.
This year, honor those brave men and women by exploring the country’s national parks,
many of which are home to preserved historic sites, monuments, and
memorials dedicated to celebrating our military history.
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I do military themes, sports logos, business logos,
Bible boxes, occasional canes and much more.
These make great gifts!
I ordered the Big Red One you see above
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