Julie L. Glover

Veterans Law Attorney

Dallas, Texas

Attorney Glover represents veterans

in all phases of the disability benefit process,

in tort claims against the VA,

and in estate and probate matters. 

Contact Julie Here.

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Agent Orange Act Was Supposed to Help Vietnam

Veterans — But Many Still Don’t Qualify
The 1991 law presumes veterans were

exposed to the defoliant if they have

certain diseases and “set foot” in Vietnam,

but Navy vets and Air Force vets in

Thailand say they were also exposed. Here’s our guide to groups seeking Agent Orange benefits. 


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Disability Benefits 

Questionnaires (DBQ's) 

List By DBQ Form Name

​​DBQ Provider Instructions

DBQ FAQs


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File ALL Claims Here

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

(Either of these centers will work if you're unsure)

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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How Trauma Shapes The World We Know

Soldiers with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) — a trauma-induced condition in which individuals experience heightened emotional arousal and

anxiety — see a world full of threat.



​Veterans Mental Health Evaluations







I’m Dr. Brett Valette, a clinical psychologist

and I’ve specialized in PTSD and

trauma evaluations for over 15 years.

If it’s a combat trauma, or if you were

non-combat but experienced traumatic

events, or if you were a victim of

military sexual trauma, I want to help you

​Contact Dr. Valette Here



Veteran & Dependent Burial in VA National Cemeteries

Burial benefits include a gravesite in any of our open cemeteries with available space,

opening and closing of the grave, perpetual care, a government headstone or marker,

a burial flag, and a Presidential Memorial Certificate, at no cost to the family. Some

Veterans may also be eligible for a burial allowance.


Veterans' Compensation for Service-Connected Disabilities​
The Veterans Administration (VA) provides eligible disabled Veterans with

VA Disability Compensation, a monthly tax-free payment whose

amount will depend on the degree of the Veteran's disability. In order to qualify

for this benefit program, you must have a service-connected

disability resulting from injury or disease that was

incurred in or aggravated by your active military service.

Presidential Memorial Certificates

A Presidential Memorial Certificate (PMC) is a gold-embossed paper certificate

bearing the signature of the current President of the United States

and honors the memory of deceased, honorably discharged Veterans.


Health Care Benefits for Dependents (CHAMPVA)

The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs

(CHAMPVA) is a comprehensive health care benefits program in which the

Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) shares the cost of covered health care

services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries.


​Home Based Primary Care (HBPC)

​​Veterans Affairs (VA) Home Based Primary Care (HBPC) is a unique home care

program that provides comprehensive, interdisciplinary, primary care in the homes of Veterans









Dr. David Anaise is a physician

and a veterans law attorney.


Dr. Anaise can manage your appeal,

as well as provide an IMO or IME.

Why not let a doctor AND a lawyer manage your claim?

Contact Dr. Anaise today!



VETERANS’ DISABILITY BENEFITS

VA Can Better Ensure Unemployability

Decisions Are Well Supported



​10 Things to Know about the

Americans with Disabilities Act


Heart Failure Is Latest Serious

Health Condition Linked to PTSD

Serious health conditions linked to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) continue to mount.

Researchers recently uncovered a significant

link between the condition and the risk of

developing heart failure. PTSD already has been

associated with higher rates of

cardiovascular, nervous, digestive,

musculoskeletal and respiratory diseases.

Many of the studies, including this latest, also have

demonstrated higher risks with combat experience, even without the development of PTSD.



GAO: VA not consistent in

handing out unemployability benefits

The Veterans Affairs Department could be handing out individual unemployability benefits to vets who shouldn't be getting the money, says a July 2 Government Accountability Office report. In fiscal year 2013, the report says 330,000

veterans received individual unemployability benefits, which the VA provides to disabled veterans of any age who are unemployable because of service-connected disabilities.









​The BASH Bulletin

Dr. Craig Bash brings you timely

information about your medical

conditions and VA rules and regulations.
Be sure to check in often and

review the very latest from


The Veterans Medical Advisor.


Social Security Disability

Insurance Benefits

​The following information will lead you to the

next steps to apply for this benefit.

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With Prostate Cancer Diagnosed Younger,

Treatment Options Under Fierce Debate

​Since the mid-1980s, six times as many men under 55 now are receiving prostate cancer diagnoses, and the younger patients face considerably higher mortality rates.

With the stakes even greater, the debate continues on whether too much screening is being performed and how aggressively the cancer should be treated.


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PTSD may increase heart attack, stroke risk in women

​New research reveals that the effects of PTSD

can go beyond the mind -- and put women's

hearts and brains at risk. Post-traumatic stress

disorder can wreak havoc on a

person's ability to deal with small disturbances,

such as a loud noise or an upsetting story

in the news, and it can keep them from getting

good sleep. In addition to these problems,

and perhaps because of them, PTSD might

also increase women's risk of heart attack

and stroke, according to new research.



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.



Vietnam Veterans Are Declared

Eligible To Receive Long-Denied Benefits

It has taken more than 40 years, but Connecticut veteran Conley Monk has won his battle to have his military discharge

status upgraded and can now receive federal benefits.​

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Veterans Affairs publishes new

Agent Orange regulation

​The Department of Veterans Affairs recently

published a new regulation that expands benefits

eligibility for a select group of Air Force veterans

and Air Force reserve personnel who were

exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange

through regular and repeated contact

with contaminated C-123 aircraft used in

Vietnam as part of Operation Ranch Hand (ORH).



From the Desk of

Drew Early

Veterans Law Attorney







Read Drew's updates

and early warnings of

what's up in the

Department of Veterans Affairs



Veterans’ sleep disorders–PTSD connection

Improving veterans’ sleep (both quantity and quality) may reduce their risk of developing depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), according to afirst-of-its-kind study by the RAND Corporation.



​​Are You a Vietnam Veteran?

Help Us Investigate the Impact of Agent Orange

ProPublica and The Virginian-Pilot are exploring the ways children of Vietnam veterans may be affected by a parent's exposure to Agent Orange.


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​Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment

Services for Veterans with Disabilities

​Vocational Rehabilitation & Employment (VR&E) is an employment-oriented program that helps transitioning Servicemembers and Veterans with service-connected

disabilities and employment handicaps to prepare for, find, and keep suitable employment. Services may include employment assistance, short and long-term training, purchase of required supplies and equipment,

and on-the-job training.



Ask Gisela









Gisela Miller is an Accredited Agent for VA Claims & Appeals.

She's also the spouse of a disabled veteran.

Gisela met her husband in her native Germany while

he was ​stationed there during his deployments to the 

Gulf War. She returned to America with him, 

taught herself the English language and became an accomplished paralegal and an American citizen 

as she dueled with the VA to ensure her husband was awarded the benefits he earned. (He was.)

Once his benefits were secure, she embarked on

a year long journey to become a VA accredited

agent  and now represents veterans and their

families in the VA appeals process. Gisela

will be a frequent contributor to the

VAWatchdog and is available to answer your

questions about the VA claims and

appeals​ process now.

Contact Gisela here

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Veterans with PTSD at higher risk for sleep apnea

Researchers found that 69 percent of veterans

who were evaluated for self-reported PTSD

symptoms also were at high risk for sleep apnea.



Blue Water Claims Update
The Court of Appeals for Veteran Claims has made a landmark ruling that will help many Navy 
and Coast Guard vets who have been classified as Blue Water Sailors. The case was Gray vs 
McDonald and was decided on April 24, 2015. This will greatly benefit many Vietnam Navy 
veterans effected by Agent Orange.

​​Gray v McDonald 042315 RH_13-3339



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Donations to Illinois veterans charity mostly go to pay telemarketers

​ To address the profound and unmet needs of veterans, Americans last year

donated $1.4 million to a Rockford charity called VietNow National

Headquarters. But most of the money — about 85 percent — went to

for-profit phone solicitors, and most of the rest was spent on

VietNow's own administrative costs and a convention, public tax filings show


U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne blasts VA data showing a

reduction in claims backlog as 'self-serving propaganda'

"I don't believe a bit of it," Byrne said. "They play games on how they get rid of their

backlog. They will deal with a claim when, in essence, they just turned it down

and it will go into their appeals process, which by the way, is really backed up."
He added, "I don't buy a bit of it."
Byrne's comments come after media reports cited a VA official who said the

department cut its case backlog of claims older than 125 days

 from a record 611,000 disability claims in 2013 to under 100,000.



Required 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



The BASH Bulletin

Dr. Craig Bash (The Veterans Medical Advisor) 

opines about the Board of Veterans Appeals



Decline in troubleshooting reports a mystery for VA

​A GAO report about the way the Department of Veterans Affairs addresses adverse

medical events found the agency is reviewing fewer of those incidents, but officials

don’t know why. The report, released on Aug. 28, found the number of root cause

analyses, the process used to evaluate and correct an

adverse treatment event, had fallen 18 percent between 2010 and 2014.


Veterans receiving benefits, care faster

​The heads of the agencies that provide health care and disability benefits for

thousands of New Mexico veterans say they are making progress in reducing

wait times for medical appointments and speeding up decisions

on disability claims despite myriad challenges.

VA employees accused of shredding documents

We've learned there were a series of surprise inspections at the Atlanta VA Medical

Center and 9 other major VA hospitals across the country July 20th, after concerns about

staff improperly shredding documents. The VA Inspector General

found evidence that staff at a Los Angeles clinic was likely shredding patient records.


Report says VA way short of psychiatrists

​A new report based on a December study says that 94 of 140 healthcare facilities

needed more psychiatrists to meet demand. The report attributed the shortage to many

issues including the high cost of hiring qualified doctors, a large amount of time

existing doctors spent on duties other than treating patients,

and lack of a centralized hiring process and performance management system.



​Update: Basic Medical Benefits Package for Veterans

​All enrolled Veterans receive the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA's) comprehensive

Medical Benefits Package which includes preventive, primary and specialty care,

diagnostic, inpatient and outpatient care services. Veterans may receive

additional benefits, such as dental care depending on their unique qualifications.


Department of Veterans Affairs

Audit of Fiduciary Program Controls Addressing

Beneficiary Fund Misuse 

For the period January 1, 2013, through December 31, 2013, we identified

147 of 304 (48 percent) required misuse actions associated with the management

of 122 beneficiaries were not performed timely or according to policy.

VBA did not:

 Timely complete 117 of 265 (44 percent) required actions to determine if

misuse of funds occurred.

 Complete 30 of 39 (77 percent) required actions after misuse of funds

occurred, such as reissuing (restoring) misused funds, performing collection actions,

and completing internal negligence determinations.

 Remove two fiduciaries that misused funds and allowed them

to continue to manage 48 other beneficiaries.


ACCRUED BENEFITS AND SUBSTITUTION

Disabilities determined by VA to be related to your military service can lead to

monthly non-taxable compensation, enrollment in the VA health care system,

a 10-point hiring preference for federal employment and other important benefits.

Ask your VA representative or Veterans Service Organization representative

about Disability Compensation, Pension, Health Care, Caregiver Program,

Career Services, Educational Assistance, Home Loan Guaranty,

Insurance and/or Dependents and Survivors’ Benefits. 


DEPENDENTS AND SURVIVORS DEPENDENCY

AND INDEMNITY COMPENSATION (DIC)

What is Dependency and Indemnity Compensation?




VA Acknowledges Link Between Veteran's Illness, Marine Base Chemicals

​More than three decades after coming into contact with 100 barrels of a

mysterious substance on a Marine Corps base in Japan, a

Keene city councilor and state representative finally has some closure.


Ben Carson: ‘We Don’t Need A Department Of Veterans Affairs’

​Ben Carson stated that, “We don’t need a Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans Affairs should be folded in under the Department

of Defense” in order to reduce the size of the government.

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Hidden damage revealed in

veterans' brains from IED blasts

​A research team at Johns Hopkins University

says they have found a unique

honeycomb pattern of broken and swollen

nerve fibers in brains of Iraq and

Afghanistan combat veterans who

survived improvised explosive device

(IED) blasts, but later died of other causes.

In doing so, the team says they

may have found the signature of

"shell shock" - a problem

that has afflicted many soldiers

since World War One warfare.


What is the Veterans

Administration's Fiduciary Program?


VA Announces New Rules

Regarding Service Animals in VA Facilities

​Today the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA)

announced that it has revised its regulation

regarding the presence of animals on VA property.

The updated regulation will ensure VA practices

remain consistent with applicable federal law.

It will also assist individuals entering VA facilities

in developing a clear and consistent

understanding of the criteria

governing facility access for service animals.



Has your VA doctor declined to refill your narcotic prescriptions?

Don't blame the VA!

Patients say they can’t get medicine after

crackdown on illegal Rx drugs

“A hundred and twenty people a day die of drug abuse in this country,” Riley said. “If that doesn’t get your

attention, I don’t think anything can.”
Riley also says law enforcement efforts cannot be

blamed for any claim of rationing of painkillers.



VA Expands Review of Chemical Exposure in Drinking

Water at Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune

But as veterans law attorney Drew Early points out;

"I see this as only good

news for anyone at Camp Lejeune during the specified period

and meeting the on-station time requirement."


Above are the executives who control your VA benefits and your health care.

​Click on an image to learn more about them.


VA Processes for Responding to Adverse Events Lacking

​At a time when adverse events are increasing at the Department of Veterans

Affairs, the VA has decreased the number of root cause analyses designed to

identify and evaluate its systems or processes that might be causing

injury or death to patients, according to the Government Accountability office in a new audit.


Veterans Discharged For Misconduct Have Higher Risk Of Homelessness
Military discharge and subsequent transition to civilian living

has long been associated with homelessness and poor mental health.



MAKING THE CUT
Why choosing the right surgeon matters

even more than you know



Dr. Brett Valete provides Military Veterans with psychological

Independent Medical Evaluation, Independent Medical Opinions,

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



​VA ‘Aid & Attendance’ often misunderstood

​Many veterans and family members erroneously

assume the VA’s “Aid and Attendance” (A&A) benefit

is one that will provide actual home healthcare for a

veteran or a veteran’s spouse. In reality, A&A

is simply an additional monetary award

granted under various conditions.



ATF Works With FBI And VA To

Get Veterans’ Guns Taken Away
The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco,

Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is involved in a 
government effort to disarm America’s veterans

and seniors who may lack the capacity to manage their finances. And it’s not just veterans facing this

scrutiny: now it’s anybody who gets Social Security.

​While Americans Look The Other Way,

Obama Continues To Disarm Military Veterans

​When a veteran, as a result of a traumatic experience abroad, seeks disability benefits and/or counseling, the VA moves to appoint a guardian to manage that veteran’s financial affairs.

Read more about VA fiduciary appointments.

Obama pushes to extend gun

background checks to Social Security

eking tighter controls over firearm purchases, the Obama administration is pushing to ban Social Security beneficiaries from owning guns if they lack the mental capacity

to manage their own affairs, a move that could affect millions whose monthly disability payments are handled by others. 

The push is intended to bring the Social Security

Administration in line with laws regulating

who gets reported to the National Instant Criminal

Background Check System, or NICS, which is

used to prevent gun sales to felons, drug addicts,

immigrants in the country illegally and others.



Deadline Nears: VA has About 80 Days

to Clear 128K Backlogged Claims

Just over two years ago the Veterans Affairs Department released a strategy for ending the disability claims backlog. Today, the VA is little more than two

months away from the deadline it set -- the end of Fiscal Year 2015 -- but currently has just under

128,000 backlogged claims.​​



40 Old Photographs of Young U.S.

Soldiers Being Awesome in Vietnam

Young men in Vietnam spent their downtime talking

about women, drinking PBR, and being one

of the bros, not all that different from kids today.

Here's a collection of 40 retro photos of

young U.S. soldiers, who are now our

Dads and grandpas, being awesome over in Vietnam.












Robert A Friedman

Veterans Law Attorney


Attorney Friedman has helped more than

15,000 clients obtain Social Security

disability and veterans disability benefits.

More specifically, Robert has helped

more than 1000 veterans suffering from

PTSD win more than $50 Million

in veterans disability benefits.


​Contact Attorney Friedman here.

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​Adam R. Luck

Veterans Law Attorney

Dallas, Texas


Attorney Luck represents Veterans in all

phases of the disability process, pension

claims, tort claims against the VA, military

discharge upgrades, and estate and

probate matters. He has been accredited

by the VA to represent Veterans in

all claims brought against the VA.

Contact Adam today.​



10 Questions Visitors Asked Disability.gov

​Answering your questions about

Social Security disability benefits.

​​​

​Learn How the Ticket to Work

Program Can Work for You

​​


Veterans Health Administration

Providing Health Care for Veterans
The Veterans Health Administration is America’s largest

integrated health care system with over

1,700 sites of care, serving 8.76 million Veterans each year.


New burn pit report: Lung disease, high

blood pressure common in exposed vets

Troops who worked at burn pits in Iraq and Afghanistan,

as well as those exposed to multiple dust storms

during war-zone deployments, have higher rates of 

common respiratory illnesses like asthma

and emphysema, as well

as rare lung disorders, according to data drawn from the

Veterans Affairs Airborne Hazards and

Open Burn Pit Registry.


Many Vietnam veterans still

suffer from PTSD decades later

Philip Paolini served four years in the

Vietnam War as a marine. In the

years since then, he's faced a number of

hardships, including post-traumatic stress

disorder(PTSD), substance

abuse and homelessness.



Phoenix VA Employees Access Medical

Records Of Whistleblower A Third Time

Employees at the Department of Veterans Affairs medical facility in Phoenixhave

accessed whistleblower Brandon Coleman’s records for a third time, continuing

a long campaign of what Coleman considers harassment for speaking publicly to the media.


VA won't release names of doctors performing brain injury exams

The Denver Veterans Affairs Medical Center has refused to release

the names of doctors who are performing initial exams for traumatic brain injuries.



ATF Works With FBI And VA To

Get Veterans’ Guns Taken Away

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) is involved in a government effort to disarm America’s veterans

and seniors who may lack the capacity to manage their finances. 

And it’s not just veterans facing this scrutiny:

now it’s anybody who gets Social Security.New documents

obtained by The Daily Caller reveal that ATF,

a division of the Department of Justice,

is working with the FBI and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to enter veterans who get VA benefits into the government’s

National Instant Criminal Background Check System.



DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

38 CFR Part 4 RIN 2900–AP38

Agency Interpretation of Prosthetic

Replacement of a Joint

AGENCY: Department of Veterans Affairs.

ACTION: Final rule.




Phoenix VA ordered to pay $3.2M in malpractice case;

patient claimed shoulder surgery was botched

A federal judge awarded $3.2 million in damages to Jacob Amrani. The total includes $2.9 million in economic damages and $300,000 in non-economic damages.
“I feel absolute vindication,” Amrani said. “They did more than deny my claim.

They tried to blame me. They tried to make me the villain.”


Changes coming to troubled Tomah

Veterans Administration Medical Center

The troubled Tomah Veterans Administration Medical Center

says it will make several changes to address staffing shortages.




Angry billboard brings national VA protest to Haley center

​A national group of veterans and their families, upset with the Department of Veterans

Affairs, has brought its protest to Tampa — in the form of a message on an electronic

billboard on the 1200 block of East Fowler Avenue near the James A.

Haley Veterans’ Hospital.
“VA is Lying, Veterans Are Dying,” reads the message, sponsored by a Facebook group called

“VA is Lying,” launched by a Vietnam War veteran from Indiana.


Florida office cited for errors handling veterans’ disability claims

The Department of Veterans Affairs office that handles disability cases for Florida didn’t

properly process claims – in some cases overpaying and in

others shortchanging the state’s veterans, according to a recent report.


Medical errors are up at VA hospitals,

but they’re actually doing less to figure out why​

Hospitals across the country are under growing pressure to reduce preventable

medical mistakes, the errors that can cause real harm and even death to patients. 

But the Department of Veterans Affairs, which runs a massive system of hospitals

and clinics that cared for 5.8 million veterans last year,

is doing less, not more, to identify what went wrong to make sure it doesn’t happen again.