Blood test offers new hope to people with depression
The test would avoid the ‘years of trial and error’ that

currently characterise diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions.​​

Veterans Lawyer

We urge you to take a moment and consider retaining an accredited veterans law attorney to manage your appeal

No matter how clear the error and appeal process may look to you, it never is. A skilled veterans law attorney can prevail when others aren't able to. Better yet, it costs you nothing out of pocket and nothing at all if you don't win.

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​The link below takes you to the VA site where you'll find the latest and simplest ways to manage your appeal.

How to Appeal

Five Reasons to Appeal​​

1. You filed a claim for a disability benefit and were denied.

2. You filed a claim for a benefit and the rating is too low.

3. You've been denied a health care benefit, for example...prosthetics or dental services.

4. You have had a temporary rating and VA tells you that they are going to reduce that rating.

5. You've been notified that VA is proposing to appoint a fiduciary.

US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims

The United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims is a national court of record, established under Article I

of the Constitution of the United States. The Court has exclusive jurisdiction to provide judicial review

of final decisions by the Board of Veterans' Appeals, an entity within the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Veterans Lawyer Doctor Appeals Nexus IMO

How to Appeal if the VA Denies You Disability Benefits
If you are denied veterans disability benefits, here's how to appeal


VA decision reviews and appeals
The legacy VA appeals process has changed to the decision review process


The Board of Veterans Appeals

When you choose this option, you’re appealing to a Veterans Law Judge at the Board of Veterans' Appeals

in Washington, D.C. A judge who’s an expert in Veterans law will review your case.

Veterans Lawyer

M21-5, Chapter 5 - Higher Level Review Procedures

Higher-level reviews (HLRs) consist of de novo reviews of the issue(s) identified by requesters on a completed 

VA Form 20-0996, Decision Review Request:  Higher-Level Review.  De novo review means the reviewer reexamines and readjudicates the claim in question without deference to the prior decision, except for proper favorable findings.

How To Appeal A VA Disability Benefit Denial

The Board of Veterans Appeals

​VA decision reviews and appeals
The legacy VA appeals process has changed to the decision review process. If you disagree with a VA decision dated on or after February 19, 2019, you can choose from 3 decision review options (Supplemental Claim, Higher-Level Review, or Board Appeal) to continue your case. If you aren’t satisfied with the results of the first option you choose, you can try another eligible option.

Jim Strickland

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​​Welcome to the VAWatchdog...

Since 2005 we've been a leader in providing

expert resources to help you win your claim for the benefits you earned through your honorable service to our country.

We'll guide you to valuable resources you as you file a claim and when needed, we'll connect you to professional, board certified consultation.

Our privacy policy, fair use policy and contact information  is here.

If you're a health care or legal professional interested in helping America's veterans with their claims, drop me a note at <jim912@gmail.com> and I'll be happy to explain how this works. /s/  Jim

Scholz v. United States, No. 20-2163 (7th Cir. 2021)

​Scholz has two lawsuits pending against the government under the

Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), 28 U.S.C. 1346(b), 2671–2680.

Veterans Lawyer

NEHMER - Implementing Court Order

Awards Under the Nehmer Court Orders for Disability or Death Caused by a

Condition Presumptively Associated With Herbicide Exposure

This is the CFR

Code of Federal Regulations

Title 38 - Pensions, Bonuses,

and Veterans' Relief​​

Title: PART 17 - MEDICAL​ 

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Veterans Lawyer

Drug Overdose and Suicide Among Veteran Enrollees in the VHA

​The rate of opioid use disorder among patients in the Veterans Health Administration

(VHA) is 7 times higher than that of non-VHA enrollees.

Many service members use industrial solvents in regular military tasks

​Benzene   Tetrachloroethylene

(PCE or PERC)   Acetone    Trichloroethylene (TCE)   Xylenes

Dr. Orange

The Secret Nemesis of Sick Vets
For decades, the military and

the VA have repeatedly turned

to one man to guide decisions

on whether Agent Orange harmed

vets in Vietnam and elsewhere.

 His reliable answer: No.

Veterans Psychologist Nexus Letters

'Smells Like Gasoline'

Military Families in Hawaii Say They Are Being Sickened by Their Tap Water

Medicare Premiums 2022: How much will you pay for Part B coverage?
The standard premium will have an increase of 14.5%

​​​Alabama

Vaccines work, Pentagon says, as surge in troop COVID deaths comes to a halt

​After a months-long surge that saw COVID-19 deaths among service members nearly triple,

there haven’t been any reported in the past two weeks

Long-Haul COVID Can Include Chronic Fatigue

The often debilitating condition known as chronic fatigue syndrome appears to be common among COVID-19 long-haulers.

Omaha woman sentenced to time served for threatening VA Hospital employees
Investigators say Tina Hardin told

medical staff she wanted to "shoot up the VA."

Veterans Lawyer Doctor

Veterans Psych Evaluations
 Brett Valette, Ph.D.

Providing Military Veterans Personalized Psychological and Medical Evaluations. Complete the Contact form, and you'll get a personal phone call from us. We listen, and want to know what you are going through. We provide Independent Medical Evaluations (IME), Independent Medical Opinions (IMO) and nexus letters for ratings reviews, secondary conditions, medical conditions, discharge upgrades, and many types of denied claims.  We also provide Social Security Disability claim reports.

Some Wounds Can't Be Seen        Contact Us Today

Jim Strickland is a Vietnam era Army veteran and nationally recognized expert on VA

disability benefits. Jim writes extensively about VA and Social Security disability benefits. 
Jim's Mailbag is a regular column featured at  Stateside Legal  where veterans, servicemembers,

and family members can  ask Jim their questions  about VA and Social Security disability benefits. 


When You've Hit A Dead End

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs ​White House Hotline

​855 - 948 - 2311    <Denis.McDonough@va.gov​>

​Yes, this really works. No, it doesn't ring in the White House.​ Be sure to include your DOB, your last 4, contact info...

a couple of numbers, your preferred email and such. Describe the problem as briefly as you can. Don't rant. ​​

You will get a reply.

After 18 VA patients contract COVID in hospital and 1 dies,

top doc rips staff for coming to work sick, not masking
“We have committed very real harm to a large number of patients this week,” Dr. Sarah Unterman,

chief of staff for the hospital, said in a memo excoriating the “horrific and disturbing” situation.

Nexus Letters and

Independent Medical Opinions

Increase Your 

Opportunity To Prevail

What is a veteran? What is a protected veteran?
U.S. veterans are those who have served on active duty in the United States Armed forces

( Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, to the Coast Guard).

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs

It's  Your  VA - Deal With It!​​

It's a little like wrestling a gorilla. You don't quit when you're tired.

You quit when the gorilla is tired.

Robert Straus

AND then there are the

Three Great Lies.

I've updated those just a bit.

1: The check is in the mail.

2: Of course I'll respect you in the morning darling.

3: Hello. I'm here from the VA and I'm going to help you.

Health Care for Veterans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

​​Not every veteran is automatically entitled to medical care from the VA.

Veterans must meet basic eligibility requirements for enrollment.

DD Form 214

Discharge Papers and Separation Documents

Read what a DD 214 is and

when you might need it

Stateside Legal Help For Veterans

C&P

Exams

Entitlement to service connection

for bilateral foot disability claimed

as secondary to carbon

tetrachloride exposure.

Veterans Medical Malpractice Lawyer

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Military Health History Pocket Card

Did you see combat, enemy fire, or casualties? 

Were you or a buddy wounded, injured or hospitalized?​ Do you have a claim pending for illness or injury related to your military service?

​Do you have a service-connected condition?

Disabled Vietnam veteran Eugene Brice finds service to country doesn’t shield him from racism

Eugene L. Brice survived the Vietnam War, the 1968 Tet Offensive and 29 years in the U.S. Army,

but he is struggling to emotionally survive a recent trip to the grocery store.

VA has the second-worst COVID vaccination rate among all federal agencies

Department officials did not provide information on specifics of how many

unvaccinated individuals work in health care or jobs involving direct contact with veterans.

Veterans Lawyer Personal Injury Appeals VA Claims

Veterans Disability Claims 

Nexus and IMO Letters

​​​​HEADS UP!

Are You Scheduled For

A C & P Exam?

This document will save

you a lot of worry!

C&P Service Clinician’s Guide

This is your C & P examiners

guide and it's your only chance

to know what the examiner

knows before you go in the room.

Get Some Hometown Help!

These are the folks that know your state and federal benefits the best. Your state provides service officers to help you navigate all your benefits. Check them out for state tax info, veterans claims, homelessness...and a lot

more. Don't get advice from well meaning

friends,  neighbors or volunteer "VA Reps", 

go with the pros.

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”

José Narosky


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Intent to File  

Too many of us skip this important step. Spending a few minutes taking care of this may give you months of additional benefits.​​ 

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How to file a VA disability claim


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38 CFR Book C
The Schedule for Rating Disabilities


The NPRC
Military Records​


Track Your VA Claim

or Appeal Status
Learn how to track

your status online​

SSDI - TDIU

How To Know If It’s Time To Return To Work

​When you have taken a step back from work due to a disability, you may reach a point in your

recovery where you begin to wonder if, when, and how to best approach a return to work.

Disability benefits can enhance your independence and help you care for your family

​​Veterans’ Benefits Rating and Rates
Disability Compensation
Veterans who have disabilities, medical conditions or injuries incurred or aggravated during active military service — no matter when or where they served — may be eligible to receive tax-free monthly benefits.

Thomas J. Seiter, M.D. ​
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If you have one or more disability ratings, you can
view your VA

combined disability rating and

your individual ratings online