Title 38 - Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief
Original Date: 2019-07-01
Title: PART 17 - MEDICAL
Most student debt will be canceled sooner or later, because an ever-growing share
of borrowers cannot possibly repay their loans. Ever.
As of April 14, 2021, the Department of Veterans Affairs reported 224,538 cumulative
COVID-19 cases among veterans, with 11,366 deaths.
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"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
When you deal with your VA benefits there are dozens, maybe hundreds of resources on the Internet, usually way too complex
to read or they want your money to open their secrets...how do you choose where to take advice and council? I think I have
the answer. When you want to deal with your VA, whether you're filing a claim or trying to get along with your health care providers,
you need to hear the voice of a veteran who actually uses the VA. I'm in the process of providing that resource for you...for free.
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This is a Work In Progress throughout 2021. Check back every now and then for updates.
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These include associate degrees, non-college degrees, and certificate programs.
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We are believers in Do It Yourself...DIY. We're pretty sure that most veterans will be able to manage their claim best if they DIY. If you managed to get a DD 214 you're smart enough to manage a claim.
If you DIY you don't have to sign a POA, you don't risk signing on with a Veterans Service Officer (VSO) (sometimes called a 'VA rep') who is too busy and you'll have greater control over your records. If you do need help with forms and understanding the process, ask a state or county veterans service officer to help you. These folks are government employees and usually have a good understanding of how the process works. They'll also be able to help you to determine your state benefits...those can add up!
You aren't allowed to use a lawyer unless you're appealing a denied claim but even the very best claims are often denied so there may be a veterans law attorney in your future.
To file a claim you should prepare to present and explain the 3 elements of a well grounded claim. 1) An event or some occurrence that happened while you were active duty, 2) A record of a diagnosis or some form of treatments of the event that caused you injury or illness and 3) an ongoing record of treatments of the named and medically diagnosed disabling conditions have affected you over time. When you file your claim you can do it electronically, print the form and fax it in or print the form and mail it using certified mail, return receipt requested. I don't think one is better than the other, just remember to keep good copies for yourself.
When you make the decision to file a claim, stop what you're doing and file an Intent To File A Claim form right now. That will
set the effective date and now you can take up to a full year to develop and perfect and file your claim.
But don't take that long...get to work.
Once your claim is received in Janesville, you'll be notified of that. Then you'll eventually get notice you're scheduled for a C & P exam that you must attend. Your claim is electronic and may be worked on at any of the VA Regional Offices. You'll more or less be able to see the progress of your claim by following it in your eBenefits account. I say 'more or less' because the eBenefits report isn't as accurate as we'd like it to be with all kinds of lag time delays and update malfunctions. But it's a pretty useful tool if you're patient. You'll need it as you go along so get used to how it functions.
That brings to mind the topic of access to the Internet. You really aren't going to want to do this on your phone. There's a lot of reading and forms and a PC, a laptop or even a pad will be better. You need a reliable and fast connection. Nothing is more frustrating than a dropped connection when filling out a form on the VA site. Public libraries are often the best access you'll find but of course, here we are in 2020 and access may be a challenge.
Whatever it takes...these are your benefits, you earned them...file the claim now!
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Do you need some help with your claim?
I'm accepting limited appointments to talk live on the phone or to videoconference with you. There is no fee for this service.
If you'd like to talk, provide me with some information about who you are and what's up and I'll be in touch. /s/ Jim
Locate information more quickly and efficiently
The Biden administration’s proposed $113.1 billion spending bill for the Department of Veterans Affairs addresses delivery of health-care services, homelessness, suicide prevention, support for caregivers, and technological improvements.
Any Veteran with a debt related to VA benefits can now access their debt information online
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The Government Accountability Office is looking for service members who were victims of hazing while they served.
The office is collecting the information for a study on the Defense Department’s efforts to prevent and respond to hazing.
You may file claims on eBenefits or you can mail them in using certified mail or you can even fax them in.
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Yes, this really works. No, it doesn't ring in the White House. The email address and phone number are staffed by a seemingly serious group of players, many who are veterans, and if you have a legit issue, telling these folks is like bringing in the artillery.
Let's prepare for your call or email. Make some notes before you proceed so you don't forget anything.
I prefer email since there's no waiting for someone to answer and I can take my time to prepare the story in just the right detail.
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. Less is more. Include the necessary components but don't tell your life story.
Don't rant. Be polite...military courtesy will get you places that hollering IN ALL CAPS won't. Respect!
Don't waste their time with bogus complaints about your feelings being hurt. If you appropriately utilize this
service, I'll vouch that this works like a champ.
Tell them you read about this at The VAWatchdog Dot Org...they know who we are.
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Benefits you've earned.
The CDC updated its guidance on COVID-19 transmission May 7,
underscoring that the virus spreads via small respiratory droplets and particles in the air.
All eligible and authorized TRICARE beneficiaries and Defense Department personnel
can now get vaccinated for Covid-19 at DoD sites.
Fascinating historical documents, reports on items in the news, oddities and fun stuff and government bloopers, they're all here.
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Veterans hit by huge pandemic-related records backlog
National Archives estimates it will take 18 to 24 months to clear the backlog once the records center is fully staffed
Veterans Struggle to Get Copies of Needed Service Records Due to Pandemic
Access to some VA benefits, services delayed as backlog of requests hits 500,000
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