VA Health Care Public Health Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19)

​What you should know
VA is working closely with The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other federal partners,
monitoring an outbreak of Novel Coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Be a  VA  Volunteer.

I did that for years & it's

the best thing ever. Get 

into the belly of the beast.

VA  loves  volunteers!

Do You Need

Medical Care

RIGHT NOW?
​You are already authorized

to use an urgent

care clinic!

Answers to your questions on stimulus checks

Are seniors on Social Security or

veterans on disability eligible?

Veterans get more banking options,

under new VA partnership

Some veterans may have better access to banking now, through a partnership between the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Association of Military Banks of America.

38 CFR Book C 

Schedule for Rating Disabilities

Credit Card Payment Due?

​​Which Consumer Lenders Are (and Aren’t) Helping the Most - American Express (cards), Capital One (auto loans and cards) and JPMorgan Chase said they would allow people to skip payments, interest free. 

AT WAR
40 Stories From Women

About Life in the Military​   

"Not Many Women Get

to Do What I Do"

Should I file a claim?

Potential VA claims?

​What am I missing in the VA claims process?

​r/VeteransBenefits

Best way to check on a supplemental claim online?

​Confused on what to do with claim.

​Dependent status with education benefits.

​Suing the VA for negligence and malpractice.​​

How To Hire A Veterans Law Attorney

This Isn't A Spectator Sport...You have to be intelligently engaged.
You are responsible for getting your attorney the evidence and supporting documents to use when appealing your case.

What Now?
How do I hire a lawyer who is right for me?

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DIC, Unemployability TDIU
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Independent Medical Opinions    PTSD DBQs​
​Thomas Grieder, MD, PhD
​Twenty five years service as a VA psychiatrist
Assistant Professor and Associate Clinical Professor
UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
​Lead psychiatrist for the East Los Angeles PTSD Clinical Team​


Contact Dr. Grieder

When do you call a lawyer?
To hire or "retain" an attorney to guide you through a VA disability benefits appeal, you must first  have a denial of an application that you submitted. The lawyer usually can't help you before that  happens. 
You're about to be pleasantly surprised when I tell you that even if you're dead broke, you can afford a great lawyer.

Reasons to Consider Hiring An Attorney
First things first.  The only reason for a veteran to hire an attorney is because the veteran believes that an attorney can help achieve a more favorable result than the veteran alone would otherwise obtain. That’s it. There is no other good reason.

Attorney Fees
The most common type of fee is the percentage or contingency fee, which is the most favorable fee structure for most veterans in most veterans benefits cases.  This is because the attorney is only paid if (1) an award is made and (2) there is an amount owed to the veteran at the time of the award.  

The attorney is then paid a percentage (usually between 20% and 33%) of the amount owed to the veteran when an award is approved.  This amount, also known as a “retroactive” award, is the amount of due to the veteran from the effective date of the award up to the date of the award.  

If the award was made following an appeal to the Board and the effective date is the date the claim was originally filed (as it is in most cases), the retroactive amount could be 3 or 4 years of benefits.  If the case goes up to the Veterans Court and back, the retroactive period could be ten years or more.

As an example, assume a veteran filed a claim on January 1, 2004, and enters into a 20% contingency fee agreement with an attorney.  On January 1, 2008, the veteran is awarded a 100% disability rating.  The retroactive amount is the 100% monthly payment for the period between January 1, 2004, and January 1, 2008 (four years), which is approximately $120,000 at current rates. 
The attorney’s fee would be 20% of the $120,000 or $24,000.

Who Wins More Appeals? VSO's or Lawyers?
It's a legitimate question. No matter where you go on the Internet, you'll hear veterans sing loud the praises of the VSO who

doesn't get paid and then you'll hear the tales of the greedy lawyers who delay your case so they can earn more money.
The fact is that many "vet reps" are poorly trained volunteers who may be able to help you complete a form and little else.

While it's true you won't pay a fee, sometimes you get what you pay for.
Veterans lawyers are the most regulated people you know of, they don't play fast and loose with

the rules because that just isn't worth it to them. They're financially incentivized to win your appeal.
So...who wins more appeals?


BVA Annual Report 2018
​Board Dispositions By Representation
​Page 31
ALLOWED
​By Attorney  44.61%
​By Agent  38.79%
​By State Service Officer  35.17%
​By AL  34.53%
​By DAV  33.70%
This isn't the complete list, you need to 
click the link to see that. But you get the idea...your chances of winning

an appeal at the BVA are markedly better if you are represented by an accredited veterans law attorney.

GLOVERLUCK
Veterans Law At Your Service
​PTSD and other mental impairments
Military Sexual Trauma
Traumatic Brain Injury
Agent Orange exposure
Camp Lejeune water contamination
Gulf War Syndrome
Asbestos or Radiation exposure
​Federal Tort Claims/Title 38 U.S.C. 1151
Also known as FTCA and

Section 1151 Claims
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Craig Bash M.D., MBA
The Veterans Medical Advisor

​If you are an honorably discharged veteran, you served your country well and you earned certain benefits.​ Sad to say, sometimes it can be difficult for the veteran to obtain the earned benefits guaranteed by law.​ Veterans need a recognized medical expert who knows the VA system. As a disabled veteran himself and a respected, board certified physician, Dr. Bash fits the need—and adds even further insight as a VA-accredited service organization representative. 

Call   925-381-7561    

Email   drbash@doctor.com

VA launches online patient portal for veterans

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

announced the launch of an online patient portal

this month that will provide service veterans

with digital access to their patient statements.

Medical Malpractice - Veterans 1151 Claims

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Our firm serves throughout the nation, 

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Key findings about America’s military veterans

​​The experiences of post-9/11 veterans differ from

those who served in previous eras. Post-9/11

veterans more likely to have been deployed,

seen combat, experienced emotional trauma

Veteran Proud

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By All The Pandemic News???

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​Welcome Home
We've been keeping veterans informed of news and events important to them since 2005.
You'll find all you need to file your claim and referrals to professionals who can help you when things don't go well. 
What you won't find here is unending chat or opinions from strangers who like to think of themselves as experts. 
Our goal is to ensure that you are awarded the benefits you earned with your service to our country. 

We're here to help you take charge of your benefits, and that is all.

Extra Schedular Rating

​Extra schedular ratings under

38 C.F.R. § 3.321(b)

​How can I get an extra schedular rating?

​To receive an extra schedular rating the veteran

must first show that the veteran’s

conditions result in a disability picture

that is not covered by the schedule of ratings. 

Wounded Warrior Project Veterans Benefits

Trump: “We’ll be cutting” entitlement programs

White House: He didn’t really mean that.
Following his Fox News town hall, Stephanie Grisham and Kellyanne Conway denied that Trump said what he said.

​C&P Service Clinician’s Guide
Scheduled For A C & P???    Filing A Claim?
This is a must read for you!!!​
I've been posting this again and again over the years 
and it's still one of the best ways I know to win 
your case. Published in 2002 the principles and much of 
the verbiage still applies and is in daily use at the VA. 

VA Urgent Care Pharmacy Locations
Find VA-approved urgent care/retail location

pharmacies near a specific

address or ZIP code, or search by VA Facility.

Adam R. Luck
​Veterans Law Attorney

Julie L. Glover
​Veterans Law Attorney

Contact
You have to make the first move.  Attorneys are there for you but they can't help if you don't reach out to them.

The Law Offices of David Anaise, MD JD
Board Certified Physician/Surgeon    Accredited Veterans Law Attorney    Military Veteran​
DRO, BVA, CAVC Appeals     Nexus Letters     Independent Medical Opinions
Has Your Claim Been Denied?   Do you need an IMO or a DBQ?
You'll need to speak with an expert physician and then a veterans law attorney.
Why not speak with both at the same time?
(520) 219-7321    Free Case Evaluation    (520) 219-7344

Thomas J. Seiter, Jr., M.D.
Independent Medical Opinions
Disability Benefit Questionnaires (DBQ's)
Service & Civilian Medical Record Reviews
Nexus Letters

Get In Touch With Dr. Seiter

What will your attorney NOT do for you?
These are lawyers, not magicians. 
The lawyer can't help you if you don't have a well grounded claim or appeal. The lawyer won't fabricate evidence or stretch the truth. Veterans law attorneys are perhaps the most regulated professionals there are and they have any number of professionals licenses and certifications required to practice their trade. Your lawyer won't jeopardize all that by putting forth anything that is less than accurate. The lawyer you've chosen can't help you with other problems that  you may encounter while you wait for your claim. Your veterans law attorney is accredited by VA to represent you for that claim or appeal only. Other life problems you may run into won't be addressed by your veterans law attorney while you wait for your appeal.

Veterans Psych Evaluations
 Brett Valette, Ph.D.

As an expert in psychological evaluations, Dr. Valette
provides Independent Medical Evaluations (IME),
Independent Medical Opinions (IMO), nexus letters,
ratings reviews for all psychological conditions. 
Some Wounds Can't Be Seen

Contact Us Today

What will your attorney do for you?
A lot -  but you won't see most of it.  There isn't much hand holding in the VA appeals process.

The lawyer won't call and update you regularly and you aren't encouraged to call in and check frequently.

Once you and the lawyer agree that he or she will take your case, you have more papers to complete and sign. Now you and the lawyer have nothing else to talk about until VA acts. There is nothing your lawyer can do to speed up the process.

There is no reason for you and your lawyer to maintain regular contact until VA makes a move.

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Untreated Hearing Loss Linked

To Loneliness And Isolation For Seniors

Did you know that hearing loss and tinnitus are the

most commonly rated veterans disabilities? Did you

know that hearing loss and tinnitus can cause

other secondary conditions, particularly mental

health problems like depression and loneliness?

Chronic Pain Is an Impossible Problem
A “safe” alternative to opioid painkillers

turns out to be not so safe.

Jim's Mailbag

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

and a member of the Stateside Legal Website Advisory BoardJim's Mailbag, is a regular column where veterans,

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

You can browse all of these Q&As here, and search the Jim's Mailbag archives for helpful answers.

Amazon Is Putting Book Deliveries Into the

Slow Lane Thanks to the Coronavirus
The retail giant is prioritizing household

and medical supplies, and pushing

everything else to the back of the queue.

Your Health

Urgent Care Centers

One of the most important benefits you have today is

the authorization to use an urgent care center

near to you. But first, you have to

print your paperwork

to take with you. Don't wait until you need this

benefit to prepare for it. Read this now,

print your papers and be prepared!

John Prine, One of America’s Greatest Songwriters, Dead at 73
Grammy-winning singer who combined literary genius with a common touch succumbs to coronavirus complications


His song, Sam Stone, is one of the most poignant and touching war stories ever told.

Written about the Vietnam era soldier, the message affects every veteran.

RIP

You Ready???

Are you aware that Amazon will deliver groceries to you? And often enough they beat in-store prices?

Don't worry that you forgot the dog food.

Shop on!

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Physician - Surgeon - Veteran

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What You Should Know about Disability and Debt

There Are Protections...When it comes to debt collection, disability income enjoys special status.

Download VA benefit letters
To receive some benefits, Veterans need a letter

proving their status. 

For Better Brain Health, Preserve Your Hearing
Hearing loss is the largest modifiable risk factor for developing dementia, exceeding that of smoking, high blood pressure, lack of exercise and social isolation.

Why Getting a Diagnosis Matters

​A diagnosis does so much more than get noted in your medical history. It also can help you apply for programs like Social Security Disability and medical marijuana cards. And maybe even more importantly, it can help you explain yourself to friends, colleagues and family.

The Next, Terrible Phase of This Crisis
After cancellation comes triage

Call before visiting your VA facility

Free Veteran resources through PATRIOTlink

and Coronavirus updates

How Divorce, Alimony, and Child Support

Affect Veterans' VA Benefits
VA benefits can be garnished only for spousal

or child support, and only under certain conditions.

Medical Malpractice

Dog Food

How Do You Apply For Social Security Disability Benefits?
Information on social security disability benefits

8 Museums You Can Virtually Tour Right Now
Visit famous institutions in Paris, Amsterdam,

and more—without leaving home.

Website Monitoring Tool

Help fight Medicare fraud

​Con artists may try to get your Medicare

Number or personal information so they can steal

your identity and commit Medicare fraud.

Florida Veterans

Medical Marijuana Card
Tell the doctor you saw it on VAWatchdog

and ask about veterans discounts!​

Announcing the Veterans Benefits Banking Program
A partnership between VA and the

Association of Military Banks of America

Training book used for VA

'How To Lie With Statistics'

Florida veterans health centers moving to virtual appointments to combat coronavirus

The goal is to allow veterans

to stay home and avoid exposure

Jim's Mailbag

Food Delivery Services

The apps

CraveBox Healthy Care Package

Whole Foods Market

Schwans

​Grocery and Gourmet Food Store at Amazon​

Food Delivery Online - Deliver Near me All-in-one

The NPRC
Military Records DD 214

Marijuana Accessories

An IMO by an expert  often makes the difference!

VA Releases Survivors Quick Start Guide
Reference guide to help during final

arrangements planning

Drew Early   Veterans Law Attorney
Graduate of the US Military Academy, West Point

Adjunct Professor - Emory University Law School
20 Years Army Service - Airborne - Explosive Ordnance Badge
Free Case Review - Nationwide Representation
BVA/DRO Appeals - Fiduciary & Caregiver Issues, Trusts, Wills
Appeals of Veterans & Survivor Claims
(770) 939-1939

Google Tracks You

and we don't.
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Google's hidden trackers.
​The world needs an alternative

Robert Wilkie  <robert.wilkie@va.gov>  ​855-948-2311

Welcome to the KnowVA Knowledge Base

Locate information more quickly and efficiently

How to file a VA disability claim
Find out how to file a claim for disability compensation

or increased disability compensation.

Misuse of Certain Nonopioid Analgesics on the Rise
Gabapentin, Baclofen May Be Seen

as Opioid Alternatives

Veteran Disability Claims 

Nexus and IMO Letters

Traveling?

​How to ensure seamless care while traveling

How To File a VA Disability Appeal
You have the right to appeal any benefits decision made by the Veterans Benefits Administration. The VA appeals process is set in law and is different from other judicial appeals processes. Find out how to file an appeal.

Where should we retire?

We get $2,470 a month from Social Security

and want a warm, friendly city near the ocean.

Coronavirus distancing: Don't forget about veterans.

For them, loneliness can be deadly.
Legislation already exists to get our service members

the help they need through animal companions.

We must make sure it passes and soon.

A coronavirus outbreak aboard an aircraft carrier is one of

the possibilities facing the US military

How would the Navy react if a sailor aboard a large ship such as an aircraft carrier tested positive for the coronavirus?

Your 2020 Guide to Social Security Benefits
Whether you’re claiming Social Security in 2020, have been collecting benefits for years, or are still decades away, here’s what you need to know about this critically important retirement program.

Do You Need Help Right Now?

Your state runs County Veterans Service Offices

for you and they're working today.

One More Reason You Need An Independent Medical Opinion

VETERANS BENEFITS ADMINISTRATION

Accuracy of Claims Decisions Involving Conditions of the Spine

How To Get Urgent Care For Free

If you have any symptoms

DO NOT DELAY

You are authorized urgent care but you must be prepared!

Regional Offices' Public Contact Closures

​The Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) Regional Offices will be closed to the public starting March 19.
Regional offices will remain open, but will no longer accept walk-ins for claims assistance, scheduled appointments, counseling and other in-person services.