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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

​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. 

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

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

Thinking of Filing a VA Disability Claim?
Think Again. 

Claims, Denials, NODs & Appeals...The Wheel Just Keeps On Turning
We propose that veterans who are filing claims take charge of the process, avoiding the flawed C & P exam 
report by having their own 
Independent Medical Opinion and DBQs completed by expert doctors who are 
not employees of the VA. Although this brings about an expense the veteran must bear, we believe that 
any out of pocket expense is an investment toward a faster claims resolution and is thus justified.

How To Win Your VA Claim

Adam R. Luck,
Veterans Law Attorney

Step Five

Do it right the first time. Give VA everything they need to adjudicate your claim.

Overwhelm them with accuracy and evidence.

Be Patient!

You've submitted your claim properly. VA has notified you that they're working on your claim.

DON'T DO ANYTHING ELSE! Don't start thinking of the stuff you coulda shoulda woulda done and start submitting new evidence.

Be patient. Wait to hear from VA and let your claim go through the process.

You're done until you get the letter of approval. Or a denial.

Step Four

Do it right the first time

Give VA everything they need to adjudicate your claim. Overwhelm them with accuracy and evidence.

Wait for it! VA should soon notify you that they have received your paperwork and they should schedule a C & P exam(s) for you.

DO NOT MISS OR RESCHEDULE A C & P EXAM!

Rescheduling never works!

Missing an exam is a default to losing.

Step Two

Do it right the first time. Give VA everything they need to adjudicate your claim.

Overwhelm them with accuracy and evidence. You must support what you tell VA about the conditions you're claiming with evidence.

If you broke your arm during an evacuation exercise in 2012 and it  hasn't healed properly, you should seek the military records of that event here;

The National Personnel Records Center (NPRC)

The best evidence is in your military and veterans and/or civilian medical records. Your military records should be at the NPRC.

Your VA records are in your VA electronic health record. Any civilian medical records you may have are with that provider.

You should seek your military records. You do not need to gather VA health records.

You MUST gather your civilian records yourself.  VA will not do this for you even though they are supposed to.​

Step Three

Do it right the first time. Give VA everything they need to adjudicate your claim.

Overwhelm them with accuracy and evidence. When you apply, follow a few basic rules. Organization is important!

You know what happened to you better than anyone else. Now you have to explain it to a rater and make that rater  understand why you're filing a claim.

Your application, all forms and all evidence must be accurate, neatly organized and presentable.

Ultimately, everything you submit will land on the desk of a human being who will have to look it all over. Make it easy for that person to approve your claim.

If you submit less than adequate evidence or if you say things you can't prove, you aren't going to win any sympathy from the rater.

Make and keep copies of everything!

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

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

Julie L. Glover,
​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

​Nationwide Representation 


844 244 VETS (8387)

Veterans PTSD Assessments

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

Freedman Disability

Serving Veterans Nationwide!


PTSD, MST, TBI, 
Agent Orange Exposure, Back Injuries
Gulf War Syndrome, Migraines, Heart & Vascular Disease, 
DIC, Unemployability TDIU


Free Veterans Disability Consultation!      Call Now!  (800) 742-5035

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

Gregory M. Rada - A Veteran for Veterans

​​Focusing on appeals involving psychiatric conditions
and/or individual unemployability (TDIU)

​Proven Results • Direct Communication • No Fees Unless You Win
Nationwide Representation 


Free Phone Consultations - ​(844) 838-7529

Step One

Do it right the first time. Give VA everything they need to adjudicate your claim.

Overwhelm them with accuracy and evidence. You must clearly state what it is you're after.

For example:

"I broke my right arm during an evacuation exercise in May 2012. Surgery was done and the arm hasn't healed properly. I am seeking a 30% rating for this disabling arm condition." Repeat for each disabling condition that you're claiming.

Be precise.  Be brief.

Training book used for VA

'How To Lie With Statistics'

Forms

Nothing happens until

you complete the

form. Get over it.


Submit your claim ​21-526EZ


Other-than-honorable discharge?

You’re still eligible for VA mental health care​

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access to a hunting lease and

discounts for America's

military veterans!

Get your VA medical records online
Our online tools can help you view, organize,

and share your VA medical records and personal

health information. Find out if you’re eligible

and how to sign in to start using these tools.

Found in Gourmet Foods

Sugar-Free

So it's healthy, Right?

Has VA medical care caused you an injury or other harm?

You can sue the VA for medical malpractice but it's a complex process and you'll want lawyers who have

done this successfully in the past. There are strict time limits and draconian regulations to follow. 

​Get some advice today...call now!

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.

Give veterans more health care options!
Tell your lawmaker

Veterans deserve more choice

Hello Jim...

Can you help me with....

​Family Medical Leave Act problems after husband's deployment

Vet being harassed at work

VA doctor malpractice

Child support arrears create hardship

68 year old veteran with cancer

When did the Vietnam era start

Radiation treatment for prostate cancer and now C& P exam

Diabetes claim secondary to OSA

Revisiting child support order

Gulf War veteran behavior found to be willful misconduct

​All these and many more answers to your questions can be found at 

Jim's Mailbag

Florida Veterans

Medical Marijuana Card
Tell the doctor you saw it on VAWatchdog

and ask about veterans discounts!​

Be a 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!

Social Security and You

Vets being duped by Social Security rumor mill

Owe VA Money??? 

​​Submit A Waiver Request

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.

A Few Of The Most Common Processes You Need To Know To DIY Your Claim

VAWatchdog Dot Org

Medical Malpractice - Veterans 1151 Claims

Hodes Milman LLP

​VA Malpractice Attorneys Helping Veterans Harmed By The VA​
​​Veterans Healthcare Rights - Federal Tort Claims -

VA Medical Malpractice Claims, Misdiagnosis, ​Hospital Negligence, Medical Errors
For a review of your VA malpractice case contact our lawyers today.
Our firm serves throughout the nation, and is one of the few firms to have specialized experience in VA malpractice cases.
Call Now!  (949) 640-8222​​

PAPER Evidence Records

and Claims All Go Here

​V A Claims Intake Center
PO BOX 4444
JANESVILLE, WI

53547- 4444
Toll Free Fax:

844-531-7818​

The NPRC

Military Records DD 214

Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs)
Official Personnel Folders (OPF)

Why You Need An IMO!

Accuracy of Claims Decisions Involving

Conditions of the Spine

​The OIG determined that VBA incorrectly

processed more than half

of the 62,500 veterans’ claims.

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!

Managing Risks and Improving VA Health Care

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has taken

steps to maintain its leadership commitment and develop its action plan, but still needs to demonstrate capacity

and establish metrics to monitor and demonstrate

progress addressing VA health care concerns.

Google Tracks You

and we don't.
​DuckDuckGo apps block

Google's hidden trackers.
​The world needs an alternative

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

November 19th 2019

Jim's Mailbag

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.

Marijuana Accessories

Upload evidence to support

your disability claim
If you’ve filed a claim for disability compensation, you can continue uploading more evidence for up to one year to support your claim. Evidence may include supporting documents like medical test results, doctor’s reports, and other records. Upload your evidence online now.

An IMO by an expert  often makes the difference!

Overpayment? VA proposing to claw back

money from your benefits? Submit a Compromise

Offer to the Debt Management Center. 

This is the only thing that works.

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.

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.

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Healthcare directives, 

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Veterans Benefits on Reddit

VA Launchpad for Veterans

​The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Launchpad

App for Veterans (VA Launchpad) contains select VA applications (apps) for Veterans and their Caregivers.

New apps will automatically appear in the VA Launchpad when they become available. Organizing VA health information and resources into five categories, it quickly accesses and launches the VA app of your choice. With VA Launchpad, VA intends to save you time and help you better integrate available VA apps into your life.

The Schedule For Rating Disabilities

If you're thinking of filing a claim or initiating an appeal of a denied claim, this is your new best friend. The details of exactly what you need to meet a rating are here and in use every day. Yes, it's complex. Yes, it's cumbersome. Yes, knowing how to use The Schedule is a necessity if you want to file a successful claim. Go for it!

AT WAR
40 Stories From Women About

Life in the Military​   

"Not Many Women Get to

Do What I Do"

Everything you ever wanted to know about how

the VA benefits system works but were afraid to ask.
Welcome to the

KnowVA Knowledge Base

Can VA Disability Compensation Be Used

to Calculate Child Support or Income?

​Veterans' disability benefits are compensation

for the veteran's impaired earning capacity and are intended

to "provide reasonable and adequate compensation for

disabled veterans and their families." They are not

supposed to be for the sole support of the veteran, but

can be counted in child support calculations to provide

for the veteran's dependents as well. If the veteran wasn't disabled, he would be earning an income upon which the

court would base child support; since disability benefits replace that income, child support can be based upon it.

Presumptive Benefits...what are they?

When you claim that a disabling condition is caused by military service, you have to prove that allegation.

Or do you?

38 CFR Part 1

​Disclosure of Certain Protected Records

Without Written Consent - (VA) proposes to amend its regulations on disclosure of certain records. now authorize VA to disclose certain protected records to non-VA

entities (including private entities and other Federal agencies) for purposes of providing health care or performing other health care-related activities or functions. ​​

Traveling?

​How to ensure seamless care while traveling

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

or increased disability compensation.

Veteran Disability Claims: Nexus and IMO Letters

To meet the nexus requirement, the veteran must have an evaluation by a physician that will establish that the veteran is indeed disabled and also that his disability is as likely as not caused by his military service.  There are two methods used to establish such a nexus; one is independent medical examination and the other is independent medical opinion.

Where should we retire?

We get $2,470 a month from Social Security

and want a warm, friendly city near the ocean.

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.

Dr. David Anaise

Physician - Surgeon - Veteran

Veterans Law Attorney

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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.

Research Article

Veterans Who Apply for Social Security Disabled-Worker Benefits After Receiving a Department of Veterans Affairs Rating of “Total Disability” for Service-Connected Impairments: Characteristics and Outcomes

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

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

Website Monitoring Tool

How to download VA benefit letters
To receive some benefits, Veterans need

a letter proving their status. Access and

download your VA Benefit Summary Letter (sometimes called a VA award letter) and

other benefit letters and documents online.

The Google IT Support Professional Certificate
The IT Support Professional Certificate, developed by Google and hosted on Coursera, can help you become ready for an entry-level job in IT support in under six months. No experience is necessary.

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

arrangements planning

What You Should Know about Disability and Debt

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

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.