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Department of Veterans Affairs
Claims Intake Center
PO Box 5235
Janesville, WI 53547-5235


Toll Free Fax: 844-822-5246


We recommend that you mail a copy
and then fax a copy!  Yes, it's twice the
work but maybe VA will only lose one
and the other will be processed.
Remember: Use Certified Mail!

Forms to File Claims


VA Form 21-526EZ
For...
Disability Service Connection
Secondary Service Connection

IncreasedDisability 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


VA Form 21-534 EZ

Application for DIC, Death Pension

Change of Address​

TDIU Annual - VA Form 4140


Declaration of Status
of Dependents
VA form 21-686c


How To


How To Apply For SSDI


How To Apply For

TDIU Unemployability


How To Use

Disability Benefits Questionnaires

(DBQ's) 


How To Apply For A Disability Rating


How To Apply For An Increase

to an existing rating


How To Retrieve Your

Military Personnel Records


Research Your Claim


The M21-1MR


The CFR


TDIU


SMC


The Schedule For Rating Disabilities









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OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA

VA Benefits for Sleep Apnea

as a service

connection to PTSD
Brett Valette, Ph.D.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist



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PTSD Evaluations and Veteran Medical Opinions

Brett Valette, PhD

Clinical Psychologist

If you have served in any war from Viet Nam to Iraq and Afghanistan, and if you’ve had

any traumatic experience that is affecting you today, then you need to talk to me as

I can do a compassionate record review and Independent Veteran Medical

Opinion (IMO) based on your psychiatric issues.

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 sexual trauma,

I want to help you because VA often mis-categorizes these serious PTSD

related issues as personality disorders.

If you were previously denied benefits, or you were labeled as “not fitting criteria” or if you

have not had a service connected condition, I can help you as I have 15 years

worth of experience with these types of veteran medical opinion related benefits.

Maybe you felt pressured upon your return to fill out your forms stating “I’m fine,” and now your

wife is going to leave you because you’re ‘acting crazy’ and your parents say,

“You aren’t the same person anymore.” So, in your records you have denied

any problems and there is no paper trail of treatment or symptoms.

You now feel you are ‘left out to dry’; abandoned by the military. I can help you.

Some Vets have worsening of their condition after they’re home for a few years. Suddenly

they find themselves living in isolation, sleeping with their gun, having angry outbursts at

their partners and even their children. The people who are important to you are now afraid

of you. When you leave your house you scan for danger, you plan escape routes

(even in McDonalds), ‘stupid drivers’ should be run off the road, and disrespect for

you is all around. You need to talk to me.

Maybe your service connected disability rating is too low. Things change.

Symptoms change. Stress and life pressure changes. Let me help you.

Some Vets have waited for months or years to get an evaluation. Then the doctor they see

is pressured and gets them “in and out.’ The interview was short and shallow, the final

report was incomplete and inadequate. And who has to live with the outcome? You do.

This will never happen if you want an evaluation with me.

I have been providing Independent Medical Opinions and Evaluations for over 15 years.

I specialize in PTSD, TBI, Post Concussive Disorder, Cognitive Impairments, and

Mood Disorders (depression, suicidal ideation, anxiety;

many of these symptoms are part of PTSD).

Call or email me and let’s talk. I want to help, and I can help. An effective, specialized

evaluation with a complete, compassionate, compelling, and clinically supported

report will absolutely positively impact your claim. I charge one flat fee for my

evaluation (phone, or computer), full review of your medical records, and a VA c

ompliant report that identifies the issues correctly so that the VA can rate your

benefits appropriately in the most advantageous way for you. ( n.b. The VA rules

state that the most advantageous rating is supposed to be assigned for each

patient based on the patient’s records and a veteran medical opinion.)

I also work with Dr. Bash who can also provide a collaborative and integrative

veteran medical opinion, physical exam, IME and expertly detailed report.


Thank you for your time and your trust in me,

Brett Valette, Ph.D.

Clinical Psychologist National Register Psychologist #54029


My web sites: www.globalhealthevaluations.com and www.Shrink911.net

My Email: bvalette@aol.com

Office: 303 465-3147



Dr. Craig Bash has been helping veterans with second medical opinions for over 20 years.  

In that time, he has helped over 4000 veterans with over 40,000 claims with a high

success rate.  He has hundreds of cases at the BVA, which can be searched under

the BVA search engine or found on his web site at www.veteransmedadvisor.com.   

He has over 1000 name mentions at the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC).

He is an assistant Professor and invited lecturer at the Uniformed Services

University of the Health Sciences. He has been an expert witness for world class

medical systems such as the the VA and Johns Hopkins medical centers.  

Additionally, he has 15 years of research experience at the National Institutes

of Health  (NIH) where he studied experimental MRI imaging of neurologic disease.

He was previously a deputy doctor of medical services at the Paralyzed Veterans

of America (PVA) and he has done over 50 sites visits to the 

VA's largest hospitals for quality of care purposes. 

Dr. Bash has been 100% VA disabled since his 1984 spinal cord injury which

required a 5 month VA inpatient rehabilitation stay.  Thus he is familiar with VA

care and rating system from a users prospective.

He also professional knows the private and government sector issues in quality 

of care and how these care issues/diseases interface with the VA rating system. 

The key to his success is his training, credentials, thoroughness and

experience with VA cases. 

Craig N. Bash M.D., M.B.A.
Neuro-Radiologist and Associate Professor


Dr. Bash works hard to get veterans the Maximum Available

Benefits (MAB) for their disabilities. Some examples of his work are at the links below...


http://www.theskanner.com/news/northwest/9088-doctor-helps-

disabled-veterans-settle-benefits-claims-2010-12-22


http://www.theskanner.com/news/usa/18088-expert-says-biggest-

delay-in-va-backlog-lies-with-wasteful-appeals-management-center-2013-04-05


http://salem-news.com/articles/march282009/quad_doc_3-29-08.php


http://www.theskanner.com/?searchword=craig+bash&option=com_

search&searchphrase=exact&limit=50&ordering=newest


Radio:

http://www.svr-radio.com/archives.html




Veterans Affairs Disability Benefits

IMO/IME

Independent Medical Opinions

Independent Medical Examinations

Nexus Letters

Medical records Review



IMO/IME   Independent Medical Opinions   Independent Medical Examinations

We recommend that every veteran consider seeking an Independent Medical

Examination (IME) or an Independent Medical Opinion (IMO) for their VA

disability benefits claim.
The VA has become increasingly difficult to navigate.  Because of the difficulty in receiving

a fair decision from VA, we at VAWatchdog have recognized that veterans who have even the

simplest claims can no longer rely on a fair decision. Every veteran should prepare to

have expert help as they develop their claim. This includes legal representation by a

VA accredited attorney as well as expert opinions from highly skilled and well qualified physicians.
There is a difference in the IME and the IMO. The IME requires your physical presence

in front of the examining physician. The IMO is based on the opinion of the physician

after he has thoroughly reviewed your records.
It is our opinion that the IMO may be the better choice in most cases.
To write an acceptable IMO is not a simple task. The physician must first understand the

law that applies to the claim. The physician must know the details of how disabling conditions

may affect the overall quality of life of the veteran patient.

Disability law is not something that most physicians are trained in.
Each of the doctors featured here is expert in the arena of disability medicine.
We urge veterans to review their claims with one of these

physicians and to seek the help of an attorney.



Dr. David Anaise is a physician and a lawyer.

In interviews with Dr. Anaise we've asked and learned much about him.

In discussions with Dr. Anaise he's told us:
"In addition to being a lawyer, I am a surgeon with almost thirty years of medical experience.

I was Clinical Associate Professor of Surgery and Attending Surgeon in Transplantation at

SUNY at Stony Brook. I served as President of the New York Transplantation Society

and as Assistant Editor of Transplantation Proceedings.
I have authored three book chapters, three patents and 106

research papers published in peer reviewed medical journals.
My background in medicine and research makes me well qualified to thoroughly

review and present your disability case. I obtain, study and analyze all your medical

records and perform independent medical research relevant to the issues of your case.

I then present an analysis presenting your medical history in a way that best supports your claim.
The submission all the medical report  which does not contain an actual physical

examination or even the submission of a medical treatises requires the board to

address the reports or  the medical treatises. In a decision rendered by

Judge Bartley In Bowers v Shinseki NO. 11-3022  Judge Bartley was critical of the BVA’s

failure to address a medical treatises provided by the veteran.
The BVA held that such report was merely laypersons opinion. Judge Bartley held,

'As a layperson, the Veteran is not competent generally to render a probative opinion on a

medical matter. Mr. Bowers, however, was not offering his own subjective opinion as to the

growth rate of gallstones; he was repeating the data reported in professional

medical treatises he submitted. Certainly, a layperson is competent to report information

provided by a medical professional. Cf. Jandreau v. Nicholson, 492 F.3d 1372, 1377

(Fed. Cir.2007) (holding that a veteran is competent to repeat a

medical diagnosis and report observable symptoms).
In labeling the veteran's report of the growth rate of gallstones as incompetent lay

opinion, the Board avoided addressing the substance of the medical treatise

evidence Mr. Bowers submitted, just as the Board failed to address those treatises

directly. Thus, the Board's failure to address the medical treatise evidence that

was favorable to Mr.Bowers was not harmless. See Sanders and Caluza, both supra.

As such, remand is warranted.'"
You may learn more about Dr. Anaise
by visiting his web site here.