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Question:
Good Day, I have bought a car through a Chevrolet dealership and it was financed through Credit Acceptance. For the past two months,  I have been trying to get the SCRA on my financed car through Credit Acceptance. They keep telling me they are unable to do so unless they get my Active Duty orders, which I sent to them.  And when I call,  they are telling me I should speak to the Chevrolet dealership n order to get it.
Reply:
The Servicemember's Civil Relief Act (SCRA) covers many financial legal actions that can happen when you're called up for active duty or suddenly deployed from your home. I'm not sure how it is that you believe that SCRA should be in effect for you but I have to point out that the SCRA provision doesn't provide you protection from paying your debts. If you don't meet the specific eligibility requirements for SCRA,  then actions like repossession can and do happen and then you're left to sort it all out in court later. If you feel that an auto dealership has caused you financial harm and that SCRA applies to your situation, you should consult a JAG or a civilian attorney.

Presumptive Conditions
A "condition", in the language of the VA, is any disease, illness or injury that occurs during active duty military service.

To be service connected and eligible for a disability compensation rating, the condition must be caused or contributed to by an event that occurred during service.

If the condition existed prior to service, it must be shown to have been aggravated (made worse) by military service.
To achieve a disability compensation rating, the veteran must prove that he or she had appropriate military service, that an event that caused the claimed condition occurred and that a medically diagnosed condition that is disabling exists today.
The regulations that govern presumptive conditions only eliminate the requirement to prove that an event caused the condition. For example, a Vietnam veteran does not have to prove that agent orange caused the diabetes he has today. It is presumed that he was  exposed to agent orange and also that agent orange is at the root of the diabetes.
While agent orange and the Vietnam veteran are the best known of all presumptive conditions and ratings, atomic veterans, certain Korean veterans and other veterans may also be eligible for presumptive ratings of certain conditions.
The regulations are complex. Some veterans who have a Vietnam Service Medal aren't eligible for presumptive ratings because they didn't set their boots on the soil of the country of Vietnam.

Many Korean veterans don't realize that they may be eligible for service  connections due to exposure to the herbicide agent orange.
If you believe that you may be eligible for any presumptive condition and rating, the best way to find out is to
file a VA disability claim. The process of adjudication is the only sure way to know.

Presumptive Veterans Disability Conditions

Question: Service connected prostate cancer is temporarily rated 100% disabling until veteran receives surgery treatment. Approximately six months following treatment, VA evaluates 100% rating and if PSA is considered undetectable at time of evaluation, VA reduces rating to applicable % for any secondary conditions. Reason for rate reduction is VA considers veteran cured of prostate cancer due to undetectable PSA. Five years hence of rate reduction, veteran diagnosed with biochemical prostate cancer recurrence and is treated again, this time with radiation therapy and adjuvant hormone deprivation therapy. The VA increases disability rating to 100% due to active cancer recurrence. Again, 100% rating is temporary and subject to VA evaluation approximately six months following treatment. Likewise, if PSA level is again undetectable, VA will reduce 100% rating because the veteran prostate cancer is considered cured once again. So how many times must the prostate cancer recur and be treated before the VA rates the disability permanent?

Answer: Great question. The answer...maybe never.
The VA stance on whether or not any cancer is permanent is in need of an update by Congress. For that matter, the entire VA disability rating system is ancient and doesn't serve anyone well today. Attempts have been made to get the system updated and failed.
The 
Dole Shalala Commission was probably the most thorough analysis and recommendation update I've seen. It was complete, workable, understandable and affordable so it was promptly shelved by VA.
Let your Congressional representatives know how you feel and maybe some day we'll have a system that works.

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