Jim's

                     Mailbag

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
Military Health History Pocket Card

Did you see combat, enemy fire, or casualties? 

Were you or a buddy wounded, injured or hospitalized?​ Do you have a claim pending for illness or injury related to your military service?

​Do you have a service-connected condition?

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The VA Watchdog

 ~  Since 2005 - Facts About Your Benefits - Help With Your Claims ~​​​​​​

Stateside Legal Help For Veterans
Chat
Veterans Lawyer

Health Care for Veterans: Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

​​Not every veteran is automatically entitled to medical care from the VA.

Veterans must meet basic eligibility requirements for enrollment.

​​​Alabama

Veterans Lawyer Doctor

Blood test offers new hope to people with depression
The test would avoid the ‘years of trial and error’ that

currently characterise diagnosis and treatment of mental health conditions.​​

Veterans Doctor Lawyer Nexus Appeal Disability Claim

Citation Nr: 21044997   DOCKET NO. 19-22 460
Service connection for prostate cancer, to include claimed as due to herbicide exposure, is denied.

Service connection for hypertension, to include claimed as due to herbicide exposure, is denied.

Service connection for diabetes mellitus, to include claimed as due to herbicide exposure, is denied.​​

The Vietnam veteran who served with "boots on the ground" in the Republic of Vietnam is generally eligible for Service Connected Prostate Cancer & Disabled Veterans Benefits once the medical diagnosis of prostate cancer is made.

Nexus Independent Medical Opinion Veterans Doctor

Disabled Vietnam veteran Eugene Brice finds service to country doesn’t shield him from racism

Eugene L. Brice survived the Vietnam War, the 1968 Tet Offensive and 29 years in the U.S. Army,

but he is struggling to emotionally survive a recent trip to the grocery store.

Entitlement to service connection

for bilateral foot disability claimed

as secondary to carbon

tetrachloride exposure.

“In war, there are no unwounded soldiers.”

José Narosky

This is the CFR

Code of Federal Regulations

Title 38 - Pensions, Bonuses,

and Veterans' Relief​​

Title: PART 17 - MEDICAL​ 

AND then there are the

Three Great Lies.

I've updated those just a bit.

1: The check is in the mail.

2: Of course I'll respect you in the morning darling.

3: Hello. I'm here from the VA and I'm going to help you.

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

disability benefits. Jim writes extensively about VA and Social Security disability benefits. 
Jim's Mailbag is a regular column featured at  Stateside Legal  where veterans, servicemembers,

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

Watchful Waiting

​Closely watching a patient’s condition but not giving treatment unless symptoms appear or change.

​​Observation or Active Surveillance for Prostate Cancer

Question:
I was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had the Brachy implant surgery performed. My Dr.who was not a Va Dr. that performed the operation said it would be 2 yrs. before I could be determined as cancer free but in your Va watchdog article about prostate cancer it says that my disability will end after the procedure. How can that be?
Reply:
That's how VA works. VA relies on the PSA blood test as the standard to determine whether your cancer is "cured". Once you're treated, your PSA should fall pretty quickly. There isn't any reliable way to declare you as "cancer free" so VA uses the PSA test. It isn't very good but it's all we have. The alternative would be more invasive biopsies but that isn't a good alternative.
Your disability payment won't end, it will be reduced from 100% to 20%, 40% or 60%.
UPDATED

Hey Jim,
I read the question that was posed about
brachytherapy. I am a VA RVSR/QRS and wanted clarify that Veterans who undergo brachytherapy for prostate cancer are considered to be under active treatment for one year after the seeds are implanted. Six months after that, a review examination is conducted so that is a total of 18 months during time the Veteran receives a 100 percent evaluation. Once the examination is conducted and the Veteran's cancer is no longer considered to be active or is in remission,then a proposal to reduce is made. The Veteran has 60 days to submit any additional evidence to show the reduction should not take place (due process period) and then a final rating decision is made that implements the reduction but the actual reduction does not occur until two months after the date of the letter of notification to the Veteran that the reduction is final.
Bottom line, depending on when the Veteran files the claim, he may be entitled to up to 18 months at 100% and then an additional 4-6 months while undergoing re-evaluation and due process. This does not include the time the Veteran receives a 100% evaluation while waiting for a treatment plan to be determined (assuming the Veteran filed his claim as soon as the diagnosis was made).
(Signed)  

VA RVSR/QRS

Service Connected Prostate Cancer

Get Some Hometown Help!

These are the folks that know your state and federal benefits the best. Your state provides service officers to help you navigate all your benefits. Check them out for state tax info, veterans claims, homelessness...and a lot

more. Don't get advice from well meaning

friends,  neighbors or volunteer "VA Reps", 

go with the pros.


Omaha woman sentenced to time served for threatening VA Hospital employees
Investigators say Tina Hardin told

medical staff she wanted to "shoot up the VA."

Veterans Lawyer Personal Injury Appeals VA Claims

Nexus Letters and

Independent Medical Opinions

Increase Your 

Opportunity To Prevail

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs

It's  Your  VA - Deal With It!​​

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

Medicare Premiums 2022: How much will you pay for Part B coverage?
The standard premium will have an increase of 14.5%

Long-Haul COVID Can Include Chronic Fatigue

The often debilitating condition known as chronic fatigue syndrome appears to be common among COVID-19 long-haulers.

Veterans Psych Evaluations
 Brett Valette, Ph.D.

Providing Military Veterans Personalized Psychological and Medical Evaluations. Complete the Contact form, and you'll get a personal phone call from us. We listen, and want to know what you are going through. We provide Independent Medical Evaluations (IME), Independent Medical Opinions (IMO) and nexus letters for ratings reviews, secondary conditions, medical conditions, discharge upgrades, and many types of denied claims.  We also provide Social Security Disability claim reports.

Some Wounds Can't Be Seen        Contact Us Today

DD Form 214

Discharge Papers and Separation Documents

Read what a DD 214 is and

when you might need it

Jim Strickland

jim912@gmail.com

​​Welcome to the VAWatchdog...

Since 2005 we've been a leader in providing

expert resources to help you win your claim for the benefits you earned through your honorable service to our country.

We'll guide you to valuable resources you as you file a claim and when needed, we'll connect you to professional, board certified consultation.

Our privacy policy, fair use policy and contact information  is here.

If you're a health care or legal professional interested in helping America's veterans with their claims, drop me a note at <jim912@gmail.com> and I'll be happy to explain how this works. /s/  Jim

What is a veteran? What is a protected veteran?
U.S. veterans are those who have served on active duty in the United States Armed forces

( Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, to the Coast Guard).

'Smells Like Gasoline'

Military Families in Hawaii Say They Are Being Sickened by Their Tap Water

Veterans Disability Claims 

Nexus and IMO Letters

Let's file a VA claim right now 

Intent to File  

Too many of us skip this important step. Spending a few minutes taking care of this may give you months of additional benefits.​​ 

GetStarted 

You may file claims on  eBenefits 

 or you can mail them in using certified mail or you can fax them in. ​ 

​V A Claims Intake Center
PO BOX 4444
JANESVILLE, WI
53547- 4444
Toll Free Fax:
844-531-7818


Centralized Intake Coversheet


How to file a VA disability claim


Welcome to the KnowVA Knowledge Base
Locate information
more quickly and efficiently


38 CFR Book C
The Schedule for Rating Disabilities


The NPRC
Military Records​


Track Your VA Claim

or Appeal Status
Learn how to track

your status online​

View your VA disability ratings
If you have one or more disability ratings, you can
view your VA

combined disability rating and

your individual ratings online

NEHMER - Implementing Court Order

Awards Under the Nehmer Court Orders for Disability or Death Caused by a

Condition Presumptively Associated With Herbicide Exposure

Dr. Orange

The Secret Nemesis of Sick Vets
For decades, the military and

the VA have repeatedly turned

to one man to guide decisions

on whether Agent Orange harmed

vets in Vietnam and elsewhere.

 His reliable answer: No.

Veterans Psychologist Nexus Letters

Vaccines work, Pentagon says, as surge in troop COVID deaths comes to a halt

​After a months-long surge that saw COVID-19 deaths among service members nearly triple,

there haven’t been any reported in the past two weeks

Veterans Medical Malpractice Lawyer

​​​​HEADS UP!

Are You Scheduled For

A C & P Exam?

This document will save

you a lot of worry!

C&P Service Clinician’s Guide

This is your C & P examiners

guide and it's your only chance

to know what the examiner

knows before you go in the room.


When You've Hit A Dead End

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs ​White House Hotline

​855 - 948 - 2311    <Denis.McDonough@va.gov​>

​Yes, this really works. No, it doesn't ring in the White House.​ 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. Don't rant. ​​

You will get a reply.

C&P

Exams

SSDI - TDIU

How To Know If It’s Time To Return To Work

​When you have taken a step back from work due to a disability, you may reach a point in your

recovery where you begin to wonder if, when, and how to best approach a return to work.

Many service members use industrial solvents in regular military tasks

​Benzene   Tetrachloroethylene

(PCE or PERC)   Acetone    Trichloroethylene (TCE)   Xylenes

Thomas J. Seiter, M.D. ​
Independent Medical Opinions - DBQs - Medical Records Reviews​
Marian Medical Dot Com
or click on the  
CHAT  button you see there and
get started winning your VA claim or appeal!

<info@marian-medical.com>  Call Us Anytime - 762-994-3529

Disability benefits can enhance your independence and help you care for your family

​​Veterans’ Benefits Rating and Rates
Disability Compensation
Veterans who have disabilities, medical conditions or injuries incurred or aggravated during active military service — no matter when or where they served — may be eligible to receive tax-free monthly benefits.

Veterans Benefits Administration Reports

​Detailed Claims Data  -  Status Reports
Reports contain data covering claims inventory, claims backlog, claims accuracy, and

Fully Developed Claims. 

After 18 VA patients contract COVID in hospital and 1 dies,

top doc rips staff for coming to work sick, not masking
“We have committed very real harm to a large number of patients this week,” Dr. Sarah Unterman,

chief of staff for the hospital, said in a memo excoriating the “horrific and disturbing” situation.

VA has the second-worst COVID vaccination rate among all federal agencies

Department officials did not provide information on specifics of how many

unvaccinated individuals work in health care or jobs involving direct contact with veterans.

Scholz v. United States, No. 20-2163 (7th Cir. 2021)

​Scholz has two lawsuits pending against the government under the

Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), 28 U.S.C. 1346(b), 2671–2680.

Veterans Lawyer

Drug Overdose and Suicide Among Veteran Enrollees in the VHA

​The rate of opioid use disorder among patients in the Veterans Health Administration

(VHA) is 7 times higher than that of non-VHA enrollees.