Many service members use industrial solvents in regular military tasks...

​Benzene   Tetrachloroethylene (PCE or PERC)   Acetone    Trichloroethylene (TCE)   Xylenes​

Extension of the Presumptive Period for Compensation for Persian Gulf War Veterans
A Rule by the Veterans Affairs Department on 09/14/2021

Dealing With Your Department of Veterans Affairs

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

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.

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.

Update and Clarify Regulatory Bars to Benefits Based on Character of Discharge
A Proposed Rule by the Veterans Affairs Department on 09/09/2021

​The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is requesting information to assist in the modification of the regulatory

framework for discharges considered “dishonorable” for VA benefit eligibility purposes.

Independent Medical Opinion / Nexus Letter

The Board assigns significant probative weight to the September 2019 independent medical opinion of D.B.M., M.D 
finding it is at least as likely as not that the veteran’s present left knee condition is the direct result
​of his motor vehicle accident injuries that occurred while on active duty.

Roger Hale, Esq.

​Veterans Law Attorney        Personal Injury Law

Nationwide Representation        Free Veterans Consultations
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If you're late with child support payments, you need to read:

38 CFR § 21.330 -

Apportionment

Gregory Rada  Veterans Law Attorney

Military Veteran - Operations Enduring Freedom and Iraqi Freedom

VA disability appeals, TDIU claims, MST, PTSD, other mental health disability claims, appeals and veterans disability claims processes.

Attorney Rada offers free telephone case evaluations and nationwide representation.

Vaccine Refusers

Don’t Get to Dictate Terms Anymore
People who opt out of shots shouldn’t expect their employers, health insurers,

and fellow citizens to accommodate them.


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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

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. 

A Surprising Number of People Could See Their Monthly Social Security Benefit Rise $100 (or More) in 2022
Social Security's 65 million beneficiaries are on track to receive their biggest monthly pay bump since 1983.

​Veterans ratings increases are directly linked to SSA increases.

What happens if we don’t take Medicare Part B?
​It’s very important to understand the consequences of not taking Part B, which you do not have to take


Should Veterans With VA Health Care Sign Up for Medicare?


Social Security benefits are often available to the disabled veteran. There are plenty of twists and turns here though and the benefits aren't anywhere close to being the same. You may be eligible for one but not the other! The VA rates you on the degree of disability that was incurred while you were on active duty. Those 10 point increments are added up with the very strange VA math that's used to determine your overall rating. The SSA rates you as either totally disabled and unable to work at all or not. Often enough age will play into it and the SSA will see you as employable until age 55 and then you're pretty much over the hill and the SSA will give you a break. If you are eligible for both SSA and VA benefits, study them carefully to learn how best to use the services provided. There is some overlap that you may not need and there are personal decisions you need to make about your overall health care and you need to be aware of all of it. These are great benefits and it's worth your time to learn all you can about them.

Veterans Social Security Disability & Medicare Benefits

United States Department of Veterans Affairs

Presumptive Service Connection for Respiratory Conditions Due to Exposure to Particulate Matter

GAO reviewed the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) new rule entitled "Presumptive Service

Connection for Respiratory Conditions Due to Exposure to Particulate Matter."

Hundreds given expired COVID vaccines at veterans hospital in NC

​The expired doses were administered to at least 281 veterans, spouses, caregivers and employees

King-sized COLA coming — for some!

​The not-so-good news is that the big COLA means inflation is here. Maybe for a long time.

Medical Device Recall Notification
Philips Respironics Sleep and Respiratory Care devices -  Device registration and recall contact information

Philips Respironics recently recalled some CPAP and BiPAP devices because very small foam particles may break loose

and travel through the air hose during use. This process may also release small amounts of chemical vapors.


C & P

Exam?

Jim Strickland

jim912@gmail.com

I'm in Florida, up in the  NE corner near Jacksonville.

Are you close? The coffee is on me.

<jim912@gmail.com>

Welcome to the VAWatchdog...

For many years we're the leader in providing expert resources to help you win the claim for the benefits you earned. We'll guide you as you file a claim and provide you with professional, board certified consultation should you need some help.

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

Thomas J. Seiter, Jr., M.D.

Nexus Letters

Independent Medical Opinions

Nationwide Representation

 This is the CFR

Code of Federal Regulations

Title 38 - Pensions, Bonuses,

and Veterans' Relief

Title: PART 17 - MEDICAL 


​​​Federal Register

Each day Federal agencies publish documents in the Federal Register, including proposed rules, final rules, public notices, and Presidential actions.​​

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.

Drew Early

Veterans Law Attorney
 Graduate of the US Military Academy West Point, 20 years of active Army service, multiple deployments,

XVIII Airborne Corps, and Third Army, Airborne and Master Explosive Ordnance Disposal badges. 

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Covid-19 has now killed as many Americans as the 1918-19 flu pandemic
More than 1,900 people are dying in the US daily on average – the highest level since early March

Let's file a VA disability 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.​​ ​Get Started Two options explaining

the Benefits you've earned.​

You may file claims on  eBenefits  or
you can mail them in using certified 
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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

Thomas J. Seiter, Jr., M.D.

Nexus Letters

Independent Medical Opinions

Nationwide Representation

Veterans Will Now Have Presumptive Conditions for Burn Pit Exposure

The VA will now recognize asthma, rhinitis, and sinusitis as diseases presumed to be

connected to Veterans who served in specific countries at specific times.

United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit - GARY R. LARSON, JR., Claimant-Appellant v.

DENIS MCDONOUGH, SECRETARY OF VETERANS AFFAIRS, Respondent-Appellee

Hey Jim,

​This is an interesting case for two reasons. 1st, this is a Federal Circuit case—meaning it got appealed from the lower Veterans Court.  The Federal Circuit is one rung below the Supreme Court and is probably the most knowledgeable of all the appellate courts when it comes to administrative law. 2nd, this case stands for the proposition that VA can make a determination that obesity can, in fact, be a disability. Obesity. A rated disability. That’s going to be very interesting…Best, Drew

Hodes Milman LLP

Veterans Medical Malpractice

1151 Claims​​

Helping Veterans Harmed By The VA Medical System

Nationwide Representation


Department of Veterans Affairs
Summary of VA Employee COVID-19 Related Deaths

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?

Stateside Legal Help For Veterans

​​​​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.

This document is a VA product, still in wide use and if you study it prior to the exam, you'll have the upper hand. Knowing exactly what you should expect is a big advantage.

Do some homework...and good luck.

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Independent Medical Opinion / Nexus Letter

In a November 2011 nexus statement, the Veteran's neurologist opined that that the Veteran's

progressive supranuclear palsy is most likely caused by or a result of his exposure to Agent Orange.

Entitlement to service connection

for bilateral foot disability claimed as secondary to carbon tetrachloride exposure.

Veteran Disability Claims 

Nexus and IMO Letters

Jim's

                     Mailbag

My son is an unemployed, disabled veteran who couch-surfs with friends.

Should I use my inheritance to help him buy a home?

When You Hit A Dead End

​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​​

Tell them you read about this at The VAWatchdog Dot Org...they know who we are.