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VHA Claims and Appeals Modernization
A Rule by the Veterans Affairs Department on 07/22/2022

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The Best of the VAWatchdog    This is the stuff I think is important for veterans to know. The veteran who is informed, the veteran armed with facts, not rumors, is a stronger and better prepared veteran citizen than the guy who listens to the usual scuttlebutt.      Scroll wayyy down this page for a heap of  How To articles.      Thanks for visiting!   /s/ Jim

Can I collect Social Security and disability at the same time?
It is possible to receive both

arms of Social Security support

with what the organization calls “concurrent” payments.

How to access mobility benefits  VA automobile allowance and adaptive equipment
 Do you have a disability related to your military service that prevents you from driving? If you do, you may be able​​ to get disability compensation or benefits.

What Is An

Extraschedular Rating?

​​38 CFR § 3.321 -

General rating

considerations Extra-schedular ratings in unusual cases

The Wall of Faces
The virtual Wall of Faces features a page dedicated to honoring and remembering every person whose name is inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.  In an effort to further preserve the legacy of those who sacrificed all in Vietnam, VVMF is committed to finding a photo to go with each of the more than 58,000 names on The Wall. 

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​​How to access your travel pay on-line.  VA travel pay reimbursement 

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Supplemental Claims

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VA Disability 2023 Increase?
Is VA disability compensation going up in 2023? In this episode of the SITREP, hear how current Cost of Living projections could mean a significant increase for Veterans and their dependents.

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

How to determine

if you are eligible for

disability benefits from VA?  

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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. 

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Morris v. McDonough, No. 21-2032 (Fed. Cir. 2022)

​Morris has for many years been seeking an earlier effective date

for service-connected

disability compensation.

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PACT Act Delivers on President Biden’s Promise to America’s Veterans

In his first State of the Union address, President Biden called on Congress to send a bill to his desk that would

comprehensively address toxic exposures that have impacted veterans, as well as their families

and caregivers, and provide them with the health care and benefits they have earned and deserve.

Thanks to the bipartisan leaders of the House and Senate Veterans Committees, the PACT Act does just that.

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Travel Pay

Since the VA adopted the new mileage application via the internet, I haven't received any travel money. I checked with my travel clerk and he told me that there is a big back log here in Florida. Have others experienced this problem? Thank you Jim.

Jim's Reply:
I'm in Florida so I feel your pain.
We're supposed to be reimbursed a per mile amount for certain travel to and from medical care. In my time with VHA I've seen long lines and over an hour wait to receive a few dollars gas money. Then we went to a fill-out-the-form system. The check-in kiosks were introduced a few years back and those worked well other than you had to remember to sign out and sign in again to submit the travel voucher.
Not all that long ago I checked in to my small clinic and the kiosks were unplugged and parked in a corner. I was told to check in the old school way and only when I asked, I was given an old form to complete for travel pay. I was told the kiosks were gone forever.
I returned to that clinic 2 weeks later and the check in kiosks were back, plugged in and ready to go. There was no option for travel reimbursement, I was told to go to the Internet and figure it out. I haven't seen any deposits either.
I don't have any answer for you other than...welcome to your VA. They care!

Using Anti-Inflammatory Drugs May Prolong Back Pain

​“For many decades it’s been standard medical practice to

treat pain with anti-inflammatory drugs, but we found that

this short-term fix could lead

to longer-term problems.”