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RUMORS and misstatements abound when anyone mentions the TDIU benefit.
Have a look here to learn the facts.
Home Care Agencies Often Wrongly Deny Medicare Help To The Chronically Ill
Thousands of Poor Performers Are No Longer at VA, Shulkin Boasts
Scandal-plagued dept. has made progress ever since the deaths of hundreds of veterans awaiting care sparked a national outcry. “So we’ve been able to remove thousands of employees from VA’s roll and set a standard for accountability so that those employees that are continuing to do an excellent job in serving are surrounded by other employees that have the same commitment.”
"Cadet Bone Spurs"
Duckworth slams Trump
I won't be lectured on military needs by a 'five-deferment draft dodger'
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American culture, military veterans, and the forever-war
Too often, though, we fail to name the elephant in the room: the colossal military machine
that eats up the majority of the federal budget, that carries out wars without end,
that has almost 800 bases in over 70 countries, and continues to be, as Martin
Luther King charged, the greatest purveyor of violence on the planet.
Veterans: “Snowflake” Trump tells Iran to listen to its people, but shuts us out
Veterans are shaming Donald Trump as a "snowflake"
for blocking them on Twitter and ignoring their
voices while his administration scolds Iran
for blocking social media sites.
Jim; Not sure if you have seen this yet. I’ve attached an “invitation” one of our clients received inviting him to participate in the RAMP program. We had to read it about 5 times to understand everything, so I would highly recommend any veteran getting one of these to seek the advice of a rep or attorney. We can definitely see where making the wrong selection could be detrimental. We're happy to offer free evaluations to any veteran who gets a RAMP letter. /s/ Julie Glover
Jim's Dirty Dozen
A blast from the past, the 13 rules we should all abide by if we expect to win claims. Although much of what I wrote way back then seems a bit dated, the truth is that not much has changed and any change hasn't been positive.
This was written back when Google still published software for what they called their "Knol", very similar to Wikipedia. My friend Katrina Eagleco-authored the piece. I hope you enjoy reading it and that it has some value today... /s/ Jim
A teacher called members of the military ‘the lowest of our low.’
People were furious.
Leaving The Military Wasn’t My Idea
How Separation Status May Affect Homelessness in Women Veterans
Prostate Cancer Facts
Vietnam Veterans can receive 100% disability benefits for prostate cancer but they have to file for it. Learn how to deal with your prostate cancer benefits here.
The White House Veterans
Complaint Line is open
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When They Want To Learn What They've Been Doing
Is Alcohol A Problem?
VA promises faster action on unpaid bills from outside health providers
"...critics have warned that those moves could undermine the existing VA health system, by pushing patients and funding into medical centers less equipped to handle veteran-specific medical issues."
That is pure bullshit. Just what "veteran-specific medical issues" are we talking about? Diabetes? Cancer? Hernias? Unless you're talking combat related inuries or PTSD, VA and civilian treatment don't differ at all except that civlian therapy is faster, better, cheaper.
How to Apply for a Discharge Upgrade
Answer a series of questions to get customized step-by-step instructions on how to apply for a discharge upgrade or correction. If your application goes through and your discharge is upgraded, you'll be eligible for the VA benefits you earned during your period of service. All branches of the military consider you to have a strong case for a discharge upgrade if you can show your discharge was connected to any of these categories:
* Mental health conditions, including PTSD
* Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
* Sexual assault or harassment during military service
* Sexual orientation (including under the Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy)
This guide provides information on locating
military unit histories and individual service
records of discharged, retired, and deceased
military personnel. It also provides information
on locating and replacing military awards and medals. Included is contact information for
military history centers, websites for additional sources of research, and a bibliography of other publications, including related CRS reports.
There are additional benefits that you may be
eligible for that are based on a favorable decision for
a VA benefit and/or based on special circumstances.
These are known as derivatives.
Disability Service Connection
Secondary Service Connection
Temporary Total Disability Rating
38 U.S.C. 1151
Special Monthly Compensation
Specially Adapted Housing
Special Home Adaptation
Benefits Based on a Veteran's
Seriously Disabled Child
Change of Address
Patients must choose: Medical marijuana or gun ownership
And you thought Obama was going to take your guns away.
November 9th 2017
VA announces rollout and application process for new Veterans ID Card
December 5th 2017
High demand for new veteran ID cards crashes VA website
January 5th 2018
YouTube Veterans ID Card
The myth about some sort of veterans ID card has been floated around for as many years as I can remember. VA has tried again and again but each time they fumble by printing your SSN on the front in bold letters or some similar privacy violation. Much of 2017 was spent with announcements of how great it would be when VA got our cards to us. As you can see, true to form, VA FUBARed it again.
DoD Issues New Guidance for Discharge Upgrades Involving Mental Health
Greg Rada - Veterans Law Attorney
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provided by the
Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).
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You have the right to appeal any benefits decision made by the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA). The VA appeals process is set in law and is different from other judicial appeals processes.