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RallyPoint is the US Military's Professional Network

RallyPoint was founded in 2012 by two military veterans at Harvard Business School to help make military life better. Backed by two of the US military's recent Joint Chiefs of Staff, RallyPoint connects its members and gives them the best tools possible to succeed both while in the military, and beyond. With RallyPoint, you can build out your professional network, connect with other members of the military in a safe environment, and explore career opportunities both within the military (PCS opportunities) as well as in the private sector. In 2012, RallyPoint won the world's largest startup competition (MassChallenge), and placed 2nd in the Harvard Business School Business Plan Competition. RallyPoint was first developed at the Harvard University Innovation Lab and now remains in the Boston area.

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Support Dogs, Inc. is the organization that paired me with my pyschiatric/balance dog Cinder. A life changing event and I spoke at their Fundraiser a couple of years back and I wanted to share it with you. If you are wondering if a service dog can help with your PTSD take a moment and watch this and think about it.

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While it is true that patience is a virtue, where the Veterans Affairs Department is concerned it is a requirement.When possible send all correspondence to the VA & your service organization certified return receipt requested mail.Save all letters with the envelopes they came in so you will have the date on the letter and the postmark date, in case of discrepancies.Get a service officer, even if you are working your own claim I believe it is always a good idea to have someone with experience to bounce ideas off of.Get a copy of your VA Claims folder and request updates yearly. 

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You may also find these related references helpful:Compensation and Pension Examination Worksheets by disability - These Disability Examination Worksheets are in use both by the doctors of VHA (Veterans Health Administration) who do the disability examinations and by the rating specialists, hearing officers, and Decision Review Officers of VBA (Veterans Benefits Administration) who do the disability evaluations.38CFR4 VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities - This rating schedule is primarily a guide in the evaluation of disability resulting from all types of diseases and injuries encountered as a result of or incident to military service. The percentage ratings represent as far as can practicably be determined the average impairment in earning capacity resulting from such diseases and injuries and their residual conditions in civil occupations.

 Establishing Service Connection for Veterans Affairs Disability Compensation: 
There are two types of service-connection 1. Direct and 2. Presumptive There are three requirements to establish Direct service-connection for residuals of injuries and issues; 1. In-service documentation of an injury or disease. 2. A current condition with a medical diagnosis. 

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 Win Your Veterans Affairs Disability Claim - You finally decided to file a VA claim for disability, so now what do you do? Maybe you already have started the paperwork yourself or have been helped by a veterans service officer (VSO) filling out the required VA Forms and are now one of many waiting to hear from the VA about your claims status. 

A Veterans Benefits Affairs Rater's View - "Worth a read" - Tbird (webmaster HadIt.com) First, allow me to introduce myself with some background info. I am a veteran, a nurse, a woman, and decide VA disability claims. 
I share many of the frustrations of veterans when I see claims that have not been properly or expeditiously decided. It is my mission to correct these where possible. I have called errors on prior decisions and awarded benefits back to the original claim date. I'm sure that I also have made errors and hope others have caught and corrected these. 

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EligibilityIn general , the claimant must be a veteran or the dependent or survivor of a veteran‚ in order to be eligible. For VA purposes, the definition of veteran‚ is‚ a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released there from under conditions other than dishonorable.‚ Source: 38CFR3.1(d)EntitlementDisability compensation. (1) Basic entitlement for a veteran exists if the veteran is disabled as the result of a personal injury or disease (including aggravation of a condition existing prior to service) while in active service if the injury or the disease was incurred or aggravated in line of duty. Source: 38CFR3.1(b)In plain English and general terms. In order to receive service connected disability compensation through Veterans Affairs. You must have an other than dishonorable discharge. And you must have evidence that the disability occurred or was aggravated in the line of duty.Read More...

Applying for VA BenefitsOne of the more difficult tasks for a returning veteran is applying for the many VA benefits. The unknown of "should I," "would I qualify," "how do I apply," or "where do I go for help" can be a frustrating experience. VA intends to ease those frustrations and facilitate your transition from active participation in armed conflict back to civilian life with some basic tips for applying for benefits.Read More...

G. I. Bill 2008 Veterans: Find out how the new GI Bill affects you. You can calculate your new benefits by clicking here

Requesting Your Copy of Your Veteran Affairs Claims Folder (C-File)We can not stress enough how important it is to:
  1. View your VA claims folder at the Veterans Affairs regional office. Call the VA at 1-800-827-1000 and request an appointment to view your VA c-file (claims folder).
  2. Ensure that all the records in your Veterans Affairs C-File are yours.
  3. Check that everything you have sent to the VA is included in your C-File.
  4. After viewing your VA claims folder (c-file) and correcting any mistakes you may find. Then request a hard copy of your claims folder (c-file)

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The Mission ContinuesThe Mission Continues is a nationwide nonprofit organization that provides paid service fellowships for post-9/11 wounded and disabled veterans.  Our mission is to build an America where every returning veteran can serve again as a citizen leader, and where together we honor the fallen by living their values through service.  Join us as a Fellow or volunteer at one of our service projects. www.missioncontinues.org

  Read Dan Patrick's story on how Evernote helps him with his Traumatic Brain Injury TBI

EverNote Free Page Clipper and More. I use Evernote to off load my brain. FREE ACCOUNT! Chances are, if you can see it or think it, Evernote can help you remember it. Type a text note. Clip a web page. Snap a photo. Grab a screen shot. .It's FREE why not try it out. I use it everyday to hold onto things I should remember - Great for holding your VA claims research notes

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The VA Claims ProcessAfter VA receives your Application for Compensation, it sends you a letter. The letter explains what VA needs in order to help grant your claim. It states how VA assists in getting records to support your claim. The letter may include forms for you to complete, such as medical releases. They help VA obtain pertinent medical records from your doctor or hospital. You should try to complete and return all forms VA sends within a month. Your claim can often be processed more quickly if you send a copy of your own medical records. This letter is often referred to as the Duty to Assist letter.Read More

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Social Security Disability Benefits For Wounded Warriors Military service members can receive expedited processing of disability claims from Social Security. Benefits available through Social Security are different than those from the Department of Veterans Affairs and require a separate application. The expedited process is used for military service members who become disabled while on active military service on or after October 1, 2001, regardless of where the disability occurs. 

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