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      How to get your questions answered. A few observations, and requests of all members. All folks who come here are volunteers who do this on their own time and their own dime.To avoid burning out our best contributors please follow these guidelinesf you are reading a post and it reminds you of a question you want to ask, start a new topic, if you place your question in someone thread it will be difficult to distinguish your question from the original poster, you will get better results posting a new topic with your question. 1. Before Posting please do a search and see if your question has already been answered. If you find the answer print it out and put it in a file to use as a reference file, I find this helpful myself. 2. If you can not find the answer and you do post a question, please print out those answers and refer to them to avoid duplicate questions. 3. Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions4. Duplicate questions will come up from time to time but the keeping them to the minimum will lighten the load on the regular volunteers.5. Respect folks privacy do not request their personal phone numbers for claims help, it is inappropriate and not why they are here.6. Keep the topics focused on veterans issues, in closing Search first Search ... Ask second.it may save a lot of time or at the very least enlighten you.
    • Listen Live Every Wed 5:30 PM CST to SVR Radio, Veterans Issues are discussed with various guests.

      Listen Live Every Wed 5:30 PM CST to SVR Radio, Veterans Issues are discussed with various guests. Please check the little home I am carving out for our SVR partners. http://www.hadit.com/svr.html
    • A bit about Tbird and HadIt.com for those who've asked...

      The following is on my About page, but some have been asking how this all happened. So here is my little story. Tbird US Navy 1983 – 1990 E-6 HadIt.com the website domain registered Jan 20, 1997 the domain is registered and paid for through Jan 21, 2023 at which time I plan to register it for another 15 years Lord willing and the creek don't rise. I guess the best place to start is Jan 1991; I had gotten out of the navy Dec 1990. At my separation seminar, there was a DAV rep Jim Milton he told us to bring our medical records in and he would look through them for us and let us know if we should file a claim with the VA. Well, bless his heart, he opened my medical file, reads the first insert, looks me straight in the eye, and says you will be 50% for the rest of your life and he would file the claim for me. 50% was for surgery I had in the service. True to his word he met with me and talked with me for a long time filled out my paper work and urged me to file for PTSD. I would not file the PTSD claim, nor even discuss it. By Feb 1991 I had moved to the San Francisco bay area and was staying at a friends apartment and pretty much I was just a puddle. In desperation one night I called suicide hot line, I had no job, no idea about going to the VA. They talked with me for a long time and explained to me that I could go to the local VA hospital even if I did not have insurance. Now, I know what you are thinking if I was 50% why didn't I just go to the VA in the first place, two reasons 1, this was Feb 1991 and the 50% didn't come till May and 2, even if it had come through it is unlikely that I would have had the mental acuity at the time to put the two together. I relate this here because it is where so many of our brothers and sisters are coming from, perhaps where you started. Fuzzy and unsure, in pain and sometimes homeless they come to the VA hospital for help. And that is where I ended up. Up to the pysch ward I went, blah, blah, blah, a few days later I was released with a promise of a call from the out patient program, which I would soon be entering. Blah, blah, blah, after many missed communications, and no call backs I was at the Day Hospital everyday M-F. And this brothers and sisters is where I began to learn and formulate my plan for HadIt.com. Veterans, veterans everywhere…I spent a year in the day hospital and about another year at a sheltered workshop before I got back on my feet. So I just talked to veterans everyday waiting for appointments, waiting for prescriptions, waiting for a vet rep and I started to learn the system. While in the navy I was data analyst and had to learn a 5 volume manual and just about anything you were suppose to do was in that manual. So I figured there must be a manual on how to do a VA claim or at the very least regulations. So I found out about the Code of Federal Regulations, United States Code, Veterans Affairs Manuals and so on and so forth. Of course this was 1991/1992 I was living in a tiny studio apartment in a particularly bad neighborhood, working in a sheltered workshop making a nickel per envelope I stuffed throw in PTSD and you will see that it was a difficult task for me to get somewhere where they had copies of these, let alone that they would let me look at. And there was so much knowledge around me, it was like the gold rush in those days, I could just sit on a bench a veteran would sit down next to me a little conversation later I had another nugget, I made copious notes. Phone numbers to call, ask for this guy or that guy he'll give you the straight scoop and they'd slip me a piece of paper with a number on it. You want to read this regulation or that one and another slip of paper into my hand. I spent a lot of time on those benches watching the squirrels they gathered their nuts and I gathered mine :) So I'm thinking I could put a little handbook together print it out and hand it out at the VA. Or perhaps fliers. Still formulating, time goes by, 1994/1995 I am being treated for PTSD regularly and doing and feeling much better and I go to work for a company as a marketing systems analyst and I discover the internet. Well let me tell you that was perhaps one of the most significant life changing events I have ever experienced. And I might add finally a positive one :) It seemed only natural to me that surely there must be a website that contained all the knowledge I wanted, well as it turned out not so much, lots of stuff but I wanted to get straight to the claims information and there was a lot of stuff to wade through to get to it. So taking my lesson from the squirrels earlier I started to gather, gather, gather…and learn HTML and work as a marketing systems analyst and work my claim. 1996/1997 major PTSD cork blows and unemployed. Working my claim, working the website. 20 Jan 1997 register HadIt.com domain name right after getting off the phone with the VA and saying I've had it with this. As fate would have it the old DAV board goes down just as mine opens up and folks start to wander in. So HadIt.com has two main components the website which supports the discussion board with links, articles, research resources etc. The website starts to grow, I can't tell you how many times I had to switch servers for space and features. I continue on a downward trend and in 1998 ended up back home in St Louis living in my sisters basement in therapy and working it, I swear I would have swung a dead chicken around my head at midnight naked if I thought it would have helped. The website continued to do great during this time, I just stayed in the basement bought new software, new books, and learned how to make things work and I continued to use this knowledge to make HadIt.com better. My 100% finally came through from the VA and I had a friend who is an advocate who helped me thru my SSDI claim, he was literally at my side thru the entire process and that came through for me. My therapist and sister continued to try and get me to leave the basement, but to no avail. At some point in 1998 or 1999 I put a counter on the website and was shocked to discover how many visitors we were getting. Time goes by my sister gets married and I move from the basement to the upstairs, there is much celebration that Aunt T is living in the light again. More time goes by and I settle into my life in St Louis and spend more time on the site trying new things, finding more information. 2003 I buy my own home VA loan. For years now I have just considered HadIt.com my job and I get up every morning go to the office and work for several hours, take an afternoon break and see where the rest of day takes me. I have a place in the office to use the computer and a comfortable to place to read journals and articles and take notes. Blah, blah, blah so that is my story and HadIt.com's intertwined.
    • HadIt.com Pass It On Cards

      Hi I've updated our HadIt.com Pass It On Cards. They are in a PDF format you can print them out cut them there are 12 to a page. If you have found HadIt.com helpful and would like to pass it on to other veterans this is an easy way to do it.I hope you find them helpful, feel free to leave a few anywhere veterans gather, veterans centers, veterans hospitals, public libraries, be creative. Please make sure though, that if you want to leave some at any business you ask permission first.Here you go http://www.hadit.com...it_on_cards.pdf

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  1. Wings added an answer to a question Hired Veterans Attorney Today.   

    It's not always the pay that motivates an attoney, sometimes they just like to win ;-) Good luck Bronco! Wings
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  2. Wings added an answer to a question Got This Email From Iris Today, Ridiculous   

    Chain of Command? Central Office? Wow guys, this sux bad ... Wings
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  3. Wings added an answer to a question Veterans Resource Center   

    Buck, If the Vets Center is close by, go in and look around, see wat kind of resources they have for veterans; maybe a public library, computers, literature and whatnot. Maybe there's friendly, knowledgable people working there? Even iif they don't have what you need, it might be a good fit for another vet. I live pretty far from most resources that, like you, most of my help is on-line from Hadit. Write your own unoffical nexus statement and share it with your MH provider. Help her connect the dots, if she doesn't agree, she doesn't have to make a statement ... Hope you have a good day ;-) Wings
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  4. Wings added an answer to a question Veterans Resource Center   

    Hi Buck, I have no experience or exposure to the Vets Centers, but unless they keep copies of NVLSP's Veterans Benefits Manuals on their desks, I wouldn't want to file my claim thru them!

    I have a lot of respect for NVLSP's attorney's and staff, and their publications are a MUST HAVE for any vets advocate. The manuals are expensive but you might be able to borrow a copy http://www.nvlsp.org/

    They pretty much wrote the Book for Vietnam Vets on filing/winning thier PTSD claims.

    New Claim for you?? Wings


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  5. Wings added an answer to a question 100% Ptsd Rating That I Don't Want   

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    I'm sorry I didn't really listen to what you were saying here, in your first message. I reflexively responded with the assumption that you had been awarded "unemployable" (TDIU). I lost a little sleep thinking about how painful it's been for me, personally, to feel that I have accomplished to little professionally. My career in the military was cut short due to my inability to overcome the emotional and scars of an in-service rape trauma. Because I did not recieve help from the military or the VA when I was discharged (and I knocked at that door loudly and repeatedly), my pproblems only worsened and I found myself totally unable to secure employment. All that said, if I could trade my VA comp for a successful career with positive self esteem, I would do it in an instant, even if the pay was less!

    IMO, If you are able to work, then you should not have a 100% schedular rating. HOWEVER, I also read into your message that you have been working successfuly for only 4 months? I don't know what that's about, but if it has anything to do with your PTSD, I'd say you are not out of the woods just yet! I think you should wait on making a permanent decision, and see what how rest of the school year pans out. Unless you have lied to the VA during your C&P Exam, and did in fact produce an honest occupational history, then you are under no lawful obligation to tell the VA that your life has improved permanently! I'm sorry to suggest that it is common for a PTSD veteran to have ups and downs, flareups, a sudden exacerbation of symptoms, and even good days.

    Sounds like you landed a good job after some years of marginal employement? and you want to keep it --and I think you should try. But you probably should wait it out and see what happens. No reason just yet to feel like a fraud! Your VA Award was in all likelihood justified by the evidence at the time the rating was assigned. IMO, again --if you are still doing well in a year's time, I would feel morally obligated to write to the VA for a re-examination, or go to the VA for your mental health treatment and tell them how things are going ... Sorry I didn't listen and hear what you were saying the first time. ~Wings
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  6. Wings added an answer to a question 100% Ptsd Rating That I Don't Want   


    You're right. No VA Forms, and he says in the title he's also Permanent and Total. SO, that means no re-exams either.
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  7. Wings added a post in a topic Hadit.com Anniversary Svr Show   



    Date, time, place? Links?
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  8. Wings added a post in a topic My Journey To Get A Psd - Ptsd Service Dog   

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    Good Luck Tbird!! I hope you get the dog you need!! ~Wings
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  9. Wings added an answer to a question Waiting And Nervous   

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    Dan, The pdf file you attached shows a General Discharge. A General Discharge typically means General under honorable conditions, and eligible for VA Benefits. Does your DD-214 show General or OTH?

    Regardless, you should file a VA Claim for Compensation and Pension. WHen you file a Claim, the VA will "adjudicate" your Character of Discharge, under 38 CFR 3.12. Sometimes, the VA will decide Honorable for VA Purposes, without your ever needing to go to the military discharge review boards.

    Have you filed a VA Claim? Did the VA Adjudicate youyr character of discharge yet? ~Wings
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  10. Wings added an answer to a question Waiting And Nervous   

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    See Attachment: The VA MUST make a Character of Discharge Determination. ~Wings
    _3.12__Character_of_discharge..DOC
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  11. Wings added an answer to a question Waiting And Nervous   

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    First, An OTH discharge is NOT a Dishonorable Discharge.

    Basic entitlement to service-connected disability compensation for veterans derives from 38 U.S.C.
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  12. Wings added a post in a topic Medical Review Board   

    1. GAO report number GAO-06-362
    'Military Disability System: Improved Oversight Needed to
    Ensure Consistent and Timely Outcomes for Reserve and Active Duty
    Service Members' March 31, 2006.

    http://www.gao.gov/htext/d06362.html or PDF File http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06362.pdf


    2. GAO report number GAO-06-561T
    'Military Disability Evaluation: Ensuring Consistent and
    Timely Outcomes for Reserve and Active Duty Service Members'
    April 6, 2006.

    http://www.gao.gov/htext/d06561t.html or PDF File http://www.gao.gov/new.items/d06561t.pdf


    1. GAO report number GAO-06-362

    -snippets-

    As provided by the Career Compensation Act of 1949, as amended, service
    members who become physically unfit to perform military duties may
    receive military disability compensation under certain
    conditions.

    Compensation for disabilities can be in the form of monthly disability
    retirement benefits or a lump sum disability severance payment,
    depending on the disability rating and years of creditable
    service. To qualify for monthly disability retirement
    benefits, a service member with a permanent impairment that renders him
    or her unfit for duty must have (1) at least 20 years of creditable
    service or (2) a disability rating of at least 30 percent.


    Service members with less than 20 years of creditable service and a
    disability rating less than 30 percent receive a lump sum severance
    disability payment.

    Service members with service connected disabilities may also be
    eligible for VA disability compensation. Until recently, this military
    benefit was offset by any VA compensation received. However, the fiscal
    year 2004 National Defense Authorization Act now allows some military
    retirees to concurrently receive VA and military benefits.

    Generally, military disability retirement pay is taxable. Exceptions
    are (1) if the disability pay is for combat-related injuries or (2) if
    the service member was in the military, or so obligated, on September
    24, 1975.


    The Disability Evaluation Process:

    Each of the military services administers its own disability evaluation
    process. According to DOD regulations, the process should include a
    medical evaluation board (MEB), a physical evaluation board (PEB), an
    appellate review process, and a final disposition.

    Each service member
    should be assigned a Physical Evaluation Board Liaison Officer (PEBLO),
    a counselor to help the service member navigate the system and prepare
    documents for the PEB.

    There are a number of steps in the disability
    evaluation process and several factors that play a role in the
    decisions that are made at each step.

    There are four possible outcomes in the disability evaluation system.

    A service member can be:

    * found fit for duty;

    * separated from the service without benefits--service members whose
    disabilities were incurred while not on duty or as a result of
    intentional misconduct are discharged from the service without
    disability benefits;

    * separated from the service with lump sum disability severance pay;
    OR:

    * retired from the service with permanent monthly disability benefits
    or placed on the temporary disability retired list (TDRL).


    Medical Evaluation Board:

    The disability evaluation process begins at a military treatment
    facility (MTF), when a physician identifies a condition that may
    interfere with a service member's ability to perform his or her
    duties. The physician prepares a narrative summary
    detailing the injury or condition.

    DOD policy establishes the date of dictation of the narrative summary
    as the beginning of the disability evaluation process. This specific type
    of medical evaluation
    is for the purpose of determining if the service member meets the
    military's retention standards, according to each service's
    regulations. This process is often referred to as a
    medical evaluation board (MEB). Service members who meet retention
    standards are returned to duty, and those who do not are referred to
    the physical evaluation board (PEB).


    Physical Evaluation Board:

    The PEB is responsible for determining whether service members have
    lost the ability to perform their assigned military duties due to
    injury or illness, which is referred to as being "unfit for duty". If
    the member is found unfit, the PEB must then determine whether the
    condition was incurred or permanently aggravated as a result of
    military service. While the composition of the PEB varies by service,
    it is typically composed of one or more physicians and one or more line
    officers. Each of the services conducts this process for its service
    members. The Army has three PEBs located at Fort Sam Houston, Texas;
    Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C; and Fort Lewis,
    Washington. The Navy has one located at the Washington Navy Yard in
    Washington, D.C. The Air Force has one located in San Antonio, Texas.

    The first step in the PEB process is the informal PEB--an
    administrative review of the case file without the presence of the
    service member. The PEB makes the following findings and
    recommendations regarding possible entitlement for disability benefits:

    * Fitness for duty--The PEB determines whether or not the service
    member "is unable to reasonably perform the duties of his or her
    office, grade, rank, or rating," taking into consideration the
    requirements of a member's current specialty. Fitness determinations
    are made on each medical condition presented. Only those medical
    conditions which result in the finding of "unfit for continued military
    service" will potentially be compensated. Service members found fit
    must return to duty.

    * Compensability--The PEB determines if the service member's injuries
    or conditions are compensable, considering whether they existed prior
    to service (referred to as having a pre-existing condition) and whether
    they were incurred or permanently aggravated in the line of
    duty. Service members found unfit with noncompensable
    conditions are separated without disability benefits.

    * Disability rating--When the PEB finds the service members unfit and
    their disabilities are compensable, it applies the medical criteria
    defined in the Veterans Administration Schedule for Rating Disabilities
    (VASRD) to assign a disability rating to each compensable condition.
    The PEB then determines (or calculates) the service member's overall
    degree of service connected disability. Disability ratings range from 0
    (least severe) to 100 percent (most severe) in increments of 10
    percent. Depending on the overall disability rating and
    number of years of active duty or equivalent service, the service
    member found unfit with compensable conditions is entitled to either
    monthly disability retirement benefits or lump sum disability severance
    pay.

    In disability retirement cases, the PEB considers the stability of the
    condition. Unstable conditions are those for which the severity might
    change resulting in higher or lower disability ratings. Service members
    with unstable conditions are placed on TDRL for periodic PEB
    reevaluation at least every 18 months. While on TDRL, members receive
    monthly retirement benefits.

    When members on TDRL are determined to be
    fit for duty, they may choose to return to duty or leave the military
    at that time. Members who continue to be unfit for duty after 5 years
    on TDRL are separated from the military with monthly retirement
    benefits, discharged with severance pay, or discharged without
    benefits, depending on their condition and years of service.

    Service members have the opportunity to review the informal PEB's
    findings and may request a formal hearing with the PEB; however, only
    those found unfit are guaranteed a formal hearing. The formal PEB
    conducts a de novo review of referred cases and renders its own
    decisions based upon the evidence. At the formal PEB hearing, service
    members can appear before the board, put forth evidence, introduce and
    question witnesses, and have legal counsel help prepare their cases and
    represent them. The military will provide military counsel or service
    members may retain their own representative. If service members
    disagree with the formal PEB's findings and recommendations, they can,
    under certain conditions, appeal to the reviewing authority of the PEB.
    Once the service member either agrees with the PEB's findings and
    recommendations or exhausts all available appeals, the reviewing
    authority issues a final disability determination concerning fitness
    for duty, disability rating, and entitlement to benefits.



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  13. Wings added a post in a topic Medical Review Board   

    First of all, his first shirt (sergeant) can not authorize an MEB. It would need to be signed by the Commander.

    Secondly, the MEB is only the 1st step in the overall evaluation of the military's "fit for duty" staus quo. Your husband has appellate rights !!!

    The purpose of the MEB is to make a physical examination. Your husband can pass the medical board and is still able to do his job. If he can no longer perform his MOS, he ccould be reassigned to another. After 17 years, I would think keeping him would be more cost effective than retiring him with disability pay.

    You may want and need to go to a private doctor for an "independent medical exam".

    More links on the way! ~Wings




    The attorneys of McCormack & Associates represent servicemembers at Physical Evaluation Boards (PEB) for all branches of services. http://www.militarylawyers.org/physical_evaluations.htm

    The process begins with a servicemember being referred to a Medical Evaluation Board (MEB). The MEB determines whether a medical condition interferes significantly with the member
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  14. Wings added a post in a topic The Look And Feel Of The Forum How To Change It   

    Tbird, Thanks for getting the "skins" all worked out. They weren't all available last week. Each day there are more improvements. B) The colors are easy on the eye, but I am still hoping for an all around larger text font on the "skin". Thanks for all you do. ~Wings
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  15. Wings added a post in a topic Text Size   

    OK, I think I can learn how to increase the text size of MY messages - but reading others, even reading the small print on the forum mode is difficult. Us old folks have a hard time with small print. Then again, I could go to the VAMC and get some eye glasses LOL! HUGS! Adora
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