VA service representatives can answer questions about benefits eligibility and application procedures. Contact the nearest VA benefits office at 1-800-827-1000 from any location in the United States and Puerto Rico. VA facilities also are listed in the federal government section of telephone directories under "Veterans Affairs". Included Forms (Always check here VA Forms first … [Read more...] about Veterans Survivor Package For Dependent Spouses, Children and Parents of deceased Veterans
The following is written from a VA Compensation and Pension Examiners perspective relating to psychiatric exams. It is a good guideline for all exams but I only did psych exams. I’ve been examined by the VA for multiple problems and this is my format when I go to be examined. A little common sense and clarity of thinking will go a long ways towards getting you what you are … [Read more...] about VA C and P Exam – Do’s and Don’ts – VA Compensation Pension Exam
Today, I want to talk to you about a question that a lot of Veterans ask me: If I get a 100% rating, should I continue fighting the Veterans Affairs for benefits? Let’s jump right into the answer. Many Veterans perceive the 100% rating as the end of the line. The sign of victory over the Hamster Wheel. But….….is it REALLY over when you get to 100%? Well, the hard part sure … [Read more...] about 6 Reasons to Keep Pursuing VA Claims and Appeals – AFTER you reach 100%
[Reprinted here with permission from Veterans Law Blog] VA Disability Rating for PTSD: Non-Combat Stressor Do you have Non-Combat VA PTSD disability claim? Ever try to convince the VA that your non-combat stressor event occurred? It's a lot harder for non-combat Veterans - if you didn't serve in combat, the VA isn't going to take your word for it: you have to prove to the … [Read more...] about Proving a Non-Combat Stressor in a VA PTSD Disability Claim
You've just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It's a legitimate question - rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons after being rated 100% disabled. Some Veterans like … [Read more...] about Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?
Here is a look at the US Department of Veterans Affairs. Read the full list here Facts: There are 18.8 million veterans in the United States, according to the most recent statistics from the US Census. More than nine million veterans are served each year by the Department of Veterans Affairs. Health care facilities are made up of 1,065 outpatient sites and 170 VA … [Read more...] about Department of Veterans Affairs Fast Facts
Question. Will submitting a NEXUS letter for PTSD, from my VA Psychologist help my NOD if I have already submitted a Nexus from my Private Psychologist for PTSD? PTSD RELATED TO FEAR OF HOSTILE MILITARY OR TERRORIST ACTIVITY A veteran who is diagnosed with PTSD that is related to fear of hostile military or terrorist activity does not need to provide stressor … [Read more...] about Will PTSD NEXUS letter, from VA Psychologist help my NOD-I already submitted a Nexus?
From Curtis L. Coy, Deputy Under Secretary for Economic Opportunity, Veterans Benefits Administration Dear Fellow Veterans and Colleagues, As you know, the recent passage of the Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017, also known as the “Forever GI Bill,” enacts several changes to the GI Bill that will positively impact Veterans and their families. Some of the … [Read more...] about “Forever GI Bill” Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act of 2017
Personal stories from veterans, historical and political analysis from scholars and elected officials. This should be an interesting and hopefully unflinching look at the organization that was created to "To care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow, and his orphan." I've been in the VA system since 1991 and it has been anything but smooth, I imagine … [Read more...] about PBS Documentary – VA: The Human Cost of War – A history from the beginning
I haven't been to the Vet Center in a few years. My therapist there transferred and I moved to the civilian sector. The transition from one to the other was about as seamless as I could have hoped for thanks to my Vet Center therapist. She set me up for success with my new therapist and with myself. I had been in regular therapy since 1991 in California but in 1998 I moved to … [Read more...] about Have you tried going to the Vet Center ? I did and I’m glad.
Basically they would like to merge VA with TRICARE. Can't imagine that going going well. Congress - not consulted Veterans Groups - not consulted Studies Done - none “My overarching concern is these are very dramatic changes in the way health care is delivered to veterans,” said Carrie Farmer, a senior policy researcher on military care at Rand Corp., who has … [Read more...] about Veterans Affairs exploring idea of merging health system with Pentagon
Veterans struggling with addiction have a lifeline with the VA Domiciliary and compensated work therapy, they can stop sleeping rough and get clean in a safe environment, compensated work therapy can help them get back into the routine of working and provide a little spending cash. Temple VA's motor pool had a different idea about those programs and it didn't have anything … [Read more...] about Investigation finds corruption, intimidation at Temple VA campus
As some of you may know there are 3 kinds of lies, lies, damn lies and statistics and the VA uses them all. Once again we can thank a whistleblower for bring this to our attention. Even with CHOICE in place due to the VA creating fake wait lists to make their numbers look better than they were and damn the veterans who suffer. It continues at the Denver Veterans … [Read more...] about VA Inspector General: Improper wait list used for Colorado vets’ mental health care
Cholangiocarcinoma - a nasty little parasite from raw or undercooked fish showed up in at least 700 veterans over the past 15 years and a little less than half ever filed a claim for it. The VA rejected most of them in what was described as a haphazard way. Veterans Affairs say they are studying it, but sadly if they were to make it presumptive by the time that happens, most … [Read more...] about Vietnam: The War That Keeps On Killing
Have you seen HR 4457 The Veterans Empowerment Act? Employing an old marketing trick giving a name that makes it sound like something you want. I want veterans to be empowered, so why wouldn't I support a bill with empowerment right in the tittle? The bill is not about empowering veterans, but it is about dismantling the Veterans Affairs. VFW says "H.R. 4457, the … [Read more...] about HR 4457 Veterans Empowerment Act – Not Empowering Despite the Name
Keeping the bills paid, the kids feed and a thousand other things you have to worry about each month, the last thing you need is for your income to disappear and then be saddled by a huge debt. If VA overpaid you they have every right to inform you and work out a repayment plan, but they should not have the right to put a family in a desperate situation because of their … [Read more...] about VA Asking Veterans to Return Benefit ‘Overpayments’
Sen. Kaine said, “These findings don’t enable veterans and Congress to have trust in VA’s performance. I will be asking the Veterans Affairs to provide confirmation that no veteran suffered any financial harm from these mistakes.” I couldn't agree more with Sen. Kane. I am finding it impossible to believe anything they cite as statistics, their track record on cooking the … [Read more...] about AGAIN! Roanoke VA office cited for mishandling veterans’ claims
Do you trust the VA to discuss medical marijuana? Many veterans don't, VA docs can't prescribe, they can, it says, discuss how it might interact with other medications or how it might effect pain management or PTSD symptoms. VA providers are still NOT permitted to refer veterans to state-approved medical marijuana programs, since the drug is illegal under federal law, with … [Read more...] about VA Clears The Air On Doctors Talking To Veterans About Marijuana Use
https://www.hadit.com/disability-calculator/ https://www.hadit.com/things-to-do-at-your-va-compensation-and-pension-exam/ https://www.hadit.com/can-100-percent-disabled-veteran-work/ https://www.hadit.com/common-va-service-connected-disabilities/ https://www.hadit.com/veterans-affairs-claims/ https://www.hadit.com/requesting-your-va-c-file/ … [Read more...] about Top 10 VA Disability Claims Posts for 2017
HadIt.com Veteran to Veteran 21st Anniversary. Tbird, founder of HadIt.com will be the guest and talk about the history of HadIt.com and will take calls from veterans. A little history ... HadIt.com Veteran to Veteran the website domain registered Jan 20, 1997. The domain is registered and paid for thru Jan 21, 2023 at which time I plan to register it for another 15 … [Read more...] about 21st Anniversary HadIt.com Veteran to Veteran Podcast
Giving veterans choices about their care is something we can all get behind. Dismantling VA in lieu of private care will hurt todays veterans and tomorrows veterans. Lots of veterans have good solid reasons for hating the VA for medical care, and there are tons more that love their care. For years they have talked about the great debt we are owed and the state of the art … [Read more...] about What does ‘privatization’ of Veterans Affairs really mean?
Suicide prevention is a top priority of The American Legion. Deeply concerned about the number of military veterans who take their own lives at rates higher than that of the general population, the nation’s largest organization of wartime veterans established a Suicide Prevention Program under the supervision of its TBI/PTSD standing committee, which reports to the national … [Read more...] about Veterans Suicide – An American Legion White Paper