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    Founder HadIt.com established 1997
  • Birthday 02/19/1957

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  1. Berta's Topics and Posts now on the menu. Under the activity tab is a link to all of Berta's topics and posts, we've had many requests for this in the past. Any other suggestions? Please feel free to let me know.
  2. James Cripps was the very first Agent Orange Veteran awarded based on his exposure inside the Continental United States We will discuss his organization called the United States Veterans Alliance. Join us for this ahow as James is a very knowledgeable speaker and always brings his best. View the full article
  3. Others will chime in but I believe you file a claim and make clear that it is secondary to your service connected anxiety.
  4. Here are some BVA cases that may assist http://www.index.va.gov/search/va/bva_search.jsp?QT=&EW=Prostatitis&AT=&ET=&RPP=10&DB=2017&DB=2016
  5. Check out this article How the VA picks your pocket: VA Benefits Reduction proposals. by Chris Attig Veterans often go through years of administrative paperwork, fighting, and waiting before being approved for disability compensation benefits for the military service-connected injury. Often veterans feel that when they finally get the rating that they are happy with, that is the end of the process. However, the VA can and does reduce ratings previously assigned to Veterans.
  6. You can now put your Military Rank in your profile.You just need to go to your profile and edit it to add your military rank.
  7. Glen Johnson will be interviewed. Glen is the PAO for ChampVA and if you want to know anything about ChampVA, He is the man to talk to. John us. If you want to ask Glen a question, call 347 237 4819. View the full article
  8. Here's a link to all your posts http://community.hadit.com/profile/2623-steppenwolf/
  9. Three veterans bills up for House vote this week Contact your representative today On March 8, the House Veterans Affairs Committee sent three bills to the full House which The American Legion supports. They will be voted on later this week. Please take a moment to send the prepared e-mail to your legislators to seek their support for these bills. H.R. 1181, the Veterans 2nd Amendment Protection Act, introduced by Chairman Phil Roe, M.D., would prohibit the Department of Veterans Affairs from considering any beneficiary who is assisted by a fiduciary as "mentally defective" without a magistrate or judicial authority ruling that the beneficiary is a danger to themselves or others. The American Legion has always been a stalwart defender of 2nd Amendment rights and believes it is wrong for veterans and beneficiaries who need help managing their financial affairs to lose their 2nd Amendment rights without due process. Veterans deserve the best mental healthcare available, but the threat of losing their 2nd Amendment rights is a disincentive to those who would benefit from treatment. H.R. 1259, the VA Accountability First Act of 2017, introduced by Chairman Roe, would provide the VA Secretary increased flexibility to remove, demote, or suspend any VA employee, including Senior Executive Service employees, for performance or misconduct. H.R. 1367, introduced by Rep. Wenstrup, would improve the authority of the VA Secretary “to hire and retain physicians and other employees of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.” It would establish a recruiting database to make high-quality potential employees aware of positions at VA and create opportunities for career training and advancement for current VA employees through fellowship positions and a promotional track for technical experts. The American Legion also supports efforts to provide the VA secretary the authority to better manage all employees, and hold them accountable when they fail to perform their duties in a manner befitting of a federal servant. Just as essential are continued efforts to address the recruitment and retention challenges at VA. We’re pleased to see both of these bills move together because VA can’t fire its way to excellence, but must also be given the tools to hire and retain a workforce worthy of this nation’s veterans. All Legionnaires, concerned citizens, veterans and their families are asked to contact their representatives and urge them to support this legislation. (If received by email, scroll up and click the Take Action link, otherwise see below and send a prepared message to your representative.)
  10. 2 TIMES VETERANS SHOULD ARGUE FOR AN EARLIER EFFECTIVE DATE. – VETERANS LAW BLOG In a previous post, I talked about the only 2 legal processes through which a Veteran can raise a claim for an Earlier Effective Date. While there are 2 legal processes to pursue an earlier effective date, there are several legal theories that can be used in those processes. Read the article on veteranslawblog.org >
  11. It's possible sometimes they come in waves and other times a dribble. also we love it when folks post their success stories but not everyone posts their success story.
  12. Call in to 347 237 4819 to tell us what you think of the VA. We dont want your name we just want your opinion. Join us. View the full article
  13. Check out this page Veterans Survivor Package For Dependent Spouses, Children and Parents of deceased Veterans Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (current 03/2017) Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC) is a tax free monetary benefit paid to eligible survivors of military Servicemembers who died in the line of duty or eligible survivors of Veterans whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease. Eligibility (Surviving Spouse) To qualify for DIC, a surviving spouse must meet the requirements below. The surviving spouse was: Married to a Servicemember who died on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training, OR Validly married the Veteran before January 1, 1957, OR Married the Veteran within 15 years of discharge from the period of military service in which the disease or injury that caused the Veteran's death began or was aggravated, OR Was married to the Veteran for at least one year, OR Had a child with the Veteran, AND Cohabited with the Veteran continuously until the Veteran's death or, if separated, was not at fault for the separation, AND Is not currently remarried Note: A surviving spouse who remarries on or after December 16, 2003, and on or after attaining age 57, is entitled to continue to receive DIC. Eligibility (Surviving Child) Not included on the surviving spouse's DIC, AND Unmarried, AND Under age 18, or between the ages of 18 and 23 and attending school. Note: A child adopted out of the Veteran’s family may be eligible for DIC if all other eligibility criteria are met. Evidence Required Listed below are the evidence requirements for this benefit: The Servicemember died while on active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training, OR The Veteran died from an injury or disease deemed to be related to military service, OR The Veteran died from a non service-related injury or disease, but was receiving, OR was entitled to receive, VA Compensation for service-connected disability that was rated as totally disabling For at least 10 years immediately before death, OR Since the Veteran's release from active duty and for at least five years immediately preceding death, OR For at least one year before death if the Veteran was a former prisoner of war who died after September 30, 1999 How to Apply Complete VA Form 21-534, "Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, Death Pension and Accrued Benefits by a Surviving Spouse or Child and mail to the Pension Management Center that serves your state, OR Work with an accredited representative or agent OR Go to a VA regional office and have a VA employee assist you. You can find your regional office on our Facility Locator page OR If the death was in service, your Military Casualty Assistance Officer will assist you in completing VA Form 21-534a, " Application for Dependency and Indemnity Compensation, Death Pension and Accrued Benefits by a Surviving Spouse or Child" and mail to the Philadelphia Regional Office For more information on how to apply and for tips on making sure your claim is ready to be processed by VA, visit our How to Apply page.
  14. it would be better it seems if erred on the side of the veteran - but then again it doesn't seem to rule it out. i hope others can jump in with their opinions.