Vync

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  1. Link directly to this policy: https://www.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=4300 Must assist filling out a DBQ is great! However, the section below grants VHA providers the option of whether or not they want to write a nexus. On the bright side, VHA providers can no longer get away with using the "I am not allowed to do that" excuse that many have been using for years.
  2. Link directly to this policy: https://www.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=4300 Must assist filling out a DBQ is great! However, the section below grants VHA providers the option of whether or not they want to write a nexus. On the bright side, VHA providers can no longer get away with using the "I am not allowed to do that" excuse that many have been using for years.
  3. The CBO has recommended cutting this every chance they can for years, but nothing has changed. In my opinion, it should be expanded to all retired veterans, not just those with ratings of 50%+, because they earned their retirement and disability compensation is a completely different thing.
  4. Welcome to Hadit! http://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/resources_comp01.asp 30% - 60% With Children Dependent Status 30% 40% 50% 60% Veteran with Spouse and Child $492.97 $702.12 $978.64 $1,230.27 Veteran with Child Only $440.97 $632.12 $892.64 $1,127.27 Please note that this does not include rates for additional children, but you can find that on the above link. Regarding children living with you and or paying support, it may depend on how things are spelled out in the divorce decree, your state laws, etc... Either way, just be sure to submit the documents to the VA as soon as you are divorced and/or remarried. I personally recommend using ebenefits to do it because mailing or faxing copies may tend to take forever to get processed. If they overpay your dependency money, they will want it back, so don't put it on the back burner.
  5. I hope this works out well for you. There should be no need for you or any veteran to go through this red tape. I'm sorry you had to go through this.
  6. Berta, I think Miller would almost be as good as you for the position.
  7. Bills like this are introduced often by members who are budget hawks, have a beef against veterans, or probably both. Most politicians do not want to be tagged as anti-veteran. Since CRDP went into effect quite a few years ago, nobody has been able to get rid it of. It is possible that these efforts could be successful at some point, but nobody knows when or if it would ever occur. The Congressional Budget Office typically includes CRDP as a chopping block item in their cost saving reports. But one thing the pencil neck bean counters fail to realize is that military retirement pay is an earned benefit of service. VA disability pay is also a completely separate benefit unique to veterans. The bean counters try to rub their sticks together and whine about it being the same, but they are truly two different things. Although I am not a retiree, I wholeheartedly believe that forcing a retired veteran to have a 50% or higher rating to qualify is a ripoff. The right thing to do is for a law to be passed that all retirement and disability can be collected regardless. The second thing they need to do is pass a law that bans the CBO from including CRDP on the chopping block recommendations. I hope this helps.
  8. Wow, I usually get a call from the VAMC refusing to renew/refill my meds until I come in for a yearly appointment.
  9. Agree with BrokenSoldier on this. However, if a nurse is going to go that far, they might as well get a PhD or doctorate.
  10. Kind of reminds me of that old Frank Zappa song about where the huskies go...
  11. It's like when they drug tested us in the service and someone asked if you studied
  12. Yes, there are a lot of folks (me included) who offer advice to others. The most simple advice I see is when you walk into the doc (C&P or otherwise), and they say, "How are you?", don't just be polite and say, "Fine". Per your own topic title, we have to remind fellow veterans to "Tell the truth". Please keep in mind that many of us may still have the "suck it up and drive on" mentality which was drilled into our brains while serving the military. It is very difficult for many to shake and sometimes they lose their relationships, families, and homes before they get real help. It is important to support and nudge them in the right direction. Some may still be in and are getting ready to get out. Most of the rest are likely already out. The remainder are friends or loved ones of fellow service members/veterans who care. Advice like I described helps to deprogram from military to non-military life. They took care of their country and it's time for their country to take care of them - sometimes it takes a shift in perspective for then to be able to get the help they badly need.
  13. PTSD has a different set of C&P exam questions, but in the end it is based on the mental health rating criteria. The VA will rate on mental health based on social and occupational deficiency/severity, not the total # of of diagnosed disorders. Here are all the rating tables: http://www.benefits.va.gov/warms/bookc.asp If you are currently SC for a MH issue and you think it worsened, you can consider requesting an increase. Before you do that, take a look at your progress notes from your provider for the last 12 calendar months and compare that to the rating criteria. For example, if you got 10% now, look at the criteria for 30% and compare that to your treatment records. For increases, the VA can increase based on what is in your treatment records from the past 12 calendar months. Otherwise, it might require a CUE, which is a tough fight. Good luck!
  14. Hey Andyman, SC increase claims can go back up to 12 months if you have the medical documentation to prove you qualified for a higher disability level. New direct or secondary SC claims typically go back to the date you submitted the Intent to File, unless you got out within the last year, etc... However, there is more to it than just that.