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    • Killemall, The Regional office used the examination for re-evaluation as the C&P.  I discovered this as it was annotated in my medical notes that I was able to view via Blue Button in MyHealEVet. The rating ended up being:
      50% Bi-Lateral Hearing Loss / Word Recognition
      10% Tinnitus
      =VA math 55%, rounded up to 60%.
      This is a fair and accurate representation of my SC hearing loss and how it effects my life and work. However, the PTSD-MST claim was denied without the use of a C&P, as I did not officially report the crime while in the Army back in 1984.  The rater simply made an incorrect decision, which was absolutely devastating to me.  I don't expect the rater to fully understand how this could happen to a man and not be officially reported. No one deserves to understand that first hand.  It took me a few months to write up a short statement of disagreement as instructed by my VSO.   Interestingly, the VA (Medical / Physiological) division of the US Government, consisting of Clinical Psychiatrists and other experts in the field, believe I need intensive and specific treatment for my PTSD-MST.  So on November 6th, I will be heading to another VA inpatient PTSD facility located in Virginia for seven weeks.   This particular program is a tertiary referral center which has a division that specializes specifically on male MST cases like mine, which the Regional Office rater said does not exist due to lack of documentation. This matter will now last for many more painful years and I vow to never give up, just like when this unthinkable crime against me was committed.  I apologize for going off topic. BTW, this is the place I am headed to in November:  http://www1.va.gov/directory/guide/facility.asp?ID=116    
    • I recently learned how donating blood was good for (many people, not everyone)  Men, especially, tend to have too much iron.  (Women lose Iron from menstration, so its rarely a problem for women to have too much iron)  If you have too much iron, its bad for your health, it can even be life threatening.   http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/hemochromatosis/home/ovc-20167289 I was a bit suprised they would "take" my blood after I read about the health benefits of donating blood.   I answered all the questions honestly, and they took my blood.  They did a iron test, first, to see if my iron was low. (finger poke).    I donated blood locally, NOT through VA.   Remember, VA has to get you to sign a consent form to get medical information about you other than the VAMC's.      Here are a few health benefits of donating blood:  It reduces cancer risk, is heart healthy, and can be good for other organs also, especially for men with hi iron.   I read where "old blood" is "sticky" and tends to clot.  When you give blood, your body makes more "new" blood, which is slicker and is less likely to form blood clots.   Of course, you dont want to donate blood too often.  My area only allows you to donate whole blood every 56 days.  (2 months).    http://www.medicaldaily.com/why-donating-blood-good-your-health-246379
    • http://www.nbc.com/saturday-night-live/video/copy-machine/n10022 "making copies", the Richmeister the copy machine guy, FWIW, Hamslice    
    • We dont know your PCP, so we dont know if she will help.  But, you need to seek treatment for ED for 2 reasons. First, for your wife, and secondly for the money.  (SMC K).  If you could do the Wild Monkey before the PTSD meds, and the Wild Monkey Dance is gone now, then that is a pretty obvious link.   If you want compensation for SMC K, you need it documented.  So you should start with your PCP.  If your PCP does not have experience/does not treat ED, then you should ask for a referral to someone who does.  
    • I like the ideas of how to safeguard your medical and service records.  I still employ a paper/electronic system.  I like the combo approach with redundancies.  Believe you me it has come in handy several times already and once BVA hearing approaches, well I have a few green cards with the Regional Office and Evidence Intake Centers signature all over it.  Can't deny an item wasn't received if you have a signature to prove it.  Not to give cudos to the VA but the e-filing of claims through e-benefits has not failed me yet, well other than consistent access but you can see and load both ways on submitted evidence.  Confirmation of submission and acceptance are a nice facet.   Still even in this digital world, I would suggest the same in regards to records.  Keep a hardcopy, have one on a drive, jump drive, online server, and for kicks throw a media copy in a safety deposit box.  You never know. The one thing I would suggest with the online methods is to make sure the encryption and back up redundant systems are to your satisfaction and meet new technological standards.





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“deny, Deny, Until They Die”

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“Deny, Deny, Until They Die”

Posted on March 22, 2009 by gm

by Jim Davis, Veterans for Change

My name is Jim Davis. I founded Veterans-For-Change in 2006 because of a promise made to my father, MGySgt. Lesley A. Davis USMC (Ret), who passed away on April 24, 2006, from Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS, also known as Lou Gherig's Disease) which was caused by his exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam.

I promised to continue his fight to support veterans, many who are no longer capable of fighting for health care and other benefits owed to them by law. The VA has declared war on America’s heroes, our veterans!

I made a promise to my father while he was in the hospital to carry on his fight to make the VA and our Government honor their promise to always care for veterans, their spouses, and children. I know what this means.

For years, I witnessed first-hand how the VA has denied what was rightfully due to our veterans. We are in for the fight of our lives and we must take matters into our own hands and act before it's too late.

WHAT WE'RE UP AGAINST

Constant denial by the VA and the Government of any benefits, services, treatments, medications, the best medical facilities, top notch physicians, nurses which should be available any where in the country for our veterans.

Veterans, the warriors of our Country, all answered the call to duty by our President and Congress. They willingly risked their lives in defense of this great nation of ours, yet their fight is not over. Every day thousands of claims are filed for benefits, many of which sit idle in limbo, many more go denied, paperwork lost, misplaced, misfiled, shredded, letters unopened. All done to delay and deny claims.

Many of our heroes fall due to illness, while others in frustration simply give up after witnessing repeated denials by the VA to provide what was promised them in their enlistment contracts, and what has been vowed by many Presidents.

Spouses are not able to collect on benefits because they too are denied, or forced to pay back what should have been corrected in VA’s computer systems years ago and wasn’t. Spouses are also penalized by way of Survivor Benefit Compensation (SBC) and Dependency & Indemnity Compensation (DIC) payments.

The VA will deduct from retirement SBC what’s paid them on DIC payments, a “widows tax!”

Many have been waiting months, even years to get their claims honored, waiting and some, eventually die before their claims have been approved or appeals been heard, totally dishonoring our heroes.

Our veterans suffer the cruel and brutal actions of those who asked them to serve, to fight for our Country, our way of life, our freedoms, yet they want to kill us with their unwritten policy and motto “Deny, deny, until they die!”

WHAT IS VETERANS-FOR-CHANGE (VFC)

VFC is an issues advocacy organization dedicated to effectively organizing and mobilizing the most powerful grassroots veterans action network in America. We are committed to informed and coordinated written action that will lead to VA policies that promote granting benefits to our veterans and “to error in the veterans favor!”

The fight against the Veterans Affairs is a fight I know all too well. Having had to help deal with my fathers claim, then my mothers claim for benefits through the VA. The maze of different opinions, lack of or improper training that Veteran Service Officers have in filing claims, corresponding with countless hundreds and thousands of veterans nationwide who have serious illnesses, and problems with the VA in honoring their claim(s).

We are a group of veterans, spouses, family members, and friends. We review a list of current issues the VA fails to address. We then draft a letter which is approved by the group as a whole, then it’s published to be sent out via WebMail, US Mail, or fax to all 535 members of Congress.

What we want is quite simple, fund the VA in all programs properly, and effectively to today’s financial needs, not based on 2-3 years prior. We want them to process claims within 90-days, begin to look more serious into the many illnesses suffered today which are or were caused by checmicals, stress, etc, and honor the promises made!

We’re all very tired of attending funerals of our fallen heroes because of lack of funding, slowness of processing claims, failure to provide the medical benefits as promised!. That's how I know about this fight.

WHY VETERANS-FOR-CHANGE IS NEEDED

I founded Veterans-For-Change to honor my fathers request that I continue his fight for other Veterans, to be a veterans action network that will be the front-line voice for all veterans and their families. Our goal is to create a powerful grassroots organization of veterans... committed to the defense and advocacy of veterans benefits to care for those who helped make America great;

committed to the dissemination of information about what VA has and has not done and really is.

The President, Congress, and Veterans Affairs should be committed to our military, and our veterans, they defended our country, provided national security and defense and protected our freedoms and way of life. They each took an oath to defend the United States and its Constitution from ALL enemies, foreign and domestic and they did, without question, pause or hesitation.

We need to hold our elected representatives accountable to uphold their oath of office to defend the United States and its Constitution from ALL enemies, foreign and domestic - which clearly includes and is not limited to protecting our nations veterans!

WHY DOES OUR STRUGGLE MATTER? IT MATTERS BECAUSE...

  • If we don't win the war against the VA other issues won't matter at all.
  • We won't have an economy to worry about.
  • We won't have equal rights for all.
  • We won't have our cherished freedom.

And we will live under lack of those who wish to serve holding back because our country will only let them down.

WE CAN WIN THIS WAR. WE MUST WIN THIS WAR.

Our Veterans stood up to the terror and tyranny of Nazism -- and won.

Our Veterans stood up to the terror and tyranny of Communism - and won.

If we will stand up to the terror and tyranny of the VA , we will once again win.

Veterans-For-Change has been founded so veterans do not have to stand alone against the threat of constant battle and denial of benefits, medications, treatments, top notch medical facilities and medical staff, or dying for their country feeling they’ve been let down, discarded like used equipment.

Join us today and become part of this growing movement of loving Americans who will not stand by while our veterans lives are under assault.

OUR MEMBERS INCLUDE:

Veterans of the Marines, Navy, Army, Air Force, spouses, family members, and friends of Veterans.

We come from all backgrounds both secular and religious, liberals and conservatives. These good people have put their differences aside to combat the wrong doings of our Presidents, members of Congress and the Veterans Affairs.

For more information E-Mail: JDAVIS90813@hotmail.com

To Sign up to help: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/VETERANS-FOR-CHANGE/

Source: http://www.veteranstoday.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=5431

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