Although I receive disability, I'm able to work and have a very good paying job. My disability goes into savings each month and I'm thankful I do not have to rely on it. I wouldn't trade what I have now for 100% ever. I already feel guilty receiving it at all but since I got cheated out of 17 years because in 1997 I had no idea I should be entitled to disability, I'm okaybwith receiving it now.
I pray for my fellow Vet's who aren't as fortunate and I can't my blessings.
I believe the correct acronym here is "BOHICA" as in Bend Over Here It Comes Again.
I know some nice and very knowledgeable nurses, but do not like the idea that the VA could hypothetically use them for our treatment or in the C&P process, but then deny us based on a Drs opinion who didn't even see or treat us.
To me, it seems like another scandal waiting to happen.
Just think of what the whole claims and compensation picture would look like, if the VA just did the right thing, the first time, because it is the right thing to do, and we Veterans have already paid for and earned the right to be compensated.
Just dealing with the VA in general will drive you crazy! Ebennies just pushes you over that cliff!
As for the additional $ you can receive, you have to think about the multiple amputees and those with TBIs so severe that they function at or below a young child. Pretty much those that can't care for themselves or live on their own, wheelchair bound and such.
I knew a Vet who was receiving over $6K a month, but he had full on Parkinson's from AO, was severely overwhelmed with PTSD from 2.5 years in a VC bamboo outdoor living structure...that he couldn't do anything on his own. His Parkinson's was severe enough that he couldn't drive, cook, tie his shoes, much less button his shirt. I was good friends with one of his sons, and saw the effect it had on him, with his Dad spending more time in the VAMC than he did at home.
So...unless you need the extra $, because you are that disabled, nobody really wants to trade places with those Vets.
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