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    All VA Claims questions should be posted on our forums. Read the forums without registering, to post you must register it’s free. Register for a free account.

    Tips on posting on the forums.

    1. Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery” instead of ‘I have a question’.
    2. Knowledgable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title. I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.
    3. Use paragraphs instead of one huge, rambling introduction or story. Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.

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    Post clear questions and then give background info on them.

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    • A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
      • was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine but claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
    • B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?
      • I was involved in traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?

    This gives members a starting point to ask clarifying questions like “Can you post the Reasons for Denial from your claim?” etc.

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    Your firsts posts on the board may be delayed before they show up, as they are reviewed, this process does not take long and the review requirement will be removed usually by the 6th post, though we reserve the right to keep anyone on moderator preview.

    This process allows us to remove spam and other junk posts before they hit the board. We want to keep the focus on VA Claims and this helps us do that.

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    • The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations that contain the requirements for certification of attendance at on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs. This final rule adopts without change a proposed rule implementing a section of the ``Veterans Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform Act'' (VALOR Act), which eliminated the requirement that veterans and other eligible persons certify attendance at an on-the-job or apprentice training program prior to disbursement of a training assistance allowance. This final rule also eliminates the certification requirement for trainees in a program of apprenticeship or on-the-job training under chapter 30 of title 38, United States Code. View the full article
    • In the decision you received, yes, there should be a list of evidence that the VA reviewed. I am not sure what they would list something from SSA as but I would think it would be obvious in the list. If it is not listed, I would say they overlooked it.  The next thing you could do is point that out to them. The exact way to do that, I am not fully sure. A Supplemental would require new and relevant evidence. Since this is something you believe they already had, you may need to try HLR? Someone with more knowledge of an issue like this will surely chime in to shed more light for you soon. 
    • I haven't worked since 2009 and was awarded SSDI in 2014. When I filed for TDIU I included my award letter from the SSA. There is no mention of SSDI or SSA in the evidence that the VA used to make their decision. I know they had it because I included it in my claims packet. The awards letter states vocational expert opinion and only include my service connected condition as the reason for me being granted SSDI. Should I see this in the evidence the VA used to make their decision?
    • Due to the fact that you have already been awarded/granted SSDI, most of the time before grating/awarding SSDI, SSA would get the opinion of a VOC Rehabilitation Specialist that you cannot do any type of work. You can use this opinion in your appeal.  Re-read your VA denial letter, evidence and Reason and Basis they used to make their decision and see if they used your SSDI award letter. This is especially important because you can use this in a rebuttal of their decision. Since you already meet the minimum requirement of 70% a Medical Opinion will help if you don't already have one. DID your VA Denial letter use your SSDI award? Did you inform the VA that you were receiving SSDI?
    • You should definately appeal, especially if your doc said you were unable to work due to SC condition.   Remember, tho, the VA "trick" up their sleeve:  You have to show you cant do ANY job, not just your present job.  Often this will take a voc rehab assessment to determine your feasablity to be retrained.  Given your PTSD, this isnt likely, but, the VA wont give you a "pass" on this one.   A lawyer is good, but you "may" be able to wait until/unless denied by the BVA.  You see, almost always the EAJA pays attorney fees but ONLY after a BVA denial and subsequent appeal to the CAVC.   You may be able to read over your file, get a IMO from a voc rehab consultant for 500 to 1000 dollars or so and not have to go to the CAVC.  But that is just my opinion and I have not read your file.  
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    VA Disability Compensation benefits discussions. Post veterans compensation claims questions or answer for others. Read and research other veterans compensation claims experiences.

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    • Start a new topic with your question.
    • Do not post your question in someone else's post. We don't want your question to get lost.

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    Appealing your Veterans Compensation Disability Claims decision usually starts with the Notice of Disagreement (NOD)

    Compensation and Pension Exams -

    Please only posts questions regarding Compensation and Pension Exams

    Please post your E-Benefits questions in this forum.

    Once you know you are eligible for Veterans Disability Compensation, the question then becomes are you entitled to it by law. This is where to post those questions. it's OK, if you are feeling confused this is not at all unusual it can be a very confusing system. If you were injured in service and have a question about whether you are entitled to file a claim, post it here.

    Law 38C.F.R.3.4 (a) Disability compensation. (1) Basic entitlement for a veteran exists if the veteran is disabled as the result of a personal injury or
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    The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) is a comprehensive health care program in which the VA shares the cost of covered health care services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries.

    Post your successes and read others, VA success, Social Security success, leaving the house whatever it might be.

    This forum is dedicated to Carla Croft "CarlieCash" a dedicated member, moderator and admin from 2005 - 2015. She gave tirelessly to veterans here and all over the internet. Nothing she loved more than a successful adjudication. She remains in our hearts always.

    Welcome Home Brothers and Sisters - This forum is for our returning troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

    We will guide you as to which forums your questions will get the most eyes on it.

    We want to provide help and guidance for you, if there is something you think would be beneficial for you let us know.

    The Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers offers enhanced support for Caregivers of eligible Veterans seriously injured in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001. Enhanced services for eligible participants may include a financial stipend, access to health care insurance, mental health services and counseling, caregiver training, and respite care. 

    Who is eligible?

    Veterans eligible for this program must:

    • have sustained or aggravated a serious injury — including traumatic brain injury, psychological trauma or other mental disorder — in the line of duty, on or after September 11, 2001; and
    • be in need of personal care services to perform one or more activities of daily living and/or need supervision or protection based on symptoms or residuals of neurological impairment or injury.

    Post your links and information about state and federal benefits available to disabled veterans.

    To assist the veteran by providing assistance in navigating through the Veterans Affairs Medical centers.

    Looking for folks who are the same medication as you and what they think of it. Exercise, diet ideas. Remember we are not giving professional advice, and you should consult your doctor regarding any and all health issues you may be concerned with.

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    Veterans with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) may receive badly-needed support for themselves and their families after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that ALS will become a presumptively compensable illness for all veterans with 90 days or more of continuously active service in the military.

    A good site for these claims is http://www.vetwow.com

    This is a very sensitive issue, triggers abound so be careful. Remember whenever you post something on the internet it is there for everyone to see forever. So be cautious with what you share however if you have a claims question we want to help.

    Operation Tomodachi, Tomodachi Sakusen?, lit. "Operation Friend(s)") was a United States Armed Forces assistance operation to support Japan in disaster relief following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The operation took place from 12 March to 4 May 2011; involved 24,000 U.S. servicemembers, 189 aircraft, and 24 naval ships; and cost $90 million.[1]

    Claims under 38 U.S.C. § 1151

    Benefits for additional disability or death caused by VA medical care is government by 38 U.S.C. § 1151. Claims under § 1151 are a different species than service-connected disability claims, but they are compensated in a similar manner as service-connected disability claims. To prove a § 1151 claim, a claimant must show that the veteran’s death or his additional disability was caused by negligent VA medical care or by some unforeseeable complication of the VA medical care.

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    To amend title 38, United States Code, to repeal certain limitations on attorney representation of claimants for benefits under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, to expand eligibility for the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program, to otherwise improve veterans' benefits, memorial affairs, and health-care programs, to enhance information security programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

    SSDI many of our veterans have gone through the SSDI process as well as the VA Claims process, We are no experts in SSDI however perhaps we can offer some assistance.

    Due to the unprecedented pandemic I have set up a forum for discussions and news concerning. Keep each other updated, touch base and stay supportive.

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    Shreddergate and other scandals

    On the 13th of October, 2008, VA Watchdog dot Org broke the story about documents found in shredder bins at the VA's Detroit Regional Office.

    A number of those documents were critical to veterans' disability claims.

    As the story unfolded, VA finally began to release information on the incident and we learned that more than one Regional Office was involved in this shredder scandal.

    The VA's Office of Inspector General (VAOIG) is investigating.

    VA has instituted new guidelines regarding handling of documents.

    if you know of a store or other that gives a discount to veterans, post it here. Share the Wealth :)

    Title 38 Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief also called 38 CFR. CFR stands for Code of Federal Regulations.

    Everything Veterans Affairs does with your service connected disability compensation claim, is goverened by law. You may want to bookmark this page as a reference as you proceed with your claim.

    It can be a bit daunting. Just remember the U.S.C. is the law, the C.F.R. is how they interpret the law and last but certainly not least is the V.A. adjudication manuals that is how they apply the law. The section of the law that covers the veterans benefits is Title 38 in the U.S.C. in the C.F.R. is usually written 38 C.F.R. or something similar.

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    38CFR3 is the part of the Code of Federal Regulations Title 38 that deals with the adjudication of a veterans compensation claim.

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    This part of Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations list specific disabilities and what symptoms or effects equate to what percentage of disability is to be assigned.

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    Veterans Affairs Federal Register Announcements. The Federal Register is where they propose changes, announce meetings and ask for public comment.

    Still on Active Duty? Try this forum MEB/PEB This link will take you to another forum not affiliated in way with HadIt.com. It is set up for MEB/PEB questions. Please do come back here for your VA Claims Questions

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