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  1. What about age> I was awarded 100% P & T in December 2015, and letter stated no more exams. I will be 69 in November. I thought there was some protection if you were over 65?
    2 points
  2. Can you give us a link to the May 2017 Remand or to the Docket #? I assume you raised the issue on appeal of the note the physician put into the file regarding a different veteran. BVA decisions are public and hold no names or identifying information.: https://www.index.va.gov/search/va/bva.jsp
    1 point
  3. Buck, EXCELANTO. In past 15 yrs, I've never hit that Link. Great info, and an easy read. Should be a Bookmark Page for all Vets. Semper Fi
    1 point
  4. Neither are "great" options, but I prefer ebenefits to a VSO. Here is why: While either a VSO or ebenefits can result in a messed up claim, which usually maniftests itself with extreme delays, if YOU keep a copy of the ebenefits record of filing, YOU have control. On the other hand, you dont have control of your VSO. He may get fired, he may have health issues, including mental health issues, legal issues, divorce, etc, so your file may also "run amock" at your VSO's office. However, if your claim goes bad on ebenefits, such as a VA employee "closing" or deleting your claim without adjuticating it, you resubmit and send them a copy of the date you applied originally on ebenefits, along with an ebenefits confirmation of claim. If your VSO loses your paper work, or never files it, however, its harder to go to his office and prove he was incompetent, as he is unlikely to leave you a paper trail of his incompetence. How often would you see an entry in your file at your VSO's office that was like this: Jan. 13, 3-17. I, John P. VSO consumed too much liquor at the local VSO at approximately 5:20 pm and failed to get John Q Veterans claim submitted. Instead, I puked on his claims file and had to throw it away because of the smell and my embarrassment.
    1 point
  5. The rub is, if you take the question at proper English, if the Veteran is collecting retirement pay and is 50% or greater disability. If the Veteran says yes, that he would like his VA instead of his retirement pay, the VA/DOD would stop his retirement pay. What the question on the form is for would be were the Veteran can get 600.00 for his Comp and is 1500.00 for his retirement, if he marks yes, he would only get 1500.00 and 600.00 of it would be tax free. That is what this question on the form is about. I he marks no, he still gets the 1500.00 but pays tax on all 1500.00. However, in this Veteran's case, the Veteran says no, then one could assume the Veteran is saying, no, I want both. LOL. That is why the form question is a trick question and should not pertain to Veteran's at 50% or above and collecting a military retirement. It's just a question for those that are under 50% disability. From what I have been reading, for a 50% or above Veteran, he will get both no matter how he marks the question. But, don't go by what I say. Typical VA doublespeak, Hamslice
    1 point
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