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  1. I am still here and forever grateful to my Hadit friends. Always, Betty
  2. Here and always grateful. Thanks my Hadit friends.
  3. A Huge Congratulations to you!! The Best to You and Yours! Always, Betty
  4. Still here and wishing everyone the best!!
  5. I am so sorry for your loss and that your husband had to die to receive this pay. He will be happy for you, so be easy on yourself. You deserve this pay and as Pete said should have been awarded years ago. God Bless, Always, Betty
  6. I have to admit, I too was thrown back at first when I read your post, but I am happy you are doing so well and received an increase in pay to go with it. Be Blessed, Betty
  7. This is only my opinion only. If you have no ideal of what the Va is willing to grant you, then I would want to know what I was settling for. There is some way your rep can find this out for you. I expect Your illness will continue to get worse, as mine did. I pray that yours will not, but I do not expect yours to just up and go away. Tell your rep to get those answers for you.
  8. Congratulations and the Best to you and Yours. Always, Betty
  9. Congratulations, I am so happy for you. I would take the others advice and take it easy for a few months. You will be so relieved to be able to pay those bills. Actually my money came just about the time the letter did. No wait at all. God Bless, Betty
  10. It is extremely hot here in Virginia also. Everyone have a great summer for they are always too short.
  11. Congratulations and have a Wonderful Life. You deserve it.
  12. If you have not worked in almost a year, the odds of your ever returning may be slim. Be sure to fill out the TDIU form , you can locate it on line. Without that form, believe the VA will sit and do nothing. If possible have the form date stamped as proof. Turn in immediately. Take it easy. My mind is still somewhat foggy, but hope I have helped you some.
  13. Congratulations! Sorry that you had to wait so long, but it is a game the VA plays with us. I have been there and happy that that part is over with for you. I had my retro in my hand exactly three months from the BVA to the R.O and me. It took me 3 months for the second large check. Yours should be coming soon. The best to you and again Congratulations! Josephine
  14. John, I have only walked into a VA hospital 3 times in my life and it was for those darn C&P examinations. Lord willing I will never do that again. I have always gotten all of my meds from my private doctor and have been for the last 33 years. I still do not trust those xxxxxxxx!
  15. I am a little lost, but I believe the question was about Ativan? I took the drug for a short period, but did not find any relief. I have taken Valium 5 mg now for 33 years and have never had to double up on the drug and I have not noticed any side effects. Do I still stay anxious, you bet, but I am anxious no matter what the drug is. In my years there just aren't many I haven't tried. It only takes the doorbell to ring to set me off. Wives have to deal from a lot from their husbands, but I have a husband that has had to carry me since we were married in 1965. A lot of years to deal with my illness and he didn't receive a dime from the VA for the first 40 years. I didn't start receiving anything from them until that first large check came in 2008. Monthly checks started then and then another large check. He thought I was worth saving and I am sure each and every wife out there of you veterans feels the same way. God Bless You All!! I am rattling too much. Thanks for listening. Josephine
  16. Congratulations!! Josephine
  17. I am still here, but the rain is just about to wash us away also in Virginia. Josephine
  18. I did locate this: Please click on the link. http://mophva.org/whats_new.html to read this: Home Events News Chapters FAQ's Vet-Links Virginia Disabled Veteran Real Estate Tax Exemption REAL ESTATE TAX EXEMPTION HB 1645 Real Estate Tax Exemption for 100% service-connected disabled veterans passed in the 2011 Session provides the implementing instructions to government agencies and guidance to veterans. This bill is quoted below: “That the Code of Virginia is amended by adding in Chapter 32 of Title 58.1 an article numbered 2.3, consisting of sections numbered 58.1-3219.5 and 58.1-3219.6, as follows: Article 2.3. Exemption for Disabled Veterans. 14 § 58.1-3219.5. Exemption from taxes on property for disabled veterans. A. Pursuant to Article X, Section 6-A of the Constitution of Virginia, the General Assembly hereby exempts from taxation the real property, including the joint real property of husband and wife, of any veteran who has been rated by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs or its successor agency pursuant to federal law to have a 100 percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability, and who occupies the real property as his principal place of residence. B. The surviving spouse of a veteran eligible for the exemption set forth in this article shall also qualify for the exemption, so long as the death of the veteran occurs on or after January 1, 2011, the surviving spouse does not remarry, and the surviving spouse continues to occupy the real property as his principal place of residence. C. A county, city, or town shall provide for the exemption from real property taxes the qualifying dwelling pursuant to this section, and shall provide for the exemption from real property taxes the land, not exceeding one acre, upon which it is situated. However, if a county, city, or town provides for an exemption from or deferral of real property taxes of more than one acre of land pursuant to Article 2 28 (§ 58.1-3210 et seq.) of this chapter, then the county, city, or town shall also provide an exemption for 29 the same number of acres pursuant to this section. Application for exemption. The veteran or surviving spouse claiming the exemption under this article shall file with the commissioner of the revenue of the county, city, or town or such other officer as may be designated by the governing body in which the real property is located, on forms to be supplied by the county, city, or town, an affidavit or written statement (i) setting forth the name of the disabled veteran and the name of the spouse, if any, also occupying the real property, (ii) indicating whether the real property is jointly owned by a husband and wife, and (iii) certifying that the real property is occupied as the veteran's principal place of residence. The veteran shall also provide documentation from the U. S. Department of Veterans Affairs or its successor agency indicating that the veteran has a 100 percent service-connected, permanent, and total disability. The veteran shall be required to refile the information required by this section only if the veteran's principal place of residence changes. In the event of a surviving spouse of a veteran claiming the exemption, the surviving spouse shall also provide documentation that the veteran's death occurred on or after January 1, 2011.” We had several inquiries on whether a permanent and a total disability of less than 100% qualify for this exemption if the veteran is unemployable. The bill does not include the word “unemployable,” and DVS advised that the letter from the USDVA must state the individual is rated at 100% for a service connected disability, and it must be permanent and total. If you have a question concerning your status or you believe that your rating should be changed then you must file a new claim with the USDVA. Call 1-800-827-1000 to request a new letter or file a new claim. We have also received questions from widows whose husbands did have a 100% permanent and total disability and had passed away prior to 1 January 2011. The bill is NOT retroactive and the spouse must have been alive on 1 January 2011 for her to qualify. We hope this review of the bill text and DVS determination on this bill will help address any questions you may have. Past News & Reports NEC 2010 National Convention Report :

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  19. See if this helps. Just click on the link, there is also a place to email questions and they will be answered. http://lis.virginia.gov/cgi-bin/legp604.exe?ses=111&typ=bil&val=hb1645&Submit2=Go
  20. Congratulatioons!! The Best to you! Josephine
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