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ArNG11 last won the day on June 29 2016

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    Law. Self improvement. Self preservation. Pursuing a stable peace of mind or at least trying. Trying, being the key word. RC Aircraft

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    RC Aircraft, Reading, and enjoying the years after retiring. Day by day

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  1. I'm late on the congrats, but nice to read about the good news. Way to go and way to staying true to your claim.
  2. Come on Andy, it might be sooner maybe 2019. Bad joke. Just keep at it brother. Just keep at it. Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.
  3. I felt I needed to Buck, talking about running around like a chicken with their head cut off. Taxes can be a real " challenge". There are dozens of rules and tax regulations that apply to forgiveness of debt due to disability. Sadly each state also has their own mechanism when dealing with forgiven debt due to disability and so does the Federal Government. I advocate to read up on these particular laws as tax burdens can be lessened quite a bit. Knowledge is power. Hope it can be of good use to Veterans and their families.
  4. I wanted to sort of update this as it has been mentioned in other post about the tax implications of student loan forgiveness. The taxes that play in that forgiveness can be substantial. It will be counted as income. My loan forgiveness was 44k. Thats a pretty big chunk of taxable income. I thought I was in serious trouble with taxes. I was actually going to owe 9k to federal and 1k to state. There is a remedy to this and it is insolvency. You can file the form yourself through a program like Turbo tax and such, usually most say Home and business Taxes. I could not find and online version or access to this process without buying the program in CD format. Form 982 and insolvency worksheets. It is a bit troublesome however, it will save you tons. In my case it did. Basically it looks at your financial picture before the student loan pay off, and sees if you were upside down. Owe debt more than your assets combined. It is definitely worth the investment and definitely needed information to be considered before going through the student loan forgiveness process. I was trying to find a post on here that discussed it as well but couldn't find it offhand, however, I do recall folks talking to me and others about where to seek advice. In any case a tax attorney, an accountant, and other folks experience helped immensely. Im not sure about other tax programs but I imagine that they would have access to the same forms, perhaps in deluxe or professional versions of their software. Also it is worth a person's while to talk to a tax attorney and/or accountant as they are the experts in these types of situations. Hope that this is of some help to folks on here.
  5. Andy I concur with Buck. Hang in there and see your claim through. The evidence will ultimately win your claim.
  6. Very interesting article and figures. I am one who would also be interested in the outcome of this.
  7. I like your way of thinking, examiners being held accountable and being subject to prosecution. Wow then Veterans might have an honest go when they file for benefits. Man could anyone picture the headlines. " VA doctor caught in lies, looses medical license, and serving time". I would smile to see that on headlines. If that day comes it man, it would turn things around. Until that day though, "we" will just have to keep having Had it and other resources like this in play. Knowledge is a strong weapon to have in the arsenal. JMO
  8. No worries as I get in that frame of mind at times. That is why I haven't been on as much. Gotta do the PMCS on yourself every now and then, rather more often than not. Self aid and buddy care. I stand by the words I was taught in service " Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast" I can't relate to the MST, however, much of the healing techniques for PTSD translate, as I believe the two are intrinsically intertwined. Keep on moving forward, even if the steps are small, keep moving forward. You survived! You are a survivor.! You will prevail!!! JMO Take care.
  9. Understandable, You really do need to set goals and limitations. At the very least know your own limits and know when the fight is taking more out of you than whatever possible return you may receive if and when you prevail.
  10. Pain meds have been clouding my mind too much lately, time to make some changes again.

  11. John you got that right on your assessment, however, it is not all lost and doomed. There are loopholes and you can use some regulations and laws to your benefit. New and material evidence is a good one, or you know the evidence that the VA had all along but decided to ignore or conveniently lost. Of course I am talking about Duty to Assist and you know the presumed Benefit of Doubt to favor the Veteran. You must learn and research the indiscretions that were used to lowball and deny you and use those to fight your claim. Sometimes it is the simple things that can be of use to you in defense for your claim. Easier stated and written down, much harder to apply though. Just don't give up. keep fighting, keep appealing. That is just my two cent's worth of an opinion.
  12. Unfortunately you hit the nail on the head with the filing of of I9. Just like the timeline for the NOD, you cannot, absolutely not let those suspense date pass, other wise you claim is in serious trouble and possibly dead in the water. Make reminders, alarms, notes or whatever mechanism will keep you on task. So very important that this is done.
  13. Congrats, long time no hear.
  14. I agree with Broncos advice, it is sound. The local stinky Regional Office won't approve SA at the regional level even with an IMO sometimes. Mine went that way. Even in appeal and with a nexus the local office said no way, but the real deal in my case will be at the BVA. I can't wait either. I'm angry and mad and can't wait to educate the VA on regulations and evidence they so conveniently dismissed. Not being too ornery, but I am going to cut down the bogus c&p exam I was given. Just have to wait for my turn in the hot seat. Just remember to have all the 3 bullets for service connection. in-service symptoms of the disease or illness treatment records mentioning the symptoms and or treatment and a doctors medical opinion tying the two together using medical rationale. Extremely important! JMO
  15. Didn't know that was a thing, however, it's great if the Mrs. like to hunt and fish. I hope all other states start doing this as well. Not too shabby.