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  1. Isn't it ironic how a "tech" problem has delayed implementing a program for so many disabled veterans yet they can find ways to implement other things?? I call BS..........
  2. yes, my older children have Tricare until age 21 (their absent father is active duty and provides zero support) so they are then no longer eligible for Tricare but so far with the older two I have had to get DEERS involved to force him to take them off his DEERS in order to enroll them in Champva until they are 23 (they have been full time college students) .........absolute pain in the butt!!
  3. You can make appointments at many Rapids ID locations now, so NO WAIT I also highly recommend going to a place like a National Guard Armory that makes ID cards instead of a large base if you have a choice. I choose not to set foot on another military base as long as I breathe.
  4. That is not a risk I am willing to take and I know ever single time it is mentioned there is no talk of grandfathering anyone in, so yeah, trust the VA, helll nah. I have learned the VA will screw me over any chance they get, within the rules or not so protect myself and my family I will........others can choose to do as they wish. Last time there was talk about dropping IU at retirement age I cannot tell you how many IU veterans were talking about suicide to ensure their family's financial well being because they would be entitled to DIC, THAT is truly screwed up. Maybe not in this forum, but among many veterans groups it is a reality that the difference between IU and 70% income is enough to survive or not.........that is reality. Many IU veterans do not receive SSDI, many older veterans were never told that you could even file for both etc. and there is a ticking time clock.........sad really.
  5. If you are service connected for mental health and you commit suicide it is definitely service connected.
  6. Every other year or so IU being dropped at retirement age gets brought up by the congressional budget office as a way to save money, do I think it will happen. I truly hope not, as I truly believe that IU veterans are some of our most vulnerable veterans. Do I trust the government to NOT implement that plan at some point? NO. I had some service connected issues I hadn't applied for service connection for previously as well as some secondary so I went ahead and filed.
  7. I am and will do the same, I don't trust the VA one bit to award DIC even if it is warranted to just like I didnt' trust them to continue my IU PT until my death I sure as hell am not trusting them to honor DIC after my death so I will continue to fight for secondaries and every single thing they denied service connection for. I take it in baby steps as I am able to physically and mentally because mentally they can wear me down and piss me off.
  8. I was denied a basic hobby of photography even after my psychiatrist and g.p. wrote letters that it was a perfect hobby for someone with my disabilities, their reason.......I hadn't actively been participating in the hobby in the 6 months prior to applying for voc. rehab. I had been so sick I hadn't been able to do anything more than keep myself alive honestly. My ILP has been a joke, no one ever came to do an in home assessment, I have to beg for anything, they don't assist me with any of my healthcare needs, nothing. Every item I have requested, they find the cheapest item to replace the item I request, my neuro put in for noise canceling blue tooth headphones because of my severe migraines and my need for audio books so double duty, they sent me the cheapest skull candy in ear head phones lol......my 10 year old has better headphones. My counselor has no idea what she is doing and I don't even know how to fight them anymore. I guess by their reasoning, a person who just spend 2 years in the hospital can't receive anything for a hobby because they just spend too much time trying to get well and rehabilitate to actually have a hobby?? Pathetic really. Just another way the VA can screw over the most disabled of us veterans. Deny and deny.
  9. I was sent for this testing by my neuro because I began having seizures which we thought were neurological and after the testing, which I had a seizure during the testing (they also make you hyperventilate like you kinda would during a panic attack) and I was diagnosed with dissacociative seizures which are psychiatric, I had no idea such I thing existed!! They are related to my severe PTSD, anxiety, depression which are service connected. This testing was very important in diagnosing what was going on with me, I do have brain issues as well so it was key in diagnosing.
  10. I am not saying this to be man or callous but to kind of let you know that this is reality and children need to be financially supported by BOTH parents in life and death.........just because one parent remarries or dies doesn't mean that stops. Children deserve the BEST resources from BOTH of their biological parents unless their rights have been terminated in some way.
  11. That child was HIS child and is also entitled to HIS benefits after his death, also that child was his FIRST child and in many States that child's financial needs come before any subsequent children (which often is the case for child support purposes, also not relevant in the situation). It matters not whether the child's father was active in his life. That child had no choice in the matter. The child should also be receiving part of his social security benefits and I hope the child's mother has also applied for them as well. You said you have children (plural) but one child with your spouse who was killed while serving. You either have children from a previous relationship or subsequent children, do you not think their father should support them in life and death? This isn't about you, this is about the child.
  12. well if they haven't done anything to the guy who was on quest for Kona, is the president of a non profit, runs triathalons and gives leadership and motivational speeches and has been deemed incompetent by SS and his wife is being paid at the top tier of caregiver by the VA , I highly doubt the rest of us have anything to worry about unless you are bsing the system.
  13. The crappy VA mh CLINIC? Tallahassee, I had an amazing psychiatrist here for almost a decade and then horrible care. Now, I have a psychologist who is in Pittsburgh, she is amazing. I have no psychiatrist right now, I have been renewing my meds by having my outside provider write my prescriptions until I figure out what to do. I just won't go into the Tallahassee mh clinic period. I had provider after provider dismiss me, treat me like crap and even tell me that MST doesn't happen. Once I even told my psychiatrist I needed my meds adjusted that I wasn't doing okay, and her response was, well are you suicidal? okay, no? then knock on wood, literally she knocked on her desk and said see you in 3 months and changed nothing........I was in horrible shape. The clinical pharmacist was the ONLY person I trusted in that clinic at she no longer works there. So, I have a choice now, be drive 6 hours round trip to another VA or nothing. Right now, I have nothing. Even though I had fee basis care and was recommeded for telehealth when that provider closed and they couldn't find another provider who would accept VA payment. I was even given non va primary care..........when I live 25 miles from the VA which was processed and there is an authorization in the system but I never received a letter for, since October. MY VA system SUCKS. I know why veterans kill themselves in VA parking lots. Not that I would, give them the satisfaction. They want us to kill ourselves so they don't have to pay us anymore.
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