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Buck52 last won the day on March 27 2017

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  1. Buck52

    Back Pain

    You might want to report this to the OIG....not sure it will do any good, but at least the OIG does investigates things like this or call the Washington Hotline. OIG is cracking down on all the VAMC's
  2. Buck52

    Back Pain

    Any time the VA Nurse says go to the E.R. make sure you can go to a private ER not far from your home or its closer than the VAMC...Go ahead and go ...and tel them is is to be charge out to the VA. The phone call is your proof thatt he VA Nurse mention to you to go ahead to the Private E.R. I had an emergency year or two ago and this is what I did..about 6 month later I got a Bill from the private E.R. I used for 2,600.$$ For a couple questions the ON DUTY DR ask me gave me a shot..sent me home I was there in the waiting room about 10 minutes before being seen... then about 2 minutes with the Dr. I took it to the VA and they had me go see the Manager of the Bill pay...she ask me if I had got the ok from VA TO GO TO THE PRIVATE E.R. and I said well I don't have it in writing but I did call the VA and the Nurse I talk to told me to go ahead to the private E.R. She said ok goood let me go verify this..she left the room came back 10 min later and said ok yes I check the calls on that date and the Nurse did tell you to go to the Private E.R. They paid that ridiculous BILL.
  3. Buck52

    Back Pain

    I don't think its te Dr's that make the scheduled they will let the clerks know their scheduled so not to scheduled an appointment when the Dr's is off or has scheduled a off day...even though they get off on the weekends unless its their time to be on call. Its the clerks that makes the appointment times, not the Dr and they are instructed to check the Dr Scheduled. so many Appointments can be scheduled daily and there's just hundreds of veterans that need to be seen on a Daily Biases and ..I think they take the most serious I'll veterans first and then scheduled out from there. Its a lot better than it use to be as for as What president Trump as fixed we can get an appointment now within 30 days after calling in , with the exception of the specialty clinics and Dental.
  4. If RAMP eliminates the SOC/SSOC looks like that would come back later and bite the Veteran in the rear end if he is called to a C&P And has nothing to support his claim that is usually found in the SOC. (jmo) Choosing to opt into RAMP will effectively withdraw your appeal from the Legacy system. Once you exit the Legacy appeal process, you cannot go back. Due to the lack of information released by the VA regarding RAMP, our experts worry that its implementation may be going too fast, and that the field may not be prepared for it. We are advising our clients NOT opt into RAMP because you will be unable to appeal an unfavorable decision to the board until February 2019 at the earliest, and progress made in your Legacy claim will be abandoned. Source: CCK (Chisholm & Kilpatric LTD)
  5. I don't blame you broncovet. It's a crying damn shame we have to fight VA like this when we have everything (EVIDENCE) they need to adjuicate correctly Claims or EED.
  6. I can't seem to make a new post so I copy some information that we all need to read it seems the VA is making some changes in the provisions,this change dates back to 1945 this is a long read but we all need to read it. this affects all veterans and IU Vets as well VA is updating the rating schedule to better reflect modern medicine. This is the first time we have undertaken updating the schedule, from end to end, since 1945. So far, we have finalized changes to the regulations impacting dental and oral conditions, conditions related to the endocrine system, gynecological and breast conditions, eye conditions, and, most recently, skin conditions. How will this impact you? Most we all know about but keep reading on.. don't let this fool you or think your the exception...I believe this is for All Veterans. Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn Djibouti, Africa on or after September 11, 2001 Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm Southwest Asia theater of operations on or after August 2, 1990 Issue Number Six | August 2018 From the Director's Desk I wanted to highlight some changes that may impact you. As we modernize VBA, we are focusing resources and investing in new and updated programs that will better serve you and your family. One of the key areas of focus is updating the rating disability regulations. VA is updating the rating schedule to better reflect modern medicine. This is the first time we have undertaken updating the schedule, from end to end, since 1945. So far, we have finalized changes to the regulations impacting dental and oral conditions, conditions related to the endocrine system, gynecological and breast conditions, eye conditions, and, most recently, skin conditions. How will this impact you? If you file a claim for a condition that is impacted by one of these changes, we will use the revised rating schedule to evaluate the disability. The schedule has not significantly changed the evaluations. but we added disabilities. You can find the entire revised Rating Schedule online. If you are interested in filing a claim, please submit VA Form 221-526ez. You can apply for benefits online using eBenefits. If you don’t already have an eBenefits account, you can register on the DS Logon Registration page. Instead of using your APO address for registering on eBenefits, use your last recorded United States address. Veterans can update the address after creating the account. New BDD Office at Camp Humphreys After more than sixteen years of serving the Active Duty and Veteran community in Korea, the Department of Veterans Affairs Benefits Delivery at Discharge (BDD) office will be closing its doors on Yongsan effective 31 July 2018. A new office was opened in February at Camp Humphreys One-Stop building, BLDG 6400. The new BDD office, V301, is on the third floor conveniently located next to the Soldier for Life — Transition Assistance Program (SFL-TAP) office. The BDD office is the only place on peninsula for Service members to file their VA disability claim. To be eligible for the BDD program, Service members must meet the following program requirements: Servicemembers must have a known separation date and file their claim between 180 and 90 days prior to separation, Provide a copy of their complete service treatment record with the claim, and Be available for 45 days from the date of claim to attend VA examinations For more information you may contact the BDD office at DSN 757-2911 or 2912, or by email at KOREABDD.VBAPIT@VA.GOV. VR&E Job Placements Overseas Regional Office Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) serves Veterans overseas residing in the continents of Europe, Africa, and the Middle East. The overseas job market presents challenges with identifying prospective employers. The Division is identifying ways to reach out to companies that have a global office to assist VR&E participants overseas. Recently, a VR&E participant secured full time employment overseas with Amazon. In addition, the Division will be collaborating with BNY Mellon to discuss employment opportunities for Veterans. Although their main office is in Pennsylvania, they have branch offices overseas. In addition to the private sector, the Division has identified resources to assist Veterans with applying for federal positions of employment. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) hosts webinars to assist applicants with the federal application process. This enables participants to gain a greater understanding to effectively apply for positions of employment for which they meet the qualifications. Airborne Hazards & Burn Pit Registry Burn pits were a common way to get rid of waste at military sites in Iraq and Afghanistan. At this time, research does not show evidence of long-term health problems from exposure to burn pits. VA continues to study the health of deployed Veterans. Health Effects from Burn Pit Smoke Toxins in burn pit smoke may affect the skin, eyes, respiratory and cardiovascular systems, gastrointestinal tract and internal organs. Veterans who were closer to burn pit smoke or exposed for longer periods may be at greater risk. Health effects depend on a number of other factors, such as the kind of waste being burned and wind direction. Most of the irritation is temporary and resolves once the exposure is gone. This includes eye irritation and burning, coughing and throat irritation, breathing difficulties, and skin itching and rashes. The high level of fine dust and pollution common in Iraq and Afghanistan may pose a greater danger for respiratory illnesses than exposure to burn pits, according to a 2011 Institute of Medicine report. Type of Waste Burned Waste products in burn pits include, but are not limited to: chemicals, paint, medical and human waste, metal/aluminum cans, munitions and other unexploded ordnance, petroleum and lubricant products, plastics, rubber, wood, and discarded food. Burning waste in open air pits can cause more pollution than controlled burning, such as in an incinerator. Registry for Veterans & Service Members VA's Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry allows eligible Veterans and service members to document their exposures and report health concerns through an online questionnaire. Eligible Veterans and service members include those who served in: Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn Djibouti, Africa on or after September 11, 2001 Operations Desert Shield or Desert Storm Southwest Asia theater of operations on or after August 2, 1990 Check your eligibility and sign up. It takes about 40 minutes to complete the questionnaire. You can do it in one sitting or save it and come back later. You can print and use your completed questionnaire to discuss concerns with your provider. VA providers can also access an online copy of your questionnaire. For more information visit VA's website: https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/burnpits/registry.asp Military Order of the Purple Heart Earlier this year, there were discussions of Military Order of the Purple Heart Organization (MOPH) shutting down operations to include representation. As of May 15, 2018, VA was informed that MOPH will not discontinue as a service organization. Although some offices may close, the organization will continue to represent claimants before VA. Get to Know Your VA Team: Laura Waszil, Assistant Veterans Service Center Manager (AVSCM) Laura Waszil is a proud Air Force Veteran, having served as a Medic on Active Duty and an Aeromedical Evacuation Technician in the Air Force Reserves. She utilized her GI Bill to earn her Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. In May 1991, she began her VA career in the Pittsburgh VA Regional Office as a Veterans Benefits Counselor where she interviewed Veterans and their families and answered telephone inquiries. She proceeded to serve in many different positions while in Pittsburgh, including Veterans Service Representative, Rating Veterans Service Representative, Rating Analyst, Decision Review Officer, and Coach. After completing a detail for Central Office (CO) as the Logistics Coordinator for the Veterans Claims Intake Program (VCIP), which included the initial transference of VBA's paper documents to an electronic system of records, Laura went to Philadelphia as a Management Analyst in the Eastern Area Office and learned new skill sets of running, reviewing and analyzing reports, as well as collaborating with VSCMs, Assistant Directors and Directors on directives from CO. Laura then moved onto Washington, D.C. as the Chief of the Business Management 215B staff of Compensation Service. This was far from her comfort zone, as it involved supervising employees who were writing and testing technical requirements for new applications and updating Legacy applications. During her time there, she networked with an amazing group of talented Central Office employees. Laura has returned to the Pittsburgh RO as the Assistant Veterans Service Center Manager, reaching back to CO networks at least weekly to brain storm new and improved methods of serving Veterans residing overseas as well as stateside. She’s grateful to be home near her family and friends, as well as coworkers with whom she has worked with for years. What advice can you offer to Veterans when submitting claims for service-connection? Always obtain copies of treatment records at the time of provider visits. That prevents delay in VA obtaining copies of relevant documents since they can be uploaded into eBenefits instantly. Also, if you're still in service, ensure you ask for and receive a copy of your personnel and service treatment records prior to discharge. These two actions can prevent delays and VA having to make decisions without pertinent medical evidence. Be There Peer Support Call & Outreach Center Overview In October 2016, the Department of Defense launched a program with the mission of providing peer support for Service members and their families. The BeThere Peer Support Call and Outreach Center, available 24/7/365, encourages Service members and their families to seek support for any of their issues, big or small. BeThere is staffed by Veterans and military spouses who understand Military and Veteran culture, is confidential, and offers unlimited calls, text, and online and video chat. The service aims to reduce the stigma of seeking help by keeping interactions informal, non-clinical, and convenient, and it stresses their belief that no concern or issue is too small. The peer specialists are always available to provide support, referrals to other resources, confidential conversations, and follow-ups, and they are trained in emergency procedures for situations in which a caller is in crisis. As of October 2017, peer specialists have assisted people in 6 countries and27 states through 5,119 calls, 375 emails, 132 texts, and 249 chats. They hope to continue to increase these numbers by reaching more Service members, Veterans, and families. The BeThere program is part of an ongoing effort by the Department of Defense to end Veteran suicide. Peer support helps prevent suicide by connecting people through shared experiences, normalizing and encouraging help-seeking, and building resilience by providing steady and reliable support. For more information, please visit the BeThere website. To access BeThere Peer Support Services, call 844-357-PEER (7337), text 480-360-6188, or visit their website to access their online and video chat features. Reminder to Eliminate Improper Benefit Payments To help you avoid any overpayment of VA benefits, please remember to notify VA immediately if you have a change in: Marital status School attendance for child over 18 and under 23 Income, if you are in receipt of pension benefits Employment status, if you are in receipt of Individual Unemployability benefits Return to Active Duty Changes may impact your eligibility to certain benefits. Periodically, VA requires Veterans and their family members who are in receipt of benefits to certify that any or all of the eligibility factors which established entitlement to benefits continue to exist. We routinely request Veterans validate their dependents and employment status. If you receive VA Form 21-0538 Status of Dependents Questionnaire, VA Form 21-0537 Marital Status Questionnaire, or VA Form 21-4140 Employment Questionnaire, please submit the completed document to VA as soon as possible. We must receive this information within 60 days from the date of the request or we may reduce your benefits Combat Injured Veterans Tax Fairness At of 2016 The Combat Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016 requires the Department of Defense (DoD) to identify payments of disability severance pay (DSP) made after January 17, 1991, in which DoD withheld amounts for tax purposes from non-taxable DSP. Further, DoD is required to notify affected Veterans of the amount improperly withheld, and provide instructions on filing amended tax returns for such amounts. Defense Finance Accounting Services (DFAS) sent notification to the affected 130,000 Veterans on how to file for tax refunds with IRS beginning July 9, 2018. DFAS also sent an FAQ about the Act and eligibility. VBA’s position is that recouping tax refunds that Veterans receive as a result of filing amended tax returns under the Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016 from VA disability compensation would defeat the purpose of the Act, which was to enable Veterans to recover income taxes improperly withheld from their DSP. To recoup a benefit Congress authorizes would defeat the intent of the benefit. Therefore, there is no action warranted by VA on these specific cases. Individual Unemployability Eligibility Review In September 2018, a new procedure will be implemented for the collection of VA Form 21-4140, Employment Questionnaire. The new annual eligibility review (AER) will focus on collecting the 21-4140 from those Veterans who were found to have verified earned income over the poverty threshold for the previous calendar year. A due process letter and a request for return of the 21-4140 will automatically be sent, based upon wage data received from the Social Security Administration. Under the new AER process, Veterans' eligibility to IU entitlement will be reviewed regardless of age if they have been found to have verified earned income, whereas under the previous review, Veterans over 69 years of age were exempt from review. If earned income is reported, the Veteran will have to explain where the wages came from, as they were identified by SSA. VA will make a determination, using all available evidence, if the employment is considered gainful for 12+ months. As with the previous AER process, VA will discontinue IU if VA Form 21- 4140 is not returned. What is eBenefits? Enrolling in eBenefits is easy. Just visitwww.eBenefits.va.gov for more information. If you submit a claim in the future, consider filing through eBenefits. Filing electronically, especially if you participate in our fullydeveloped claim program, may result in a faster decision than if you submit your claim through the mail. How to get an eBenefits account You can manage and apply for benefits online using eBenefits. If you don’t already have an eBenefits account, you can register on the DS Logon Registration page. Instead of using your APO address for registering on eBenefits, use your last recorded United States address. For dependents of Veterans without a social security number, you must do the following: Contact the Defense Manpower Data Center (DMDC) at 1-800-538-9552. Provide your dependent's Foreign ID number. Obtain a generated social security number provided by DMDC. Use the generated social security number for registration in eBenefits.You can visit the eBenefits help page for assistance with registering for an account or you can call 1-800 372-7437. Foreign Medical Program (FMP) The Foreign Medical Program (FMP) is a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) health care benefits program for U.S. Veterans who are residing or traveling abroad and have VA-rated, service-connected disabilities. Under FMP, VA assumes payment responsibility for certain necessary health care services received in foreign countries and associated with the treatment of service-connected disabilities, or any disability associated with and held to be aggravating a service-connected condition. Additionally, VA may authorize necessary foreign medical services for any condition for a Veteran participating in the VA Vocational Rehabilitation Program (38 U.S.C. 31). For more information, to include submitting claims for reimbursement, please visit here. Veterans Crisis Line Crisis feels different for everybody and can be caused by a wide range of situations before, during, or after military service. Whatever’s got you down — chronic pain, anxiety, depression, sleeplessness, anger, or even disturbing memories of your tour of duty — a Crisis Line responder can provide support, day or night. The Military Crisis Line is staffed by caring, qualified responders from VA — some of whom have served in the military themselves. They understand what Servicemembers and Veterans have been through and the challenges members of the military and their loved ones face. The Military Crisis Line staff can connect you with services to help get your life back on track. Confidential support is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year through the Military Crisis Line (1-800-273-8255 and Press 1), online chat and text (838255). There are a number of ways individuals can reach VCL. How they reach the VCL overseas is dependent on location. You can visit this link to see how Veterans, Service members or their loved ones can reach VCL from Europe, Korea and Afghanistan. In Europe call 00800 1273 8255 or DSN 118 * In Korea call 0808 555 118 or DSN 118 In Afghanistan call 00 1 800 273 8255 or DSN 111 * In Europe, toll-free service may not be available through all carriers or in all countries In addition, as you mentioned, the online chat feature is available anywhere as well as text but note, the text function would probably include additional data charges depending on your carrier roaming and international charges. How to Contact VA Since most Veterans residing in foreign countries cannot utilize the 1-800-827-1000 number to contact VA, a separate phone line was established for inquiries from Foreign Veterans. Like the 1-800 number, this phone line is staffed by the National Call Center. How to Contact VA from Outside the United States: 1-412-395-6272. Contact Information for Benefits Delivery at Discharge Offices in Germany and Korea: The Landstuhl, Germany office is located in building 3724 at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center and can be reached by e-mail atGermanyBDD.vbapit@va.gov or by telephone at 06371-9464-8200. The Camp Humphreys, South Korea office is located in the One-Stop BLDG, BLDG 6400, office V3014 next door to the SFL-TAP office and can be reached by email at KoreaBDD.vbapit@va.gov or by telephone at DSN 757-2911 or 2912 or commercial 050-3357-2911 or 2912.
  7. Congratulations Jean Bean217 P&T is your permanent and total disabled and your disability is not expected to improve within your life time and no future exams scheduled. The 100% P&T Veterans get all the benefits offered with the exception of SMC that is Inferred ..but with P&T you get The ChampVA Medical Insurance for your spouse and educational allowances for you and your spouse and children under age 23 I believe...and you can get the DOD I.D. Cards made for commissary shopping at any Military Insulation/Fort or Post, check with your State and local community for other benefits. Following SMC , Now if you ever have another S.C. Condition come up & you file a claim for it and its rated at 60% by it's self then that would meet the SMC Criteria along with your 100% P&T. Again Congratulations on your P&T.
  8. just go to your profile and click it and follow the prompts ..you can change your user Name and add your % divisibility if you like and the Branch you served with, or if you have a favorite quote or just want to say something about your self ect,,,ect,,
  9. I totally agree with Vetquest!!! And other more knowledgeable members as well that devote their free time like Ms berta, broncovet and Ms T bird.
  10. Does the VA go into a Veterans C-File After more than 20 years just to try to take away the veteran benefit's? they need a reason to do that don't they? Looks like after a veteran had his 20 years or more in on his S.C. Disability that was decided by the VA boys that love to play God & they made this decision more that 20 years ago...why can't they leave these Veterans alone? and let them live out their life with family and some peace and dignity. If the veteran was fraudulent with his claim and goes 20 consecutive years why look into it now? they had 20 years to find he committed Fraud. if he did! I certainly don't condone veterans that commit fraud but after 20 years or more and they find some how the veteran did commit fraud...well its just seems a bit ridiculous.
  11. Quote:He served in unit 330 ordnance 9/64 - 8/65 , Korea Ascom, he was told that he was in the dmz zone at some pt This Veteran can't remember where he served? The DMZ It runs for about 150 miles (240 km) across the peninsula, from the mouth of the Han River on the west coast to a little south of the North Korean town of Kosong on the east coast. Located within the DMZ is the “truce village” of P'anmunjom, about 5 miles (8 km) east of Kaesong, N.Kor. https://www.koreanwar.org/html/units/dmz/dmz_60_69.htm
  12. I think most of us old dog Nam vets never filed a claim until years later at least for us that made back on our own 2 feet....no welcome home party for me ,other than my family throwed me a big old beer party....it was years before I filed my first claim, They said I had been given a hearing test At my separation? I swear I do not remember having that test? ..but I guess they did a ugly C&P Examiner trolled back into my C-FILE and found where they did do the hearing test and of course it was A-OK, but I never claimed my hearing was bad back then (71) his mistake. it got worse over the years. Every Veteran living today that has any kind of health problems and its service related Please File your Claims. You earned it.
  13. They won't prescribe Cialis if your on certain med's med's for swollen prostate & Certain MH Meds (ptsd/depression) As Gastone mention the pills can be cut in half usually at the 100 mg the pump never work for me , but the injections do but it takes the mood away, b/c you have to the injections 30/20 min before happy hour. The last straw is the injections There are 4 MCG 's of the Alprostadil injections starting at 10 mcg 20 mg 30 mcg and 40 mcg...they start you off with the 10 then work up from there.... and you have to take a penis injection class...With a Female Dr and Male Dr to show how to inject your self..it was he craziest thing I ever saw..about 12 of us were going up and down the hall looking for rest rooms they had us inject our self and no the young female Dr didn't come in she assisted the male Dr in the class room...LOL As Gastone mention this is only good 4 times a month.
  14. Also IF I heard Bill Creager correctly? he mention on the hadit show last night 9/13/18 to jerel that veterans can use the DBQ and get any Dr to fill it out and they are suppose to use it? I had understood we need to get a Dr to fill it out in the expertise of what your disability/condition is.? But According to Bill it can be Any Dr that can fill out the DBQ. IF I HERD HIM CORRECTLY SAY THAT??? For those that don't know Bill he is a retired senior Rater.
  15. Podcast show on date 9-13-18 I understand what you mean, when I get on my lap top and listen to the show , I go into a quite room and plug in my ear phones other wise I can't hear them, just out of the lap top speaker. I have a hard time hearing Dr Bash his voice is just to light...I do wish they all would speak up or some what louder not only for me but I would think that 60% of veteran do have some type of hearing impairment and if they are listing to the show the information they give out is crucial to helping them win their claims so we need to hear what is being said. I wish I could hear well enough to call in I wanted to ask that Mr Bill Creager about Veterans that have had their MOS change while in a combat zone...and were injured , but when they file their claim the VA denies because they say the MOS was not on the DD 214 Just their original MOS....B/C some veterans in a combat zone has what is called a Temporary MOS and it was never recorded on to the DD 214..in other words without a document showing MOS was change this puts a damper on the veterans claim..how would he prove his MOS was Temporary? as I refer to Vietnam Veterans. Bill Creager, Jerald Cook , John Basser Alex Graham??

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