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Djdan48

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Djdan48 last won the day on May 25 2015

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About Djdan48

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  • Birthday 01/05/1948

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  1. The state benefits are enormous in Florida! I just received over $6,000.00 in back property taxes. I renewed my license plate for $4.50. Now I have full access to any base commissary or exchange. And, my wife has a pass also. She has free Rx through CHAMPVA Meds by Mail program! Also coordinates with Medicare, so you don't have to buy an expensive Medicare supplement policy. There are probably more benefits that I have forgotten. Great news for you! Congratulations!
  2. In Florida, this has been in effect for several years. However, my 90% plus Unemployability at 100% still did not qualify me because they stated that your disability had to show it was combat related. I am PTSD disabled because of things experienced in Vietnam. They would not take my DD214 info because it did not say I was in a combat role. I was Signal Corps. So, I had to write to the Dept of the Army, and have them rule on the combat connection. They added specific info about naming Vietnam duty on the new DD214. Their letter also stated that the very fact that I served in Vietnam, whether or not I had seen combat, did not matter. My feet on the ground was proof enough that I served in a combat zone. This Dept of the Army letter was also proof enough for the property appaisers office to grant me a 100% tax exemption. Not only that, they went retro several years and granted me 50%, 80% and 100%, respectively for 2013, 2014 and 2015 based on my percentage disability rating in those years. The retro check for $6800.00+ arrived last week!!!! Yes, there is a Santa Claus, but you have to do your homework. They won't come to you offering this money! There are only about 3-4 states offering 100% exemption. Most are for property values under $250,000.00. Some, way less! Even more have NO EXEMPTION!!!!
  3. It took 2 years to get the additional spousal amount (About $95.00/month). The disability lump sum payment was almost immediate after the decision was made.
  4. I was recently turned down for Sleep Apnea, secondary to my PTSD. My wife of 45 years wrote a "buddy letter", explaining how bad it has been for those early years forward. It wasn't until about 1998 that the VA did a sleep study and issued a CPAP machine. I have bad nightmares and very restless sleep. I have had 2 more sleep studies since and all the documentation was there, showing Obstructive Apnea. I am currently 68 and have a scheduler disability of 90%. Ischemic heart disease and diabetes, both added per Agent Orange. The PTSD and Unemployability allowed them to give me the special award and now I am 100% Total and Permanent. (I forget what that extra is called, but you all know). After the recent denial for the Sleep Apnea, my local service officer (he has been great!) told me to leave it alone. Said you're already getting 100% plus the special award. Why appeal and upset the apple cart. I said I was worried that when I die, my wife gets full spousal benefits for anything service connected. He told me that I am not going to die from Sleep Apnea, per se. You will more that likely be affected by your Ischemic Heart Disease or the Diabetes. He said they are not going to touch me and reduce my 100%+. My age helps. Should I leave it alone? And just be glad I am getting a high award right now.
  5. I am 90% and 100% TDUI. I stopped at my Dental Dept. desk while there for another appointment. They set me up within 3 weeks for a 1st exam with full panoramic xrays, Next exam was 2 weeks later to get an upper impression for a night guard. One week later, the device was complete and they gave it to me after examining it's fit. So yes, the Dental works just fine! Next month I have a teeth cleaning. Just had to ask once!
  6. Several years ago, I too, forgot to add my wife to my claim info. After filling out the form to add her, it took 2 years to get the additional lump sum deposit. They said it had a low priority. Also, don't forget to claim for your past Rx copays. They will send another lump sum payment, going back to your claim date. Hope this helps.
  7. As others will tell you, go for the unemployability benefit. Not only does it get you 100%, you get exchange and commissary privileges, special additional $ compensation. Someone with more knowledge can give you more information.
  8. You should have your retro to June 2014 any day now. Congratz!
  9. You should have your retro to June 2014 any day now. Congratz!
  10. IU can be added to just about any rating. IU automatically puts your "other benefits" at what a person with a 100% rating gets. You have to look up the your rating scale for special monthly compensation benefits. Mine is SMC (S-1). if you go to the Ebenefits website you would click on Additional Benefits. there you will see the special monthly compensation benefit. click on that and you'll see the effective date and the type of special benefit you're receiving click on that and It will tell you how you got it. Otherwise man don't try to over analyze it! You're good!
  11. IU can be added to just about any rating. IU automatically puts your "other benefits" at what a person with a 100% rating gets. You have to look up the your rating scale for special monthly compensation benefits. Mine is SMC (S-1). if you go to the EC benefits website you would click on Additional Benefits. there you will see the special monthly compensation benefit. click on that and you'll see the effective date and the type of special benefit you're receiving click on that and I'll tell you how you got it. Otherwise man don't try to over analyze it! You're good!
  12. That's great news! You are getting the 3415.15/MO as I am. The IU puts you in a special payment scale. I think mine was called SM1. You automatically are considered 100% total & permanent. You qualify for a ton of additional benefits now. I now has access to any commissary in the world. My wife can (did) get Medical & Rx coverage. Up to 30k Extra life insurance. Premium is waived if you are under 65. It's all good! Wife can also get college paid for.Congratz.
  13. A couple of you have suggested that I apply now for Social Security disability because I got 100% P & T. I am 67 and took reduced early SS benefits. Besides, the VA and SS have different qualifications to be approved for benefits.
  14. AskNod, you are right. Everyone works for money. I apologize for the not so nice reference to attorneys. They do good for many. I was fortunate to get through it myself.
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