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  1. Tinnitus, or ringing in the ear is not a disease, but a symptom which can result from a wide range of underlying causes, including: prolonged exposure to abnormally loud sounds in the ear canal, ear infections, foreign objects in the ear, nasal allergies which prevent (or induce) fluid drain, or wax build-up. Tinnitus can also be noticed as part of the natural aging process, as a side effect of some medications or of genetic hearing loss. However, the most common cause is noise-induced hearing loss. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epm-VOuWdtM ★ JOIN US IN OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU AND OUR
  2. Benefit of the Doubt Rule When it comes to the Benefit of the Doubt doctrine, the statute is 38 USC § 5107(b). That statute says: “The [VA] shall consider all information and lay and medical evidence of record in a case before the [VA] with respect to benefits under laws administered by the [VA]. When there is an approximate balance of positive and negative evidence regarding any issue material to the determination of a matter, the [VA] shall give the benefit of the doubt to the claimant.” http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bMO1CHmQx2E ★ JOIN US IN OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU AND OUR FELLOW V
  3. After you have applied for VA service-connected disability compensation, you will eventually receive a phone call or a letter from the VA asking you to come to a Compensation and Pension exam (C&P exam). If you have several disabilities, you may be asked to report for several C&P exams. This is a routine request. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gPh1aNtcdfE ★ JOIN US IN OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU AND OUR FELLOW VETERANS ★ ▶ facebook.com/VET2VET ▶ twitter.com/VET2VET ▶ youtube.com/c/VET2VET
  4. Please, welcome new VET2VET podcast episode: #14 Undiagnosed Golf War Illness A prominent condition affecting Gulf War Veterans is a cluster of medically unexplained chronic symptoms that can include fatigue, headaches, joint pain, indigestion, insomnia, dizziness, respiratory disorders, and memory problems. VA refers to these illnesses as "chronic multisymptom illness" and "undiagnosed illnesses." We prefer not to use the term “Gulf War Syndrome” when referring to medically unexplained symptoms reported by Gulf War Veterans. Why? Because symptoms vary widely. Under
  5. Please, welcome new VET2VET podcast episode: https://youtu.be/XAoGOTJqbmA All claims for VA benefits begin with an application. Unless there are very unusual circumstances, a claimant should use the form that the VA specifies for the benefit desired. As with all VA forms, you should read the Form instructions carefully and get help if you are unsure of what is required. Starting March of 2015, the VA introduced a new process know as the "Intent to file" using VA Form 21-0966. This form notifies the VA that you intend to file a claim for VA compensation, pension, or survivors' be
  6. Please, welcome new VET2VET podcast episode: https://youtu.be/9paX1-FyCaI Today we’re talking about SERVICE CONNECTION. When we talk about service-connecting a medical condition, disease, injury or illness to military service, we are talking about proving the relationship between the two. 1) Direct Service Connection 2) Service Connection by Aggravation 3) Presumptive Service Connection 4) Secondary Service Connection 5) Service Connection due to Injury Caused by Treatment in the VA Healthcare System 6) Special Service Connection Rules for Post-Traumati
  7. Please, welcome new VET2VET podcast episode: https://youtu.be/mrb4sRsQG9c Today we are joined by Thomas Wendel, DAV National area supervisor for West Cost Region. Some questions we covered with Tom: - how do you see the claim process and the best ways DAV thinks could give a veteran better odds? - if a veteran was to go to the DAV to file a claim, what should they bring with them to file a proper claim? - what are some basic conditions you see people file for on average? - what are common errors you see veterans make when filing a claim? - what do you think about ebenfits
  8. Hi guys, ufff, DAV... hot topic for some of you. First of all, educate yourself with our podcast or this website. It will help you while dealing with any VSO organization or VA. Its difficult and confusing sometimes for myself. I'm sorry to hear about your issues with DAV and I can not make any comments until I investigate it further... I can probably put you in contact with Tom. Myself, I have had difficult times with my claim and as a result we decided to do this podcast, so other vets would be more knowledgeable on some issues. Second, if any of you are willing to switch from
  9. Please, welcome new VET2VET podcast episode: https://youtu.be/waV5t0HPtbM Today we are joined by Thomas Wendel, DAV National area supervisor for West Cost Region. Thomas E. Wendel served in the U. S. Marine Corps from 1983 until 1997. Since 1999, Tom has worked assisting veterans in processing various entitlement claims on the local, state and federal levels; first in Clare County as a county service officer and then when he came to work for the Disabled American Veterans in 2000. In 2008 he was promoted to the position of supervisor of the DAV Service Office in Detroit and later
  10. Please, welcome new VET2VET podcast episode: https://youtu.be/sTH3p-WwXn0 The way VA defines The word "permanent" slightly differently. For that matter, the word total doesn't mean total when discussing a disability. These are just terms to VA. There really isn't a protected rating. Any rating can be modified by VA at any time, depending on the circumstances. How do you know if your benefit is P & T? What is IU? What is substantially gainful employment? Are there any other eligibility requirements? How is the way VA decides total disability different from other agen
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