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  1. Hi, I am asking for help for a friend that has a meeting with the VA on Wednesday. She receives DIC. Her husband died from an affliction that is service related. He served for more than 30 years, they were married for nearly 40 years and still married at the time of death. She wishes to attend college in her ancestral country of the Philippines using educational benefits. Her concern is whether or not this will affect her DIC in an adverse way. Does anyone have experience on this topic. Any ad ice will be greatly appreciated...thanks in advance.
  2. Good point hard time. Logic tells me that there will be an increase in Space A travel with the new military budget. Talon's logic doesn't hold up, however. There is no medic requirement for retired military personnel, they never ask me about my medical conditions.
  3. Berta, In the short time that I have been visiting this site I have seen how revered you are and I know why. I too have been a recipient of your help and guidance. Bless you and your husband. Thank you for your service to our veterans, spouses and dependents. I hope one day I can shake your hand personally.
  4. Yea, someone on here not-so-fondly coined this the "Gathering Dust" phase. There is so much information they get from multiple sources. Not all of it is relevant to your C&P examiner. Stay nice, be firm and resolute. These folks aren't dishonest, although some get jaded by the human interaction. There probably should be term limits for rafters and VSO reps perhaps. I really think you are moving along in the normal fashion, from the information you have provided. good luck!
  5. He will be able to see the evidence when the VA posts it. They do have a special log in...trust me. If I were you, I would hold tight until the VA gathers your records. You will see them request it on E- benefits. There will be a deadline. In the meantime, you could research other VSOs in case you feel you need to make a change. Don't panic, adapt and overcome.
  6. From my experience Bronc is right and has helped countless folks here. I would add, use the help you get here to gently nudge your VSO in the right direction. They have a mandate to help you.
  7. Gunny, your dellema is that you don't have your "STRs". The VA will get this information rather quickly and won't act on your claim until they do. Regrettably, it usually takes nearly a year for the VA to send the C file to you. If you haven't sent your FOIA request, I suggest you do it now. Your VSO should do this for you. Therefore, you are pretty much in the dark when gauging the strength of your claim unless you have a very considerate VSO and will brief you. They can see this info, usually. However, they cannot give it to you in any form except verbally. Hang in there Mari
  8. This interests me. My concern, if I were you, is will I get military retirement via DFAS for my 23 years and concurrent receipt for your ailments via the VA? Two incomes are better than one.
  9. Gunny, thanks for the clarification. In this case, I would not check the "combat activity" box unless you actually served in theater. If they feel you did something in error, however well intention-ed, it can hold up your claim for months. This is something I have experienced. The claims that you list would probably not be aided by this anyway. I'd like to weigh in on 3 of your claims that I have some experience with: - "Reevaluate my back (current SC but at 0%)" : This should be looked at favorably providing your condition has worsened since your last P&T. If you are within a ye
  10. The benefit of this application is there is no rating threshold to receive tax free concurrent receipt compensation. A service member can be retired and receive compensation in addition to retirement even if they are rated at 10%. https://www.dfas.mil/retiredmilitary/disability/crsc.html
  11. It may be where Gny saw the distinction is when a person is applying for CRST or Combat Related Special Compensation. This does not require a person to be in the combat zone. If you are training for combat and receiving a hazardous duty pay e.g.; diving, jumping, demolitions etc, and get hurt during these activities, you may qualify.
  12. Thanks Berta, I just returned from travel. Yesterday the Big Yellow Envelope (actually, it's white) arrived. Everything was as aforementioned. The good news is I am 100% P&T, if being disabled can be good. As discussed, the Effective Date is Feb 9. not the original effective date " May 2, 2017 - I received a SC disability letter for Dermatitis at 10%. This was retroactive with an Effective Date of March 1, 2017". I will redact and post the decision over the next couple of days. I have not received the retro because I am retired military and they will take a couple of months to
  13. I agree with PW and Bronc. I would add however, to stay on top of this, especially if the deffer-ed claim no longer shows on E-ben nor Vets.gov. They can mistakenly close the deffer-ed claim and than it's difficult to get them to reopen it. This happened to me. Probably an anomaly, but they reopened the wrong claim, none of the background files reappeared. Ultimately, they approved my claim, but the effective date became the date they reopened the claim. I am still correcting this with a NOD.
  14. Best explanation I've seen yet. Thanks! I would add, you can't work or you are significantly limited when you are receiving SSDI.
  15. TBird, Can I get consent to plug a friend's book here. It is a book that helps disabled vets deal with PTSD. Much, if not all his proceeds are going back to disabled vets. After retiring from the Navy (EOD), started and eventually sold a successful business to devote his time and resources to help vets. He start a retreat in VA. I can give you the name, if it helps. I'm intentionally leaving detailed info out until I get permission. I was hoping I could add the link here.
  16. The best thing for you to do is call or visit your local Tricare. Don't take my word for it. Good luck!
  17. I forgot, you will have to pay the $134 for Medicare Part B. However, the benifits of nearly no limits on coverage, made and I think no copay makes up for.
  18. There is a lot of "ifs" here. You don't lose your Tricare. The Social Security Administration will automatically have Medicare kick in after 2 years of being on SSDI. I believe, at that point your primary health care will be Medicare and Tricare will pick up anything that Medicare doesn't cover. It's a really good deal. i am 100% P&T, I have SSDI and I use Tricare. My 2 years on SSDI comes up in Nov but I also turn 65. Therefore, I will have Medicare and Tricare.
  19. Grump, it is easy to apply for SSDI...just make an appointment and they do it all for you. Since your 100%, there is a good chance you will get it. Remember, SSDI also considers your non service connected maladies.
  20. E-Ben and Vets now reflect the increase...no package yet.
  21. Paul, you should know a website costs money to maintain and improve...it's not a drop in the bucket. In order to provide a free source for advise and help, the only way to do it is to sell adds, and/or ask for subscriptions, or take it out of pocket. Myself? The subscription price is low enough and well worth the money. Because of the work relationship, it might even be tax deductible.
  22. It doesn't serve as a link for me and when I Google "Apr 5, 2012 source citation" , it doesn't provide the source...not readily anyway. No matter.
  23. Well, based on this information (info), I have no decision to make. I am required to use Tricare. Can You tell me where this info is referenced from? It's dated in 2012.
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