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About jc30655

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  1. Hey shipmate.  I have a question for another 100% rated vet.   Because of covid my primary care provider, a nurse practitioner, is now looking after my care since my great other doctor has retired and only speaks with patients on the phone.

    In preparation for our next appointment I sent her a secure message of the issues that I want to discuss. 5 short paragraphs of what, why and please.  

    Arrogantly, she avoided each of my questions, which were written politely asking for new authorizations that had expired, etc.  In closing, she wrote

    "It is not realistic to think that all of these things can be discussed in one visit. We will discuss 3 things for each visit in order to handle everything effectively. Please keep this in mind".

    I wrote back asking for the VA Directive which says that a provider can only address 3 concerns of a veteran. 

    I almost do not want to take her phone call at our appointment time because, frankly, I dont want to get out of line and say that I've "HAD IT"  with her arrogance.  I do know that I can contact my congressional liaison and put her on report (I've done it in the past when I was directly lied to and that provider is no longer with the VA).  I just want to be heard and get the care that I EARNED.

    Feel free to message me directly with your reply if you would like



  2. You are also entitled to a MWR type brown (dependents) ID card where you can get on base, use the gym, the commissary and other services that are provided..... and your dependents also eligible. This will come in your letter from the VA. With that, also, you can apply for discounts online and in Lowe's Home improvement stores. MOST Other places that offer military discounts will also accept it as proof. There will be NO expiration on your ID. It will be "Indefinite". YOU will also get free 100% dental care as well. Congrats for getting your 100%! However, the fight is not over.
  3. You are quite welcome. We all need to be proactive in our claims. Helping one another with information (and factual links to credible information) does help. My best to you and yours, and continue your efforts to obtain what you have earned. JC
  4. From the Social Security website: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pgm/disability-pt.htm Starting March 17, 2014, veterans who have a VA compensation rating of 100% permanent and total (P&T) may receive expedited processing of applications for Social Security disability benefits. What do I need to know about the VA and Social Security programs? Both Social Security and VA pay disability benefits. However, their programs, processes, and criteria for receiving benefits are very different. A VA compensation rating of 100% Permanent and Total does not guarantee that you will receive S
  5. Checking in. Received my letter in the mail that because I have medical coverage from the VA this counts as meeting the requirement for the ACA (Obamacare) mandate. I am rated at 100% TDIU Good luck, Brothers and Sister Veterans. If you don't stand up for yourself, and you don't a have loving support network behind you, nobody else will stand up for you.
  6. Here it is August 1st. I use the VA Augusta, GA and the Athens, GA CBOC for my VA care. I would assume from what I have read about your issues that 1) you need to be more pro-active in how you are treated at the VA or 2) you are one of the Vets that slip through the cracks, and the VA back peddles until they think you have accepted what they say. Typically, in my case, I contact the Patients Advocates office. If I do not get a response within 48 hours, I call the Directors office and ask for their fax number. I compose a factual letter, naming names, dates and times of how I was treated
  7. Cant believe it is the 4th of July. Happy Independence Day to one and all. This past month was a busy one. Dermatology on 6/19 for granuloma annulare; Rhumatology on 6/26 for the arthritis; and Vascular for the cold feet, toes and fingers. Three 240 mile round trips. All appointments were before 9:30 a.m. and the VA Augusta, GA refused to put me up for the night before claiming that there wre no rooms available (on the bad side of town). I asked them to just give me the allowance and I would make up the difference. Fee basis said no, travel said no, the patient advocate is supposed t
  8. John in an about Athens, Georgia here. Started "ROM" therapy for granuloma annulare recently (rifamycin, ofloxicin & minocyclin, 1 dose once a month). Lots of side effects from the medications. It has always been my understanding that if you are a Group 1 veteran you are to see the doctor within 30 days, and if their scheduling is such that it is outside of the 30 days that all you need to do is request to be outsourced on a Fee Basis. (please correct me if I have misunderstood that policy) Group 1: Veterans with service-connected disabilities rated 50 percent or more and/o
  9. QTC is a division of Lockeed-Martin Co. The same folks that build airplanes for the government. I guess since the Govt wasnt buying as many planes, they decided to diversify. They claim: ...We are the largest private provider of government-outsourced occupational health, and injury and disability examination services in the nation.... Their website is http://qtcm.com/
  10. I have found if you go to one of the other VSO, such as Conyers or Athens, that the wait is shorter. I admit, it took a long time, and patience is a virtue, however, we all procrastinated first putting in our claim, and the VA will take their time reviewing it. The key thing that I have learned it to keep your file active. Even if you do not receive a letter, once a month find some new supporting evidence and get it sent in. There was a gentleman in my same unit, had the same stressors, and experiences, we gave each other buddy letters to support our claims. I got my final decision over a
  11. I know its been over a month since Carlie has gotten that fabulous award. Congrats Carlie for hanging tough, but most of all, thanks for helping the rest of us with our own plight against the system of red tape, CUE, and mismanagement. I hope you are well, and in a position to play catch up with all that your bills. Knowing that they are paid, or a settlement has been reached has such a wonderful feeling. I hope for each of my Veteran friends here that you, too, get your just reward. Please remember, all gave some, some gave all, but most of all, we all, one day will feel no pain, and k
  12. Thanks Papa. Yes, at least this first year that I am 100% TDIU and SSID I will be using an independent tax preparation person. Next year may be a different story. I was talking to a vet that lives near me a couple weeks ago. His comment was that for 4-5 years he would send in his tax return and last year he received a letter from the IRS that in short, said, dont bother us anymore. I asked to see the letter and sure enough, it clearly stated that there was no further benefit to him or the IRS and unless his employment status changed (if he got a job where the employer would withhold taxes
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