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About jc30655

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  1. 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.
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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
  5. 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/
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Congrats! I too, went from a low ball rating to an increase, but the key is to stay on top of it, and try your best to stay organized. One thing I did learn is the VA loves paperwork. It is almost like you are doing the rater a favor by providing copies of everything you previously sent....or at least that is how it is in the Atlanta Regional Office. I am now receiving 100% Totally and Permanent, plus getting SSD on top of that. From what my accountant says, the VA disability is something I do not even report, and I have received a 1099 for the SSD. It is about tax time and I am wonder
  9. Thank you for your input. I did receive a letter from the VA saying that I am eligible for the life insurance ($10k) and can buy an increased amount on my own. I will certainly be contacting my State Veterans Service Representative TOMORROW and will be contacting the VA through the IRIS site. Thanks again....that is good info.
  10. I am rated TDIU and after reading your post went back to my VA rating letter and it does not have any reference to "with" or "without future examinations", so I called my State Veterans Service Representative. His comment was that I was "originally rated at 30% PTSD, 10% Tinnitus and on request for reconsideration, moved to 100% TDIU. Don't worry about it." Any comments??
  11. Saturday, June 19, 2010 I received my brown envelope in the mail today from the VA. Shaking, I opened the envelope. I found, to my surprise, that they increased my PTSD from 30 to 70%. I had submitted a request for reconsideration back in late December, '09 with a request for Unemployability. I furnished letter from the VA VocRehab which stated I would not benefit from job retraining. I furnished a letter from my State Department of Labor Voc Rehab that said the same. I provided progress letters from my private psychologist where he listed in 3 progress letters that I was unable to wor
  12. Hello Berta and hawkfire27. Yes, the VA knows of my award from the SSA for disability. I live in Georgia and we have State Service Officers which submit our claims in behalf of other advocacy groups such as AMVETS, American Legion, DAV, etc. The day I got my letter from the SSA granting my SS Disability I went to my VSO and insured that he send this to the VA. I was in his office a week later and he showed me where the VA had received it. I kept the original. I have not officially filed a NOD, my VSO said that filing for reconsideration was quicker and that since my claim was impecca
  13. I am a Navy Vietnam Veteran here. After 3 failed attempts at marriage, 2 failed businesses, and other problems I filed for PTSD in 1992 on my own and of course DENIED. My current VA primary doc referred me to the CBOC clinic shrink and after 4 one hour sessions diagnosed me with PTSD. (2-1/2 yrs ago). I completed the cognitive behavior classes and attend the monthly group. I decided to see my state vets rep and filed for PTSD and was awarded 30% retro to August 2009 after 60 days from getting my exam by the VA contracted doc. My GAF score was 50. I saw an independent psychologist eve
  14. I am really jealous! At the VAMC in Atlanta you rarely see a veteran working there. It is a social network for the employees who years ago were hired by "special employement needs of the community". In short they hired clerks that could not type, nepatisim everywhere, and loads of red tape. For instance, send you to X-ray, but X-ray has not received the consult request, or to Ortho, and ortho is not taking new patients for 8 months, and the scheduling clerk just shrugs her shoulders and says "I dont know what to tell you". If they are not taking patients, why is this person on the payroll
  15. Thanks guys. I guess it might be a good idea for me to squirrl away some money for taxes "just in case".
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