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RuskiLinguist

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About RuskiLinguist

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    E-3 Seaman
  • Birthday 07/10/1966

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  • Service Connected Disability
    100%
  • Branch of Service
    Army
  • Hobby
    Hunting, fishing, camping
  1. RuskiLinguist

    Finally Approved

    Hugh, Check out one of my previous posts. Theres a whole thread there about it with tons of good stuff from everyone. Thanks for the suggestions, Carlie.
  2. RuskiLinguist

    Finally Approved

    After 5 long years, my second application for SSD was approved within 5 months. My final appeal for my first application is still in the courts. Thanks much to all here who helped me finally get that approval, and my heart goes out to those still waiting and fighting. My big question now is what, if any, benefits should I research now that both the VA and SSA consider me disabled. For example the student loan forgiveness was a hidden benefit, the Federal Parks pass was another hidden one. Can you good folks recommend any more hidden gems that I should be looking into? Thanks again, and best wishes to all Your Ruski Linguist
  3. RuskiLinguist

    Student Loans

    I haven't looged on to this site in some time, and WHAT A TREAT. I am sooooooo happy for you and would have loved to see a picture of hubby's smile when you showed him the letter. Thank you so much for the great news and follow-up. It made my week ;-)
  4. RuskiLinguist

    Student Loans

    Since may, I have watched 2 other veterans (1 at 100% schedule; and 1 at 70% plus TDIU) get forgiveness of their student loans. Neither has taken more than the time yours has been in process. Please help me, help you, and I will be glad to help scrutinize every detail to see if there is anything different between me and these other 2 and your husbands situation. Look in your private MSG box and I will give you my direct number. I want to see you and your hubby win this supposedly easy benefit. Smile, Privyet od Victora
  5. RuskiLinguist

    Student Loans

    This was a reply from back in September. Like most, I don't like to be wrong. Has there been any update. I am on pins and needles now. My reputation might be held in the hands of some beauracratic YERK!!! How can I help cut out the red tape on this one? I want All of us to get the benefits we have been promised and have earned by more than 1 or 2 sacrifices that most will never know. XOXOX World, Power To The Ruski ;-)
  6. I tried to post in another forum, but obviously failed: I have to admit that I did not do much research on this opportunity, but it did come to me from a different Veterans Benefits web site, and I think there may be one or two or more on this site who could/would take advantage of such an opportunity. Overall summary, is that if you are unemployed, and looking for some retraining, but can not afford the cost of changing courses, then you may be interested in reading/pursuing more: http://benefits.va.g...w/education.htm I am also attaching the wording of the VA Notification so you can decide if you want to pursue this link and the advertised benefits on your own. I assume that I personally do not qualify for this benefit, due to my ongoing need for treatment, but that is not an official answer. Anyway, this is a time-sensitive benefit, and in my opinion, an extremely valuable opportunity for a lot of folks on this site or their significant others. I wish you all well!!!! Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) Congress passed, and the President has signed into law, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans. The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are working together to roll out this new program on July 1, 2012. The VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who: Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old Are unemployed Received an other than dishonorable discharge Are not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance) Are not in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014. Participants may receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program (currently $1,473 per month). DOL will offer employment assistance to every Veteran who participates upon completion of the program. Participants must be enrolled in a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school. The program must lead to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certificate, and train the Veteran for a high demand occupation. High Demand Jobs VRAP will provide training for programs of education that lead to a high demand occupation, as determined by the Department of Labor. Click here to see a listing of high demand occupations. VRAP Applications Are Open We are accepting VRAP applications now. Please visit eBenefits to apply. Remember, to complete the application, you will need to know your direct deposit information (bank routing number and account number), the name and location of your school, the program you wish to pursue, and the applicable high demand occupation Good Wishes to all of my fellow veterans!!! I will always value each of you more than those who have neither known victory or defeat;-) Your RL!
  7. I have to admit that I did not do much research on this opportunity, but it did come to me from a different Veterans Benefits web site, and I think there may be one or two or more on this site who could/would take advantage of such an opportunity. Overall summary, is that if you are unemployed, and looking for some retraining, but can not afford the cost of changing courses, then you may be interested in reading/pursuing more: http://benefits.va.gov/vow/education.htm I am also attaching the wording of the VA Notification so you can decide if you want to pursue this link and the advertised benefits on your own. I assume that I personally do not qualify for this benefit, due to my ongoing need for treatment, but that is not an official answer. Anyway, this is a time-sensitive benefit, and in my opinion, an extremely valuable opportunity for a lot of folks on this site or their significant others. I wish you all well!!!! Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP) Congress passed, and the President has signed into law, the VOW to Hire Heroes Act of 2011. Included in this new law is the Veterans Retraining Assistance Program (VRAP). VRAP offers up to 12 months of training assistance to unemployed Veterans. The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) and the Department of Labor (DOL) are working together to roll out this new program on July 1, 2012. The VRAP offers 12 months of training assistance to Veterans who: Are at least 35 but no more than 60 years old Are unemployed Received an other than dishonorable discharge Are not be eligible for any other VA education benefit program (e.g.: the Post-9/11 GI Bill, Montgomery GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment Assistance) Are not in receipt of VA compensation due to unemployability Are not enrolled in a federal or state job training program The program is limited to 45,000 participants from July 1, 2012, through September 30, 2012, and 54,000 participants from October 1, 2012, through March 31, 2014. Participants may receive up to 12 months of assistance equal to the monthly full-time payment rate under the Montgomery GI Bill–Active Duty program (currently $1,473 per month). DOL will offer employment assistance to every Veteran who participates upon completion of the program. Participants must be enrolled in a VA approved program of education offered by a community college or technical school. The program must lead to an Associate Degree, Non-College Degree, or a Certificate, and train the Veteran for a high demand occupation. High Demand Jobs VRAP will provide training for programs of education that lead to a high demand occupation, as determined by the Department of Labor. Click here to see a listing of high demand occupations. VRAP Applications Are Open We are accepting VRAP applications now. Please visit eBenefits to apply. Remember, to complete the application, you will need to know your direct deposit information (bank routing number and account number), the name and location of your school, the program you wish to pursue, and the applicable high demand occupation
  8. RuskiLinguist

    Student Loans

    Hey Hedgey, I just watched a movie that reminded me of my PTSD symptoms, and what DH must be going through. Have you ever seen the Harrison Ford playing Indiana Jones in the Raiders of the Lost Ark? I am reminded of the scene where he is standing on the edge of a cliff and remembering his fathers words about having faith. He steps out into what appears to be a bottomless chasm, and was happily rewarded with a bridge that was an optical illusion right in his path. Because of his faith in someone who would never steer him wrong, he was rewarded. I know there are many former military people here would love to be able to have just a small portion of that kind of faith/trust in ANYONE else on the face of this planet. Reward them all by trusting this man whom you have never met, but can probably describe to your closest friend without much error. Submit the application, receive the reward, and then pay forward the love;-) None of us would ever deliberately steer the others wrong;-) Your Ruski Linguist Do Svidaniya, Ljeta
  9. RuskiLinguist

    Student Loans

    I understand the hesitation which is why i mentioned that it doesn't read as you would think it should. Fill out this form, and send it in with the 100% letter from the VA. They will first look to see if you are P&T. They will send you back a letter saying that you are not P&T, but that they are reviewing the evidence you sent to see if you are TDIU or 100% for sevice connected disabilities. Again, don't panic, and employment is not a condition of the student loan forgiveness. You do not need a doctor to fil out section 4. Your VA letter is all the evidence you need.
  10. RuskiLinguist

    Student Loans

    http://www2.ed.gov/o...rms/disable.pdf Is the form I used. I doesnt read like you would expect. but submitting this along with the rating decision granting Either 100%, 100% P&T, or TDIU and the loans will be forgiven. For those who are 100% or TDIU, they will send you a notice stating that you are not P&T. KEEP READING! It says that they will review your evidence to see in you are 100% or TDIU. The next letter will have your approval in it. When I studied Russian, I found it impossible ot write a simple letter home because of the alphabet differences, but I'm feeling much better now ;-)
  11. RuskiLinguist

    Student Loans

    DH can absolutely apply for the forgiveness. Employment has nothing to do with it. I wish you all the best!
  12. RuskiLinguist

    Student Loans

    Sorry for the long delay in reply. This reply is to the question posed by VMO. VMO, The forgiveness is just for you as far as anything I have read or studied. You being declared 100% P&T entitles your school aged children (I forget what the max age is while they are attending school) to get their education covered under Chapter 35 benefits. The benefits may seem insignificant at first glance and prolly don't seem worth the trouble, but as anyone who has put a child through college can attest, $953/month in the hands of your student really frees up your ability to make sure they are there for a working degree instead of a or an MRS/MR degree! They want the $$$, and you have a reason to ask if they are showing up for class, cause it is your sacrifice and benefits that are allowing them to attend college. This is just one mans opinion, yet I fear it is too late to provide for your daughter, but there are many more of us out here with Precious Angels and Deamons that we know will change the world with a better education. Sincerely, Your RL (remember, the Russians are our friends!) LOL!
  13. RuskiLinguist

    P&t

    Thanks a lot PR. That sure does put a definition on it for me.
  14. RuskiLinguist

    P&t

    I was only recently able to reconnect with my content. Carlie, My rating is 100% for Service Connected PTSD, Major Depressive Disorder and Alcohol Abuse(due to MST which occurred in 1994, but only evaluated in 2009) It was reevaluated in 2011 and remains at 100%. I am also 20% for ulcers (rated in 1998), 10% for spinal injury (also evaluated in 1998). I am sure I could get another 30% for the tinitus and a few other conditions, but I'm not inclined to gain extra percentages as that makes me feel greedy and no additional $$ would come my way. In my latest evaluation, the RO determined that I am not permanent and total because "there is a likelihood of improvement " if I continue to "show dedication to sobriety and have yet to try more intense treatment (i.e. residential PTSD program or residential substance abuse program) with regular compliance to my medication. The report from the C&P doc was "Veteran will have PTSD for a long time. However he is now newly and fully sober...he has also never been through a residential PTSD, substance abuse program and so it is POSSIBLE (caps added for emphasis) his symptoms will improve with the above steps (see residential treatment comments). It is my medical opinion that the veterans contention is not at this point in time total and permanent as he might improve over time with dedicated sobriety; intense treatment and with more regular compliance of psych meds". the appropriate wording as quoted in her write up was an admission of regular compliance with intermittent non-compliance with psych meds due to memory failures. I know that NO attorney will ever take my case, because there is no back pay involved. But I want to know how to get the rest of the benefits that I have suffered for while my kids are still young enough to need them, and I am still in need enough to not give up hope! I am sorry for the length of this explanation, but I know full disclosure is always better than selective disclosure ;-) Sincerely, your Personal Translator for Anything Slavik. RuskiLinguist
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