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  1. Hello, I am currently rated at 70% for PTSD and have a gambling addiction due to my anxiety and depression and gambling numbs my emotions but is having a heavy toll on my family and life. I have blocked myself at casinos but online casinos are very easy to access I want to stop gambling and wanted to see if the VA offers this type of support? Also, does the VA give ratings on gambling addiction? I really want to stop but am so depressed. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
  2. From: Berry law firm: For more information: https://ptsdlawyers.com/blog/how-reservists-can-get-va-disability-compensation/?inf_contact_key=8714769f3a7c1fe23d4d1df1e3cf1bb0
  3. I applied for this years clothing allowance and have not got a denial letter from the VA and have not received the allowance. Does anyone know if the allowance has been paid out yet?
  4. I submitted my claim 9/24, I had the C&P exams on 11/6, and I am still waiting. I talked to my VSO today and she said I was "Awaiting adjudication" and that it could be several more months and I may need more exams. I know the VA is a long process, but it has been 10 months already and I am not sure what "awaiting adjudication" means. The VSO seemed a little annoyed, I call about 1 time a month, it just is frustrating. I don't know why a claim should take 10 months, I know I have read about appeals taking years so I shouldn't complain. I just feel that 10 months is an unreasonable amo
  5. 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
  6. http://www.va.gov/opa/appropriations_lapse_plan.asp This link will help in some ways to explain 'what the deal is' from the Department of Veterans Affairs perspective, if we indeed have even a partial shutdown. Obviously we are all hoping that power players on the Hill will find a way to get business done before major adverse effects follow putting us in a crisis management mode to put it lightly.
  7. Hi, Berta (everyone), I am curious if there’s any instructions on how to go about: DIC is granted & accrued / death pension benefits are denied. My VA rep (Colorado VA office), recently explained to me that my mom was awarded DIC benefits ( I filed on her behalf ), effective the day of his death (my dad died Dec.30, 2017) of... 1-Pneumonia 2-COPD 3-CAD but, we (she) was denied accrued because the Army / VA did not owe him any money, since he never filed for benefits while alive. While that part is true, he never filed because he was told he did not have agent ora
  8. I have watched for years now our 100% PT Service Connected Disabled Veterans, who served our Country, served her proudly and through no fault of their own, were injured, honorably discharged and unfortunately unable to have the opportunity to committ to a 20 year career and now being passed over and denied again and again, the benefit to be eligible for the DoD's Space A Travel Program while other non uniformed service personnel whom never served, get added into the Eligibility Categories as if they were the cat's meow! It's time to RIGHT THIS WRONG! It's time to stand up and be heard, lis
  9. I am the sole caretaker for my spouse which makes it extremely difficult to leave and go to a VA facility to file my claim. When I registered for Ebenefits it says I have to have a Premium Account but I cannot just leave for the in person verification. It is imperative that I get benefits because of recent health status and also the full time care my wife will need if/when I need a treatment plan. Can somebody direct me on how to get VA Form 21-526 filled out and also to obtain my C File? I have a portion of my medical record frm my time in service in the Army from 1972-1976.
  10. I have been lurking around here for years and this is my first post! So I'm 70% disabled vet right now and going through the process of getting a higher rating. I put together a Petition on the White House site and would like for everyone who reads this post to at least give it a read. It will only take a minute of your time and would increase benefits to 100% disabled vets. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/allow-veterans-100-service-connected-disability-rating-use-military-aircraft-space-available-basis
  11. I'm not sure I'm in the right place but I'm looking for all the help I can. My husband, after 9 years, has decided he needs more help than he's getting. I'm proud of him for making this decision. My questions are, what are good military only ptsd programs? He will be inpatient or do a retreat and doesn't want to leave our home state of NC. I've googled and can't find anything good. Also, does his benefit pay get reduced? He is 100% p&t for tbi/ptsd. Last question is since I'm his caregiver and he will be going away for a month or so, will my caregiver pay be reduced or d/c until he is back
  12. I am rated 100% for PTSD will going to groups cause me to lose my rating? I was hospitalized and they encouraged me to go to groups. They encouraged me to go to a rec therapy group and my psychiatrist over the phone encouraged me to attend a nightmare group. This is hard for me to do but seems like a step worth taking. My concern is they will take away my benefits the instant I attend a group. Is it true that you lose your benefits for attending a group?
  13. Hello everyone, We would like to share our guide on claiming medical alert bracelets and necklaces for veterans. We produced this infographic as part of our advocacy in building awareness of this VA program and benefit. http://www.americanmedical-id.com/media/wysiwyg/PDFs/AMI_VA_inforgraphic_web_2017.pdf Please note this is free and is offered at no cost to veterans. Other resources to help you claim your free medical ID benefit: VA page of American Medical ID - http://www.americanmedical-id.com/va VA Directive - http://www.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?
  14. Are VA Vocational Rehabilitation counselors granted access to a veterans medical records or compensation and pension exam information? I went to a VA Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor in order to apply for Voc Rehab benefits. Would like to further my education. My Vocational Rehab Counselor and her supervisor stated that education is not feasible for me based on things that were listed in my C&P exam and by my civilian psychologist 2 years ago. (I have Major Depression & PTSD due to MST.) I honestly feel that my Vocational Rehab Counselor and her boss invaded my privacy. They are
  15. I am currently employed as a federal law enforcement officer, retiring in a couple of months. When you reach age 57 you are mandated by law to retire. With the SC conditions (I'm 70%), I have, I will not be able to acquire employment in the exact discipline I'm in. I currently earn six figures but upon retirement but my pension will be $50K . I have a BS in Voc. Educ, and I would like to work as a school counselor or teach. I am new to this process, so can anyone share what's the best way to approach in terms of seeking approval with Voc Rehab & Employment so I can get a Master's Degree?
  16. I read that if you are have one spouse and one child you get a certain amount of VA disability compensation (perhaps $256). I currently have 60% disability rating. If and when I get divorced will my VA disability compensation be reduced? ...and if yes, by how much? If I then should remarry will it then increase again by the same amount? Also, do the children have to live with me in order to claim them? ...or is paying child support sufficient. Thank you in advance. update - I am already receiving a monthly VA disability compensation. My question is: will I receive the same amount o
  17. Hello, I recently checked on ebenefits under Benefits and check the SMC box and I was wondering if anyone can tell me what this means: SMC(S-1) Entitled to special monthly compensation under 38 U.S.C. 1114, subsection (s) and 38 CFR 3.350(i) on account of medical conditions rated 100 percent and additional service-connected disabilities of limitation of medical conditions independently ratable at 60 percent or more from 05/26/2015 to 10/01/2015. Rating Date : 11/09/2016 (Medical conditions is what i put to conceal them). Does this mean
  18. Hello again Vets. So today I was sifting through E-Benefits, and entered the 'Payment History' section. I looked through all the Post 9/11 Payments and MGI Active Duty payments and seen all the times I've gotten my GI Bill check. Then I click on the 'Returned Payments' portion and.... WTF? There are 6 separate entries under the tab. All between the years of 2008-2009, totalling about $7,500 - is this money that was sent to me and I can reclaim? Here's what I am seeing: Date Amount Type Method Returned Date
  19. I am in the NWQ and have been since June 13 2016. My claim just got pushed back to April 4, 2017 as a completion date and it could be longer. How is it possible that the in NWQ is going to benefit any veteran or even the VA? I have documented proof of the illnesses I have now that began in Vietnam but the Raters that view them cannot see what's in plain sight, or they are just continuing the tradition of ignoring the facts, in order to deny or at least delay benefits. I don't have the luxury of waiting years for the VA to correct this situation and it is a clear and unmistakable error g
  20. I'm pretty sure there is information regarding my question somewhere but I'm still little confused on what is the difference between TDIU and P&T? I thought when you are granted TDIU you are automatically 100% and your kids and spouse are subject to chapter 35 benefits? and P&T just means it's permanent?
  21. To be short and sweet i found out I am facing an MEB today. i am wondering what i might expect for benefits and how they work. Some ppl say you cant take va compensations if you get 30% MEB or more. others say i will have to pay back my separation pay if i take it ($90,000 maybe). and i really dont know how to judge what money i will make outside the Army. i have bad feet, ankles, knees, hip, back, left shoulder, ptsd, anger issues, migraines, sleep apnea, restles leg sleep disorder, depression. if all of these are 10-20% 140-280 % what do i do?
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. Because of the Nehmer decision of September 1985 (boots on the ground in Vietnam) linking coronary artery disease to Agent Orange, I have been denied benefits for the disease. I am looking for any fellow veterans that could help me gather more information for my claim. I was an E4 in the Air Force on military assignment. We left California on "Thanksgiving Day" November 23rd 1967 on a military chartered Braniff Airlines airplane (all military personnel except for the flight crew) by way of Siagon, Vietnam to Taikli, Thailand. We arrived at Tan San Nhut Air Base and was housed in mi
  25. Finally got a rating! I must admit to being quite surprised that from starting the process (April 2015) until receiving retro (today) was much faster than I could've anticipated. 7 years ago, I tried to file at the Denver, Colorado VA and they took a whole year to pretty much send me a letter calling me a liar. Nevertheless - I haven't received my percentage yet but some quick math indicates 60% perhaps. I read something which says IF an FDC was filed between August 2013 and August 2015, Retro for a whole year (in addition to claim date) should be received. Is that true? I am asking because I
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