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  1. Just wondering what this might mean on va. gov, comp and pen is showing Awaiting Release of funds- SSD and details show Attorney Fee Memo- AAFC Authorized Award (New). I use DAV as my Rep. I don’t understand SSD, is it possible the DAV signed me up for Social Security Disability? Just wondering what all this means, could be an old lawyer just trying to squeeze more money out of me!
  2. Good day to all. A little background before I get to my questions... I am a 70% disabled veteran and was recently let go from my job as a service technician. Admittedly, the job was hard on me because of my main disability (back condition). The owner of the company gave me a letter that stated I was "laid off" on a permanent basis. Essentially, I was fired. I was "laid off" the day after I came back from a week off for recuperating after aggravating my back condition on the job. I did have a doctor's note and the owner was already aware that I was a disabled vet. During my meeting with t
  3. 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
  4. Got an unofficial notification from the DAV about my DRO appeal stating that they were giving me an earlier date for my tinnitus (that baffled me) and that they were granting me 40% for my back (degenerative arthritis). My appeal was for secondary service connection for my knees, there was nothing about my knees in the "unofficial notification". So I went to the closest regional off and was finally seen. They looked up the "official" notification (SOC) from the VA and it stated nothing about my back but stated that they had denied me my secondary claim on my knees stating that the Dr co
  5. 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
  6. DAV told me there is no expediting claims anymore even for Vietnam Vets. Only terminally ill vets, homeless, or going to be homeless are expedited, so it took DAV 5 months to get my claim into the system because they trashed it the first time because they are a corrupt organization. Mr. Edwards in St. Louis for DAV got Mr Stephen Kelly his 12 years of retro pay in one week without even filing a claim, the way I read it. Dan Knabe For DAV got Mike Franko’s claim “Expedited” after he had been denied once already, also got him service Connected, got his retro pay, and got him a job with DAV
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. So I received the DAV "official" letter last night in the mail ATTACHED. I am curious as to why the 100% temporary evaluation is June 3rd, 2015 to October 1, 2015???? Look at numbers 2 & 3. I also got SMC housebound for the same dates. What is puzzling me is I had my surgery to my right foot January 6th, 2016. I know my right foot is not yet S/C as it is under appeal but I was granted the 100% temporary evaluation for my left ankle b/c it caused my fracture to my right foot. Any idea why they went back to 2015???? The dates they awarded me the 100% temporary evaluation, does tha
  10. So I am freaking out because a lot is going on right now and on top of it my NOD review hearing is Friday!!! I am nervous but I think I have my timeline laid out and what I want to discuss with the hearing officer. I still have yet to receive my missing medical records even though I have tried unsuccessfully over the past 1-1/2 to get them. I requested them several times and most recently had my congressman assist me. I see a FOIA request as of today but that won't help me with my hearing coming up Friday. Without them I am up the creek without a paddle for my right foot fracture (NOD).
  11. Okay so I received this letter DAV letter_Redacted.pdf and I am questioning myself as to whether or not to use them? I hired a DAV rep in 2013 when I lived in DC but I haven't spoken to any DAV rep in over 1-1/2 years. The WACO DAV knows NOTHING about my NOD. We were just talking about this in another thread about releasing your POA. Is it wise to go without a DAV rep? I think I am my own best advocate and I am a bit worried he/she will not know anything about my NOD. Thoughts?
  12. I am a 100% DAV for PTSD, DMII, and a handful of other maladies. I heard something today that has raised a BIG Q. Am I or am I not allowed to earn any income without jeopardizing my SSDI benefits? Thanks, Jim Gilmore 307 FMS U-Tapao AB, Thailand 71-72 617 MASS Da Nang AB, Vietnam 72 616 MASS Tan Son Nhut AB, Vietnam 72-73
  13. I began a claim in August 2013, after going to the VAMC for the past 12 years from time to time for what they now call "anxiety and depression". I initially went to the VARO and they initiated a claim for "anxiety due to physical assault in basic training" and "back condition". Only on my second visit to the VARO did they provide me with Form 21-0781 for determining PTSD. The VAMC according to my medical records have never used the term "PTSD" in my file as of yet. I have since gone to the DAV for representation, thanks in part to the great information on this website. I gave them my budd
  14. Hi all, I couldn't find an answer to this anywhere, so I'm posting this topic. Sorry if I've repeated some other post. I'm wondering whether the lifetime membership at the DAV is worth the $250. Do they: 1) Give you better representation 2) Work harder for you 3) Give you any other benefits besides discounts I'm a 70% SC with IU at 100%. I might want to start working. In that case, I want to be sure that the DAV fights for me to retain my 70% SC. Thanks, Scythis
  15. My BVA claim was remanded to my regional office in St. Pete, Florida. There, they denied my claim for Fibro(Diagnosed and confirm) and High blood pressure (Diagnosed and confirm) even though, I am a gulf war vet that served in the Asian pacific theater (Iraq) as well as being diagnosed with HBP within one year of leaving service and have been on medication since then. Anyhow, on August 31 my claim arrived at the DAV up in D.C. It has been there now for 3 months and those lazy bastards have yet to get to it. I called they stated that they have between 30 to 90 days to get to it. And no doubt
  16. Not sure if what I was told was true, but I just talked with my DAV guy. He said the Montgomery VARO is not working on any appeals until the end of the year. He said all staff, including DRO's, are exclusively working claims. Anyone else hear anything about this?
  17. Hope everyone is getting through their week and staying warm. Had yet another rough night followed by an appointment down at the Denver Regional Office. Need some clarification if any of you have the time and would truly be appreciated. 1. Decision on my PTSD from the VA was dated in May of 2011 (Woman I speak with in regards to these issues and daily struggles recommended me around 50-60%) was awarded 10% 2. (please no acronyms, haha, very confused) I am under a year since the decision and very very much so disagree with the decision the system came to. The Woman that conducted my C&
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