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  1. I am not sure how this really works but I was checking the status of my appeal and I noticed this on the right side of my screen. This was on va.gov. I am not sure if it includes all C & P Exams, QTC Exams and LHI Exams or any other medical exams, just wanted to pass it on. You have to click on view details appeal status to get to see the option. It only shows up on the pending appeal page. You can obtain a copy of your claim exam (also known as a compensation and pension, or C&P, exam) by contacting your nearest regional office.
  2. Phased Reopening of National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) in St. Louis Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the NPRC was closed from March 23 through June 23, 2020. While it was closed, a limited number of essential staff continued to report on-site each day to service urgent requests, such as those involving homeless veterans in need of shelter, medical emergencies, and funerals for deceased veterans. On June 24th, the NPRC entered into Phase One of a gradual reopening. To ensure the safety of its workforce, social distancing measures have been instituted which limit its operating ca
  3. A lawyer says a lawsuit against a Veterans Affairs hospital in Kansas where a former physician assistant molested countless patients involves “the largest sexual abuse scandal in the history of the VA.” https://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/suit-sex-abuse-kansas-va-hospital-trial-71654471
  4. Find a VA Healthcare Provider You can search by state https://www.accesstocare.va.gov/ourproviders
  5. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/docs/gulfwar/gulfwar-newsletter-feb2016.pdf Please don't shoot the messenger I am just passing this on for more to see.
  6. http://www.spinalinjury101.org/details/levels-of-injury High-Cervical Nerves (C1 – C4) Most severe of the spinal cord injury levels Paralysis in arms, hands, trunk and legs Patient may not be able to breathe on his or her own, cough, or control bowel or bladder movements. Ability to speak is sometimes impaired or reduced. When all four limbs are affected, this is called tetraplegia or quadriplegia. Requires complete assistance with activities of daily living, such as eating, dressing, bathing, and getting in or out of bed May be able to use powered
  7. The Crazy one here, look we share we learn. In recent years, policymakers have examined the interaction of two federal programs that provide benefits to military personnel with service-connected disabilities. In September 2009, the Government Accountability Office issued a report recommending that the Social Security Administration (SSA) increase its outreach and collaboration with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to improve access to Social Security disability benefits for military personnel wounded since October 2001 in operations in Afghanistan and Iraq (GAO 2009). Also in 2009, both
  8. A report by the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General (VAOIG) says dozens of military veterans incorrectly received letters indicating they would lose unemployment benefits after an overworked VA staff member in Seattle lost track of records they had submitted. VA auditors took a sampling of 132 employment questionnaires and determined that one-fifth of the veterans had been sent letters indicating a reduction or cancellation of benefits, even though they had mailed forms that should have allowed them to continue receiving money. The VAOIG report is available on the Depart
  9. Mark – Urbandale, Iowa: I had a service-related injury that worsened over time. In 1994, I was awarded 100 percent V.A. benefits. When I inquired with Social Security back then, I was told I didn’t qualify due to my V.A. benefits. I accepted the response. I figured they should know. I felt bad about even asking, but I inquired, because I had paid in since I was 16. Yesterday, my nephew told me that that wasn’t true. So I called today, and they said I didn’t qualify, because I haven’t worked in the last five years. (Of course I haven’t — I am disabled.) I don’t know if the law has changed since
  10. Why is it so easy for VA to ignore their own regulations and force veterans to get evidence for combat conditions? 3.304 Direct service connection; wartime and peacetime. (a) General. The basic considerations relating to service connection are stated in §3.303. The criteria in this section apply only to disabilities which may have resulted from service in a period of war or service rendered on or after January 1, 1947. (b) Presumption of soundness. The veteran will be considered to have been in sound condition when examined, accepted and enrolled for service, except as to defects, infirmitie
  11. Years ago when I was doing my own research on my medical health, I contacted the Institute of Medicine (IOM) for as much information they could help me with and this is what they sent me. I was just cleaning my PC and thought that this may help other veterans. Of course there is a lot more on the site but I think this is a good start. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/ http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/vaccinations-medications.asp http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/gulfwar/sources/vaccinations.asp Hope this helps
  12. Just got new update in the mail. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/docs/gulfwar/gulf-war-newsletter-march2015.pdf
  13. http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/new-va-scandal-cbs-news-finds-thousands-of-vets-benefit-claims-discarded/
  14. It is shameful that veterans of the United States military have to wait months, and sometimes more than a year, to begin receiving the benefits they are owed after their years of service. Yet that is the case. Almost 900,000 veterans across the country currently have claims pending for disability, pension or education benefits; nearly 600,000 of those claims are considered backlogged by the Department of Veterans Affairs — meaning they have already taken more than 125 days to process. According to a report released in March by the Center for Investigative Reporting, the average time a vet
  15. The Social Security Administration plans to streamline its review of disability claims for veterans starting next month, shaving weeks off the process by which it determines benefits, officials are set to announce Wednesday. The Woodlawn-based agency says it will expedite claims for former service members who already have been deemed fully disabled by the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, alleviating a bureaucratic nightmare for veterans who sometimes waited years to get a decision about their eligibility for benefits. Carolyn W. Colvin, the acting commissioner of Social Security, is se
  16. http://veteransforcommonsense.org/?p=3143 (91outcomes.com - June 5, 2014) - A Military Times article today cites VA data showing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has denied nearly 80 percent, or four out of five Gulf War Illness disability claims denied. [1] Today’s breaking news article also shows more than half of veterans denied for Gulf War Illness claims have been approved by VA for other conditions, demonstrating a VA bias against approving Gulf War Illness claims long alleged by ill Gulf War veterans. A full 38 percent (38%) of veterans filing Gulf War Illness claim
  17. http://veteransforcommonsense.org/ A new investigative report by NextGov’s Bob Brewin (“Hundreds of thousands of VA disability claims not processed”) shows that at least 228,000 veterans’ claims have been dropped by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) because they weren’t completed in time.
  18. Just Part of the Story. http://www.newsweek.com/sick-soliders-gulf-war-illness-clue-mystery-their-cells-238850 Experts suspect a variety of toxins could be linked to Gulf War Illness—from pesticides to the anthrax vaccine—but one likely culprit, Golomb says, is something that wasn’t an enemy weapon, or even an accidentally released chemical: the PB pill. The PB pill was given to troops by the U.S. Armed Forces in case of possible exposure to nerve agents—it was a preventative. The cure may have made them sick.
  19. Disability examinations of Gulf War veterans have unique requirements because this group of veterans is eligible for compensation not only for disability due to diagnosed illnesses, but also for disability due to undiagnosed illnesses. An undiagnosed illness is established when findings are present that cannot be attributed to a known, clearly defined diagnosis, after all likely diagnostic possibilities for such abnormalities have been ruled out. Examiners should follow the guidelines in the "Handout of Instructions for Compensation and Pension Examinations" but will also need to request more
  20. http://www.va.gov/opa/publications/2012_13_GWVI_TF_Annual_Report_Final.pdf Didn't have chance to read it all and just passing on.
  21. Disabled veterans might face new way to file claims By ruperte14·January 23, 2014·No comments Regional·Tagged: Department of Veterans Affairs, Disability, Veterans By Logan Hendrix The days of submitting disabilities claims on scraps of paper might be ending for veterans, including more than 800,000 in Virginia. A new proposal by the federal Department of Veterans Affairs would require veterans to use a standardized claim form. One veterans group says this will make the application process more difficult for disabled persons. VA Spokeswoman Genevieve Billia says the current application
  22. WASHINGTON — As Department of Veterans Affairs physician Nancy Klimas told an agency panel Tuesday about the many successful ways her clinic has been treating Gulf War illness, veterans have responded with a combination of hope and anger. The hope came because her clinic appears to be making headway in using research-based methods to treat veterans with the disease, which consists of symptoms ranging from headaches to memory loss to chronic fatigue, and plagues one in four of the 697,000 veterans of the 1991 Persian Gulf War against Iraq. The anger came because, although Klimas had been usin
  23. WASHINGTON — With Congress back this week, veterans groups are vowing to resume their fight against trims to military retirement benefits. But what they’re really fighting for is relevancy, and to make sure the country hasn’t forgotten about them. Military advocates worry that Congress’ willingness to attack veterans’ retirement checks shows that lawmakers — and perhaps the public — have already moved on from the wars of the last decade, and that the sacrifices and promises made will be forgotten. “This is what happens when you have an unengaged population whose focus starts to shift away,”
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