Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery”instead of ‘I have a question.
Knowledgeable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title.
I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.
Use paragraphs instead of one massive, rambling introduction or story.
Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph, there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.
Post straightforward questions and then post background information.
Question A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
Adding Background information in your post will help members understand what information you are looking for so they can assist you in finding it.
Rephrase the question: I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine, but the claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
Question B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?
See how the details below give us a better understanding of what you’re claiming.
Rephrase the question: I was involved in a traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?
This gives members a starting point to ask clarifying questions like “Can you post the Reasons for Denial of your claim?”
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Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:
You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons …Continue reading
tell your congressman we want this bill to pass
Bill Would Extend Fed Mileage Rate to Veterans
Lawmakers introduced on June 16 a bipartisan House bill that would—if it becomes law—extend the federal employee mileage reimbursement to veterans seeking health care at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities. The Veterans Travel Equity Act would increase the veterans mileage reimbursement rate to the federal rate—currently 50.5 cents per mile, said bill sponsors Reps. Mark Souder, R-Ind., and Brad Ellsworth, D-Ind. The bill also expands the pool of veterans eligible for mileage reimbursement, removing income and pension eligibility as well as disability rating requirements. Under current law, only veterans with service-connected disabilities rated 30 percent or more qualify. “This bill is a matter of fairness,” Souder said. “Federal bureaucrats shouldn’t receive a greater mileage reimbursement rate than the men and women in uniform who have served our nation so bravely.” Veterans have complained about the mileage rate in light of skyrocketing gas prices and the long distances they have to travel, especially in the Western states, to receive VA care. To see more, go to:
Souder, Ellsworth Introduce Veterans Travel Equity Act
Bill Would Give Vets Same Mileage Reimbursement as Fed. Workers
June 16, 2008
U.S. Reps. Mark Souder (R-IN) and Brad Ellsworth (D-IN) announced today that they are introducing the Veterans Travel Equity Act (H.R. 6287), bipartisan legislation that would give veterans the same mileage reimbursement rate as federal employees.
“This bill is a matter of fairness,” Souder said. “Federal bureaucrats shouldn’t receive a greater mileage reimbursement rate than the men and women in uniform who have served our nation so bravely. Especially at a time of record-high gas prices, our veterans deserve more from us. I’m delighted to work with my Hoosier colleague, Brad Ellsworth, on this important issue.”
“With gas prices setting new records again and again this year, Hoosier veterans—who often live on fixed incomes and have to travel great distances for health care—are being hit particularly hard,” Ellsworth said. “After bravely serving our country, their mileage rate shouldn’t be any less than federal employees. We owe them better. This bill is a common sense and fair way to give them some relief, and I am glad to work with Congressman Souder to introduce it.”
The Veterans Travel Equity Act would increase the mileage reimbursement for veterans seeking healthcare at Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medical facilities, so that it is the same as the mileage reimbursement rate available to federal employees—currently 50.5 cents per mile.
H.R. 6287 also eliminates the income and pension eligibility requirements and service-connected disability rating requirements. Under current law, only veterans with service-connected disabilities rated 30 percent or more qualify for or receive the reimbursement.
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