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Why Even 100 Days?


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Comment I posted at web site below:

Why even 100 days? You have the patient in front of you. Too many people in the decision process?

Far too many veterans with PTSD in Jail today, that fell thru the cracks, general discharges, personality disorders, etc.. almost criminal they way many have been treated..or NOT treated. How many claims does the VA have that are 10 years+ old...absolutely criminal. How many homeless veterans have claims pending? for how long?

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http://www.health.mil/Press/Release.aspx?ID=554 SEE Full article at web site.. read/post comments

  • The departments of Defense (DoD) and Veterans Affairs (VA) have revised their disability evaluation process to shorten the time it takes for seriously wounded veterans to begin to receive benefits.

As a result of these changes, veterans seriously wounded in combat and identified as “catastrophically wounded” go through an expedited disability evaluation process that lasts about 100 days to begin receiving benefits. If veterans are recognized as fitting into that category, they will forego the redundancy of separate Defense and VA medical evaluations and go through the VA process only.

The expedited process applies to service members whose conditions are designated catastrophic and whose injuries were incurred in the line of duty as a direct result of armed conflict. A catastrophic injury or illness is a permanent, severely disabling injury, disorder or disease to such a degree that a service member or veteran requires personal or mechanical assistance to leave home or bed, or requires constant supervision to avoid physical harm to themselves or others.

Until recently, it took two years for military members to reach 100-percent-disabled status in terms of their disability compensation and medical benefits through the departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Regardless of the severity of the injuries, each service member went through multiple medical evaluations and screenings first with the military, only to go through the same process again with VA.

Eventually, all service members transitioning to veteran status may benefit from the changes the expedited disability evaluation system offers. The current system may be completely reformed to a one-year process by cutting out the military evaluation altogether, much like the expedient version. The pilot program for such a process is under way, but no decisions have been made yet. http://www.health.mil/Press/Release.aspx?ID=554

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Dan Cedusky, Champaign IL "Colonel Dan"

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