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    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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    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

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Claims For Newbies

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I didn't know where to put this so here goes, hope others will add to this. Maybe a new section (Initiating new claims for those just out of service) can be made regarding this.

When I originally filed my claims, I was lucky enough to have had a Dad (stepdad) who had been in the military. When he got out no one told him to file for service connection within one year of his discharge for his service connected conditions. He paid the va years for medicine to treat his service connected psoriasis. A freind of his found out what was happening to him and got the situation corrected. That freind also made sure that I filed for my conditions that arose while in service within one year.

However, even though I filed for them I did not know what I was doing, what was important, and so forth. As I look back on it now, I wish someone had told me to gather all of my records, both service medical records as well as tdy records, epr's, AND any other record related to my service. And to never throw anything related to service away. (I destroyed some records in a fit of rage without knowing someone else had copied them-another story.)

I wish someone had told me I would have to learn exactly what every medical acronym, greek, and latin word meant, as well as understanding how it appled to the medical record at the time.

About all that spewing in my SOC that turned out to be Title 38 and what it really meant.

About how to appeal all that technical spewing.

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