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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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So, I'm discussing the VA with an associate of mine. He was Air Force, Operation Southern Watch 1996 Kuwait. He comments that he doesn't have VA benefits because he had to get out with a General (under honorable conditions) discharge. He was told this by the local VSO back in 1996-1997.

I was shocked that he went all these years believing that he did not qualify for benefits from the VA. The VSO took one look at his discharge papers and said "Can't help you, you don't qualify".

Moral of the story.......We are our brother's keeper. If you travel the path, down the rabbit hole if you will, of navigating the maze that is the VA......pay that experience forward and assist your fellow veterans......As we were in the 40's, 50's, 60's, etc.....we are all in this together!

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This is how VSO's get paid.  As Alex pointed out, VSO's get paid based on the number of POA's.  More POA's..more money.  Remember, VSO's enjoy "free" rent from VA in VAMC's and VARO's.  Also remember, "There is no such thing as free rent".  VA expects VSO's to earn their keep by making sure a few more Vets dont apply or dont appeal, based upon a VSO's advice.  

If I ever get my decision letter, I will be able to calculate how much my VSO's advice cost me..and it will be plenty.  He told me not to appeal my 0 percent rating..that it was proper, and they could reduce me, that is, take away my zero percent.  

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