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  • 14 Questions about VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims

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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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    • By Spidey
      Hello fellow veterans.
      I had an experience over years- each Spring, feel a lot better after the much worse Winter.  A chronic, physical, neurological, pain condition means the normal forces of life get multiplied or muted.
      This year, worst Winter, but Spring brought a good day- so I went out, Motrin augmented, and used tractor to fix dirt road that was like a moonscape of potholes.
      People came out along the stretch. Some angered, some wondering, some wanting to talk, and one person offered 600 for gravel in front of their place.
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      Soon, 10,000 dollars of gravel spread over a mile- and all I had to do was show people the gravel was appropriate for their investment, the results were obvious.
      So, eventually, over a month passed, 60 truckloads (30 trips) and the road was done.  Some complained, others angry, others reassuring, others with critical useful information (how to make the road).
      I went home when someone took a tractor and dug up the gravel in a sort of angry move.
      When I went home, wondered how I worked for a month plus past the much worse pain, pain from Motrin harming kidneys, yet when I got home, was unwilling to do laundry, clean house, vacuum, Spring cleaning...  I thought hard.  The answer?

      The Placebo Effect. 
      No, I took no sugar pills- but when one goes to be tested with a sugar pill it is always a PERSON saying the pill helped.  A PERSON that one meets up with to see the results..  It is the PERSON not the PILL that makes a significant percentage feel their symptoms improve temporarily.
      So, I realized, this year the Spring improvement was augmented by leaving the home- Nature always guides with discomfort if doing the wrong thing, pleasure if doing the right thing- moving back towards being near others- mean, angry, helpful, reassuring, no matter- just be near the (if you will) herd.
      Disability isolates, insulates, makes one away from others, more so with time.  I avoid getting help from family- over decades it just hurts em to see it.  I avoid the VA because they very, very, often do more harm than good if not extremely vigilant.
      Disability alters sleep-wake time.  It makes people get introverted.  It makes ordinary pleasures- eating at a restaurant- unpleasant. Makes having a mate problematic (in a few senses).  But aside from all this, merely being NEAR OTHERS in a physical, not just online way (I am pretty much a spider on the web, dispensing solutions wherever inspired, since the days of Compuserve, Netscape, and Prodigy). I can explain how this probably works.
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      This explains why pain is so depressing, why depression is so isolating, and why isolating is so pandemic to the disabled.
      This explains how the Placebo Effect works.
      This explains why young people join terrorist groups- and how to fix it- get a non terror group for them to join.
      This explains in part why people laugh more, louder, at jokes if in a room of people
      This explains how people suspend disbelief much more in a theater than alone watching a show

      Altogether, a solution offered for those in misery and won't even let that word (and others) pop to the surface of their awareness is to just get near other people.   Try this...

      Go to a grocery store or similar venue.  Walk slow, be fairly dressed, not unkempt.  Shop.  When you see someone with another person, just walk up real discreet and comment on their purchase.  See how they light up?  Do it again.  And again. Maybe crack a joke. 

      Now, go to the checkstand.  Pay for what you bought.  When the checker (forced) says ...would you like to donate your money or change to ...  you say ...Nah, I am trying to quit...  or tell them another joke (Do these GMO free eggs come with free HBO?)
      When you leave, look how you feel- do you feel better mentally despite the possible pain from ambulating about?
      Seems plain we vets should try to meet up with other, very near, vets for a bite to eat, a pizza party, a regularly recurring thing.  Something like a 12 step group without the ...stuff that has creeped into that movement over decades...  Maybe call it a Half Step movement?  At Ease?  Ah.  Not good at naming things.
      Let me know if this resonates with you.  Try to please Nature by getting near others even if you usually wait to feel better to get out- instead, feel better by meeting up, even hold a meet at your place if practical. Hot dogs and a loaf of bread and ketchup probably is enough.

      Consider the reward from being selfless.  If you want a smile, see this video and if you identify with its meme about pain and being trapped. Notice the hero is not alone.
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      I am wondering what the proper procedure is for revoking my vso's poa and representing my claim myself.  I contacted my regional VA office in reference to the matter and they informed me that I needed to fill out a form 21-22 and fax it in to the office.  I noticed that form 21-22 is the power of attorney form for adding a vso which I do not want to do.  I looked at the form 21-22a (for adding an individual) but think it would be silly to fill out a form to give poa to myself.  I really don't want the VSO that I am currently involved with to have access to my records.  I understand from doing a few searches on this subject that it may be a difficult procedure, but I did not see anywhere that actually stated a procedure to accomplish this.  Thanks for any help in the matter.
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      BEFORE YOU DO ANYTHING GET A COPY OF BOTH YOUR C-FILE AND YOUR SMR.
      THEN, ASK YOURSELF A QUESTION, 
      ANY PROOF IT HAPPEND IN SERVICE?
      ANY PROOF IT HAPPEND AFTER SERVICE BECAUSE OF SOMTHING?
      THATS IT FOLKS.. FROM THERE IF YOU GET A DENIAL THEN IMMEDIATE APPLEAL FORM 9. DO NOT GO FOR A DRO DO NOT GO FOR ANYTHING ELSE BECAUSE AS LONG AS THE FILE IS IN APPEAL WITH THE FORM 9 THEN YOU HAVE A DOCKET #..... ITS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING.... THOUGH I WILL WARN YOU DEVELOP THE APPEAL IN THE RIGHT MANNER AS YOU GO. IF ITS WRONG THAN WITHDRAW BUT IF CORRECT THAN BRING IT BECAUSE IT CREATES MORE PRECEDENCE FOR OTHER APPEALS AND YOURS.. DO NOT !!!!! ASK A VSO TO DO ANY THING... ALL THEY WILL TELL YOU TO DO IS PROLONG THEY STATE AND CONFUSE YOU. ITS FINE TO GET A VSO AFTER YOU FILED THE FORM 9 BUT IMTELLING YOU TO FILE AS SOON AS YOU GET A DENIAL. FILE A FORM 9 OUT OF THE GATE SO THAT YOU ARE ON TRACK. THOSE THAT TELL YOU THAT YOU NEED TO WAIT FOR A SOC OR A SSOC ARE VERY WRONG. YOU CAN FILE TO GET A DOCKET NUMBER THAN KEEP TRACK OF YOUR APPEAL THROUGH THE 1800 NUMBER OR KEEP SENDING IN MAIL TO THE BVA THAT ASKS FOR AN APPEAL.. THIS IS FINE BY LAW AND A LOT OF OLDER VETERANS DONT WANT THIS TO BE TRUE. JUST PLEASE STOP USING THE VSO'S ALL THEY DO IS CREATE CHAOS WITH THE TIME FRAME OF APPEALS. IF YOU DONT BELEIVE ME GO FOR IT. YOUR THE ONLY ONE WHO WILL LOSE. IM HERE TO HELP. MESSAGE ME ANY TIME.
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      I hate that its that way.  The board should "render a decision", to include service connection, disability percentage AND effective date, so we dont have to appeal "each" of those issues over then next 15 years on a hamster wheel.  
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    • I don’t say thank you enough to all of you...
      You, yes you, are the reason HadIt.com has remained a resource-rich resource. Thousands come each month to read, ask questions, or to feel a sense of community.

      Last month June 2020, we over 50k visitors they viewed over 160k pages. Veterans and their advocates, spouses, children, and friends of veterans come looking for answers. Because we have posts dating back 15 years and articles on the home page, they usually can find an answer or at least get pointed in the right direction.

      You all made that possible. Thank you.
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