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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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DIC is Dependents Indemnity Compensation.  When a Service Connected Vet dies, his spouse "may" be eligible for compensation, but the Veterans SC compensation will stop. 

Here are the Eligibility rules, according to VA website:


In English, to be eligible for DIC your spouse needed to die of a SC condition OR from ANY condition if he is P and T for 10 years.  

But, read the rules to make sure it applies to you.

The compensation rates vary according to dependents and other factors, but it should be at least $1357 per month if awarded.  




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No problem Don H's wife- And I can only file complaints for myself with my own personal evidence .I have had problems and filed complaints  against  my former POAs, long ago. They knew nothi

broncovet-My friend a BROTHER Marine had agent orange chronic B-cell leukemia he died of pancreatic cancer ten day short of ten years P&T. His wife went to a lot of VSO for help and they all said

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I told Dr. Bash about the Colorectal cancer having already occurred prior to the Prostate Cancer being discovered. He discussed the fact of the relationship of both cancers.... as related and precipitating the other. in his IMO, he pinpointed the relationship. And he further discussed the factors of AO "direct" exposure causation of cancer, etc. I also forwarded medical notes/diagnosis for his perusal. Dr. Bash told me the specifics of what he needed to read though. I mentioned the other denials and the new ALS diagnosis. Dr. Bash thought it more efficient to address the major points of the overall denials within the BVA. He also thought it would take another IMO for ALS at a follow-up date once claim had been filed.  I'm very well pleased with Dr. Bash's contribution.

I am dismayed regarding how BVA hoodwinked us to make a decision early prior to the deadline of the 90 days for us to get new evidence submitted. And, then, upon submitting, BVA forwarded  the new evidence to get buried at Janesville, WI. And nobody from Janesville, WI or elsewhere, ever responded to the new evidence presented prior to the deadline of the 90 days. Seemingly, to just not act upon it as a strategy to continue to deny.

Dr. Bash encouraged to send the new evidence to all points regardless of BVA jumping the gun to make a decision prior to the 90 days' deadline for submitting new evidence. He was confident that the situation would eventually right itself.

Our Agent had recently lost spouse, another AO Exposed Vet, and soon afterwards her father passed away during this tailspin. I knew sensitivity to another's hardships was required.  I will, however, get back on the horse to speak earnestly to jumpstart the Unresolved BVA Claim and lodge a new one for the ALS Variant.  I have to always ensure my veteran husband is in a "move forward mood". He tends to not want to open up new scenarios since he's already 100%. He easily gets flustered and wants to give up.

Berta, when I post to express what is going on with my husband's VA Claim, I'm not trying to impose upon you and others to do  the work for us. I'm posting so in order to get input from others who may have had similar VA experiences. It is true we do have an Agent. Yet, I still like to be in the know about what others have done in similar situations. There are times I will share what i learned from others as a path forward when discussing what is occurring with my husband. I share with my husband and with the Agent something I have learned from reading your posts in particular, Berta; as well as from some other Veterans' posts and from the podcasts, too. 

I've taken note of the phone numbers; email addresses; and suggested follow-up actions.

Thank you so much for being so thoroughly knowledgeable about the ins and outs of the VA and for caring about Veterans and their illnesses/issues.

God speed.

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