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    Synbat, The clinical appeals process is so...

    Synbat,

    The clinical appeals process is so rarely used that many VA personnel and NSOs don't even know about it, which is why I wrote the article some years back. But you're exactly right---you...
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    Good for you and your friend, Skippy. Vets...

    Good for you and your friend, Skippy.

    Vets just bear in mind there's no one-size-fits-all, do-it-yourself answer to your benefits claims. Each claim is adjudicated on its own merit by a...
  3. Toys R Us featured disabled kids in their latest...

    Toys R Us featured disabled kids in their latest ads as well, which is why I will continue to patronize their store. My 9-year old daughter, who is not disabed, was the one who pointed it out to me...
  4. Sticky: VA Extends “Agent Orange” Benefits to More Veterans

    October 13, 2009



    Parkinson’s Disease, Two Other Illnesses Recognized

    WASHINGTON – Relying on an independent study by the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Secretary of Veterans Affairs...
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    I've seen people in wheelchairs cross all kinds...

    I've seen people in wheelchairs cross all kinds of occupational boundaries, from SCI Chief to football coach to lawyer. As an ROTC instructor, your greatest asset is your experience and ability to...
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    Hi Coleen, Sorry to hear about the mix up....

    Hi Coleen,

    Sorry to hear about the mix up. I'm sure all will be fine, but keep careful notes in case something arises later. Names, dates, who said what, etc.. And keep copies of your treatment...
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    Rev Coleen, You should expect a professional...

    Rev Coleen,

    You should expect a professional team of health care workers to do a comprehensive assessment of your medical history and present state of health. I'd advise you to ask about and take...
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    Based on the info provided here, it sounds like...

    Based on the info provided here, it sounds like Tim is covered under SGLI. After his two year SGLI-eligibility period ends he will be automatically covered under VGLI at his option (vets do have to...
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    Sticky: Welcome aboard, fellow Warrant Officer. Gunner

    Welcome aboard, fellow Warrant Officer.

    Gunner
  10. Anytime one discusses spinal surgery, the only...

    Anytime one discusses spinal surgery, the only piece of advice I'm qualified to offer is ensure you've given full and informed (written) consent after being counseled on the risks of any proposed...
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    I know a couple years ago, the 110th Congress...

    I know a couple years ago, the 110th Congress flirted with the idea. H.R. 4071, The Disabled Veterans Right to Commissaries and Space Available Travel Act would have given 100% service-connected vets...
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    QV, If you had a VGLI policy, you'd be getting a...

    QV, If you had a VGLI policy, you'd be getting a quarterly bill from the Office of Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance. The number is 1-800-419-1473.

    For Timo, you must apply for VGLI within one...
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    Tim's VGLI entitlement flows from his SGLI...

    Tim's VGLI entitlement flows from his SGLI entitlement. He'll need to apply within the application period, basically after his SGLI coverage expires, or lose his opportunity to receive VGLI forever. ...
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    Skippy, Go for it! If I were you I'd try to...

    Skippy,

    Go for it! If I were you I'd try to find a doctor who could write a statement either about your state of good health or, at a minimum, your longevity. Having an SCI is no longer the death...
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    Skippy, I stand corrected. According to the...

    Skippy,

    I stand corrected. According to the VA's guidance on eligibility, vets may apply for RH Insurance if they meet the following 4 criteria:


    1. Released from active service on or
    after...
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    You are entitled to premium-free RH insurance for...

    You are entitled to premium-free RH insurance for your service connected permanent and total disability, but you must apply within 2 years of receiving that rating. Otherwise, you'll have to seek and...
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    Skippy, The only life insurance I am aware of...

    Skippy,

    The only life insurance I am aware of offered through the VA is Service Disabled Life Insurance (RH insurance). The other insurances offered to vets are VGLI (for those who roll over...
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    Synbat, Sorry to hear about your being...

    Synbat,

    Sorry to hear about your being denied, but all is not lost.

    Here's a link to my article explaining the clinical appeals process.
    ...
  19. Pat, Your Freewheel has definitely caught my...

    Pat,

    Your Freewheel has definitely caught my attention. Any chance someone can come in and do an in-service/demo for our physical therapists in San Diego? I'd like to demo one myself before...
  20. James, You're most certainly welcome....

    James,

    You're most certainly welcome. Michigan is not an area of the country I tend to frequent (especially in the fall and winter...brrrr), but if I do I'll take you up on the offer.

    For you...
  21. James, SCI-Nurse pretty must covered it in...

    James,

    SCI-Nurse pretty must covered it in her post. But since my goal here is to empower you, I'm providing you with the language contained in VHA Directive 1173.06 upon which the answer to your...
  22. The premiere of documentary Cody: The First Step

    http://cufsf.org/cms/kunde/rts/cufsforg/Docs/193640079-07-08-2009-10-58-07_files/image002.jpg

    AIRDATE: SATURDAY, July 11, 2009, 10PM on KNME TV

    Cody: The First Step had its New Mexico...
  23. Great to hear from you, QV. No more AWOLs, okay?!...

    Great to hear from you, QV. No more AWOLs, okay?! Don't wanna have to write you up (smile)
  24. Sticky: PVA lauds Obama's Disability Rights Initiatives

    Washington, DC—Paralyzed Veterans of America (Paralyzed Veterans) warmly welcomes President Obama’s new initiatives and "The Year of Community Living" to advance the civil rights of people with...
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    Sticky: Your friend may have been compensated under the...

    Your friend may have been compensated under the presumptive service connection concept. Some conditions like cancer are considered incidental to service after years of testing/validating the dangers...
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