Freelance Writer & Veterans Advocate
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“FIGHTING-BACK” AGAINST THE VA’s NEW AGENDA OF REDUCING OR TAKING-AWAY VETERANS’
SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY COMPENSATION
In case you have not heard about the VA’s “new agenda” to reduce or possibly even take-away many Veterans’ Service-Connected Disability Compensation
then you need to read this Article.
As of September 15, 2005, 521 Veterans receiving 100% service-connected disability compensation in which part of their compensation was for PTSD, received notification in writing from the VA that they have 60-days to Appeal the VA’s decision to take-away their PTSD rating. If the VA is successful, the result will be that these Veterans will be returning to whatever their rating was before the VA included PTSD.
The above VA action is just the “FIRST-STEP” by VA before they start to reduce or completely take-away compensation from disabled Veterans for other service-connected disabilities. Still don’t believe it??? Visit my Website at the URL address listed below, and click onto #33 to see the story about the New Veterans Benefits Commission, and #38 to see the story about the New Secretary of Veterans Affairs Directives click onto http://www.vfvs.com/VeteransCorner.html Other related stories on the above Website are: #7, #8, #13, #18, #21, #39, and #43.
VA Attorneys Destroy Veterans’ Records to get Bigger Bonuses
Title 5 > Part3 > Subpart B > Chapter 31 > Subchapter 2 > Section 3131 is known as The Senior Executive Service section of this Public Law which provides for substantial $$$$$$ cash awards $$$$$$ to Federal Managers “who are responsive to the needs, policies, and goals of the Nation”
“The lure of cash bonuses tied directly to the twin ‘goals’ of production and cost-efficiency can be tragic for America’s injured defenders” said Veterans Affairs Editor David Eberhard in the August 28-September 10, 2000 issue of the “Stars and Stripes” Newspaper…
Eberhard was citing two attorneys that worked for the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) who drew prison time for separately committing fraud in 1994 and 1995 for destroying records that were sent to them for review, and rejecting the Veterans’ cases on the grounds that the records were missing… The attorneys said on the records that “they believed the quick denials would make them appear more productive and eligible for bigger bonuses”…
ALL DISABLED VETERANS receiving from 10%-100% service-connected disability compensation who want to “PROTECT THEMSELVES” from these “SHAMEFUL ACTS” by the VA and Our Federal Government, SHOULD IMMEDIATELY TAKE THE FOLLOWING “LAWFUL ACTIONS” IN RESPONSE “IF QUALIFIED”: [VA Form 21-4138 Statement in Support of Claim and VA Form 21-0781 and 21-0871a for PTSD claims is set forth below in the URL address for those Veterans who want to initially file their additional VA claims Pro Se (by themselves) and then later get a Veterans Service Officer to assist them].
If you feel you are “AFFLICTED” with any of the above SECONDARY DISABILITIES from service-connected PTSD, or secondary disabilities from any of your other service-connected disabilities and you are not receiving additional VA compensation for them because you did not know that you could file for additional compensation or were afraid to do so, YOU SHOULD FILE IMMEDIATELY RIGHT NOW!!!
If you feel any of your “PHYSICAL or “EMOTIONAL” service-connected disabilities are “GETTING WORSE” and you are not receiving additional VA compensation for them because you did not know that you could file for additional compensation or were afraid to do so, YOU SHOULD FILE IMMEDIATELY RIGHT NOW!!!
If you feel you already have a “SEVERE PHYSICAL DISABILITY” or that any of your “PHYSICAL” service-connected disabilities have “BECOME SEVERE” and you are not receiving “SPECIAL MOHNTHLY COMPENSATION” for them because you did not know that you could file for additional compensation or were afraid to do so, YOU SHOULD FILE IMMEDIATELY RIGHT NOW!!!
SEE IF YOU “QUALIFY FOR:
· “Increased Compensation” for “Secondary Disabilities” caused by your
other Service-Connected Disabilities including “alcoholism” under
certain conditions, or a *“Higher-Rating” if you are already receiving a
“total rating” at 100%.
· “Increased Compensation” if you are “Homebound” or need “Aid &
· “Increased Compensation” if any of your Service-Connected
Disabilities “Get Worse” or a *“Higher-Rating” if you are already
receiving a “total rating” at 100%.
· **Up to $7,000 or more a month in “Special Monthly Compensation”
(SMC) if you have a “severe physical disability” even if you are already
receiving a “total rating” at 100%.
**Up to $7,000 or more a month in “PRE-STABILIZATION RATING”
COMPENSATION for a “Minimum of 12-Months” Prior to and After
Discharge for the Men and Women of the U.S. Armed Forces who
return home and who are temporarily or permanently “severely-
wounded or disabled.” See # 13 @:
· 100% Compensation “retroactive” if you spend 21-consecutive days or
more in a VA Hospital which continues as long as you are hospitalized
during that same period even if you are only 30% service-connected.
· There are “no time-limits” to file an “original” VA claim or to “re-open”
any VA claim for service-connected disability compensation.
Additionally, there are “no limits” on “how many times” Veterans
Can file for an “increase” or “re-open” their VA claims.
* A “Higher-Rating” if you’re already 100% can qualify you for “Special Monthly Compensation” or
protect you by giving you “leverage” in case any of your other disabilities are “reduced” by the VA.
** $7,000 or more depends on the severity of your physical disability and how many dependents you
have and if you are homebound or need aid and attendance.
For all Veterans with a "SEPARATE” or “COMBINED” service-connected PTSD ratings from 10% to 100%, since PTSD is an “ANXIETY DISORDER.” “SECONDARY DISABILITIES” that may accompany and are often caused by PTSD are:
“MOOD DISORDERS” such as:
· Severe Chronic Depression a/k/a Major Depressive Disorder.
Additionally, and unknown to most Veterans with PTSD, is that “ALCOHOLISM” is also considered a “secondary disability” caused by the PTSD and Veterans can be “compensated” for it…
All of the above “secondary disabilities” caused by PTSD including “alcoholism,” make Veterans eligible to be rated with “secondary disabilities” resulting in “increased compensation” or a “higher-rating” “without” increased compensation for 100% “RATED” or “TDIU” Veterans.
As you will see in the examples below, and the accompanying Article, THERE’S A BIG DIFFERENCE between being “RATED AT 100% and receiving 100% FOR “TDIU.” So it is especially important for Veterans who receive 100% FOR TDIU to get “HIGER-RATINGS” if they have SECONDARY DISABILITIES or to apply for “Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) if any of their “Physical Disabilities become “Severe.” SEE “CLARIFYING “RATED VS. TDIU” #14 @: www.vfvs.com/VeteransCorner/html
SAMPLE CASE SCENARIOS
EXAMPLE #1: So let’s say right now you are receiving 30% for PTSD and say 20% for hearing loss, which is a total of 50%. If you file and are granted an “additional rating” for any of the above secondary disabilities, say an additional 40%, you will now be rated at 90%. Now say the VA wants to take away your 30% PTSD rating. If they are successful, you will still be rated and receive disability compensation for 60% service-connection as (90% minus 30% = 60%).
EXAMPLE #2: For those Veterans who are “RATED” at 100% or for those Veterans who receive 100% for TDIU of which a part of the compensation is for PTSD, although you will not receive any additional compensation, if you are granted an “additional rating” for secondary disabilities, it can give you leverage should the VA take away your PTSD RATING, or part of any other Disability Rating.
EXAMPLE #3: FOR THOSE VETERANS WHO ARE “RATED” AT 100%: So let’s say right now out of that 100% rating, 40% is for PTSD. Now say the VA wants to take away your 40% PTSD rating. If they are successful, you will still be rated and receive disability compensation for 100%.
EXAMPLE #4: Here’s another scenario for 100% rated Veterans. Let’s say that right now out of that 100% rating 60% is for PTSD. If you file and are granted an “additional rating” for any of the above secondary disabilities, say an additional 40%, you would than be rated at 140%. Now say the VA wants to take away your 60% PTSD rating. If they are successful, you will still be rated and receive disability compensation for 80% service-connection as (140%minus 60% = 80%).
EXAMPLE #5: If you file and are granted an “additional rating” for any of the above secondary disabilities, say an additional 40%, you would than be rated at 140%. Now say the VA wants to take away your 30% PTSD rating. If they are successful, you will still be rated and receive disability compensation for 80% service-connection as (140%minus 60% = 80%).
EXAMPLE #6: Here’s one more scenario for 100% TDIU rated Veterans. Let’s say that before you were granted 100% TDIU you were rated at 60% for various disabilities other than PTSD. Let’ say that out of that 100% rating, 30% is for PTSD and 30% is for “UNEMPLOYABILITY.” You might think that your total rating is 120%. It very well could be if the VA gave you a “SEPARATE RATING” of 30% for PTSD and a “SEPARATE RATING of 30% for “unemployability” to bring you to 100% TDIU. However, they also could have also given you a “COMBINED RATING” of 40% for “PTSD” and “UNEMPLOYABILITY” to bring you to 100% TDIU. Unfortunately, in either case, if they took away your PTSD RATING you would also lose your “UNEMPLOYABILITY RATING” resulting in your returning to your 60% VA service-connected disability compensation.
· POST MILITARY-VETERAN RELATED ACTIVITIES
· Independent Veterans Advocate since 1990 (Non-Compensated).
· Freelance Writer/Journalist Specializing in Veterans Affairs (Occasionally Compensated).
· Publisher and Writer of Veterans Corner By Terry Richards (Non-Compensated).
· Contributing Writer for the Veterans Party of America website, St. Petersburg, FL (Non-Compensated).
· Contributing Writer for the Veterans Post News, St. Petersburg, FL (Non-Compensated).
· Former Volunteer Managing Editor of the Veterans Free Press Newspaper which was
chosen to be “archived” on the Internet by the “Internet Archive Organization”
· Member and Florida Registered Voter of the Veterans Party of America.
· Vietnam Era Veteran Retired-Disabled Since 1998.
CONTACT VETERANS ADVOCATE TERRY RICHARDS @: firstname.lastname@example.org
· MILITARY SERVICE:
U.S. Army, February 15, 1968 – November 30, 1970. MOS: 95B40 – Military Policeman, Desk Sergeant,
Platoon Sergeant. Rank at Discharge: Sergeant E-5. Honorable Discharge. “Good-Conduct Medal”…
· TOURS OF DUTY:
287th Military Police Company West Berlin, Germany - “Checkpoint Charlie”…
Helmstedt Brigade, Helmstedt, West Germany – “Checkpoint Alpha”…
4th Missile Command, Camp Page, Chunchon, Korea…
For rescuing a homeless and orphaned 10-year old Korean girl from living in a garbage dump with rats,
finding her temporary housing at a nearby Convent, and then persuading an American couple to adopt
her and take her back to America to live.
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