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    My dad was just evaluated by the VA last week, and it was determined he's been suffering from PTSD since WWII. I called the local DAV this morning to have them help him get his compensation. Since I take care of his financial affairs, and because I drive him to the store and doctor appointments due to his eyesight loss, he's eligible for the $2673 + $1500 + he'll still get his $575 in physical disability.
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    So many Veterans don't know they more than likely qualify for disability of some sort. My Dad didn't start trying to get Military disability until he retired, at i think 62 years old. He was in the Korean war. He found out he had P.T.S.D., nerve damage from frost bite and hearing loss and several other things. He gets the 100% from the Military plus his normal retirement. A lot of people are afraid to apply. They are afraid it will cut down their other income, retirement, Social Security etc. I doesn't effect anything because it is a separate Tax Free check.

    I'm trying to get a higher disability rating. I've been turned down so many times. I finally got a thing called a traveling board hearing in Nashville last week. So things are looking pretty good for now and i think I'll have good news in around 6 months.

    My county representative who has an office in the court house and does this for a living told me he has been working on his own claim for 9 years. He told me he keeps on getting turned down and has to re apply. He did 28 years in the Navy. It's a long process and you can't give up, like the people who review your claim want you to do.
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    Yeah i gave up on trying to get compensation from a shattered ankle that i got while serving in the military. I had a screw put in it which they attempted to get out and broke off in my ankle. I dont have full range of motion and when i rotate my foot around it makes a cracking sound at a certain point on every rotation..

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    You did exactly what they want you to do.........Get so frustrated that you give up. You get back-pay from the time your claim is started to when you get approved. My Uncle got so much back-pay, he paid cash for a new car.

    A few years ago there was a big thing on National News. The more Veterans the people who work on the disability board turned down, the more their bonuses and promotions would be. They want to drag it on far as long as they can. They want you to give up on your disability claim or die.

    Appeal on your appeals. I appealed 5 times on an appeal before i finally got to go before the Traveling Board for a live in person hearing. The average wait time THEY told me for a Traveling Board hearing would be around 2 years. I got one in 7 months. Now i have to wait for 5 to 6 months for their decision. If they turn me down, I'll start appealing again. Like i said before, they want you to give up.
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    i have a problem reading a lot lol.

    But i am going through the MEB ( Medical Evaluation board ) at this moment.

    and i am in a MEB platoon.

    but from what i have read.

    If you have not been in a full 20 years you will get paid from the VA side only of what ever percentage you get.
    You can get paid from the army it self, if your injury or mental status was causes due to deployment or if you have been in a full 20 years.
    This is called a stipens.

    As for me, i am looking to get around 70+% and since the VA and army corrispond together now with there evaluations i will get the stipens from my deployment.
    so i will get a paycheck from the VA and the army, with full retirement.

    You get full retirement if you are above 30% BTW

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    You can be 100% disabled from the Military and still have a full time high paying job and still get full pay for your Military disability.

    I'm on Social Security, long term disability (from where i worked) and Military disability. As i try and recieve higher disability percentages, all my checks will stay the same except my Military disability check increases.
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    I have found a little know benefit for veterans. I'm working on getting it for my dad. It's called the Special Monthly Pension. It's for veterans over 65 and spouses, or disabled. I've attached info on it.
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    It took me about 3 years to get my 50% and since then the VA wouldn't accept my attempts to get to 100 for PTSD, Severe hearing loss, and other injuries. I have 4 pins in both of my ankles thanks to Afghanistan.

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    Hey fellas. I was in the military for 6 years (USAF Reserves for two and US Army - Active for 4) with a 14 month tour to lovely, beach side Iraq. Anyway, I was diagnosed with PTSD while still in (I was a medic). When I got out, I had copies of all my medical records and used them to help with my claim. According to my C&P appointment and the VA psychologists because I cope well (no suicidal plans, substance abuse, trouble with the law, and etc), I only qualify for 30%. Things that qualified me for the 30% were: suicidal ideation (which just means I think about it but don't plan to do it), interrupted sleep, interpersonal relationship issues, anger control issues, and flattened affect (aka not giving a damn about anything).

    Anyway, I work for a college here in Sacramento, CA. My first two years was spent working for the Veterans Services Office, so I have a decent amount of knowledge about veterans benefits. There are other benefits aside from receiving disability.

    If you are rated at 0% (or higher) and live in California, your children can go to school with a CalVet fee waiver. Basically, this waives their tuition and fees for any public college (2 or 4-year).

    If you are rated 100%, your children can receive CH 35 - Dependent Education Benefits. This allows your children to receive a stipend depending on the number of units they are enrolled in.

    If you are rated 20% or higher, you can use CH 31 - Vocational Rehabilitation. This benefit is similar to CH 30 - Montgomery GI Bill and CH 33 - Post 9/11 GI Bill. There are some differences. Vocational Rehabilitation requires testing and planning to qualify. Once you are approved, you will be paid at the highest level you are eligible for. As an example, say you qualify for the Post 9/11 GI Bill. You will be paid the current BAH for your school's address. If you qualify for CH 30 - Montgomery GI Bill, you would get paid at that rate. If you qualify for neither, you would get paid at the current rate for Vocational Rehabilitation (which is the lowest of the three). Either way, just like the Post 9/11 GI Bill, Vocational Rehabilitation pays for your tuition and fees up to the state average for your type of institution (2 year, 4 year, and etc). However, Vocational Rehabilitation also has programs for job readiness, resume writing, and etc. Voc Rehab will also pay for your supplies and any associated costs with school (books, parking fees, supplies, lab fees, and etc). They will also help you get a computer if your classes require you to use one (such as for writing papers) as well as a printer.

    If anyone ever has any question about the process for getting back into college, you can PM me and I will give you all the information I have on the topic. By the time I finish school, I will have completed a double major in Computer Science and Pure Mathematics with an emphasis in Cyber Defense and Data Security, that was bought with chunks of my sanity and paid for by the US Government.

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