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September is National Preparedness Month— a time to prepare yourself and those in your care for emergencies and disasters. Take a step toward preparedness. Create and maintain a comprehensive file of information about the person you are caring for. Whether you use an electronic format or a three-ring binder, keep the file where you can grab it quickly in an emergency or on your way out the door to an appointment.
Some items to include in a Patient File:
Care recipient’s medical history
Physician Contact Information
Health history (e.g. surgeries, other medical conditions)
Insurance Information (e.g., prescription, vision, dental, long-term care, etc.)
Durable power of attorney for Health Care (also known as a Health Care Proxy)
Power of Attorney for Finances
Contact information for care recipient’s lawyer
Contact information for relatives and close friends
With VA's Caregiver Support Line assistance is just a quick phone call away. Whether you're in need of immediate assistance or have questions about what services you may be eligible for, the caring licensed professionals who answer the support line can:
Tell you about the assistance available from VA.
Help you access services.
Connect you with the Caregiver Support Coordinator at a VA Medical Center near you.
Just listen, if that's what you need right now.
If you're just getting started with VA, calling the Caregiver Support Line is a great first step to take to learn more about the support that's available to you
There is a recognized medical condition called xxx. It causes the kinds of things which force a person into that sort of lifestyle." There is no known test to identify and diagnose this illness (the doctor needs to be direct the comments to either a Judge or adjudicator by talking in the first person) The doctor should state he "believes in this person" and he/she should state "If you also believe her complaints and that she now lives this lifestyle, then you have to believe she has this disabling condition." 5. Get statements from anyone Get statements from anyone who knows you and your issues. Write your own statement too! Have these individuals state how the problems affect you (example: It is hard to bend over, or squat, or hear, etc.). This includes your wife, kids, parents, co-workers even the guy/gal walking along the street.
All of these people can contribute! All their statements are evidence that must be considered. If you have them put their phone number down on the statement and request the adjudicator to call (not if they have any questions), the adjudicator is required to call. If they don't call, you have grounds for appeal. The medical facts and findings speak louder than any of this testimony, and the veterans own testimony is quite powerful in describing the effect of this proven medical condition. The VA doctor's report that seeks to negate the claim is wide open to attack when he fails to do procedures or make determinative tests. 6. Get the Vet Center Records If you have been going to a Vet Center, get their records. They are independent of the VA medical system (CAPRI) so you need to get a statement or copy of your provider's notes or both from your treating Social Worker.
7. Vocational Rehabilitation If you have gone to Vocational Rehabilitation (Voc Rehab), you were evaluated by them too. Do a Privacy Act request and get all copies of evaluations and anything else (to include reports of contact [ROC]). The Voc Rehab evaluations carry some weight, since they are independent evaluations. Get copies of the contractor evaluations (the people that did the Voc Rehab screening) and the VA's Voc Rehab evaluations. 8. Legal Research Go to http://www.findlaw.com or or http://www.va.gov/vbs/bva/ and look up all Board of Veteran Appeal, Court of Veteran Appeals, US District Court, US Court of Appeals and Supreme Court decisions that affect your issues. These legal opinions as well as the courts opinions narrows the focus of how the adjudicator can look at the evidence. Use these sites to support your other evidence. Do your own legal research!
If you don't have access to the internet or are not internet savvy, you can get copies of any appeals and decisions from the VA. They can be requested from Veteran Benefits Office or the Adjudication Office. A simple phone call to one of those offices, explaining that you are requesting a copy of those records for your own file should be sufficient. Keep the information of who you talked with and their phone/fax numbers and addresses in your notebook for ready reference! Again, you may need to provide this request in writing, but this can usually be accomplished by phone or fax. Some Service Officers from DAV, VFW, or American Legion will do this for you, but don't depend entirely on them! Some mental health records are kept separate from the main medical records, so again, you may need to call the Mental Health Clinic in your VA to request copies of those records from that office.
9. Statements From VA Personnel If you have been seeing a counselor at the VA Hospital, then get him/her to write you a statement of how bad they think you are. Plus, write up a statement on your own, let the adjudicator know about your background, your stressors and how this affects your daily life. Counselors are sometimes skeptical that people are acting out, pretending, not real. If the guy is really bogus, you might do better not to ask, but in truth, further questioning may well reveal that the skeptical counselor really believes the guy is pretty bad off or he wouldn't be going through all of this. That it is the stress of daily life that drives him to it. And NO counselor ever treats a death threat as anything other than real! 10.
SF 180 Use our system to create a customized order form to request information from your, or your relative's, military personnel records. You may use this system if you are: A military veteran, or Next of kin of a deceased, former member of the military The next of kin can be any of the following: surviving spouse that has not remarried, father, mother, son, daughter, sister, or brother. If you are not the veteran or next of kin, you must complete the Standard Form 180 (SF 180). You can obtain this form from Fax-on-Demand, or download it, then mail or fax it to the appropriate address on the form. The SF 180 may be photocopied as needed. Please submit a separate request (either SF 180 or letter) for each individual whose records are being requested. You may submit more than one request per envelope or fax. How to Initiate a Request for Military Personnel Records: Click on the "Request Military Records" button to start. This will launch a separate window. Enter the required information in the system to create your customized request form. There are 4 steps that you need to navigate. The system will guide you through the steps and tell you exactly which step you are on. Print, sign and date the signature verification area of your customized form.
If you don't have a printer, have a pen and paper handy and we will guide you through the process. This is important because the Privacy Act of 1974 (5 U.S.C. 552a) requires that all requests for records and information be submitted in writing. Each request must be signed and dated by the veteran or next of kin. Mail or fax your signature verification form to us, and we will process your request. You must do this within the first 20 days of entering your request, or your request will be removed from our system. 11. Reviewing Your Military Records Review your military medical records and make a list of every ailment that you had while on active duty. Note each biohazardous exposure you may have had. For example, If you used cosmoline on everything to protect it from rust, and then we would be in carbon tetrachloride up to the elbows because that was what used to clean it off. Carbon tet is cancer producing. I am sure there are many other examples. 12. Cross Reference
All your Military Ailments With Your Civilian Ailments Cross reference all you military ailments with your civilian ailments. If the problem persists or a secondary issue has cropped up as a result of the issue that developed during your time in the military then you need to apply for that issue (as a secondary issue). An example of a secondary issue would be if you hurt your right knee and had to put weight on your left knee and now the knee is damaged. You can claim the left knee as a secondary issue to the injured right knee. 13. Downloading Go to the VA web site and down load all the Fast Letters, Memo's and any other documentation that will support your case. www.va.gov. 14. Go to the DAV, PVA and any other VSO Web Site Go to the DAV, PVA and any other VSO web sites and bookmark them (and down load anything related to your claims). 15. WARMS Go to http://groups.msn.com/unitedveterans/yourwebpage1.msnw
Look up what your issue is and determine the percentage that you want to apply for. Now 98% of the Veteran Service Rep's (VSR's) will tell you not to give a percentage, but if you don't ask for a percentage and you are awarded 0% for an issue, you can't complain because they gave you exactly what you asked for. If the adjudicator denies your issue and you did not ask for a certain percentage, then you have to prove the VA didn't follow proper procedure (this is very hard to prove). Your VSR will tell you that the law can change. If it increases then just fax, email (w/receipt) or mail in an updated request. If the percentage decreases, you don't need to do anything. The Veterans Claims Assistance Act of 2000 allows the law that is most favorable to you to be applied to your claim so don't change your percentage. 16. Current law favors the Vet. Call the Regional Office ..Don't be intimidated !
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Veterans Day Edition
We have a real problem with discrimination among the veteran community. The issue is the differences shown between pre 9-11 and post 9-11 veterans. Let me make this perfectly clear immediately. A bullet, is a bullet. A threat such as the Cold War is just as dangerous as terror threats? A threat is a threat.
This is my Veterans Day post and how we should be thanking veterans. It is more than a cup of free coffee, meal or parade.
Generations were under threat from the Cold War including a full obligation of 6 years to Uncle Same, some time on active and remaning on reserve. There was also a Full Draft in effect to send people who either faced jail, leaving their homes to Canada or dodging bullets on foreign shores. They had no choice of the matter during these wars. They had to do one of the three things. That is not the case for post 9-11 veterans. Pre 9-11 veterans now getting older and more frail are denied some of the benefits awarded to Post 9-11 veterans…
As I have studied the ever changing Title 38 benefits of Veterans Affairs, it is very clear to me that the Vietnam Vet is still getting a raw deal. The Persian Gulf Vets are as well. The Montgomery GI Bill to WWII has better benefits regarding education than does Title 35 which is Educational Benefits for Dependents for Those severely disabled or killed. The money difference is great. The Life Insurance option is ridiculous. There is a huge difference between a 10,000 policy and a 400,000 policy. The Caregiver act is equally a form of discrimination... 300.00 Aid and Attendance compared to 1500.00 is a jump from people caregiving doing the same thing. The biggest difference other than money is the age of the spouse, normally who is a senior and having to do things harder for he or she than the younger veterans, receiving more money.
Helping a loved one shower, or change clothes or bed sheets is a much harder task when one is aging and on social security themselves. Our beloved Testvet posting this dispair and anger just before he died. He was livid in fact about the differences shown. Testvet was consumed with worry over the differences shown among the veteran community benefits as was Mrs. Testvet. Senator Bernie Sanders gets it and I found this in research but needed to find out what happened in 2013. I went to DC and still did not get solid answers. There are still no answers.
The Congressional Budget Office estimated that an additional 70,000 caregivers would participate by 2016 if the bill, sponsored by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., becomes law.
This was posted in The Ledger but appears to just be sitting there. I found this Change.org online and quite sure people either do not know about the differences or it was not circulated properly. I am here to make sure it is a known fact. The truth is...it never got off the ground and I traveled to DC to find out why. The truth is no one really wants to talk about it but
Patty Murray, Sherrod Brown and Bernie Sanders. This also would include Jim McDermott.
I found this petition and is a sample of the wording on Change.org and every word is true. It is not that the Pre 9-11 veterans want anymore that deserved but a veteran is a veteran. Some of our older veterans are being left behind. It needs to change as the author of this petition has outlined. I could not get it to link properly so I blockquoted the petition.
Make Eligible for the Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers available to pre-9/11 Veterans. I do not understand why this program has singled out just post 9/11 Disabled Veterans Caregivers. There are many other Veterans Caregivers who are full time caregivers, giving up their careers their jobs to take care of their Disabled Veteran full time. Are they not important? Are their struggles any less? No. Is there any reason why some Veterans would get benefits that others who are just as disabled and in need of assistance from family members as those pre 9/11? There are MANY Disabled for Life Veterans who need full time care, whose families continue to sacrifice everyday for their country. To not make this available to ALL Veterans Caregivers who have given up so much to care for their Permanent and Total Service Connected Disabled Combat Veteran is not equal treatment of Veterans and is discrimination. Is the sacrifice of other Veteran caregivers worth less?? Are their sacrifices any less real? I think not. All full time veteran caregivers deserve the same benefits, without prejudice
Here is the bill and here it sits Congressional Bills 113th Congress] [From the U.S. Government Printing Office] [S. 851 Reported in Senate (RS)] Calendar No. 186 113th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 851 [Report No. 113-107] To amend title 38, United States Code, to extend to all veterans with a serious service-connected injury eligibility to participate in the family caregiver services program. _______________________________________________________________________ IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES April 25, 2013 Mr. Sanders introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Veterans' Affairs September 17, 2013 Reported by Mr. Sanders, without amendment _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend title 38, United States Code, to extend to all veterans with a serious service-connected injury eligibility to participate in the family caregiver services program. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the ``Caregivers Expansion and Improvement Act of 2013''. SEC. 2. EXTENSION TO ALL VETERANS WITH A SERIOUS SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY OF ELIGIBILITY FOR PARTICIPATION IN FAMILY CAREGIVER PROGRAM. Section 1720G(a)(2)(B) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by striking ``on or after September 11, 2001''. Calendar No. 186 113th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 851 [Report No. 113-107] _______________________________________________________________________ A BILL To amend title 38, United States Code, to extend to all veterans with a serious service-connected injury eligibility to participate in the family caregiver services program. _______________________________________________________________________ September 17, 2013 Reported without amendment
After I wrote this diary and had a meeting with some folks on Capitol Hill, I questioned Congressmen about this bill that was sponsored by Senator Sanders. Nobody seemed to have a clue what happened to the bill that was to make all veterans of all wars, equal.
I was told it was lost in committee due to funding. I also was told that since it was introduced by Senator Sanders in September 2013 when the 114th Congress was elected that it died.
The veterans of Korea and Vietnam get less regarding the caregiver act and they are much older. The educational benefits are much less for Vietnam Veterans than the GI Bill of WWII and a great deal less than the Iraq and Afghan veterans. The Life Insurance offered has a $300,000 difference between them. I do not think we need this kind of discrimination being shown among veterans. This type of thing worried Testvet and his wife and we spoke of it many times. We obviously were not the only family members concerned. No one wanted to take away from the recent Vets, but to make equality available to ALL VETERANS. Senator Sanders saw this and tried to make it right but the do nothing congress obviously wants to continue making Class warfare a priority, even among it’s veteran community. Few wanted to bring this bill before Congress in 2014, but again a D and R did. It just sat there, went into committe and died or is being used as someone’s bar coaster.
I say, when you think of Veterans Day, think how to really thank a Veteran. MAKE LIFE EASIER FOR THE FAMILIES of the veteran. The ledger reported that it is law...but I cannot get confirmation of that from anyone.
www.govtrack.us/… As title 38 is today. It is exactly the same as 2010. This is truly an issue that our platform needs to be bringing up and with each and all of our candidates.
Veteran Eligibility: 1. The Veteran incurred or aggravated a serious injury (including traumatic brain injury, psychological trauma, or other mental disorder) in the line of duty, on or after September 11, 2001. 2. Because of the qualifying serious injury, the Veteran requires another person (a Caregiver) to assist the Veteran with the management of personal care functions required in everyday living. 3. The serious injury renders the Veteran in need of personal care services for a minimum of six continuous months based on a clinical determination that takes into account various factors. 4. It is in the best interest of the Veteran to participate in the Caregiver Support Program. 5. The Veteran will receive ongoing care from a Patient Aligned Care Team (PACT) or other VA health care team as a requirement for participation in the program. 6. The Veteran agrees to receive ongoing care at home after VA designates a Family Caregiver. 7. Personal care services that would be provided by the Caregiver will not simultaneously be provided through another individual or FAMILY MEMBER.
if you want to thank a veteran this Veterans Day…...I suggest you start burning up the phones and calling this congress and say, Inequality on any level is not acceptable.
As you well know, the cost of advocacy can get expensive. We also work completely on donations from our members here at United Veterans.
We made a trip to Washington to advocate for equal benefits among the pre 11 and post 911 veterans. The trip was somewhat successful.
We feel the senate bill of Sanders/McCain of 2013 should not have been tabled and should be brought up once again. This bill would ensure that every veteran from every war be treated equally monetarily regarding education, respite, caregiving and life insurance . The bill was discussed with several legislators and the Presidential Medal of Freedom Award for a Korean Veteran was proposed as well. The receipent would be a 90 year old vet who has accomplished much and still getting out the vote. The proposed receipent is Dr. Ferguson Reid, Sr. of Virginia. He was a MASH surgeon during the Korean war. He also served in the Virginia assembly during the Jim Crow era. He paved the way to Equal rights and an equal rights icon.
The cost of the trip was 1400.00. This cost covers gas, transportation,lodging and food only.
We can only depend on these expenses to be offset by people who care about these issues. We as always pay out of pocket with hopes to regain some of our personal finances that was spent on these efforts. Thank you in advance and just hit the button above to give what you can. All funds are tax deductible and transparent.