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Screwed by the VA? Top 5 Must Reads for Disabled Veterans

Here’s a collection of my best posts that help disabled veterans get the benefits they deserve. Most disabled veterans get overwhelmed when they first start out against the Dept. of Veterans Affairs – aka Veterans Benefits Administration – aka VA.

Must of us trust the Veterans Benefits Administration to treat us honestly. That’s the big lie. The Veterans Administration is nothing more than an insurance company for the American Public. It will screw you at every turn if you don’t protect yourself. And even if it doesn’t, a person is always better off planning and preparing for the worst.

Your protection? Knowledge and taking action on that knowledge. No one will care more about your disability claim than you. Get geared up here.

1. How to Get a Higher Disability Rating

First stop is strategy. Most disabled veterans go into the disability compensation process blindly. They don’t know what the rules are and what exactly they are asking for. Don’t be that veteran. The Veterans Administration will chew you up and spit you back out again, many times with a lower rating than you deserve.

 

2. Sample Disability Compensation Letter 

Second stop is a sample disability compensation letter that I wrote for my own claim. This will give veterans an understanding of how best to format their disability claim. Your goal with the disability compensation letter is to help any reader, especially at the Veterans Benefits Administration, to understand what you are asking for. The best way veterans can help increase understanding is to write clearly, correct spelling errors, and use proper grammer. Veterans will need to include research with the request, and this letter shows disabled veterans how.

 

3. Request a Copy of Your Disability Compensation File

Third stop is how to get a copy of your disability compensation file. It is informally referred to as the C-File. This is a MUST DO for any veteran. It is imperative that you know what the VA says about you prior to filing your appeal, if possible. However, if the 12-month appeal deadline is close approaching, file the claim and then hope you get the copy of your file prior to final adjudication.

 

4. Biggest Lies Voc Rehab Counselors Tell Veterans

Fourth stop is an article I wrote about disabled veterans getting screwed by Chapter 31 Vocational Rehabilitation. Man, you should have read the nasty comments from VA employees whose feelings were hurt when I published this on Military.com. This post is a must read for disabled veterans who want to use Voc Rehab to fund their college or business.

 

5. What a Hero Deserves

Fifth, this page is all about veterans benefits from the Veterans Benefits Administration. Pretty much everything you can think of that the VA is supposed to give veterans is on this page. If you’re a newbie to all this disability talk, this article will help explain veterans benefits, in general.

 

Contact me with any questions on the tab at the top of the page.

 

1 thought on “Screwed by the VA? Top 5 Must Reads for Disabled Veterans”

  1. Aaron J Pinson, MA

    April 27th, 2019

    Federal Bureau of Investigation ATTN: Special Agent(s) in Charge: AZ, MO, MN & WI 950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20530-0001

    RE: Veterans Administration Fraud

    Dear Special Agents in Charge:

    I have attached three additional letters that document another fraudulent scheme by members of the Veterans Administration. I realize and acknowledge that my letters can get a bit wordy; I apologize in advance. In this letter I will attempt to summarize what’s going on, and the offices where members of law enforcement may be able to squeeze the truth from their cold, dead, hands. Poorly said; in an attempt to say it differently, these are the locations where you may be able to corroborate my information.

    A veteran’s 10-year anniversary for receiving compensation appears to be more important than others; a time for members of the VA to…itemize…a veteran’s benefits (compensation). I suspect that this is important because at ten years some of the veteran’s issue may become a permanent part of their compensation. I believe 20 years is another benchmark date. I suspect this because October, 2019 was my 10-year anniversary, and a few months prior is when this began.

    If veterans have a legally established spouse, listed as a dependent, they will be sent a letter. In short, there is a presumption by the VA that

    the veteran has divorced their spouse, and they will ask for the date of that divorce; so any overpayment can be sucked back into the government machine. However, if the veteran fails to respond, or respond in time, the members of the VA will recover all of the compensation they have received for their spouse; over the entire marriage, and regardless of any legal documents detailing a divorce. In short, there is no due process, and the VA does not need to prove the marriage has dissolved, and despite legal documentation that was required to get the spouse added to the veteran’s compensation.

    This happened to me, and in October, 2019 members of the VA adjusted my compensation for a divorce that took place in February, 2015. However, in February, 2020, they started a second process, but the amount they are attempting to reclaim is closer to the amount I received for the entire marriage; plus, what they have already started to reclaim.

    It’s obvious fraud for a few reasons: There will be two processes reclaiming the same awards or compensation; the two amounts are drastically different: $3,300 vs 9,048.14; and I have written a number of letters to President Trump; the Attorney General; and the Secretary of Veterans Affairs. In response to the first letter, I received a call from someone at the VA Regional Office in St. Louis; so they are aware, and have actively chosen to defraud my compensation.

    The other question to ask is, how many thousands of veterans have been screwed over by this fraudulent scheme? There is no excuse, but remember, some people just make better prisoners.

    The Three Addresses
    Department of Veterans Affairs Evidence Intake Center PO Box 4444 Janesville, WI 53547 – 4444

    Department of Veterans Affairs Charles F. Prevedel Federal Bldg ATTN: Executive Leadership 9700 Page Ave St. Louis, MO 63132 800-827-1000

    Department of Veterans Affairs Debt Management Center (Station 189) ATTN: William S. Kim, Congressional Liaison Bishop Henry Whipple Federal Building PO Box 11930 St. Paul, MN 55111-0930 800-827-0648 612-970-5688

    I don’t know exactly why members of the Veterans Administration behave this way, but I do have an educated guess: Money, through increased ratings, steps or through bonuses. I don’t expect that

    members of your agency will get any immediate confessions because over the years the government’s lack of interest and/or prosecution has empowered their position of safety. That said, actions don’t lie, and I suspect the issuance of a few investigative subpoenas for the individuals directly involved with each veteran’s case will speak for everyone. If it was me…and it’s not…but if it were…I would look for demonstrative bullets in their evaluations which speak to these issues; and which were created by the individuals being evaluated. As for the bonuses, ask for the annual written justifications for each individual involved.

    Keep in mind there are still the letters that are sent to each individual veteran; which details their plot. Moreover, there are the actual monthly compensations, which I suspect, will show significant and immediate changes from month to month. In my case, those months were: August, 2019 when my compensation was $3700.92; and October, 2019, when my compensation was adjusted to $3,530.00.

    I was informed in February, 2020 they were initiating the process again, and are going to start adjusting my compensation; keeping an additional $755.00. This amount is closer to the “total” I received for my marriage and throughout the entire time I received compensation. Said differently, it’s the screwing I get, for the screwing I got; both suck, and one is a fraudulent.

    In summary, the other letters detail this process, and give some more details on my case specifically. I realize some of my letters are over written, and in some cases I have crammed more information on each page; but I only get 4 pages per stamp, and it’s a pain in the ass for me to leave the house and buy stamps.

    My very best wishes…and to my law enforcement family…stay safe my brothers and sisters.

    I appreciate your time and attention.

    Kindest Regards,

    Aaron J. Pinson, MA

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