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Old 26 October 2014, 21:37
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Received my letter this weekend that my C&P process will take place on 4 Nov...three appointments total that day. From claim to exams was 4 months.
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Old 27 October 2014, 21:56
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You should for a couple non-military reasons.

The VA ID card can be used at many places to receive a discount on purchases or stays.

The card can save you time and insure that you'rr accepted into a public hospital if you are not near a military or VA hospital.

It can be used on the new kiosks to "sign in" rather than waiting in line.

If disabled most states and federal parks give discounts and/or free entry (no fee). There are most likely others but find out what it can do for you by mainly asking other vets. VA has rarely distributed good information unless you know the specific law/paragraph.
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Old 27 October 2014, 22:06
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Use the online VA site myhealth..va.gov. This will allow you to track all of your appointments and all of your VA medical records as well as ordering your meds.
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Old 28 October 2014, 08:45
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^^^^
Too bad the website does not work all the time..... Another waste of money.
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Old 28 October 2014, 09:27
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It is slow, and at times I have had to come back to it, but I have been able to do the business I had to do. This day and age technology should not be that slow.
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Old 29 October 2014, 10:13
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I just went to my local VA, yesterday, for my annual and a flu shot (GOT YOURS?).
What a bunch of friendly, helpful people!
"We'd like to have you back in six months for a non-fasting blood test".
"I'd like it to be in the morning, please; it suits my lifestyle".
"Oh, that's not to be done; we reserve the mornings for fasting blood tests".
"Oh, okay; understood".
"Psst... just don't tell anyone; your appointment is for 9:30 AM".
Just had to smile.
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Old 23 January 2015, 17:56
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Got my letter today...only 10%. The letter said I will receive $129/mo, but then goes on to assure me that because I received separation pay at ETS (cashed in my VEAP) they will keep all payments until that is "paid back". Not sure WTF that is all about!?

The entire process took 6 months. Frankly I am very happy with the process. I will be filing appeals for injuries they admit took place in service, but because I cannot show I received additional care and diagnosis, they allowed 0% for them. So, "We agree that we are responsible for the injuries, but since you have toughed it out this long...stay tough!"

Thanks to SOCNET and all those who posted on this forum about the process...it was invaluable!! Now I can ride the city bus for free with the DV stamp under my pic on the VA ID Card!!
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Old 23 January 2015, 19:32
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I have been paying back my SSB for 4 years. This May, I start to draw my 60%.
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Old 23 January 2015, 19:58
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I have been paying back my SSB for 4 years. This May, I start to draw my 60%.
I dont get this process. What does me cashing in my VEAP have to do with injuries I sustained in the military? If I used that VEAP money to get a degree instead of cashing it in, what then? I cannot find a reference to this and one was not listed in the 30 page decision doc they sent me.

ETA: If I let them take it all back on their monthly schedule, I wont get a payment for 74 years (891 months)!! Oh well, since I am appealing 3 issues maybe that will speed up by a few decades!!
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Old 23 January 2015, 20:15
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Did the IRS tax your VEAP when you cashed it out?
If so, this recent determination may classify that payout as "disability pay," rendering it tax free.
You can get that money back if you act quickly.
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Old 23 January 2015, 23:45
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And do Appeal any decisions you don't agree with. If you ever had to see any doctor that had anything at all related to your injuries submit that documentation along with your appeal.

If you ever sprained a knee that had been hit by gunfire, send every record you have all medical visits related to either leg as injury on one side can cause pain and additional injury to the other due to overcompensation.

If your 10% is not for tinnitus but you did engage in combat or were in any situation where more than a few shots were fired or explosive rounds or even artillery may have caused ear or hearing problems, send that in also.

Never accept their first few determinations.
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Old 24 January 2015, 00:23
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^^^This. Thanks!!!
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Old 24 January 2015, 10:13
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Did the IRS tax your VEAP when you cashed it out?
If so, this recent determination may classify that payout as "disability pay," rendering it tax free.
You can get that money back if you act quickly.
This was a huge source of contention. I paid the taxes ahead of time (They never gave me a choice, they took about 17k dollars) SO you say if I pay it back with my VA then it is considered disability and then tax free? Hmmmmmm??????

What do I need to do?
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Old 24 January 2015, 21:11
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I apologize for the brevity, I'm mobile at the moment.
I got a disability severence (2 x base pay x years in (up to 10)).
There was some back and forth over tax liability - I was injured performing "extra-hazardous" service, but was put out by a falling tree after the actual jump. SO, I got hit to the tune of around $13k.
A couple years later, I got my determination, and had X dollars withheld to pay back the initial benefit.
That determination caused the "severence pay" to become "disability severance pay." Disability pay is not taxable by the USG.
Unfortunately, the path is not clear. In fact, I found a loose reference to the process on AR15.com on accident. I spoke to some tax pros, and it is in fact recoverable $$, IF you act quickly. You have only three years to get your money back (three years from the determination, not the original payment).
This is how it works for a disability severance, I was boarded out via MEB.
I ASSume that since you're paying back the VEAP, it's been classified as a disability payment as well.

Also, that 10% works out in your favor- if they are withholding money to pay back the original award, they won't ever take more than that 10%.
I was originally 20% and single.
I got married, but the withholding never changed (increased).
I had a kid, again, the withholding stayed at $200ish dollars.
I got bumped up to 40% after a routine appointment, and the withholding never changed again.
So, it took longer to pay back the money, but I still had a little coming in.
In fact, this is my last month paying on this debt. I am at full dollars starting next week.
I left a more concise post here earlier this year, detailing my (failed) attempt at getting my money back.
Also, I have a good form letter on my desktop that might help you out.
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