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Veterans Affairs to investigate clinics in Eugene, Roseburg

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EUGENE (AP) — U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs investigators plan to visit the state to look into management, personnel issues and medical practices at the Roseburg and Eugene veterans clinics, a spokeswoman for an Oregon congressman said.

The Evidence Requirement for a Claim of PTSD

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If you peruse our blog on a regular basis, you know that Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (or PTSD) is a subject that is frequently discussed.  PTSD is a mental health condition triggered by a traumatic event in the life of an individual.  When you are seeking VA benefits, the regulations refer to the traumatic event as a stressor.  For your claim to benefits to be successful, your PTSD claim must have three things:

Types of Evidence that can Support Your Claim

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One of the major aspects of developing a disability claim with the VA is gathering and submitting relevant evidence to help support it.  The VA has what is called a duty to assist, however, it can be extremely beneficial to also gather your own evidence during the claims process.  By submitting various forms of evidence, you provide the VA with more information and different angles for them to view your case.  The type of evidence you should consider submitting will depend greatly on the disabilities that you are experiencing and at what step of the process you are at.

Aid & Attendance: SMC Benefits Beyond 100%

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When dealing with VA claims, the topic of conversation generally revolves around obtaining a rating of 100%.  However, even if you are rated 100%, you could qualify for additional benefits beyond the 100% schedular rating (but do not need to be rated at 100%).  These additional benefits are referred to as Special Monthly Compensation (SMC) benefits.

Marine survives being a POW in two different wars, returns home to live the American dream

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Marine POW

 

Charles L. Harrison was born outside Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1921. Barely out of High School, Harrison enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1939.By August 1941 he was on his way to Wake Island, a vital staging area for the coming war in the Pacific.

Grit and determination allows a Veteran to walk again

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Walk Again

 

For many years, Air Force Veteran Jose Sotolongo’s, dedication to regular exercise and commitment to good health served him well.   He reached the age of 76 without ever having been in a hospital and enjoyed a life filled with biking, power walking, swimming and even an occasional exercise class.

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