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More tech, less red tape help Veterans Affairs expand its reach

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Imagine the day that you can see your medical provider from anywhere in the country, including from the comfort of your own home. You wouldn’t have to take a full day off of work, travel long distances or spend hours in a hospital waiting room. Thanks to the age of smart phones and other advanced technology, that day has come. And it couldn’t have come at a more critical moment.

Veteran talks about suicide to help other Veterans

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Suicide Help

 

She tried to take her own life eight times in one year while serving as a soldier in the 4th Infantry Division in 2008. The stressors of combat, losing a couple of very close friends in battle and adapting to life back in the U.S. after serving in Iraq was too much for her to handle.

Rating Knee Disabilities – Knee Replacements

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Of all the disabilities listed on the VA’s Schedule for Rating Disabilities, the ratings involving the knee are one of the most difficult for Veterans to understand – and for the VA to get right. Much of the confusion stems from the fact that a Veteran may be able to receive multiple ratings for the same knee, depending on the severity of his or her condition. In previous posts, we discussed ratings for limitation of flexion and extension, instability, and meniscus injuries. Today we are going to discuss the ratings available for knee replacements.

Proving Service Connection Without Service Treatment Records

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Many Veterans have illnesses or injuries that occurred while they were active duty but there are no records of the illness or injury. There can be many reasons; records get lost, the Veteran was treated at civilian medical installation and the records have been destroyed; the Veteran didn’t get treatment because they were worried they might get medically discharged due to the illness or injury. Whatever the reason, just because there are no records does not always mean that a disability cannot be service connected.

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