Jan Dils Veteran Disability

What it's like to apply for VA Disability

I can go on and on about the VA disability process until Taylor Swift finds a man that is good enough for her, but sometimes it’s great to hear about it from someone who has been through the process before. Plus we don’t have that much time…Ms. Swift tends to be quite choosey. Our new weekly feature continues this week with Bill from our VA department sharing his personal experience. Since this is our 2nd blog with Bill I decided it would be interesting to see how he found out about VA disability in the first place. As I sat down with Bill he reminded me that he was discharged in 2009. It’s...

If I get Social Security and VA Disability, am I "Double Dipping?"

Recently I posted a blog about a practice I referred to as “Double Dipping.” It’s what happens when you try to get the VA to service connect you for something that you have filed for on Workers Compensation. In other words if you filed a workers compensation claim on your back, and then try to file a VA Disability Claim on your back, one will negate the other. The reason is that you are trying to get the government to pay you for an injury that occurred at both places. In the VA’s eyes, it has to be one or the other. The reason for this is that one is for injured workers; the other is for...

Why I'm not jealous that the new guy knows more about VA Disability than I do

I am excited to announce that after almost three years this blog, which is dedicated to helping Veterans, will now have a Veterans perspective. In May of this year our firm hired a new employee in the VA Department. It turns out this individual was very well qualified to assist Veterans with the VA disability process because he's actually been through it himself. In fact, he is currently in the appeals process. I decided that he is such a valuable resource that he needed a weekly feature. This is the first in a series of blogs shedding light on a Veteran’s perspective of the VA process. Let’s...

What is the difference between a diagnosed and an undiagnosed illness?

Have you ever struggled to understand something that so many people you know grasp so quickly? I will admit that I find myself in this type of situation often. For instance, when I competed in speech and debate in high school I struggled to remember my speeches. Every tournament I would lose because I had pauses in my speeches as I forgot the lines I wrote. One day my coach had a private conversation with me. He informed me that the judges don’t know what I know. If I forget something, they are never going to realize it because they didn’t have a copy of my speech in front of them. It all made...

Don't fall into the treatment gap

I know I can often sound like a corrupt MP3 file-that’s a broken record for my older readers-but I can’t stress how important medical evidence is for any Veterans Disability claim. While a lack of treatment as a whole is bad for your case, a gap in treatment can be just as bad. Granted, this isn’t as much of an issue for Veterans who are returning home from recent conflicts. We see this problem mostly in Veterans who served in Vietnam, the 80’s or even the early 90’s during Desert Storm. A classic scenario I hear all of the time from Veterans is that they were hurt while serving, chose not to...

Amongst uncertainty in the VA, where should Veterans turn for help?

I honestly love watching The Daily Show with John Stewart. I have watched it since I was a young kid and can’t sleep now without my daily dose of political satire. I have to admit that it’s odd to hear The Daily Show discusssomething I work with every day on their program. Over the past several months John Stewart and crew have looked into the issues facing the VA in an honest and humorous way. While I enjoy watching Stewart make jokes about what I do, this really means the problems are actually quite worse than we may realize. The problem is that if programs like The Daily Show are covering...

Be careful of where you obtain your VA Disability information

Last night I was watching one of my favorite TV Dramas, Nashville, and something made me think. This usually happens because of their blatant product placement from companies like Chevrolet, or Subway, but this time it was actually because of the plot of the show. In this episode all of the singers get together to perform at Ft. Campbell in Tennessee.  They were performing for a group soldiers who were deploying to Afghanistan. This actually made me think of a conversation I had with a Veteran that day. In the show, some of the soldiers were going to serve overseas while others weren't. After...

Jan Dils To Team Up With Local Veterans Group

The third annual Walk4Vets is only a few months away…actually 139 days as of today. To say we are excited for this annual event is an understatement. We have been planning this celebration of Veterans since the last Walk in 2012.We took a year off to make it even better. While you may know that the Walk4Vets is September 13th, 2014, and that it will take place at the Parkersburg City Park, you may not know much about our benefactors. Well, that will all change now as you get to know the West Virginia University at Parkersburg Veterans Corps. Who are they? According to their Facebook Page,...

Let's get real about the VA backlog

I like to be blunt as well as very honest in my everyday interaction with people. It’s what people love and fear about me. The reason I am this way is far too long and complicated to discuss in this blog. However, I find that it is very effective when communicating with Veterans regarding their VA disability claims. Generally, the Veterans I speak to want to be communicated with honestly about their cases.They have often lost trust with the VA, and just want to be told honestly what to expect. If we can’t help a client get service connected, I prefer to let them know right away rather then...

Phoenix Veterans Hospital Being Investigated: What Veterans Need To Know

You may be aware of some recent news regarding a VA Hospital in Phoenix, Arizona. If you are not aware of what is happening, we will cover that later on. Though we are based in West Virginia, we actually have a lot of clients in Arizona. Our thoughts are with all of the Veterans who are affected by this story, and those who are now concerned about receiving quality healthcare. While our firm mainly corresponds with VA Regional Offices, we do have to request medical records from VA Medical Facilities, including the one in Phoenix Arizona. We want to shed as much light on this as possible for...

How effective communication can help you win your VA Disability Claim

Toyotas are boring cars. This is so much of an issue for the auto manufacture that they are trying desperately to make you believe driving a Toyota Camry can be fun. (Evidence is provided in the form of a commercial posted below.) It’s not. It’s simply not a fun car to drive. Toyota should settle down though. People don’t buy Carmys because they are fun; they buy them because they are reliable. You can buy a Camry, put gas in it, and never really have to worry about the car until you sell it a few years later. Some individuals believe that if they hire a VA Disability Attorney they can simply...

7 things you need to know about C&P Exams

In a perfect world Mustangs would get 40 mpg, Jennifer Lawrence would win every Oscar, and the New England Patriots would finish last in the AFC East every year. In my perfect world Veterans would automatically get VA Disability Compensation when they apply. However, our world is much more bureaucratic than that. Just like Ms. Lawrence getting snubbed for the “Best Supporting Actress” category, you’re going to have to go through a lot of disappointment to get what you deserve. One aspect Veterans have to go through is a Compensation and Pension Exam, which we will be discussing today. Here are...

Double Dipping: Why You Can't Get VA Disability and Workers Compensation For The Same Issue

I often get asked by friends what it’s like working at Jan Dils Attorneys at Law, and I can honestly say that it’s pretty great. However, while my coworkers are awesome, they like to remind me of my increasing age. This comes up a lot when I reference television shows from the past. One such show that I referenced recently was the classic coming of age comedy, “Seinfeld.” Sadly, this show debuted before some of my coworkers were born, and when I quoted the episode in which George double dips his potato chip at a party, few of my coworkers knew what I was referencing. You might be wondering why...

Up in the Air: Are Veterans who flew above Vietnam Qualified for Agent Orange Presumptive Conditions?

Alyssa is a case manager for our Veterans in the office. I hear her speak to clients about different aspects of the VA Disability process every day. As a result of our close proximity in the office, her conversations often spark ideas for blogs. She claims that she is my blogging muse, and that is not too far from the truth. Recently Alyssa came to me with a question that I could not answer. I did what I always do when I don’t know the answer to something…I blog about it. The question Alyssa asked was something I had not thought of before. She asked if a Veteran who served during Vietnam in...

Veterans Day, A Look Back

Holidays are not my thing. I buy too much candy throughout the year to enjoy Halloween, I’ve been on Santa’s bad list for years, and I still can’t figure out Guy Fox day. However, the one holiday I have really come to love over the past few years is Veterans Day. It would be easy to be cynical and think that the guy who writes the VA Disability Blog is pandering when he says that Veterans Day is his favorite holiday, but I don’t pander. Over the past three years I have come to love Veterans Day, and the following will explain why. In 2011 I started with Jan Dils Attorneys at Law, and I had...