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Jon Corra's Bio

 Jon has been with Jan Dils Attorneys at Law for almost three years. In his current role, Jon is a VA Leads Specialist, and a Social Media Specialist. In December 2011, Jon received his Master's Degree in Corporate Communication from West Virginia University. Jon also has an RBA in Criminal Justice and Communications from West Virginia University at Parkersburg.   When he started with the firm, a different organization ran the company blogs. "I simply did not like the way they approached blogging. Luckily, Jan believed in my abilities enough to bring all social media in house." That change was...

Veterans Day Offers for 2014

As I left for work today the last thing I noticed was the framed poster I have on my wall of the film “Jarhead.” As I looked at it I smiled because I realized how close we are to Veterans Day. Honestly, I get more excited about Veterans Day then I do for Thanksgiving. Why would someone who hasn’t served in the military get so excited for Veterans Day? Well, its long story, but you will learn more about that at a later time. Our form will kick off Veterans Day Weekend on November 7th with a free cookout for Veterans. A lot of people wonder why we don’t do this on Veterans Day, and it’s actually...

Migraines and Your VA Disability Claim

When I was just a young fella I recall having severe issues with migraine headaches. I was only about 6 or 7 years old but I recall that they were so severe that I would become nauseous. I was not able to do my homework at night and it really concerned my mother. I eventually went to a doctor about the issue. They performed X-rays, ran multiple tests, and could not figure out was wrong with me. I assumed I was just so smart that my brain was struggling to contain all of the knowledge I was gathering. Sadly this wasn’t the case either. My doctor said that I would eventually grow out of it. I...

Veterans Make Use of Yoga to Reduce PTSD Symptoms

I work with a young lady named Lauren who is quite interesting. Lauren is our operations manager and usually comes in the office perky and ready to work. She is so full of energy and spunk that you have to wonder what’s going on with her. I happen to be quite blunt and simply asked Lauren what was going on in her life to make her so full of energy. Was it some sort of pill? Was it gluten? Is it a new energy drink? I was concerned that she was consuming a case of “5 Hour Energy” before she came to work. (That’s nearly 30 hours of energy.) “Oh Jon,” she replied, “don’t be silly.” Lauren happens...

7 Things No One Will Ever Tell You About Working With Veterans

When I walked through the front door of our law firm nearly four years ago I was not quite prepared for what I was getting myself in to. I had never worked for a law firm, barely knew any attorneys and was working to finish my Master’s Degree in Corporate Communication. I was nervous to say the least. I was expecting everything to be like Law and Order. Or, for our younger audiences, I expected it to be like the set of “How to Get Away with Murder.” The world of Veterans Disability Law is nowhere near as glamorous as what you will see in the law offices on these shows. For me it’s much better....

4 Examples of Non-Combat PTSD

After nearly four years of working with Veterans, and writing this blog for a majority of that time, I can openly say that I know at least a little bit about VA Disability. If you've read my blogs in the past I have often discussed how much misinformation is out there, and how so much of it is believed to be truth. One thing I keep coming back to is the notion that non-combat Veterans can’t service connect for PTSD. If for any reason this were to be the last thing I ever write, I want it to be known that a Veteran does not have to serve in combat to get service connected for PTSD. It’s obvious...

4 Reasons We Won't Take a Veteran's Disability Claim

Personally I think making a New Year’s resolution is as pretentious as buying a pumpkin spice latte in October. I don’t make real ones, and I think blasting about it on Facebook, or for the very lonely, Google Plus, is just a cry for attention. When I set out for change I simply do it. Earlier this year, not so early to be considered a resolution of any sort, I decided to be very upfront with people in my life. Instead of letting something get under my skin and smolder for a while, I’ll simply let someone know they are irritating me. On the other end, if I think you are awesome, I’ll let it be...

Finding the right PTSD treatment can make a big difference for Veterans

This past weekend I flew to Dallas for an internet marketing conference. I don’t fly often, so this trip made me feel a little nostalgic. I actually recalled the first time I flew, and that nervous feeling I had leading up to the flight. My fear of flying had nothing to do with safety. I was flying American Airlines so I knew I would be safe. My fear was rooted in the fact that I am neurotic. Logistics scare me. I was worried about checking in, going through security, finding the right gate, and all of the other stress that goes along with travel. How did I get past this fear? Well, I did what...

Tips to keep Veterans focused during the fall and winter months.

Last week was the opening of the NFL season. My beloved Houston Texans won, which made me pretty happy. However, the season kickoff also made me a little annoyed because it means that fall is here. That means winter is just around the corner, and thus bad times are ahead. For me winter means snow, firewood, and dressing in layers. I hate all of those things. Since I can’t move to Houston yet, I kind of have to deal with the weather. Winter also means that I will not be interacting with as many Veterans as I do during the warmer months. Fall and winter are busy times for everyone. We...

Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall Offers Eye Opening Experience

A few years ago, the Vietnam Traveling Memorial Wall arrived in our town. At the time I was not able attend. I recall being really upset about missing this event. Luckily the wall returned this past weekend, and I made sure to attend. I was not quite sure what to expect. In the end, it turned out my experience was far more personal than I expected.  When I was six or seven years old I went to Washington D.C. with my parents for vacation. I was told that I saw the original wall during that trip. Let’s face it; most individuals can’t recall events that occurred when they were six years old,...

Veterans face unique challenges while attending college

I am now about two years removed from graduate school. Including kindergarten, elementary school, junior high, high school, undergraduate, and finally, grad school, I was in some type of educational facility for over 20 years of my life. I started in the fall of 1989, and finally graduated in the fall of 2011. We are talking about a “Simpsons” level of commitment here. I still get anxiety when fall comes around because I always associate that with getting ready for classes. I saw a school bus on my way to work today. The sight of it gave me chills. I never failed a grade before I went to...

New Veterans Health Care Bill May Actually Benefit Veterans

There’s a good chance that you've heard about a new Veteran’s health care bill being signed into law. I’ll admit that it can be kind of confusing to read. If you turn to a 24 hour news channel for information regarding what this means for you, then you are likely just going to hear a lot political non-sense about how this favors one party over the other or some other commentary that doesn't really help to explain what is going on. Well, we really don’t pay too much attention to politics with this blog, so here is what we found out about what changes are going to occur, and how this will really...

MST, Social Media, and Establishing Service Connection for Veterans

If you read my most recent post on Veterans using the social media application Whisper to discuss PTSD, then you know that it’s not the only condition Veterans are making use of the app for lately. Posts regarding Military Sexual Trauma, which is closely associated with PTSD, have been appearing a lot more often. A lot of Veterans who have been sexually assaulted or raped while serving are taking to Whisper to discuss these situations. In my post regarding Whisper and PTSD I stated that I believed using this platform to discuss traumatic events was a great first step in seeking treatment. The...

PTSD: From a "Whisper," to a Roar

As a person working in social media I often try to stay connected to current trends. A relatively new social networking site called Whisper is becoming quite popular. Whisper is a place in which you can confess thoughts or life events anonymously. Simply, you create text that is posted over an image of your choosing. Unlike Facebook or Twitter, you don’t have to use your real name. The application takes great lengths to make sure your real identity remains hidden. (If you want it to be.)  Personally I am not a fan of anonymity, but this service isn’t really geared towards me. While a lot of...

Can I get service connected for a flatfoot condition?

When I was just a young lad I remember having a conversation with someone who was told he couldn't join the military because he had flat feet. Years later I would realize that there were many other reasons for him not being qualified for military. As a tween, I remember that conversation, and for some reason it stuck with me. As an individual who now works with Veterans, imagine my surprise when I would hear Veterans talk about filing claims for flat feet. I immediately would wonder how they got into the military with their flat feet. Well, it’s something that has been in the back of my mind...

5 Tips for getting through the VA Disability process from someone who knows

When I joined the Jan Dils team nearly four years ago I had no idea how frustrating working with the VA would be. Granted, I am not a Veteran, nor have I served, but I can honestly saw working on the legal side can be frustrating. I am the kind of person who prefers to see things as either black or white. The VA however likes to view things in multiple shades of gray. (Please note that this is a reference to how individuals interpret and make judgments on issues, not a reference to that awful book.) If it were up to me, a Veteran with a diagnosis for PTSD would simply be granted that. However,...