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« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2010, 09:12:00 AM »

But I do know that if it can be proven that [you] were there and have one of the 11 illnesses currently recognized by the VA... Then a claim can be filed.

Yes, a claim can be filed, but there is no guarantee that a claim will be granted.   Fortunately, I have no service connected illnesses (yet), so have not filed any claims.  But I do know that depending on what VA center you visit, the folks processing you can be either helpful and good to work with, or a real pain in the behind. 

I have heard from my fellow Navy vets around the country, and several had been told "the Navy wasn't in Vietnam...only off the coast".  Right...so who do they suppose manned all those river boats?
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« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2010, 09:28:48 AM »

That is why I hope H.R. 2254 gets passed.
River boats, those are considered brown-water veterans which usually mean that there is a valid claim. The blue-water Navy vets are the one's at issue on this Bill.
BTW, if I happen to come across as a "Know-it-all". I apologize in advance. I used to be the Service Officer for our Post and I've been trying to get back into it.
Hopefully... I'll get the position to go around MI help file claims.
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« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2010, 05:50:35 PM »

River boats, those are considered brown-water veterans which usually mean that there is a valid claim. The blue-water Navy vets are the one's at issue on this Bill.
BTW, if I happen to come across as a "Know-it-all". I apologize in advance.

Yes...you are right about the blue water Navy.   My point was that those reviewing cases, and making determinations of eligibility around the country, often have no idea that there was such a thing as a brown water Navy.  Hopefully, through efforts like yours, that will change.   

And no, don't second guess yourself...no need to apologize.   You are far more knowledgeable than probably most on this board, and I trust your advice.
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« Reply #18 on: May 10, 2010, 07:25:46 PM »

Here’s something that I can pass along.
If you received medical treatment for something while in service… You may be able to claim it.
For example; When I went in, during the exam, it was documented that I had good hearing.
I got a copy of my medical records and when I was being discharged, I when through a medical exam.
The examiner wrote in my file “mild hearing loss”.
When I found out, I was asked if I had ringing in the ears? Which I do. That is an 10% rating. (I’m still waiting on the decision from VA)
So basically, anything medically that occurred in service, that you did not have going in, you may be eligible for compensation. As long as it had been documented.
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« Reply #19 on: May 12, 2010, 04:42:12 PM »

Change in VA Mortgages
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/g/a/2010/05/12/investopedia5948.DTL


**The only problem that I personally have come across is finding a Seller/Realtor that accepts VA home loan.
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« Reply #20 on: May 12, 2010, 08:41:49 PM »

My first home purchase was through a VA loan.  I couldn't have bought it otherwise.   Zero down made all the difference to me while starting a new job and career.    Other than VA loans, the GI bill was also a Godsend. 
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« Reply #21 on: May 24, 2010, 11:05:47 AM »

VA sets the telehealth table
http://fcw.com/articles/2010/05/24/feat-telehealth.aspx

Story is too long to post.
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« Reply #22 on: May 24, 2010, 01:11:36 PM »

My first home purchase was through a VA loan.  I couldn't have bought it otherwise.   Zero down made all the difference to me while starting a new job and career.    Other than VA loans, the GI bill was also a Godsend.

My first home was with a VA loan too.  . . . and I'm still here!   8*
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« Reply #23 on: May 25, 2010, 08:34:35 AM »

Most of the "military family" posts on Monroe on a Budget are for families who are currently active duty / reserve / Guard. But I do put any of my veteran-specific posts there too.

http://www.blogsmonroe.com/budget/category/military-family/
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« Reply #24 on: July 08, 2010, 06:08:13 PM »

VA Opens Registration for Women Veterans Forum
http://www1.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=1921

All I can say is, Its about time.
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« Reply #25 on: July 26, 2010, 03:10:14 PM »

We should kiss the ground these guys in the service walk on cuz without them is sure the hell would not be free.  Thank you boys (and girls) of our military service.
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« Reply #26 on: July 26, 2010, 03:16:42 PM »

We should kiss the ground these guys in the service walk on cuz without them is sure the hell would not be free.  Thank you boys (and girls) of our military service.

When I saw your reply ZIP...

I read it as "Military Veterans by ZIP" and I thought it was going to be some kind of a location breakdown by zipcode...   it would be very interesting to see that breakdown :) :) :)
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« Reply #27 on: July 26, 2010, 05:42:18 PM »

... thought it was going to be some kind of a location breakdown by zipcode...

Well, when I was in the Navy, I would swear that nearly half my shipmates were from California, nearly half from Texas, and a mere token from other states.  :)
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« Reply #28 on: July 26, 2010, 05:46:49 PM »

When I was in the army it seemed like everyone was from the south.
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« Reply #29 on: July 26, 2010, 09:04:35 PM »

A lot of the guys I knew were from Mexico or the Philippines.  All of them were good people and served this country well.
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