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If you are disabled Veteran of Mexican Border Period, World War I, World War II, Korean Conflict, Vietnam Era, or Gulf War, with at least 30% disability, please contact me for information on a secret benefit the VA will not disclose.  My email is jkaelin@k5dxm.com or via phone 479-553-8035.

August 31, 2010

VA published the final regulation establishing all chronic B-cell leukemias, Parkinson's disease, and ischemic heart disease as related to exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides. Click here.

March 18th, 2010

Rules on Veterans’ Disability Are Eased

March 24th, 2009

Test May Have Exposed Vets To Deadly Diseases

VA hires vets to go find comrades who need help

Bill seeks to protect gun ownership for vets


March 27th, 2009

Retirees, veterans will get $250 in stimulus cash

April 7th, 2009

Little-known benefit aids veterans




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1. How do I know if any of my claims documents were destroyed?

You may contact VA on our toll-free number, 1-800-827-1000, or send an inquiry through IRIS.VA.GOV. You may also review your claims folder at your local regional office. VA electronically tracks documents for currently pending claims and can verify receipt of your documents through its tracking system. VA also retains your claims applications and supporting documents in your VA claims file. Public contact representatives will review VA's record systems to verify receipt of applications and supporting evidence.

2. What is VA doing about missing documents?

VA has special new procedures to assist claimants in establishing that an application or other claims document was previously submitted to VA, but was not properly acted upon by VA or retained in the veterans' claim record. The special procedures cover any missing documents submitted by a veteran or other claimant during the 18-month period immediately preceding the date VA ceased all shredding activities, or between April 14, 2007 and October 14, 2008.

VA will process any missing applications or evidence resubmitted under these special procedures as if they were received on the date originally submitted, as identified by the claimant. Claimants have one year, or until November 17, 2009, to file previously submitted documents under these special rules.
(Click on Summary to see full article)

3. How do I know if any of my claims documents were destroyed?

You may contact VA on our toll-free number, 1-800-827-1000, or send an inquiry through IRIS.VA.GOV. You may also review your claims folder at your local regional office. VA electronically tracks documents for currently pending claims and can verify receipt of your documents through its tracking system. VA also retains your claims applications and supporting documents in your VA claims file. Public contact representatives will review VA's record systems to verify receipt of applications and supporting evidence.

4. What is VA doing about missing documents?

VA has special new procedures to assist claimants in establishing that an application or other claims document was previously submitted to VA, but was not properly acted upon by VA or retained in the veterans' claim record. The special procedures cover any missing documents submitted by a veteran or other claimant during the 18-month period immediately preceding the date VA ceased all shredding activities, or between April 14, 2007 and October 14, 2008.

VA will process any missing applications or evidence resubmitted under these special procedures as if they were received on the date originally submitted, as identified by the claimant. Claimants have one year, or until November 17, 2009, to file previously submitted documents under these special rules.

March 22nd, 2009

DOD Finally Admits Atomic Tests on Vets


March 19th, 2009

Obama Drops Veterans Health Care Proposal after Intense Criticism

Veterans’ Affairs Subcommittees Advance Legislation to Improve Care and Benefits for Veterans


March 16th, 2009

VA's Inspector General to create monster Vets' Database - BUT, for what, exactly?


August 31st, 2008

Vietnam Veteran: "Most Of Us Are Afraid to Love" - A Profound and Generalized Sense of Distrust


March 7th, 2008

Health Problems in Persian Gulf War Veterans Higher Due to Chemical Exposure


February 20th, 2008

Military Times: PTSD victims no longer need to prove trauma


June 2002

U.S. Vietnam War Soldiers and Malaria


October 1st, 1995

About Medications For Combat PTSD - Dr. Bob