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Old 06-15-2016, 06:51 PM   #1
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VA Advocate needed

We are full time RVers. That means that because of frequent address changes, I have not tried to get VA medical or disability. I am a Viet Nam veteran with a year in country and another year in Thailand. I have diabetes and have had squamous cell cancer on my face, plus many basal call cancers and pre-cancers. I have heard that these conditions are a shoo-in for VA disability. But, what I really need is to get approved so that I can get hearing aids.

Does anyone one know where I can hire an advocate to process the paper work needed?
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Old 06-15-2016, 07:58 PM   #2
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You do not need to hire anyone. You need to determine where you can plop for a couple months.
Have done the initial paperwork and obtained your VA medical card?
If not park near a medium size VA facility. Call and ask to be connected with the VA support office (there is one at all VA hospitals and maybe clinics too)) and they are staffed by trained reps from the various service organizations. ( VFW,American Legion etc)
Make an appointment and go meet with them.
Now not to impune anyone's knowledge but make sure you are comfortable with the reps capability. ( Rons first one was great but a later one a few months later in AZ had no clue what he was doing.)
We started his process in Butler, PA where we return every year to see family. Once all the paper work was done and he had established himself with a Primary care Dr at that hospital. We were off doing our thing. Because we fulltime and our domicile is SD the paperwork ended up at the South Dakota office. They called us to schedule his physical. A short explanation that we were already our west for the winter and they told us to chose a facility, go to a service rep at that facility and have everything transfered. Now in all honesty it did create a glitch but this is where we encountered the less than competent rep who didnt know how to handle that and made a mess of things. In the end I was able to make a couple calls ( I'm persistent in digging out direct phone numbers) and one push of a button in SD and it landed in Tuscon the next day. The next day the VA in Tuscon called and set everything up. We then moved on our way.
We are now headed out west and hope to refill his claim as he now has another disease process
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Old 06-16-2016, 10:03 AM   #3
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We are full time RVers. That means that because of frequent address changes, I have not tried to get VA medical or disability. I am a Viet Nam veteran with a year in country and another year in Thailand. I have diabetes and have had squamous cell cancer on my face, plus many basal call cancers and pre-cancers. I have heard that these conditions are a shoo-in for VA disability. But, what I really need is to get approved so that I can get hearing aids.

Does anyone one know where I can hire an advocate to process the paper work needed?
DAV will take you thru the paper work process step by step. There are other vet groups out there. But the DAV is the best.
https://www.dav.org/veterans/find-your-local-office/
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First get signed up for VA benefits, you can do this online at www.ebenefits.va.gov. Don't wait for a disability claim approval to get hearing aids. They are two different processes with completely different time frames. I went through the disability approval process when the VA was inundated with claims and it took over a year. Once you get approved for VA benefits, schedule a hearing test and they will order the Hearing aids and fit them. Start to finish takes just a few weeks.
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Use a DAV rep for some reason they get claims processed faster. All you need is DD214 showing you in country and doctors report.
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Use a DAV rep for some reason they get claims processed faster. All you need is DD214 showing you in country and doctors report.


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Use a DAV rep for some reason they get claims processed faster. All you need is DD214 showing you in country and doctors report.

I also agree with this based on I went to the county and they gave me a pen and the application and told me to fill it out, no assistance, then gave me bad information. they did not answer my questions very well. my claim did go thru.
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I agree 100 percent on the DAV. VA kept giving me the run around for many years. Finally someone suggested DAV and within 6 months I was in and receiving my benefits. Great people that want to help. Hope to get my hearing aids very soon. Good luck and please go see the DAV. They usually have an office in the va hospital.
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I agree use a DAV REP.

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