Brazen Crimes Against VA and Veterans: 5 Urgent Lessons

The following crimes against the VA, veterans, and U.S. taxpayers, reveal lessons, which, if we take the teaching, can lead to preventing such craven acts and thereby help vets, and save some taxpayer cash in the process. First, and close to home for me, is news of veterans filing fraudulent travel vouchers at the Charles George VA Medical Center
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Without Resort to Mere Speculation

On an Internet discussion forum, a veteran asked about a C&P examiner who said she could not render an opinion “without resort to mere speculation” regarding whether or not the veteran’s depressive disorder was incurred during military service. Here was my reply: Federal Courts Require a Detailed Explanation The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) addressed
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Veteran Frustrated with the VA Regarding PTSD Benefits and Treatment

  A veteran posted on the Veterans sub on Reddit describing his frustration with his disability claim, and not being able to find effective PTSD treatment.  Here was my reply regarding treatments for posttraumatic stress disorder, and balancing his right to receive VA disability compensation with efforts to heal and recover. PTSD Treatment – What Works?
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How Do You Determine if a Service-Connected Medical Condition Causes a Mental Disorder?

A secondary mental disorder is a “…disability [mental disorder] which is proximately due to or the result of a service-connected disease or injury…” (38 C.F.R § 3.310). In a discussion on an online discussion forum, someone said, with regard to secondary mental health claims, that “a temporal relationship [between one illness and the onset of a second
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Advice for Veterans – PTSD Military Sexual Trauma (MST) C&P Exams

A Navy veteran, Mel, recently posted a comment in response to my 23 November 2015 post encouraging readers to Support the Ruth Moore Act of 2015 – Senate Version. Mel related how military sexual trauma has–and is–causing him significant distress, suffering, and functional impairment. Today’s blog post incorporates many of the suggestions I offered to Mel in response
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