The Veteran's Survival Guide: How to File and Collect on VA Claims

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Despite the rhetoric of “We can’t do enough for you” that has bombarded veterans since the early 1980s, veterans’ benefits are constantly being downsized, measured only by bottom-line costs. Gone are the pledges of a nation grateful for the sacrifices of those who have served. The results: a Veterans Administration with a diminished budget, and millions of veterans whose legitimate claims for federal benefits are denied, in most cases because the claimants don’t understand the ...
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Overview


Despite the rhetoric of “We can’t do enough for you” that has bombarded veterans since the early 1980s, veterans’ benefits are constantly being downsized, measured only by bottom-line costs. Gone are the pledges of a nation grateful for the sacrifices of those who have served. The results: a Veterans Administration with a diminished budget, and millions of veterans whose legitimate claims for federal benefits are denied, in most cases because the claimants don’t understand the procedures needed to meet the VA’s myriad requirements.

With the appeals process requiring years to resolve disputes, deserving veterans and their dependents are left confused and frustrated by the agency and a system that was created to serve them. In The Veteran's Survival Guide, veterans’ advocate John D. Roche equips veterans with the knowledge they need to submit well-grounded claims the first time, stating as Rule #1 that, “If you don’t submit evidence to support your claim it will be denied.”

Written in an accessible self-help style, The Veteran's Survival Guide should be required reading for all veterans or veterans’ dependents who wish to obtain their well-earned benefits, and for those officials of veterans’ service organizations whose job it is to assist veterans with their claims.

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Editorial Reviews

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The author, a former claims adjudication specialist for the Veteran's Administration (VA), assembles the information veterans and their dependents need to file a claim for their federal benefits. According to Roche, the process is slow and complicated, and the VA is not helpful to those pursuing their rights. Roche concentrates on instructing readers in the key elements for securing benefits: constructing a "well-grounded claim" and complying with claims procedures. In plain language, he provides detailed descriptions of the steps involved and illustrates the discussion with examples and cautions. The author pulls no punches regarding the difficulties claimants encounter and succeeds in providing them with the information they need to work through a tangled system. Highly recommended for public libraries.-Joan Pedzich, Harris Beach LLP, Rochester, NY Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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“Any collection catering to veterans needs this ‘bible’ of information.”

"BEST DAMN BOOK ON VA CLAIMS EVER WRITTEN! . . . This is 'the gold standard' of this genre. This is truly the best and most helpful book on the subject that I have come across in my three decades of helping veterans. . . . Author John D. Roche has taken all his personal experience of having worked for the VA and for veterans in Florida and put it into readable, simple, and easy-to-follow language. Not only does he tell you what to do, but he also gives you insights on how the VA operates and makes decisions on claims. If you have a claim to file or have one being processed right now, then you should run down and buy this book I sincerely mean that. You cannot afford not to have a copy. . . . I most highly recommend this book for every veteran. . . . The MWSA awards this book five stars--the highest rating we can give."

"Highly recommended for public libraries."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781574884159
  • Publisher: Potomac Books
  • Publication date: 12/31/2002
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 553,078
  • Product dimensions: 4.90 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Maj. John D. Roche, USAF (Ret.), served as a bomber pilot, had combat duty in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and held a variety of administrative assignments. Subsequently, he worked for sixteen years as a claims adjudicator specialist for the Veterans Administration and as a veterans’ service officer for Pinellas County, Florida, where he was a tireless advocate for veterans and their families. Roche enjoyed one of the highest rates of wins on appeal in the state. This book is based on his experience as a successful practitioner, many years of independent research, and personal consultations with some 80,000 veterans, widows, and dependents. Roche is also the author of The Veteran’s Survival Guide, Second Edition (Potomac Books, 2006) and The Veteran’s PTSD Handbook (Potomac Books, 2007). He lives in Palm Harbor, Florida.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Ch. 1 Basics You Must Know
Ch. 2 Getting Around the Road Blocks
Ch. 3 Compensation Claims: How to Do It Right
Ch. 4 Claims Based on Treatment by the VA
Ch. 5 Claims Based on Secondary Disabilities
Ch. 6 C&P Examinations
Ch. 7 Prove It or Lose It
Ch. 8 Filing Your Claim
Ch. 9 A Well-Grounded Claim
Ch. 10 The VA's Duty to Assist
Ch. 11 Doctrine of Reasonable Doubt
App. A: Table of Authorities
App. B: Glossary of Abbreviations
App. C: Glossary of Definitions
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