Make the Department of Veterans Affairs Work for You: A Comprehensive Guide to Understanding the VA Disability Compensation Claims Process Written by a Disabled Veteran for E-1s Through O-10s
This is not some pie in the sky diatribe on what the VA should be. This is not a negative editorial about systemic failures. This is a veteran's user manual on the rules that govern the VA disability compensation process. Most are shocked to discover that the commonly held myths about the VA are false. What is the real purpose of disability compensation? What can be claimed? Documentation is not what you thought it was. Your military medical records mean little to the VA and are not an issue if incomplete. Your final physical means little to the VA and is not needed. So how are medical issues documented for real? When should claims be made to the VA? Yes, there are time standards for successful claims. Most get these answers wrong with disastrous results. I draw right from the laws and codes that govern the VA and provide context from my direct experience to illustrate how those rules are applied. You will know when to make claims, what to claim, how to claim, and a host of other common sense VA procedures. When finished, the veteran will have all the knowledge to make the VA function the way it was designed to and not get steamrolled by the bureaucracy or led astray by any of the veteran service organizations. By showing the reader where to look and what to look for, you will be able to make intelligent decisions as well as keep up with the subtle changes that occur in the laws over time. Nothing is stagnant. You will see just as I did that the system, while not perfect, can be made to function correctly in accordance with the governing laws. You, the veteran have a higher degree of control over your fate then most realize.
By capegadgets - December 7, 2009
I had bought this book based on the product description on Amazon. Please note that 90% of this book is copied from 38 CFR's and 38 USC's that can be freely recieved online. As a disabled Veteran, I bought this book to work on my claim appeal as I can no longer work, due to the disabilities from a trauma that happened while serving in the USN. Basically there is nothing in this book, that cannot be seen on a simple google search. For a little more money, you can order a LexisNexis CD that includes all content that VA disability claims are based. Also included are important case rulings, and medical clinical guides (examination procedures) that the disability claim must follow. There are other books, that are so much better, written to explain procedures, that this book clearly doesn't have. DJJ
32 pages of content
By Dan F - January 16, 2012
I haven't purchased this title; I'm currently a law student. I thought I ought to point out to prospective purchasers that this book--according to its 'Look Inside' Table of Contents--has 32 pages of original content. The rest, as per the previous review, appears to be reprinted CFRs and other such publicly available material. This title is $25. Access to Fastcase, a fairly affordable and easy to use legal research service (alternative to the big players) is $65/mo. A veteran actively pursuing a difficult case could obtain a great deal of material by working Fastcase by a month. The CFRs and such themselves are also freely available on Findlaw. Best of luck to all.
A must have for Troops who are about to ETS and/or Retire
By christian fogleman - March 1, 2011
This book is comprehensive in detail and points out (with references) the things that all Service Member's should know about their service related injury's and compensation related to such. I had the opportunity to meet the Author: Christopher Wright. We discussed the issues all Veterans face. I can honestly say that I am better informed, armed with reference material that the VA uses to assess your service related issues.
The secrets are revealed. His in depth research was well worth the price of this book. I highly recommend it to any Service Member currently serving, ETS'ing or retiring.
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