Episode #10 – Using Medical Consulting To Help Get The VA Benefits You Deserve

Episode Description

Many Veterans are curious about how medical consulting can help them get the benefits they deserve. In today’s episode, Robin Hoon speaks with Vet Comp and Pen employee Holly Collins about her journey with Medical Consulting.

Holly was a medic in the US Army from 1998-2006. She started working at Vet Comp and Pen about two and a half years ago. Before working at Vet Comp and Pen, she was completely naive to the entire VA disability system. She used to think VA disabilities only applied to combat Veterans. After understanding the process a little better, Holly decided to start pursuing her benefits. With the help of medical consulting from Vet Comp and Pen, she achieved 90% VA disability!

Tune in to hear more about Holly’s journey and how Medical Consulting helped her receive service connection.

Episode #9 – What Veterans Need To Know Before Pursing A Sleep Apnea VA Disability

Episode Description

Veterans need to understand what sleep apnea is before pursuing a sleep apnea VA disability. In this episode, Robin Hoon speaks with Vet Comp and Pen employee, Louann Crosby. Louann has been working for Vet Comp and Pen since 2016. She provides medical consulting to Veterans who are seeking service connection.

The most common sleep apnea case we see is Obstructive sleep apnea. Some obstructive sleep apnea symptoms are very loud snoring, stopping breathing, sitting up, and gasping in the middle of the night.

The other type of sleep apnea we see is Central sleep apnea. This disability is a little tricky because it is not noticeable even if you sleep with a partner. This disability, in most cases, is caused by PTSD or some type of mental health that causes nightmares.

Tune in to hear if you qualify for sleep apnea as a VA disability.

Episode #8 – Veteran Mental Health Appeals

Episode Description

Mental Health claims can be hard to navigate when filling for VA disabilities, especially when you need to appeal your decision. In this episode, Robin Hoon speaks with expert Evan Seamone about Mental Health Appeals.

Evan served 12 years of active duty as a lawyer. He witnessed many mental health trials and was able to obtain valuable information on the psychology of Veterans who have developed mental health issues through active duty service. This sparked his interest in practicing Veterans benefits law. Evan then completed his doctoral dissertation about mental health claims to fully understand the VA claims’ process.

Tune in to hear more about how to navigate Mental Health Appeals.

Episode #7 – How Veterans Can Start the Filling Process for a VA Disability Claim

Episode Description

Many Veterans don’t know where to start the VA process and what disabilities they may be eligible for. In this episode, Robin Hoon speaks with Danny Davis about the different steps you can take to file a successful VA disability claim.

A disability that could qualify for service-connected is any chronic condition that affects your life on a day-to-day basis related to your active duty service. If a doctor saw you during active duty for any injury or condition, and the problem is still affecting you to this day, you may be eligible for benefits. If you are experiencing any mental health conditions that could correlate to your active duty, you may qualify for benefits.

Tune in to hear to see what other conditions may qualify you for VA benefits.

Episode #6 – What Veterans Should Gather Before Pursuing Their VA Disability Benefits

Episode Description

For many Veterans, starting their pursuit for VA disability benefits can be a very daunting task. In this episode, Robin Hoon speaks with a former Army Veteran, Dan Schmidt, about the steps you should take before you begin pursuing VA disability benefits.

As soon as you decide you want to pursue your VA disability benefits, you should file an intent to file. If your VA disability claim gets approved, you will receive backpay to the date you turned in your intent to file, even if you don’t get approved until months later!

Tune in to hear other tips on starting your VA disability claim

Time Stamps

[01:02] – Robin Hoon introduces this episode’s guest, Dan Schmidt. Dan is a former Army Veteran who is joining us today to discuss the steps that’ll help Veterans become more equipped when filing their disability claims.

[03:55] – Robin and Dan share several ways for a Veteran to acquire complete and detailed medical records to help them have a better advantage in filing their claim.

[08:18] – Dan explains how Veterans active before January 1st, 2004, can acquire their medical records since most of them still cannot be accessed online.

[12:08] – Robin and Dan share insights for when a Veteran is experiencing joint pain even years after their service. Some of these cases can be linked to their active duty.

[17:46] – Dan recalls a time when he medically retired due to a back injury in Iraq and how he pleaded to get an MRI that led to surgery two weeks after.

[22:57] – Dan shares more tips on how to get your medical records faster. He also advises visiting ebenefits.gov, a website full of information for Veterans who are thinking of filing a disability claim.

[26:15] – Robin reminds the audience why a Veteran must have a clear view and be transparent when sharing their medical records with the VA.

[30:21] – Robin and Dan list the crucial initial steps a Veteran must make before filing a disability claim.

[33:00] – Dan shares how important it is to see your doctor regularly for checkups.

[35:25] – Dan urges Veterans not to give up and fight for what you rightfully deserve. Robin encourages listeners to visit vetcompandpen.com for more information on how they can help Veterans in finding proper medical evidence.

Checklist of Actionable Takeaways

✔️ File an intent to claim before proceeding with the full disability benefits claim. Doing so will establish the effective date and give the Veteran a more precise timeline for processing their claim.

✔️ Be proactive and start taking the appropriate actions to collect all the documents needed, so all your ducks are in a row when you decide to file.

✔️Ensure that you get a full copy of your service medical records before proceeding with the claims process. Having complete documentation may give you a greater advantage when filing your disability claim.

✔️ Consider the processing timeline. The turnaround time is anywhere from 12 to 14 months before you get your medical records back.

✔️In case your service-connected ailment is drastic, know that it’s a possibility to reach out to your local Senator or Congressman to see if they can provide some assistance.

✔️Don’t diagnose yourself based on your assumptions. Request a diagnosis from a medical expert by truthfully sharing your symptoms.

✔️ Get medical tests such as MRI, ECG, etc., whenever you feel chronic pain. Getting the results from these tests can help give you more options for treatment.

✔️Visit ebenefits.gov for more insight on Veterans’ benefits administration. It’s an excellent outlet for getting the latest information needed in filing a claim.

✔️ Start processing your disability claim as early as you can. The earlier you start, the faster you’ll get what you deserve from your service to the country.

✔️ Visit Vet Comp & Pen Medical Consulting and tune in to more episodes of Winning Your VA Benefits podcast to get more information and guidelines in pursuing your disabilities claim

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