Veterans Share How They Won
Will Green, Navy Veteran (Continued)
Thank God for that as I had no clue there was even a VA, much less how to apply. I was pretty much clueless in all areas. After I completed retirement and was home on the porch the VA sent me a letter telling me I had a compensation physical. They started me out at 10% then after a few years they changed it to 50%. Then after about 10 years I acquired Rheumatoid Arthritis and a few other things (all associated to the Hypothyroidism) and they upped it to 90%. A few years went by and wife #2 gave me an ultimatum either find some help for my anger (caused by depression) or else. So after I got some help in the VA the DAV filed for me to get 100% and was approved. Now I am looking for permanent & total. Along this journey I found you have to be patient, thorough, resourceful, and persistent. I also found some things that I did not know, such as the ongoing study for Vibration Syndrome. This is caused by Trucks, Helicopters, Pneumatic tools (deck grinders) and ships. Maybe that is why I can no longer operate a riding lawn mower.
Sandra Hale, Army Veteran
When I returned home from Afghanistan in 2007 I filed for disability with the VA and the Social Security Administration. I was awarded 100% by the Social Security Administration and 10% service-connection by the VA. I appealed and got 50%. I appealed again and got 60%. I am on appeal again for my 100% VA disability. It only took me five years. I know you’re not surprised it took so long, considering we’re talking about the Veterans Administration. My motto: Never Give Up.
I know nothing about other states, but there are a few benefits for Veterans in Texas. I know if your 100% Social Security disabled or at least 10% VA service-connected, you can file with the Tax Office and get some tax exemptions. Go to: http://www.tvc.state.tx.us/documents/State-of-Texas-Benefits-web.pdf
Some medical items can be purchased tax free. http://www.window.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxpubs/tx96_273.html See if you qualify and then fill out this form: http://www.cpa.state.tx.us/taxinfo/taxforms/01-3392.pdf.
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