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Old 08-30-2022, 09:00 AM
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This ^^^^^^
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Old 09-01-2022, 05:34 AM
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Your local DAV or VFW will have volunteer VSO's. They are excellent at the process, but they don't deal with a lot of aviators so you may have to do a lot of explaining. Also, some state Veterans' Departments have full time paid VSOs who are excellent. I am in Vermont and used the state military affairs people, they were great.
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Old 09-01-2022, 07:04 AM
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Originally Posted by DustoffVT View Post
Your local DAV or VFW will have volunteer VSO's. They are excellent at the process, but they don't deal with a lot of aviators so you may have to do a lot of explaining. Also, some state Veterans' Departments have full time paid VSOs who are excellent. I am in Vermont and used the state military affairs people, they were great.
Careful about what gets discussed, and especially written down. You don't want a paper trail anywhere that hints at unreported no-go health conditions.

If it were me, I might even call them anonymously for an initial consult. I'm sure they'd be cool with that.

Again, if you need help get it for sure.
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Old 09-01-2022, 10:47 AM
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This is kind of like writing a resume. You can pay some high-dollar dude/gal a bunch to write you a resume but at the end of the day, you have to sit in front of the hiring committee and sell that resume to them. Might as well do it yourself so that you are intimately familiar with what's on it.

I did a minimum amount of research, filed, and received 60% six months after the initial filing. I also rest comfortably knowing nothing that I filed will mess with my faa medical. I was 100% honest with the VA and the FAA.
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This is kind of like writing a resume. You can pay some high-dollar dude/gal a bunch to write you a resume but at the end of the day, you have to sit in front of the hiring committee and sell that resume to them. Might as well do it yourself so that you are intimately familiar with what's on it.

I did a minimum amount of research, filed, and received 60% six months after the initial filing. I also rest comfortably knowing nothing that I filed will mess with my faa medical. I was 100% honest with the VA and the FAA.
Except that itís not, and VSOs exist specifically to help you with this process. Theyíre also completely free and are (usually) experts at navigating this process, especially when it comes to denied claims that are actually legit.

Itís great that you had a straightforward claim and received no pushback from the VA, but thatís not the case for everyone.

Itís certainly doable to go it alone, but why? Itís not like a VSO will keep you in the dark about whatís on your claim. I was intimately aware of what was on my claim, and I didnít have to do any of the ***** work.

VSOs also donít fall prey to the Ďsuck it upí and Ďplay hurtí mentality that many pilots have for 10+ years, that sometimes follows them into their separation/retirement physicals and VA claims. This is not a flight physical, and many people have legitimate claims for things that they probably wouldnít think to claim, and a good VSO will help with this.

Anyway, not a knock on anyone who does it themselves, but itís totally unnecessary. Youíre making a claim and representing yourself to the VA hereÖ would you defend yourself in a court room without a lawyer? Just my $2.

Edit: I have a decent bro network for VA stuff because of a previous job. If anyone is looking for a VSO rec, feel free to PM me your geographical area and Iíll ask around.

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Old 09-02-2022, 06:20 AM
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You do you.

It should go without saying that not all VSOs are created equal. There is a litany of stories about VSOs screwing it all up.

Seriously, 1 day of reading the VA benefits wiki on Reddit and I filed the next day. It's really not that hard.

My brother, purple heart, mucked around with the top VSO from the bro network in the state for years but at the end of the day it doesn't really matter because the filing date is what matters. File now.
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Old 09-03-2022, 04:42 AM
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Copy all. I sent my letter of intent to file and am now getting records ready. Thx
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Old 09-05-2022, 05:04 AM
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Originally Posted by rickair7777 View Post
Careful about what gets discussed, and especially written down. You don't want a paper trail anywhere that hints at unreported no-go health conditions.

If it were me, I might even call them anonymously for an initial consult. I'm sure they'd be cool with that.

Again, if you need help get it for sure.
Very true. AOPA medical is a great resource to talk over anything potentially disqualifying first, I am sure they would help craft a VA submission that wouldn't hang you later. The $75 or whatever inflation has done to the price would probably be money well spent.
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Old 10-02-2022, 02:52 PM
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Iíve heard good things about Wounded Warriors VSO services from some people aviators who used them.

I used DAV years ago and they made everything easy. I had minor stuff.

If you donít do it yourselfÖ


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Old 10-03-2022, 06:43 AM
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What % are you guys seeing? Is the return worth the work?
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