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Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on June 8, 2010 at 7:09pm
VA- Deny,Deny,Until they DIE.
Comment by Dave Gettman on June 8, 2010 at 3:51pm
For the National Parks Access Pass you only have to be 30%.

Took me 27 years to get my 100%. Still trying to get Social Security Disability, but they tell me I'm not eligible because it was more than ten years from the last time I worked until I "became disabled". They are basing the start of my disability as 2002, when the VA awarded my rating, not 1974 when the incident occurred.

Got my state representative going after the Army for me, trying to get me a Soldier's Medal based on my disability rating. The rating was awarded for an incident the Army denies ever happened, yet I still got the rating.
Comment by Wayne Dixon on June 8, 2010 at 3:40pm
This has raised my curiosity about the Beneifits that we are eligible for, I just looked up on the net and there is a lot of benefits listed but only for a few. They are varible as to whom can receive the benefits. Age also changes what you are eligible as far as tax releif. At my age wonder if I can go to school, there is a couple of classes I would like to take. I'll have to look in to this.
Comment by Wayne Dixon on June 8, 2010 at 3:12pm
I checked in a little here in Texas, they do have a couple of benefits, but only for 100 % disability. I was looking into Tags but was not eligible. The tags went up 10 here this year. I just received my receipt for thiis years tag on my handicap van and it was up.
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on June 8, 2010 at 2:51pm
I checked into my benefits about 5 years ago and was denied. It seems that they " Have records indicating that I had dislocated my Patella,however there are no records indicating torn Ligaments." You dislocate your kneecap BY tearing ligaments. I was treated in 1 Civilian Hospital and 6 Military Hospitals-most of the time I was told to wrap my knee,and prescribed Parafon Forte- a muscle relaxant.
Comment by Dave Gettman on June 8, 2010 at 1:40pm
Thanks Harry. You got me to checking out my state benefits also, and I found out that my youngest (now23) can get free schooling from any Washington college, community college, etc., until he is 26 under my VA 100% rating. All tuition, supplies, everything is free.

Every year I get reduced fee (practically free) hunting and fishing licenses. I also got free Disabled Veteran license plates for life. No more buying license tabs.

I've got a lifetime free pass to all Washington State parks and all their facilities. I just need to stop by any National Park and get a free lifetime pass to those also.

Instead of paying about $2500 in property taxes every year, I pay less than $300 and it will never go up as long as I'm alive.

These are all benefits through my state, because I'm a disabled veteran. Some are only for 100%, like the property tax and license plates, but most are for 30% and above disability rating. Benefits differ by state, but are worth checking into.

http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits/state-veterans-be...
Comment by Wayne Dixon on June 8, 2010 at 1:11pm
I didn't know about the benefits. One of the members at the Legion told me I should check in for help from VA on my spinal, I went over to the VA Hospital in Dallas, the Doctor signed me right in. The 3 days I was there, I think they did every test possible. The group I see here in Dallas has been wonderful, helped me in every thing.
Comment by Stephen (STEVE-O) Bowen on June 7, 2010 at 8:38pm
Thanks,Harry, I was offered 40% for my knee. When I was much Younger and Bulletproof,I wouldn't accept any weakness. Went to School Kicked Ass and Took Names. Now, I hate even bringing it up,with the guys from Iraq and Afghanistan.
Comment by Harry Warner on June 7, 2010 at 6:40pm
Hi Wayne,
I guess I was focusing more on those who didn't make it a career. Those of us who did our time and got out, only to realize years later how good we had it. Well, speaking for myself, anyway. When I left, I don't remember being told anything about my options. Now that I think about it, I don't think they granted any benefits until after Nam. Minds a bit fuzzy about certain things.
Comment by Wayne Dixon on June 7, 2010 at 4:54pm
Harry, you are right. I left the service with only loss of hearing with no compensation. They are treating me now for the spinal core injury I had in 2004 and they have really helped me. I am a quadraplegic, left in a wheel chair for the rest of my life. I have to adjust my life to that fact. VA has helped me in more ways than one.
 

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