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Correcting Errors, Getting Records, Will it Improve? WHEN?

Posted by James Jett on January 25, 2010


If you applied for benefits or service from the Veterans Administration anytime in the pass and you are still waiting, for the next second fill good about it, because you are a Veteran, treated like all the rest of us. Just to cover one person, I have two Honorable Discharges and volunteered for combat with the 187th Airborne, in the Korean War, yet for the last five years, the VA (Veterans Administrations) has sometime treated me like a dog. In fact, when I discuss with my associates, the treatment veterans receive, compare  it with animals, there is more restriction and delays in treating veterans than treating pets. When I look at my personal records, the only branch I give an A+, to, is all the nurses and doctors in the examination and  treatment process.  And yes, I include all the supporting staff involved in the treatment process. Why such high rating? When I receive yeoman treatment, I am not afraid to report it!
When I took my stress test ordered by my private doctor, the doctor overseeing the test told me he had given a couple of the Cleveland Brown players the same test. About two years later I took my stress test at the VA Medical Center. Both, the private and the VA Test show that I am in good health.
Where I have suffered, and I do mean suffered, is getting my records, and application for benefits being delayed or denied because I cannot get my  records, both personal and medical. More than fifty years ago I asked for my medical records and  they told me, they didn’t exist. About two years ago someone working on my claim read from a copy of my Army Medical Records. I applied for a copy and receive a form to fill out that would help in conducting a search for my Army Medical Records. I ask for my Navel Reserve records received them in two weeks. Now I have a medical record that proves I had no problem with my eyes when I enlisted in the Army Airborne and served three years and four days.
As I lived my life, seeing  my doctors and using the hospital when needed, things begin to go wrong. Someone, or some group or team of persons has decided to ether do me harm or cost me money by making sure I do not receive my benefits.
Examples, I had to pay $500. for three nights’ stay in the hospital because someone changed my records or send in incorrect information to Atlanta, GA. Before I could get that corrected, someone changed or deleted information from my records, that showed that I had served in the Naval Reserve two years, and the Army three years including combat in the Korean War. All this information on a copy of my DD-214 that everyone must send before they can receive treatment at a VA hospital.
When I reported for my follow-up, after my stay in the hospital, they told me I was not eligible to receive treatment at that hospital. I immediately went to the Eligibility Officer’s office and she told me to talk with Patient Representative. At the Stokes VA Medical Center, everyone including the Veteran Organizations told me that this woman is the Apex, and knows what a veteran should do to get medical service they need. Next, I went to see a Patient Representative and immediately, he started the process to get my files back in the systems. Twice, I have met with a Patient Representative and they prove that they are ready to help a veteran. My hospital medical records have been restored, and again, I can go to a VA medical facility any place in the world and receive treatment for my health needs.

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Stimulus, Business and Funding

Posted by James Jett on March 10, 2009


We were funded by an associate. The operation costs were billed and paid each month. When the economy went bad, we were told that we had to get a bridge loan, they could no longer afford the payments. With a $1.5 million bridge loan, we can complete the work necessary to get the information to the Investment Bankers so they can market the stocks and bonds and provide the operation capital and pay the balance on the land. The employees are not working because we cannot pay them! Two are working with the promise that we are going to secure funds for expenses and salaries.

As I read this legislation about the Stimulus funds, it seems a business short on operation funds like ours will fall through the cracks! We have $2 billion account we are well into securing commitments for the architect to design the buildings. Tiger Wood is considering designing  the golf courses. The project is out of country, but seven workers are in the US and one is in the UK. The other project is here in the United States, a Native American casino and education Center.

I called SBA and she could not give me the person I could meet within my area because my phone area code is not listed! “She said.” I ask the person that order the phone and he said “it is because I have a New York area code,” I have no problem using the phone so I was not aware that (646) is an NY area code. I registered on line, and email it to the SBA, I will follow up next week! If you are seeking funds via federal, state, county and other local government entities, here is where I started: first I went on line and completed everything I could for federal funds, grants and other benefits. Next, I contact the state, and apply for the right to bid on set-asides and funds ear marked for small businesses, and in my case the states ask me what county I was in and gave the number to call so I could apply for funds to keep the business going until we can complete our funding efforts.

Will I post my progress in this effort? Yes. Will I give the governmental agency that funds our business efforts? Yes. Why? Because that is what we do, we work hard daily to get businesses up and running because I believe: A Small American Business is The Only American Business!

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Responding to: Rating Board!

Posted by James Jett on March 30, 2008


The last month has been spent working on a response to the report from the Rating Board at the Tiger Team, a VA Special Processing Unit localed in Cleveland,OH in the Department of Veterans Affairs. When I called the local VA Office here in New Jersey they told me that the Tiger Team was established because “you are so old,” you; meaning the Korean Veterans, so they could speed up the effort to determine the qualification of the claims submitted by the Veterans. He said that this special unit has cut waiting time from over a year, down to less than six months. I received my Rating within four months from the mailing date with mixed results. First the good news is they refer to my Army medical records as if they have truly found a copy and can now compare the treatment I received on the Front Lines in Korea with doctors visits and treatment I have received since the date of my discharge. The denied claim made in 1954 is now reopened because the last eyes examination show that I have the problem with my eyes that I was evacuated for, but the evident submitted to date fail to show that it is service connected. That made no sense to me until I discovered that all the list of doctors that provide eye care and treatment was not contacted when I first applied for Compensation in April 2006. Once those doctor reports are in coupled with my medical records and the visit to the VA doctors (I was checked by five doctors) in East Orange, NJ on the 24th March 2008, or this week, my claim will receive more support.

Looking back to 1954, at age 24, I was very young, but far from being consider an unwise fool by any means. Therefore every time I went to see a doctor about any health condition I would tell them about my stay in the hospital in Youngdung po, Korea and returning to combat with the ointment for my eyes and going on night raids while using the ointment doing the day. All the doctors that treated me for problems with my eyes in the last 20 years were listed on VA Form 21-526 yet no one at the VA contacted them for the information from my medical records. This is a bad case of one department thinking that the other department completed all work required on that application. If that is the case why didn’t they ask for the files from the other department?

Remember, my reason for filing a claim for Compensation is to be classified as a combat related disabled veteran. When I called the VA or Veteran Administrations’ 800 number and talked to the person answering the phone he told me “You will be a disabled veteran even if you are paid 0 percent.” Later I talked with the local VA office and he told me that I needed to be classified as 10 percent disable to qualify for Disable Status for Government contracts. With this classification I will be eligible for support in obtaining contracts with the VA and companies during business with the Federal Government. So if it is decided that the Government owes me money that will be a bonus. It is clear to me now that nothing is going to happen, unless I stay focused on my goals, to make sure the doctors, hospitals and clinics send the files that related to the treatments we are concern about. And I can assure you that your efforts will be the same or worst! You are the only one concern about the benefits and the treatment provided in your health care. Just keep that in mind as you shepherd this procedure to a conclusion that benefit you and your love ones.

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Completed Apps: in the hands of Rating Board

Posted by James Jett on January 3, 2008


My application for Compensation, Pension and Disability is in the hands of the Rating Board. The Tiger Team said that all the medical reports are in and was forwarded with the applications. While I wait, I keep considering the things that could delay the process, like a letter to my home address telling me to go and get a physical on that part of my body that sustained an injury or a wound doing my service in the military. Since I am out of town and no one is home the letter would stay in the Post Office until I returned, so I called and told them my new phone number and will give them this address if needed. Hopefully the exams I took when in the hospital will answer any questions about the ailments we are concern with, in this rating.

The good news, even if I am rated zero disability as far as compensation is concern I will still be a disabled veteran and can apply for any benefit in a business operation that any other vet. Qualify for, if all other requirements are met. This was confirmed in a phone talk when I call the toll-free line to the Veterans Administration or VA and told the person answering the phone that I wanted to register as a disabled veteran so I could get help with contracts for the business that I will become the owner of 51 percent. And he said you cannot declare yourself disabled the VA has to do that, so just wait until they have finished the rating. Well I find that easy to do because one thing about the Tiger Team they don’t foot-drag or half-step when they work on an application. He (the man on the phone) said that the Tiger Team sometime have a turn-around-time less than sixty days. When the average application take from six months to a year.

Now that I have all the benefits applied for I will make sure we have the proper business model for the services we provide and the markets we will pursue. To accomplish this, I am answer question on the software program then I will give it to a lawyer to review and make sure it will travel from state to state. The forms that I completed and the sources for the information to complete them will be posted on Veterans: Business, Benefits and Burial, in detail so you will be working from a correct and completed application. I will include every step I took to avoid delays and to try and prove that I should be awarded the benefits I applied for because the proof is in the submitted forms.

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HAPPY NEW YEAR – 2008

Posted by James Jett on January 1, 2008


First I want to wish you a happy new year and I mean all year long!

Last year I used the twelve months reading and observing the things that are good about this country and the things that should be improved or changed. This year I will spend all year making an effort to effect those changes, starting with me.

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MERRY CHRISTMAS

Posted by James Jett on December 25, 2007


I hope you and your love ones are having a happy, safe and enjoyable Christmas!MERRY CHRISTMAS

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No Password Required To Read Post!

Posted by James Jett on November 26, 2007


They are reporting here that the post Earned Revenue: Not Prostituting requires a password, well I checked and it did, but it shouldn’t because no posts on any of my Blogs require a password. In the future some material may require a password, but for now all is required of the reader is that you quote me correctly and make sure you give credit to the Author of that post, and to the Blog it’s posted in. Other than that, you are free to make use of any facts or procedures you read about in the posts. And there are no limits to the number of time that you visit any of the Blogs. If you encounter a problem accessing any posts on these Blogs please let me know and I will correct it immediately!

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Thanksgiving Day: 2007

Posted by James Jett on November 22, 2007


Well another Thanksgiving day is here and I hope everyone enjoys Family, Friends and food. I am thankful for all the people working to keep us safe and get us to our destinations and back home safely. I am thankful for the thing that is going right in my family, but I am also thankful for the things that are going wrong in my life, because when I correct them I will again enjoy another victory!

Enjoy your Thanksgiving Day!

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Business Contracts and HUB Zones

Posted by James Jett on November 22, 2007


Next Monday I will have been in New Jersey for a week, collecting phone numbers and addresses of the people and organizations I need to talk with about the business plans I have to expand and promote our businesses in the area. Our focus, presently, is on aiding other businesses and governments, manages and invests funds and, when needed, secure additional capital. We will talk to the VA or Veterans Administrations, VSO or Veterans Service Organizations and other groups and individuals that can provide information and support for our efforts.

I spent a day reviewing local HUB Zones or Historically Underutilized Business Zone and determined that our present office is not located in a HUB Zone. We can qualify if we employ most of the workers from a HUB Zone or we could be sub- contract, joint venture and other working agreement with a company or companies located in a HUB Zone. Tomorrow I will contact the VA and a VSO to see what information is available from them. Another site I am studying is the Federal Business Opportunity site where they give some very good examines on set-asides and other ways a company can qualify for governmental contracts.

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Business Trip: and HUB Zones in New Jersey!

Posted by James Jett on November 15, 2007


We traveled almost all day Sunday until 7:35 p.m. Sunday night, when we arrived in the great, the wonderful —well the state of New Jersey. My son and I with three Grandchildren less than nine years old and their mother made the trip in two cars. Their father drove my car and I rode with the three youngsters with the mother at the wheel. I had promise to drive, but she wouldn’t let me, some how, the parents of my grandchildren have decided to never let my wife and me drive if they are in the car. So I entertained the kids, kept the driver alert and enjoyed the rest stops. My plan was to leave the six months of clothes in the trunk of the car until Monday and unload them when we made room for them in the cloth closets. But my son pulled up in front of the garage and started to unload the car and I joined in and got almost everything in the house: just a few items on top of the Van in a container.  All my stuff to wear is in garment bags, each color is in a separate bag, so I know when I look for something if I don’t see it in that bag, it’s not here!  Now that I have the work area and living area in good shape I can spend the time on my reason for being here and that is the business expansions we have underway.

With four applications to the Federal Government, you can imagine the number of files I have out of my office in paper boxes waiting to be put in portable file holders. Our goal now is to provide the part of our service to the various governmental agencies, that  they can use in  their daily operations. As a small business we should take advantage of any and all special opportunities provide to businesses that can qualify. Including Disable Veteran-Owned Business, locating in a HUB or (Historically Underutilized Business Zone,) and any other legislated, mandated or designated programs that are in place to aid the small and minority business-owners in the noble effort of starting, buying, expanding or operating a business!

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