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Hi Veterans, welcome to the VA Claims Insider Podcast! We’re Veterans helping Veterans get the VA disability rating and compensation YOU deserve. I’m your host, Air Force service-disabled veteran Brian Reese, and each week we share VA disability claim tips, strategies, and lessons learned to help you win, service-connect, and get rated at the appropriate level, even if you’ve already filed or been denied!
 
Dr. John is a 100% P&T disabled American Veteran of the US Army Paratroopers, a doctor of psychology, and Veteran Coach Manager at VA Claims Insider (VACI). Now he’s on a mission to help other veterans heal through self-therapy by traveling across America with one goal: speaking at every stop about how we can all be better caregivers for our own mental health! Listen to Dr. John! New episodes every Tuesday! If you are a veteran and have filed a VA disability claim, have been denied, have rec ...
 
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Erin Ward-McCarty and Molly Cruzen discuss their experiences as military spouses and what they wish they would have known in the beginning. Join us for some heartwarming conversation and great laughs. From our house to yours, we can’t wait for you to join us!
 
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In this Podcast, we discuss the process of VA claim denials and the 3 types of appeals available to veterans. These include Higher Level Review (HLR), Supplemental Claim, and Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA). We explain the differences between each appeal and the steps involved in filing them to get your VA claim denial overturned. Whether you're a …
 
Recently, I’ve been seeing a lot of negativity from veterans that has come from the VA telling them that their claim was denied. I know that feeling, getting a denial sucks! But being too negative about it could lead you in a situation to where you're not seeing the light at the end of the tunnel. You have got to pick yourself back up. If you're bu…
 
Terrell Murrell, our President here at VA Claims Insider, constantly says, “I don't want to hear what the problem is. I wanna hear solutions.” And that's what I want to share with you my brothers and sisters in uniform this episode. In our VA claims, sometimes the VA notifies us about filing in an incorrect form or even a denial! If you’re gonna fo…
 
Do you ever have trouble sleeping, dulled responses, heightened reactions, depressed mood, or anxiety? If so, you may have Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). It's important to know that PTSD can occur even if you didn't serve in combat. In addition to combat PTSD, the VA recognizes two other types of PTSD: non-combat and military sexual trauma …
 
When I joined VA Claims Insider as a client, I remember what my coach told me: “Why eat baloney when you can eat steak?” And that changed my perspective in filing for VA claims. In doing our strategy, we always target for the high value claims, which can give you a 30% rating or higher. Claims that will actually get you more bang for your buck. Bec…
 
Veterans commonly get Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) during their time in service, and TBIs often cause or make other mental health conditions worse. But because TBIs and mental health conditions have overlapping symptoms, many veterans struggle to get rated for both their TBI and their mental health condition separately. Are you a veteran who has…
 
As you may already know, the PACT Act is a game-changer for more than 5 million veterans. One of the HUGE things about the PACT act: it expands the list of presumptive conditions. So if you were exposed to toxins and have one of these conditions, there’s no need for you to prove a nexus. In simple terms, it means you can get the compensation and he…
 
I noticed that we are coming into the holiday season. We just finished with Thanksgiving and we got Christmas right around the corner. And this always seems to be a tough time for veterans, especially veterans, that are alone. In this episode, I wanted to go over just a couple of concepts, a couple of ideas to maybe help out with that, to help main…
 
If you have experience with VA disability claims, you've probably heard the term "nexus." But the disability claims process is notoriously confusing, and you may wonder: "what exactly is a nexus?" "Nexus" is a fancy word for a connection that links your current disability to your military service. Not having a solid nexus is the #1 reason why claim…
 
I've always carried integrity and honor ever since I was in the military. Having those two while I move forward keeps me in a right and positive path. It’s truly important that in everything that we do, may it be with our claims, we do it in an honorable and full of integrity manner because those will be the ladder to success! ********* Got some qu…
 
Vets are frequently diagnosed with PTSD. It’s actually one of the most claimed VA disabilities. But if you have PTSD, it doesn’t just affect you. Your PTSD could also be affecting your family. Our coaches—two military spouses and a former psychologist—will share how their loved one's PTSD has affected them. They'll also be dishing out tons of helpf…
 
When you’re dealing with the VA about your claims, they’re gonna come back with answers that sometimes make sense, sometimes don't make sense. But if you have a strategy and strong relationship with your coach, you’d always know what your next steps are! Moving forward will always be the option no matter what the results are! ********* Got some que…
 
If you’ve filed a claim with the VA before, you probably know what a primary claim is. But do you know what a secondary claim is? And more importantly, are you using secondary claims to your advantage? They tend to be overlooked but utilizing this type of claim can benefit you—BIG TIME. For example, if your service-connected tinnitus causes headach…
 
I've been noticing a lot of veterans talking about different things that actually lead to negativity. I've been seeing a lot of veterans actually telling each other, “Hey don't go for that claim. I know a buddy that went for that claim and they got turned down and there's no way to win that claim.” When I hear that, something kind of drops in my he…
 
If you’ve filed a claim with the VA before, you probably know what a primary claim is. But do you know what a secondary claim is? And more importantly, are you using secondary claims to your advantage? They tend to be overlooked but utilizing this type of claim can benefit you—BIG TIME. For example, if your service-connected tinnitus causes headach…
 
For this episode, I had to call on our resident expert here at VA Claims Insider, our Quality Assurance Manager, Rob, to talk about the presumptives and one of the hot topics now, the PACT Act! How does it work? What are the things that are included in this act? How would it benefit the veterans? Now, if you wanna know the answers to these question…
 
Filing a claim for any disability with the VA can be complex, but VA ratings for mental health are oftentimes even more confusing. We’re breaking down mental health ratings, explaining exactly how they work, and giving you our BEST tips. Hear these can’t-miss tips and learn how to use them to get the compensation you’re due! Are you Stuck, Frustrat…
 
My fellow veterans, welcome to Season 3! Now to start this new season, I’ve invited a special guest our IT Specialist here at VA Claims Insider, Shanna, to talk about the portal or program that we use, the Insider! ********* Got some questions? I'd love to answer them! Email me at docontheroad@vaclaimsinsider.com Are you ready to get the VA rating …
 
You gather your medical records, file your claim, go to your C&P exam for a condition that’s OBVIOUSLY service-connected, then wait for a decision for what feels like forever—only for your claim to be denied. Sound familiar? Do you know what to do NEXT if your claim is denied? That’s why we’ve going LIVE! We'll teach you the THREE different ways to…
 
My brothers and sisters in uniform, here’s a full recap of what we talked about in Season 2! Now, onto our next season, we've got something planned very special for everybody that's gonna bring in a lot more information, a lot more views and different ideas to help you out in the VA claims process. Be sure to stay tuned! ********* Got some question…
 
If you’re not already part of our ELITE program, you should be! So far, we’ve helped over 20,000 veterans with our process, and our success rate is unrivaled. There’s a reason we have over 1,000 five star reviews! Here are just a few of the benefits of joining our program: ⭐ You’ll have an expert Veteran Coach to lead you through the complicated an…
 
My fellow veterans, just because a doctor says that you're diagnosed with something does not automatically make it service connected. This is a situation where a lot of veterans get tripped up and really get caught up in this. I know that's gonna upset a lot of you, but that is just basically the truth with the VA. You actually have to make sure th…
 
Maybe you filed a claim, and they ignored your medical evidence. Perhaps you should have been evaluated in a C&P, but they never scheduled one. Maybe they unlawfully denied your claim altogether. It’s actually quite common, but if a mistake was made on your claim, there are ways to fix it! Are you Stuck, Frustrated, and Underrated? If you need some…
 
“Hey Coach, my claim was previously denied by the VA. I need help to get this rated!” That’s one of the most common statements we get when veterans join our program here at VA Claims Insider. Although you need to continue to fight for your claims and what you really deserve, but having a mindset where you just want to be rated to prove something to…
 
Are your rated disabilities preventing you from enjoying daily activities like you used to? Are you trying to increase your VA disability rating? If so, we have some good news for you! You may qualify for a VA lifestyle impact claim! We’re going LIVE to explain VA disability rating for lifestyle impact claim—they’re one of the best ways to get you …
 
Most veterans often overlook Tinnitus. I myself thought that it was just normal! Turns out it is a condition, it is a ratable condition. Tinnitus is one of the most low-valued claims. Meaning you can only get 10% maximum for it when the VA grants you service-connection. But hey, here’s the thing, that low-valued disability could actually lead to ot…
 
Getting service connection for chronic fatigue syndrome shouldn’t be as exhausting as your condition. Your insomnia and brain fog can make it hard to want to fight–but we’ve got your back! We know what it takes to INCREASE your VA rating for chronic fatigue syndrome. For example, your C&P exam for chronic fatigue syndrome is one of the most importa…
 
Whenever the season changes, I always take inventory of my goals to kinda see where I'm at. Am I progressing to the goal? And if I'm not, then I go ahead and try to change things up just a little bit, so I can progress to the goal. This is also applicable when filing for your VA claims. Where are you right now? What’s your goal? What’s your next st…
 
Military Sexual Trauma (MST) is sexual harassment or sexual assault experienced by a military service member during their service. MST can happen to anyone. 1 in 3 female veterans and 1 in 50 male veterans report having experienced MST during their time in service. However, the actual statistics are assumed to be much higher, as MST victims often d…
 
“Get your butt to the doctor!” That’s what Brian Reese, our CEO and we in VACI always say. Because it’s true! One of the most important thing in the VA claims process is the medical evidence. And apart from it, this is not just about filing a successful VA claim but it is you continuously seeking treatment to get better! My fellow brothers and sist…
 
Presumptive conditions are conditions the VA presumes were caused by your time in service. If you file a claim for a presumptive condition, you don't have to prove service connection! That's excellent news for veterans struggling to get the care and compensation they need from the VA. Presumptive claims allow access to the healthcare you need and c…
 
Whenever I see VA claims fall apart, I highly believe it's because there's no strategy there. Strategy is what brings value to the whole VA claims process. My fellow veterans, you got to make sure that all the bases are covered. If you have proper strategies and you do what you're supposed to do, you will actually increase your chance of being succ…
 
Is your service-connected tinnitus causing headaches? Or maybe your knees are bad from ruck marches and are causing hip problems. You can claim that! Secondary VA claims are one of our most successful methods of getting you the benefits and tax-free compensation you deserve. A VA secondary claim is a type of claim can make a BIG difference in your …
 
In filing for your VA claims, Compensation and Pension (C&P) exam is THE most important day in the entire process. You gotta make sure that you’re fully prepared at this point. In a nutshell, what you really need to achieve in your C&P exam is to make sure that you paint a picture for the practitioner that you're gonna be meeting with. They would n…
 
Most of us veterans don’t accept help even if we really need it. We just say “I’m fine, I don't need anything” or “I’ll just keep driving on and on,” until one day, it gets too tough to drive on. My fellow veterans, we need to recognize that although we’re warriors, we also need help. We need to reach out to our brothers and sisters in uniform and …
 
As veterans, we’ve been taught to be a warrior. We’ve been taught to protect ourselves and our buddies. We’ve always taught not to complain, not to overanalyze anything. And because of these, we try to ignore the pains that we have, especially with our mental health. I know it may be hard for some but acknowledging our mental health issues is impor…
 
My fellow veterans, ask yourselves this question: what is my end goal? The reason you wanna do this is because it's always good to have something to look forward to when you’re going through the process of filing your VA claims. What are you going to achieve once you're finished with this? You may encounter obstacles that will make you down along t…
 
I always am just completely amazed when I'm hearing stories that's almost the exact same thing that I remember I went through even if we were in different branch of service. It’s really cool! And I wouldn’t be able to know that if I didn’t reach out or connect with other veterans. And that’s how we build our community, by reaching out to our brothe…
 
One of the most disheartening things I hear is when people talk some veterans out of their VA claims, telling them they don’t deserve it. That’s a big NO! Fellow veterans, don't let somebody else tell you that you don't deserve these benefits! Keep fighting for your VA Claims! All veterans who sign that dotted line deserve it! ********* Got some qu…
 
It’s very important to have an optimistic view in life. Particularly in our case, when we prepare and submit for VA disability claims, we need to stay away from negativity! Focus on working on your claims, connect with the right people that will guide you in the process, and of course, be positive on the outcome. ********* Got some questions? I'd l…
 
Hello MilSpouses! Thank you all for an amazing first season of MilSpouse House! As we close this season, we look back on all the amazing stories we've shared, what we've learned and what we hope for the future. From our house to yours, have a great summer! *** Are you struggling to win your VA disability claim? Check out VA Claims Insider! Schedule…
 
We all have those memories as military spouses that we will never forget. Whether it's the first time we went on base, the first call that he's coming home, or the realization our spouse is willing to make the ultimate sacrifice for their country–these memories will forever be imprinted in our brains. Join us as we share our core memories as milita…
 
No matter what branch you served in, we are all brothers and sisters in arms. We make up a unique community as veterans and joining this community wasn't handed to us, we earned it. With that being said, how can we be there more for each other? How do we make our community stronger? **** Got a question? I'd love to answer them! Email me at doconthe…
 
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