Jeff Long
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  • Hey Jeff. Sorry to hear about your diagnosis. My dad is Air Force retired after 23 years and lives in Raleigh. He was diagnosed with a second opinion this past April , though his original diagnosis was in October of 2010.
    I asked him for some specifics on people you can contact. He emailed them to me and I will be more than happy to forward the information to you if you would like. My email address is [email protected]
    Other completed VA Forms to take to the PVA on your initial visit:
    Service Disabled Veterans’ Insurance (S-DVI)
    http://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-benefits/service-disabled-veterans-insurance
    $10,000 – premium waiver for service connected disability VA Form 29-0189
    Additional $20,000 – minimal premium VA Form 29-0188
    Automobile and Special Adaptive Equipment Grant VA Form 21-4502
    http://www.va.gov/vhapublications/ViewPublication.asp?pub_ID=340
    The VA will help with the purchase of a wheelchair equipped van. They will pay
    $11,000 toward the chassis and ALL of the adaptations. The $11,000 is a one time only
    compensation. They will adapt a van every two years.
    Applying for Benefits: http://www.vba.va.gov/VBA/benefits/factsheets/
    !!!USE THE PVA TO FILE ALL DOCUMENTS WITH THE VA!!!
    VA Form 21-22
    DD214
    Birth Certificates (veteran, spouse, children)
    Marriage License
    (any of the veteran’s previous marriages along with divorce decree or death certificate)
    Medical Records and Hospital
    Have doctors complete VA Form 21-2680
    Complete VA Forms 21-526, 21-8940, 40-1330 21-8678
    Jeff,
    I am so sorry about your diagnosis. The VA will take care of you and your wife (and any children you might still be raising). Here are a few things I put together when we were going through the process. I cannot stress enough how important it is to meet with a PVA service representative next week. Your benefits will begin the day you file. Because I'm giving you alot of information, I'm going to have to break it up into several messages. I know it seems overwhelming, but it will get better. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you need any help. Missy
    Hi, Jeff. Sorry to hear you might be joining our little club of Triangle PALS. The guys at Duke know their stuff so hopefully they'll get you sorted out pretty quick. Good luck -- it isn't ALS until it can't be anything else.
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