Speaking of VA hearing aids

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https://www.va.gov/disability/compensation-rates/veteran-rates/

That amount is exactly the current amount for 40% disability. Probably every month.

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Every month and it’s tax free, state and federal.

Those that just got rated for their disability now need to contact ODVA. Okla Dept of Veterans affairs.
Depending on your classification Okla offers additional veteran benefits like fishing/hunting, free vehicle license plates, etc.
 

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Wow, if that proves to be true just wow! From friends I understand for hearing it's usually only 10%. Wonder if being a Vietnam vet has anything to do with the rating.
Ones service period doesn't have anything to do with a disability rating. Typically the 10% rating is for tinnitus. That is just about a gimme for anyone that wants to apply for it. If you get further testing and hearing is impaired there can be another rating. What's odd about the VA
is that if you get a 10% rating on one issue like hearing and a 40% rating on another issue like depression or PTSD that doesn't always add up to 50%. It's called the "whole person theory". That theory makes sure one doesn't gain more than 100% disability.
So I don't create a long thread, you can go here, https://www.va.gov/disability/about-disability-ratings/ to see how the VA adjusts that.
If it's 10% tinnitus caused by 30% hearing loss, it will add up to 40% because one caused the other directly if I remember correctly.
Since you don't know your rating, you can go here: https://www.va.gov/disability/about-disability-ratings/after-you-get-a-rating/ Get an account and check your rating online. You will find it prior to getting anything in the mail.
Once you get over a certain percentage, no matter how much money you make your eligible for VA medical care for related medical issues to your disability as well as some discounted services for other. If you get over like 70% or so, you pretty much get all care from the VA.
Buddy is suffering from the effects of Agent Orange during Vietnam. He is undergoing his third chemo therapy session in 30 or so years that the government never recognized until recently.
They bumped him up to 100%. I'm not thinking he will survive this one. Went to see him the other day, and didn't recognize him he was so wasted away.

We have a lot of aging vets on this forum. I want to bring up another program the VA has called the Veterans Aid and Attendance Benefit.
This is a program that gives a benefit in addition to the monthly pension when one is unable to conduct normal daily living, requiring help from the spouse, outside services, Skilled Nursing Facilities, personal care in the home, or an assigned living community.
The Vet with a dependant spouse may be eligible for up to $23,388 per year, while a single vet would be eligible for up to $19, 728 per year. The surviving spouse of a vet that has passed away could be eligible for up to $12, 672 per year. Two vets that are married are eligible for up to $30, 480 per year.
Who is eligible? Any War Veteran with 90 days of active duty with at least one day during active war time. The vet does not have to been in the war zone, but in the military during war times. Vets in Germany during Vietnam are eligible as well as state side vets during the gulf wars if they meet Medical, Service and financial qualifications.
A very complicated income an Asset test must be passed in order to qualify. The VA does not provide those provisions to the public, so it's highly suggested that one looks up a third party that specialises in getting these forms filled out correctly. You can find them with an internet search, but one that has came highly recommended by several I know is Right at Home in Edmond, 405-471-6201 or Right at Home Norman, 405-471-6201.
THERE IS ZERO COST TO THE VETERAN to have this service complete these forms. Below are links to see if your eligible.
https://americanveteransaid.com/lan...html?msclkid=04ec6c78a3541ec2aaea0cb889f56b7d

https://americanveteransaid.com/lan...html?msclkid=04ec6c78a3541ec2aaea0cb889f56b7d
 

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Really good info, thanks for going to the trouble of posting that.
I followed the links and yes I have a 40% disability rating which explains the deposit amount. Sad part is how much money I have left on the table by not being aware of this years ago.
 

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Really good info, thanks for going to the trouble of posting that.
I followed the links and yes I have a 40% disability rating which explains the deposit amount. Sad part is how much money I have left on the table by not being aware of this years ago.

I’m glad you are now receiving your benefit. Yes, it’s a shame about the money. A friend of mine that served in Vietnam waited decades before applying for VA benefits and because of that he strongly advised one of our younger friends who served in Iraq after 9/11 to file for service related hearing loss. The young guy was kind of hard headed about but after months he finally filed and later received a disability rating for hearing loss. I honestly think he should have made a PTSD claim as well, but I know that’s a sensitive topic with a lot of stigma attached.
 

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Really good info, thanks for going to the trouble of posting that.
I followed the links and yes I have a 40% disability rating which explains the deposit amount. Sad part is how much money I have left on the table by not being aware of this years ago.
No clue about the VA, but with civilian disability, they can grant back-pay benefits up to 2 years prior to being approved (if you were disabled that long).

Might be worth looking into. Luck.
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Really good info, thanks for going to the trouble of posting that.
I followed the links and yes I have a 40% disability rating which explains the deposit amount. Sad part is how much money I have left on the table by not being aware of this years ago.

Don’t forget to contact ODVA for additional benefits as soon as possible.
 

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Back on the topic of hearing aids; I got my new Phonak hearing aids 2 weeks ago. I was concerned about the new brand because my old Oticon hearing aids had been so good. Let me tell you, the Phonac is a huge improvement. When it streams the TV, it gets the full range instead of just the higher frequencies. I have to be careful to remember that I am even wearing them. I could easily end up in the shower or pool with them still in my ears. Many thanks to the people at the OKC VA Audiology Clinic.
 

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Thank you for the intel/ links Dennis, after 30 years out and never using any VA benefits I finally went to the VA and should be getting hearing aids this next month.. I just might be hearing as well as the dog before long..
 

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Got my 1st hearing aids today from the VA and GOOD GOLLY my ears now hear it all.. What a world of difference not to mention it blue tooths to the phone and I don't have to pick it up, just press the button on the aid and presto.. I had fun saying what on the way home and having the wife repeat herself, until she threatened me anyway.. No sleeping or showering in them.. The tech said they'll renew the model in 4 years, if that ain't sweet..
 
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