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Claim Denied!: How to Appeal a VA Denial of Benefits 1st Edition

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ISBN-10: 1597971162
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"The is truly the best and most helpful book on the subject that I have come across in my three decades of helping veterans. Author John D. Roche has taken all his personal experience of having worked for the VA and for veterans in Florida and put it into ... easy-to-follow language. Best Damn Book On VA Claims Ever Written!"

About the Author

Maj. John D. Roche, USAF (Ret.), served as a bomber pilot, had combat duty in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, and held a variety of administrative assignments. Subsequently, he worked for sixteen years as a claims adjudicator specialist for the Veterans Administration and as a veterans’ service officer for Pinellas County, Florida, where he was a tireless advocate for veterans and their families. Roche enjoyed one of the highest rates of wins on appeal in the state. This book is based on his experience as a successful practitioner, many years of independent research, and personal consultations with some 80,000 veterans, widows, and dependents. Roche is also the author of The Veteran’s Survival Guide, Second Edition (Potomac Books, 2006) and The Veteran’s PTSD Handbook (Potomac Books, 2007). He lives in Palm Harbor, Florida.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Potomac Books; 1 edition (December 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1597971162
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597971164
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #530,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Book is well written and does in fact provide veterans with accurate information dealing with claims being denied. This author has written other books which talk about veterans benefits and VA claims processes which I have found to be extremely useful. I am a service officer for the VFW and American Legion so I frequently refer to his books for information. This causes me to look at other sources for information as well which results in me doing research that I use to assist my fellow vets with proper preparation of a claim before it is sent to the VA. Everything I do is absolutely free and the info in this author's books have aided me in becoming a better service officer. I recommend this book and his other ones for every veteran.
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Virtually any veteran who has gone up against the VA's Claim Adjudication system has found to his or her dismay that, contrary to what the VA's mission is supposed to do, it is definitely NOT functioning in favor of the vet. The system is adversarial and often downright nasty, and often seems geared to outwait the veteran's lifespan before granting any amount of money or access to medical care. A guide to step-by-step battle against them is extremely helpful, and this book deals with only one aspect of a process that can overwhelm a sick or troubled vet. The author has a series of books dealing with various steps, and they are all good. One troubling aspect, however, is the concentration of combat as the only source of PTSD, and the total failure of the author to even mention women vets. Often, women vets suffer from other trauma sources, which may or may not include combat. Some male vets as well suffer trauma leading to PTSD from non-combat related sources, and the author should acknowledge these facts and adjust his books accordingly.
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Takes the novice through the steps one at a time. However, the time factor for the appeal to the end stage is not revealed. Reality, a year or two to fruition.
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A book that every VET should have when
it comes the time to battle with the VA
and DoD.
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John Roche knows the VA System and can help you prepare a concise, well organized appeal when a veteren has been denied. This book can show you how to take action and successfully challenge the VA Appeals process. Located "Claim Denied" on Amazon for half the price with quick shipping.
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Found book to be informative and extremely helpful in dealing with process of disability claims and appeal process. Suggestions in maximizing chances of speedier resolution to claims very helpful!
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To all vets who are in a battle with the VA over your benefits this is the go to book with all the answers. I wish I had this book 15 years ago and avoided allot of mistakes in my claims and appeals. This is a must read for Veterans.
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There have been only two books that dealt directly with how to file a VA disability claim, both by John D. Roche: Claim Denied! and The Veteran's Survival Guide: How to File and Collect on VA Claims, Second Edition. Sadly, Mr. Roche's books are at least five years old and will never be updated, due to his death in 2012. Plus, there are many new laws, rules and regulations that render some of Mr. Roche's advice ineffective.

I have been in the VA healthcare and benefits systems for nearly 20 years and have been through the entire VA disability claims process, except to the Supreme Court. My own experiences have led me to author the upcoming book, VA DISABILITY CLAIM: A Practical, Step-By-Step Field Manual for Active-Duty Service Members and Veterans on How to Prepare, File, Maintain, Win and Appeal a Service-Connected VA Disability Claim Without Going Insane.

This upcoming field manual will be published by Adagio Press on 01 August 2014.

Mr. Roche's books still have some good material, but a lot of it is now outdated and not useful. It's time for newer books and field manuals to step up and take the reins, because service members and veterans nowadays have less time and patience than before and are not likely to wade through a lengthy book on the subject of VA disability claims and appeals. It must be a short, clear, concise field manual with concrete steps to take now.
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