DISABLED AMERICAN VETERANS IN EXILE (“DAV-E”)
The Disabled American Veterans in Exile (“DAV-E”) is an unofficial chapter of the Disabled American Veterans, outside the United States of America, much like the American Legion’s China Post 1. Unlike the Disabled American Veterans, DAV-E does not have any DAV National Service Officers that are qualified to represent disabled veterans in the VA claims process; instead, DAV-E teaches disabled veterans how to represent themselves in the VA claims process, namely, claims with the VA’s Foreign Medical Program, with which the Disabled American Veterans disappointingly refuses to assist disabled veterans. Put briefly, DAV-E is a network of disabled U.S.A. military veterans physically outside the U.S.A. that help each other to apply for VA benefits, but only those benefits the application for which the real DAV refuses to assist disabled veterans.
A MESSAGE FOR OUR SPONSOR
The Tokyo Global Engineering Corporation generously allows DAV-E to use its office and server space, gratis. DAV-E is ever grateful to the Tokyo Global Engineering Corporation, to the people of Tokyo, as well as Japan, for their generosity in hosting eighty-five U.S.A. military installations throughout Japan.
SERVICE-CONNECTED DISABILITY CLAIMS
DAV-E does not and will not assist disabled veterans in filing service-connected disability claims. The experts in this are the Disabled American Veterans of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which generously maintain a “Foreign Office” at the VA Regional Office in Pittsburgh. Accordingly, DAV-E refers all disabled veterans outside the U.S.A. to DAV Foreign (in Pittsburgh), via the below e-mail address. If you need to file a service-connected disability claim, send DAV Foreign an e-mail introducing yourself, to get the process started. We apologize that the e-mail address appears to belong to the VA; just like DAV-E must borrow server space, so must DAV Foreign, it seems.
FOREIGN MEDICAL PROGRAM CLAIMS
The Disabled American Veterans (“DAV,” not to be confused with DAV-E) does not and will not assist disabled veterans in filing VA Foreign Medical Program (“FMP”) claims. This is the sole reason DAV-E was founded, a point of contention among DAV members, which DAV-E members are. This problem is exacerbated by DAV’s refusal to grant charters to DAV chapters formed outside the U.S.A., despite two such chapters already having such charters, and despite Legion, VFW, 40/8, and NOTR eagerness to do the same. As such, DAV-E helps all disabled U.S.A. military veterans, everywhere, even in the U.S.A., in the filing of VA Foreign Medical Program claims. There is no charge or catch; we are your friends and we want to help you. If you need to file a Foreign Medical Program claim, send DAV-E an e-mail introducing yourself, to get the process started.
RUN WHILE YOU CAN
In a nation-state whose Veterans Affairs Secretary directs that government funds that are intended to pay for the medical care of disabled veterans instead be spent paying for his wife to attend a tennis match outside the U.S.A., and where, in the U.S.A., on average, over one month’s wait is necessary for disabled veterans to consult a specialized physician, disabled veterans are in extreme physical danger. Veterans in the U.S.A. that already have service-connected disability ratings and need regular, specialty care should identify a city on this planet outside the U.S.A. where both the quality of living and specialty medical care are excellent, move there, and ask medical providers to accept check payment from the U.S. Treasury, via the VA Foreign Medical Program. Stuttgart, Seoul, Sydney, Singapore, Strasbourg: take your pick. Disabled veterans must put wide geographical distance between themselves and VA hospitals to trigger the statues that allow such eligibility. Run from the U.S.A. while you can. The U.S.A. won’t miss you, for, as a U.S.A. citizen, unlike citizens of other nation-states, you’re taxed by the IRS regardless of your location on the planet, something you may already have learned if serving active duty outside the U.S.A. Under the constitutional guarantee of equal protection, because U.S.A. citizens are taxed everywhere, disabled veterans are eligible for health care as VA expense…everywhere. Whether treated at VA hospitals or the finest hospitals outside the U.S.A. is a no-brains-required decision that all disabled veterans must make.
ALWAYS ACCEPTING VOLUNTEERS
Similar in title to DAV’s National Service Officers (“NSOs”), DAV-E has International Service Officers (“ISOs”). These persons are not at all recognized by DAV and have received none of the training that DAV NSOs have received. However, DAV-E believes that these persons are competent to explain the VA’s Foreign Medical Program to other veterans, as well as helping such veterans to prepare their FMP claims. Because DAV-E is not chartered by Congress, ISOs cannot represent veterans; veterans must present their FMP claims pro se. However, ISOs advise veterans at every juncture, including veterans appearing pro se before the Board of Veterans Appeals and Court of Appeals of Veterans Claims. FMP, CBOPC, BVA, and CAVC welcome claims presented by veterans that have received assistance form DAV-E because of uniformity in presentation; that is, when every veteran’s claims otherwise all look different, time is taken in interpretation, and even more so when veterans make mistakes in their presentations. Given the incredible about of attention to detail required at every step, DAV-E is always accepting volunteers that want to wear the invisible ISO cap and are willing to help fellow veterans. Please volunteer.