JOINT SERVICE COMMITTEE

     
       August 11, 2019 --- 
The Joint Service Committee (JSC) continues to assist veterans with claims to the Veterans Benefits Administration for compensation for those veterans’ disabilities, and to assist them gaining access to medical care through the Puget Sound Medical Center in Seattle.  On average, the Committee meets with approximately 40 veterans per month.

 

      Most of our clients come from within the State of Washington including Puget Sound and Eastern Washington, but we also have clients from California, Indiana, Louisiana, Texas, Maryland as well as a client from Ecuador.  For those that are unable to joint us at the Fleet Reserve Association build in Mountlake Terrace, we can address their needs via phone calls, email, and Skype.

 

      Our new location at the Fleet Reserve Building is working out very well for us. We have 2 private offices as well as private meeting rooms for larger groups. The increased privacy for our clients is a vast improvement over our prior accommodations. Moreover, we are blessed to have Linda Lee as a new member of our team. Linda is a retired nurse who helps us understand the voluminous medical files that are a crucial to our work on veterans claims.

 

       Additionally, Linda generously offers a wonderful lunch for both the JSC members  well as our clients that have appointments that coincide with the lunch hour. We fully appreciate her wonderful gourmet meals. Feel free to stop by any Tuesday or Wednesday (during the day) to enjoy her fine cuisine and say hello to your hard-working JSC members.

 

      The JSC continues to experience tremendous success for our clients.  I have a couple of examples of our success to share with you.  For privacy reasons, we will not share our client’s names. 

 

       Contact (206) 963-2864 to make an appointment or to talk to one of the Joint Service Committee (JSC) members. The JSC only consists of veterans. They are not paid. They love the comradery and like to chat while enjoying their coffee.

  

         The JSC meets twice a week at the Fleet Reserve Association in Mountlake Terrace (MLT); Tues & Wed from 10:00am to 4:00pm. The address is 23003 56th Ave West in MLT. They are focused on helping veterans who are having problems dealing with the VA. They are very good helping those veterans suffering from PTSD, to successfully navigate the VA morass in regard to their individual VA claims.

 

            They have added another location for veterans who prefer Shoreline. They now meet on alternating Thursdays at the Starr Sutherland American Legion Post in Shoreline. When you call, they can advise you which is best for you and give you directions if you need or want them.


      A key member is attorney Rob Caldwell. He is particularly effective helping veterans with PTSD. He is also VA certified. He fully understands what the VA looks for when reviewing VA Claims. The JSC includes a well-trained core of veterans who are fellow volunteers who work with veterans who need help with their VA Claims.

 

      The JSC has their own computers and keep their own files (confidential). They help veterans to correctly fill out the paperwork for their VA Claims. The JSC then file said VA claims with the VA; and follow up with the VA. Any confidential data is kept in a safe when not being used. They anticipate that many VA Claims are denied and they are very good at getting those denials overturned on appeal.

  

      There are veterans on the JSC who are exceedingly good at getting through to PTSD hard core cases. It takes time. It is very common that PTSD cases either deny their condition or do not want to talk about it; yet PTSD cases must be made comfortable enough to confront their condition and talk about it. The JSC members take whatever time it needs to take.

 

      They know what they are doing; they have done it successfully many times before. They are persistent and eventually they get any veteran suffering from PTSD to talk. Then his or her world starts to get better.

 

      The JSC is currently working with a group of veterans to develop an education and outreach program to identify "Blue Water Vietnam Veterans” to notify and assist them with claims for benefits for exposure to Agent Orange. 

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Veteran's Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255; then press "1"

 


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