• Reply to: Is the VA doing random drug tests?   1 day 6 hours ago

    Our SL staff spoke with a Veterans Coordinator at a VA facility about random drug testing. He assured me that there is only random drug testing for veterans that have signed a “Narcotics Agreement,” because they are medically prescribed certain drugs.

    There are two reasons for the random drug testing when you are on medication: to make sure there are no other drugs in your system other than what has been prescribed, and to make sure the medication is in your system. Some veterans might not be taking their medication. Some veterans might be at risk from a combination of medications they are not telling their doctor about.

    If your behavior is suspicious while taking the medication, a drug test or pill count can be given at anytime.

    If you fail a random drug test, you will be taken off the medication currently prescribed but you can still receive health care from the VA for other matters.

  • Reply to: VA Blood tests and drug screening   1 day 6 hours ago

    Our staff spoke with a Veterans Coordinator at a VA facility about random drug testing. He assured me that there is only random drug testing for veterans that have signed a “Narcotics Agreement,” because they are medically prescribed certain drugs.

    There are two reasons for the random drug testing when you are on medication: to make sure there are no other drugs in your system other than what has been prescribed, and to make sure the medication is in your system. Some veterans might not be taking their medication. Some veterans might be at risk from a combination of medications they are not telling their doctor about.

    A drug test or pill count, can be given at anytime if your behavior is suspicious while taking the medication.

    If you fail a random drug test, you will be taken off the medication currently prescribed but you can still receive health care from the VA for other matters.

  • Reply to: VA Blood tests and drug screening   1 week 4 days ago

    Why is the VA performing drug screens on patients urine when having a routine physical performed or some complaint the patient may have that requires just a normal urinalysis eg."electrolytes, cbc, wbc, rbc, hb. etc.

  • Reply to: 100% ratings - there is no such thing as a protected rating   1 week 5 days ago

    Many legal aid programs have special low-income taxpayer clinics that will help with disputes with the IRS.
    http://www.irs.gov/Advocate/Low-Income-Taxpayer-Clinics/Low-Income-Taxpayer-Clinic-Income-Eligibility-Guidelines
    http://www.irs.gov/Advocate/Low-Income-Taxpayer-Clinics/Low-Income-Taxpayer-Clinic-Map

    If you do not fit within these income guidelines, look on our Find Local Help map http://statesidelegal.org/statesidemap for another program in your area that specializes in pro bono legal help for veterans.

    Another useful link on our site: http://statesidelegal.org/irs-debt-options-low-income-taxpayers-0

  • Reply to: 100% ratings - there is no such thing as a protected rating   1 week 5 days ago

    Is there any reliable assistance for 100% DAV who have issues with owing the IRS due to audits, appeals and disputes?