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The Paralyzed Veterans of America, Colonial Chapter is governed by a board of directors, including the President, Executive Vice President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and 3 Board Members. The office staff includes an executive director and part-time secretarial help as needed.
Board, general membership, executive committee and other committee meetings are held at the Elkton VFW, 208 W. High Street, Elkton, MD 21921. Board meetings are held on the second Wednesday of each month beginning at 11 a.m. ALL members are encouraged to attend.
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Claims ClinicThursday, April 30, 20151:00 pm to 4:00 pmOld ChapelMartinsburg VA Medical Center
Town HallThursday, April 30, 20155:30 pm to 7:00 pmOld ChapelMartinsburg VA Medical CenterQuestions: 304-263-0811 ext. 4000
The VA is reaching out to Veterans, friends and family members regarding Traumatic Brain Injury or TBI.

What is TBI?Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) may happen from a blow or jolt to the head or an object penetrating the brain. When the brain is injured, the person can experience a change in consciousness that can range from becoming disoriented and confused to slipping into a coma. The person might also have a loss of memory for the time immediately before or after the event that caused the injury.  Not all injuries to the head result in a TBI. Read More Here
Changes to Informal Claims
By Chris Bisbocci, PVA NSO
Almost every disabled veteran is aware that filing a claim with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) can be complicated and confusing.  Often Veterans have disabilities where there is not a lot of evidence to support their claims. The most common culprits for the lack of evidence are missing or nonexistent medical treatment records. Frequently, Veterans have not been treated for their disabilities even if they are related to their military service.  Scenarios such as these are where “Informal” claims can be most beneficial to Veterans.
An Informal claim or “Intent to file” a claim is an essential tool created to save the effective date of a disability claim while it is being developed for supporting evidence by the claimant. Non-specific statements are the core of informal claims process, as Veterans only need to state that they want to file claims for entitlement to service-connection for their disabilities.   It does not need to be a specific disability they are claiming at that time. In the past, Informal claims could be submitted to the VA through a variety of different ways. Veterans could submit written statements to the VA in any manner from completing a VA form 21-4138 (Statement in Support of Claim), to a handwritten statement on a piece of notebook paper.
Since March 24, 2015 this practice has changed.  All claims that are filed with the VA must have a designated standardized form.  The VA’s new standardized form is VA Form 21-0966 (Intent to File a Claim for Compensation or pension, survivors' pension, or other benefit). The form can be submitted through eBenefits, regular mail, telephone call to the VA call center, or preferably through your Veterans Service Organization.  After submitting the application, Veterans and their representatives have up to one year to obtain relevant evidence and submit it to the VA to support their claim. Filing the correct form not only establishes an effective date of claim, but it can also establish entitlement to an earlier effective date if the medical treatment records related to the disability occurred within one year prior to the submission of the Informal claim.
Various types of claims develop from the informal claims process.  A real-life example would be a Veteran who was deployed to a combat zone and experienced ground combat. He or she had never sought mental health treatment from the military, from a VA Medical Center, or private physician. However, during the ensuing period from discharge, the person struggles with all the classic symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) such as; disturbed sleep, jumpiness, and fits of rage. Finally, at the insistence of their family and friends decides to file a claim for service-connected disability compensation due to PTSD. Unfortunately, without treatment records or a diagnosis to support claims, they would likely be denied based on a lack of supporting evidence.  By filing an Informal claim, a Veteran protects the effective date and has one year from that date to start mental health treatment and be formally diagnosed by a doctor.  Once a diagnosis and nexus to military service is established, the “Informal claim” becomes a “Formal claim” either by notifying the VA Regional Office (VARO) that all of the evidence needed to support the claim has been obtained and submitted, or at the expiration of the one year period.

The success of any disability claim is based on the strength of the evidence available for the decision maker to review. Filing an Informal claim is a time-tested way for Veterans and their representatives to develop evidence needed to build a strong case, thereby lessening the chance for a denial. Please feel free to contact your local Paralyzed Veterans of America National Service Officer for further assistance.

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About Paralyzed Veterans of America:
Paralyzed Veterans of America is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely for the benefit and representation of veterans with spinal cord injury or disease. For nearly 70 years, we have ensured that veterans have received the benefits earned through their service to our nation; monitored their care in VA spinal cord injury units; and funded research and education in the search for a cure and improved care for individuals with paralysis.
As a partner for life, Paralyzed Veterans also develops training and career services, works to ensure accessibility in public buildings and spaces, provides health and rehabilitation opportunities through sports and recreation and advocates for veterans and all people with disabilities. With more than 70 offices and 34 chapters, Paralyzed Veterans serves veterans, their families and their caregivers in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. (

Paralyzed Veterans of America - Colonial Chapter
 2015 Members of the Board of Directors

Ronald P. Hoskins, SR.
President / National Director

Patrick Burns
Board Member
Robert Reuter
Executive Vice President

Ann Adair
Board Member
Samuel LaCorte
Vice President

Larry T. Hughes
Board Member
David W. Timberman
Secretary / Service Officer


Phyllis Palabrica 
Executive Director
Dante Profili

Allyson Swartzentruber

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