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Medical Examiner Policies and Procedures

 

Expectations of the Medical Examiner, The Veteran, and any persons and/or animals with The Veteran

The Medical Examiner performing the federal disability exam is strictly directed NOT to provide medical advice or treatment to The Veteran and any persons and/or animals with The Veteran.

The Medical Examiner performing the federal disability exam is strictly directed NOT to provide advice regarding disability claims with the Veterans Benefits Administration. The Medical Examiner is not trained to provide advice regarding disability claims with the Veterans Benefits Administration.

The Medical Examiner performing the federal disability exam is strictly directed NOT to provide their medical opinion. The training for completing a medical opinion is much different than the process for completing the federal disability exam forms.

The Medical Examiner performing the federal disability exam is strictly directed ONLY to complete documents provided by Valor 4 Vet for completion of the federal disability exam. The Medical Examiner will not be completing any forms provided by The Veteran.

The Medical Examiner performing the federal disability exam is strictly directed NOT to tolerate behavior from the individual being seen or any persons and/or animals with the individual being seen that could be perceived as angry, aggressive, or threatening in nature.

Animals or pets are to be place in their crate or a space they will not come into contact with the Medical Examiner. Valor 4 Vet permits “Service Animals” as defined by The Department of Justice. However, The Veteran is required to notify Valor 4 Vet at time of scheduling if a “Service Animal” will be accompanying The Veteran or persons with The Veteran, is in the home, or on the property where The Veteran is to be seen. 

The definition of a “Service Animal” can be found by clicking here

The Medical Examiner is to ask The Veteran and any persons with The Veteran to place animals or pets that are not a “Service Animal” in a crate or secured in a place they cannot make contact with the Medical Examiner.

If The Veteran is being seen in a neighborhood or area where the Medical Examiner observes suspicious activities that may be perceived as unsafe, aggressive, or threatening in nature the Medical Examiner may elect to cancel the appointment. The Medical Examiner will notify the office of Valor 4 Vet as soon as the Medical Examiner feels safe in their environment. The Valor 4 Vet office will then contact The Veteran to reschedule the appointment and/or make arrangements for an alternate location. 

If The Veteran is aware that their neighborhood or the area where The Veteran is to be seen is not safe, it is in the best interest of all parties for The Veteran to notify Valor 4 Vet at the time of scheduling. Alternate arrangements can be made for The Veteran to be examined by the Medical Examiner in a safe environment.

 Attire

The Medical Examiner at all times will be wearing a tag identifying that they are with Valor 4 Vet as well as their name with their credentials.

Testimony

The purpose of the federal disability examination is to capture The Veteran’s testimony about the CURRENT symptoms of the disability being examined. This may include discussion of important historical medical treatments including surgeries. 

The Medical Examiner is directed to capture The Veteran’s testimony first.

Any persons with The Veteran WILL have the opportunity to provide their testimony after The Veteran’s testimony has been documented first, if they choose to do so. 

The purpose of the federal disability examination is NOT to discuss denial letters from the Veterans Benefits Administration. 

Safety

Safety is always a priority. 

If at anytime the Medical Examiner does not feel safe, the Medical Examiner is to regress to a safe place immediately.