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The MOS Smartbook & Veterans Disability Records Review

MOS Smartbook

Veterans often face unique challenges when it comes to securing disability benefits, especially when their ailments are linked to their military occupational specialties (MOS). Leah will explore the invaluable tool known as the MOS Smartbook and how it aids in understanding the specific requirements and challenges associated with different MOS categories. She sheds light on the significance of this resource and its practical applications.

The MOS Smartbook: A Crucial Regulation

Leah Bucholz introduces the MOS Smartbook as a Department of the Army pamphlet, officially designated as DA Pam 611-21. This regulation serves as a comprehensive guide for understanding the intricacies of various MOS categories and their associated skill levels. While primarily tailored for enlisted personnel, the MOS Smartbook proves to be a valuable asset for anyone seeking detailed information on military occupational specialties within the Army.

Navigating the MOS Smartbook

Leah emphasizes the practicality of the MOS Smartbook during her time on active duty, particularly when assessing whether individuals meet retention standards for their MOS. The document provides a clear breakdown of specific requirements for each MOS at different skill levels, ranging from E1 to E5 and beyond. Due to the live and interactive nature of the document, its utility in retrieving precise information about a particular MOS is unique.

Understanding Ailments in Relation to MOS

One of the key insights is the ability of the MOS Smartbook to aid in describing the ailments that veterans may suffer from based on their MOS. By referencing the document, you can outline the tasks and physical demands associated with each skill level within an MOS. This proves crucial when veterans need to articulate the challenges they faced during their service, offering concrete evidence to support disability claims.

Case Study: Exploring 11 Bravo – Infantryman

To illustrate the practical use of the MOS Smartbook, Leah explains a specific MOS example: 11 Bravo, the Infantryman. She guides through the document, showcasing how it delineates the tasks required at each skill level. From lifting and lowering specific weights to climbing ropes and carrying heavy loads, the MOS Smartbook provides a detailed account of the physical demands placed on individuals in this MOS.

Benefits of MOS Smartbook in Disability Claims

There is a big significance of the MOS Smartbook in the context of disability claims. For veterans seeking compensation, the ability to point to specific tasks and requirements outlined in the regulation adds credibility to their statements. It becomes a tool for veterans to overcome challenges such as reluctance to report injuries during active duty due to fear of ridicule.

Practical Application and Accessibility

Leah ensures that veterans have access to this valuable resource by offering to share the information through email or Prestige Veteran’s Facebook page. The live demonstration of navigating the document reinforces its accessibility, making it easier for veterans to obtain and use in their pursuit of disability benefits.

Conclusion

In conclusion, the MOS Smartbook emerges as a powerful tool for veterans navigating the complexities of disability claims. Leah Bucholz’s insights shed light on how this regulation can be instrumental in providing a detailed account of the tasks and challenges associated with specific MOS categories. As veterans strive to secure the benefits they deserve, the MOS Smartbook stands as a reliable guide, offering a tangible link between military occupational specialties and the ailments that may arise from them.

Also read: How to Download your VA Medical Records

At Prestige Veteran Medical Consulting, a veteran-owned company, we specialize in Independent Medical Opinions (IMOs) known as Nexus letters.

Our purpose is to empower YOU, the veteran, to take charge of your medical evidence and provide you with valuable educational tools and research to guide you on your journey.

Understanding the unique challenges veterans face, our commitment lies in delivering exceptional service and support.

Leveraging an extensive network of licensed independent medical professionals, all well-versed in the medical professional aspects of the VA claims process, we review the necessary medical evidence to incorporate in our reports related to your VA Disability Claim.

Prestige Veteran Medical Consulting is not a law firm, accredited claims agent, or affiliated with the Veterans Administration or Veterans Services Organizations. However, we are happy to discuss your case with your accredited VA legal professional.

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In her active-duty service in the United States Navy, Danielle undertook a variety of responsibilities, ranging from essential administrative duties to providing crucial medical care. Her multifaceted contributions played a pivotal role in enhancing her fellow service members’ operational effectiveness and well-being.

As a disabled veteran, she developed a profound understanding of the unique challenges faced by her fellow service members. Now, in her civilian role, Danielle is a valued member of the Prestige Veteran Medical Consulting team, where she continues to leverage her extensive background and educational achievements to provide exceptional support to veterans.

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LETICIA

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

Leticia has been in the medical field for nearly 14 years. She has always had a passion for medicine and caring for her community. Leticia has spent the last 4 years caring for veterans and first responders with alcohol and substance abuse in a medical rehabilitation setting whilst continuing her education working towards a degree in software development.

Someday she hopes to develop medical software that further enhances the patient’s experience in medical care. Leticia has a deep respect and love for those who have served as she comes from a family of law enforcement and military veterans.

Alan Bucholz

ALAN BUCHOLZ, PA-C:

U.S ARMY VETERAN, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Alan enlisted in the US Army as a combat medic, where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Influenced by his time as a combat medic, he attended the Interservice Physician Assistant program while on
active duty, was commissioned as an officer, and subsequently deployed to Afghanistan.  

Alan’s military and medical background inspired him to form Prestige Veteran Medical Consulting with his
wife, Leah Bucholz, a Physician Assistant and Army Combat Veteran.  He has devoted himself to using his
knowledge gained in the military as a medical professional to serve the Veteran community.

Alan Bucholz

ALAN BUCHOLZ, PA-C:

U.S ARMY VETERAN, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Alan enlisted in the US Army as a combat medic, where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Influenced by his time as a combat medic, he attended the Interservice Physician Assistant program while on
active duty, was commissioned as an officer, and subsequently deployed to Afghanistan.  

Alan’s military and medical background inspired him to form Prestige Veteran Medical Consulting with his
wife, Leah Bucholz, a Physician Assistant and Army Combat Veteran.  He has devoted himself to using his
knowledge gained in the military as a medical professional to serve the Veteran community.

Julie Pereira

JULIE PEREIRA:

ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

During her Active-Duty time in the US Navy as a Hospital Corpsman, Julie provided medical administration
and patient care services in the field, the hospital, and base medical office settings.  This military medical and
administrative background has given Julie the hands-on experience and extensive knowledge necessary to
provide unparalleled service to her fellow Veterans through the Prestige Veteran Medical Consulting team.

Julie’s educational achievements include a Bachelor of Arts with a minor in Human Services and a pre-nursing associate in arts and science.

Julie has been inspired by her firsthand knowledge of navigating the VA Benefits process. She has dedicated
most of her adult life to serving Veterans through her knowledge derived from her military and civilian medical
education and training.

Jennifer Januta

JENNIFER JANUTA

U.S ARMY VETERAN, CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER

During her Active-Duty service in the Army, Jennifer supported various research efforts centered on combat casualty care and Soldier performance. Her military background gave her unique insights into veterans’ distinct challenges, ultimately inspiring her to join the Prestige Veteran Medical Consulting team.

Jennifer’s educational achievements include a master’s in molecular biology from George Washington University and a master’s in data science from Texas Tech University. Jennifer wholeheartedly dedicates herself to utilizing her knowledge and expertise gained from 15 years of healthcare experience to impact the well-being of those who have served positively.

Alan Bucholz

ALAN BUCHOLZ, PA-C:

U.S ARMY VETERAN, CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Alan enlisted in the US Army as a combat medic, where he deployed in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.
Influenced by his time as a combat medic, he attended the Interservice Physician Assistant program while on
active duty, was commissioned as an officer, and subsequently deployed to Afghanistan.  

Alan’s military and medical background inspired him to form Prestige Veteran Medical Consulting with his
wife, Leah Bucholz, a Physician Assistant and Army Combat Veteran.  He has devoted himself to using his
knowledge gained in the military as a medical professional to serve the Veteran community.

Leah - Meet the Team

LEAH BUCHOLZ, PA-C

U.S ARMY VETERAN, MEDICAL EXPERT & FORMER C & P EXAMINER

Meet Leah, the founder, and leader of our organization. ​​A combat veteran herself, she understands the unique challenges veterans face, making her mission about much more than running a successful business. It’s about the opportunity to provide a legacy of exceptional service for our heroes.​

​“It is essential to remember that there is no greater honor than caring for service members on the battlefield. Continuing to care for Veterans after separation is an opportunity that I have been afforded to extend that care in this new battlefield related to service-incurred disabilities.”

Her inspiration comes from years of military experience working alongside her fellow servicemembers, particularly key leaders who have influenced her journey, applying their wisdom to her path. She values her team deeply, most of whom are also disabled combat veterans, each member a trusted individual sharing her vision.

 “Driven by passion and purpose, I aim to create a sustainable change that empowers veterans and future generations.”

Leah’s journey hasn’t been without challenges. From overcoming and living with her service-related disabilities to navigating work-life balance, she’s learned to face each hurdle head-on with resilience.  Like many of her veteran brothers and sisters, her early background consisted of limited resources and opportunities. Her military service has helped shape her into a steadfast leader, offering relatable inspiration to others.

Join us in celebrating Leah, a compassionate leader, and resilient veteran, driving our mission to serve those who served our nation.