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      How to get your questions answered. A few observations, and requests of all members. All folks who come here are volunteers who do this on their own time and their own dime.To avoid burning out our best contributors please follow these guidelinesf you are reading a post and it reminds you of a question you want to ask, start a new topic, if you place your question in someone thread it will be difficult to distinguish your question from the original poster, you will get better results posting a new topic with your question. 1. Before Posting please do a search and see if your question has already been answered. If you find the answer print it out and put it in a file to use as a reference file, I find this helpful myself. 2. If you can not find the answer and you do post a question, please print out those answers and refer to them to avoid duplicate questions. 3. Refer to the Frequently Asked Questions4. Duplicate questions will come up from time to time but the keeping them to the minimum will lighten the load on the regular volunteers.5. Respect folks privacy do not request their personal phone numbers for claims help, it is inappropriate and not why they are here.6. Keep the topics focused on veterans issues, in closing Search first Search ... Ask second.it may save a lot of time or at the very least enlighten you.
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    • A bit about Tbird and HadIt.com for those who've asked...

      The following is on my About page, but some have been asking how this all happened. So here is my little story. Tbird US Navy 1983 – 1990 E-6 HadIt.com the website domain registered Jan 20, 1997 the domain is registered and paid for through Jan 21, 2023 at which time I plan to register it for another 15 years Lord willing and the creek don't rise. I guess the best place to start is Jan 1991; I had gotten out of the navy Dec 1990. At my separation seminar, there was a DAV rep Jim Milton he told us to bring our medical records in and he would look through them for us and let us know if we should file a claim with the VA. Well, bless his heart, he opened my medical file, reads the first insert, looks me straight in the eye, and says you will be 50% for the rest of your life and he would file the claim for me. 50% was for surgery I had in the service. True to his word he met with me and talked with me for a long time filled out my paper work and urged me to file for PTSD. I would not file the PTSD claim, nor even discuss it. By Feb 1991 I had moved to the San Francisco bay area and was staying at a friends apartment and pretty much I was just a puddle. In desperation one night I called suicide hot line, I had no job, no idea about going to the VA. They talked with me for a long time and explained to me that I could go to the local VA hospital even if I did not have insurance. Now, I know what you are thinking if I was 50% why didn't I just go to the VA in the first place, two reasons 1, this was Feb 1991 and the 50% didn't come till May and 2, even if it had come through it is unlikely that I would have had the mental acuity at the time to put the two together. I relate this here because it is where so many of our brothers and sisters are coming from, perhaps where you started. Fuzzy and unsure, in pain and sometimes homeless they come to the VA hospital for help. And that is where I ended up. Up to the pysch ward I went, blah, blah, blah, a few days later I was released with a promise of a call from the out patient program, which I would soon be entering. Blah, blah, blah, after many missed communications, and no call backs I was at the Day Hospital everyday M-F. And this brothers and sisters is where I began to learn and formulate my plan for HadIt.com. Veterans, veterans everywhere…I spent a year in the day hospital and about another year at a sheltered workshop before I got back on my feet. So I just talked to veterans everyday waiting for appointments, waiting for prescriptions, waiting for a vet rep and I started to learn the system. While in the navy I was data analyst and had to learn a 5 volume manual and just about anything you were suppose to do was in that manual. So I figured there must be a manual on how to do a VA claim or at the very least regulations. So I found out about the Code of Federal Regulations, United States Code, Veterans Affairs Manuals and so on and so forth. Of course this was 1991/1992 I was living in a tiny studio apartment in a particularly bad neighborhood, working in a sheltered workshop making a nickel per envelope I stuffed throw in PTSD and you will see that it was a difficult task for me to get somewhere where they had copies of these, let alone that they would let me look at. And there was so much knowledge around me, it was like the gold rush in those days, I could just sit on a bench a veteran would sit down next to me a little conversation later I had another nugget, I made copious notes. Phone numbers to call, ask for this guy or that guy he'll give you the straight scoop and they'd slip me a piece of paper with a number on it. You want to read this regulation or that one and another slip of paper into my hand. I spent a lot of time on those benches watching the squirrels they gathered their nuts and I gathered mine :) So I'm thinking I could put a little handbook together print it out and hand it out at the VA. Or perhaps fliers. Still formulating, time goes by, 1994/1995 I am being treated for PTSD regularly and doing and feeling much better and I go to work for a company as a marketing systems analyst and I discover the internet. Well let me tell you that was perhaps one of the most significant life changing events I have ever experienced. And I might add finally a positive one :) It seemed only natural to me that surely there must be a website that contained all the knowledge I wanted, well as it turned out not so much, lots of stuff but I wanted to get straight to the claims information and there was a lot of stuff to wade through to get to it. So taking my lesson from the squirrels earlier I started to gather, gather, gather…and learn HTML and work as a marketing systems analyst and work my claim. 1996/1997 major PTSD cork blows and unemployed. Working my claim, working the website. 20 Jan 1997 register HadIt.com domain name right after getting off the phone with the VA and saying I've had it with this. As fate would have it the old DAV board goes down just as mine opens up and folks start to wander in. So HadIt.com has two main components the website which supports the discussion board with links, articles, research resources etc. The website starts to grow, I can't tell you how many times I had to switch servers for space and features. I continue on a downward trend and in 1998 ended up back home in St Louis living in my sisters basement in therapy and working it, I swear I would have swung a dead chicken around my head at midnight naked if I thought it would have helped. The website continued to do great during this time, I just stayed in the basement bought new software, new books, and learned how to make things work and I continued to use this knowledge to make HadIt.com better. My 100% finally came through from the VA and I had a friend who is an advocate who helped me thru my SSDI claim, he was literally at my side thru the entire process and that came through for me. My therapist and sister continued to try and get me to leave the basement, but to no avail. At some point in 1998 or 1999 I put a counter on the website and was shocked to discover how many visitors we were getting. Time goes by my sister gets married and I move from the basement to the upstairs, there is much celebration that Aunt T is living in the light again. More time goes by and I settle into my life in St Louis and spend more time on the site trying new things, finding more information. 2003 I buy my own home VA loan. For years now I have just considered HadIt.com my job and I get up every morning go to the office and work for several hours, take an afternoon break and see where the rest of day takes me. I have a place in the office to use the computer and a comfortable to place to read journals and articles and take notes. Blah, blah, blah so that is my story and HadIt.com's intertwined.
    • HadIt.com Pass It On Cards

      Hi I've updated our HadIt.com Pass It On Cards. They are in a PDF format you can print them out cut them there are 12 to a page. If you have found HadIt.com helpful and would like to pass it on to other veterans this is an easy way to do it.I hope you find them helpful, feel free to leave a few anywhere veterans gather, veterans centers, veterans hospitals, public libraries, be creative. Please make sure though, that if you want to leave some at any business you ask permission first.Here you go http://www.hadit.com...it_on_cards.pdf


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  1. Reddit added an answer to a question Diagnose's   

    But, if you never filed for depression, you wont have an EED!
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  2. Reddit added a post in a topic Retro Arrived!!!   

    Congratulation, have a great day.
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  3. Reddit added a post in a topic TBI C&P   

    well, you should get a copy of ur C&P and post it.  was it done by VA or contracted out.
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  4. Reddit added a post in a topic TBI C&P   

    what residual you have from the TBI? like headaches, blurred vision etc.... 
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  5. Reddit added an answer to a question Cancelled Claim   

    I deal with Atlanta and it is a joke.
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  6. Reddit added a post in a topic Rating Reduction from 100% to 10%   

    Go to the nearest Va Rep. office and file the paper work saying you want a DRO hearing, that you do not agree with the decision to reduce.  You have thirty days to file this, if not they are going to reduce you.
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  7. Reddit added a post in a topic C and P exam results, possible rating?   

    I would say 30 to 50%.
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  8. Reddit added an answer to a question What is TBI CP Exam Like?   

    RootBeer22, In 1988, this is the first time I had a TBI exam, clam it back in 1997, and was told that I was already rated for headaches, so no residual from TBI, now with the new TBI rating, I finally get a C&P exam,  my C&P examiner for depression  said I should be rated for TBI., at the time didn't know I had a TBI diagnosed in my records, first In 1997 at the C&P exam, then C&P exam for migraines, then by the VA neuroglosit and by the mental health PSCH., so we will see how this turn out.
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  9. Reddit added an answer to a question What is TBI CP Exam Like?   

    Well, I had one recently at a QTC.  It was like the exam I had at the Va mental health appointment.
    That been said, She didn't use a book(like they use at the Va) she had a series of question to ask me.  She ask me to draw a clock(and told me what time she want it to say), she ask me about headaches, if I have any, if you do, then she start doing the headache, migraine DBQ,( if you are service connected for this make sure you got your answer right), ask about hearing, if you have problems then she starts doing the DBQ, for this., ask about memory, did you loose conscious, do you have any scars from the TBI,  
    make sure you read up on how they rate you for TBI, look at the DBQ for TBI.,
    you can ask me a question and I can tell you what happen at my exam., I had last month.  but my rating is not back yet and by it being done at Qtc, I can't see it, but I had the test at the Va and that test look like 70% at best.
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  10. Reddit added an answer to a question Diagnostic Code 7626   

    Yes, I had the surgery on active duty.
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  11. Reddit added a topic in Success Stories   

    Tbi/head Injury C&p
    Getting ready fit Tbi C&P, what do I need to expect. Going to a Contractor/ not VA
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  12. Reddit added an answer to a question Is This A Cue For Tbi/head Injury   

    Yes the diagnose was post concussion. The C&P examiner said that I had a post concussion from the falls, and that's why I was having the migraines and other issues. So, now I have filed for TBI/head injury. and the Va representing point out that I had post concussion and residual from the fall.
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  13. Reddit added a post in a topic Success After 5 Yrs.....kinda   

    I sent Ms. Hickey a e-mail, someone has been trying to contact me from the Regional Office but every time I call no one knows anything about it.
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  14. Reddit added an answer to a question Is This A Cue For Tbi/head Injury   

    I am not worried about the migraines because I am not 50% rated. I am wonder should I have been rated 10% for TBI and separate for migraines.
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  15. Reddit added a question in Eligibility - Veterans Disability Compensation   

    Is This A Cue For Tbi/head Injury
    This is what happens to me. Although there is a record of treatment in service for head and back injury, no permanent residual or chronic disability subject to service connection is shown by service medical records or demonstrated by evidence following service. In order to establish a well-ground claim, the veteran should provide medical evidence which demonstrates a permanent residual or chronic disability.
    service medical records shows that the veteran FELL AND HIT HER HEAD and back in August 1988. There was no evidence of loss of consciousness or a brain concussion and examination of the back reveal no tenderness. No further evaluation for the injuries was noted. The veteran's headaches which began in 1989 were assessed as migraine headaches, a condition for which service connection has been established. On VA examination in May 1988, there was no evidence of a chronic back disorder noted and no neurological abnormalities found. The veteran's posture and gait were within normal limits. X-ray of the lumbar spine was said to be re unremarkable.

    I was diagnose by the Va examiner as having. Migraine headache, status post-concussion, Right sciatica Anemia, Asthma Allergic.
    The I was service connect by the rater for Migraine(10) Sinus(0) anemia(0)
    I think I should have gotten a TBI rating for 10 or is that the migraines.
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