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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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  • Birthday January 24

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  • Service Connected Disability 100%
  • Branch of Service Army
  • Hobby Keeping up the house!

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  1. Inthewind added an answer to a question Where Can I Get A Copy Of My C&p Exams Done By Qtc In 2010?   

    FYI - I went to Audie Murphy release of records and talked to them. They said that QTC C&P exam results won't be in my regular out patient visit record. However, I could get them by submitting VA 10-5345 along with the top page of the exam sheet they sent to me with the appointment on it. Wonder how long that will take. I may as well just request my entire C file.
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  2. Inthewind added a question in Compensation & Pension Exams   

    Where Can I Get A Copy Of My C&p Exams Done By Qtc In 2010?
    Do I need to get them from my "C" file? Or does anyone know where else I can maybe go other than waiting a year for them from my "C" file?

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  3. Inthewind added an answer to a question Va Now Out Sourceing C&p   

    My first C&P back in 2004 was done by an 80 y/o GP contracted by QTC. He could barely walk much less do the exam on me. It was a head to toe claim and service exit exam. Needless to say it wasn't a benefit to me.

    My refile C&P's, also done by QTC in 2010, were specialized to BH and orthopedics. The docs were professional and very empathetic and compassionate as I went to them on some of my worst days.

    I would also recommend you bring any records that are germane to the exam. My experience, especially with the Behavioral Health exam, was it's better to have them and not need them than to need them and not have them.

    Also, if you walk in and answer their greeting of "Hi! How are you doing today?" with a with a smile on your face and "Ok, how are you?" when you really feel like crap because why else would you be there, then you've lost the effect of a first impression and you only get one chance at it.
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  4. Inthewind added an answer to a question Can I View Results From My Original C&p Exam From 2006?   

    What if they were external? Do I need to go get them from my C file? Or can I request them from QTC?
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  5. Inthewind added an answer to a question How Long After Compensation & Pension Exam To See Results/notes And Where Do I Look?   

    @toddt Where do we have to request them from? I had C&Ps done with QTC a few years ago and still haven't received them. I submitted a 10-5345a. Is there somewhere else to request them from? Is it possible I can go to the VA and do a records request right there?
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  6. Inthewind added an answer to a question Can I Be Reduced After Having Cervical Fusion?   

    I'm not looking to gain an increase as I'm already 100% P&T. And this surgery will, if anything, decrease my ROM because I need 4-5, 5-6, and 6-7. Flexion and extension become minimal at best with that type of fusion. I'm looking to get a decrease in pain and pain medication dependance.

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  7. Inthewind added a question in (VA Claims Research) Veterans Affairs Claims and Benefits Research   

    Can I Be Reduced After Having Cervical Fusion?
    I searched but found noting specific, so please bear with me.

    I was found 100% P&T in 2012. I have since been in a vehicle collision where I was rear ended and it exacerbated my pain and neurological symptoms. If I go have a fusion, does anyone know if I can be reduced for the part of my rating related to my cervical spine and radiculopathy? I imagine most 100% P&T's aren't frequently subject to review, so its not like its a red flag, however I'm concerned that after such a surgery it may be used subjectively by the VA and bring me grief in the future. Trust me, I want to feel better at any cost but thats not what this is about.

    My ratings that I am concerned could potentially effected are the radiculopathy associated with degenerative arthritis of cervical spine (20%) and degenerative arthritis of the cervical spine and IVDS (20%).

    My total rating breakout is:

    PTSD - 70%
    Bilateral Pes Planus - 30%
    Asthma - 30%
    Radiculopathy of upper extremity associated with degenerative arthritis of c-spine: 20%
    Degenerative arthritis of c-spine: 20%
    Lumbar spine degenerative arthritis: 20%
    Right knee strain: 10%
    DJD left knee: 10%
    Tinnitus: 10%
    GERD: 10%
    Shambergs Syndrome: 10%

    These surgeries do not have guaranteed outcomes as we all know and even after that, a 3 to 4 level fusion is still considered a significant decrease in quality of life.

    Any knowledge that can be shared would be greatly appreciated.

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  8. Inthewind added an answer to a question Does Anyone Have Any Idea What Development Letter Sent Means?   

    @ricknewman5 - I just happen to be a retired Army 1SG if it's me you're referring to. I guess your jump to conclusions that I was Navy speaks to your knowledge of anything at all regarding this forum. The rank on my profile has to do with my post count. Look below the picture for branch of service and you'll see your error. Also, what my military record is or isn't, is none of your business. Anyone, (primarily speaking of you by the way) that comes in this forum and makes generalized negative statements is truly sad. You can't possibly know anyones situation. To say people are scamming the government and are un-American with everything thats been proven about the VA and their methods of treating ALL veterans like sub-human species is pretty arrogant and un-patriotic so look in the mirror. I tend to believe you're nothing but a troll. Good luck in your future endeavors, particularly if you've come here to learn or gain some assistance from the large amount of knowledge to be had from these forums. I doubt you'll get it with a first post like that.
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  9. Inthewind added a post in a topic Benefit Of Tdiu If I'm Already 100% P&t Schedular?   

    I've been out of commission for a while. This got a lot of answers and definitely answered my ?. Thanks to all that posted!
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  10. Inthewind added a topic in TDIU Unemployability Claims   

    Benefit Of Tdiu If I'm Already 100% P&t Schedular?
    I've searched for a couple hours and can't find anything related to the difference between a 100% P&T schedular rating and TDIU. Isn't the compensation the same?

    A couple of people said I should be TDIU due to my 70% PTSD/depression, but I'm already 100% P&T, so what would be the difference/benefit other than reduced income from not working?

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  11. Inthewind added an answer to a question Does Anyone Have Any Idea What Development Letter Sent Means?   

    She's a Sphynx and she is the most loving living thing in the world!
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  12. Inthewind added an answer to a question Does Anyone Have Any Idea What Development Letter Sent Means?   

    It came in the form of a rating decision.
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  13. Inthewind added an answer to a question Does Anyone Have Any Idea What Development Letter Sent Means?   

    Yeah, I'm not really interested in TDIU because I'm working, it's keeping me busy, and it hasn't become an issue yet. I'll go down that road if/when the need arises. Thanks to all for the comments.
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  14. Inthewind added an answer to a question Does Anyone Have Any Idea What Development Letter Sent Means?   

    So basically, I went from 50 to 100% and they didn't use everything in my claim to get there and there's still issues they haven't completely adjudicated yet? So they may be asking for additional information to complete them?

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  15. Inthewind added a question in E-Benefits Questions   

    Does Anyone Have Any Idea What Development Letter Sent Means?
    My claim was closed yesterday and in eBenefits in updates it says:
    Appeal is Possible
    Decision Notification Sent
    Development Letter Sent <------ Does anyone know what this letter is included for? What it may say, or it's purpose?

    I've done some searching on HADIT but every mention is just text copy pasted into a paragraph not Germaine to asking what the letter means/says.

    So, if anyone has one, or has recently seen one I'd be greatful if you could post a small brief explanation.

    I went from 50% to 100% P&T.

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