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      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

MPsgt

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  • Birthday March 19

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  1. MPsgt added a post in a topic Tdiu Initial Denial What Is Needed To Get Approved?   

    How long were you with the USPS?
    Why did you get terminated?
    Were you an employee under FERS?

    A current medical opinion from a doctor, a VAMC Disabilities Benefit Questionnaire (DBQ) completed, and/or a VAMC doctors statement placed into your VA Medical records stating your unemployability. If you answer the three questions. I may be able to give you more advice. I too, was in somewhat your situation.
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  2. MPsgt added a post in a topic Awarded Tdui, But Does That Mean I'm T&p Also?   

    SSDI recipients maybe able to get the Homestead or Property Exemption too. The SSDI recipient needs to get a copy of their SSDI Award letter. Take in to the local PVA or Sheriff's Office for processing. Keep in mind every State and/or locality maybe different. However, someone at either of these offices can point you in the right direction. ref. Homestead Exemption Act
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  3. MPsgt added a post in a topic Va Billing My Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan   

    PR, When you say private insurance? Does this include Federal Health Insurance? I thought anything concerning the Veteran past 50% SC was covered by the VA. Anything past 100% TDIU P&T would cover the entire eligible family too. I could save a lot of money. Simply, just drop my Federal Health Insurance. Let ChampVA cover the whole cost. Do you agree?
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  4. MPsgt added a topic in VA Medical Centers Navigating through it   

    Va Billing My Federal Employee Health Benefits Plan
    Should the VA be billing my Federal Employee Health Benefits Plans? I'm 80% SC for approximately five years, just recently approved TDIU P&T w/ retro back to September 2011, and a medicare recipient. My wife handles the bills and she asked me this same question. She further states the VA has been billing my FEHB Plan since September 2010. At least back to my initial award of 80% SC. I've always been in Priority Group 1 and I know the VA doesn't bill Medicare.
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  5. MPsgt added a post in a topic School   

    Feeding off Berta's information. Your wife could be entitled to educational benefits too. As far as your daughter is concerned. She can approach her College or University's Veterans office on campus for assistance. They may help her with some of the finer points. The worse that can happen. They tell her they can't help her. JMO
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  6. MPsgt added a post in a topic School   

    From what I understand, you can reclaim Dependent Educational Benefits. If she accumulated the cost associated tuition and fees from any point after you were awarded TDIU P&T. Which was 2010? My recommendation is to visit Vonnapp and electrically submit VA Form 22-5490 Dependent Application for VA Educational Benefits. A VA Form 21-4138 statement in support of claim explaining your situation might help too.
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  7. MPsgt added a post in a topic When Do They Call Your Employers ?   

    Do you have any treatment records for your MH issues? If you are a Combat Veteran and you've not done so already. Utilize the nearest VetCenter to your location. IMO, they've a much better treatment program setup to accommodate Combat Veterans suffering from PTSD.
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  8. MPsgt added a post in a topic Tdiu Pt But Working On Ss & Fers Claims   

    I used Harris Federal Law Firm out of Lexington, KY. However, I thought HLF had an office located in TX too. I'm sure you've heard it before but, has your employer tried to accommodate. My employer (USPS) couldn't and/or wouldn't accommodate. Therefore, I sought out HFL. It was close to home too. JMO
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  9. MPsgt added an answer to a question Claim Completed--Backlog Now At Payment   

    I'm in the same boat. I truly believe the larger the retro, (5+ figures). The longer the VARO will take. To payout a decision rendered by the BVA in favor of the Veteran.
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  10. MPsgt added an answer to a question Ab8 Letter Update   

    Did your issue get resolved? If so, when? Just Curious Thanks
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  11. MPsgt added a post in a topic Tdiu And Earliest Effect Date   

    Did or Do you've a IMO/IME to support any of your claims and/or appeals? If you don't, that could very well be your problem. In which case your as lucky as a one legged man in an a** kicking contest but, what do I know. I'm just a second class petty officer.
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  12. MPsgt added a post in a topic Tdiu And Earliest Effect Date   

    I agree with Navy04 and there is no need to file the NOD. Simply file for TDIU, if you meet the regulations governing it. You'll be looking for VA Form 21-8940.

    Good Luck!
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  13. MPsgt added a post in a topic Va Requesting Records Not There   

    Kate,

    Go to this site: http://www.ssa.gov/myaccount/

    I suggest creating an account. I believe you should be able at some point. To print or download a copy of his benefit award and/or regular Social Security. Hopefully, this will work and save you time.
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  14. MPsgt added a post in a topic Bva's Wait Time On Tdiu Claims   

    I've received my BVA Decision letter regarding my claim for TDIU Docket #13-16-416. The ORDER; As of September 14, 2011, a TDIU is granted, subject to the laws and regulations governing payment of monetary benefits. This date was my last date of employment with the Federal government. Below is a list of my appeal timeline:

    September 14, 2011 applied for TDIU
    September 11, 2013 conducted travel board hearing at Louisville, KY VARO
    October 24, 2013 BVA assigned docket #
    April 20, 2015 BVA approved appeal for TDIU
    April 23, 2015 received BVA decision letter via snail mail.

    I'm just waiting for an award letter. There are no current changes on my e-benefits/VA letter generator too. 80% SC TDIU
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  15. MPsgt added a post in a topic I Successfully Was Award 100% Iu P And T, But They Didn't Pay Back To Date Of Claim?   

    My advice is, "never look a gift horse in the mouth." You could always produce the new evidence and file an NOD.JMO
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