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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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About j92mike

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    E-4 Petty Officer 3rd Class

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  • Service Connected Disability 30%
  • Branch of Service Army

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  • Location Madison,GA
  • Interests I like to write, there are a lot of things I like to do but can no longer do because of the injuries that occured in service.

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  1. j92mike added a question in Compensation & Pension Exams   

    Dmii And A C&p
    Can anyone tell me if it's normal to not be sent to one? I naturally assumed they would want to see the level I was at with DMII.

    I wasn't diagnosed with Diabetes in the service, however while I was pregnant during service I did have high blood sugar, 8 months after my discharge I was diagnosed with gestational
    diabetes for my second pregnancy.

    As far as I know the only records they have are from the VA Medical Center I was treated at, I wasn't sent for a C&P and my claim is at Preparation for Decision all in a months time.
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  2. j92mike added a post in a topic Wow I Can't Beleive I Got 70% Success   

    Congrats on your victory!
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  3. j92mike added a post in a topic Gas Reimbursement For Va Appts?   

    When I got sent out to do C and Ps I did get a travel reimbursement. Now to be seen after every appt I just go back up to the check in desk and ask for a travel voucher the checks take about six weeks. I have had a time where I was only given one way reimbursement...my therapist called in sick and for the long distance travel you should ask to be connected to the facility dept that handles the hotel arrangements They paid for my stay at a hotel when I have to travel the 100 miles to Augusta.
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  4. j92mike added a post in a topic How Man Times?   

    After an SOC if new evidence was submitted they do look at it if not favorable they will send you an SSOC before sending it to the BVA
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  5. j92mike added a post in a topic Upper Back Condition, Need Advice   

    Contact Veteran Affairs, I know after surgery you can get temporary 100% which would help you.
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  6. j92mike added a post in a topic Success   

    Congrats on your victory!
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  7. j92mike added an answer to a question Couple Of Questions   

    Thanks Vync I put in a request for them.
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  8. j92mike added a question in (VA Claims Research) Veterans Affairs Claims and Benefits Research   

    Couple Of Questions
    I first got seen at my local VA clinic in Athens GA last year when things were at their worst when I say worst I mean I was ready to wrap my van around a pole. I was diagnosed with type 2 Diabetes, about three years out of service. I had gestational diabetes with my second child born in 2011 when I was about a year out of service and was borderline with my first child in 2010 while I was still in the service. I wanted to know if it is a condition that can be claimed? Also my therapist says that I have PTSD and anxiety and mild depression. I did claim anxiety and depression but not PTSD.

    Also, I have had an appeal going on since July 2012, it's still in phase 1 cause of a screw up by my lawyer I wanted to ask for advice if it's worth it to stick it out with the appeal or start a new fully developed claim with new evidence and another C&P exam.

    Also, when I left service in June 2010 I got a copy of my medical records but not my mental health records. I was being treated for three years. The VA doesn't have my mental health records either. Can someone tell me where I can obtain a copy of my records from? When I went to do my C&P my examiner told me all she had was that I was seen by mental health my last three months of service.

    I understand my case can take longer cause I have multiple conditions that I put in for I am just in need of some advice.

    Thanks in advance,
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  9. j92mike added a post in a topic Ssdi Fully Favorable   

    Congrats on your Victory!
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  10. j92mike added a post in a topic Georgia (Ga): Atlanta   

    Have any of you been seen at the Lawrenceville outpatient clinic?
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  11. j92mike added a post in a topic Georgia (Ga): Atlanta   

    I had been calling my case manager and leaving messages weekly since my last exam May 11th. Today I called QTC and spoke to a rep she told me my case had been transfered to someone else. When I talked to her she told me my results had been sent back on June 4th. She said it's all done electronically. Which really makes me wonder....what in the world could they possibly be doing that they are backlogged so bad
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  12. j92mike added a post in a topic Georgia (Ga): Atlanta   

    I filed with the Athens GA State VSO in May 2011. My packet was sent to AtlRO and sat there for three months. I had two exams in March and one about three wks ago.

    I have never been to atlro. However I am not looking forward to it. I have seen news reports where vets show up to appts early but get seen hrs late the parking is terrible and last wk a vet was declared deceased while in fact he was still alive.
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