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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.
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      VA Training and Fast Letter Forum Index The following is the index with links to the various Training and Fast Letters plus a few miscellaneous. These letters are not necessarily in the original formatting. I have tried to present them in an easy-to-read form instead of some forms as originally presented. Some of the paragraphs were WAAAAYYY too long. lol - HadIt.com Member fanaticbooks Something to be aware.... Some of these letters may be rescinded, outdated, or otherwise no longer viable. I have still included them because sometimes they provide additional insight or just plain more information than the newest version. Use them wisely. The oldest letters will display at the bottom with the latest letters displayed at the top, all in sequential numbers. Coding of the letters... 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The Fully Developed Claims (FDC) Program :

http://benefits.va.gov/transformation/fastclaims/

What is a Disability Benefits Questionnaire or DBQ FAQ'S

http://benefits.va.gov/TRANSFORMATION/dbqs/Facts.asp

Disability Benefits Questionnaire :

http://benefits.va.gov/TRANSFORMATION/disabilityexams/index.asp

Disability Benefits Questionnaire : List By Symptoms :

http://benefits.va.gov/TRANSFORMATION/dbqs/ListBySymptom.asp

Disability Benefits Questionnaire : List By Condition :

http://benefits.va.gov/TRANSFORMATION/dbqs/ListByCondition.asp

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I have completed over 400 fully developed claims this past year. All have been adjuicated with 90 days. The only exception is those military members that are retiring that have been awarded 50% or greater. Their claims are taking approx. 30 days longer because, DFAS has to compute the pay.

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Hey all, sorry for the long absence, been working 2.5 jobs.

Anyway, we just had a team meeting & I heard something that is going to make life interesting re claims. The VA judges have ruled that in addition to the change of all claims being put on the Form 526 EZ (whether it's FDC or not), that if a veteran does not SPELL OUT that claimed conditions are due to service, they can be denied. In other words, say you claim a back condition. Your service records indicate you had some treatment for you back, & you were in service about 10 yrs or more ago. You put down "back problems" on the form, nothing else. You do not submit medical evidence, or u might have some VA Med. Ctr treatment but neither the doc nor u ever said it was due to service. If there is nowhere in those records or ON THE CLAIMS FORM that you have had back problems SINCE SERVICE, we do not order an exam for u & it can be denied.

If you are filing a new claim, PLEASE write in there somewhere that your condition is since service...those 2 little magic words may mean the difference between getting service connected or not!

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Veldrina- good to see you here again!

Your point is well taken!

I hope that doesn't happen often but it sure pays to tell the VA that the claim is for a disability that is due to one's service.

Particularly "back problems:' or heart problems' , stomach problems, etc ....it is .not a good idea for using a generic way of describing a diagnosed disability.

Good info . Technically if one does Not specifically claim something is due to their service, it makes sense to me that VA would not order a C & P exam at all.

And I feel it sure doesn't hurt to state that the disability claimed is due to say ' my inservice jeep accident of (date) at ----Air Base, or my inservice exposure to acoustical trauma, as a gunner, or when describing the MOS that caused the disability ,it pays to spell out what the MOS entailed. Right away...why wait.

Then again, is there enough room on the Form 526 EZ to be specific and/or to refer the VA to additional Remarks?

Glad you are back briefly but we know how hard you work!!!!!

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Good to "see" u too Berta! :)

While yes, it makes sense that they shouldn't order an exam if one doesn't say it's due to service, in the past it's been assumed. Now you actually have to spell it out....I see a lot bad juju coming the VA's way for this just for 2 little words, so PLEASE everyone just write them in.

There should be space right in the area where you list what you're claiming on the EZ form to just add it (i.e. "back condition SINCE SERVICE, residuals of sprained ankle IN SERVICE, hypertension due to high blood pressure readings FROM SERVICE, GERD - continuation of vomiting and abdominal pains FROM SERVICE, etc.)

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Good point and glad to see ya, Veldrina.

Don't work yourself to death and enjoy one of them big turkey legs for me! smile.png

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Veldrina,

I took your advice and started placing those 2 words on the 21-526ez. The higher ups are saying that it doesn't need to be there. "They already know that" is what I have been told.

So now, I explain to the veteran about this and leave it up to them if they want it in their claim or not. Each vet that I have filed a claim for since I was told not to do this, have expressed desire to place those two words. After all, it's the veteran's claim.

Haven't received any flack since then.

Thanks for your advice, anything that helps a veteran with a claim is always, most appreciated!

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Hey all, sorry for the long absence, been working 2.5 jobs.

Anyway, we just had a team meeting & I heard something that is going to make life interesting re claims. The VA judges have ruled that in addition to the change of all claims being put on the Form 526 EZ (whether it's FDC or not), that if a veteran does not SPELL OUT that claimed conditions are due to service, they can be denied. In other words, say you claim a back condition. Your service records indicate you had some treatment for you back, & you were in service about 10 yrs or more ago. You put down "back problems" on the form, nothing else. You do not submit medical evidence, or u might have some VA Med. Ctr treatment but neither the doc nor u ever said it was due to service. If there is nowhere in those records or ON THE CLAIMS FORM that you have had back problems SINCE SERVICE, we do not order an exam for u & it can be denied.

If you are filing a new claim, PLEASE write in there somewhere that your condition is since service...those 2 little magic words may mean the difference between getting service connected or not!

I'm new to the site and just read ur posting and you got me thinking. I just submitted to reopen a claim for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (secondary to hypertension 0%)Asthma(increase from 30%)Obstructive Sleep Apnea (secondary to headaches, chest pains, and depression) and a new claim for prostate cancer. I collected letters from 3 guys I was stationed with stating they heard me snoring,had to wake me and gaging very bad when I slept, I think the statements were pretty strong statements concerning symptoms of sleep apnea, a letter from my wife of 12 years and a old girlfriend while stationed in KY who I dated while in the military and after service.I Also had sleep study done last month that was rated severe (5 normal 30 severe) I was rated 79, stop breathing 114 times with the longest period of not breathing 47 seconds. One of the Recommendations was not to operate heavy or commercial equipment. I sent in regulations from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (Dept of Trans) showing them because of the OSA and asthma I cant legally operate a semi truck, which I owned and operated as self employed under my own company. (Unemployable) I applied for OSA back in 02, 04 and again in 12. I failed to mention I'm also a (K) sexual dysfunction. I've been driving since 1995 and seems life is coming to a halt..... What's ur best guess?

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truck905,

it is my opinion that you will need a strong nexus letter from a Doctor to validate your claim for OSA secondary to hypertension rated at 0%. Although you have been diagnosed with hypertension, a 0% is not severe enough for a diagnosis for OSA. This is my opinion, and my opinion only! I also, do not believe that the letters will suffice from those that were stationed with you. They indeed mentioned symptoms that you experienced, but I have seen too many sleep apnea claims denied because the supporting statements were from individuals that were not with a medical background so the VA disqualified the lay statements.

I'm not sure what your rating of 79 is? There is only one rating for OSA and the % for this is 50%. If you have OSA and you do not need a machine, the rating is 30% and is called hypersolomence. The flow of the oxygen for your machine can be set at different levels and that is set pertaining to the results of your testing.

I would obtain a pulmonary doctor or perhaps a neurologist and see what they have to say. If they agree with your claim, have them write an IMO for you. You are going to need someone with a professional background.

I do hope the best for you, and please let us know upon your results!

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truck905,

it is my opinion that you will need a strong nexus letter from a Doctor to validate your claim for OSA secondary to hypertension rated at 0%. Although you have been diagnosed with hypertension, a 0% is not severe enough for a diagnosis for OSA. This is my opinion, and my opinion only! I also, do not believe that the letters will suffice from those that were stationed with you. They indeed mentioned symptoms that you experienced, but I have seen too many sleep apnea claims denied because the supporting statements were from individuals that were not with a medical background so the VA disqualified the lay statements.

I'm not sure what your rating of 79 is? There is only one rating for OSA and the % for this is 50%. If you have OSA and you do not need a machine, the rating is 30% and is called hypersolomence. The flow of the oxygen for your machine can be set at different levels and that is set pertaining to the results of your testing.

I would obtain a pulmonary doctor or perhaps a neurologist and see what they have to say. If they agree with your claim, have them write an IMO for you. You are going to need someone with a professional background.

I do hope the best for you, and please let us know upon your results!

Thanks for your reply! the 79 represents the scale base of my sleep apnea. The Dr. stated that it's based on a scale from 5 to 30 with 5 being normal and 30 severe, I was rated 79. I will keep you updated on all information received. Thank you again..

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I'm new to the site and just read ur posting and you got me thinking. I just submitted to reopen a claim for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (secondary to hypertension 0%)Asthma(increase from 30%)Obstructive Sleep Apnea (secondary to headaches, chest pains, and depression) and a new claim for prostate cancer. I collected letters from 3 guys I was stationed with stating they heard me snoring,had to wake me and gaging very bad when I slept, I think the statements were pretty strong statements concerning symptoms of sleep apnea, a letter from my wife of 12 years and a old girlfriend while stationed in KY who I dated while in the military and after service.I Also had sleep study done last month that was rated severe (5 normal 30 severe) I was rated 79, stop breathing 114 times with the longest period of not breathing 47 seconds. One of the Recommendations was not to operate heavy or commercial equipment. I sent in regulations from Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (Dept of Trans) showing them because of the OSA and asthma I cant legally operate a semi truck, which I owned and operated as self employed under my own company. (Unemployable) I applied for OSA back in 02, 04 and again in 12. I failed to mention I'm also a (K) sexual dysfunction. I've been driving since 1995 and seems life is coming to a halt..... What's ur best guess?

truck,

Please start a new topic when you have a question and put it under the forum it would go with.

Thanks

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megh did a good job answering truck...i cant add much without seeing the fact pattern, but we dont rate except in whole #s, & like megh said the 5% causing hypersomnolence & issues with work & requiring CPAP machine is the highest sleep apnea goes. As long as sleep apnea shows it began in service (records should show complaints or treatment or at least symptoms) then u should be good. I have never heard of apnea being secondary to headaches, chest pains, depression or hypertension, so if u claimed it like that it will most likely be denied as secondary to any of them.

sorry if continuing here carlie, just hard for me to look all over the forums for stuff. i shut up now!

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Hello Veldrina Please keep us inform your help and info is very,very helpful we need someone on the inside looking out for vets. I know I appreciate it very much, my question is do you work directly with the judges or a local VA.

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Hello Veldrina Please keep us inform your help and info is very,very helpful we need someone on the inside looking out for vets. I know I appreciate it very much, my question is do you work directly with the judges or a local VA.

Veldrina just pops in once in a while right now.

For privacy /security /anonymity reasons, she might not answer this question.

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Hey all, sorry for the long absence, been working 2.5 jobs.

Anyway, we just had a team meeting & I heard something that is going to make life interesting re claims. The VA judges have ruled that in addition to the change of all claims being put on the Form 526 EZ (whether it's FDC or not), that if a veteran does not SPELL OUT that claimed conditions are due to service, they can be denied. In other words, say you claim a back condition. Your service records indicate you had some treatment for you back, & you were in service about 10 yrs or more ago. You put down "back problems" on the form, nothing else. You do not submit medical evidence, or u might have some VA Med. Ctr treatment but neither the doc nor u ever said it was due to service. If there is nowhere in those records or ON THE CLAIMS FORM that you have had back problems SINCE SERVICE, we do not order an exam for u & it can be denied.

If you are filing a new claim, PLEASE write in there somewhere that your condition is since service...those 2 little magic words may mean the difference between getting service connected or not!

You need to continue here on Hadit because you info is magical appreciate it very much keep up the good work.

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Good to "see" u too Berta! :)

While yes, it makes sense that they shouldn't order an exam if one doesn't say it's due to service, in the past it's been assumed. Now you actually have to spell it out....I see a lot bad juju coming the VA's way for this just for 2 little words, so PLEASE everyone just write them in.

There should be space right in the area where you list what you're claiming on the EZ form to just add it (i.e. "back condition SINCE SERVICE, residuals of sprained ankle IN SERVICE, hypertension due to high blood pressure readings FROM SERVICE, GERD - continuation of vomiting and abdominal pains FROM SERVICE, etc.)

are you taking request in the future, filling out this form.

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Veldrina just pops in once in a while right now.

For privacy /security /anonymity reasons, she might not answer this question.

Understood

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hey guys! BTW if u ever need me immediately for something, Carlie knows how to get in touch with me. Re judges, no. I work in NY for the benefits office (not hospital) as a rater (u know, the guys who look at eerything when it's fully developed, go over medical stuff & determine what's service connected & what isn't & give u an evaluation). ;) I am in no means an expert on anything, & HadIt itself actually has a lot more info about the job than i do, so definitely use the resources on here, it's more or less the same charts, scales, etc we use...sometimes better!

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Why doesn't the C&P Examiner, Individual making Rating Recommendation have the ability to "Flag" a claims file when their recommendation is for 100% and/or IU? This would be another way to move claims along and prevent/help backlog. Current claims are slowly moving into backlog status (I.e. 180 days). Depending on whose claim date you go by.

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The C&P Examiner is not allowed to say something is service-connected, as that's a legal call, just as we the raters are not allowed to make medical judgments as that's the doctor';s call. (i.e., even though i know there is no way in hell that your plantar warts are secondary to your service connected migraines, if you claim that I have to put in an exam for the warts becuz I can't make a medical determination, no matter how obvious...same thing with the docs).

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Thanks for your response. Funny example. Thanks for all you do and taking the time to assist us in this forum.

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thank YOU and everyone else here for their service!

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Hey all, sorry for the long absence, been working 2.5 jobs.

Anyway, we just had a team meeting & I heard something that is going to make life interesting re claims. The VA judges have ruled that in addition to the change of all claims being put on the Form 526 EZ (whether it's FDC or not), that if a veteran does not SPELL OUT that claimed conditions are due to service, they can be denied. In other words, say you claim a back condition. Your service records indicate you had some treatment for you back, & you were in service about 10 yrs or more ago. You put down "back problems" on the form, nothing else. You do not submit medical evidence, or u might have some VA Med. Ctr treatment but neither the doc nor u ever said it was due to service. If there is nowhere in those records or ON THE CLAIMS FORM that you have had back problems SINCE SERVICE, we do not order an exam for u & it can be denied.

If you are filing a new claim, PLEASE write in there somewhere that your condition is since service...those 2 little magic words may mean the difference between getting service connected or not!

This is the most ridiculous thing that I've heard so far and if it is true, someone should go to jail! You can not disregard a veterans claim because they do nott put the words service connected on their condition. The entire application is for "Service Connected Disabilities", anyone attempting to deny that all conditions listed are intended to be claimed as service connected is acting in bad faith and should at the very ;east be fired and publicly shamed!!

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i agree....the "jeenuses" in congress keep coming up with more fun things like this....PLS VOTE THEM ALL OUT!!!! The biggest threat to your VA benefits is not the VA, it's the idiots in Congress that keep changing the rules on us!

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I think I did a FDC here recently. I asked for an increase for DMII. I meet requirements for 20% because VA started me on oral medications. I got paperwork from Jax. Fl instead of St. Pete. It was a page telling me what I needed and another page asking about evidence. All my evidence is at the VA. It is no big deal since no extra money but I want an increase.

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for an increase in DMII you either need other complications caused by DMII or regulation of activities...and for regulation of activities, it needs to be a doctor restricting strenuous activity.

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