I had knee surgery in 2014 and was approved for temporary 100%....I knew it would take awhile so I was not looking for the pay anytime soon but, after a year I started calling for a status and was told that my case was at DFAS for auditing....after 6 more months I called back and was told the same thing, so I contacted DFAS and was told that my package had completed auditing … [Read more...] about Retro Pay confusion
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You need 40 quarters (10 years) to get SSI when you retire. You need to have worked within the last 5 years to get SSDI. I don't think you can get around those two rules. You do not need to work for 10 years to get SSDI. An example would be when you get/got hurt right after you got into the work force. The Social Security system, both SSI and SSDI are like the VA … [Read more...] about Denied SSDI for lack of points
I thought the rule for service connection was note of the condition in service as well as current diagnosis? So, here is my situation. While on active duty I had bladder incontinence, I was young. It was embarassing. I finally brought it up during my annual physical because it was one of the questions asked. I circled yes to leaking urine when laughing, sneezing, etc. … [Read more...] about Proving service connection with ad medical records
All, I am currenty represented by the VFW, and was quite happy with them since I started this journey in 2008. My buddy is represented by the American Legion and he is quite happy with them. Now, what differs is, he has and is in contact with his rep from the American Legion and I have never heard peep one from my rep or have seen any correspondence either. I am life … [Read more...] about Change your Representative POA
Carefully read 38 CFR 3.156 a, b, and C. This is the regulation on reopened claims. Understand that "reopening" the claim is not the same as awarding the benefit. YOu need to meet the threshold of "new and material evidence". The evidence you send in needs to be both new and material, to reopen. "material" evidence means that the new evidence submitted has a "reasonable … [Read more...] about Reopen Claims questions
Given what you posted, its unlikely to be backdated to your seperation date. VA is vicious when it comes to enforcing rules as long as those rules benefit Vets. HOwever, your effective date is the later of the date you applied or the "facts found", with some exceptions, only " one" of which you pointed out (when the Vet applies within a year of discharge). Effective dates … [Read more...] about Retroactive date: incident that is the basis for increase was within one year of separation, claim was not filed within one year of separation
By MikeHunt · Posted 55 minutes ago http://www.military.com/daily-news/2017/02/14/va-disability-claims-backlog-grows-despite-paperless-fix.html In short, VA decided scattering claims all over was going to help- In addition to points in the article, especially the cong's astute observation, people don't want to work hard claims, and send them along by various means, so … [Read more...] about Backlog Grows Despite NWQ
I filed a claim with the help of my doctor for sleep apnea as secondary connection. Denied. Filed a NOD. Denied. The NOD was denied over a year ago. A doctor for the VA said my sleep apnea was due to being over weight and that I "refused" to use my CPAP. They offered me a hearing, but I never responded. I have tried off and on for 10 years to use a CPAP and just cannot … [Read more...] about Sleep apnea
By asknod · Posted 59 minutes ago Negatory, Loyal. Look at it like this. You have everything you need for SMC S but they fail to grant. In the new VBMS world, you have to go through a generated 526EZ claims portal (Janesville), to be read into the system. Face it. If you're going to Hell, you'll have to go through Janesville. You can thank Rep. Paul Ryan, the Speaker of the … [Read more...] about What to put when filing
By Berta · Posted 36 minutes ago Yes, it is possible he had ischemia heart disease. If the acidosis was metabolic acidosis, did he have diabetes mellitus ? If so that too could be claimed as due to AO exposure. My husband died from both of these conditions. (FTCA/1151 Awards and also direct SC awards) They Never appeared once as diagnosed or treated by the VA ,his sole … [Read more...] about Letter requesting specific %
Hello... I am wanting to know about my current situation and what you guys think? I am currently sitting at 100% non-permanent. I have been rated at this since 2014. Last year I had a reevaluation C&P for my PTSD and my rating for that went from 70 to 100. I got a slight bump in compensation as well with the addition of one of the SMC's (I don't remember which one--but I … [Read more...] about Should I apply for P&T?
By Buck52 · Posted 1 hour ago It don't matter if this was yesterday or 40 years ago trauma is trauma! the effect trauma has on someone may differ between combat trauma and MST...BUT its all Trauma. You don't need any medical documentation to support your MST Claim but it certainly helps obviously ,but so many never reported this horrible tragic event for reasons of guilt, … [Read more...] about Noob with Noob Question
By MikeHunt · Posted 22 minutes ago For Comp, unemployability must be a result of a service connected disability. Many times there's 'secondary to' disabilities to DMII, such as peripheral nephropathy. These are a near 'slam dunk' if he has a diagnosis. I have little doubt his Schizophrenia was triggered by his service, I'd guess as a result of traumatic events in Vietnam. It … [Read more...] about Reopening claim
a few years ago, I did not claim rhinitis. It already exists as a chronic issue during my service and I know I can claim it as service connected. However, I was wondering what I can do to preserve the effective date. I already know the regulation about the effective date ( claim date or arousal of entitlement, whichever is later ). However, I already claimed headaches during … [Read more...] about Effective date and missing condition on claim
By Berta Buck. you suggested to use CUE as the last means but I have used it as an IMMEDIATE frontal assault after I got my last two or three decisions. I have not had time to fully prepare something I mentioned here before. I need to request from VA Sec Shulkin to develop a fast Letter that advises how a claimant can request the VA to CUE itself in an unappealed decision … [Read more...] about Permanent and total
By Buck52 sphynix06 You can ask them to CUE themself but you got to make sure every T is crossed and I's dotted . VA’s failure to give a sympathetic reading to the veteran’s filings by determining all potential claims raised by the evidence, applying all relevant current laws and regulations. Moody v. Principi, 360 F.3d 1306 (Fed. Cir. 2004). ∙ VA’s failure to apply … [Read more...] about Voluntary Work
Okay, I am still waiting for my notification letter, it was barely sent out on Friday. However, I will be calling my regional VA Tuesday to ask them about it. I filed within a year of discharge and my effective date is set for the day after my discharge so I should definitely be getting all that backpay aswell. Do they normally send one big check or how does that normally work? … [Read more...] about Compensation amount?
All, I know we get a lot of "how long to get my c-file" questions, so I like to post my results for the record. In 2013 is was about 3 months and that was a paper mess. Lots of duplicates and in no order whatsoever. Now, I put in a request October 14, 2016 and I see on eBenefits its closed with a February 15, 2017. So, thats 4 months, 1 day. Not sure what I am … [Read more...] about C-File request and timeline is complete
By jfrei I almost did and i gave up then my appeal clocked ticked off stumbled on some new evidence the VA ignored and that was my CUE claim 6 1/2 years of fighting before service connected to 100% now. Everyone has a battle everyone has a new method to get what we all want just keep reading and posting it will come to all of us who truely need and me want it!! … [Read more...] about SSDI exam results
By Jimmy2tymes Appreciate the responses. This feedback is really helpful. Navyguy 2013 - Just curious, what Regional Office is working your NOD? flores97 - Congratulations! Glad to hear it worked out for you. So you actually visited the Regional Office in Winston Salem to check your status? Did you they give you a hard time about showing up in person? Gastone- Good info. … [Read more...] about Is there a way to get more details on the status of your claim than what you can see on eBenefits?
I asked for a copy of my C-File in November of 2014 and never received it. I applied for a rating on secondary conditions in July of 2015 (after getting tired of waiting for it). I received my rating in April of last year and went from 60% to 100%. After noting the effective dates of some of my disabilities I once again contacted the VA in May and asked for the status of my … [Read more...] about FOIA Request for C-File
Back on January 12th, 2017, I won a CUE as well as permanent IU via a decision from a review officer, I won both on the spot. So here it is some 6 weeks later, and I still haven't heard anything. No information on Ebenefits page, no contact from my American Legion rep-hell he won't even return my calls! I called the 800 number, and they don't have anything … [Read more...] about How long from decision to notification?
By Berta · http://community.hadit.com/topic/68746-tracked-item-for-rmc-medical-records/ You had stated here: "I do have an independent medical opinion that agree with my assessment. " A copy of that along with the death Certificate and autopsy should be referred to and attached to the formal Se4ction 1151 claim. This is the actual SOL for FTCA claims in Tennessee: "Time … [Read more...] about I do have an independent medical opinion that agree with my assessment.
Good evening! I have a question regarding special monthly compensation. I'm currently rated as S1 and my appeal has been added to the docket in DC. I need to see what my chances are getting bumped to L, L1/2 or M? My current service connected disabilities PTSD-100% Asthma-60% on appeal seeking 100% Endometrosis-50% Migraines-50% Eczema-10% Rt … [Read more...] about Special Monthly Compensation
Turning in evidence seems to be getting easier if you know how to scan in documents to your computer or if you have an iPhone just snap a picture of the documents. Log onto vets.gov upload into your claim. It's shows you when that piece has been reviewed or if it's collecting dust for a month. Although if you call they tell you it's pending scanning into your file if it's still … [Read more...] about Vets.gov
By john999 · Posted 21 minutes ago I filed for an EED for a 100% rating back to 1971. It had to be in the form of a CUE. My lawyer and I thought we had a slam/dunk since the VA had not considered my IMO/IME in the 1973 rating decision. I believe this was in 2005 when I filed. 7 years later we were denied at hearing of my claim at the federal court level. These really old … [Read more...] about Camp Lejeune Bad Water Presumptives just released
I'm looking into what is done at a neurology exam by SSDI. Apparently they set up this Dr. Fink and has been rated Best Neurologist in Delaware five times by Delaware Today Magazine so I'm glad he's not some doctor just looking for an easy job. And now with this new seizure disorder I don't even think I could work unless it's found what causing it. Other then performing a … [Read more...] about SSDI EXAM – What is done at a neurology exam by SSDI
By seminoles · Posted 1 hour ago pre 9/11 veterans and post 9/11 veterans is the main difference, the amount of $$ which is actually quite large (housebound is around 350 and aid and attendance $700 I believe depending on L or L 1/2) while caregiver can be to level a couple grand tax free paid to the caregiver not the veteran, tax free with other benefits like support, … [Read more...] about VA Blue Button Question
Good evening everyone, I've been lurking around this site for a while and haven't been able to find an answer so I figured I would just post it. When I went to talk to the VA rep on Camp Lejeune I told him I had anxiety insomnia stress and depression. He wrote down only insomnia and stress and said depression and anxiety would fall under stress. Now today I had my mental … [Read more...] about Stress and Insomnia exam
When was he DX'd with SA (? OSA CSA or MSA?)? He was Denied Direct SC, you didn't file as Secondary to his CAD DX? He applied for non s/c OSA and was denied. Different decision. I tried to keep the issues separate and the letter denying % for OSA stated that there might be an increase in his heart condition and also told him to apply for an increase. --- It looks like he's … [Read more...] about Secondary Conditions in VA Disability Claims
So as I am waiting for a VOC rehab a man sat across with me and asked the front lady if She knows how to file disability, he was in Vietnam. She said the basics and then she said you don't have to worry about getting the evidence the VA does it for you. I chimed in not to be rude but sir if you know where the evidence is bring it in here or submit on ebenefits he said he knew … [Read more...] about Wilmington RO
So apparently filing for Permanent and total can not be done in a written statement or typed. It has to be added to the remarks page on a standard VA form 21-526EZ. Not sure if that was the old way but in my SOC they didn't deny it they said it needs to be filed on this form. So heres for a wasted 4 months of waiting the xxxx couldn't they just tell me that over the phone? … [Read more...] about permanent and total
Haven't been on much but I wanted to write this, for Andy, and for anyone else for that matter, don't throw in the towel. Things get rough and seem hopeless but don't give in, even if loved ones are the ones that are telling you to do so. You will never get rid of that guilt and wonder, " what if I didn't give in, wonder what...." It's a killer man, no joke, it will eat … [Read more...] about No robbing topics
I've copied the results of my audiology exam and am wondering if I should proceed with a NOD for tinnitus. I have no history of hearing loss or tinnitus prior to military service. From what I read below the audiology exam shows hearing loss, just not significant enough to be compensable. Having said that the audiologist checked the box for ipsilateral and contralateral loss in … [Read more...] about Tinnitus Denied/Foot Injury Approved
OK, gentlemen, let's set the record straight. I have only changed my mind once in my entire life. Well...maybe twice. Wait, there was that time in Italy, so that makes three times... Laughin' with ya! … [Read more...] about How does my claim get to Ebennies
Just a Reminder if any of you veterans have a question/question's that you need an answer to quick please feel free to call into the show tonight Jbasser &Jerrel Cook will be glad to take your call the Number to call in is 347-237-4819 after you get in just hit the number 1 John or Jerrel will make you feel at ease and make you feel right at home. They … [Read more...] about Hadit Radio Podcast Show Tonight!
First, I'd like to thank Hadit...this site has been a God-send in many ways since I filed my PTSD claim in October 2016. Making this as short as I can, my now ex-husband almost killed me while we were both on active duty, overseas, with 2 small children. I reported it. After a short time of him being out of the house, I was told that unless I could afford … [Read more...] about Does PTSD always make you feel like a train wreck?
I just called the Assistant Director of the Prosthetic Department to get an explanation as to why my clothing allowance application was denied so I would know exactly what to appeal. After pulling my file an checking the brace I wear he said he doesn't know why they denied it. He said I see you have been getting an allowance on this type brace for years and he was going … [Read more...] about Another year Another Clothing Allowance Mess
Thanks for the LO-down on the LOA3 … [Read more...] about SOMETHING NEW? Veterans New LOG -3LOG -IN?
I would hope so, but with the VA you never know. … [Read more...] about FUNCTIONAL IMPAIRMENT
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Once my kid was approved for Chapter 35 and started college, they stopped the dependency amount. Never saw it again after that. … [Read more...] about Does the child benefit start back up for Title 35 between school years?
I got a "non generic" once because my doctor requested it. It had to be approved, apparently, by someone in the VA hospital. Ask your doc, and explain why you want the non generic. My example was Welbutrin XL. Well this is an "extended release" and puts a small amount of the drug in your system over time. This was much preferred to the Buproprion which was not extended release … [Read more...] about How to get non generic meds?
your welcome Bud Hope you got the information you needed. Hang in there things will get better and be better days ahead for you and your Family. feel free to call the show any time they usually have the shows on Thursday s at 6:00PM EST. … [Read more...] about Waiting And Nervous
An Update-- Today I withdrew my video hearing request and instead uploaded a written argument I had intended to give orally at the video hearing. I also uploaded 20 pages of additional supporting documents/evidence. The status of my appeal on ebenefits already changed from Pending Hearing Scheduling to Intake Processing. The question here is I'm wondering if I can apply for an … [Read more...] about Fully Developed Cue
Can Type II Diabetes be service connected to Hypertension or pain and nerve meds for other service connected injuries? I have gained a lot of weight in the past couple of years due service connected back and sciatic nerve problems that have pretty much made me bed ridden. Can this be considered a secondary condition to any of these issues. … [Read more...] about Type II Diabetes
I thought I should finally share my story... I separated from the Navy in June of 2014. I started my first VA claim as a quick start ( I was still active duty) claim but it was anything but quick. I went through a rep at MCRD in San Diego who helped people separating the military file initial claims. I claimed/filed for migraines, TMJ, neck scar, lower back pain and … [Read more...] about Success 80%
My wife is rated at 30% for asthma. She filed for depression and we looked at the copy of the C&P. The examiner left out many important testimony and seemed to paint a false narrative. Furthermore, I travelled to the C&P exam with her to provide secondary testimony and to my surprise they denied me access to the exam. We are rather stressed out from the outcome since my … [Read more...] about 0% rating for adjustment disorder?
Here is a short testimony by Secretary Shulkin on the Vietnam Blue Water Navy presumption issue. https://www.dropbox.com/s/3pqpoku04nakhyi/Shulkin299testimony.mp4?dl=0 … [Read more...] about Blue Water Navy update
Mrs. Berta, you wrote; "My opinion is still the same-----they made a statement in the SSOC that is ripe for attack..." I am all ears!!! : ) What is my best approach in this matter when and if I speak to a DRO what would the process be, reopening - CUE or something else? I am thinking if it is a telephone call with a DRO what would this be … [Read more...] about Back at the VARO.
Good read Berta always a pleasure to read your. Posts … [Read more...] about Boston RO TBI claims problems
This is good. Thank you! … [Read more...] about VA Appeals Lawyer or Agent Fee Retainer Agreement
Hi everyone! Hope all is well. I just wanted to stop in and say hello. I haven't been on here since late last year. Life is going good. As most know my story and it was a doozy, I finally got everything I deserved! Overall 90% and I couldn't be happier. It took a lot of hard work and sleepless nights and a lot of C&P exams and fighting the … [Read more...] about Just stopping in to say hi! 90% as of October 2016
I was recently rated at 60%, about a month ago, 50% of which is for PTSD. The notes/results from my C&P exams never showed up on myHealtheVet, even when my claim was closed out, up until today. So, I'd already started drawing my compensation before I'd ever known, or seen, exactly what was in my C&P results. All I knew is that my claims were awarded. So, today I'm … [Read more...] about Question About C&P Comment
It is my understanding that "CITI" was conditional pursuant to veteran demand, thus VA Long Beach is now at such capacity that it can no longer offer services to spouses and children and will have to transition all such patients to the private sector. Patients who used to get care and treatment at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System will be able to use their CHAMPVA card as … [Read more...] about CHAMPVA – CITI termination
Got a call from one of my battle buddies today, and after he relayed a story from his CVSO, I had to do some research. What I knew before this was the standard line- "if there is only one such disability, this disability shall be ratable at 60 percent or more, and that, if there are two or more disabilities, there shall be at least one disability ratable at 40 … [Read more...] about IU and I learned something today
The Indianapolis RO called me after I emailed the secretary and said I still had 2 years left until my DRO review is even looked at. At that point we're taking 3 years for DRO review. The lady said they are getting swamped with NODs. So if you put in an NOD now I would say 4-5 years to even be looked at. For a decision 5-6 years is a … [Read more...] about Is DRO worth it anymore?
In the last 10 days my status went from pending decision back to gathering of evidence and now I'm getting the application unavailable message x3 days. Any thoughts? … [Read more...] about Application Unavailable
have an update I applied for the scare on top of my head and and k I was denied for the scare approved for and k and now the va has me listed as 100% P&T back to the date I got out and now they also diagnosed me with carpal tunnel syndrome mild in my left hand and moderate in my right that is my domanet hand so that … [Read more...] about any guesses at my rating
I seen on here where you can send in new evidence. So my husband has some new labs. Is it ok to send this in? It is at bva and already has a dockett #. … [Read more...] about New Evidence To Submit During NOD – unrelated to issues appealed
Hi, I have submitted an "intent to file" recently for PTSD/MST. Although I was diagnosed in the past for PTSD/Depression and anxiety my therapist has since closed her practice and relocated out of state. I have not been able to locate her or my records. Having said that, I have a call this week scheduled to see a therapist at the VA to identify a therapy treatment plan (this … [Read more...] about I have submitted an “intent to file” recently for PTSD/MST
I notice that many of you, especially the more experienced ones, list your disabilities (with%) in your bio. I presume this is supplanted in your profile. Are you all using the "hobbies" field for this? … [Read more...] about I notice that many of you, especially the more experienced ones, list your disabilities…
Went to prep for notification today.When should my AB8 update?Also my arthritis secondary to low back condition disappeared?I know they were talking about combining the PTSD and low back claim. Mine went to Prep...last week and within a few days it came off "open Claims" and showed in "Disabilities", as jfrei suggested. Yesterday I received the detailed packet in the mail. … [Read more...] about Prep for notification how long does it take to update AB8 letter generator?
I applied for service connected hemorrhoids disability 2016 and got denied 10-2016. I sent CUE TO LOCAL VA OFFICE 11-2016 ALONG WITH DISAGREEMENT and wrote veteran should be entitled for hemorrhoids, bleeding and leakage,sent evidence copies I had from active duty doctors In 1990. 3-31-2017 was sent to C@P exam. 4-27-2017 Awarded service connection for hemorrhoids and leakage. … [Read more...] about RETRO BACK PAY WRONG AMOUNT?
We briefly discussed 38 CFR 3.156 on last night's podcast. This can become a powerful tool for any vet who querstions their EED. (Earlier Effective Date) 38 C.F.R. § 3.156 provides that if the VA receives or associates with the claims file relevant service department records at any time after the VA first decides the claim, the VA will reconsider the claim, including the … [Read more...] about Podcast Follow Up To New and Material Evidence 38 Cfr 3.156 (C)
Ok folks, In the midst of researching attorneys to replace my VSO, I got a call from the VSO who was working/not working on my claims. He wanted to get a few more details to work up his Form 646. After a week of speaking back and forth with him, he came to the conclusion that the VA had not reviewed several medical reports, including some of my active duty USAF medical records. … [Read more...] about DRO Hearing Scheduled – What To Do/Expect?
Gastone was right eh! Got letter from the VA with NOD Forms saying I have been denied VA Payment for use of Private E.R... reasons for denial =.Non VA Authorization Ok My spouse did call the VA before we went to the E.R. and talked with the VA Triage Nurse on duty, she said if we were unable to drive or get some one to drive me to the VAMC Then go ahead and go to the E.R. if we … [Read more...] about Non-Authorization for Non VA Medical Care.
Well weekly follow up . I have went down to the regional office this week and submitted more hardship paperwork and found out that it was added into the system but my file still has not been assigned to a rater as of yet. I was told that the Atlanta regional is one of the worst due to backlog and so I am not sure how long it will be 😭😭😭. I guess I will … [Read more...] about Appeal status
the biggest mistake is not to try if you need to W/100% schedular, you can work all the hours and make as much as you want. If you can. If you can not work, then apply for SSDI, but w/SSDI, you can not work. The whole thing is up to you at this point. … [Read more...] about SSDI & 100% Schedular
This will be round 6, so here goes. 1. In Sept 2016 I was service connected for left ankle tendonitis (secondary to right ft plantar fasciitis) at 0%. I think this should be 10% (pain and brace) with what I see from the examiner etc. Would this be a NOD or a increase? Just watched a clip from a Veteran law firm stating the NOD is the way to go, as I don't have new evidence. 2. … [Read more...] about Another round of claims and I have questions
What is the cost involved with Valor Consulting for a IMO? By the way Ellis Clinic did a good job for me from the IME on 14 contentions, but I was only increased on one situation from 20% to 40% for nerve damage. Everything else was denied but two contention reopen for C&P exams and still waiting for VES to send the DBQ to the Veterans Affairs. Thank you. … [Read more...] about The BEST IMO for your Claim
Berta, WOW! Talk about lying, the V.A. has the market cornered on that. I guess they thought they could give you a line of bullshit, and you would just walk away, or become so frustrated you would just give up. They (V.A.) throws every roadblock in your way, hoping the vet gives up, and then say "we never denied them". I am glad you are a fighter. We all need to be! … [Read more...] about Actual effective date on a claim
I don't see a "Recent Activity" link? … [Read more...] about New Facelift for HadIt.com – Check it out
Good day Good people of Hadit: I recently reviewed my medical records from MEPS and discovered I was documented to having mild pes planus as a pre-service condition. With all of the lower extremity issues I have had throughout my service (and continue to have), none of my in-service records beyond MEPS indicated I had flat feet. Recently, I was diagnosed with severe flat … [Read more...] about Preservice FlatFoot discovery…. Help?
My ebenefits site list 9 different things required and then says, "Not available No Longer Needed. I don't get this. Three of the categories are DBQ's, but the other is CAATS not available no longer needed. Does anyone know what is going on? … [Read more...] about E-benefits message “Not available. No longer needed.”
So back in 2013 I was diagnosed with Major depressive disorder.. 2014 denied SC for PTSD. 2016 service connected for sTBI with PTSD. 2017 dx with having an adjustment disorder due to my sTBI exacerbating my childhood ADHD. I was Marine of the quarter and honor grad right before my sTBI so my childhood ADHD showed no signs prior to my sTBI. I know that's their way of denying … [Read more...] about Mental whAtcha call it?
Hi Berta, I just learned about Special Monthly Compensation for Loss of Creative Organ. I decided to see if it was possible to do a CUE to receive back SMC pay, and ran across your article. Thanks so much for posting this; it gives me hope and is very educational. I was service connected at 0% when I retired in 2009 for a procedure that caused sterility. I … [Read more...] about How My Cue Succeeded
RHM 1966, I have basically the same thing that's on my ebenefit page. I was told that those are just some of the evidence that has already been looked at and completed. Mine also included a RVSR review, and initial medical evidence review. … [Read more...] about RHM 1966
I would like to know what is the VA's policy number and any documentation on not paying for maintenance therapy. I have been getting aqua therapy for about 9 months through the choice program due to my pain from fibromyalgia and arthritis and now now they cut it off said VA don't pay for maintenance therapy to use my own insurance and join a gym with pool and do it on my own. … [Read more...] about Help with VA and non VA care
Sorry i can not figure out how to format this better... But long story short i am posting this for a friend since both her and I are confused on how this either of these 2 DBQS read. on one hand the examiner seems say yes and then later on says no but maybe so but then probably not but mostly yes, so if any one can translate all this that would be awesome since this is a 10 … [Read more...] about friend looking for a WAG
A crime is a crime, and needs to be reported. Sounds like you have more than enough for a valid claim. … [Read more...] about MST Compensation Claim Question
OK folks here's a tough one. Got a veteran who served active duty army from 1976-1979, one tour in Korea, then got out in the states in 1979. No reserve time, no further military duty. The veteran was diagnosed with Obstructive Sleep Apnea POST military, has a long history of sinus problems, BOTH in and out of the military, and his Dr. has agreed to write him a Nexus … [Read more...] about Lost active duty medical records, now what?
Then there's also this to consider, Your Place in the DRO REVIEW, DRO HEARING or BVA HEARING LINE. I'd file the NOD Today for a DRO or BVA Hearing, plenty of time to get the IMO and any other Compelling N & M Evidence submitted, 2 to 3 yrs on the DRO and 4 to 5 yrs on the BVA depending on the type of BVA Hearing you opt for. Of course, the sooner the better with the … [Read more...] about Waiting for IMO to file NOD
Greetings all, So right to the point, my PTSD has worsened since my initial rating, a few years ago. I have since started see a VA psych and am on medications but nothing seems to be going right anymore with my personal life or work life. I've already talked to the psych doc about getting on different meds or upping my dosage. But I've also thought that maybe I should try … [Read more...] about Request for increase, my PTSD has worsened since my initial rating
This useless diagnosis is apparently a catch all for nothing dx. It's limited to being dx for 6 months after the stressor my sTBi was over ten years ago. How can you say I have an AD with my sTBI. If my residuals are still manifested is that still technically an ongoing stressor for my AD? Does anyone have any experience with this I know I've already been dx for having PTSD and … [Read more...] about Anxiety Disorder diagnosis
Hello fellow Vets, So today I began my journey of filing my first CUE claim with the help of my VSO. I've been rated appropriately for my Migraines (50%) and my lower back condition with sciatica to left and right leg (Combined 40%) over the past several months. The goal now is that I'm challenging the effective date for these conditions to my separation date of 6/30/2014. I … [Read more...] about CUE Claim for Migraines & Lower Back Condition
Hi everyone this is my first time posting but i’ve been reading things on here for a few months now. I have my disability claim in and i’ve gone through my c&p exam and it’s still pending. But my question is simply if the doctor diagnoes you with something other then you put on your claim do you have to make a new one to get rated for that diagnosis? … [Read more...] about Claimed disability diagnosed differently at C and P exam
Sauerkraut1977- I noticed that too.....the 20% statement the examiner made. There are no 20% ratings for MH disabilities but I think he just meant the exam disability only affected 1/5th of your social/employment situation. Still that surprised me,too that any C % P doc would refer to a "%" for anything. Please don't be offended by what I am saying here.......veterans … [Read more...] about PTSD claim
Question: Their significant other died and they never married. It's been almost a year. A claim was filed before the Veteran died. The DAV told her that the claim that they filed on ebenefits was taken down. Probably closed his case when he dies. Now here's the question. Since she isn't the dependent she can't actually file. She wants to file for his 3 year old son to be able … [Read more...] about Unmarried partner and child – Veteran died before claim decided – Advice?
Someone asked me to ask about this situation. A veteran is 100% P&T with several dependents and loses their job. If they are approved for VR&E, do they get subsistence for them and their dependents in addition to the dependency payments they already receive? … [Read more...] about A veteran is 100% P&T with several dependents and loses their job. If they are approved for VR&E, do they get subsistence for them and their dependents in addition to the dependency payments they already receive?
My appeal to the veterans court in Washington DC has recently been assigned to a panel for a decision. It was initially assigned to a judge now it's been ordered to a panel? What does this mean for my case? Will this now be much longer of a wait? Is it a good sign or a bad sign? Any insight would be greatly appreciated. Thanks Joe … [Read more...] about Court of veterans appeals panel
I was just rated 70% for PTSD bringing my total disability to 90%. I have worked very part-time as a bus driver but have been let go due to the meds I'm on and my PTSD. I am planning on applying for IU and SSDI. Is there one I should be applying for first or can they be applied for at the same time? Any thoughts and comments are very much appreciated! … [Read more...] about IU and SSDI
I currently have a claim in for herniated discs and sciatica as a secondary condition to my service connected lumbarsacral strain. My claim was in the Prep for Decision Phase a week ago but now has been kicked back to the Gathering of Evidence Phase and a C&P exam and medical opinion has been requested by the rater because of a new condition that I have that has been … [Read more...] about I currently have a claim in for herniated discs and sciatica as a secondary condition to my service connected lumbarsacral strain
Hi all, about a month ago I received VA form 21-0538 requesting the status of my dependents. Nothing has changed with my dependents. I have seen post that some people have experience problem with the VA treating this form as a claim. Well, the problem with that is I have a current claim that is getting close to closing and I don't want them to treat this form as a claim and … [Read more...] about I received VA form 21-0538 requesting the status of my dependents.
Has anyone ever seen this on their station ebenefits and if so how long before bva made a decision on claim. Sure would be nice to hear something. Got so much work to be done around my house. But it seems every time we get a dime someone comes along and takes 15 cents. Toilets have been over flowing called the plumber and it was the septic. Jus had it pumped in feb. so now have … [Read more...] about BVA Awaiting Place on the Docket
Need advice. I do not have anyone helping me at this time with filing a PTSD/MST claim. I do have a VSO appt. at a local vet center in a week or so. In the meantime from what I have read you need three things to file a MST claim. 1. evidence (I have police report...check). 2. PTSD diagnosis, but you can also claim other conditions such as anxiety and depression etc...(right?). … [Read more...] about Nexus Letter
I would wait for the letter from the VA. I had a similar thing happen and even though the rater asked the examiner to opine on something that I did not claim to include whether it was as least as likely as not caused by, etc.., it was not mentioned in my letter. The examiner was even asked and she did opine that it was caused by and as least as likely greater than 50% … [Read more...] about CERVICAL SPINE
VMC's will pay "Travel Pay" for all Vet Choice Appointments. You MUST get your 10-3542 "Travel Reimbursement" turned into your VMC within 30 days of the Vet Choice Appointment. No "Wiggle Room," 1 day past the "30," you're looking at receiving a "Denial of Payment" (3) months later. Semper Fi … [Read more...] about Veterans Choice Travel Pay – BEWARE!
"VA Announces Short-Term Extension of Strategic Review of Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers WASHINGTON — Today, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a six-week extension of the strategic review of its Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers. On April 17, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced a … [Read more...] about To VA Caregivers-VA Press Release
As long as you fill the form out and send it with return receipt so you know they got it that's all you need to do....> do so ASAP sending in this form should not interfer with your current claim, if you added a dependent it will help. so they can get your dependent status correct.BUT AS YOU STATED YOUR DEPENDENT STATUS HAS NOT CHANGED SO YOU NEED TO LET THEM KNOW … [Read more...] about Status of Dependents
Yes, they can/do award without hearings all the time. Yes, he will look at tdiu denial especially if the "new evidence" was relevant to the tdiu denial OR if the new evidence had a potential of putting you in the "schedular" category of TDIU, that is, your combined rating could potentially be 60 or 70%. Sure, if the new evidence established evidence of a higher disability … [Read more...] about DRO Review Questions
Hi I have been lurking and finding lots of useful information, but need help/advice about what has recently occured. I currently have a NOD DRO waiting in line at my VARO with three contentions. For one of the contentions on appeal, the VARO discovered a CUE, sent me to a C&P, rated it, and now are telling me that the CUE claim they have been working was cancelled by … [Read more...] about Help CUE During NOD DRO
I spoke to my Voc Rehab VA counselor to speak about independent living. I have an appointment on the 16th. Since i am still possibly going to receive services from them, do i still get a denial letter for the job training part? Or is the denial only if i do not use the Voc Rehab service at all? If i still go the route of getting the letter, should i explain that i have applied … [Read more...] about Doctor says i can work, but havent since discharged
Been there. After an examiner stated my disability had a significant effect on my employment my next two exams were scheduled at a different VA hospital. Two examiners said my disability was not service connected. They attempted a severance until they found out it was a protected service connection. The next exam on a remand the neurologist I had seen before was rude and … [Read more...] about Just a rant…for what it’s worth
Hello, I have been looking through the forums trying to get an idea of what to expect during the appeals process, and I learned a lot! Thank you to everyone on here who shares their past experiences and wisdom. I am hoping to get some advice, feedback, or even speculation as to how strong my appeal is. I have been going through the Schedule of Ratings for Mental Disorders to … [Read more...] about DRO Appeal evidence
Hey, me again. As far as I know SSD/I and VA comp do not cancel each other out. So...in your case, it may well make it easier. Other Vets have used their SSD to show they can't work and used that as the keystone for UI or P&T or something of that nature. My twin brother got his SSD before being awarded UI. So...you should be just fine with it. I wish you all the best, … [Read more...] about Will my civilian Soc. Sec. Disability status exempt me from MST compensation?
I spoke with a veteran last week that had a decision in which it was clear that the RO did not either read, or simply chose not to take into account the VA Examiners DBQ's. The Examiner offered opinions and selected the multiple choice boxes that were quite clearly and indisputably in the veterans favor. Without a doubt this veteran met the maximum rating criteria per each … [Read more...] about Rating official ignored DBQ’S
Does anyone have statistical data on what percentage of veterans are receiving ratings at 100%, 90%, 80%.... SMC-S, SMC - L, SMC-R1 etc. or how many veterans are receiving specific benefits in the form of 100%, 90%, 80%.... SMC-S, SMC - L, SMC-R1 etc? Full report on service connected conditions and disabilities can be found here: VBA Annual Benefits Report FY … [Read more...] about Disabled Veteran Demographics
THANKS to you both for responding. I will work on this some more before going to expense of the IMO letter on this....especially for tinnitus. Yes, I had a C & P which was very detailed and opinion no service connection. Yes, I got a denial on both hearing loss and tinnitus. Yes, USArmy - combat infantry badge, and MOS was 11C - mortars and 11B - infantry. Vietnam March 69 … [Read more...] about Medical Opinion Letter – Hearing Loss/Tinnitus
My case has now been forwarded to the administrative law judge attorneys. What does this mean? https://www.bva.va.gov/docs/Life-Cycle-of-a-VA-Appeal-FY2016.pdf … [Read more...] about Administrative law judge
I have the following disabilities rated by the VA: lumbosacral strain with degenerative arthritis and vertebral fracture 20% Service Connected right shoulder strain with glenohumeral joint osteoarthritis 20% Service Connected left shoulder strain with AC joint osteoarthritis and calcific tendinitis residuals of arthroscopic or other shoulder surgery 20% Service … [Read more...] about Shoulders, Neck
And it pre existed before my TBI. My ptsd diagnosed was just through into my TBI residuals and not rated seperately it continued my TBI rated at 70 even when they combined it with ptsd. My doctor isn't calling or ADHD they said it's just Adjustment disorder, which doesn't matter my coexisting TBI/ptsd is not a seperate rating anyways. In my exam 8/9/2016 the psychiatrist just … [Read more...] about AD diagnosed start
Im currently at 70% disability rating. 70% PTSD and 10% Tunitis.I recently just had a a C&P for headaches/migraines, IBS increase, bilat. shoulders C&P, and allergies/sinusitus C&P.Today I get a yellow envelope from the VA and inside it is a VA FORM 21-2680 EXAMINATION FOR HOUSEBOUND STATUS OR PERMANENT NEED FOR REGULAR AID AND ATTENDANCE.Has this happened to anyone … [Read more...] about Why did I they send me VA FORM 21-2680? Examination for housebound status or permanent need for regu
How does the rating of bilateral work when it comes to calculating a VA disability percentage? Example: (MILD) Paralysis of: Upper radicular group (fifth and sixth cervicals), both right and left hands/fingers have mild radiculopathy. When figuring out the disability percentage for this, does this equate to 20% for the left side and 20% for the right side and when both … [Read more...] about How is bilateral disability percentages calculated?
Oldtimer, My exam was on myHealthVet after about a week. Not sure about PTSD, but mine was for OCD. I was denied, but the C&P exam was on there. All of my C&P exams have been on there since 2013 I tlhink. My c-file took 3 months in 2013 and 5 months in 2017. Paper in 2013 and CD in 2017. FWIW, Hamslice … [Read more...] about Some of these c & p exams are just for the joke of it
I was service connected for Cardiac Arrythmia at 10 percent back in 1989. I recently had a EKG which revealed that I have had a previous minor heart attack. I have since had a Echocardiogram which revealed some problems also. The following is the results of the Echocardiaogram: Findings: 1. Left ventricle cavity is normal in size. Mild concentric hypertrophy of the … [Read more...] about VA Rating Question for Cardiac Arrythmia
Back in late 1984, early 1985 I had filed with my headquarters company a duty station transfer request (which was denied) not long after I was exposed to MST while serving in West Germany. I wanted this information in support my original PTSD-MST claim and now my NOD DRO review. During the development of my claim, I personally ordered my military file from the NPRC which … [Read more...] about Records Request NPRC vs JSRRC question & actual Terminal Leave
▾ 100% social and occupational PTSD probably refers to 38CFR4.130 Schedule for rating disabilities. The schedule lays out a general ratings formula see below. • Total occupational and social impairment, due to such symptoms as: gross impairment in thought processes or communication; persistent delusions or hallucinations; grossly inappropriate behavior; persistent … [Read more...] about What does 100% social and occupational PTSD mean?
Well, I called my VSO yesterday. She said the VA still has not received the DBQ from my neck/back/feet exam a little over a month ago. She advised me to not call the place where I had the exam done, and said my RO would be following up with them. She also told me they've been having some timeliness issues with contract exam reports. These documents are now 6 days over-due, and … [Read more...] about How long does it take exams to post?
I have been diagnosed with Type ll diabetes and the doctors have put in my records that the cause of this condition is most likely due to steroid use. This is in my medical records. I filed a claim for this and have been scheduled with a C&P. Ca n anyone tell me what they are going to be looking for or what they will be asking. They are trying to figure out if it is service … [Read more...] about Compensation claim – Diabetes from steroid treatment
I'm presently rated at 90% for Waldenstrom's Macroglobulinemia ( a rare form of Non-hodgkin's lymphoma), IGM monoclonal gammopathy with peripheral neuropathy. I'm also rated for TDIU or 100%. Additional ratings are 40% left leg, 40% right leg, 30% right arm, 20% left arm and 0% transient ischemic attack . The 40, 40, 30, and 20 are all for peripheral neuropathy. My … [Read more...] about SMC-S Eligibilty
Hi all, I just saw an update so fast on my VA claim for unemployable and increase from 70% service connected to either 100% or IU. First thing, is that my status went from "Under Review" to preparation for decision. Second thing, I used to have a C&P exam requested for 2018, and now when I check eBenefits, there are no C&P requests on the list at … [Read more...] about Should I attempt 100% TDIU or 100% Service-Connected?
Is it possible for the doctor to say at a C&P this isn't a secondary item but a direct issue? I filed it for a secondary disability now Im just waiting for a denial based on it being opinionated as … [Read more...] about I feel like I can see the denial
Thanks for the info I've been mad since the day they did this. At my new C&P I said my TBI was a MVA and was a car defect i deployed 3 years after my TBI and coma. And my Adjustment disorder began before my TBI. So he said I'll fix this I maybe can't differentiate between what's the occupational and social damage and figuring out what caused what more but they each do have … [Read more...] about TBI/PTSD info-these are 2 separate disabilities
My case was with the veteran's law judge and within that classification it moved to the attorneys. Now it has moved again and I cannot call the VA for information until Tuesday. Any ideas on where it is headed now? … [Read more...] about Case moved but where?
So I have officially had enough from the VA. I'm going to start getting things in order to fight the battle for 100%. It was pointed out to me today that I have a couple of NSC's that should be service connected. After putting my stuff into several rating calculators, I am currently at 91% (obviously rounded down to 90). I am an OIF/OEF veteran and they have my respiratory … [Read more...] about Road to 100% my journey begins
Allen, Congrats! Living in FL, travel to Disney World isn't a big deal, it's the Ticket Price right. With your New DAV ID Card, you can buy Disney package tickets at a substantial DAV Military Discount. I used the Ft Knox base travel agency, ITR LiesureTravel (502-624-5030), in 15 & 16. Saved close to $1K each time for a (6) ticket package. Grand Kids loved it. Check … [Read more...] about Got my letter, now what?
My husband is 100% P/T disabled vet TDIU, no further exams. With the new proposal to eliminate the TDIU for vets who have reached retirement age, we are very concerned that his TDIU will be cut. Because of his disability, he has very little social security. There have been SC claims that have been denied, but may be able to be re submitted. The issue is that he has a CUE … [Read more...] about Wait for CUE decision or file additional sc claim?
I read the excellent and help and advice given, but am basically just waiting fore the BVA judge. I did include more evidence before the deadline, it was support through a form from a dental surgeon that agreed the teeth were destroyed by intestinal disease. I did not file a claim because they denied my claim for the intestinal disease in 1997. But I included the form from my … [Read more...] about BVA sent remand back to regional VA, they failed to follow the judges directions
In a nutshell, if you are P and T, the VA can not reduce you unless you have had "material improvement" under ordinary condtions of life. The improvement can not be because of bed rest. They have to show you improved enough to go back to work. (Under ordinary conditions of life, as "ordinary people" work, but disabled people do not.) Its VERY VERY tough for VA to reduce Vets … [Read more...] about Feels good to be back on a base
Should the VA have inferred my claim was automatically IU without asking for it? I am 70 SC for PTSD and 20 SC Back condition as of March 31st this year. Can I file NOD stating that this should have been an inferred claim. I currently have a claim for increase in for those conditions. … [Read more...] about inferred IU
Ok, so are you saying you have a scheduled C and P exam, just a few weeks after your getting P and T? Go to the exam. Dont even think about missing a C and P exam. Reserve ONE hour, every week, for nothing but worrying. During that hour, worry about your reductions, your finances, your health, your kids..heck even worry about getting hit by an asteroid, or getting struck … [Read more...] about Go or don’t – C and P exam after just being rated P and T.
Do you have an IMO/IME that follows the IMO criteria here at hadit, from a private doctor. BVA- their decisions ,based on the medical evidence, are decisions for individual veterans. Every disability is unique to the specific veteran based on a thorough review of all evidence. However legal statements by BVA are binding on all decisions. And those in CAVC decisions. A … [Read more...] about Referencing BVA Decisions
Special Monthly compensation was granted by Congress and they're pretty stingy unless we're talking about their paycheck. As for us, disability is a variable open to VA's interpretation. I find fighting them is like herding cats. They'll do anything they can to appear dense and dodge the problem. If cornered, they order up the wrong DBQ or do x rays and "forget" to look for … [Read more...] about Special Monthly Compensation – open to VA’s interpretation and unfamiliar to many raters.
Can't believe I had a C&P examiner just eye ball my ROM. I've been to a fair share of C&P exams and thought that the whole C&P examiner didn't use a measuring device couldn't happen to me. I was wrong and kind of shocked. I had her complete the exam. … [Read more...] about Shoulder C & P exam no goniometer
A C and P exam wont be ordered in at least two cases: 1. You already have sufficient evidence to award benefits, and no C and P exam is necessary. YEA 2. You are missing "something" that a C and P exam wont fix. For example, you do not have the requisite discharge, the requisite service, or, maybe you lack one of the three Caluza elements that can not be fixed by a c and … [Read more...] about DRO – Appeal – Preparation for Decision
You need to write a statement to support your claim for each condition you are claiming. Whether it was diagnosed in the military may not matter completely. Example, if you know you went to the doctor while on active duty due to a consistent cough that would not go away or because of any other symptoms that could have been due to COPD, then state what those symptoms were. State … [Read more...] about Process/VA Doctors
Hi All: I got out of the Navy in 1980. In the heat of Orlando at Nuclear Power School, under fluorescent lights, I developed ophthalmic migraines. I was an MM-3. They said I could stay in as a Yeoman or a Hospital-man. At 6'4" 240 lbs, it didn't make sense. They voided my contract and I took an honorable medical discharge. I got a 10 % rating. I went to a year of college, … [Read more...] about Be Nice
Hi all. I have been reading posts for awhile but this my first post. I am currently 50% service connected for thrombophlebitis right calf with venous stasis disease and lymphedema. I filed to reopen my claim for an increase in March and for service connection of arthritis in both knees. Ebennies says: Status of Your Claim Submitted: 06/01/2017 (Compensation) … [Read more...] about Fully Developed Claim filed
Applied today and have an appointment next week to see a SSI councilor. Basically, all the person did was ask for my information, typed it up, then had me sign and gave me copies. When I asked questions, I was told to make an appointment with a rep that could answer all my questions. Seems they have multiple people that will prepare documents but only a couple that can answer … [Read more...] about Looking for advice
Have you ever heard of a regulatory or procedural review? A "procedural review," as indicated in your electronic records and eBenefits, is generally associated with an internal review of a claims file to ensure a claim was processed correctly. When VA initiates certain actions, a three digit code is assigned to the action and is entered into the computer for tracking … [Read more...] about Regulatory or Procedural Review
Question Poised Hello everyone, Very new here so bear with me. First off thanks for your service. I currently have an NOD in for PTSD as well as Migraines. I have been seen by both VA Psychiatrists as well as my own Psychologist for a couple years, and have been diagnosed by both with PTSD as well as migraines. I have NEXUS letters for both PTSD and Migraines as well as DBQ's … [Read more...] about SC questions for PTSD
First time poster. Forgive me if it's not very good! I want to find out the best way to attack a claim and EED issue. I have informally and formally requested a nerve condition claim (mainly neck, arm and hand). The condition was in my service medical records and missed or ignored when I got denied for the back, neck and shoulder issues back in 1996. Since separation, I … [Read more...] about Unadjudicated claims and EED
It sounds like you did your homework, but you may be getting "the cart before the horse". BEFORE VA will assign a disability percentage, you must first get it SERVICE CONNECTED. To do that, you must have the Caluza elements documented: Current diagnosis of osteoarthritis. In service event or aggravation. Doctors nexus linking number 1 and 2. VA wont connect the … [Read more...] about Medial Compartment Osteoarthropathy Claim
The general rule for effective dates is the later of the "facts found" or the date of claim. There are many exceptions to this, however. One thing you can do is to take your information to an experienced VA lawyer, and have them review your case and see if you should get an eed. They will review it for free, and you dont have to hire them. You can hire someone else, or even … [Read more...] about Wrong Retro date for TDIU P and T and Secondary Conditions
Are they a limitation time line to file for un correct EED? Going back 15 years ago? If a veteran finds that the VA never awarded his EED and has the records to prove they didn't? Example Veteran files first claim in 1997 and was denied..then he files a disagreement but not with in the NOD Time line and claim was closed... 1998 Veteran files to Reopen the claim VA … [Read more...] about EED time line?
The "Howell" criteria merely states what "congress intended" all along, AND established a "precedential case" for interpreting congress intent. Va had done it all wrong when they required the Veteran to not leave the home ever, and the courts spanked them for doing that. It was "grandfathered" when congress passed the law, not when VA abused the the regulation taking advantage … [Read more...] about BVA Decision arrived! Expert opinions requested!
I am seeing a lot on this site about having to have the three steps of the Caluza Triangle to get service connected. I have a NOD in for my PTSD and Migraines. My Private psychologist diagnosed me with PTSD as did my VA Psychiatrist and Provider. I sent in copies of stressors and the VSR even called an had questions about another Stressor that I didn't even have … [Read more...] about Caluza Triangle questions
That 202-530-9470 use to go to the evidence intake center. They are closing it down on Sep 11, 2017 and referring veterans to 800-827-1000. I haven't seen anything official on this, but a veteran on Facebook brought it to my attention. So I called the number and all they say is it is shutting down effective Sep 11, 2017. What have you heard? … [Read more...] about 202-530-9470 VA Evidence Intake Center
The Federal Circuit just delivered a "death blow" to adding the ratings beyond 100 percent when considering SMC S. They have to be "combined", not added. … [Read more...] about Gazelle v Shulkin Federal circuit delivers “blow” to adding ratings.
I dont recommend "removing" TDIU, as there is little, if any benefits to you for doing so. Its likely already been done for you as the va declares "moot" whenever a P and T Vet asks for tdiu. It would appear there is nothing for you to do about it now unlesss someone else has a better idea. … [Read more...] about Finally at 100% Rating but still not there yet.
I know this thread is a little old now, but I was looking for someone who has filed for and been awarded service connection for bruxism. I do not have a diagnosis (yet), but have had bruxism for years. I have multiple broken teeth and some missing from where I have destroyed them from the grinding. I don't only grind my teeth during sleep, but often times I do it during the … [Read more...] about Bruxism secondary to PTSD
I have a C&P coming up in October for Neck/Back pains. While in Iraq in 2004, I fell off of a 916 semi-truck and have buddy statements to verify this. I also have medical proof that I went to the TMC in theater and it was considered a "sprain" and was given light duty for a few days. In my medical records from the field hospital in Iraq, it states that this the back injury … [Read more...] about Back and Cervical Pain – Bulging Disc and the C and P Exam ROM Test
Question. Will submitting a NEXUS letter for PTSD, from my VA Psychologist help my NOD if I have already submitted a Nexus from my Private Psychologist for PTSD? PTSD RELATED TO FEAR OF HOSTILE MILITARY OR TERRORIST ACTIVITY A veteran who is diagnosed with PTSD that is related to fear of hostile military or terrorist activity does not need to provide stressor … [Read more...] about Will PTSD NEXUS letter, from VA Psychologist help my NOD-I already submitted a Nexus?
Married to a foreign national and live in her country. Married 6 years. Once I die can she continue to receive disability payments and if so, what form number do we use to apply? … [Read more...] about Do Veterans Affairs Disability payments pass to your spouse when you die?
An advice anyone can give would be appreciated. I go in for my first C&P exam for my knee issues. I submitted a FDC with my military medical records showing foot issues, shin splints, and issues with bunions. They wanted to operate on the one bunion but I would have had to reenlist. I also submitted my personal medical records that include my recent MRI reports that show … [Read more...] about First time knee C and P exam do I submit more records
I submitted a fully-developed claim which included audiology results from a certified Au.D.: Average of 1k, 2k, 3k, 4k = 58 in best ear. Speech recognition 55% & 65% The VA made me take a test with their (outsourced) audiologist, unknown credentials: Average of 1k, 2k, 3k, 4k = 56 in best ear. Speech recognition 94% & 94%! How could there be such a … [Read more...] about Certified Audiologist vs Veterans Affairs Audiologist – Whose results will VA use?
When I logged in ebenefits it shows they have reviewed the document they requested (C&P exam request). Now there is a new request for me this time. It says they are requesting my service medical records. I submitted all of these already when I submitted my claim online. Do I resubmit the documents I already submitted online? I have to request my C&P exam/ … [Read more...] about Just had C&P exam now there are requesting service medical records?
Q. I need some insight on secondary claims. Sooooo I am service connected for fibroids. Granted oct 2017; However, at the advice of my VSO I filed secondary claim for anemia two years ago (Nov 2015) even though I was not yet svc connected for the first. (This is an appeal so my vso figured filing secondary would be smart - help to cut down on wait time.) Turns out … [Read more...] about Secondary Claims
The thing that tipped the scales this time was the DBQ I filled out for my dermatologist to sign, which says I have been on constant systemic medication since 1998. I needed this to overcome the bad VA contractor exam that left off my medications in 2017. The Congressional complaint I filed may have also been a factor. I was service connected for the skin condition when I … [Read more...] about CUE for Eczema-like condition denied :-(
Never lie, never exaggerate, just the facts. 1. That the examiner "reviewed your records". Leaving this off can result in a denial. 2. The IME examiner needs to be experienced and or trained in your issue. That is, a PHD in History, can not make a valid opinion as to the cause of your hearing loss, for examplel. Its best to have a CV of the doctor, showing his … [Read more...] about Your IME/IMO doc needs to supply VA with the information it needs, and not all non Veterans Affairs docs know the format for this…
Do you have all of this in writing? telling you so over the phone is not evidence or by word of mouth , you should have orders and orders about what you just mention about the 4 officer's , morning reports unit reports ect,,ect,, they can come back and say we don't know who told you this? ect,,ect,, you need confirmation in writing. Letters or emails from anyone of those … [Read more...] about $35 million VA Lawsuit against the VA
Its your call. If you do not already have SMC S, and you think you have a potential of 100 plus an additional combined 60percent, then that extra 350 or so per month for SMC S is probably worth it. I do not buy into the theory that applying for an increase can result in a decrease, as there isnt any real evidence to support that theory except "uncle charlie" evidence. … [Read more...] about 100% T&P: I have more med issues, should I do another claim to get them added?
This link will get you to the way VA rates stroke residuals: https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?SID=9b7882c6df00e95ea272db4d028c5844&mc=true&node=se38.1.4_1124a&rgn=div8 Please take note of this paragraph in the link: 4.124a Schedule of ratings—neurological conditions and convulsive disorders. "[With the exceptions noted, disability … [Read more...] about Schedule for rating disabilities question
Fighting with the VA has been more emotionally hard and trying than any of my 3 combat tours to OEF or OIF. IT's absolutely ridiculous how hard we have to fight to get the much deserved and earned benefits. My SSDI case has been going faster and smoother than the VA and those benefits aren't earned or deserved. … [Read more...] about Hardship Case
What are you referring to when you posted "it would fall in as an extra-scheduler?" Extra-scheduler what? … [Read more...] about OSA test from non-VA
This issue came up here a few times over the years, and also some months ago---but it bears repeating. In Most of the 1151 and/or FTCA questions we see here- it is obvious that the veteran's health care same solely from the VA. In a widow’s issue, months ago - it took quite some time for us to realize that the veteran’s surgery, which seemed to contribute to his death, … [Read more...] about Additional FTCA/1151 info