I’m back again 3 years later. My situation has gotten worse and hence the increase/new claim request I have just submitted and learning how interwoven my issues are and secondary claims. I’ve spent the past few weeks reading off and on. Learning the latest from for the few names I remember. Good to see some familiar names still here and I’m grateful for your wisdom and support to the Veteran(s) and their families and the community as a whole. I wish I could do more and contribute my limited experience to the new members but one of my major disabilities is with my dominant hand and shoulder/neck.
I’ve been struggling for 3 years now and continuing to work for fear of loosing health benefits that have helped me and my wife(100% SSDI)non veteran with continuing medical care prescription coverage etc. But probably the quick access and no limit to specialist etc.
That said, I am at a major crossroads with continuing to work with the trade off being the continued use of private health care vs being dependent on the VA all the time. That is one my major concerns since my wife’s and my health situations are so complex. I’ve started the IMO process this time for the professional and expertise because of the complexity and really needing to get it right as possible this time. My first go around with a VSO experience they did the one form for the claim and I did all the rest gathered all the medical info, release forms, ebenefits uploads etc and made it to 50%. I have to give the RO credit though he/she did help me SC something I didn’t even think of which got my rating to 50% the first time with a secondary connection.
I would like to post my current and increase and new claims to compare but I’ll hold off for now and see how these first couple of months go.
I do have one major question though for the claim and it’s a broad based question. I had let my employer know I was partially disabled from the VA and really nothing was done for my type of work, office work high stress etc, that was over 2 years ago. Long story short new manger understands my limitations and worked with our HR and we now have a reasonable accommodation letter and DR form filled out with bare minimum instructions to my employer. ((I was really upset finding out prior manager did nothing, trusted them because I knew them so long. Yes read EEOC and all that and holding for now)) Back to main question should I upload the reasonable accommodation letter from my employer and DR to the claim? The wording is very generic but implies breaks every 2 hours etc for 10 minutes and some other minor things. Is that a hinder or help in regard to claim overall and the reasonable accommodation? In other words if I’m doing increase and new will that help or rather hurt my claim?
Thanks in advance.