I am a 100% TDIU Disabled Veteran. I have 20 years of USAF active duty including Vietnam and Thailand. I am SC for DIABETES, Pulmonary Sarcoidosis, and other that are presumptive for AO exposure.
About 12 years ago, I experienced impotence as a regular disability but didn’t know the VA actually knew that my SC Diabetes and meds caused it.
About 3-4 years ago my VA Internist started me on different meds, to attempt to correct that by ‘test driving’ these meds for months at a time with no success.
Then my PCP scheduled me for a UROLOGIST appointment that went thru CHOICE but that Doctor said “too many meds and primarily the DIABETES and ENLARGED PROSTATE ” caused this problem. That was about 6 months ago.
I want to file for SMC-K as my VA doctors and my civilian doctors have the records confirming that SC disease, meds and AO have caused my LOSS of my “creative organ” function.
Some ‘soothsayers’ have said if I file ANY claim, I become a VARO ‘target of opportunity’ and the RO could try to downgrade my TDIU P&T, 100%. I am 70% SC.
Medically, over the years, the VA could NEVER find records that would indicate that ANY SC disease, or secondary diseases IMPROVED, that is a fact. Unfortunately, they lie a lot.
The question is: what is your advice? File, or NOT file? and why please.