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    • I'm kind of confused and concerned about this one...

      I submitted my VA Disability claim for multiple items way back in 2011.  I got a very bad CP exam doc who denied everything despite nearly 20 years of treatment by civilian docs for some of the issues.  In 2012 I appealed with a notice of disagreement. In the meantime a doctor at the VA was willing to help with the paperwork for the TBI and filled it out which sped up that portion - I ended up getting  10% for tinnitus, 40% for the TBI residuals (memory and concentration) and 30% for migraines/headaches. 

      What is still on the original appeal is my feet/ankles & knees from an injury as well as left hand from putting a screwdriver through it.  It's been sitting in the 1st stage appeal limbo basket for nearly 5 years. Fast forward to 2016 - suddenly I find out that my original disability claim has been sent to Washington DC to the Board of Veteran Appeals.  Wow - what a shocker as I was expecting at least another exam.

      They said it will go before a judge.  What concerns me is that it's my original claim, including the TBI issues.  Will everything be reviewed and is it possible to lose what I have?  I thought it should have been only for the items still in appeal.

      Is this whole " straight to the board of Veteran Appeals" right from the initial C/P disagreement a normal thing?   Thanks for any insight.  
    • Oh, okay. Either way, the VSO should be able to view the letter on Monday. Thanks.
    • Thanks I think from now I'm just going to try and forget it cause it's more stress then what I need right now.  And my VSO that started this left and the new one is clueless 
    • Did I write something that sounded harsh? If so, I didn't mean for anything to come across that way. I was just verifying the info seeing if you could figure out what it might be.
    • I have no idea what the letter is regarding and what it says.  Until then, I can't give you an answer.  I was simply making sure the other poster that stated what he stated understood that if the VA erred on a disability rating and the Veteran was getting over paid for it, the Veteran is not obligated to pay it back.
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      Out of curiosity how much did Dr. Bash charge for your IMO/IME's? Did he fly out to your area or did you just send him your medical info? I'm trying to get all my ducks in a row in the event the VA denies my claim. Thanks
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    • floridanurse  »  Berta

      . IC(claimed as bladder condition). Less likely than not (less than 50/ 50 probability) proximately due to or the result of the veteran's mental disorder. Most likely (greater than 50%probability), a comorbidity. 
         Berta, what does this mean? my mental disorder is PTSD.  i claimed it as secondary , but she came back with this on my bladder C&P.  Does this mean that this bladder condition will be added to my PTSD?? i am confused as to why she put Less likely, then put Most likely????
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    • Cricut  »  Berta

      Thanks for all The Insight over the years..   APPEAL Homebound question...
        Im 70% P&T, IU, SMC k.  I am actually Homebound.  So, I can't go by the 100 Plus 60 for me. Im well aware of this.
      I'm on DRO appeal for Entitlement  to Homebound SMC s.  7 weeks ago The DRO contacted me Via Email Stating he was going to render his decision. I sent back a Email Stating OK.  I had my C&P In Sept of 2015. I read It And Its all In my Favor. Plus, I had my Psychiatrist Fill out a 21-2680 HB/AA form. That too IS all In my Favor. Not counting the All My VA Files from my PhD, And Psychiatrist which Is about 2 feet thick..     Anyway, No Ebenefits, updates at all...    SO, I call 1-800 peggy for the heck of It. 
      This Is what I was told from 1-800 peggy.  The Guy told me that The Appeal was ready for review.  I asked him did the DRO set Up a Hearing that I asked for? His reply, was No and there won't be.. Then I asked Him Is The DRO sending me for another C&P?  His reply was, No need too send you as you had one a year ago.  Then I asked what would be the time frame of my Appeal being completed?  He replied Your appeal will be done, closed, finish before OCT 23rd, 2016...   The 23rd Is a Sunday.....  
      I asked how would you know the Exact date.   He responded to me by saying, Trust me by Oct 23rd all will be complete and closed.....
      So, my question Is:    What Is your opinion On the 800-Peggy Guy told me?   Thanks For any and all comments welcomed...  Great site!!!!! 
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    To be eligible for disability compensation, the Veteran must have served under conditions other than dishonorable, and the disability must not be the result of the Veteran’s own misconduct. VA pays disability compensation monthly, and the amount varies according to the degree of disability and the number of dependents. The degree of disability is graduated from 0% to 100%, in increments of 10%. VA calculates the total service-connected disability by combining evaluations for individual disabilities rather than adding them. VA  pays additional special monthly compensation when severe disabilities confine Veterans to their immediate premises, require the aid and assistance of others, or include anatomical loss or loss of use of extremities or creative organs.

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      Title 38 Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief also called 38 CFR. CFR stands for Code of Federal Regulations.

      Everything Veterans Affairs does with your service connected disability compensation claim, is goverened by law. You may want to bookmark this page as a reference as you proceed with your claim.

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