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    • This is a must listen. Dr Cantrell is a very good advocate for all things PTSD .     http://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2016/08/26/bridget-c-cantrell-phd-is-an-award-winning-post-traumatic-stress-expert
    • I agree with J basser, If you were rated 90% IU  getting paid at the 100%  and also 70% for Depression =Meets the Criteria for SMC-S 1 Or if your were IU & Later got 70% Depression They should have gave you the statutory SMC-S- 1 H.B. Depression is a mental rating!  So it would be separate. jmo ........................Buck
    • Housebound is covered by the SMC level of S. Now SMC S can be achieved two ways. The first way is to be physically housebound. (A Doc must say you are) The second way to get it is to have a disability rated as Total and Have another or combination of disabilities totaling 60 percent. That is called Statutory Housebound.  Don't get confuses as the Regs say the word total and the VA likes to use the 100 percent issue but if you have IU for  a single condition and have another rating of 60 percent either single of combined, you should be OK.
    • Mine says about the same, 2018-2019.  I submitted several months before yours.  Complete BS!  I tried in person, and they said my file is "too big" to just print out for me.  Meanwhile, I have several contentions which will hit the one year mark since the decision in just a couple months.  How can I/we argue what they decided without knowing what they used to make the decision? 
    • I am a bit confused about the qualifications on this particular item.   I have read .. hell I can not even explain it as really because it confuses me that much so I am just going to be blunt.. would I qualify for consideration for housebound?  I stay at home most of the time as I am tired most of the time(sleep apnea)/spinal stenosis (which increases tremendously when I travel)/radiculopathy down both legs and anxiety issues. My fiance' does most of the chores around the house.  She would take me to VA appointments because I get easily distracted (because of pain) and basically easily upset when I drive, but she of course works so she can not. I have a total rating of 90% with TDIU 100% 70% for depression and the rest of my issues are various ranging from 30%'s/20%'s and a 10%.
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    • Rita  »  john999

      What does NOD stand for, I need a menu with all these 3 letter words
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    • john999  »  Berta

                         Where is Pete53 these days?  How are you doing any how?  I see you are as committed as ever not to take crap off VA.   Good for you!
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    • john999  »  MarkInTexas

             I see you have had your lumps from VA.   You historical study of your family.  So have I to certain degree.   My sixth cousin Herb Stanford compiled 1350 pages just on Stanfords who close relatives of mine.  There are many in Texas.  I found a couple of murders, many civil war vets, Indian war vets, outlaws and all sorts of weird characters in the family line.  That is just the Stanfords.  The Avary, Flanigan and McClatchey relatives have quite amazing histories.  I have old photos of cousin Dr. Archer Avary who served in Cobb's Legion in Civil war.  He is wearing his old CSA uniform and has his old horse pistol.  The photo was done in 1926 and he looks better than I do now.  Ramrod straight posture.  I wish I had known him and James Flanigan my G, G, grandfather who was in Georgia volunteers for whole war.   He died in 1930 and Avary died in 1936. 
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    • qrdgv2tebc  »  Berta

      Hi Berta
      this is patrick o'donovan i have not gone to the site for along time i am no loger living in the philippines i am now living in indiana i go to the va in indianapolis it is a pretty good va, just checking inwith to say HALLO
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    • 63SIERRA  »  Navy4life

      Stephanie, I listened to the pod cast, and am dealing with WACO RO myself. John Dorle is helping my wife right now, and got me 100 P and T .
      My wife was denied,  and the DRO  did some questionable stuff, like turning the microphone off when we submitted evidence. we told him we wanted a formal hearing, so EVERYTHING should have been heard. The DRO was also resisting evidence saying he had everything, but it wasnt mentioned in the denial or SOC/ did not schedule CP exams, even though my wifes own VA  doctor wrote a strong nexus letter..    was the goon who was your DRO  possibly named Steve , wore glasses, middle aged to older man, around 6 foot ?
      John is a GREAT benefits agent, I got the runaround from TEXAS VET, VFW, DAV, AMER LEGION, they all work inside the VA in waco, and do what they are told. they will try to get you a little something, but when it comes to TDIU, 100 percent, ect, the VA tells them to beat it..
      I would reccommend you yank POA from your rep, and hire John Dorle. best money I ever spent. he got me 25 grand back pay, and from 60 to 100 percent PT with special monthly comp in abt 15 months.
      thanks for your service, and always remember, THE CLAIM IS NEVER OVER UNTIL THE VETERAN SAYS ITS OVER.!
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