DICK HILL

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About DICK HILL

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  • Service Connected Disability
    80
  • Branch of Service
    Air Force Senior Master Sergeant
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    COIN COLLECTING

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  1. I have been having a lot of left and right knee pain the past several months. Sometimes I get pain in left knee just standing for a few minutes and have a problem with fully extending both knees during knee exercises. I reviewed my SMRs and it is documented that I complained of left knee pain on 5 occasions while serving in the military back in the 70s and 80s. Post service medical records document 2 occasions for left knee pain. Could not find any documentation for right knee pain. I am assuming that my knee problems might be as a result of abnormal gait putting more stress on my knee joints due to established service connected disabilities listed below. I use a walking cane and a rollator walker. Recently I received an increase for Plantar Fascittis from 0% to 30%, established SC for right hip at 10% for osteoarthritis and left hip at 10% for osteoarthritis, right radiculopathy, right lower extremity sciatic nerve at 10%, and degenerative joint disease of the lumbosacral spine with spondylosis and intervertebral disc syndrome at 20% (used to be rated as Degenerative arthritis of the Thoracic and lumber spine at 10%), which brought my final degree of disability to 80%. My next visit to my VA primary care doctor is scheduled for 22 Feb 16 and my next visit to my Medicare primary care doctor is scheduled for 2 Mar 16. I intend to advise both of my knee problems at those appointments, with the hope of one of them referring me to a knee doctor or at least referring me for knee X-rays. My question is: If X-rays show a problem with my knees, should I file for direct SC for my left knee or should I file left and right knee secondary to plantar fascittis, hip osteoarthritis, and/or degenerative joint disease of the lumbosacral spine with spondylosis and intervertebral disc syndrome? Your thoughts and guidance will be greatly appreciated Dick Hill
  2. I keep hearing you can not get an increase for plantar fasciitis unless you have a foot deformity. I just 3 months ago had my SC plantar fasciitis increased from 0 percent to 30 percent. If you were denied an increase, you should submit a NOD and try again.
  3. Congrats on what you just got accomplished. Keep the fight going until you get what you truly believe you deserve.
  4. Congratulations on your successful win. Tell you wife she can still be your best friend, but you would like to get a dog as a second friend.
  5. The VA recently increased my VA final degree of disability from 50 percent to 80 percent. Yesterday, I received a letter from the VA regarding my CRDP retro pay and today the CRDP retro pay was deposited in my bank account. Following is the exact verbage of the letter: The letter also came with a VA Form 4107 (Your Rights to Appeal Our Decision). Department of Veterans Affairs January 06, 2016 6800 Almeda Rd Houston TX 77040 Richard L. Hill The Defense Authorization Acts of 2003 and 2004 established two programs whereby certain military retirees may have restored to them some or all of the retired pay they waived as required by law to receive disability compensation from Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). VA has worked with the Defense Finance and Accounting Service (DFAS) Cleveland to develop a method for making retroactive Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC), Concurrent Receipt of Retired and Disability Pay (CRDP) payments and VA disability payments previously withheld but now permitted by law. What Is Your VA Entitlement Based on the information in your military retired pay files and the VA records, you are entitled to a retroactive compensation payment of $8,073.67. This payment covers the period 11-2014 through 10-2015. The figures used to calculate this amount are shown on the back of this letter. Who To Contact If You Have Questions or Need Assistance If you reside in the Continental United States, Alaska, Hawaii or Puerto Rico, you may contact VA with questions and receive free help by calling our Toll-free number 1-800-827-1000 (for hearing impaired TDD 1-800-829-4833). You may also contact DFAS at 1-800-321-1080 for information concerning CRSC and CRDP payments. If you call VA, please refer to the VA file number shown above. If you write to us, put your full name and VA file number on the letter. You can visit our web site at www.va.gov for more information about veterans' benefits. A copy of this letter was sent to the service organization or individual you appointed as your representative. If you have questions or need assistance completing your claim you can also contact them. (NOTE: I contacted my appointed representative from Texas Vet Commission and she is as confused as I am). EMILE DUFRENE VETERAN SERVICE CENTER MANAGER Enclosure: VA Form 4107 The following was on the reverse of the letter Entitlement Gross Retired Pay VA Waiver Retired Net Pay CRDP % CRDP Award CRDP Paid VA Award VA Paid VA Withheld Total Dual Due Month Payment Due From VA NOV 14 2,391.00 822.15 1,568.85 80 1,525.55 822.15 1,525.55 822.15 703.40 703.40 703.40 DEC 14 2,431.00 836.13 1,594.87 80 1,551.48 836.13 1,551.48 836.13 715.35 715.35 715.35 JAN 15 2,431.00 836.13 1,594.87 80 1,551.48 836.13 1,551.48 836.13 715.35 715.35 715.35 FEB 15 2,431.00 836.13 1,594.87 80 1,551.48 836.13 1,551.48 836.13 715.35 715.35 715.35 MAR 15 2,431.00 836.13 1,594.87 80 1,551.48 836.13 1,551.48 836.13 715.35 715.35 715.35 APR 15 2,431.00 836.13 1,594.87 80 1,551.48 836.13 1,551.48 836.13 715.35 715.35 715.35 MAY 15 2,431.00 836.13 1,594.87 80 1,551.48 836.13 1,551.48 836.13 715.35 715.35 715.35 JUN 15 2,431.00 836.13 1,594.87 80 1,551.48 836.13 1,551.48 836.13 715.35 715.35 715.35 JUL 15 2,431.00 836.13 1,594.87 80 1,551.48 836.13 1,551.48 836.13 715.35 715.35 715.35 AUG 15 2,431.00 836.13 1,594.87 80 1,551.48 836.13 1,551.48 836.13 715.35 715.35 715.35 SEP 15 2,431.00 836.13 1,594.87 80 1,551.48 836.13 1,551.48 836.13 715.35 715.35 715.35 OCT 15 2,431.00 1,334.71 1,096.29 80- 1,551.48 1,334.71 1,551.48 1,334.71 216.77 216.77 216.77 TOTAL AMOUNT DUE FROM VA $8,073.67 My questions are: Why does the above Gross Retired Pay show $2,431.00 but the Retired Net Pay shows anywhere from $1,098.29 to $1,568.85? My Air Force Retired check has always been $1,996.24. Why was I sent a VA Form 4107 (Your Right s to Appeal Our Decision)? Why would I want to appeal the decision regarding approving my CRDP retro pay? I thought CRDP was non-taxable, but I read somewhere on the DFAS web site this morning that it is taxable. The only 1099 I have ever received is one from DFAS showing my Air Force retired pay. Now I am wondering am I gonna get stuck with paying taxes on the CRDP money I have collected over the past five years? If there is anyone out there who can get me unconfused, please help. Dick Hill
  6. Your best LEGAL advice regarding the VA and LOTTO winnings needs to come from a lawyer.
  7. Still waiting for retro to get to the bank - been almost 2 months. I have a couple of questions: Shouldn't my award letter indicate the codes used to determine the percentage? Other question is: EBennies says "You have a 80% final degree of disability". Does that mean the disabilities are considered permanent and I probably won't be called back in for another C&P? Appreciate your thoughts. Dick Hill
  8. Congratulations. Have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.
  9. Congrats. You should get retro back to 03/2014. It may take a couple months to get the retro. My claim closed on 29 Oct 15 and DFAS said I won't see my retro until sometime in January 2016. Dick Hill
  10. I contacted DFAS again today. Now DFAS is telling me I probably won't receive my retro pay until late January. For some reason DFAS is doing another audit before sending the letter to the VA to tell them to pay my retro. Did not give reason for the additional audit. Everyone have a Merry Christmas and a very prosperous and Happy New Year. Dick Hill
  11. Your military retired ID card has nothing to do with getting VA care. You need a VA identification card. Don't make the mistake of thinking your private medical insurance will take care of everything - one day it may not. Also, the VA can re-evaluate you at any time and if you don't show up for a VA re-evaluation or doctor's appointment then you could loose your disability rating and the cash that comes with it.
  12. I finally got hold of DFAS regarding my CRDP retro today 19 Nov 15. I was told DFAS has finished the audit on 10 Nov 15 and that DFAS would send a letter to the VA between 1 and 5 Dec 15. If DFAS finished the audit on 10 Nov 15, then I am wondering why DFAS is waiting until 1 Dec 15 to send the letter to the VA telling them to go ahead and pay my retro money. Any thoughts from anyone? Dick Hill
  13. Would anyone happen to know what I should do to obtain a copy of the C&P exam done on me on 28 Apr 15 by the VA Contractor LHI? Would appreciate hearing from someone on this matter Thanks Dick Hill
  14. No Gastone haven't seen the retro yet. I intend to call TX Vet Commission Rep in Houston tomorrow and ask her to check the status. Dick Hill
  15. Thanks Navy04 and Vync. Have a great weekend.