green

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    Mongolian throat singing, interpretive dance, polka music, plaid leisure suits from the 70's, collecting lint

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  1. It took about 3 weeks for me to receive the "envelope", and I received a sizable cash payment. I don't know that there is really anything you can do other than wait. Green
  2. I asked for a copy of my C-File in November of 2014 and never received it. I applied for a rating on secondary conditions in July of 2015 (after getting tired of waiting for it). I received my rating in April of last year and went from 60% to 100%. After noting the effective dates of some of my disabilities I once again contacted the VA in May and asked for the status of my C-File. At that time they had no record of my request so I submitted a FOIA request and have received nothing to date. This may seem like a small deal to some of you but as my 1-year date from notification of my new ratings is quickly approaching I decided to send an email to the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs on February 16th. I received an email noting receipt of my email on February 17th. Received an email from the person in charge of getting the data on the 21st. Received an email today that the CD copy was made and that it was being sent to me directly. All together a 5 day turnaround! I was looking for a specific C&P where I was denied for diabetic peripheral neuropathy in 1987. They found the doctor notes so it looks as though I'll be suggesting the VA CUE themselves on this matter as the criteria for rating is: Degree of Incomplete Paralysis Description Mild subjective symptoms or diminished sensation Moderate absence of sensation confirmed by objective findings Severe more than sensory findings are demonstrated, such as atrophy, weakness, and diminished reflexes. I don't know how they could not have rated me as mild back in 1987, I also asked for an evaluation of peripheral neuropathy in 1993 which they denied. If they backdate the condition it will mean considerable backpay as they didn't actually date my neuropathy until 2005 and in the early years I was rated at 20% and didn't receive any benefit for my wife and two kids.
  3. Flores, I am happy for you and that you have seen this to completion and received the rating you were looking for. Congrats my friend.
  4. Hiya Flores, long time no talk I also emailed the new Secretary this afternoon regarding my long awaited C-File and my 9 years of missing medical records from Alaska.
  5. Good luck getting your C-File, I've asked for mine twice, first time in Nov of 2014, they told me in April of 2016 they had no record of the request (even though in July of 2015 the RO mentioned on a phone call they received the request. I filed a FOIA in May and am still waiting. I fired DAV in 2014, like many others have said, all I ever received from them were requests for $.
  6. Hi Berta, I had a C&P on my feet back in the early 1990's but they didn't reference it. I can see where I should have had at least recieved a 10% rating even back then given the language states that even a subjective symptoms should get you 10%. Also I Had medical care in Alaska from 1993 - 2002 and they said Alaska had no records. I asked for my medical records (FOIA for my C-File) over a year ago and still have seen nothing yet. My ratings were completed April 18th of 2016. I was hoping to get my C-file before the year was up so that I could see if they missed anything else.
  7. Several months back folks were suggesting that a Vet could go to a VA Hospital and ask for what I thought was termed a "Coding List". This list noted the VA code for the disabilities rated. Can someone let me know what exactly it's called, and who I should talk with at my local VA Hospital to get a copy of this list? Thanks Much!
  8. I was rated in April of last year on several conditions. I applied for a rating on peripheral neuropathy of my feet and hands and had a nerve conduction study done and attached to my request. When I received my rating they incorrectly stated that for my legs/feet I was rated at 20% because a higher rating of 30% couldn't be assigned as it required incomplete paralysis. They should have used the Sciatic Nerve criteria which actually has 5 different potential ratings. Is this an area where I should ask the VA to CUE theirselves? Under the rating criteria they must have utilized the wrong rating criteria, as the C&P exam referenced the Sciatic Nerve. 30% isn't even an option under 8520 there is actually levels they neglected to address: My C&P Sciatic nerve Right: [ ] Normal [X] Incomplete paralysis [ ] Complete paralysis If Incomplete paralysis is checked, indicate severity: [ ] Mild [X] Moderate [ ] Moderately Severe [ ] Severe, with marked muscular atrophy Left: [ ] Normal [X] Incomplete paralysis [ ] Complete paralysis If Incomplete paralysis is checked, indicate severity: [ ] Mild [X] Moderate [ ] Moderately Severe [ ] Severe, with marked muscular atrophy How Sensory Loss Should be Rated M21-1lll_iv_4_SecG. This document was updated in January of last year. b Assigning Level of Incomplete Paralysis The table below provides a general description of each level of incomplete paralysis of the upper and lower peripheral nerves. Degree of Incomplete Paralysis Description Mild subjective symptoms or diminished sensation Moderate absence of sensation confirmed by objective findings Severe more than sensory findings are demonstrated, such as atrophy, weakness, and diminished reflexes. Issues addressed related to atrophy, weakness and diminished reflexes C&P b. Deep tendon reflexes (DTRs) Rate reflexes according to the following scale: 0 Absent 1+ Decreased 2+ Normal 3+ Increased without clonus 4+ Increased with clonus Knee: Right: [X] 0 [ ] 1+ [ ] 2+ [ ] 3+ [ ] 4+ Left: [X] 0 [ ] 1+ [ ] 2+ [ ] 3+ [ ] 4+ Ankle: Right: [X] 0 [ ] 1+ [ ] 2+ [ ] 3+ [ ] 4+ Left: [X] 0 [ ] 1+ [ ] Nerve Conduction Study: 6/16/2015 "Brief neurological exam: Symptom focused neurological exam shows loss of sensation in the hands and feet, absent ankle jerks and give way right foot dorsiflexion weakness. VA Podiatry notes: Musculoskeletal: The major joints of the foot and ankle have adequate ROM bilaterally without crepitus. Dorsiflexion of the hallux and foot is weak bilaterally. Remaining muscle groups have adequate strength. " Sciatic nerve. 8520 Paralysis of: Complete; the foot dangles and drops, no active movement possible of muscles below the knee, flexion of knee weakened or (very rarely) lost.......................................................................................................... 80 Incomplete: Severe, with marked muscular atrophy.............................................................. 60 Moderately severe ............................................................................................. 40 Moderate............................................................................................................ 20 Mild ................................................................................................................ 10 There is actually a "Moderately Severe" rating where I believe I should have been rated as I may not have severe paralysis I certainly exceed the criteria spelled out in M21-1lll_iv_4_SecG for "Moderate".
  9. Just my opinion but it looks to me like you could qualify for mild lower raticular group ratings of both arms (as they note several nerve groups affected) which would give you 20% per arm and add 10% on top of that for bilateral conditions. You may hit 100%. That being said, it would surprise me if they don't schedule you for an EMG. This test is a breeze if you have sensory issues.
  10. ArNG11, I work for a very small agency and there are no other positions that pay at my current rate. And even if there were, I couldn't perform them successfully. The Agency has admitted this. I heard that OPM is taking 10 months to complete disability retirement applications, I was hoping to hear that isn't true.
  11. I have 29+ years and was hoping to make it to 30 but my health is such that I'm only showing up about 70% of the time. Hoping they can push this through quickly.
  12. I am a long term Fed who recently applied for Disability Retirement. I remember chatting with a few others on the forum who had similar backgrounds. I'm wondering how long it really takes for OPM to process disability retirements? Thanks much for your input. Green
  13. Happy to hear you have some closure, long battle....