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About ShuMan

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    E-4 Petty Officer 3rd Class

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    US Air Force

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  1. Thanks! Im glad it worked out for you! I'm still awaiting DRO review but I was wondering how would I quantify an overdue NOD?
  2. jfrei, Glad it worked for you! What is the email that you used?
  3. Hey, I was just wondering what's everyone thoughts on emailing the secretary of the VA to try to get an NOD moving? Has anyone experienced backlash because of this? Has anyone done this with success? If emailing the secretary is too high up the chain is there anyone else I could contact to try to get an NOD moving? Thanks!
  4. If it says Appeal Complete doesn't that mean that it was a full grant and your appeal is now closed? If it was denied wouldn't you see SOC?
  5. I use GORDON & DONER for my appeal. They are a big firm but I have enjoyed working with them. They respond to my calls in a day or less and emails in 2 days. I really just use them to organize all my evidence and submit it to the VA. I know I can do it myself but with a young family, I don't have the time and if I have to take this appeal beyond the DRO review they are already familiar with my case.
  6. HamSlice, Thank you for the very detailed and knowledgeable response! Your help with this issue is very much appreciated. I believe I will follow your words of advice and claim both. I agree ROM is everything, I actually bought a digital goniometer, for my last shoulder and back increase claim. (went from 0% to 20% on both based just on ROM).
  7. Should shoulder tendinitis be separate then Arthritis?
  8. that's what I was thinking, thanks brokensoldier!
  9. When I file a new claim on eBene should I put just a general disability or be more specific? For example I have a new claim I am putting in for shoulder issues, I have a nexus letter that links my shoulder tendinitis and Arthritis to my service. Should I put left shoulder condition or should I put something different?
  10. Thank you for your response Gastone. This was an IME/IMO by a Psychologist that I had done for a FDC that I put in for. I'll work on getting that full DBQ posted, have to edit out all the personal info.
  11. Thank you Flores for your response. I should find out here in 2 - 3 weeks. Those FDC are moving along fast these days. If this claim gets done next month it'll be under 90 days. I did file only one disability and the package was solid with an IME and treatment records. I'll post to this thread when I have the results.
  12. Any guess what the percentage will be for this on? My guess is 50% based on the symptoms. DBQ for MDD W/Chronic pain. Secondary to SC Back 3. OCCUPATIONAL AND SOCIAL IMPAIRMENT ยท Occupational and social impairment with occasional decrease in work efficiency and intermittent periods of inability to perform occupational tasks,although generally functioning satisfactorily, with normal routine behavior, self-care and conversation FOR VA RATING PURPOSES, CHECK ALL SYMPTOMS THAT APPLY TO THE VETERAN'S DIAGNOSES Depressed mood Anxiety Panic attacks more than once a week Impaired judgment Disturbances of motivation and mood Difficulty in establishing and maintaining effective work and social relationships Difficulty adapting to stressful circumstances, including work or a work like setting
  13. I've been contacted by this company as well. There Claim to fame is this "lifestyle impact claim" which Is just a claim for Chronic pain disorder which falls under a mental health condition according the VA. (I could be wrong but this is just the info that I found). So if you have a mental health condition then this claim will do you no good. I can see where they could help someone who does not want to do the leg work on there claim, say they have kids and full time job or say that person doesn't have 2 - 10 grand to pay for there own IMO. And If you look at return on investment that 4 months fee that they charge is small. I think in this instance I'm going to withhold judgment until I hear from more people who have used them in the past. They claim to have worked a crazy number for claims in the past.
  14. My option I would get an IME done and not an IMO. If you could get a doc to fill out all the required DBQs, you may not have to go in for a C&P Exam. Then when you file your claim the VA has all the information needed and you are in more control of the process. You should be able to find one in your local area for about $1000 - 1500 using . I found a Doc on there that was a C&P examiner and he filled out about 7 DBQs for me complete with nexuses (were needed). He cost about $1000.