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      A bit about Tbird and HadIt.com for those who've asked...

      The following is on my About page, but some have been asking how this all happened. So here is my little story. Tbird US Navy 1983 – 1990 E-6 HadIt.com the website domain registered Jan 20, 1997 the domain is registered and paid for through Jan 21, 2023 at which time I plan to register it for another 15 years Lord willing and the creek don't rise. I guess the best place to start is Jan 1991; I had gotten out of the navy Dec 1990. At my separation seminar, there was a DAV rep Jim Milton he told us to bring our medical records in and he would look through them for us and let us know if we should file a claim with the VA. Well, bless his heart, he opened my medical file, reads the first insert, looks me straight in the eye, and says you will be 50% for the rest of your life and he would file the claim for me. 50% was for surgery I had in the service. True to his word he met with me and talked with me for a long time filled out my paper work and urged me to file for PTSD. I would not file the PTSD claim, nor even discuss it. By Feb 1991 I had moved to the San Francisco bay area and was staying at a friends apartment and pretty much I was just a puddle. In desperation one night I called suicide hot line, I had no job, no idea about going to the VA. They talked with me for a long time and explained to me that I could go to the local VA hospital even if I did not have insurance. Now, I know what you are thinking if I was 50% why didn't I just go to the VA in the first place, two reasons 1, this was Feb 1991 and the 50% didn't come till May and 2, even if it had come through it is unlikely that I would have had the mental acuity at the time to put the two together. I relate this here because it is where so many of our brothers and sisters are coming from, perhaps where you started. Fuzzy and unsure, in pain and sometimes homeless they come to the VA hospital for help. And that is where I ended up. Up to the pysch ward I went, blah, blah, blah, a few days later I was released with a promise of a call from the out patient program, which I would soon be entering. Blah, blah, blah, after many missed communications, and no call backs I was at the Day Hospital everyday M-F. And this brothers and sisters is where I began to learn and formulate my plan for HadIt.com. Veterans, veterans everywhere…I spent a year in the day hospital and about another year at a sheltered workshop before I got back on my feet. So I just talked to veterans everyday waiting for appointments, waiting for prescriptions, waiting for a vet rep and I started to learn the system. While in the navy I was data analyst and had to learn a 5 volume manual and just about anything you were suppose to do was in that manual. So I figured there must be a manual on how to do a VA claim or at the very least regulations. So I found out about the Code of Federal Regulations, United States Code, Veterans Affairs Manuals and so on and so forth. Of course this was 1991/1992 I was living in a tiny studio apartment in a particularly bad neighborhood, working in a sheltered workshop making a nickel per envelope I stuffed throw in PTSD and you will see that it was a difficult task for me to get somewhere where they had copies of these, let alone that they would let me look at. And there was so much knowledge around me, it was like the gold rush in those days, I could just sit on a bench a veteran would sit down next to me a little conversation later I had another nugget, I made copious notes. Phone numbers to call, ask for this guy or that guy he'll give you the straight scoop and they'd slip me a piece of paper with a number on it. You want to read this regulation or that one and another slip of paper into my hand. I spent a lot of time on those benches watching the squirrels they gathered their nuts and I gathered mine :) So I'm thinking I could put a little handbook together print it out and hand it out at the VA. Or perhaps fliers. Still formulating, time goes by, 1994/1995 I am being treated for PTSD regularly and doing and feeling much better and I go to work for a company as a marketing systems analyst and I discover the internet. Well let me tell you that was perhaps one of the most significant life changing events I have ever experienced. And I might add finally a positive one :) It seemed only natural to me that surely there must be a website that contained all the knowledge I wanted, well as it turned out not so much, lots of stuff but I wanted to get straight to the claims information and there was a lot of stuff to wade through to get to it. So taking my lesson from the squirrels earlier I started to gather, gather, gather…and learn HTML and work as a marketing systems analyst and work my claim. 1996/1997 major PTSD cork blows and unemployed. Working my claim, working the website. 20 Jan 1997 register HadIt.com domain name right after getting off the phone with the VA and saying I've had it with this. As fate would have it the old DAV board goes down just as mine opens up and folks start to wander in. So HadIt.com has two main components the website which supports the discussion board with links, articles, research resources etc. The website starts to grow, I can't tell you how many times I had to switch servers for space and features. I continue on a downward trend and in 1998 ended up back home in St Louis living in my sisters basement in therapy and working it, I swear I would have swung a dead chicken around my head at midnight naked if I thought it would have helped. The website continued to do great during this time, I just stayed in the basement bought new software, new books, and learned how to make things work and I continued to use this knowledge to make HadIt.com better. My 100% finally came through from the VA and I had a friend who is an advocate who helped me thru my SSDI claim, he was literally at my side thru the entire process and that came through for me. My therapist and sister continued to try and get me to leave the basement, but to no avail. At some point in 1998 or 1999 I put a counter on the website and was shocked to discover how many visitors we were getting. Time goes by my sister gets married and I move from the basement to the upstairs, there is much celebration that Aunt T is living in the light again. More time goes by and I settle into my life in St Louis and spend more time on the site trying new things, finding more information. 2003 I buy my own home VA loan. For years now I have just considered HadIt.com my job and I get up every morning go to the office and work for several hours, take an afternoon break and see where the rest of day takes me. I have a place in the office to use the computer and a comfortable to place to read journals and articles and take notes. Blah, blah, blah so that is my story and HadIt.com's intertwined.
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      HadIt.com Pass It On Cards

      Hi I've updated our HadIt.com Pass It On Cards. They are in a PDF format you can print them out cut them there are 12 to a page. If you have found HadIt.com helpful and would like to pass it on to other veterans this is an easy way to do it.I hope you find them helpful, feel free to leave a few anywhere veterans gather, veterans centers, veterans hospitals, public libraries, be creative. Please make sure though, that if you want to leave some at any business you ask permission first.Here you go http://www.hadit.com...it_on_cards.pdf
    • Tbird

      VA Training and Fast Letter Forum Index

      VA Training and Fast Letter Forum Index The following is the index with links to the various Training and Fast Letters plus a few miscellaneous. These letters are not necessarily in the original formatting. I have tried to present them in an easy-to-read form instead of some forms as originally presented. Some of the paragraphs were WAAAAYYY too long. lol - HadIt.com Member fanaticbooks Something to be aware.... Some of these letters may be rescinded, outdated, or otherwise no longer viable. I have still included them because sometimes they provide additional insight or just plain more information than the newest version. Use them wisely. The oldest letters will display at the bottom with the latest letters displayed at the top, all in sequential numbers. Coding of the letters... FL = Fast Letter TL = Training Letter First two numbers = last two digits of year of origin Training Letter http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/40694-va-tl-00-07/ http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/40693-va-tl-00-06/ Fast Letter Number Title http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/44262-va-fl-11-15/ http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/44260-va-fl-11-13/ http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/44261-va-fl-11-11/ http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/44310-va-fl-11-09/ http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/42151-va-fl-11-03/ http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/40957-va-fl-10-49/ http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/40958-va-fl-10-46/ http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/40959-va-fl-10-45/ http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/40960-va-fl-10-42/ http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/40961-va-fl-10-39/ http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/40962-va-fl-10-35/ 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  1. 2015 Budget And Tdiu Vets 65 And Older

    so when I turn 67 I loose my TDIU and presently paid at 100% for my 90% rating. I took early SS at 62. So at 67 will I then be paid at the full SS retirement rate since that is when I loose my paid at 100% TDIU rate?
  2. Does anyone know if there is any veterans groups starting to complain to Robert McDonald or Allison Hickey about veteran patience suddenly being denied thier pain meds? In some cases without offering a tapering plan. The withdrawls from abruptly stopping can be very severe and in my opinion constitutes mal practice by any physician doing this. In my case I have been told he will no longer order my hydrocodone that I have been on for the past 3 years. I find it hard to believe he has any justifiable medical reason for this since he has not seen me in almost a year. It seems to me they are violating their oath to " first do no harm". Anyway, if anyone has heard of any news on this subject I would like to read about it.
  3. Shortness Of Breath

    At your age this may be a bit of a reach but your symptoms are very similar to someone with congestive heart failure. You may want to ask your primary doctor if that is possible
  4. Radiology Report

    When I had my C&P done they sent me to a civilian radiology department. I requested a copy of the report. I signed a release form and received the report a week later.
  5. VDRL is a lab test for syphilis NR stands for Non Reactive or not a positive test. So he did not have syphilis at that time. SP4 and SP5 are ranks used in the army. SP stands for specialist. The number 4 or 5 indicates his pay grade as in E4 or E5. The specialist ranks are used in place of corporal or sergeant. I don't know what the T stands for but usually it stands for technical.
  6. IT SUCKS and I guess my only solution is to see my Private Doctor to see if he will fill me a month supply. Anybody know how much Hydrocone cost without insurance? Approximately $ 16.00 for 30 days at walgreens. I use much cheaper Costco at approximately $ 10.00. I get a low dose so your cost may be a little more. You can go to most pharmacy internet sites and price the drugs they have. I found Costco to be the cheapest almost every time.
  7. My doctor orders my hydrocodone for a 6 month supply. I use MyHealthy Vet to order my refills every month. My medication is dispensed 8 days before I would run out. It takes the mailman 4 days to deliver the meds, which I have to sign for , so usually get them 4 days in advance of running out. On my Healthy Vet as soon as I get the meds in the mail I go into MyHealth Vet and place an order for the next month, the computer system automatically updates my "due by date" for the next month and again 8 days prior to running out they are dispensed. If this month has 31 days in it the system will up date my "due by date" by one day. So I get my meds on an every 30 day basis. I do not have to send in any forms. I can look at my meds on MyHealth Vet and track when each of them has been dispensed they also have a past history of all drugs they sent me for the last 3 years. When I get to the last refill of my 6 month supply I use my "Personal Messaging " system that is on the MyHealthy Vet site and E-mail my request directly to my doctor and ask him to reorder my next 6 month supply. He usually responds himself or sometime his nurse will respond usually the same day that the doctor has reordered my hydrocodone. I then go to my Healthy Vet site the next day to see if the order is there. MyHealth Vet site updates at midnight so I don't see the update untill the next day. You will have to sign up for the Personal Messaging system with your doctors office and on the MyHealthy Vet site. Some places my not have this system in service yet. I have had it for about a year and half now and it is GREAT. No more phone calls, be put on hold so long that your wife finds your skeleton holding on to the phone, or waiting for a call back that never comes etc.
  8. Champva Dental

    Any one heard more information about Champva starting thier dental program?
  9. Awarded Smc

    My woodie wood pecker doesn't peck anymore. My claim I made 33 months ago was granted as service connected 0% compensation. However since it was service connected I was eligible for SMC Under the loss of a creative organ caused by my service connect trauma to my back. I got 33 months back pay for a total of $3012.00 will get an extra 96 bucks a month from now on. It pays to claim everything you have wrong with you down to,in my case, the smallest detail. I see a new Englander 100% natural latex mattress under the xmas tree this year to replace my broken down 15 year old mattress. Hope that helps with a good nights sleep for a change.
  10. New Hearing Aids

    Been waiting over 2 months for my new aids to come in. Wow well worth the wait. Aids are totally automatic, no manual adjustments except volume. The best thing they are water resistant and no dinky little wind shields to put in. They are by far the best aids I have ever had. Sound is so much clearer and natural compared to my old ones. These a made by Phonak. The audiologist said they retail for 8 to 10 thousand a pair in the real world. Also, because of a post I read here about a member asking for an electric type aid dryer I asked her if I could get one. She said " oh, sure I just have to order it in". So I have been using a stupid dryer you have to put in the microwave once a week to dry out the moisture aborbing crystals in a plastic container. Typical of the VA, they never tell you what you are eligible for. If I had not seen the post here I would still be using the very inefficient cheap dryer. Also, if you eligible for dental you can ask them for a new sonic tooth brush. I got one at no charge and they retail for hundred bucks at costco.
  11. Lapband Or Gastric Bypass

    My wife had the banding prior to her eligibility for champva. She lost 110 pounds. She is happy with the results. No complications so far 2 years post surgery. Problem is she has to drink ensure 3 times per day to maintain her now 125 pound weight or she continues to loose more then recommended. She can only eat a couple of table spoon of food at each meal. She does have nausea and vomits if she eats to much at once. She does have intermittent indigestion and heart burn however she had that problem before the surgery. Now the good news is when we go out to dinner she eats a little off my plate and does not order a meal for herself, so I save a few bucks on dinning out. However it just is not much fun to go out to a nice meal and have her set there and watch me eat for 20 minutes when she is done in 2 minutes. Now for the bad news. Our medical insurance would not pay for the procedure. It cost $ 15,000.00 dollars up front and $ 250.00 ever time she has to have the band adjusted, which is about 6 times the first year and 4 times per year after that. So far we have spent about $ 20,000.00 out of pocket on this. Now that she gets champva, which her doctor does not accept, champva reimburses me a whopping $18.00 on my $250.00 charge for the band adjustment. The other thing is she has a addiction to candy and that has not changed, she just can not eat as much now. Was it worth it? For her yes. For me, hell no, the doctors driving my new truck.
  12. Nvlsp Nehmer Contact

    So the NVLSP finds the VA made an error in the veterns effective date and the VA actually over paid the veteran. Will the NVLSP notify the VA of the error causing the VA to over pay the veteran. Will the VA now seek to be reimbursed for the over payment. I assume that when the NVLSP takes a veterans case they are then the veterans legal attorneys and can not disclose the information about the over payment.
  13. Washington (Wa): Seattle

    All of my claims have been processed through Seattle. My claim for IHD AO and other disability claims including TDIU took 11 months under nehmer and included TDIU claim. I received a rateing of 100% P&T and unemployable rating. All things considered I thought they did an excellent job of processing my claim with very little problems. Guess I was just one of the lucky ones. I feel sorry for the vet that was over paid for his prostate cancer claim by $59,283. Won't he have to paid that back?
  14. Va Meds By Mail Still Sucks.

    Hate to tell you all but your local pharmacy has nothing to do but fill new prescriptions. The VA has centralized all the mails by med for better efficiency . They have a new 800 number 800 983 0933 8am to 4;30 pm CST. Good luck better keep an eye on these guys off to a bad start with me and I hate to be misinformed. When I run out of refills I have been calling the pharmacy at the Walla Walla VA Hospital to get my doctor to reorder my meds. Lately they have been so short of staff that they won't even answer the phone. Yesterday I got a voice mail menu to choose from and followed the instructions to get my doctor to reorder my refills for the next six months. It worked but the VA hospital phone line is so busy it takes 5 to 10 tries just to get the operator to answer. Can I just call the above number for meds by mail myself and place an order with them without going through the VA pharmacy line?
  15. C & P Pft Results

    I have just received the results of my PFT for my C & P exam and need help in understanding them. Actual Pred. %Pred FVC 4.05 5.95 68 FEV1 2.50 4.61 54 EV1 62 78 FEF 25% 3.59 3.59 41 FEF 50% 1.59 5.12 31 FEF 75% 0.57 1.88 30 FEF MAX 6.25 11.02 57 FEF 25-75% 1.29 3.99 32 FEF 75-85% .34 DLCO 37.66 39.07 96 Alveolar Volume 6.27 7.97 79 You have moderate COPD. Google 38cfr4.97 for information on how the VA will rate your test results. I have similar results from my pulmonary test C&P and was rated at 30 %. Also you can go to google and type in "how to interpret pulmonary test results" and get a lot of information on COPD and test results. Good luck with you claim.