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  1. Thank You for this site and anyone that can help me. Also Thank You all for your service !!!! 1. I need to see into how I can get the (Star Marked and commented in Red on the picture Attached below) Staph (MRSA) added to my claim as service connected. It started in Iraq and I had many removed. The Doctor thought it was gone when I took mid-tour leave I had another infection this time in my arm (Every time I got a new one it was in a new location on my body...joy). I couldn't get on the plane to return to Iraq because my arm was swollen after the flight from near my home to Atlanta. We still were wearing DCU's so swollen and cant move my sleeve over my arm really is swollen. 2. I was told I was being rated for PTSD and it shows me having Major Depression with Anxiety Disorder (See Picture Below). I am at 50% for that. 3. I have had these ratings and no one has tried to get me to get new MRI's etc the whole time. Does this mean they don't plan on ever reducing them or will I just be randomly supposed when I am pulled off of this? 4. I am somehow not rated as permanently and totally disabled by the VA. The doctors said other wise but when I look at the documents section on eBenefits it says I am not. Personally after the Sleep Apnea was a complete failure and I went from waking up around 30 time an hour to 135 times an hour pre and post sleep apnea study evidence. This makes it so hard to keep a normal sleep schedule because the stupid machine wakes me up more then choking to death...I feel like a zombie and have only held a part time job (10-15 hours a week) for just over 2 months of the whole time since I have been out of service Jan 30 2009. The sleep apnea isn't the only issue either. I am in constant pain from my lower back and I cant stand for too long because of my back and ankles. Also most people are put off by the way I act because I am a bit jumpy and I have variable mood issues thanks to my sleep issues and my issues from things that happened to me. I know that I am not the worst off of injured veterans, but there has to be a line where you get to it and your taken care of and not expected to work etc anymore. It is depressing and I totally understand why old people that don't have enough money to vacation a lot just sit around and die...I'm only 34... Oh and off topic.... My wife and child haven't been added to my VA Rewards and I have had a claim and its been over a year and they haven't touched it yet.... I have another son on the way soon as well.
  2. This has probably been posted before, but I was thinking about starting a thread on businesses that are pro-military and veteran friendly. I have run into a couple of them so far, and will try to post when I find others. Ok, here we go: 10% - Lowe's (hardware, lumber, plants, outdoors, appliances, etc.) Awesome service, and very friendly. They provide a 10% military or veteran discount when presented a VA ID card. The location I was at had one of their attendants run out and load my truck for me, and then he thanked me for my service. (I've tried Lowe's about 3 times so far, and they always grant the 10% discount with pleasure.) A+ 10% - Raising Cane's restaurant chain. Quick service, and gave a 10% veteran discount immediately when presented with my VA ID Card at the drive-thru window. A+ Ok, hope this helps, and looking forward to hearing from anybody else who has had good experiences with military or veteran friendly establishments. Have a great week! Mark
  3. Hello everyone, I wanted to get some information about how to rebuttal the veteran administration’s decision to rate me as incompetent. The VA rated me for incompetence back in October because of my severe memory loss due to a traumatic brain injury. I feel that I can manage money quite well, in fact much better than most without a tbi. I am young with a large amount of money invested for my age, I own 2 vehicles that are paid off with no debt whatsoever. I manage my money and pay my bills by direct deposit so I don’t have to worry about forgetting any payments and I supervise my accounts with a website called mint.com. I have no kids, no wife, no ex-wife and no drug or alcohol addiction. One day I received a letter in the mail saying that I have been rated incompetent. It also included the brady act information and the works. I imminently called my federal recovery coordinator for help but she had none. She told me just to wait until my year of supervised direct pay is over and if found competent I will be magically off the brady act and able to go hunting again (you all know that’s not true. I also called the VFW and their advice was to wait as well. I’m afraid if I go turkey hunting this year ill bag a federal offense! Hunting and shooting is the most enjoyable part of life for me and I've done nothing wrong to be demonized as a person that shouldn’t own a firearm. This is extremely wrong that our government can hurl power like this. -I need help geting off of this list so I can go hunting again please help!!!
  4. I am currently 100% TDIU with smc (K) for Deformity of the Penis which is rated at 0% I have Lumbosacral or cervical strain 10% PTSD 70% Vertebral fracture or dislocation 20% Hiatal Hernia 10% My symptoms have not improved and have only gotten worse especially my PTSD w Depression, anxiety, panic attacks, Insomnia etc. Also I have stomach problems and I was told by a doctor in California it could be CVS (cyclic vomiting syndrome) I vomit almost everything I eat , I suffer from stomach pains, and Also I need the aid and assistance of my mother daily to take care of hygiene , To eat properly, To use the bathroom, and because my PTSD is bad enough to where I cannot focus on what I am doing such as crossing the road, I don't pay attention and have escaped being hit several times , She is also taking care of my finances I cannot deal with any amount of money. I am mostly sad or angry , cry almost daily , I lose track of my mind , when I have bouts of vomiting it empties my stomach then I dry heave until the Nausea goes away... My back is also hurting really bad. I have more to say but cannot go into too much detail as that would take me hours to do , I have medical evidence and service treatment records with these illnesses . Thank You for reading this.
  5. The CAVC case, Jones vs Shinseki, is instructive. http://www.veteranslawlibrary.com/files/CAVC_cases/2012/Jones_11-2704.pdf This Veteran complained that the Board did not rate him strictly by the criteria. The CAVC stated it plainly: As this Court has made clear, "[t]he Board's consideration of factors which arewhollyoutside the rating criteria provided by the regulations is error as a matter of law." This comes very close to saying that, when the VA rates the Veteran OTHER than by the specified criteria, it is CUE. In this case, the Veteran won a remand, because the VA considered the effects of the meds he was on, when the rating criteria did not specify whether the Veteran should be rated on symptoms with OR without medication. If you have been recently denied, then you might look over the rating criteria, and then re read your decision to see if the VA used non criteria. I know for a fact the VA does just that. They denied my hearing loss ten years ago because it had been a long time since I was in service. The length of time since service is not one of the criteria for rating hearing impairments.