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    • I figured $1196.13    I used 50% with spouse and a child (which the child is $40 under 18), then added 130 for an additional child in college and another $90 for the difference for the second child in college.  They don't really have on their charts.......spouse with college aged child so you have to look at the difference between child under 18 and college aged child to get your total.  I hope that helps.
    • A remand is your most likely outcome of a Board decision: According to the 2015 BVA Chairmans report (the most recent), 47.07 percent of compensation cases are remanded, 17% are denied and 31.8% are allowd (awarded).  http://www.bva.va.gov/docs/Chairmans_Annual_Rpts/BVA2015AR.pdf  page 26 "compensation" cases.    In 2014,  only 46% of cases were remanded, so its actually gotten worse for remands according to the BVA chairman. Compensation 15,627 29.7% (awarded) 24,261 46.1% (remand)  10,786 20.5%  (denied)  Thus, the number of remands got worse, at least from 2014 to 2015.  
    • I say hire an attorney, if you feel so led.  NOVA (National Association of Veterans Attorney's) is a good place to start.  Attorney NOVA directory is here: https://vetadvocates.org/welcome/find-an-attorney/  You want an experienced attorney who represents Veteran claimants against VA.   If you take your claims file to a NOVA Attorney, ask their opinion, that is, will they represent you.  Many NOVA attornies will review your file to see if your claim has merit, and then you can decide if you want them to represent you.   As far as cost, there are limits on what an attorney can charge Veterans.  First and foremost, The EAJA pays to attorney fees for many if not most Veteran claimants.    If your attorney charges MORE than EAJA fees, these fees have to be approved by the courts before VA will send the attorney money due to you.   Personally, Im represented by an attorney and my cost is "0", because the attorney agreed to do it just for EAJA fees, at no cost to me.   They may or may not do the same for you.   However, ONCE YOU HAVE A BVA denial, it is usually fairly easy to get an attorney to represent you for "only" EAJA fees.  Reason:  CAVC appeals go much faster than BVA, and, in many cases, the CAVC will be decided within a year or less.    Mine was filed in the spring of this year, and probably will be done before Christmas.   Personally, I have had good luck so far with Julie Glover, who does Veterans law and nothing else: http://gloverluck.com/    
    • IF the VA "reduces" (cuts) your SMC S, then fight it as a reduction.  Remember, VA has to jump through all the hoops to reduce you, and going from 100% plus SMC S, to 100% is a reduction in rating.   File a nod to said reduction, if it happens, and argue that VA did not comply with this, below:  3.344 Stabilization of disability evaluations. (a) Examination reports indicating improvement. Rating agencies will handle cases affected by change of medical findings or diagnosis, so as to produce the greatest degree of stability of disability evaluations consistent with the laws and Department of Veterans Affairs regulations governing disability compensation and pension. It is essential that the entire record of examinations and the medical-industrial history be reviewed to ascertain whether the recent examination is full and complete, including all special examinations indicated as a result of general examination and the entire case history. This applies to treatment of intercurrent diseases and exacerbations, including hospital reports, bedside examinations, examinations by designated physicians, and examinations in the absence of, or without taking full advantage of, laboratory facilities and the cooperation of specialists in related lines. Examinations less full and complete than those on which payments were authorized or continued will not be used as a basis of reduction. Ratings on account of diseases subject to temporary or episodic improvement, e.g., manic depressive or other psychotic reaction, epilepsy, psychoneurotic reaction, arteriosclerotic heart disease, bronchial asthma, gastric or duodenal ulcer, many skin diseases, etc., will not be reduced on any one examination, except in those instances where all the evidence of record clearly warrants the conclusion that sustained improvement has been demonstrated. Ratings on account of diseases which become comparatively symptom free (findings absent) after prolonged rest, e.g. residuals of phlebitis, arteriosclerotic heart disease, etc., will not be reduced on examinations reflecting the results of bed rest. Moreover, though material improvement in the physical or mental condition is clearly reflected the rating agency will consider whether the evidence makes it reasonably certain that the improvement will be maintained under the ordinary conditions of life. When syphilis of the central nervous system or alcoholic deterioration is diagnosed following a long prior history of psychosis, psychoneurosis, epilepsy, or the like, it is rarely possible to exclude persistence, in masked form, of the preceding innocently acquired manifestations. Rating boards encountering a change of diagnosis will exercise caution in the determination as to whether a change in diagnosis represents no more than a progression of an earlier diagnosis, an error in prior diagnosis or possibly a disease entity independent of the service-connected disability. When the new diagnosis reflects mental deficiency or personality disorder only, the possibility of only temporary remission of a super-imposed psychiatric disease will be borne in mind. (b) Doubtful cases. If doubt remains, after according due consideration to all the evidence developed by the several items discussed in paragraph (a) of this section, the rating agency will continue the rating in effect, citing the former diagnosis with the new diagnosis in parentheses, and following the appropriate code there will be added the reference “Rating continued pending reexamination ___ months from this date, § 3.344.” The rating agency will determine on the basis of the facts in each individual case whether 18, 24 or 30 months will be allowed to elapse before the reexamination will be made. (c) Disabilities which are likely to improve. The provisions of paragraphs (a) and (b) of this section apply to ratings which have continued for long periods at the same level (5 years or more). They do not apply to disabilities which have not become stabilized and are likely to improve. Reexaminations disclosing improvement, physical or mental, in these disabilities will warrant reduction in rating.   If VA argues they made CUE in awarding said SMC S, well then make them show it was UNDEBATABLE, that you did not qualify for SMC S.  For example, did they do a C and p exam where the examiner said you were definately "not" substantially confined?  They would have to have medical evidence that you DID NOT meet SMC S eligibility, and the burden would be on them to prove you did not meet it.   Also, if the VA made 2 or 3 decisions, and continued your SMC S, then VA is admitting they THOUGHT you were entitled to SMC S, therefore, its not undebatable..even VA is not clear on it!!   Cue is tough for us, make it tough for them, too.  Use their words and ratings against them.  
    • Roger that Navy4life  You did a well prepared Job on your part! other veteran should learn from this.



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I checked around and did not see anything posted about myhealthvet. Hopefull it is ok to post this here

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My HealtheVet (MHV) is the gateway to veteran health benefits and services. It provides access to trusted health information, links to Federal and VA benefits and resources, the Personal Health Journal, and now online VA prescription refill. In the future, MHV registrants will be able to view appointments, copay balances, and key portions of their VA medical records online, and much more! My HealtheVet is a powerful tool to help you better understand and manage your health.

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I checked around and did not see anything posted about myhealthvet. Hopefull it is ok to post this here


so why did u post this?

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so why did u post this?

Initially I was hoping that posting about myhealthvet would be informative to Veterans who are not aware of this site. As with my post what the site is all about is posted and self explanatory, I use it and find it helpful.

As this site indicates 'Veteran to Veteran" but if that means no posting of informational information then forgive me, delete the post if you wish.

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Ouch LOL

You made the mistake of not complaining before you posted I guess

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Welcome to this site. Any information for veterans is appreciated. I signed up for myhealthevet at the VFW National Conv. a couple yrs ago (SLC), but have not yet looked into the available services it provides.

Yes, this is a VETERAN TO VETERAN site and any one can use or not use any info provided here.

Welcome, and I thank you for your service to our country.


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Your first post was good. There are vets that don't know about that site,

there are vets who have forgotten about myhealthevet, and there are vets that don't play well with others, if they are in a certain mood.

Hope you stick around.



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