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    • Yesterday afternoon on what was a really bad physical day for me I got a call from my lawyer, asking me if I had received anything from the Dept of Veteran Affairs...I said no I hadn't checked my mail yet.  He had received a Summary of Case pertaining to my appeal. He said it stated I was rated at 70% for a mental health condition and it went on to say the total amount and the amount withheld for him my lawyer. He was very pleased. However, I was confused. I wasn't sure why it was only about one condition I assumed maybe all the other conditions were differed as I have heard has happened to other Veterans. I checked the mail box on my way out and read through everything in a parking lot and that same feeling from four years ago came back to me, I was denied on all of my physical conditions for a second time, after the Decision Review Officer pretty much told me my case seemed to be clear cut. With the SOC a form 9 was sent. For the denial each one stated that the examiner said my condition was less than likely caused by my time in service and that the condition should get better. My lawyer said he was going to review the SOC when he got a copy. I know I will need a really good IMO or IME that will show the problems I have still bother me and have not gotten better, I just I don't know. It feels like they gave me a large rating on their hiccup and decided to skip the rest. (For anxiety and depression my C&P examiner said I did have a mental health condition rated at 10% but I was denied in the end without being given a reason)  I know I should be happy about my win but it has been really difficult for me. My husband (also a Veteran) who has not supported me in my fight with the VA is beyond thrilled about all this. I tried to explain to him that it's not about the money it's about getting treated for my conditions that are service connected.  The summary of case I received says the decision was made on July 20th, I didn't get anything that says what my current rating will be but being already 30% I reckon I'll be bumped up to 80% Nothing on E Benefits has changed, it still shows that my appeal is open. Does that happen often?  Would anyone be able to tell me if I will be getting a new copy of my AB8 or is that something I'll have to call in for?  I haven't gotten any retro yet but I'm not worried about when that will happen what I would like some insight on is when I'll start receiving the new increase, if the award was decided on July 20th would that be early enough to begin getting the new increased award amount in August? Little Timeline Discharged in June 2010 claim filed previous month July 2012 denied all conditions approved for TB September 2012 NOD filed August 2013 VA deleted my NOD and a new one was immediately filed they claimed it was done wrong lawyer error September 2015 DRO face to face at ATL RO July 20th 2016 decision made Thanks for reading, Natalie
    • I personally would never correct a C&P examiner no matter how bad or incomplete I thought it was going.  I too, had a C&P where the examiner should have measured a scar, but didn't.  So, when they tried to rate, they couldn't and I had to go to a second C&P for measurement.   When I got my decision (a win), the second examiner added a claim for acne, which was service connected.  Which I never claimed, but he found in my med record. FWIW, the second examiner was better than the first, but you don't get to choose, and its a lottery, but, Telling someone how to do thier job, especially in the VA where your claim can go away for a long while, is probably not a good idea. But you can diss-agree (NOD) and thats fair game, because thats the way they play,  Or reopen with new evidence, as I have done. Hamslice  
    • Do some homework on your C&P examiner and find out all you can about him. Why some C&P Exams are not as good as others...  I hope the link comes out ok. My point is, find out all you can about who/what your Drs. are;  especially if the VA contracted your C&P to an outside firm.. The contractor  may or may not be looking out for the veteran.  Below is one of the firms contracted with the VA to do C&P's.   My first impression of this firm is that they may not have the "most experienced" DR's to preform the VA C&P.   Note I did not say they are not good DRs, only they might not have the knowledge of conducting a "VA PROPER"  C&P. One of my friends had a C&P done at this contractors facility and the DR. was not interested in any of the material he brought with him.  Basically my friend sat there in front of the DR while he entered/looked at a bunch of stuff on his computer..  Asked my friend a few questions, looked at his scars(did not measure them) and that was about it.  30mins later the exam was done. Oh yeah, he asked my friend if he had any pain..  This C&P was a result of a NOD he filed on his original claim denied for SLE (Lupus) . VA denied the claim without scheduling a C&P for him.  Will be interesting to see his results of the C&P Home About Us Services Our Clinics Physician Opportunities Employment MSLA News & Links Veterans  Call Us Today Toll Free 866.4.MSLACA MSLA Clinics Special Contracts Worker's Compensation Become a Veterans Affairs C&P Provider Become a Veterans Administration C&P Provider   Help Our Veterans by Becoming an MSLA C&P Provider Medical Support Los Angeles (MSLA), A Medical Company contracts with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct compensation and pension (C&P) evaluations in California, Nevada & Hawaii.   Current Opportunities  We are constantly recruiting independent examiners in all areas of specialty to join our provider network. Various work schedules are available, including evenings, weekends and part-time.  Our Medical Director and Quality Assurance staff will provide you with necessary training to become a registered and qualified C&P examiner.   What is a C&P examination? C&P examinations do not involve treatment and each evaluation consists of reviewing the veteran’s subjective complaints (history), followed by the examination.  The examiner completes the appropriate Disability Benefits Questionnaires (DBQ) that is utilized in the disability evaluation process.  DBQs contain check boxes and standardized language to streamline the process enabling providers to capture important information needed by VA to accurately evaluate and promptly decide Veterans' claims for benefits. Why Choose MSLA? No administrative burden or collection hassles. Industry standard payments of provider services that is promptly processed. Providers have independence to focus solely on conducting the highest quality examinations/evaluations. Our staff schedules all examination appointments; provides examination instructions/directions by letter to each Veteran; and each Veteran is assigned a caseworker to help them through the examination process.   We Look Forward to Working with You We would love for you to be part of the MSLA Team that aspires to take care of those who have so bravely served our country! If you or any of your colleagues are interested in serving our Veterans, please complete the provider contact form or contact our recruiting department at: XXX-XXX-XXXX. Help Our Veterans by Becoming an MSLA C&P Provider   Medical Support Los Angeles (MSLA), A Medical Company contracts with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to conduct compensation and pension (C&P) evaluations in California, Nevada & Hawaii.  
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    • I've had a few C&P exams go in my favor that I really thought the doc either didn't care or was incompetent. I say that because they just asked me questions and I answered them.  I was honest in my answers, but they did no exam to confirm my statements. Off the top of my head, my deviated septum and BPH were rated without the doc doing any type of exam.  All they did was ask questions.   I agree with waiting until it shows up on the blue button.  

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http://www.vawatchdog.org/07/nf07/nfDEC07/nf120107-1.htm

I have followed the CRDP and CRSC matters for years and they are still snafued-

and I bet there are still many retirees -who are eligible for one of these programs- due to receipt of VA SC comp and they dont know it yet-

The Nov 14th deadline DFAS had hoped to have this all squared away -has passed and there are thousands still waiting for some news.

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Surprise surprise the VA is late again paying Veterans money that they are owed.

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Here we go again !! Promises,promises and more promises. Uncle has been tap dancing all around. :blink:

I'm due CRSC retro pay begining from my retirement date Oct.1,2004. The longer I wait the more reto i'll receive I'll say. :rolleyes:

Good luck to all us expecting retro payment. It'll be around Jan,Feb or March time frame. I'm hoping it'll be alot sooner.

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Hello,

I'm trying to determine if I'm eligible for CRSC. I am 100% DAV from Desert Storm. I am also a gray area reserve retiree

(20 yr letter) with 24 yrs and 3000 pts. 55 years old. I retired from reserve system in 2001.

I also took disability retirement from the USPS in 2005 and receive SS Disability. Do these other incomes have any effect on CRSC?

Any help appreciated.

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This is the latest info I have- please correct anyone- of this has changed-

From Military.com web site:

"CRSC is an application-claim based program versus the Concurrent Retirement and Disability Payments (CRDP) program, which is an automatic entitlement from DFAS for any Retiree with a combined 50% or higher VA disability rating. Some Retirees believe they are already receiving CRSC when they are actually receiving CRDP and thus do not submit their claim for CRSC. If you are not certain what you are receiving, please check your DFAS pay stub and consider submitting your claim for CRSC. The following is a summary of the contrast between CRSC and CRDP:

Comparing CRSC and CRDP

CRSC Eligibility

Submitting a Claim

Comparing CRSC and CRDP

It is important to note that Retirees cannot receive both CRSC and CRDP and must elect one each year through an annual “program election.” Many retirees are confused about which is better for them. When making this decision, please note the following characteristics of CRSC and CRDP:

CRSC CRDP

Full Concurrent Receipt Yes No - 10 Year Phase In

(Except for 100% rated Disabled Retirees)

Sample Payment for 50% Disability Rating $690 (2007) $403 (2007)

Required VA Disability Rating: 10% 50%

Taxable No Yes

VA Individual Unemployment (IU) Eligible Yes 3 Yr. Phase in (2009)

Survivor Benefit No No

Application Requirement Yes - DD 2860 No - Automatic

Type of Disability Combat Related Service Connected

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CRSC Eligibility

Eligible claimants are/ have:

Retired with 20 yrs Active or Reserve Duty;

Receiving retired pay;

Retired pay must be offset by VA payments;

A 10%+ disability rating; and

At least one combat-related disability.

Combat-Related Criteria

Combat-related criteria include those VA rated disabilities that occurred under the following situations:

In the performance of duty under conditions simulating war (e.g., named exercises, routine field training exercises/F0000000000000000000TX)

While engaged in hazardous service (e.g. flight, diving, parachute duty)

Through an instrumentality of war (e.g. combat vehicles, weapons)

As a direct result of armed conflict (e.g. Purple Heart)

OR

Presumptive cases (e.g. Agent Orange, radiation exposure, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)

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CRSC Eligible retirees should submit their claim today!

Retirees can download the CRSC claim form DD 2860.

For more information on how to apply contact your parent military service branch:

ARMY:

Department of the Army

U.S. Army Physical Disability Agency

Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC)

200 Stovall Street

Alexandria, Virginia 22332-0470

Toll-free: (866) 281-3254

Hours: 8am - 8pm EST

E-mail your questions to:

CRSC.info@us.army.mil

Or visit: http://www.crsc.army.mil

NAVY AND MARINE CORPS:

Department of Navy Naval Council of Personnel Boards

Combat-Related Special Compensation Branch

720 Kennon Street S.E., Suite 309

Washington Navy Yard, DC 20374-5023

(Toll free 1-877-366-2772)

AIR FORCE:

United States Air Force Personnel Center

Disability Division (CRSC)

550 C Street West, Suite 6

Randolph AFB, TX 78150-4708

(Toll Free 1-866-229-7074)

COAST GUARD:

Commanding Officer (RAS)

U. S. Coast Guard Personnel Service Center

444 SE Quincy St.

Topeka, KS 66683-3591

(toll-free at 1-800-772-8724)

Click here for Frequently Asked Questions about the new Concurrent Receipt and Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC) laws. "

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Some like myself, might be waiting for their claims to be resolved. I am eligible for CRSC retroactive to February 2007, but I am waiting for the decision on my appeal which could result in eligibility for CRDP which would be a larger amount in my case. Of my current 40% rating, only 20% is combat zone related. If my appeal is successful, my total rating will be 50% resulting in CRDP eligibility.

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