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    • Been busy, apologize for the tardiness. Currently waiting for my C-file. Until then I am still getting all of my service illnesses taken care of by private board certified doctors by my company insurance I work for.  Some is out of my own pocket for instance the chiropractor and one time specialty physician. So as soon as I get the C-file, I will schedule my appointment with Dr. Steingart, and post my full review of what I know will be the favorable outcome for the IME.
    • Floridanurse, Not sure if you will get anything out of what I have to say, but maybe something will catch your eye. You mentioned teeth grinding in your post. Is it documented in your service medical/dental records?  Here's why I ask, I endured jaw pain to such a degree that it interfered with eating and sleeping. I had to massage my jaw muscles so I could chew my food, during the worst of it.  I went to the medical center a few times, they referred me to the dental clinic where they noted excessive wear on my teeth, but could find no physical causes. They deduced that the grinding and clenching was most likely due to work related stress. Fast forward 17 years and I learned I could claim it, did so, got denied. Filed appeal, got IMO/IME, with nexus letter stating at least as likely as not, citing SMR entries that noted the 4 year history of jaw pain. Denied.  Both times they reasoned that since it wasn't diagnosed as so in my SMR, they would not grant it. However they did grant that it is there and is valid, but is being recognized as a symptom of MH illnesses. Fortunately for me I do not have any SCD for MH. Or not so fortunate for me, but I do have a current DX of MDD recurrent with SI...from the VA, which puts me firmly in the 70% rating. If I had it service connected, that is. For me, though, it may not matter, but for you it may get you a secondary to PTSD claim.
    • Congratulations Thomas54  way to go buddy! Victor82  it depends on what they rated you for? If its TDIU P&T Then no you are not suppose to be doing any kind of work.
    • MSR is Military Service Record, and SMR is the same just Service instead of Military.  Pretty much first day of boot camp till your exit physical, preservice physicals are usually included.
    • A similar thing happened to me and they shot it down very quickly- In my NOD -.... I made a specific bullet point paper listing the dates of the connections to dx./ treatment dates and any doctor information-  - "bolded and underlined for clarity" - Good Luck 





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Va Non-service Connected Disability Pension Granted

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Just was notified by the VA of a partial victory. They said, "Entitlement to nonservice-connected pension is granted." And to expect the first check within 15 days.

I was hoping someone might know if the pension is taxable or not? Also should I try for Social Security Benefits (I'm 57 btw), would they offset each other or not?

I apologize in advance if I posted this in the wrong place.

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The pension isn't taxable but it would be offset by any SSA or SSI benefits.

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It is non taxable. However, Any money you earn is an offset to it, including social security. NSC Pension is about $10,000 per year, more if you have dependendents. That doesnt mean you get $10,000 from the VA it means you get a total from all sources of $10,000 per year. For example if you have a part time job in which you earned $4000 then you will get $6000. (plus applicable dependents). There are also rules on how much your dependents can earn. I recommend go ahead and get Social Security for several reasons:

1. Your Social Security could be more than your VA pension.

2. If you have service connected conditions, it would revert to that. In other words, say you are at 40% (which is about $600 depending on dependents) Service connected. Right now, they pay you the greater of the 2 benefits, NSC Pension of about $900. However, if you get social Security your VA would go down to the $600 but if you got $1000 in social security your total would be $1600 versus the the $900 for VA pension alone.

3. You will never get less with both VA pension and Social Security (then one of them alone) but you could well get more with both. So there is no risk for you to apply for Social Security.

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SSD also offers Medicare after 2 years and all medical expenses are deductible so it is not a bad idea to go ahead and apply in my opinion.

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