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    • My husband died in motorcycle accident
      I got the call from the lawyer's office today. They said they think I have a good case and they officially offered me representation. His fee is 33% if I win the appeal. Is 33% about what every lawyer charges? I also received all of my husband's medical records from Ft. Jackson where he was found non deployable. I also Dr. Valette an email as well.
    • Guidance request on C&P exam - PTSD, hearing loss, and tinnitus
      rvance313: The best advice I was given is to learn as much about the VA disability process as possible so you can go thru this and other Veteran Forums for the similar contentions that you may have? Learn about Range of Motion (ROM) and how pain factors into your CP Exams and what you should do during those exams. I also learned to ensure that you are very clear at what you are claiming from the start and this may eliminate a lot of heartburn down stream in the process. For instance, as I was inexperienced, a VSO helped me with listing my initial contentions which was a mistake for me. For instance, I have bad "prostatitis" for many years and it was clearly within my service medical records. However, she listed it as "groin pain" as a contention that was later denied. Mainly, because it was not listed very specific and a specific diagnosis code, it was denied -I believe for that reason? When I said to her, "I read that contentions need to be very specific" and she said, "Don't worry, the VBA Rater will figure this all out for you anyway"--infamous last words?  As a result, I learned not to rely so much on a VSO who may or may not know their jobs well? Also, you have to make it as easy as possible for the VBA  rater to rate your claims by providing the best evidence and injury linkage to your service  that you can in the form of medical records, & showing a continuing chronic condition. Also, if your medical records are incomplete, then you should get buddy statements from  those that were there when you were injured. Also, try to review the VA DBQ Questionnaires, that correspond to your Contentions - &  CP Exams that they are going review for your case and claim. That way you get a sense of the questions that the CP doctor is going to ask so you have an idea beforehand of how to respond. Many Vets get nervous the first time they have a CP exam and don't always respond with the information that is in their heads? Most of the information can be found in the hadit.com & ASKNOD forums and from people like Berta & Asknod (among many others) (whom are all amazing for advice). Granted, the VA Disability process is very complex and many Vets have negative experience along the way. But if you can read, the average person can figure a lot of it themselves. But even with negatively, you can't let it sour you or put you into a defensive position to just give up? Many do and blame others for their misfortune with their claims outcomes? But I feel you (Vets) only lose when you (they) give up and I'm glad you came back. I honesty get the complaints because I've had CP exams that I felt betrayed by the doctor and staff leaving things off of the final exam that hurt my ratings and resulted in a lower rating. For instance, I have heart issues and was granted  only 10% for Hypertensive Heart Disease after a long battle. But, it would have been rated 20% if they had listed my complaints about my chest pains and the use of nitro for my angina? Those issues are listed all over my service medical records and I put it on the pre-exam forms that I was sent. But it was ignored? Anyway, I tell Vets that in many cases it's just the "Luck of the Draw" whom does your CP exams but it has a big impact of what they list. Also, you are very right about honesty because it's the best policy for everything in life -not just VA claims. But, just like going into battle, the better trained and prepared that you are, the better the outcome of your claims will be. Also, if you hit an obstacle, have a plan B & C, but learn, learn and learn all you can about the VA Disability process from forums like Hadit.com so that when they throw you a curve ball on a claim, you'll know how to react. As a matter of fact, I'm working on my first Notice of Disagreement or NOD and I'm applying everything that I just spoke about in this post. Anyway, I wish you Good Luck and Godspeed- Rootbeer22 
    • Aortic valve /ihd
      I would send in any more evidence you have but I still recommend getting an Independent Medical Opinion. "His vso said it could take another 4.5 yrs.. That is a nine yr wait all together. " I dont understand the 9 year math here. I assume the NOD was filed in time. The rating criteria for DMII is here in our VA Schedule of Ratings forum. His medical evidence must warrant a rating higher than the 20%. If the "aid 8.1 " was his actual HBIAC ,that should help. Personally I don't think any Congressman could help with this ,at this point, as it is a medical issue, that a strong IMO/IME could help resolve. But others will chime in on that.
    • eBenefit Letters Down?
      Tried 2 different computers, firefox, safari, internet exploder.... no change
    • GAD & Depression C&P results, any advice?
      Hi all- moved to "pending decision approval" this morning...
      and I'm freaking out. Hopefully it gets approved. My biggest fear right now is having them not SC this even though the c&p agreed and put in favor of service connection. Or them saying they need more info for some random reason.. The wait is almost over, I will keep all updated. Hope everyone is doing well!!   -Shelby
    • Knee Condition
      Thank you, I've contacted Ortho and requested a call back from him. I appreciate the information.
    • Aortic valve /ihd
      Berta,. He has a rating for 20% now.  And by the way that was did in Mountain home ar.  They opened a small va clinic there and they are the ones that diagnosised it and even put the claim in for him.  We totally surprised that they did that.    Do we have to wait to send anything in, since it is showing in intake center, or should we go ahead and send in?  His vso said it could take another 4.5 yrs.. That is a nine yr wait all together.  Should we contact our congressman?  Just frustrating. 
    • Guidance request on C&P exam - PTSD, hearing loss, and tinnitus
      OIF vet here.  Like many, I currently struggle with the daily affects of past war zone experiences.  I initially submitted a claim back in 2010 but was denied.  Frustrated, I gave up on it and chose to deal with my struggles on my own.  Following advice I was given, last year (March 2015), I submitted an intent to file a new claim.  I have been following ebenefits to make sure if the ball is dropped, it is not on my end.  Recently, my claim was moved from the "gathering of evidence" phase to the "preparation for decision" phase and about a week later was changed back to "gathering of evidence".  None of this concerns me, as I know the process takes some time but from what I understand, I should be expecting something in the mail soon informing me of dates for my C&P exam(s).  This leads to my purpose for writing this; I have heard/read horror stories about how vets seemingly have been totally screwed out of the compensation and help they deserve due to the ridiculous results from their C&P exam.  I am simply trying to have my proverbial "T's" crossed and "I's" dotted when my exam date comes and also help all other vets that may be worrying about this same issue.  What I mean by this is, I would like to know if there are things that I should avoid saying/doing or is there anything that anyone has thought hindered their ability to get the desired results from their exam, etc.  Under no circumstances will I lie about my experiences or my conditions but I would like to ensure I do not screw myself using improper wording or something of that sort (as I have seen the VA has done to many vets).  

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Va Can Move Your Claim To Another State Varo

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My letter from the VA says the entire claim is now in Jackson , Mississippi, for the radiation exposure part of the claim. They have also said it will take them "many months" to reach a decision on the chronic diarrahea. What else is new? Jackson VARO is suppose to have the cfile.The letters from the doctors incliding Dr. Bash saying that one of the problems IBD ,chronic diarrhea is from many chemicals including radiation exposure(one of many chemical contaminations involved).The SM-1A is a well documented contaminated area. Though not listed in the Blast exposure part of the VA regs. Yes, they also said in the stocking stuffer message received on Christmas eve, is that they can also rule on other claims and accept other evidence on many of my other claims. They also said it would head back to the Houston RO after they were finished with it. We may have people landing on Mars by the time that happens. I have already changed service organizations as of about 6 weeks ago from the DAV to the VVOA. Houston acknowledged that in phone calls from my POA new VSO. The VARO however is still sending things like a copy of the transfer Claims letter copied to my old Veteran Service Organization,DVA, so the left hand doesn't really know what the right hand is doing. SOooooooo..........

Heres what is happening ......I have so many of the so called shotgunned(pyramiding) claims which most are a result of the main claim. That is not what I wanted to do but unfortunately my body starting falling apart with this stuff for the last 7-8 years. All of these other claims are related to the bigger picture. As many of you here have experienced with the secondary or shotgun(The VA calls it pyramiding)many diseases start popping up from the primary or original claim. Even when you don't want them to and you do not want to complicate your claim. Some of us do not have any choice. I have my VSO coming in tomorrow for 2 days to go over this stuff and see how we are going to find out what we do next. Anybody have any advice on:

1. Does each claim get dealt with separately , even when they see the reports, Va progress notes from their Doctors?

2. Does this mean that by attacking each one claim separately , this will cause my primary PN claim to be in Jeopardy?

3. What do you do as far as trying to help the VA with letters and evidence in accordance with the VCAA when they literally are trying to separate your claims individually in order to deny them piece mill?

I keep submitting the evidence and always quote their own laws and rules so as to keep maybe someone who doesn't know those rulings (BVA,COVA decisions) and VA laws from doing something that will delay the process. Its like the VCAA letter and the way you respond doesn't matter. I mean this is gonna be a real long drive for me if I want to go look at my C-file or talk to someone in Mississippi, especially since I live here in Texas. The VA says their radiation exposure teams are in Jackson and they say that this is done to provide me better service even if it is going to take "many months". Maybe I should not have quoted so many court rulings and VA laws to them and now they are going to use this to kind of slow me down. Has anyone else seen this kind of tactic to their claim(s)?? I don't want to go to Mississippi....I mean I don't mind people from any state, I have friends from all over...but what happens if they decide to try a new team in Kalamazoo Michigan for Crohns disease. Your C file goes on these wild trips and everyone here at Hadit says you better keep your C-file in order. How can you protect yourself and your claim, maybe even your C-File? Sorry I haven't made many post , but when I do it usually is a chapter in itself...kinda of a build up of months of no posting. Like a pot of beans on the stove stewing. God Bless, C.C.

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The VA often moves claims to other less "back-logged" VARO's. They have been doing it for as long as I've been handleing claims. You CAN request that your claim be transferred BACK to your VARO... but you need to give a reason - like you are able to drive and discuss claim at VARO locally etc.

I have also seen the VA move claims from lesser "bac-logged" VARO's to more backlogged ones... or ones that in MY experience seem to take longer with a claim. I don't understand why they do that, but I have seen it happen.

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I know of claims that were moved to the St. Pete VARO. I think the St. Pete office is the busiest in the nation. Perhaps they move them around must to show some kind of progress and to help their stats. The whole process is so mysterious that it sparks paranoia in many vets, including myself. If you have seen some of the decisions that come out of St. Pete VARO you would just shake your head and wonder if sixth graders did them. No logic, broken rules, ignored evidence, contradictory conclusions. They look like 6th grade book reports. I won't go back for a mental status exam because anything can come out of one of these things including a spontaneous healing.

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Hello John and Sixcents,,,, the letter said that this VARO has a radiatio exposure team to examine the file for chronic diarrhea claim. Now this is secondary to PN and they already diagnosed me with IBD. So chronic diarrhea just goes hand in hand with that. But if they can sit for a year or so on the cfile and they said it would take "many months", just to get a ruling then I am in trouble. Fort Greely is not listed on there approved vendors list for ionization radiation in the CFR and neither is chronic diarrhea , even though , Dr. Bash says so in the IMO. Even if you point out the Reactor entombed when I was there, all of the radiation problems and still being monitored it won't meet the regulations. HUH ....they won't admit that there was a problem so dose meters weren't issued .....ok so your nuked and sick and having some serious problems and the VA says your not cause the approved vendors list says so. My Cfile and all of the test, doctors reports is so big it may take an 18 wheeler to move it to Mississippi and more claims to come with more test scheduled and just got some more bad news on last weeks test. When this is all over , I will have plenty of diseases how to's but the problem is I may not live to see the end of this road to Service Connection and eventual schedular increases. I think I am going to have PTSD before this is over. This is really something . Thanks for the encouragement and help . God Bless, C.C.

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