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    • Why are you stressed? Other than dependant educational benefits, at least for the short term, you are being paid at the 100% rate either way. Just wait until you get the letter with your decision. That's the only thing that counts. Not what your VSO said in a 5 minute phone call. He probably gave you the highlights. When I got my letter they granted unemployability from my filing date until my c and p date, then granted 100% schedular forward. 
    • https://www.mynextmove.org/explore/ip I did this and got 0 for social.  
    • Just got off the phone with the VSO at the VA he found what the problem was holding up my decision and told me to expect my package within 10 days and gave me a IRIS number. However I am very concerned with what he told me. The letter he read said, A combined evaluation of 100% plus entitlements to benefits at the 100% rate due to individual unemployability has been assigned as a result of the following actions, Entitlement to individual unemployability is granted effective July 11, 2015 to March 8, 2016.  Migraines 30% increased to 50%
      PTSD 50% (no change)
      Sleep Apnea 50% (no change)
      Services connected Radiculopathy left upper 20%
      Services connected Radiculopathy left upper 20%
      Degenerative joint Disease 10% increases to 20%
      Cervical strain 10% (no change)
      Tinnitus 10% (no change) He also told me there was no mention of 100% disability after March 8, 2016, could this be possible? I did the VA math and was more than 95%  what am I missing?
      Will I have to go through the appeal process now after all this time to prove it all over again?
      Or am I over thinking this and just need to wait till I get my package from the VA, maybe the 100% rating is hid within the 8 pages...Thoughts?..so stressed...Help me brothers....sisters.
    • I have been in serious discussion with a mother of a professional photographer, and found out that there is a reason for all the closings of photography studios around the Country.  The field is fairly well saturated, and most photographers freelance out of their own homes and have the developing done off-site.  I support my wife’s dream of achieving her dream of being a  freelance photojournalism photographer with a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts.  However, I am now doubtful as to making a photography studio a success. So I am back to square one, and researching something that I can do self-employed, that will be self-fulfilling.  I filled out the DOL/O*Net Interest Profiler and the top two areas I was rated in were Artistic (26) and Conventional (19).  The next thing I did was to select the Job Zone.  I selected Job Zone 5 Extensive Preparation Needed, because I don’t want to fail at my goal.  Lo and behold, self-employment was one of the options, and that is exactly what I need.  So I am now at a point of trying to select a new self employment career path that is both artistic (creative) and conventional (run of the mill).  I like to think ‘outside the box’ and I have a lot of outside the box thinking to do!  I am expecting a call from the VR&E program sometime next week, and need to have a new feasible employment plan ready. I am wide open to receive suggestions!  (that was a subtle hint….)

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