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    • Thank you Vync for the warm welcome and reply. The addendum was made by the C & P examiner, but 10 weeks later. They are saying my progression is the typical rate of progression for my spine issues, therefore not related. That leaves me unsure if I should appeal this or claim it as chronic low back pain. I have several records to support as such. Also, when the examiner quoted my angles they were much lower than anything sound. A spinal curve doesn't shrink and then exaggerate again a few years later.    
    • Okay everyone, I have been MIA for a few days to try and collect myself.  I received a call from my Women's advocate at the local VA who can see my file.  I am beyond upset and just deflated.  The DRO Steve Wilbur held true to his reputation.  He called me on August 18th, 2016 to tell me he was going to decide my NOD within the week, but he actually lied to me because he decided it that day.....DENIED!!!  To further more upset me, my claim has so many errors from the beginning of the original decision to today's decision.  We went over everything on the phone and we found so many errors.  I am going to wait for the SOC so that I get the Form 9.  At first I said "F" it and I was going to give up and just apply for my right foot secondary to my left ankle but I thought about it and the more and more I did, the more and more I got so pissed off!   Over the weekend another Veteran and I spoke on the phone.  He too had the same DRO, Steve Wilbur and was denied on the same day as me.  The other interesting thing....my boyfriend received his SOC in the mail for his denial on the same day and guess who was the DRO????  Yep, Steve Wilbur.... Apparently Steve Wilbur has a very bad reputation in WACO.  I was told by this veteran that his attorney is heading there today to raise hell over this situation.  I emailed Robert McDonald for what it is worth too.  Both of us had solid evidence to overturn the original decisions.  I feel we were both retaliated due to the fact that we emailed Robert McDonald a few weeks ago for an update.  This is devastating and now I have years of waiting because of Steve Wilbur. When I was on the phone with my rep at the VA, she was reviewing the notes and Steve Wilbur has so many mistakes noted on my SOC.  One issue is the fact that my original C&P exam from July 2013, the examiner gave NO RATIONALE, however several months later, a medical opinion was given by a doctor who NEVER saw me but rather took a quick glance of my documents and denied me even after the fact that the examiner from the C&P exam noted both my DBQ's from my podiatrist and stated my injuries were in-service.  Furthermore, I had the letter from my current podiatrist stating all my injuries were in-service. So disappointed but I will continue to fight this!
    • Welcome to Hadit! Was the addendum made by the C&P examiner, a non-C&P doctor, or possibly someone working at the VARO? How long after service did they claim the condition progressed after service?    
    • With the 100% P & T decision the VA should have mentioned or enclosed the Chapter 35 applications for your dependents.They usually send the Chapter 35 pamphlet as well, which is linked below.   The dependents are also eligible for CHAMPVA  which also can be searched for here.I dont know how VA informs vets these days of their dependent's potential for CHAMPVA  in 100% P & T awards. As I recall I received a VA letter advising me on CHAMPVA and that has to be applied for.The letter was separate from the 100% P & T posthumous award that included Chap 35 apps for me and my daughter.More info here. http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/docs/pamphlets/ch35_pamphlet_2.pdf   http://www.va.gov/vaforms/medical/pdf/vha-10-10d-fill.pdf http://www.va.gov/purchasedcare/programs/dependents/champva/      
    • @Bonzai Great to see you!!!  Have you checked out http://www.disabledveterans.org I think it will helpful in your fight for Voc Rehab. We have had a lot of complaints about Voc Rehab so do keep us posted on your progress. You may even want to think about starting your own blog about it. That will give you something to do. I did it and here we are 20 years later. About a blog, you can use your photographs and your wive's to illustrate your posts. It might just turn out to be your thing.





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My husband a Viet Nam Vet had been receiving 100% disability rating for about five years for diabetes and renal failure and stroke x2. He was getting dialysis at the V.A. He passed away in Jan. this year...How long must I wait to receive DIC? all the paperwork has been sent to regional office, a veterans representative helped me with this...I have this fear that it will take me as long to get approved for this as it took him which was years!

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My husband a Viet Nam Vet had been receiving 100% disability rating for about five years for diabetes and renal failure and stroke x2. He was getting dialysis at the V.A. He passed away in Jan. this year...How long must I wait to receive DIC? all the paperwork has been sent to regional office, a veterans representative helped me with this...I have this fear that it will take me as long to get approved for this as it took him which was years!

I hope not-it took me over 3 years to get DIC. It took them over 6 years to award my husband 100% P & T and the award was posthumous- came 3 years after he died.

Have you received a VCAA letter yet?

if not perhaps VA has all the info they need-hard to tell-

Has the VA formally acknowledged ecipt of your 21-534 form?

Did the death certificate (and autopsy if done) clearly state diabetes copntributing?

Often DMII isnt put on DCs because diabetes doesnt directly cause death -it causes the conditions that can cause death.

If the DC states renal failure without connecting this to his diabetes-the VA most likely will want mor proof of his diabetes causing the renal failure.

Even the CVAs -did the Coroner put that as contributing to death on the death certificate?

I get DIC but found years later that Rod had DMII which caused him to have heart disease and CVAs.He was AO Nam vet.

I know there is probably no other etiology VA could possibly find for your husband's demise othen than the SC DMII.

I am familiar with diabetic cardiomyopathy and cerebral manifestations of DMII.

The VA however will fight this claim unless the evidence -the DC and any autopsy results is clear enough for them to connect the dots.

I am sure that ypur rep is fully aware of how these claims have to be worded.

You should not have any problems at all- but then again-after 20 years as a widow dealing with the VA- myself-they try to get out of paying whatever they can in DIC claims.

Did you receive his last compensation check for the month he died in?

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I am trying to get this system to work with hadit, but keep getting block any suggestions

I hope not-it took me over 3 years to get DIC. It took them over 6 years to award my husband 100% P & T and the award was posthumous- came 3 years after he died.

Have you received a VCAA letter yet?

if not perhaps VA has all the info they need-hard to tell-

Has the VA formally acknowledged ecipt of your 21-534 form?

Did the death certificate (and autopsy if done) clearly state diabetes copntributing?

Often DMII isnt put on DCs because diabetes doesnt directly cause death -it causes the conditions that can cause death.

If the DC states renal failure without connecting this to his diabetes-the VA most likely will want mor proof of his diabetes causing the renal failure.

Even the CVAs -did the Coroner put that as contributing to death on the death certificate?

I get DIC but found years later that Rod had DMII which caused him to have heart disease and CVAs.He was AO Nam vet.

I know there is probably no other etiology VA could possibly find for your husband's demise othen than the SC DMII.

I am familiar with diabetic cardiomyopathy and cerebral manifestations of DMII.

The VA however will fight this claim unless the evidence -the DC and any autopsy results is clear enough for them to connect the dots.

I am sure that ypur rep is fully aware of how these claims have to be worded.

You should not have any problems at all- but then again-after 20 years as a widow dealing with the VA- myself-they try to get out of paying whatever they can in DIC claims.

Did you receive his last compensation check for the month he died in?

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Welcome to Hadit.

When you first sign up a Moderator has to approve your first post. Its something that had to be done to keep spammers out.

Don't worry soon all systems will be go.

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I must say, I would have had trouble getting the VA to approve my DIC claim, if I had not been able to convince the emergency room doctor to list a service connected condition as "contributory". I think I could have linked his "cardiorespiratory arrest" to his service connected Wilson's Disease, but it would have taken a lot of work. And he was only rated 70% at the time, the 100% plus SMC (l, l, s) was just decided last month (he died in January). And the hospital wouldn't agree to an autopsy, and the organ bank wasn't interested in his organs, due to his illness.

My husband would have been ecstatic at the final decision, if only he'd been able to hold on a few more months.

It's terrible, isn't it? On top of all the emotional distress, we have to suffer financially, too. I don't know about everyone else, but I couldn't work full time, or even regular hours, as he required a great deal of care, and on call assistance, not to mention all the medical appointments.

Good luck to all,

Terri

(sobbing again)

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