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    • Veterans First Act
      It frustrates me that veterans who served from 1975 through September 11th, 2001 are  about to get stiffed once again. To make matters worse, "The Veterans First Act" has gained endorsement from nearly all of the major service organizations. Under Subtitle D, page 110 of that bill it clearly demonstrates that only veterans that served "on or before May 7, 1975; or on or after September 11, 2001" Will be eligible for the Family caregiver program. Yet this bill is being sold with the notion that one of the  bill's provisions are  (note the word "all"):
      "Expands VA’s Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers to all generations of veterans and expands the services for caregivers to include financial planning and legal services."
      This is in stark contrast to the most current version of the bill that affirms "active military, naval, or air service—
      3 ‘‘(I) on or before May 7, 1975; or
      4 ‘‘(II) on or after September 11, 2001"
      You will find this in black and white as a copy of the bill is available at https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/114/s2921/text/rs#compare=is (page 110 of Subtitle D).
      If the bill is not read carefully, it sounds like the best thing since sliced bread. In essence, Vietnam and post 9/11  disabled veterans that require aid and attendance, are eligible to receive a stipend for their spouse/family member caregiver that is caring for the veteran. In short, a 26 year gap is being quietly proposed to exclude eligibility for this enormous group of veterans. -Please read the bill before chiming in.-
    • Awaiting BVA Remand for R-2
      <<<  I don't understand why they never granted me the loss of bowel control b/c my Doctor has ordered the padded briefs and given me medication, >>>>>   Well, gee D25, go figure. You don't suppose they have a tendency to low ball and/or no ball you? Or is it just that they're in backlog mode on SMC claims? Or maybe they haven't a clue what they're doing? I just had a guy I'm working with, who's already at S apply for A&A. He won and then they never gave him the bump. They looked at both legs and gave him a SMC K for each one instead of going to SMC O and R1. VA avoids the Rs if they can and prays you don't figure it out. You will note I am not calling it a conspiracy-just a very, very odd coincidence this happens over and over.
    • C&P Exam Completed [Bad Vibe]
      Thanks I'll try and head over their on Monday.   Buck, where are the measurements here on Hadit? Couldn't find it, do you have a link perhaps?
    • Retro pay/retro pay adding dependents
      Thank you for the heads up. I know there is a slight difference in the amounts going back, but its going to be pretty close. I just want to see if the process was correct or if they don't retro adding dependents.
    • Retro pay/retro pay adding dependents
      make sure to use the correct dollar amounts for each year. here's a link to historical va compensation rates
    • C&P Exam Completed [Bad Vibe]
      3 working days from my experience here in boston 
    • Retro pay/retro pay adding dependents
      I am currently rated at 10% for tinnitus. I filed for SC for an ankle injury, bad knees and hearing loss in April, 2010. I was SC for hearing loss and pain in knees in 2012 at 0%. I filed my NOD within two weeks of the decision and have been waiting on appeal since. I just had had my C&P for ankles, knees, and hearing on April 14th. I was told by the C&P doc to expect a letter from them by June 14th (60 days). I am not holding my breath. I have a torn meniscus, effusion in the knee, and pain. I have been issued a hinged knee brace for each knee as well as hearing aids. So I feel strongly that I should end up with at least 30% combined, hopefully 40%. My understanding of the retro pay is I should see retro for the difference in what ever combined rating percentage I end up with minus the 10% I already received, going back to the original filing date (4/2010). As I was married in 2009, but can not add my dependents until I am rated 30% or more, will I get retro for the higher amount of spouse and dependents in a second retro payment going back to the original filing date? I get that it will be the final dollar amount with dependents, minus the single amount at the new percentage - the 10% already paid. If my research is correct I should see a first payment of at least $18,671.44,  granted I get at least 30%. I got this from: $407.75 (30%) - $133.17(10%) = $274.58 x 68 (months) = $18,671.44 Once my dependents are added there should be second payment of $12,240.00 I got this from: $587.75 (with spouse and 5 kids) - $407.75 = $180 x 68 (months) = $12,240.00 Any information that I am missing would be greatly appreciated.
    • Knee Condition
      Just to update I had my C&P exam today. Had a bad feeling throughout the exam. But I guess we'll see what happens.
    • Sleep Apnea Claim
      The last RBA I got (RBA is the same as Cfile, but a RBA is certified to CAVC) was on DVD.  
    • C&P Exam Completed [Bad Vibe]
      Anyone know how long the wait period is from where I can try to print out the c&p exam at my VA center?   

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I have an appeal pending with the DRO. Depression secondary to Service Connected knees disability. Although the C&P doctor stated my knee disability exacerbates my major depression, I was still denied. Since then I have supplied a copy of my psych evaluation from when I was on SSDI stating pain caused my major depression. Since I filed a NOD for major depression I have been rated service connected for hearing loss 0% and 10% for tinnitus. I just had a PTSD test evaluation, although the doctor that administered the test stated I didn't me the qualification for PTSD I found an old military medical record where I was sent to the doctor after being physical assaulted. The SSDI doctor gave me a GAF score of 42 the VA doctor gave me a GAF score of 65. My question is would these documents help my case with the DRO? How do you write it up to present to the VA?

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Are you still on SSD? Are you working? Did SS have an opinion as to what caused your depression. I can't see how it is ossible that SSD would have a GAF of 42 and VA have one of 65, Well actually I do. The GAF is nothing but a WAG (Wild Ass Guess) and should not be used except to confirm that an award should be made and not used to deny a single claim.

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I have an appeal pending with the DRO. Depression secondary to Service Connected knees disability. Although the C&P doctor stated my knee disability exacerbates my major depression, I was still denied. Since then I have supplied a copy of my psych evaluation from when I was on SSDI stating pain caused my major depression. Since I filed a NOD for major depression I have been rated service connected for hearing loss 0% and 10% for tinnitus. I just had a PTSD test evaluation, although the doctor that administered the test stated I didn't me the qualification for PTSD I found an old military medical record where I was sent to the doctor after being physical assaulted. The SSDI doctor gave me a GAF score of 42 the VA doctor gave me a GAF score of 65. My question is would these documents help my case with the DRO? How do you write it up to present to the VA?

Was this evidence in your records when the claim was denied? Did you file for PTSD based on personal trauma? This may be a new claim.

When the doctor stated that knee disability exacerbates your major depressive disorder he is saying that the depression was there before the knee condition. You can file for aggervation of a nonservice condition.

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If you have a good depression claim as a secondary claim I don't think you should go off on a wild goose chase to get PTSD. Stick with the depression claim since you have such good evidence. PTSD is one of the hardest claims to prove. One psychiatric claim is as good as another so why reinvent the wheel.

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Was this evidence in your records when the claim was denied? Did you file for PTSD based on personal trauma? This may be a new claim.

When the doctor stated that knee disability exacerbates your major depressive disorder he is saying that the depression was there before the knee condition. You can file for aggervation of a nonservice condition.

My Phychiatrist at the time diagnosed me with PTSD, so it was in my VA medical records. AS for my depression in my NOD I ask if I was in pain while in the military, stayed in a military hospital for 4 months because of knee problems and pain and has been in constant pain since being out of the military, had 2 surgeries, have been diagnosed with moderate to severe osteoarthritis in both knees, if I had depression before my knee disabilities, when did it start?

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