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    • Of course, Berta is correct..if its in your file.  More likely, however, its been shredded.  THey pulled that same BS with me!   I sent the dependents form at least 3 times, and each time VA says they lost it.  When I got my copies of my cfile, the dependent request forms were not there.   I fought them all the way up to the cavc.  They got away with shredding my evidence so far.  But, they dont know how deterimined I am.   At least one time I submitted the dependent form through my VSO..which they also "lost".   VA has repeadetly shreded my documents which has resulted in loss of effective dates.   I filed a "Special Handling Request" (SHR)  due to shredded evidence in 2008 WHICH THE VA ALSO SHREDDED!!!   But, they did a boo boo.  There are 2 references in my file, by VA employees, to the  SHR.  Oh oh.  They stepped on their necktie.   Im waiting, tho.  I have some other things in the works, and if it works out, I wont need to file a Writ of Mandamus to compel VA to quit shredding my evidence and to honor the 2008 SHR, which, of course, I have a copy of, along with proof of mailing.  
    • Well I don't know about this system but my appeal started in 2008 after my claim in 2004 was denied. My appeal finally went to a VLJ in 2015 who remanded it back to the RO for further development the it was sent back to the BVA in July 2015 from the RO. Then today while on Ebenefit I saw where the VLJ REMANDED my appeal back to the RO again for development. I like this can't be, what kind of mess is this, did I piss somebody off. Why is this happening to me? I just can't figure this out. All these years I am still getting the run around! Is this normal for an appeal to be remanded twice?
    • Took me over a year to get my New CD ROM C-FILE. About the time line on a NOD APPEAL FOR A DRO Hearing. There been estmations on this  any where from 11 months to 5 years   depends on the work load and the amount of DRO's Waco has. I had a DRO Hearing way back in 2002 and it was about 30 days on my NOD to hear back from Waco and they granted me  DRO Hearing and it was 3 months out...but its a lot different now... I think broncovet had some estimations on the timeline from Waco Tx  R.O.for the DRO Hearings? not sure...I would just keep bugging them about  until they set you a date...if you let it go they think you forgot about it  so just keep pestering them  eventually the wil set you up a DRO Date. IF He is still there Request Gary Hughs as your DRO just say you had heard nice things about him from fellow veterans..he is  COOL DUDE He was fairly young back then  its been 15 years ago  but hopefully he is still there   he is a common sense type guy and good old country boy.  he treated me with a lot of respect and listen to me during my hearing  I had the informal hearing & he Made me feel at ease...relaxed and comfortable. He expedited my claim that day & gave me a thumbs up Navy4life can tell you a Name of a DRO you don't want there in Waco Tx R.O. JMO .....................Buck
    • This is wonderful news and I hope your post gives others hope! I assume this sets up CRDP for you as well. CRDP is supposed to be automatic but I dont know how long it takes these days. Congrats on the BS degree too! In Criminology????? I think the way VA handles claims is a crime. LOL   But it looks to me like it took a little over 2 years for you to get this award?   That is not a bad time frame these days.... Treat yourself good L, a great meal, new clothes etc etc whatever it takes, because you have won a Victory and many of us know how absolutely Exhausting the claims process can be...relax now...it is OVER!  





Papa

Gaf Score 55

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Maybe someone can clear domething up for me that even an old country boy can understand. I received a GAF score of 55 and was given 30%. I keep reading on Hadit that if you are working you will get less!! Whats the difference? If you got a GAF score of 55, should you not get the same rating whether one is working or not? It is still 55. I was wondering if the VA gives different ratings for Veterans who have lost a leg that works vs a Veteran who does not work. I understand that there are a lot of variables, but it does not seem fair.

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GAF scores don't mean squat (imho). Especially just one GAF score. It's a mere snapshot of how you are doing at one specific point in time. The VA (or any doc) should assign a GAF score at each visit and then average them out over a period of time for a real picture.

Too much emphasis is being placed on these scores. The real emphasis needs to be placed on the hard evidence in your medical records.

Sorry....but I feel like a broken record on the issue of GAF scores.

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Have been seeing VA haha for 2 years now,

1st gaf=39 lasted 4 months.

2nd gaf=40 lasted 1 year.

3rd gaf=35 going 2 months.

I have to agree with purple, now that I am beginning to understand this process.

microism, is the new word in question? Microism allow hahas' a semi-accurate picture of your overall cognitive functioning level... Wish I knew how it worked, guess that is why they are the experts in the world of hahaha....mark B)

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GAF scores don't mean squat (imho). Especially just one GAF score. It's a mere snapshot of how you are doing at one specific point in time. The VA (or any doc) should assign a GAF score at each visit and then average them out over a period of time for a real picture.

Too much emphasis is being placed on these scores. The real emphasis needs to be placed on the hard evidence in your medical records.

Sorry....but I feel like a broken record on the issue of GAF scores.

§ 4.126 Evaluation of disability from mental disorders.

(a) When evaluating a mental disorder, the rating agency shall consider the frequency, severity, and duration of psychiatric symptoms, the length of remissions, and the veteran's capacity for adjustment during periods of remission. The rating agency shall assign an evaluation based on all the evidence of record that bears on occupational and social impairment rather than solely on the examiner's assessment of the level of disability at the moment of the examination.

(B) When evaluating the level of disability from a mental disorder, the rating agency will consider the extent of social impairment, but shall not assign an evaluation solely on the basis of social impairment.

© Delirium, dementia, and amnestic and other cognitive disorders shall be evaluated under the general rating formula for mental disorders; neurologic deficits or other impairments stemming from the same etiology (e.g., a head injury) shall be evaluated separately and combined with the evaluation for delirium, dementia, or amnestic or other cognitive disorder (see §4.25).

(d) When a single disability has been diagnosed both as a physical condition and as a mental disorder, the rating agency shall evaluate it using a diagnostic code which represents the dominant (more disabling) aspect of the condition (see §4.14).

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I know a Veteran who ordered an expensive IMO cause he got a 49 GAF cause his lame ass VSO said a 49 was not good enough. It not only cost the Vet money it cost him time cause he got 100% even with the 49 GAF cause the Doc would not change it.

The GAF is only a part of the evaluation and I am afraid that to many here are putting entirely to much into what their GAF is instead of proving up their case

Most Docs will not deliberately take on another Doc something that is often forgotten

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The late Alex Humphrey, Esq, used to post here that he could get any vet w/a gaf of 50 or below, TDIU or 100%.

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