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    • Part of      M21-1, Part III, Subpart iii states: To create a new Block e with guidance for submitting requests to the Joint Services Records Research Center (JSRRC). To specify that follow-up requests to JSRRC must be completed by a Military Records Specialist (MRS).   This makes me think it might be their second request (follow up) or that they never requested the info in the first place. http://community.hadit.com/topic/48901-jsrrc-contact-info/   I strongly suggest that you contact JSRRC yourself and it might be possible to even contact the person who the VA sent the request to. I do not trust VA to properly make these JSRRC requests sometimes. I just read a BVA remand whereby the VA forgot to put the veteran's unit into the request, holding up that claim, AGAIN. "how can they deny my first claim of they didn't already review them?" If they didnt review them ( and they dont appear as Evidence on the denial,) there could possibly be a CUE in that denial , possibly ...the main problem is getting the pending claim resolved favorably first.                    
    • Well that makes sense. I'm about to lose my cool with those gd QTC ladies. They just talk out of both sides of their mouth, and make it look so easy. How do you "ALWAYS ask that all my issues are taken care of through the VA."? Thanks!
    • I can only imagine President Clinton got his information and from the VA Officials  and trusted them. jmo ...............Buck
    • VYNC said" "The C&P examiners surely must realize that they don't work at the VA of 20 years ago. Back in the 90's, I had no way to know if the examiner was being thorough or not. Now, we are empowered with knowledge here from Hadit and also are fortunate enough to have the DBQ's and C&P exam questionnaires available to us online." That is SO true! In the late 1980s I realized how much the RO could manipulate what a C & P actually said. They deliberately left out a final statement by a C & P examiner to deny my DIC claim.11997. He had speculated a ridiculous Cause of death , but what the RO failed to add was ,that he wrote, "that an autopsy could have ruled out."  They did have the doctor's name in the denial so I called him up and raised Hell...to learn that VA not only did  not give him the 6 page autopsy (which they had) but also what it revealed would have completely changed his opinion. He then got angrier than I was and I could tell the VA had pressured him for exactly what they expected from him.He sent me a copy of his exact opinion that they had and that gave me the evidence I needed to keep fighting them and draw them out on the autopsy. (They also removed it from the files they sent to the General Counsel. I fought back on that and when the VA  got the 12th copy of it , OGC awarded the FTCA case and then after another RO denial, the RO awarded DIC under 1151. It is the C & P exam that controls our claims. As Vync said, because we can get copies of it these days, the R0s cannot get too creative with the results. But the fact remains that C & P doctors are paid by the VA. If the APRN rule goes into affect, I guess AP nurses will be doing  the C & Ps. The 2 main reasons, in my decades of experience, that most claims are denied is that: the evidence does not establish a nexus ( this is really the claimant's responsibility) or that a C & P was done improperly or by someone with no expertise to adequately do it. One more reason...secondaries even if absolutely obvious, need a strong C & P opinion but  many of those claims need an opinion from a real doctor.(a non- VA doctor with expertise in the field) Unfortunately C & P exams do not fall under the malpractice regulations. I have fought back vigorously every bogus posthumous C & P exam they ever did on my claims. They knew the veteran could not speak for himself or have input into those C & P exams,because they killed him in 1994 with outrageous piss poor medical care. Pres.Clinton said months before he died that VA was the Best Government- run health care system in the world.My husband almost dropped his 1151 claim when we heard that on TV. Since then the malpractice stats of the VA have gotten much worse. Maybe the medical incompetence has not really gotten worse, but for sure, veterans and their survivors have gotten smarter because of the internet and their ability these days to file and prove malpractice claims, if it has occurred, and their willingness to get an opinion from a real doctor.(IMO/IME)              
    • Your Appeal is at the BVA, just no Docket # yet, right. You do have a copy of your husbands C-File? We need to see a redacted copy of the initial Denial and the "Statement of Case." What exactly is your "Evidence of Record?" Many vet's that get caught up in the VA Appeals process, get a negative attitude, right away. They believe that there is a VA conspiracy to Deny and/or limit their Comp Benefits. VA Raters base their Award/Denial Decisions on "Evidence of Record," if the provided Evidence doesn't substantiate the claim, you get a Denial. That's not to say Rater's don't make errors, but a conspiracy (takes more than 1 person) to Deny is hard to believe, these are mid-level VA Employees. What does your VSO say about your Evidence regarding the linkage to CAD or Kidney Disease? Which condition is most likely the causative SC for the Secondary issue? Could you post redacted Dr's Clinician Notes, or other Medical Evidence supporting your claim?  Semper Fi





vet201060

Claim For Pes Planus(flat Feet)

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Hello guys, I have some questions about my flat feet claim to be. I was sent to physical therapy in the military 2004. They put in my medical records that I have flat feet and need orthotics. I was not aware of it til a week or so ago. I had a issue with my chronic back which is in the claim process for increase. I was sent to Physical Therapy fee based(VA pays for outside service). I was informed that my feet are flat and that I need orthotics. BTW, my entrance exam into the military(2000) stated that feet were normal. I went to my appointment with the podiatrist today. He did a cast of my feet for orthotics. I asked him about filing a va claim and he told me it is not service connected. He said most likely I have had this problem all my life. When I entered I never had any problems until 2004 to present. I have not ran since then because of it. I had been on a profile most of the time. He discouraged me from filing a claim for flat feet. My question is "Should I file a claim?".

He also told me that flat feet dont cause problems with ankles, knees, or back. My physical therapist tells me otherwise. I also believe that if you have a bad foundation(feet) with anything it with make more stress on everything else. Please help me with this guys and gals. Thanks for everything. BTW, the Doc(podiatrist) is only there 2 days a week(contract). He was a nice guy though. I asked him about the claim because he is a disabled vet himself. I need to see what he put in my medical record for today. I was shocked by what he said. Why would they make me orthotics if my feet dont cause any problems? Is he full of crap? Thanks for hearing me out!

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File a claim I got 30% and I had been out for over 20 years

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Hey Pete, Do you have orthotics from the VA? Thanks for the reply.

File a claim I got 30% and I had been out for over 20 years

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They issue me some shoes that don't help. I wear croc's most of the time.

Its kind of weird arch supports really hurt my feet and also give me blisters. My feet are really flat by the way and big about 14 D's

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I can't tell you how it will end. But I have filed a claim for flat feet. My entry exam stated Mild asymptomatic. In 2002, I was rated Pes Planus (flat feet). During my claim I was denied flat feet, it stated I was rated on my entry exam as having mild asymptomatic condition. I filed my appeal stated first it has worsen due to service, second under the code of federal regulation chapter 38 section 4 item 22 states The condition at the time of entry will be subtracted from the condition that is being claimed. Well mild asymptomatic is 0 percent, while bilateral flat feet are rated at 50 percent. I have not gotten my appeal back, but i will inform you all when it get the returns...CLAIM IT...

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I have bilateral flat feet rated at 30% since 1991

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