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    • I agree with Broncovet.  I'd do an FOIA for the C&P examiner's curriculum vitae, and while you're waiting do an online search for his/her credentials and print/PDF what you can find. You could do your NOD or Form 9 Appeal, depending on what stage you are in, and while you are waiting, get an IME/IMO done as quickly as possible. That should hopefully trigger the VA to look at your case all over again with the new and material evidence.  Include your online search information, until you get your FOIA fulfilled.  They'll probably schedule your for another C&P. I could be wrong, but the VA can't forward on to the BVA until all other associated claims and FOIA requests are adjudicated or resolved. Also do a FOIA for your C-File.  You never know that they missed, or what records that are in there that are not your own. (On my 3rd C-File request, the VA "discovered" and included several CBC, Monospot and other tests that they previously said did not exist and were not present earlier....so you never know.) Last, document everything.  I like to scan everything in PDF to a folder in Dropbox.  That way I can access it anywhere in case I need to read or access something.  It's also easier than hauling around a crate of letters and medical documents. Good luck! Mark  
    • I'm trying to find out if my spouse or I would be eligible for spousal benefits if either of us passed.  We are both 100% permanent and totally disabled vets.  We're planning for our future, which includes purchasing a new home.  We don't want to purchase something that either of us would not be able to maintain in case of death of either of us. Thank you in advance for your help.
    • @ JBasser:   I HAVE contacted John Dorle, who is working with Dr. Bash on veterans claims. I have completely explained my concerns in depth to John Dorle. He said he'd contact Dr. Bash. No results. Nada. I finally got an answer from a firm in California that is collaborating with Veterans Medical Advisor. Said they would check Dr. Bash's schedule for me. They scheduled a date and a time for Dr. Bash to call me. I waited all day for the phone call that NEVER CAME. I called the firm and spoke to the person that scheduled the telephone conference and complained. All I ever received was excuses from this firm and acting surprised that I didn't get a call. Nothing more. I believe there's more to this story than we are being told.    
    • So yes now my TBI and PTSD are service connected they are just low balled and combined as one.
    • If the patient advocate don't do you no good than I would go to the Director office and file a complaint and they will get you an answer or maybe ask for another Doctor.





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Hello everyone, received a VA letter last week stating that my new overall rating is 60%. I was 30% for PTSD and 10% service connected injury, 40% total. I filed for a PTSD increase late last year so for PTSD they have awarded me an additional 20%. I have an additional claim in process for secondary ailments, if that claim is approved and I am I'm taking a wild guess, the VA might award an additional 10% which will add up to 70% total? I am speculating on percent increases as I read somewhere that by law the VA awards increases in 10% increments only? ... Anyway, thanks for everyones advice, opinions and in particular the "HADIT" web site which has been of great help in navigating the VA's claims process. Thanks.

Jim

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Are you able to work? If not file for TDIU now.

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Hello everyone, received a VA letter last week stating that my new overall rating is 60%. I was 30% for PTSD and 10% service connected injury, 40% total. I filed for a PTSD increase late last year so for PTSD they have awarded me an additional 20%. I have an additional claim in process for secondary ailments, if that claim is approved and I am I'm taking a wild guess, the VA might award an additional 10% which will add up to 70% total? I am speculating on percent increases as I read somewhere that by law the VA awards increases in 10% increments only? ... Anyway, thanks for everyones advice, opinions and in particular the "HADIT" web site which has been of great help in navigating the VA's claims process. Thanks.

Jim

JamesPT,

The regs for a Mental Health disability do not contain a 20% rating criteria.

Mental Health only compensates at the following percentages :

SC'd at zero or 10% - 30 % - 50 % - 70 % or 100 %.

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Thanks for the reply Carlie; I guess I still don't have a hold on VA mathematics. My question; if I was 30% PTSD how did I get to the new 60% rating? I am guessing the VA chucked the 30% and put me in the 50% category? plus the 10% for service connected injuries = 60%? ,,, Also if you don't mind, I may be out of line with the following question as it might need to be posted in different forum. John999 below indicates "if unable to work to file for TDIU"; is this process very tidious? do I have to file and submit all medical records. support statements from Doctors etc. all of which the VA already has on file? ,,, I am not able to work, the PTSD meds which help very little with my mental condition do tend to make me zombie like so to speak; memory lapses (thinking and acting more slowly), lack of focus, I could go on and on with side effects. Also my physical injuries, the surgeries which have resulted in overall limited range of motion plus the meds for physical pain in addition to the meds for mental condition; well again, it goes on and on. Just looking for an answer regarding filing for TDIU. I am sorry, I am still ignorant regarding the claims process. Regardless, I will take John999 suggestion and submit a TDIU form. Thanks again, your responses are appreciated. I will look in the forum for more info, but I guess the TDIU form is submitted to VA Regional?

Jim

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Thanks for the reply Carlie; I guess I still don't have a hold on VA mathematics. My question; if I was 30% PTSD how did I get to the new 60% rating? I am guessing the VA chucked the 30% and put me in the 50% category? plus the 10% for service connected injuries = 60%? ,,,

Jim

Jim,

Click on the following link and enter each of your individual percentages

in there, start with your highest one and work down - then click submit

to get you combined total.

Remember VA will round the total combined, either up or down accordingly.

http://www.hadit.com//service_connected_disabilities_rating_calculator.php

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