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    • You might want to go over this VA Fast Letter as well:  
    • You are (apparently) missing the one thing you need.  You need a doctor to say you are unable to maintain substantial gainful employment due to Service connected conditions.  Im not sure if you have that or not, but, this is what you need for IU.   A lot of times it helps also, if you are enrolled in a Voc Rehab program, where the Voc rehab counselor states, "this veteran is unemployable due to (hearing loss) and or other SC conditions.   Difficulty in communication is often a barrier to employment.  
    • Can you scan and attach here the decision for the claim you filed the NOD on as to their Reasons and Bases part and the evidence they listed? (Cover C file #, name, address prior to scanning it) If he is SC now for the DMII they should award something for the diabetic  nephropathy ,if that was claimed and if they have the private doctor's evidence on that. ...I am confused here.. "Yes filed a nod, filed19 within the 60 days. Vso thru American legion filed all.  We have copies did an iris, about 10 days ago.  No ans yet." I assume then that you are waiting on a Statement of the Case.....????   ." I have got all his lab work from the time he was diagnosis with renal failure.  His Vso  to wait till we rec docket number, otherwise it might get lost without it. However, we ar still waiting on that. Of course it is like everyone else, by the time they get around to rating it, you are  et etc etc " That does not make sense to me. If this claim was actually denied we need more info.   In my opinion, if a claim is Still at a VARO and you have more probative evidence, send it to them with proof of mailing.    Is this the claim he filed in 2012?   Is the VSO supposed to prepare a 646 and is that holding up a BVA transfer? I am lost here and probably I am not making any sense at all......because we dont know what they denied ,why they denied and when they denied.   However, once you get to the BVA (they (BVA) will send you a letter with your docket # on it, and you can send any additional evidence directly to the BVA and then check with them to make sure they have it.   Has any C & P doctor given any opinion on the renal disease yet? Was renal failure due to DMII part of the 2012 claim?  
    • You make a very good point! 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. If C&P instructions say to measure something, the examiner better measure it. With the rating criteria we have, even 1 mm could mean make a difference in your rating. If I ever have to go back in for another C&P exam where the rating is based on a measurement or ROM, I will ask if they have their ruler or goinometer. If they claim they don't need one, I will be like oh yes you do. You don't have one? Here, you can borrow mine. If they still refuse, I would ask for a new exam with a competent examiner who knows how to follow the regulations.
    • Gastone, or Berta,. Or anyone else wharT are your thoughts.





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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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