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    • Exams during flare up?
      To me it reads like your in line for an increase, however, I am not a rater and it is purely JMO. I started with 0 on both knees and appealed to get to 10% bilateral, I am still in appeals to go for a 20% on the right knee because of the laxity and crepitus of that joint.  I am going for this rating because I have an independent medical opinion to substantiate such rating.  Without an objective medical examination it will be difficult to go much higher.  Read the ratings criteria in the eCFRs under the knee joint and you will have a clearer picture of what is needed.  I stress you must have the medical evidence to warrant the higher rating.
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      I LIKE PETES992 STATEMENT..........
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    • RETIRED? NOW I AM DISABLED?
      THANKS................................ The basis for this discussion is prior to the 2004 effective law; military individuals would purposefully find ways to make sure (under their command) injured or otherwise to receive no VA compensation when they got out because in their eyes, at that time, you would get out and would receive more than them (and I am talking the Senior NCO's and Officers here at retirement), and did everything in their power to make sure treatment wasn't provided, etc. because of the jealousy factor $$$$ get people wrongfully off Medical Boards etc. it was an epidemic. Now, since that has changed (the law) the military care and recordings has improved dramatically since this jealousy factory had been about solvent. Now, anyone who was in prior to 2004 would share to comment about how these veterans were treated prior to such effective law because of the jealousy factor. I think the commentators so far have took this the wrong way. When I got out, I had shrapnel from a round in my back, a busted spine, partial paralysis, PTSD, hearing loss and headaches from explosions/IEDs.......and a bunch of other stuff prior to the 04' law/ OEF. I am trying to relate to others who got banged up, even while in training, and got screwed by your command because they in their eyes only saw you getting compensated, not your injuries (and did not treat you because of this properly).   So, shouldn't veterans be able to prove that they deserve full retirement from the military plus VA compensation too. Not just the other way around. In my case, shouldn't it be streamlined where I can show, hey I have all the documents conditions right after I got out and had bunch of surgeries, etc. and my command where a bunch of jerks who got off on screwing peoples lives over and look here is the proof.      -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I have also revised this in the original post to clear up any confusion. 
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    • Should I file a claim now or wait?
      Depending on this more evidence, VA can use it to grant your service connection but it can also be used as the correct effective date if this evidence was not in your records at the time of the original denial. 
    • Exams during flare up?
      Okay, I'm reviewing my C&P exam now. Noted is a significant loss of motion. Here are my results. This was done during a "flare up" apparently. Even though I have had this "flare up" for 3 weeks. My previous initial C&P exam 3 years ago noted loss of motion ass well this time however is much worse. Im not sure if this should be noted as a flare up or the worsening of the cartilage decay in my knee cap. Left Knee --------- [ ] All normal [X] Abnormal or outside of normal range [ ] Unable to test (please explain) [ ] Not indicated (please explain) Flexion (0 to 140): 40 to 55 degrees Extension (140 to 0): 55 to 40 degrees If abnormal, does the range of motion itself contribute to functional loss? [X] Yes (please explain) [ ] No If yes, please explain: sigificanly reduced ROM would impede kneeling/squatting. Description of pain (select best response): Pain noted on exam and causes functional loss If noted on exam, which ROM exhibited pain (select all that apply)? Flexion, Extension Is there evidence of pain with weight bearing? [X] Yes [ ] No Is there objective evidence of localized tenderness or pain on palpation of the joint or associated soft tissue? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, describe including location, severity and relationship to condition(s): lateral patellar Is there objective evidence of crepitus? [ ] Yes [X] No b. Observed repetitive use
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      You change the info in your profile settings.   Top r/corner open profile, then edit profile, and scroll down to SC info.
    • Exams during flare up?
      Yes that is a possibility, there is no sense worrying about it though.  The foremost concern is getting the injury service connected, once that is done then you can appeal the rest that you may be entitled to with medical evidence,IME/IMO, ect.... This sounds cold, however, no sense worrying about it until you receive the decision, from there you can decide which avenue you will pursue as well what attack to utilize.
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      Your profile indicates that your 100% SC? If your 100SC, an IU Claim would be "Moot." Could you list your SC's & ?%, would help? Semper Fi

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Should I Do Voc Rehab

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I'm 40% S/C right now. I was wondering if i should enroll into voc rehab? I haven't worked since the end of 07, ptsd gets the best of me on a daily basis. I honestly don't think it will help me. I've applied for IU, got denied that, but have an appeal in. Any advice?

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I'm 40% S/C right now. I was wondering if i should enroll into voc rehab? I haven't worked since the end of 07, ptsd gets the best of me on a daily basis. I honestly don't think it will help me. I've applied for IU, got denied that, but have an appeal in. Any advice?

What could it hurt ?

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If you get rejected by Voc Rehab that will help your IU claim. If not you get training and education. That can't hurt.

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Ditto on what carlie & John said. Also, if your approved for schooling, they will pay you extra money a month while attending. What's also nice about it is you can get dental care as if your 100%. But like John said, if they think your unemployable, that would help your appeal for TDIU. Either way it'll be beneficial. How are you making it not working since 07, are you on SSDI or retirement?

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I would echo the same thing the rest are saying. If you think you can do it go for it. I was in Voc rehab for a couple of years until my health started to go downhill. I was declared infeasible for employment, and like the others said that was a major factor in deciding my TDIU claim. I was 40% like you and was bumped up to 80% based on that. Good Luck.

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Well, Voc Rehab said i'm a no go for the program due to my disabilities. So what's that mean for me now?

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TDIU!

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The counselor said voc rehab is not for, but said if i wanted to i could still use my post 9-11 GI bill for school? I tried school once and had to quit because it was to much stress for me with what's going on day to day. What kind of miracle does he expect me to pull out of my hat to try again, i swear these people try to steer ya every which way but right! Will they send a letter saying voc rehab was denied?

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This time they steered you in the right direction by suggesting your unemployable, which means exactly what John just said..TDIU

While your waiting for your appeal, you need to get the copy of the unemployable statement from voc rehab and have it submitted into your c:file so they can review it as part of your evidence. That is, if you havn't already done so. I wouldn't waste any time getting it submitted either!

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