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    • Hello guys,  Quick question,  Does a Civilian Doctors Range of Motion findings carry any medical evidence weight in regards to the VA?  I am rated at 20% for Spine (loss of forward flexion) However my Spinal Surgeon noted in his recent records that My spine forward flexion was limited to 20%....  This would constitute a higher rating i believe..  Any Advice/help????
    • The unit I was with in Vietnam don't exist anymore   it is considered dissolved..and same with my unit in Germany at Tompkins Barracks in Schwertizngen German  517th Heavy Equip Maint Company (HEMC) AS AFTER ABOUT 10 MONTHS THERE I CAME DOWN ON LEVLEE FOR VIETNAM. I have no records at all for my Germany service  other than my word and my unit name..which now its dissovled I guess they don't believe me? NRPC/NARA Don't have all my records either.. .I contacted Army Review Board in Arlington Va and am currently in a fight with them about getting my DD-214 CORRECTED,,,it don't show my Germany Military service and it has the dates wrong when I served in vietnam...and my second tour....basicly all I have is a Disposition form 2496 2496-1  extention of Foreign sevice letter to prove my dates but they denied them? so all I have left to send them as for as evidence is record of travel orders in-country as truck driver and the dates on them were beyond the dates they said was on my DD214  I even sent copy of letter that I sent to my G/'F with the free post marked /DATES to my G/F back then which is now my wife of 44 years I have one year to resubmit any evidence I can get. I ask them what do they want from me when I gave them a record with my extended dates in Vietnam I THINK MAYBE SOMEONE IN THE RECORDS DEPT JUST DON'T WANT TO LOOK? FOR MY RECORDS  eh! I gave them my company and battalion address and what unit I worked out of which was the operations Branch a detachment from the unit its self.  I even sent copy letter that I sent to my G/'F with the free post marked /DATES to my G/F back then which is now my wife of 44 years other than my memory of my time in Vietnam and my word  I don't know what to do to get my  DD 214 Corrected? Most of my ribbons and citations medals are on the  DD-124  so I don't need this correction for a claim  I just want the correct dates and my location of service shown on it. Vietnam is on it why not Germany.? Ms Berta what is the 149 form? I may have filled one of those too?   ..................Buck
    • I don't think they can 'legally' do that.  If they try, I would remind them that the SC'ed disability would not exist to be exacerbated by your post-service life at all without your service.
    • I 'back doored' the SSA site and downloaded my letter, like you can do with ebennies sometimes.  Award granted, SSDI c/w...now waiting on a back pay check sent yesterday in the mail and I guess arguing the onset date with them to get the 10's of thousands they shorted me.  Feeling very, very grateful to have this finished as well.  Now, I am going to try and use the SSDI award as justification for making my 100% Permanent so that my kids can use the education benefits.  If I can get that done, I can also quit looking over my shoulder and concentrate on getting as much quality as I can out of this life I have left.





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I sent a request for VA RO in Waco at end of July 2011 asking for a higher A&A rating as I feel I meet the criteria for the higher rating.

Currently I have a SMC S Rating because I am 100& Service Connected for Panic Disorder with Agoraphobia.

The letter says it is working on special compensation for aid and attendance/housebound and for a special home adaptation grant.

I did not request the home adaptation grant I just got a new shower.

You mentioned treatment at Dallas VAMC I am supposed to give dates of treatment and by who?

I am supposed to send copies of progress reports and anything Docs say that support my claim.

They say that if I give dates and who treated they will get the records they need but otherwise they will not.

According to this notice I have 30 days before the VA may make their decision.

I feel like I am getting the bums rush

Pete

I also wonder about the fact that I am service connected for panic disorder and major depression is this able to be linked to the need for aid and attendance for bathing, some grooming, helping keep medications straight, that I use a walker and cane and I was granted a HISA Grant to improve my bathroom.

Sometimes this can be over whelming especially when you get a fast deadline thrown at you out of the blue.

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Do you get copies of your progress notes after each appt?

I find that helps me be able to get what they say they don't have to them. I feel your frustration. I had a cp a couple of weeks ago for sleep apnea three weeks after I received a denial for sleep apnea. Go figure, and when I get there the doc doesn't have the sleep study that they sent me to back in Nov 09.

I think you have a strong case considering you have stability issues and would need help in and out of the shower, not to mention someone to help around the house to do the things you are unable to do now. Do you take pain meds too? big plus. Good luck

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Do you get copies of your progress notes after each appt?

I find that helps me be able to get what they say they don't have to them. I feel your frustration. I had a cp a couple of weeks ago for sleep apnea three weeks after I received a denial for sleep apnea. Go figure, and when I get there the doc doesn't have the sleep study that they sent me to back in Nov 09.

I think you have a strong case considering you have stability issues and would need help in and out of the shower, not to mention someone to help around the house to do the things you are unable to do now. Do you take pain meds too? big plus. Good luck

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I have the full Healthy Vet access and It lists out all appointments I have had in the last 2 years I think. That might help with figuring out the dates of appointments. Providing your using VA health care.

Best regards,

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I think I might shop around for a lawyer in your area, Pete. I also think you are getting the bum's rush on this. I think the VA is attempting to place the entire burden of proof on you when you should have benefit of doubt. You might want to get an IMO. Thirty days is not enough time. Should not the VA schedule you for a C&P exam to determine if you qualify for A&A? The way they are setting it up you must have a doctor say you need A&A or you will get denied. I can just hear them saying "The medical record does not establish a need for A&A" when they are the ones that selectively scan the record looking for reasons to deny.

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pete you should ask your docs for recommendations for A&A I have them from both my primary care and my shrink I am getting ready to file for it and ask for a house grant to expand my bathroom to make it accessible for my wheelchairs both push and power I think the room will have to be expanded honestly and I don't think the 4000 dollar grant will cover it, since I am going to go thru this with them I am also going to file for the K award for ED might as well do it all at once I also have to file for the AICD implant to take me from 60% for CAD to 100% let them do it all at once

good luck on your A&A claim

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A VCAA notification is mandatory whenever you open a claim. The verbage is standard. If you can not send information in 30 day you can ask for an extension. If the information is a a government facility the VA will get the information for you. You just have to tell them where you were treated.

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