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    • Team,   I appreciate your feedback. I noticed at the beginning of page one that he put the following information: - Medication- noted Digoxin, Metoprolol, and Dilitiazem Veteran is not able to work due to recurrent SVT His METs are zero due to his recurrent syncopes Veteran states that his palpitations are constant, not intermittent
    • 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 got Drs to fill out dbqs etc.. 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 much worse than you were, so then it is time to file for increase.. Lol. Will they take into consideration that the dr. Put down that he is not able to work at all now and grant  P& T.  I mean we did not file.  We really did not think about it.  That is what happens when you get old.    Thanks for listening and I appreciate your advise.
    • At this point, it doesn't bother me if I "offend" an examiner. If he/she can't do their job according to the rules, they can EXPECT for me to offend them. Write up whatever they want. Going to do that anyway. Their bogus exam will end up being appealed ANYWAY and cost money out of my pocket to dispute their opinion. Doesn't cost the examiner anything other than to listen to some well-earned criticism.  
    • Hi Bonzai, Check out  https://www.coursera.org/ Please let us know what happens if you do decide to go back to school? *I'm very interested in what you find out from your explorations on the topic of school while 100% service connected.            
    • Well, we need more information.  You said he had an appeal since 11/12.  Is this the NOD date, the decision date (RO), or the date you filed the I9?   Did you even know you were required to file an I9, or your appeal will be considered abandonded?   To get to the Board you have 2 steps: 1.  File a Nod on a RO decision within a year. 2.  File an I9 within 60days of the receipt of the SOC.       If you did not complete BOTH these steps, you wont be going to the BVA.  You should have had a docket number long ago, after you filed the I9.        Did you move and not give VA your address??  Rememeber there are 2 VA's:  VAmedical and VA benefits.  Changing your address with one, often does not affect the other.        You need to take some action here.  This is what I recommend: 1.  Send an IRIS email, asking for status on your 11/12 appeal.  Keep a copy of their response.  2.  Did/do you have a VSO?  Did he file any of the papers for you?  Does he have copies?  Ask him the status.   3.  You need to find out if a)  VA dropped the ball  b) Your VSO dropped the ball, or c) if you dropped the ball, for example, by not filing the I9, or by not supplying VA with requested/needed evidence, or not keeping your address current.           After you find these things out, we can direct you better what to do. 





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Pete53

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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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