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How to Get your VA C-File


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    • VA CUE Request
      thank you for your replies. Berta: I currently work and plan to do so unless/until I start losing it a little more and I see no other option but to venture into TDIU. I'm in mid 30s and have young kids so I'll need to continue working. Broncovet: My vertigo is usually once a 2-3 weeks but recently had few falls right outside the house which led me to hospital. nothing serious but cuts and bruises at this point but started worry me a bit. VA had me do complete balance test and revealed I have abnormal balance issue. I don't know how to reply back to your question regarding TBI... I'm just out of it most of the times and I try extra hard to concentrate to get things completed that others may not realize. BLUF, I rely on my wife heavily on daily basis. I'm not sure if I'll still be here without her support and guidance.   I last read the letter one more time and I thought VA is recommending to re-evaluate my TBI residual symptoms to include the vertigo? my current rating for TBI is residuals from memory loss and concentration. how should I go about the appeal? do I visit VSO and express my concerns? is it even worth it when it's pretty clear of VA's mistake? thanks a bunch again.  
    • DRO hearing
      How does a CUE work? Does the DRO have to CUE themselves or does a supervisor do it?
    • Is it possible to back date disability pay to time of injury?
      When did you actually get out and when did you file your claims?
    • Is it possible to back date disability pay to time of injury?
      Yeah Kinda figured it was a pipe dream. I wasnt sure if anyone had seen this happen before or not.
    • Is it possible to back date disability pay to time of injury?
      The crazy one here, there are too many scenarios for anyone to properly answer your question.  A lot of our claims are alike but they are also very different. Without knowing how/when  he filed his claim and the steps he took it would be pure speculation on anyone's part to guess.  If and only if you filed a claim back in 2007 and was denied then you found records of your injury and then you filed a new claim in 2012 and was granted service connection then you could request an earlier effective date under CUE but outside of that there is no way VA will back a pay retro payment without a veteran filing a claim.  Even with a veteran filing an earlier claim VA will put the veterans' claim through the wait and see if the veteran miss a suspense date so we(VA) can deny his/her claim.
    • Is it possible to back date disability pay to time of injury?
      I asked him if he knew why/how they back payed him to deployment and he said he didnt know. He doesnt want to ask questions though for fear of them taking the money back. If it werent for the fact that he showed me his bank account with a $50,000+ transfer from the treasury i would think it was bull shit
    • PTSD Denied NSC - Schizophrenia NSC
      to add... These 2 conditions of PTSD and Schizophrenia can overlap as these cases show. The medical term is called comorbid conditions. Mark gave excellent advise…….schizophrenia is a psychosis that falls under the Chronic presumptives, if there is evidence at least of 10% upon discharge. But it all depends on getting all of his records and then obtaining an IMO/IME   “FINDINGS OF FACT   1.  In 1980, VA amended its regulations to include PTSD.   2.  The first communication from the Veteran claiming entitlement to service connection for PTSD is dated April 13, 1995.    3.  The evidence shows the Veteran has had overlapping symptoms of PTSD and schizophrenia since service.      CONCLUSION OF LAW   The criteria for an effective date of April 13, 1994, for a grant of service connection for PTSD, have been met.  38 U.S.C.A. §§ 5101(a), 5110 (West 2002 & Supp. 2011); 38 C.F.R. §§ 3.1, 3.151, 3.155, 3.400 (2011). “   http://www.index.va.gov/search/va/view.jsp?FV=http://www.va.gov/vetapp12/Files1/1201318.txt   “The RO received the veteran's new claim for service connection for PTSD on October 5, 1992.  As indicated above, this claim served as the basis for the RO's April 1992 rating action that granted service connection for PTSD, and subsequent, October 2002 rating action that also granted service connection for schizophrenia, and assigned an effective date of October 5, 1992, for the grant of service connection for PTSD with schizophrenia."   http://www.index.va.gov/search/va/view.jsp?FV=http://www.va.gov/vetapp04/Files3/0423610.txt”    
    • VA CUE Request
      You may need to appeal just on the vertigo issue alone. (It wont hurt to appeal other issues also.)  How bad is your TBI??  
    • PTSD Denied NSC - Schizophrenia NSC
      I sure agree with Dr Mark here:  "It sounds like they are not disputing that fact, but are instead saying that he is not displaying PTSD symptoms (or not many) currently." When I was a vet center volunteer, I observed many vets who were reluctant to detail their stressors and their symptoms for the VA. And I know at least 3 GSW vets who do not consider their GSWs as  a stressor. (Because they had so many more stressors they felt were worse than that)  It is quite possible that he is holding back on talking about Vietnam.I know plenty of vets who have hidden their symptoms when they could. He might have even served with my husband 65-66 out of Danang AB, which he described as a year in Hell on earth. There are multiple indications of PTSD in observed behaviors and the schizophrenia could be even masking them. What surprised me when I worked at a vet center is how many vets there, already compensated for PTSD, would tell me things they would never tell the VA. It often takes someone to draw these veterans out. One vet told me something horrific that could easily have been verified by VA. But he was already getting his proper VA PTSD comp. I told him I felt he should bring it up with his VA shrink because he suffered from it with flashbacks and nightmares. Sharing and Getting things out in the open makes it so much easier to deal with it.But he said he could never tell his VA shrink about this horrible event because she was a woman.I reminded him, I am a woman and he had just told it all to me. PTSD has some unique symptoms. Did the VA give him the Combat related MMPI?          
    • VA CUE Request
      Well, they are proposing a reduction from 80 to 70, they say, because they made an error and paid you twice for vertigo.   I agree their explanation does not make sense.  Vertigo can be a symptom of ear problems, or of TBI.   How frequently do you have vertigo?? Here is 38 CFR 4.87, in reference to Vertigo: 6205Meniere's syndrome (endolymphatic hydrops):   Hearing impairment with attacks of vertigo and cerebellar gait occurring more than once weekly, with or without tinnitus 100 Hearing impairment with attacks of vertigo and cerebellar gait occurring from one to four times a month, with or without tinnitus 60 Hearing impairment with vertigo less than once a month, with or without tinnitus 30 Note: Evaluate Meniere's syndrome either under these criteria or by separately evaluating vertigo (as a peripheral vestibular disorder), hearing impairment, and tinnitus, whichever method results in a higher overall evaluation. But do not combine an evaluation for hearing impairment, tinnitus, or vertigo with an evaluation under diagnostic code 6205.

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I haven't checked ebenefits in a couple of weeks , so when I logged in I found this. "Change of Status: We determined that your claim needed additional review. If additional evidence is needed from you, you will receive a letter from us explaining what is needed. Claim Received: 11/05/2012 Claim type: Administrative Review. Estimated Claim Completion Date: At this time, your regional Office is unable to provide an estimated completion date for this type of claim. Has anyone ever had this? My claim recently was completed awarding me 100% IU P/T on 10/04/2012.

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Right off-hand, based on the recent completion date and with no further information, I'd suspect that your file is undergoing a Systematic Technical Accuracy Review (STAR).

I haven't checked ebenefits in a couple of weeks , so when I logged in I found this. "Change of Status: We determined that your claim needed additional review. If additional evidence is needed from you, you will receive a letter from us explaining what is needed. Claim Received: 11/05/2012 Claim type: Administrative Review. Estimated Claim Completion Date: At this time, your regional Office is unable to provide an estimated completion date for this type of claim. Has anyone ever had this? My claim recently was completed awarding me 100% IU P/T on 10/04/2012.

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@jvretiredvet.....Thank you for the reply!

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