I received a call from my VSO on 4/22/17 telling me that the RO rated my PTSD/MST claim at 100% with a re-evaluation in 5 years. I checked eBenefits today and sure enough I was rated at 100% PTSD and 30% asthma.
Now I plan to resubmit my OSA claim that the C&P examiner changed his opinion on to include a favorable opinion. My VSO says that I should be granted the 50% but that I would loose the 30% for asthma since they are both respiratory conditions and fall within the pyramiding rules. Is this true?
I am also resubmitting my primary tinnitus claim and secondary conditions to PTSD including migraines, lower back condition, lumbar radiculopathy, right drop foot, chronic fatigue and right shoulder condition.
My VSO states that I can get housebound once I get a combined 60% beyond the 100% single condition rating. He also stated that the conditions adding up to 60% couldn't be related to the PTSD claim? That leaves the OSA and tinnitus a my chance at 60%. Is this true?
well I'm not saying they will reduce you just because you apply for an Increase...its just that the VA likes to keep up with our conditions from time to time and when they can't get any information via VA Medical records or private they assume the veteran disability's have improved.
so they send a proposal to reduce benefits, you don't need to worry about that until it happens and if it happens, this is just my opinion and possibilities of what could happen.
If I've applied for an increase, or a condition secondary to PTSD(agoraphobia), could they reduce my rating? This was originally for an increase, I think it would be wrong if they decreased. I'm at 70% PTSD, kind of a big crossroad.