Can you move Pdiddy's posts below from this topic to the DIC forum?
I was shocked to read that the PH told her "the claim dies with the veteran".....exactly what the DAV told me in 1995....and I quickly told the DAV rep it could be resurrected.
This is why we have to make sure our spouses know the DIC regulations...and at least ,know that they can substitute themselves for the claimant...and must do that within one uear of the veteran's death.
This widow did file a DIC claim, but probably the year is up for filing for accrued..because the DAV rep gave her the wrong info.
This might be a 1151 death as well...I will be looking for input from many here on DIC claims from now on.
That's great news. I have no hopes for my own SA claim, tho. Other than a few notations on health surveys in my SMR, and one note of sleep troubles during a dr visit, I have no real documentation to support me. I was hoping to tie it in with my MH claim...but that too, seems to be stuck at the outer marker. So I will be enjoying the 3-5 yr appeals process on those...if I can
Welcome to Hadit. It takes at least 3 days for your exam results to be available on the blue button download feature of myhealthyvet...if it was a inhouse exam at the VA. Otherwise you may be SOL.
On here there is a link that takes you to the rating chart, you would have to look on there to see what your rating for your feet would be. For me, I have a 30% rating for pes cavus w/plantar fasciitis bilateral. As you well know, your feet issues aggravate everything that goes up from there...however, that being said, does not mean the VA will grant or recognize any secondary issues due to the pes cavus...without a 9 round fight.
According to my VA Podiatrist, bunions are not caused by anything more than your genes...which is to say...hereditary. He cited a recent study that showed an equal occurance rate of bunions among shoe wearing and non-shoe wearing people groups. Said study showed that native peoples of Asia and Africa had a near identical rate of bunions per person as do the shoe wearing populace of the more modern areas of the world. Here's the caveat...that means bunions would be a secondary SCD due to the simple fact of that rule being caused by(not bunions) OR aggravated by(bunions)a SCDs...which in my case, and hopefully yours will be the SC pes cavus w/plantar fasciitis. I only recently found this out, in the past month, so I have not filed that claim yet.
It may well be that since your VA podiatrist has already DXd you with these issues, the examiner didn't need to go indepth with the exam. Hope that's the case for you. My C&P exam for my feet was done by a VA Podiatrist, but not one that I have seen in my VAMC Podiatry clinic. He hemmed and hawed while having me walk around the exam room, and he checked my feet and wiggled my toes, but didn't really give anything away. But when I saw his notes and he cited an entry in my SMR, making the SC link, I knew I was in.
63Charlie, How did you get your c-file faster?
I called the 1-800 number to about the c-file and they couldn't give me an answer. However they did tell me word for word, as in the letter I received 3 weeks ago, on the claim I am claiming for. Why is the c-file such a mystery black hole?