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    • Temporary 100% post surgery/convalescense pay
      Whats up guys, hopefully someone out there can help me out here. Ok I had surgery on my right knee (service connected) on 4-13-16 at the VA hospital in Phoenix. I applied for convalescense pay the day before which was 4-12-16. My surgeon wrote a statemwnt saying I would be out of commission for 8-10 weeks or more if "desired strength in leg is not met" how long does the VA take to process something like this? And my understanding is the VA doesnt pro-rate meaning my convalescent start date is 5-1-16 and for 8 weeks will that be from 5-1-16 until 7-31-16? I currently am at 40% so i get $699.36/month. With convalescense do they pay 100% per month (in my case its $3187) or will they pay one lump sum for both months? Thank you     Quote   Edit
    • Ankylosing spondylitis. Rheumatologist diagnosis
      Hi all. Got a good one for you again. I saw my rheumatologist today and was diagnosed with Ankylosing spondylitis. It affect both my feet and my right hand. Apparently this condition is related to rheumatoid arthritis and when i start treatment i will have to take shots for the rest of my life. I just got low balled at 30% for bilateral plantar fascitis which i just found out is related to to ankylosing spondylitis. My question is do you think i should file a claim and will this get services connected??? So internet research i have seen said RA is easier to get service connected but this is another new road i must go down so i would apperciate some Knowledgable feedback. This condition also affect my neck and back and i did have some back issues in my service medical records. Thanks all and i look forward to youtlr replies. 
    • CUE? Not using SMR?
      What I see missing here is any mention of 38 CFR 1154(b) Combat enhancement. VA did not give  him enhanced credibility in 1983. In fact, they didn't even mention it which they would be required to discuss by law (and then discount as not being probative). That is CUE. VA is required to take any testimony about his feet in the combat environment as Gospel. It's clear they had the STRs when they made the 1983 decision. Presumption of Soundness at entry on the physical sets the injury metric.  If he had flat feet when he left, then it occurred in service -38 CFR 3.303(a). If he says he got flat feet and he has a PH and CIB, VA cannot argue otherwise. Having proved CUE, all he has to do is show that the error manifestly changed the outcome. The 2015 grant is proof of that. The only thing that could poke a hole in this balloon would be an unappealed BVA decision which would have rendered the subject closed. No appeal up to the BVA on any of those reopens following 1983 means a CUE  claim is still viable for 1983 as well as any follow on denials in the interim. Personally, I'd go for it. I'd get an atty. because it's going to be a cat fight for that many dineros. Sorry about that sugar. Your email didn't mention the medals and the CIB. That's a whole different ballgame. Anyone who would die in combat for their country gets a bye on their testimony as being credible without corroboration. 
    • NOD / DRO or TARP?
      Also, I want to point out that my husband returned from his 2nd tour in October of 2008. I do not believe I would have said that I was that concerned with him returning when he had just got back as was stated in the decision. He usually has at least a couple of years between deployments.  I could be wrong, I don't remember. I do recollect saying that when he was gone, a lot of the memories of what we did and seen during the invasion returned or bothered me more..?.  Sorry, I can't be sure.
    • Dr Ellis IMO
      Thanks for the info Flores.  I actually called the clinic this morning.  I am in the process of gathering my records and will be sending them out hopefully by Monday.  They said that they are currently scheduling for the end of June, beginning of July.  The lady sounded very nice.  I am looking forward to meeting Dr. Ellis soon.   Good luck on your claim. Travis  
    • Pending Case Dispatch
      They said it was remanded back to the RO.
    • 25 Year Long Service Connected Disability Denied After C/p Exam.
      Thanks all for the kind words. And yes I do sometimes feel that i don't deserve anything as i did not do combat. And there is way too many service men and women who have given up way more and come home with less than they left with. So it is even harder to stand up and ask for help when I see those Brothers in Arms coming home with severe injuries and some coming home with the Flag we all swore to defend. Thomas that road of drinking and drugs i went down and it almost destroyed my whole family. And after spending 30 days locked up in a rehabilitation hospital i don't care to go back again. I have been sober now for over 2 years have not had a drink and don't miss it none at all. I still pain medications but the VA limits that now and I have to sign that contract every month to get it. I do want to mention something I feel is Good News... As I look at the eBenefits website almost constantly to see if any changes are made. Good news tonight when I looked at it as one of my Open Claims is now in the Notification Stage. And then I looked to see and they had approved my second application to include my wife and kids on. Of course my daughter is in college and my son is 25 now, which they did not accept him as a dependent. That means they may have approved my Claim for Depression and Anxiety. But most likely they are going to a New condition and I will have to fight for the back pay. But since my previous Claim is in the DRO stage and I am awaiting the outcome of it. This new claim for Depression should move over to it now and be included. Is that correct as I can't file another NOD on it til the DRO issue's a SOC first. Anyways here a screenshot of them accepting my wife and daughter as dependents and also a screenshot of the awaiting Notification letter to be delivered. . 
    • NOD / DRO or TARP?
      After some digging, I was not able to find my complete original 2009 decision. I did however find my PTSD appeal decision from 2011 and the rating part of my 2009 letter. I must have separated the 2009 letter at some point to prove I had a 10% service connection, but didn't want them seeing the notes. I hope this is enough to maybe point a path. I can't express how much I appreciate what you guy's are doing here. I have never been comfortable sharing this stuff with anyone, To the point that I have been doing this with just my husbands help because I did not want to talk to a VSO that I don't know. But I see on here that everyone is helping everyone fight the same fight. Thank you very much!  In reference to the previous questions: It appears I did file the DRO route, and no, I did not continue the appeal to the BVA. I actually found where I started to fill out the VA form 9, but I was so fed up with the OKC VA back then that I must have said "screw it". Big mistake on my part I know. Appeal Decision 2011.pdf Original Rating 2009.pdf

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In Rating Decision August 31, 2010, pertaining to Service connection for Bronchitis stated that:

Service connection may be granted for a disability which began in military service or was caused by some event or experience in service. Your service treatment records show treatment for bronchitis in May 1989 and September 1989. You were also seen for resolving bronchitis on February 15, 1991. Medical evidence showing a chronic condition of bronchitis has not been received.

A disability which began in service or was caused by some event in service must be considered “chronic” before service connection can be granted. Although there is a record of treatment in service for bronchitis no permanent residual or chronic disability subject to service connection is shown by the service medical records or demonstrated by evidence following service. Therefore, service connection for bronchitis is denied since this condition neither occurred in nor was caused by service.

I Factual Background

Service medical records indicate that I (the veteran) was treated on several occasions for complaints related to problems bronchitis.

1. Jan 21, 1989, noted a follow –up on (SIQ) for diagnosis of "bronchitis and sinus".

2. May 9, 1989 I was treated for “viral gastroententis /viral syndrome /complicated by bronchitis”.

3. July 9. 1989, I was treated for “bronchitis” (SIQ) for another 72 hours

4. Sep 06, 1989, I was treated for “bronchitis” and resolved “VGE”(SIQ)24 hours

5. Sep 07. 1989. Recheck “bronchitis

6. Feb 11, 1991, I was treated for “bronchitis and pharyngitis” (SIQ) 24 hours

7. Feb 12, 1991, follow-up for “bronchitis”(SIQ) 48 hours

8. Feb 14, 1991, resolving bronchitis/meds induced gastritis (SIQ) 24 hours

9. Feb 15,1991,resolving bronchitis

10. Jan 11,1993, Sino bronchial Infection

11. Jan 12,1993,URI with PND(Sino bronchial) with nausea/vomiting (SIQ) 48

12. Jan 14, 1993 slow resolving “Sino bronchial infection”

Almost every time that I was diagnosis with bronchitis I was incapacitated (bed rest and treated by a physician) at least 24 hours or more.

Military treatment records for the period September 1993 thru December 1997 cannot be located.

There is a statement in my C-_file said that it is “fruitful to look for them”

1. March 30, 1999, I was seen at Palmyra Medical Center, Albany, GA, for Bronchitis

2. April 05,199, private doctor, Dr. Grady Thompson, MD, diagnosis (1) Bronchospasms, (2) Post influenza Bronchitis vs. Pneumonia, follow-up 7-10 days.

3. April 05, 1999, seen at Palmyra Medical Center for Difficulty Breathing was given Nebulizer treatment times( 3) per Dr. Mankin per Dr. Grady Thompson(see respiratory care notes)

4. April 19, 2000,Palymra Medical Center, Albany, GA diagnosis Acute Sinusitis

5. November 01, 2001, Dr. Grady Thompson seen for respiratory infection(FLU) bed rest for 5 days

6. November 05, 2001, Dr. Grady Thompson for follow-up on flu returned to work

7. December 25, 2001, Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital East Clinic, Albany GA for cold and sore throat

8. January 7, 2002, I was seen by private physician Grady Thompson, MD. 1107A Eighth Avenue, Albany, GA 31701 for “Asthmatic Bronchitis” out of work from January 6, 2002 thru January 22, 2002. Medication that I receive was antibiotic, antitussive and bronchodilators

9. May 4, 2003, seen at Medical Associates of Albany, GA for Bronchitis and URI

10. January 21, 2004, Dr. Grady Thompson, Albany, GA , for flu, bed rest for 3-4 days

11. March 22, 2010, seen at Medical Associates of Albany, GA diagnosis Bronchitis

12. October 4, 2010, seen at Medical Associates of Albany, GA diagnosis sinusitis

13. October 29, 2010, seen at Medical Associates of Albany, GA diagnosis, Allergies, Migraines ,

In order to establish service connection for a claimed disorder, there must be (1) medical evidence of a current disability; (2) medical or, in certain circumstances, lay evidence of in-service incurrence or aggravation of a disease or injury; and (3) medical evidence of a nexus between the claimed in-service disease or injury and the current disability. See Hickson v. West, 12 Vet. App. 247, 253 (1999).


With respect to Hickson element (1), private medical evidence reflects a diagnosis of bronchitis. Element (1) has therefore been met.

Moving to Hickson element (2), in-service incurrence of disease or injury, during the veteran’s active service she had several documented episode of bronchitis from Jan 1989 thru Jan 1993.

As to crucial Hickson element (3), medical nexus: the veteran did not have bronchitis prior to her military service, she had bronchitis in service, and continue to have bronchitis symptomatology since service. See 38 C.F.R. § 3.303(b). There is no medical evidence indicating that the Veteran’s current bronchitis began after active service.

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Reads to me that SC for Bronchitis was granted - is there a question you have ?

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i am sorry Carlie, I should of delete that last statement. No, it was denied, i was getting ready to send this back up, for a appeal. sorry to confusion you. I think this shoulb be good for 10 percent or 30 percent

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Showing treatment for it while in Service is only one part of what is needed. You need a current diagnosis and a Doc's opinion that links to your service. If you have been out for a while showing treatment for it can also help your claim.

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