Thank you Buck.
My question about the SMCs is answered.
I do have one disability that is 100%. And I am housebound in fact, as per my medical record notation by doctors.
So, this convo needs to move to CUE forum as that is what I am looking at here, CUE in the first decision.
I need to know how to do that. I'll copy and paste over there in a little while. Thanks again.
Maybe this will explain it better
The percentages assigned for each of your conditions may not always add up to your combined rating evaluation, they do not add the individual percentages of each condition to determine your combined rating.
Instead , they use a combined rating table that considers the effect from the most serious to the least serious condition..the rating table there meaning is the special SMC Rating table.
To give you an example on how they have my combined ratings they are like this!
Keep in mind I served in Vietnam 69-71 47/48 years ago.
My first claims for S.C.compensation
My Effective dates are as follow
50%=April 1998 S.C Vietnam Incurred.
60% =Dec 10, 2002 S.C. Vietnam Incurred.
90%= March 17 2003 COMBINED RATING AND TDIU P&T Awarded S.C.Vietnam Incurred.
100% =Oct 2 2015 S.C.Vietnam Incurred. 70% PTSD Awarded.
Note : Two claims since the 100% ,1 claim is a Separate S.C.Condition Above the 100% It's 70% PTSD so that qualified me to get SMC S...AND K K is consider to be 0% service connected so the percentage don't count. 38 CFR 3.359 (a) loss of creative organ
Some say when a veteran is rated IU he should get the SMC S-H.B.in fact, because he can't leave home for work, I never got the SMC Referred to me when I got TDIU P&T and I could not leave home for work, and I never NOD the decision.
I think I could reopen that old claim but I'm Ok with what I get. so I just leave it alone. because the 70% S.C. PTSD Rating got me the SMC S H.B.
I'm not sure veterans are getting the SMC S when first rated the TDIU P&T or not? I been checking out the success stories here on Hadit...so for I come up empty on the SMC S Referred .
Its really hard to figure it all out.
Concerning getting my COE, I seem to be stuck in a "catch 22". I joined the Army NG and completed BCT and AIT, got my DD 214 and released to my NG unit. Then roughly 6 months later I was on our 2 week active duty training and got severely injured to the point of being placed in an "Inactive Duty Status" then after 4 years later was given a General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions. I have been a 40% service connected DAV for over 35 years and still to this day go to the VAMC every month with a problem list of over 22 problems (yep, if I were a horse I'd already been shot) but anyway, my discharge was the NGB Form 22. The Narrative reasoning for my General Discharge UHC was one word "unsuitability". Way back then I assumed that the NG got tired of me being "inactive" or whatever and tossed me out as "unsuitability" for duty.
Now.... I decided to apply for a VA Home Loan and used ebenefits to request a COE. I was denied because the VA says I didn't have enough Active Duty service days. I then sent them every VA service connected printouts available. Now the VA says they need to know the "reason" or show a "medical discharge" (didn't know one existed for NG) but I have nothing else to send them. Bottom line is I signed up and roughly 9 months later nearly killed on active duty then discharged as unsuitable due in part that my service connection started almost 4 years before my discharge as I was a DAV while on the Inactive Duty list.
Any help as to what I can send the VA for a COE that I haven't already sent. Actually, there is nothing left for me to send them except a 1,000 word essay on how I got FUBARed.
''Then in 2015, I especially should have been 100% + SMCs. They did find the 100% but not SMCs''.
the reason they didn't infer the SMC was because you was only 100% at that time, they give the SMC on percentage ratings and you have to meet the critier for the SMC...in this case you were 100% p&t but you needed another ''separate'' rating of 60% or higher ..Now back to the Dr letters that you found if they had used them as your evidence back then maybe the out come would have been different.
The thing you can do if this claim is closed you can request to reopen it and submit your new and material evidence and get a Dr Opinion in an IMO that you are infact House Bound along with the old letter that the Dr mention that...this may not be a CUE because no record of it back when they gave you the 100% or you didn't find it in time to submit it.
My Advise is seek a good VA experienced attorney and reopen the 2009 claim.