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      If that IU falls away and you're 100% then you can legally work even with the VA rating, as long as you don't have your 100% rating for a mental disability.
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      http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/independent_living.asp The link is the official word for everything you are looking for.
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      Hello, I'm a new member but have been a frequent visitor to all of the great info on here. I have been curious mainly due to haring a dozen different answers to this question. My question is this, If a veteran who is 80% scheduler with 100% IU P&T is awarded 100% scheduler would the IU then fall away? Would the veteran just be 100%? I have a friend who is in this situation currently and he is bored out of his mind and wanted to at least try to work or go to school. He understands that there is already a system to do so should he choose to but has heard a lot of horror stories of the VA reducing his benefit just for attempting to do so (a bait and switch if you will) Question 2) He would like to at a minimum like to finish school in essence to be a role model for his kids. If he is 100% IU would he still be eligible to use Voc Rehab even with no intent to return to full time employment? Thank you in advance for your time and answers.    Semper Fi
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      The correct answer is it depends on what the claim is for and if it should have been claimed when exciting the service.  I filled my fathers claim for him in 2000 for Agent Orange relaited disabilities and they retro paid him back to 1985 when he was released from prison.  He received around $280k in back pay from it.  My pending cancer and sleap apnea claim will also back pay me to 2009 when I separated also.
    • 25 Year Long Service Connected Disability Denied After C/p Exam.
      Unfortunately a lot of veterans go through this. "When I got I was told to make sure I had copies of all my records and any paperwork that would help when I got home. Admin made me copies of all Service Records, Medical Records, Dental Records and made sure each single piece of paper was certified and signed. They even made triplicates of the discharge paper work with the severance pay, travel pay, and VA forms for disability that were already filled out and signed to turn in." Since you have  a copy of your C-File look for this signed paperwork.  I hate to say it but the paperwork could have been completely filled out but never sent in to VA.  If this paperwork was sent in around 1990-1991 it should have a VA date stamp and that would/will be your proof.  If your records do not have this date stamped paperwork then it is no way that you can get VA to go back that far.  Also keep in mind that just because a soldier is medically retired, VA is not obligated or responsible to process a claim on their behalf unless the soldier/veteran actually files and submit a claim. Yes, VA gets away with a lot of stuff but you have to go through your C-File page by page to make sure the evidence is there or not there.
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      I did my original claim by myself and didn't know what I could claim and what I couldn't which is why I only received 30%.  I just had a friend who is also the Legion VSO for Stevens County here in Washington State and he put me in for 150% and total and complete.  The paperwork came back from Seattle needing one update which was a letter from my VA Dr. saying that my cancer should have been found while I was still in the Air Force.  He said everything else was good and once my Dr. signs the letter next week and I send it to him my claim should be completed at the VA in a max of two months.  And I will be able to file for my SSID.  Not all Veteran Service Officers are bad just ask around first before you pick one, it is their job and they know what you can file for or not.  The good ones care about vets and are there to help the bad ones just want the state money for claims.
    • Voc Rehab - Independent Living Services
      I had an appointment at Vocational Rehabilitation yesterday for Independent Living Services.  After completing the necessary paperwork I was told that a Counselor would contact me and come out to do a home visit.  I was wondering who has already gone through this process and what your experience was like?  I am 100% disabled Total and Permanent and Unemployable.  I have chronic back issues, chronic migraines, Stage 3 Renal Failure, PTSD, Depression, Carpal Tunnel (both wrists), Sleep Apnea.  What exactly can I expect from this program?  What are my chances on being approved?  I have read that individuals receive adjustable/therapeutic beds, computers, lift chairs, etc...  How long is the program good for?  Any and all information will be helpful.   Thanking everyone in advance   Anthony 
    • 25 Year Long Service Connected Disability Denied After C/p Exam.
      Thomas you are correct as I have found several things in my C-file where evidence was submitted and never sent out to the RO. And it is not even funny as they spend more time covering stuff up than actually setting down and looking at it in the correct way. But again they are VA and we are the enemy.  
    • Did I get lowballed?
      Knee rated at 10% each a.       Right knee flexion Select where flexion ends (normal endpoint is 140 degrees): [ ] 0 [ ] 5 [ ] 10 [ ] 15 [ ] 20 [ ] 25 [ ] 30 [ ] 35 [ ] 40 [ ] 45 [ ] 50 [ ] 55 [ ] 60 [ ] 65 [ ] 70 [ ] 75 [ ] 80 [ ] 85 [ ] 90 [ ] 95 [X] 100 [ ] 105 [ ] 110 [ ] 115 [ ] 120 [ ] 125 [ ] 130 [ ] 135 [ ] 140 or greater b.       Select where objective evidence of painful motion begins: [ ] No objective evidence of painful motion [ ] 0 [ ] 5 [ ] 10 [ ] 15 [ ] 20 [ ] 25 [ ] 30 [ ] 35 [ ] 40 [ ] 45 [ ] 50 [ ] 55 [ ] 60 [ ] 65 [ ] 70 [ ] 75 [X] 80 [ ] 85 [ ] 90 [ ] 95 [ ] 100 [ ] 105 [ ] 110 [ ] 115 [ ] 120 [ ] 125 [ ] 130 [ ] 135 [ ] 140 or greater c.       b. Right knee extension Select where extension ends: [X] 0 or any degree of hyperextension (check this box if there is no limitation of extension) Select where objective evidence of painful motion begins: [X] No objective evidence of painful motion d.      c. Left knee flexion Select where flexion ends (normal endpoint is 140 degrees): [ ] 0 [ ] 5 [ ] 10 [ ] 15 [ ] 20 [ ] 25 [ ] 30 [ ] 35 [ ] 40 [ ] 45 [ ] 50 [ ] 55 [ ] 60 [ ] 65 [ ] 70 [ ] 75 [ ] 80 [ ] 85 [X] 90 [ ] 95 [ ] 100 [ ] 105 [ ] 110 [ ] 115 [ ] 120 [ ] 125 [ ] 130 [ ] 135 [ ] 140 or greater e.       Select where objective evidence of painful motion begins: [ ] No objective evidence of painful motion [ ] 0 [ ] 5 [ ] 10 [ ] 15 [ ] 20 [ ] 25 [ ] 30 [ ] 35 [ ] 40 [ ] 45 [ ] 50 [ ] 55 [ ] 60 [ ] 65 [ ] 70 [ ] 75 [ ] 80 [ ] 85 [X] 90 [ ] 95 [ ] 100 [ ] 105 [ ] 110 [ ] 115 [ ] 120 [ ] 125 [ ] 130 [ ] 135 [ ] 140 or greater d. Left knee extension Select where extension ends: [X] 0 or any degree of hyperextension (check this box if there is no limitation of extension) f.        Select where objective evidence of painful motion begins: [X] No objective evidence of painful motion g.       e. If ROM does not conform to the normal range of motion identified above but is normal for this Veteran (for reasons other than a knee/or leg condition, such as age, body habitus, neurologic disease), explain: No response provided. h.      5. ROM measurements after repetitive use testing ------------------------------------------------ a. Is the Veteran able to perform repetitive-use testing with 3 repetitions? [X] Yes [ ] No i.          b. Right knee post-test ROM Select where post-test flexion ends: [ ] 0 [ ] 5 [ ] 10 [ ] 15 [ ] 20 [ ] 25 [ ] 30 [ ] 35 [ ] 40 [ ] 45 [ ] 50 [ ] 55 [ ] 60 [ ] 65 [ ] 70 [ ] 75 [ ] 80 [ ] 85 [ ] 90 [ ] 95 [X] 100 [ ] 105 [ ] 110 [ ] 115 [ ] 120 [ ] 125 [ ] 130 [ ] 135 [ ] 140 or greater j.        Select where post-test extension ends: [X] 0 or any degree of hyperextension (check this box if there is no limitation of extension) k.        c. Left knee post-test ROM Select where post-test flexion ends: [ ] 0 [ ] 5 [ ] 10 [ ] 15 [ ] 20 [ ] 25 [ ] 30 [ ] 35 [ ] 40 [ ] 45 [ ] 50 [ ] 55 [ ] 60 [ ] 65 [ ] 70 [ ] 75 [ ] 80 [ ] 85 [X] 90 [ ] 95 [ ] 100 [ ] 105 [ ] 110 [ ] 115 [ ] 120 [ ] 125 [ ] 130 [ ] 135 [ ] 140 or greater l.          Select where post-test extension ends: [X] 0 or any degree of hyperextension (check this box if there is no limitation of extension) m.    6. Functional loss and additional limitation in ROM --------------------------------------------------- a. Does the Veteran have additional limitation in ROM of the knee and lower leg following repetitive-use testing? [ ] Yes [X] No n.       b. Does the Veteran have any functional loss and/or functional impairment of the knee and lower leg? [X] Yes [ ] No c. If the Veteran has functional loss, functional impairment or additional limitation of ROM of the knee and lower leg after repetitive use, indicate the contributing factors of disability below (check all that apply and indicate side affected): [X] Less movement than normal [ ] Right [ ] Left [X] Both [X] Weakened movement [ ] Right [ ] Left [X] Both [X] Pain on movement [ ] Right [ ] Left [X] Both [X] Interference with sitting, standing and weight-bearing [ ] Right [ ] Left [X] Both

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Dale Jr. 8

Service Connected Diagnosis's

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I have a service connection that is diagnosed as lower back pain ICD-9-CM 724.2. I recently had an MRI which shows 2 ruptured disks and 2 bulging disks pressing on the left side nerve roots. First question, will VA consider this part of the service connected LBP and second question if they do consider it part of the LBP do I stand a good chance of getting a secondary service connection for sciatica? It seems that VA uses some very general diagnosis codes. I will have my Primary care update the diagnosis codes tomorrow when I see him. Dale Jr 8

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Dale

You might go to a orthopedist and get him to review your service medical records and write an opinion to service connect the disc problems to the LB disorder. You want a board certified specialist to write this opinion. This is how you beat them. The VA will probably say your GP is not a specialist and may over rule his/opinion at a C&P exam. They have a harder time shooting down a board certified specialist.

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Dale,

I am going to take the long way to answer you question.

Initally I injured my lower back in a military vehicle accident 1971, the injury was rated as a back strain at 10%, when I was first rated none of the fancy test were done, and I was rated purley on the symptoms in my active duty medical records.

Later I kept reinjuring my back when in 1997, I fell of a ladder at my civil service job. I ended up having xrays, ct scams, mri and even a myleogram done. These test indicated that I had hernitated disc at the L3-L4, L4-L5, L5-S1 levels. I also was tripping on my left foot and had a pain down my left side. It turned out after I had a nerve conductive study done that I did in fact have siactiac nerve damage and drop foot.

When I was finally rated in 1999, my rating when from 10% to 60% and was changed from back strain to Degenerative disc disease. At that time the sicatic nerve damage was not rated seperately. I was also awarded a K award for the drop foot, and was given the vehicle adapted grant with adapted equipment.

Today they va rates these conditions seperately or as one problem which ever affords the veteran a higher rating.

Based on my own condition and my history I am sure the VA will in fact re-rate your condition as DDD.

I suggest that your request your doctor to give you some of the test I mentioned to further substaniate the fact that you have siatiac nerve damage , and DDD. THe VA accepted all of my test as being factual when I went for my C/P exam the only thing they did was another xray and asked me to bend.

I ended up with TDIU because civil service forced me into a medical retirement, as I could no longer climb ladders and such.

hope this helps to answer your question,

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best of luck

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Thanks for the replies. I will have my primary care doc order the tests that you mentioned. It is hard to see an othopedist at the Va in Fayetteville N.C. I suspect that I have had DDD all along but that doesn't show up on xrays real well. Thanks again Dale Jr. 8

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Rick

Were you on OWCP for a while? Too bad you could not get OWCP and VA at the same time but since it is the same part of the body they would say that is duel compensation. You are better off on VA, and OPM rather than just OWCP. I was injured at the post office many times. People think the VA is bad. OWCP is like being consigned to hell and no P&T.

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Hohn,

No I just burned up my six leave, OWPC people were a real pain to work with... and even it they approved you for comp, theystill tried to find another reason to deny it. The union doesn't even seem to help in this area.I did ok, because I was retired and between FERS, and SSD I was taken care of well. Depending how you look at it, I was lucky the back injury was already service connected I just waited 6 months to get an increased rating and TDIU from the time I was forced to retire.

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Dale, Jr.

IN 1999. I lived in Hope MIlls, NC about 8 miles from the Fayetteville VA Medical Center. Dr. Myers was the doctor I was refering to. If he is still there he is one of the better doctors I have had to deal with. Also Dr. Lee in Durham VA was my nurolgist....Both of these guys have it together. Since I moved I have not had that level of care ever again.

Best of luck

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Can someone direct me if I am in the wrong topic. Denied service connection for knees, working at US Postal Service 20+ years, degenerative arthritis, appealing VA decision and contemplating filing for sheduled award (occupational disease) with OWCP. VA has given me nothing so far. Would OWCP claim interfere as dual compensation or show the VA condition severity. Anyone have experiences with both agencies at the same time? Thanks...

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Wingnut

You can start your own topic on this subject. The answer is that getting VA compensation and OWCP for the same injury can cause a problem. You cannot get OWCP and VA compensation increase at the same time. The rules are in the OWCP Procedure manual. There are others here who had issues with the OWCP. VA has little to say about it but it is the OWCP you have to really worry about. They check up on your VA disability.

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I was wondering what has been wrong with my left leg for so long after Vietnam. I have seen by a private Neurologist that only gave me pain pills. I have been tested by the local VAMC and they found periphial nerve damage in the left leg, via electro-stimulation testing. I have pain down my left leg, constant, 24-7. I also have drop foot in my left foot and keep triping on it as I stand to walk from sitting. My left leg was wounded in Vietnam, 1968, 3 places, shrapnel still remains in the leg in 3 places as shown by x-ray and CT scans. The VAMC said in their report that the periphial nerve damage is most likely due to the combat wounds of the leg, but ...... ???

In July 2005, I finally filed a VA claim for the left leg problems, but haven't received a rating yet. Since what rickb54 described, below, I am wondering if I have Sciatic Nerve Damage to the spine and possibly Degenerative Nerve Damage (DDD)!?! Ever since Vietnam, I have had to favor the left leg because it cramps and has pain. I wonder if I have this Sciatic nerve problem and possibly DDD. Unfortunately, none of the MDs have ever thought to look for it. They looked at the leg as the problem instead of the spine. Wonder if there is a possible connection between the leg problem and the possible spine problem? I'm not over-weight and can bend over without a problem. Its the constant pain down the left leg from the exterior main top area of the leg above the knee, like shooting sharp pain and numbness.

??? Hmmmmmm ? My Father was a Chiropractor and I understand a little about back problems, just a little, and how spine problems can cause other problems. Of course, maybe the spine problems were precipitated by the leg wounds in combat

because I have always had to favor the left leg during walking, etc ??? Could the spine problems be SCed to the leg problems?

Comments, please?

It is my understanding that the only way to get siatiac nerve damage is if a disc has inpinged (pushed on) the nerve root at the L4-L5 level at the spine. I don't know how shrapnel would case direct damage to the nerve unless to cut the nerve, in which case I don't think you would have pain down the entire leg. This condition does not cause cramping. Siatice nerve damage does not normally cause 24/7 pain, it is an intermitten pain, that may not be present for days, or even months. You can have drop foot with out a spinal nerve injury.

see:

http://www.spineuniverse.com/displayarticl...rticle2620.html for drop foot

http://www.spine-health.com/topics/cd/d_sciatica/sc01.html for siatiac nerve damage

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You know you should probably get a nerve test. It is the test you get for PN. You don't want to bring that up at the VA since if they can blame your spine for the leg problems that would hurt your SC claim, unless you hurt your spine in the Army. A neurologist should give you this test as a routine thing. Don't use the VA unless you are sure it is an SC condition.

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An Osteopath has an MD degree

Well, I don't really mean to "split hairs", 68VV, but they have D.O. degrees..............but, they do have all the "Rights of Practice" that an M.D. does.

And, on a personal note, my family physician is a D.O. and we have been his patients for about 10 years now and I would NOT go to anyone else.

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When advancing a claim that involves injuries in service and injuries post service you have to be very careful that they do not attribute your current condition to "intercurrent" injuries. That is they will claim the post service injury is actually the cause of the current disability. They did this to me on one of my claims. It is really helpful if you were service connected at some rating level before the post service injury occured.

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