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    • Ebenefits Claim Status????
      EBenefits is not that reliable.  You have a congressperson involved, no?  That would be a response to your request for help to a congress representative I would think.     Try to call Peggy (the 800 827-1000 number) and ask them what the status is.  Its more likely that they can give more complete info to you.
    • ratings
      In EBenefits, under Disabilities, it will show exactly what your current ratings are.  This should show if you have 2 10's or 1 10, same with the back rating.   I would think that they are just updated verifications of SC. One spine rating cover sacroiliac, the lumbar and thoracic sections all in just 1 rating, so you can not have 2 separate ratings on DDD for L5/S1.
    • Untold Award percentage
      Hey Broncovet i had a letter say 50% 40 30(3x) 20 and 10(13X) but then those disappear on the next letter. what are your thoughts  
    • ratings
      sorry I do have others,  attached is all that i have been awarded.   I will have to look for those decision letters also degenerative disc disease, L5-S1 20% Service Connected   11/13/2002 depressive disorder 50% Service Connected   10/24/2014 peripheral neuropathy, bilateral lower extremities   Not Service Connected     esophageal reflux (formerly DC 7205) 10% Service Connected   01/29/2009 abdominal surgical scar 10% Service Connected   07/23/2003 hiatal hernia secondary to esophageal reflux surgery 0% Service Connected   07/23/2003 right ankle condition   Not Service Connected     allergic rhinitis (claimed as sinus condition) 30% Service Connected   10/24/2014 sleep apnea   Not Service Connected     hyperparathyroidism 0% Service Connected   09/21/1993 hypertension 10% Service Connected   01/29/2009 residual scar, status post adenoma resection (formerly DC 7800) 20% Service Connected   03/06/2014 degenerative disc disease, L5-S1 20% Service Connected   09/26/2003
    • C&P Exam Completed [Bad Vibe]
      Did the examiner use any type of measuring tools for your ROM?   Shoulder and Arm Limitation of Motion Code 5201: If the arm cannot be raised to the side more than 25°, it is rated 40% for the dominant arm and 30% for the non-dominant arm. If it cannot be raised more than 45° from the side, it is rated 30% for the dominant arm and 20% for the non-dominant arm. If the arm can be raised to shoulder level (90°), then it is rated 20% for either arm.    
    • My husband died in motorcycle accident
      Found this today; Competent lay evidence means any evidence not requiring that the proponent have specialized education, training, or experience. Lay evidence is competent if it is provided by a person who has knowledge of facts or circumstances and conveys matters that can be observed and described by a lay person. 38 C.F.R. § 3.159. Lay evidence may be competent and sufficient to establish a diagnosis of a condition when: (1) a layperson is competent to identify the medical condition (i.e., when the layperson will be competent to identify the condition where the condition is simple, for example a broken leg, and sometimes not, for example, a form of cancer); (2) the layperson is reporting a contemporaneous medical diagnosis, or; (3) lay testimony describing symptoms at the time supports a later diagnosis by a medical professional. Jandreau v. Nicholson, 492 F. 3d 1372 (Fed. Cir. 2007); see also Davidson v. Shinseki, 581 F.3d 1313 (Fed. Cir. 2009) (where widow seeking service connection for cause of death of her husband, the Veteran, the Court holding that medical opinion not required to prove nexus between service connected mental disorder and drowning which caused Veteran's death). In essence, lay testimony is competent when it regards the readily observable features or symptoms of injury or illness and "may provide sufficient support for a claim of service connection." Layno v. Brown, 6 Vet. App. 465 (1994). In ascertaining the competency of lay evidence, the Courts have generally held that a layperson is not capable of opining on matters requiring medical knowledge. Ruten v. Brown, 10 Vet. App. 183 (1997). In certain instances, however, lay evidence has been found to be competent with regard to a disease with "unique and readily identifiable features" that is "capable of lay observation." See, e.g., Barr v. Nicholson, 21 Vet. App. 303 (2007) (concerning varicose veins); see also Jandreau v. Nicholson, 492 F. 3d 1372 (Fed. Cir. 2007) (a dislocated shoulder); Charles v. Principi, 16 Vet. App. 370 (2002) (tinnitus); Falzone v. Brown, 8 Vet. App. 398 (1995) (flatfeet). Laypersons have been found to not be competent to provide evidence in more complex medical situations. See Woehlaert v. Nicholson, 21 Vet. App. 456 (2007) (concerning rheumatic fever).         The whole effect of PTSD can be observed by a wife, who is a lay person.  Her statement is a powerful tool, as shown in the BVA rulings, when it is not a complex medical issue.  Behavior can be readily observed in this case, carelessness, thrill seeking, dangerous behavior is something that you can assert as a lay person.  Writing the statement, I would describe his behavior before and after, deliberately drawing out the changes in behavior and how you note them, and why/how you believe it contributed to the accident.  As long as you dont try to inject medical expertise, they can not ignore your statement.  If you son is capable of doing this same thing, and of sufficient age to understand what it means, his statement would be admissible as well.  Friends, family, employers, also can provide lay statements to the effect of behavior that was risky and dangerous.  That sense of excitement, or thrills, can be directly attributed to PTSD by a medical professional.
    • Ebenefits Claim Status????
      I have a claim I that was put in 3/20/16 its red flashed for homeless and FDC however it has been closed I looked  on E Benefits and saw that is status was no longer open saw no letters being mailed out just close. When  I looked further on my page on the left in the my profile   section under disability portion of my claim on E benefits where they have my disabilities listed at the very Bottom as Pending Disabilities then it Table of pending disabilities it say  a Congressional Inquiry 5/18/2016 New and Folliculitus  dated back to 3/20/2014 what does that mean the 2014 case is an appeal is this about to be rated is that why its in Pending Disabliites??? Help Pending Disabilities Table of Pending Disabilities Disability Submitted Type Actions Congressional Inquiry 05/18/2016 NEW   Folliculitis Face/beard 03/20/2014 NEW
    • VSO
      I believe that I have and yes this is a remand that back to the regional to appeal board then to my VSO. Everytime I check my file location it shows it as being with  my VSO at the board. All the document I sent to the AMC shows as being unsoliciated. But  since I haven't  received  anything from VA or DAV since then I'm lost about my claim.
    • ratings
      MOstly, you will have to read your decisions to see if they are seperate ratings.  What do they say?  The VA combines, not adds, ratings, using the combined rating table.  There is also a bilateral factor, if applicable.   If you are at 90%, there is something else going on, as those neither combine nor add to 90 percent.  Something is wrong somewhere.  

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Stressor Letter/form 21-0781

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I have not been asked to write a stressor letter yet for my PTSD claim. But, the DAV has given me a VA Form 21-0781 to fill out.

My questions concerning Form 21-0781:

1.When filling out the form--Desription of Incident-- Do I write in detail about the Incident or write a brief description and only go into detail in the stressor letter?

2.One question asks..Let us know if you experienced any of the following... Then it is followed by a list. Can I just say yes to the ones that apply, or should I go into detail, or again wait for detail in my stressor letter?

3. When filling out "Other Sources of Information" Do I put down the Name and Addresses of the individuals that I have statements from? (These individuals know nothing about my stressors, but know of the affects they have caused. I do not have any sources that can provide information about my stressors)

4. I was treated at a Alcohol Rehabilitation Center, should I include that? The reason I am asking is, I not only discussed items that are about my stressors, but also other information that could open a hole nother can of worms that will not help my claim. (That happened prior to service).

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rway- where they ask for details- put in as many details as possible-give the best estimate of date possible-and exactly where the event happened.

The Joint Services Research people (formerly CURR) will check all available records to find proof of the events.

If in the meantime you can find a buddy from your unit or newspaper clippings or anything else whatsoever to help prove the stressor and then also be able to pinpoint your military duty to the same time and place-(maybe by personnel records)

this info will give the research people something to go on.

The Joint Services Research Center doesnt look for stressors. They can verify a stressor happened but only with detailed info as to time and place.

Example -I had a Tet vet-he claimed back injury during Tet due to chaos- a jeep hit him- and injured his back. Also he had no corpsman report-

there was much so much going on that day-they took in lots of fire-

this was at HUE in the thick of it all-

I mentioned I had used an old Vietnam magazine for an essay I did on Tet and there were some pictures of servicemen in it-one was injured and they were putting him on a makeshift flatboard.

It was him! The corpmen never got to him so he got off the flatboard and went back into the offensive.

He has no other etiology but for Tet that day to cause his back problems.

Dont know how he made out yet with his claim.

A stressor event can also be supported this way too-

some Nam vets took graphic pictures - never dreaming those pictures might give the VA an idea of why they have PTSD.

You need to do all you can to proof what happened--

happened-

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rway- where they ask for details- put in as many details as possible-give the best estimate of date possible-and exactly where the event happened.

The Joint Services Research people (formerly CURR) will check all available records to find proof of the events.The more details you give, the faster that will go.

If in the meantime you can find a buddy from your unit or newspaper clippings or anything else whatsoever to help prove the stressor and then also be able to pinpoint your military duty to the same time and place-(maybe by personnel records)

this info will give the research people something to go on.

The Joint Services Research Center doesnt look for stressors. They can verify a stressor happened but only with detailed info as to time and place.

Example -I had a Tet vet-he claimed back injury during Tet due to chaos- a jeep hit him- and injured his back. Also he had no corpsman report-

there was much so much going on that day-they took in lots of fire-

this was at HUE in the thick of it all-

I mentioned I had used an old Vietnam magazine for an essay I did on Tet and there were some pictures of servicemen in it-one was injured and they were putting him on a makeshift flatboard.

It was him! The corpmen never got to him so he got off the flatboard and went back into the offensive.

He has no other etiology but for Tet that day to cause his back problems.

Dont know how he made out yet with his claim.

A stressor event can also be supported this way too-

some Nam vets took graphic pictures - never dreaming those pictures might give the VA an idea of why they have PTSD.

You need to do all you can to proof what happened--

happened-

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The VARO will still want a stressor

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make sure your contact information is updated in the VA system, VARO and VA Hospitals don't match up, you have to update both sides...the person on predetermination called me directly a few times for information

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