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    • Yeah, I know that, but in a cinch it gives me safety net and a failsafe net in case I am out of IU for any reason.   thanks for your insights!
    • The SMC K, as far as Male Vets are concerned, is generally Awarded to address ED, loss of use of a productive organ. A Vet, male or female, can have multiple "K" Awards. SC Neuropathies (Bi-Lateral) if eligible, are addressed with the SMC L Award when the appendages function no better than if amputated.
    • That said (no single 100% SC), even if you were to receive the New SA 50% SC, regardless of the Scheduler CSC total, you would continue to be Rated as IU with the SMC S.
    • Probably one of the first things you need to do is file a 'substituition of claimant" if you have not already.  This will allow you to take his place (when filing claims in his behalf).  https://www.va.gov/vaforms/form_detail.asp?FormNo=21P-0847
    • So very happy I found this site!  My beautiful husband was a Viet Nam vet, Navy, 1959-1963. Sadly, he passed away April 3 of this year.  He fell very ill in December 2012, which started his fast decline with his health.  February of 2013, I started his disability claim.  He had been diagnosed  by the Veterans Hospital Psychiatrist with PTSD, as a result of combat.  The social worker also wanted us to claim for ischemic heart disease.   So I did.  I sought out the help of a "Specialist" through our county's Veterans Assistance.  I didn't find him very helpful.   But, I submitted the claim anyway.  I was notified that I needed to add some info, so I did.  Some months later, we received a letter from the VA stating that they had received our info and they are looking into it.  In late summer of 2014, I contacted my Senior Senator, Dick Durbin.  I sent his office all of the paperwork that they requested.  Several months later, I received a letter from Durbin stating that the VA had contacted them and there wasn't a case.  The very next day, we received a letter from the VA saying pretty much the same thing.   I had every intention of continuing to fight, but my husband's health was getting worse, I was working full time and trying to maintain our home and raise a teenager.  My life was chaotic.  It took everything I had just to get through each day.   Fast forward to now.  I contacted my Junior Senator, Tammy Duckworth back in May.  Sent her office all of the information.  Checking in with her office this week, I found out that my case hadn't even been assigned to anyone.  I was not a happy camper. I was assured that I will be getting a call within a week from someone who will be looking into my case. In the meantime, I fear losing my house.  When Dennis passed, I lost almost $2000 per month.  There was no life insurance....long story.  I had no idea that this process would take so long, plus they haven't even started looking at it again.   I seem to find out new stuff everyday.  He has a seizure disorder......AO causes that.  Ischemic heart disease......AO causes that.....plus, he had several strokes that were ischemic.  Were they related to AO also? Any help, or suggestions from anyone would be greatly appreciated. Thank you
    • I read somewhere that ones  primary or originated condition would be the main condition, in my case it is the left leg condition from which other conditions are related. For instance my MH condtion (which is rated at 70%) is mostly attribute to my left leg condition (pain and difficult of mobility). But, then, I also read somewhere that the condition with higher rating is considered the main condition which seems to be the correct one. I understand how the VA math works, the whole body theory and how the main condition can precede the other conditions that it ties together: after 70% disability, there would 30% of a whole body which the other conditions would affect, etc. But what are the odds that any rater would give anything but schedular 100%? Besides the MH rated at 70%, I don't have any condition above 30% so the SMC comes from the fact that I have peripheral neuropathy on my left foot rated at 20%. The neuropathy would be considered a loss of a sensorial part of the body and thus would grant me the SMC. thanks  
    • Not sure if I am on the right track but my draft letter below should spell out most  of the details. Interested in the thoughts of those with experience.   Thanks   PS: I love this website but is time consuming.   re:        Veteran: XXXXXXX X. XXXXXXXX C-file: XXX XX XXXX   CLAIM OF CLEAR AND UNMISTAKABLE ERROR IAW 38 CFR 3.105(a)   Dear Sir/Madam:   This letter is regarding a decision on my claim for an increase in service compensation dated November 22, 2004 (Exhibit 1). A copy of the letter informing me of the decision dated May 5, 2005 along with the associated Rating Decision, dated April 29, 2005, is attached (Exhibit 2). The Rating Decision increased the rating for my service connected Degenerative Disc Disease from 0% disabling to 20% disabling effective November 29, 2004. This decision resulted in a new overall or combined rating of 30% as detailed in the May 5, 2005 letter. I am requesting the Rating Decision, dated April 29, 2005 (Exhibit 1) be amended to conform to the “true” state of the facts and the law extant at the time of the adjudication. Facts:            The Rating Decision dated April 29, 2005 lists evidence supporting the decision which includes in part the “VA examination (Germany) dated February 23, 2005” (Exhibit 3).      The VA Examination titled “The Orthopedic Protocol Examination Report on XXXXX XXXXXXXXXXX C/SSN: XXX XX XXXX” dated February 23, 2005, contains an orthopedic diagnosis which includes “chronic radiculopathy L4 on the right”.  In the same report, the examiner opined in part “the present status (herniation of 3 lumbar discs with radiculopathy on the right side) is consistent with worsening of the established sc degenerative disc disease of the lumbar spine.”            Evidence of record extant at the time of the rating decision is absent evidence that rebuts the results of the VA Examination.            Evidence of record extant at the time of the rating decision is silent any inadequacies regarding the diagnosis detailed in the examination report; the findings supporting the diagnosis detailed in the examination report; or the sufficiency of detail in the examination report for evaluation purposes.  The Rating Decision dated April 29, 2005 is silent of the subject of the diagnosed radiculopathy nor does it make any mention of the neurological symptomatology detailed in the examination report.   Evidence of record extant at the time of the rating decision include records of treatment from the Louisville, KY VAMC dated 04 Jun 2003 to include treatment for “Chronic low back pain” and prescriptions for treatment pain and muscle spasms. Diagnostic radiology reports from 4 Jun 2003 document mild scoliosis (levoscoliosis) and degenerative spur formation at the L3 and 4 level. Findings of clear and unmistakable error (CUE):           The adjudication of my claim for an increase in service compensation dated November 22, 2004 incorrectly applied or failed to apply the provisions of 38 CFR Ch. I (7–1–04 Edition) § 4.71a which states under “General Rating Formula for Diseases and Injuries of the Spine” in part “Evaluate any associated objective neurologic abnormalities, including, but not limited to, bowel or bladder impairment, separately, under an appropriate diagnostic code.”           The adjudication of my claim for an increase in service compensation dated November 22, 2004 incorrectly applied or failed to apply the provisions of 38 CFR Ch. I (7–1–04 Edition) § 3.157 under “(a) General” which states in part “Effective date of pension or compensation benefits, if otherwise in order, will be the date of receipt of a claim or the date when entitlement arose, whichever is the later. A report of examination or hospitalization which meets the requirements of this section will be accepted as an informal claim for benefits under an existing law or for benefits under a liberalizing law or Department of Veterans Affairs issue, if the report relates to a disability which may establish entitlement.” I make this request as a clear and unmistakable error (CUE) exists in that either the correct facts, as they were known at the time, were not before the adjudicator, (e.g., the adjudicator overlooked them) or the statutory or regulatory provisions extant at the time were incorrectly applied. The errors are of the sort which, had they not been made, would have manifestly changed the outcome at the time they were made. A reasonable mind, having reviewed all the facts known at the time, would have concluded the following:            The effective date of any increase in pension or compensation benefits resulting from the Rating Decision dated April 29, 2005 should be June 4, 2003, date of the informal claim, and not November 29, 2004 as detailed in the Rating Decision.            Neurologic abnormalities related to the service connected degenerative disc disease were present at the time of the VA examination completed on February 23, 2005; that the competent medical evidence of record supports that conclusion and that the neurologic abnormalities should be rated separately under the appropriate diagnostic codes.           The terms “Mild”, “Moderate”, Moderately Severe”, and “Severe” are not defined in the Rating Schedule.   The competent medical evidence of record finds that “There is noted a severe restriction of the lumbar motion and function” and that “All thoracolumbar motions were conducted slowly and carefully”. The neurological symptomatology in my lower extremities is productive of severe limitation of motion and function, continuous pain on use and recurrent severe flare-ups after trivial motions which more closely approximates moderately severe incomplete paralysis of the sciatic nerve.            The competent medical evidence of record finds that “There is noted a severe restriction of the lumbar motion and function” and that “All thoracolumbar motions were conducted slowly and carefully”. The neurological symptomatology in my lower extremities is productive of severe limitation of motion and function, continuous pain on use and recurrent severe flare-ups after trivial motions which more closely approximates severe incomplete paralysis of the anterior crural nerve (femoral).          Records of treatment for chronic low back pain at the Louisville, KY VAMC on June 4, 2003 documents the receipt of an informal claim for increase in the back condition establishing the proper effective date for increase as June 4, 2003, the date of receipt of the informal claim.   I respectfully request your prompt consideration of this request and that any decisions be expedited to ensure efficient processing and minimize incorrect payments. Thank you for your service to the Veterans of this nation.   Regards,   XXXXXX X XXXXXXXXX Veteran  
    • good stuff, let them cut the pizza how they want, long as they give the whole box to the vet!!! sometimes I think the VA cannot discern between a symptom of a disease or injury, or the disease or injury itself BACK STRAIN.. now thats a symptom, but it sound very mild. so the V loves it. have you ever heard a real doctor say,,, ohh yes, patient  stiiffypoke,, that poor guy, hes had a back strain for 10 years now.. a back strain is a mild, short term injury.  Not something that goes on for years. but you see , they dont want to know the extent of the problem, because it forces additional comp. so they quickly give u the ole faithful back strain diagnosis, your empty peanut shell rating, and hope u go away. yes you can go away mad, but just go away.  hell they will pay you less in 5 years at 10 percent than what a full spine MRI costs.. very clever they are .  
    • """I ask her if she can write me a letter telling about my Chronic PTSD and the High anxiety I have being around  lot of people , I need this letter to excuse me from jury duty, she said yes I can do that  she did and all was ok... """  THAT WAS SLICK MY FRIEND. ha yes Buck, I always look at the whys of situations. I think that these Drs are getting ass chewings from the regional offices who are handling the claims. when someone doesnt want to do something that otherwise seems like a simple task, there usually is a reason behind it. The doctors are experiencing some sort of unpleasant result of writing these DBQs. The form is  simple, short and easy enough for a 6 year old to fill out, so thats not the problem. there has to be repercussions that are taking place. Its occassionally throwing monkey wrenches in the RO s claim denial processes.  my wife said same thing, her doctor instantly sat straight as a board, like a hemmoroid busted in her tighty whities, and her whole demeanor changed, and she barked out a loud and clear "I DONT WRITE DBQS FOR NOBODY, VA OR SOCIAL SECURITY".    like she was pronouncing her constitution or something.. ha
    • You are right about pyramiding but you can receive consideration for multiple issues.  Like PTSD and depression, it does not get rated but may increase your rating.  Go figure right?
    • I was under the impression that a vet can only be service connected for a specific mental disorder, like you cant get 20 for anxiety, 20 for depression, 30 for  ptsd, ect, its called pyramiding. 
    • the only reason they should ask to see you bend is if your spine was fused, and they want to see how much flexion you have lost. its ridiculous I tell ya.    Ive been recieving alot of treatment on my spine, and learned alot. Once again, I have NEVER been asked to demonstrate how far I could bend, by any medical professional. so where the Va got this hokus pokus  test is a mystery to me.  just some   mechanical test  so the vet  buys the scam I imagine. when you go see a pain doctor, neurologist, ect you know what they say... SHOW ME THE MRI report... !!! they dont say, bend over ..  it may say that on your bill, but not your diagnosis. LOL
    • I have the letters of withdrawal.  I have supplied them to the VA but VARO still hasn't removed her from my file.  Don't need anything more from MS. Ellermann.  She sent her original letter of withdrawal also to VARO and the Evidence Center.  I'm hoping my chat with eBenefits will finally get her taken off the case. I've been trying to get an attorney for the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals.  I have to file my Pro Se "notice of appearance" next.  Then a brief within 40 days of July 17, 2018.  Have it under control I think.  The informal form will help a lot.
    • Well I made my way down to ch 31 office yesterday. Ask about my item told they waiting on referral from hospital. Ok than this lady sit in my face an say you look like u loss weigh. Now part of my plan was to teach me how to cook. Been married never had to cook. I was granted in home cook classes. Never give for 3 yrs  I was granted automobile adapts never given Ok today I call oig an made complaint these are medical device an there holding them up. Now I am about to file my tort claim oh I lost weigh ok.  I just b venting
    • There are a few attorneys with her same name and one was with the Vets ProBono Consortorium I believe- I have no idea how you could contact her through ebenefits- I am lost here-maybe she is a VSO at theRO? others will help
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