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    • e-Benefits Status Messages 

      Claims Process – Your claim can go from any step to back a step depending on the specifics of the claim, so you may go from Pending Decision Approval back to Review of Evidence. Ebenefits status is helpful but not definitive. Continue Reading
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    • I was rated at 10% for tinnitus last year by the VA. I went to my private doctor yesterday and I described to him the problems that I have been having with my sense of balance. Any sudden movement of my head or movement while sitting in my desk chair causes me to lose my balance and become nauseous. Also when seeing TV if there are certain scenes,such as movement across or up and down the screen my balance is affected. The doctor said that what is causing the problem is Meniere's Disease. Does any know if this could be secondary to tinnitus and if it would be rated separately from the tinnitus? If I am already rated at 10% for tinnitus and I could filed for Meniere's does any one know what it might be rated at? Thanks for your help. 68mustang
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    • Feb 2018 on HadIt.com Veteran to Veteran. Sharing top posts and a few statistics with you.
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    • I have a 30% hearing loss and 10% Tinnitus rating since 5/17.  I have Meniere's Syndrome which was diagnosed by a VA facility in 2010 yet I never thought to include this in my quest for a rating.  Meniere's is very debilitating for me, but I have not made any noise about it because I could lose my license to drive.  I am thinking of applying for additional compensation as I am unable to work at any meaningful employment as I cannot communicate effectively because of my hearing and comprehension difficulties.  I don't know whether to file for a TDUI, or just ask for additional compensation.  My county Veterans service contact who helped me get my current rating has been totally useless on this when I asked her for help.  Does anyone know which forms I should use?  There are so many different directions to proceed on this that I am confused.  Any help would be appreciated.  Vietnam Vet 64-67. 
    • If you are new to hadit and have DIC questions it would help us tremendously if you can answer the following questions right away in your first post.

      What was the Primary Cause of Death (# 1) as listed on your spouse’s death certificate?

      What,if anything, was listed as a contributing cause under # 2?

      Was an autopsy done and if so do you have a complete copy of it?

       It can be obtained through the Medical Examiner’s office in your locale.

      What was the deceased veteran service connected for in his/her lifetime?

      Did they have a claim pending at death and if so what for?

      If they died from anything on the Agent Orange Presumptive list ( available here under a search) when did they serve and where? If outside of Vietnam, what was their MOS and also if they served onboard a ship in the South Pacific what ship were they on and when? Also did they have any major  physical  contact with C 123s during the Vietnam War?

      And how soon after their death was the DIC form filed…if filed within one year of death, the date of death will be the EED for DIC and also satisfy the accrued regulation criteria.
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    • VA C and P Exam – Do’s and Don’ts – VA Compensation Pension Exam


      The following is written from a VA Compensation and Pension Examiners perspective relating to psychiatric exams. It is a good guideline for all exams but I only did psych exams. I’ve been examined by the VA for multiple problems and this is my format when I go to be examined. A little common sense and clarity ...

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    • Hadit Podcat Special Show Monday, March 5, 2018

      Our guest speaker will be the one and only Alex Graham, Alex or ASKNOD a he is so well known as brings his vast VA knowledge and his constant wit to the show. Alex is the expert on Hep C and other issues that has afforded him the ability to become a Certified VA claims agent. He has helped a lot of Veterans with their claims by direct representation, His contributions to Hadit.com and through his own website ASKNOD.ORG.
      Too listen http://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2018/03/06/hadit-podcast-special-show-with-alex-graham

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    • Hi Everyone,

      My dad was awarded 100% in April 2016 and I submitted a NOD in August 2016 to appeal the effective date.  According to the VA website, the RAMP program will "invite" those who are currently in the appeals process.    Has anyone on here been asked to participate?  

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    • Can I work and receive TDIU? Yes, in some cases you can. 

      I can’t work if I’m getting Unemployability, right? No, in fact, unemployability does not always mean that a veteran is not working. The key, however, is that all income earned from employment must be at or below the poverty level, or from a job that is considered to be “sheltered”. These types of … Continue reading
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    • I have a 50% rating from the VA.  I will have my first meeting with my Voc Rehab counselor in 4 days.  I already have a job, but I plan to argue underemployed but it might be a stretch.  I need to get some technical certificates to stay competitive and try to get a remote job (work from home) where I can control my work environment like a standing desk, etc....  I work in the IT industry.

      Does anyone have a sample PPT or word document plan to present to the VA counselor?   I read Ben Krause's site and he suggests that you go in prepared with a PPT or Word plan that shows your reasoning and your proposed plan.  Anyone out there have an example?


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    • I appealed for an earlier date for PTSD and Individual Unemployability.  I received my 100% December 10, 2010, and appealed to the date I originally applied for benefits (November 2007).  I just received the Order approving both but the Order states "It is granted, subject to controlling regulations governing the payment of monetary awards".

      Does this mean that I get no back pay - as I didn't receive any back pay - just got the approval from Veterans Law Judge, Board of Appeals.  Should I appeal the fact that I received no back pay?

      Any help would be appreciated!

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    • yes you can still make a run for the IU,at your DRO Hearing  or even before so the DRO will see it  but if you don't besure to request the IU at your DRO Hearing.

      If your S.C. Disability's is the cause you can't work  then yes file for the IU.

      YOU NEED A Dr to state you can't work because of your service connected disability's

       A Veteran Must  file for the IU ,they won't give it you if you don't file for it  its required to file.
    • My checked was routed to another bank via phone fraud as ebenfits information was hacked. The agent that took the nefarious call should also be held responsible, he was duped. VA filed a report and it has been a week. They say 3 to 5 days to repay me. We shall see. Stay off ebenefits it is unsafe. 100 percent TDIU, USAF.
    • " how do i force them to include the FCA as they refuse to accept it as evidence?  "

      You file a CUE on any decision that did not comply with the evidentiary requirements of the regulation above. ...38 USC 5109A.

      We have considerable info here in the CUE forum and even some templates.

         Did the VA use a goinometer in the  C& P exam?

      Do you have the results of that exam.   If so  did you scan and attach that in this thread already---if so I will try to find it.......this is a long thread.....
    • Hello everyone,

      This question feels incredibly silly, but it's stumping me.

      Would like to claim Migraine headaches due to TBI

      Not currently rated for TBI

      Not (currently) seeking anything related to the TBI other than migraines


      Are the migraines secondary to TBI, or

      Are the migraines directly service connected with TBI being the in-service event?

      If the migraines are secondary to TBI, how does one ever get a current diagnosis of TBI, seeing as it's an event sort of thing? Or, how do you work around this? In other words, if I broke a bone ten years ago I wouldn't be able to get a current diagnosis of broken bone, thus there is no "broken bone" disability. I would claim the actual disability that exists today, but referencing the broken bone incident as the alleged in-service event and cause. I imagine this is how it works with TBI; claim the current disability but reference the TBI as the in-service event and show nexus between them.

      Or, am I way off?

      Thank you in advance!
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  • VA Disability Claims Research Forum


    This forum is where most folks start, while we have forums that deal with very specific topics, post any VA Claims question here.

    The VA Claims process - read below for quick a primer.

    File a Claim with VA

    • Submit a compensation or pension claim
    • For the fastest claim decision, submit an electronic Fully Developed Claim (FDC) including completed Disability Benefit Questionnaires (DBQs)
    • Make sure VA has your current contact information (address, phone, and email information)

    VA Schedules a Claim Exam

    • VA will review your claim and may schedule one or more VA claim exams, also known as C&P exams, as part of the“Information Gathering”phase 
    • VA or a VA partner may send a letter or call you to schedule your exam(s)
    • Not everyone will be requested to attend a VA exam

    Confirm Your Exam

    • Confirm the date, time, and location of your appointment(s) with the number provided
    • Reschedule the exam(s) as soon as possible if you have a conflict.
  • Preparing for Your C and P Exam


    Preparing for C & P ExamsSpeakers Carol Ponton - Founding Partner Matthew Hill - Managing Partner For a FREE Case Evaluation go here: https://www.hillandponton.com/free-case-evaluation/va-evaluation/ Visit our website at www.HillandPonton.com For questions please email us at Info@hillandponton.com The exams should be to what you’re asking for, what kind of compensation. If it’s the first claim to ...
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  • Compensation and Pension Exam Forums


    Please post only C and P questions in this forum. 

    The VA claim exam, also called a C&P exam, is different from a regular medical appointment because the examiner won’t prescribe any medicine or treat you for your disability. This exam occurs only if you file a compensation or pension claim. It is a part of the claim review process and helps VA determine if your disability is service connected, the level of your disability, or if your condition should receive an increased rating due to it worsening.

    The amount of time the examiner spends with you during your exam depends on what conditions you claimed and if VA needs more information to make a decision. The length of your visit could be very short, or last an hour or more. However, a mental-health evaluation typically lasts two to four hours.


    • Ask you questions
    • Observe your behavior
    • Perform a limited physical exam
    • Simply review your file with you

    Each exam is different. Remember, your in-person visit is only one part of the claim review process. Typically, examiners spend time before and/or after your appointment reviewing your medical records. Even if your visit is short, he or she is still carefully reviewing your claim. Source: VA Claim Exam Fact Sheet

  • VA C and P Exam – Do’s and Don’ts – VA Compensation Pension Exam


    The following is written from a VA Compensation and Pension Examiners perspective relating to psychiatric exams. It is a good guideline for all exams but I only did psych exams. I’ve been examined by the VA for multiple problems and this is my format when I go to be examined. A little common sense and clarity ...
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    10 + 50 = 50 and other VA math mysteries explained. The Easy Way to Do Combined Ratings.The Secret Behind VA Math and the Combined Ratings Table.The VA Combined Ratings Table in Practice.Combined Ratings 10 + 50 = 50 and other VA math mysteries explained. The Easy Way to Do Combined Ratings. The VA publishes … Continue reading

  • Appealing Your Veterans Compensation Disability Claims NOD, DRO, BVA, USCAVC Forums


    Appealing your Veterans Compensation Disability Claims decision usually starts with the Notice of Disagreement (NOD) Veterans Affairs is rolling out a new Appeals process called RAMP below is an FAQ from VA's site

    Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017

    When will VA start to offer the three new “lane” options detailed in the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017?

    We plan to fully implement the three “lane” options by February 2019. The law allows an 18-month implementation period, during which we must, among other things, issue regulations and adjudication procedures, train employees, adjust IT systems, and revise forms and decision notice letters.

    What are the benefits of giving Veterans the choice of the three lanes? Is the idea that this will make VA more efficient and thus benefit Veterans?

    In the new process, you can select a review option that best addresses the circumstances of your claim. Here are some examples:

    • If you learn from the initial decision that the claim could be granted based upon the submission of additional evidence, the supplemental claim lane is the best option.
    • On the other hand, if you believe that the initial claim processor made a mistake,you may request a higher level review by a more senior VA employee.
    • Finally, you may want VA’s Board of Veterans’ Appeals, to review your claim and make an independent final decision.

    Thus, the choices provided give you flexibility in the review process. In addition, by protecting your effective date for benefits regardless of the choice, the new process incentivizes early resolution at the lowest possible level. The new law also establishes a more streamlined process that we can operate far more efficiently. The result is faster decisions for you and long-term taxpayer savings.

    What was the average wait time for Veterans in the old appeals process?

    Veterans waited an average of three years for resolution of their appeal. Those that chose to appeal to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals waited an average of seven years from the date that they initiated the appeal for a Board decision. The new appeals process is more efficient and provides you with options for early resolution of your disagreement with decisions we made.

    What is VA’s strategy to address the inventory of legacy appeals as it transitions to the new appeals system?

    We are committed to addressing the pending inventory of legacy appeals. We worked with stakeholders to identify and evaluate various options that would allow Veterans to enter into the new process. After assessing these various options, and collaborating with our partners, two opt-in opportunities were identified to address the issue of the legacy appeals inventory. Both opt ins were included in the Appeals Modernization Act. In addition, we are examining other opportunities for Veterans with pending appeals to take advantage of the more efficient system.

    How does appeals reform relate to VA’s modernization efforts?

    Modernization is about simplifying the organization, removing burdensome bureaucracy, and focusing resources to deliver on the promise of better care and better service for Veterans and their families. The new appeal process simplifies the current complex process, provides Veterans more options to meet their needs, and speeds the resolution of appeals.

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    I encouraged you to keep the exam in perspective. What is that Perspective? Honestly, it comes down to recognizing that the purpose of the C&P Exam is NOT to convince the doctor that your injury is service connected, but to let him or her conduct their exam and ...
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    Greetings: I am grateful that one afternoon a few years ago, I Googled "I've had it with the VA". That simple "search" born out of utter frustration led me to "Hadit". And there it all started! As of two weeks ago, I'm rated 100% (long overdue). And, I am ...
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    While there are 2 legal processes to pursue an earlier effective date, there are several legal theories that can be used in those processes. Here are 2 of the most common legal theories to argue for an Earlier Effective Date in a VA Disability Compensation ...
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    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
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    The most common service connected disabilities based on the Veterans Benefits Administrations Annual Report. The Compensation program provides tax-free monthly benefits to Veterans in recognition of the effects of  disabilities  caused  by  diseases,  events,  or injuries incurred or aggravated during active military service. The program ...
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    The amount of basic benefit paid ranges, depending on how disabled you are. VA makes a determination about the severity of your disability based on the evidence you submit as part of your claim, or that VA obtains from your military records. VA rates disability ...
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    [Reprinted here with permission from Veterans Law Blog] A de novo review is your other option. de novo, which means “new,” or “fresh look,” is a Latin term used by lawyers.  In a de novo review, a DRO, who is a senior-level, highly experienced claim ...
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    appeals-001.jpeg5 Things to Know about the VA Appeals Process

    The multi-stage appellate process is available to you after you have already received one or more decisions on your claim, but disagree with some aspect of VA’s decision. During the appellate process, an appeal undergoes additional independent reviews, often multiple times and by different adjudicators, ...
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    "First, allow me to introduce myself with some background info. I am a veteran, a nurse, a woman, and decide VA disability claims." Author Unknown I share many of the frustrations of veterans when I see claims that have not been properly or expeditiously decided. It ...
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    Am I eligible for emergency care at a non-VA facility? An eligible Veteran may receive emergency care at a non-VA health care facility at VA expense when a VA facility or other Federal health care facility with which VA has an agreement is unable to ...
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    I have a C&P coming up in October for Neck/Back pains. While in Iraq in 2004, I fell off of a 916 semi-truck and have buddy statements to verify this. I also have medical proof that I went to the TMC in theater and it ...
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    You've just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It's a legitimate question - rare is the Veteran that finds ...
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    Can I work and receive TDIU? Yes, in some cases you can.

    I can't work if I'm getting Unemployability, right? No, in fact, unemployability does not always mean that a veteran is not working. The key, however, is that all income earned from employment must be at or below the poverty level, or from a job that ...
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