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    • My husband is still at the psychiatric hospital.  will hopefully get out in a couple days. His doctors said they would write any letter or fill out any DBQs to verify his need for my full-time help, his migraine headaches, his PTSD, His TBI, and any other issues he is suffering from. could I get some help as to where to go from here, what kind of letters he needs, and what DBQ he needs?  One psychiatrist feels he can separate my husbands  TBI from His PTSD. all the doctors agree that my husband should go back to the United States ASAP due to his need for Medical care at the VA.  Any help is much appreciated  thank you all so much for all your help    
    • T-bird—Thanks for your comments. Your mention of SMC gave me a new area to research. Before I was only searching “aid and attendance” The result I was getting involved the improved pension for veterans who did not have a service connected disability.  I am still finding what appears to me to be conflicting eligibility requirements .  This is what I found of significance. Shown below ---The VA iris site makes a reference to eligibility based on ANY CONDITION. However when I search BVA decisions for SMC the only decisions I find say DUE TO SERVICE CONNECTED DISABILITY.

      Any and all concerned-----If I am 70%+ for a service connected condition do I have benefits under SMC or is there something else. I doubt that I will need nursing home care for my service connected vascular disease. I am trying to plan future financial resources in the event I have a stroke.  I am going to forward this post to my service org. on Monday. Unfortunately, the guy who got me 100% departed this earth many years ago. I just went over 20 years as 100% P&T.  We will hear what they have to say in the future. From IRIS VA.GOV
      VA benefits provide for a range of long-term services which include, Nursing Home……..  a veteran must be in need of such care and seeking nursing home care for a service-connected (SC) disability, OR is rated 60% SC and unemployable, OR is rated 60% SC and permanently and totally disabled (P&T) OR for any condition if the veteran has a combined SC disability rating of 70% or more……. Veterans with a compensable service-connected disability are exempt from long term care co-payments. …….

      From BVA decisions
      SMC at the "l" rate is payable when the Veteran, due to service-connected disability, has suffered the anatomical loss or loss of use of both feet or one hand and one foot, or is blind in both eyes, or is permanently bedridden or so helpless as to be in need of regular aid and attendance.  38 U.S.C. § 1114(l); 38 C.F.R. § 3.350(b). 
    • I appreciate your response. I feel like I might be facing an uphill battle which is fine. I was diagnosed with Lupus after getting out. By a civilian doctor. I got into the VA system late in 2014. February 2015, I woke up and couldn't move my left side. I struggled throughout the years but just pushed myself. I had a few episodes while overseas, but those incidents are not in my records. At any rate, I just am kinda lost on how to approach the claim. Me and my neurologist have a great relationship, and I plan on keeping it that way. I will likely run it by him about my claim that will be submitted. The ball will be in his court. Either way, I appreciate him and always look forward to my visits with him. Weird I guess.  My current medical records through the VA are loaded with MS treatments. To include a chemo last February. I do not have much beyond that. No records, but can get buddy statements etc... The doctor that diagnosed me with Lupus after returning home has passed away and practice closed. I will gather my statements, to include my ex-wife, whom saw everything as we met 2 weeks after I returned to the states. As well as all current records. Other than that, not sure what else I can give them, or do to make their job easier. I agree on the presumption of connection. Not sure if that holds as much water, but in the end things usually work out. Again, thank you and have a great Thanksgiving.
    • Hi, I'm in a very similar situation. TDUI was granted by BVA and other accompanying claims were granted in so far as service-connected, while others were basically denied or remanded.  What my most excellcent Vet attorney's case manager told me [ on here even, they agree this team is one of the best]   Is that it does not go back to RO, since TDIU was granted.  ( that part of claim and others granted).   It goes to a different office, where my legal team now submits a date, with  evidence, the TDUI should have been paid from.  It's nothing for RO to decide. They have some kind of interim office set up now, when such is granted, to just get correct date concerning back pay.  They told me should be around 4 months or so till actual $ is sent.    My Marine husband died 2012 with open claims.     And the biggest hug to Berta, cuz before I read her writings here, I had no idea I could, as his widow, do a thing to keep fighting, which he told me to do, on his deathbed...for his sons.   He died at 90% which basically meant nothing for me or his sons.  Even though I knew the seriousness of it all how VA kept him at 90%    I did NOT know I could substitute myself in claims till after his death and just heart-broken, I was reading other stories till I read Berta.     You will never know how much you helped me and our sons, Berta for I have no words to tell you.   He told me to fight it...the 90 percent and even he didn't know how.    I am sure he is smiling from heaven, with rays of light on Berta.  And thanking her.      
    • A nexus 'letter' is not required. A nexus, or relationship between your service and your MS IS. If your doctor writes in your diagnosis that its service connected, then its the same thing. If you had MS 'in service' and it didnt present until within a 7 yr period after your last active service of at least 90 days, it can be presumptively service connected. Doctors, civilian, and VA, don't always like to sign off on things that have been typed/written by the veteran because their license is riding on the truthfulness of whatever it says if they sign it. I wouldn't spend my time chasing after a specific letter written that says what your diagnosis notes already say, unless they don't say it. Its going to take more than a visit or two to diagnose and connect it to something, anyway, so a doctor worth his license shouldn't just sign off on something like that. The main things that are important are when did you present symptoms, did you receive treatment in service for it (if so get those notes/records, too), and lacking that, attending enough treatment sessions with your neuro to establish a possible connective cause. If you go to 1 visit and then try to claim MS as service connected its probably going to be denied, especially if you don't have much in the way of progressive treatment and observational notes to support it. 
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