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    • Sleep apnea- does the DBQ cover the "medically necessary/required" language?
      Hey everybody! Long time lurker, first time poster.

      My question is regarding the sleep apnea language that specifies that a prescription of a breathing assistance device is "medically necessary" for a 50% rating:

      Assuming that a vet is already prescribed a CPAP/APAP by the VA, does the sleep apnea DBQ portion under 2B "IS CONTINUOUS MEDICATION REQUIRED FOR CONTROL OF A SLEEP DISORDER CONDITION?" fulfill that language requirement?
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    • VBA testimony and GAO report-C & P examiners
      As you all know, C & P exam results control almost all types of claims. VA employees have no choice but to go along with a negative C & P exam that will deny a claim. Some vets are quite willing to rebutt faulty exams and ask for a new C & P exam. For others, it will take a costly IMO/IME in most cases. Ben Krause has this article at his site today: http://tinyurl.com/y9co6zac
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    • Lumbosacral Strain and Vertebrae fractures caused by osteopenia
      Hi.  I have a couple questions and welcome all recommendations for my disability claim.  I am currently 10% disabled for lumbosacral strain and deferred decision for this and vertebrae fractures caused by osteopenia.  I had a MRI February 2018 and results include moderate compression fracture of L1, mild to moderate compression fracture of L2, moderate to severe compression fracture of L3, mild compression fracture of T11.  Additionally, L3 moderate spinal canal stenosis, L2 mild to moderate retropulsion with mild spinal canal stenosis, multilevel degenerative changes, multilevel disc bulges, disc herniations, L1-L2 mild broad-based disc bulge with mild spinal canal stenosis, L2-L3 mild broad based disc bulge with mild to moderate spinal canal stenosis,  L3-L4 mild to moderate broad based disc bulge and severe bilateral neuroforaminal narrowing.   I have read that these malfunctions should have been claimed individually.  Will the VA evaluate/rate each condition separately?  If not, I may have to appeal or submit a new claim.  What are some thoughts and suggestions.  Do these disabilities belong in the lumbosacral strain or the vertebrae fractures caused by osteopenia.  I am totally in the dark on this stuff.  I am pretty sure no diagnosis codes have been assigned.  What can I do to support my claim?  HELP!!!!!
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      I'd love it if we all got along, no one had a bad day and everyone respected each other however, living in the real world it just doesn't work that way.

      If you find a member adds no value to your knowledge on a topic hover over their name and then choose Ignore User. You cannot ignore moderators and admins but you can ignore others.

      Thousands of veterans have come here for over 20 years to find answers and support. I wish we could help each and every veteran, but some we cannot. Sometimes folks just rub each other the wrong way and that is where the Ignore User feature comes in. Ignore the user and move on...
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      Thousands of veterans have come here for over 20 years to find answers and support. I wish we could help each and every veteran, but some we cannot. Sometimes folks just rub each other the wrong way and that is where the Ignore User feature comes in. Ignore the user and move on...
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    1. VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims Research Forum

      VA Disability Compensation benefits discussions. Post veterans compensation claims questions or answer for others. Read and research other veterans compensation claims experiences.

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      • Start a new topic with your question.
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    3. Appealing Your Veterans Compensation Disability Claims NOD, DRO, BVA, USCAVC

      Appealing your Veterans Compensation Disability Claims decision usually starts with the Notice of Disagreement (NOD)

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    4. Veterans Compensation & Pension Exams

      Compensation and Pension Exams -

      Please only posts questions regarding Compensation and Pension Exams

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    5. E-Benefits Questions

      Please post your E-Benefits questions in this forum.

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    6. Vets.gov

      Vets.gov is a new VA site set up with the following goals:

      • Unifying and simplifying VA’s digital touch points, dramatically improving customer experience
      • Meeting customer need on the first try, on any device
      • Creating a mobile-first platform
      • Retooling existing applications and designing new end-to-end experiences, in partnership with business owners across VA
      • Providing transparency about our methods and processes
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    8. Entitlement - Veterans Compensation Benefits Claims

      Once you know you are eligible for Veterans Disability Compensation, the question then becomes are you entitled to it by law. This is where to post those questions. it's OK, if you are feeling confused this is not at all unusual it can be a very confusing system. If you were injured in service and have a question about whether you are entitled to file a claim, post it here.

      Law 38C.F.R.3.4 (a) Disability compensation. (1) Basic entitlement for a veteran exists if the veteran is disabled as the result of a personal injury or
      disease (including aggravation of a condition existing prior to service)
      while in active service if the injury or the disease was incurred or
      aggravated in line of duty.

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    9. Eligibility - Veterans Compensation Benefit Claims

      Questions concerning eligibility for veterans compensation benefits. Eligibility - Veterans Disability Compensation,

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    10. CHAMPVA

      The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs (CHAMPVA) is a comprehensive health care program in which the VA shares the cost of covered health care services and supplies with eligible beneficiaries.

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    13. Success Stories

      Post your successes and read others, VA success, Social Security success, leaving the house whatever it might be.

      This forum is dedicated to Carla Croft "CarlieCash" a dedicated member, moderator and admin from 2005 - 2015. She gave tirelessly to veterans here and all over the internet. Nothing she loved more than a successful adjudication. She remains in our hearts always.

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    14. OEF/OIF Veterans

      Welcome Home Brothers and Sisters - This forum is for our returning troops from Iraq and Afghanistan.

      We will guide you as to which forums your questions will get the most eyes on it.

      We want to provide help and guidance for you, if there is something you think would be beneficial for you let us know.

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    15. VA Caregiver Benefits for Post 9/11 Veterans

      The Program of Comprehensive Assistance for Family Caregivers offers enhanced support for Caregivers of eligible Veterans seriously injured in the line of duty on or after September 11, 2001. Enhanced services for eligible participants may include a financial stipend, access to health care insurance, mental health services and counseling, caregiver training, and respite care. 

      Who is eligible?

      Veterans eligible for this program must:

      • have sustained or aggravated a serious injury — including traumatic brain injury, psychological trauma or other mental disorder — in the line of duty, on or after September 11, 2001; and
      • be in need of personal care services to perform one or more activities of daily living and/or need supervision or protection based on symptoms or residuals of neurological impairment or injury.
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    18. Veterans Benefits State & Federal

      Post your links and information about state and federal benefits available to disabled veterans.

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    19. VA Medical Centers Navigating through it

      To assist the veteran by providing assistance in navigating through the Veterans Affairs Medical centers.

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    20. Medication – Prescription Drugs-Health Issues

      Looking for folks who are the same medication as you and what they think of it. Exercise, diet ideas. Remember we are not giving professional advice, and you should consult your doctor regarding any and all health issues you may be concerned with.

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    21. VA Training & Fast letters, Directives, Regulations, Other Guidance Documents

      VA Training & Fast letters, Directives, Regulations, Other Guidance Documents

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    22. MEB/PEB Physical OR Medical Evaluation Forum   (11,198 visits to this link)

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  2. VA Claims References

    1. Title 38 / 38 CFR   (25,381 visits to this link)

      Title 38 Pensions, Bonuses, and Veterans' Relief also called 38 CFR. CFR stands for Code of Federal Regulations.

      Everything Veterans Affairs does with your service connected disability compensation claim, is goverened by law. You may want to bookmark this page as a reference as you proceed with your claim.

      It can be a bit daunting. Just remember the U.S.C. is the law, the C.F.R. is how they interpret the law and last but certainly not least is the V.A. adjudication manuals that is how they apply the law. The section of the law that covers the veterans benefits is Title 38 in the U.S.C. in the C.F.R. is usually written 38 C.F.R. or something similar.

    2. 38 CFR 3 Adjudication   (26,101 visits to this link)

      38CFR3 is the part of the Code of Federal Regulations Title 38 that deals with the adjudication of a veterans compensation claim.

    3. 38 CFR 4 Schedule for Rating Disabilities   (42,418 visits to this link)

      This part of Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations list specific disabilities and what symptoms or effects equate to what percentage of disability is to be assigned.

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    5. ALS - Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

      Veterans with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) may receive badly-needed support for themselves and their families after the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced today that ALS will become a presumptively compensable illness for all veterans with 90 days or more of continuously active service in the military.

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    6. MST - Military Sexual Trauma

      A good site for these claims is http://www.vetwow.com

      This is a very sensitive issue, triggers abound so be careful. Remember whenever you post something on the internet it is there for everyone to see forever. So be cautious with what you share however if you have a claims question we want to help.

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    7. Radiation Exposure from Operation Tomodachi (Japan Earthquake Fukushima Nuclear Assistant)

      Operation Tomodachi, Tomodachi Sakusen?, lit. "Operation Friend(s)") was a United States Armed Forces assistance operation to support Japan in disaster relief following the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. The operation took place from 12 March to 4 May 2011; involved 24,000 U.S. servicemembers, 189 aircraft, and 24 naval ships; and cost $90 million.[1]

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    13. 1151 Claims

      Claims under 38 U.S.C. § 1151

      Benefits for additional disability or death caused by VA medical care is government by 38 U.S.C. § 1151. Claims under § 1151 are a different species than service-connected disability claims, but they are compensated in a similar manner as service-connected disability claims. To prove a § 1151 claim, a claimant must show that the veteran’s death or his additional disability was caused by negligent VA medical care or by some unforeseeable complication of the VA medical care.

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  4. Veterans Helping Veterans Podcast

    1. Veterans Helping Veterans VA Claims Podcast

      Veterans Helping Veterans Podcast: Shows deal with a wide range of Veterans Affairs Claims and Benefits.

      Listen here live and archived show: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom

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  5. Welcome Aboard

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    2. Introduce Yourself

      Let us know a bit about yourself, if you'd like.

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    3. Test Posting Messages Here

      Try out post and various features here.

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    4. Roll Call

      Roll Call Please Check in 1st of the month.
      Tell us how you are doing.
      DO NOT post claims questions here, please post in Veterans Affiars Claims Research

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    5. Technical Support For Forum

      This forum has been set up for you to post your technical questions on how to work with the forum and or blog. DO NOT POST CLAIMS QUESTIONS HERE...thank you

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    1. Hiring an Attorney Discussions on S. 3421

      An Act
      To amend title 38, United States Code, to repeal certain limitations on attorney representation of claimants for benefits under laws administered by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, to expand eligibility for the Survivors' and Dependents' Educational Assistance Program, to otherwise improve veterans' benefits, memorial affairs, and health-care programs, to enhance information security programs of the Department of Veterans Affairs, and for other purposes.

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    2. Social Security Disability Questions

      SSDI many of our veterans have gone through the SSDI process as well as the VA Claims process, We are no experts in SSDI however perhaps we can offer some assistance.

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    3. VA Scandals

      Shreddergate and other scandals

      On the 13th of October, 2008, VA Watchdog dot Org broke the story about documents found in shredder bins at the VA's Detroit Regional Office.

      A number of those documents were critical to veterans' disability claims.

      As the story unfolded, VA finally began to release information on the incident and we learned that more than one Regional Office was involved in this shredder scandal.

      The VA's Office of Inspector General (VAOIG) is investigating.

      VA has instituted new guidelines regarding handling of documents.

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    4. Discounts for Veterans

      if you know of a store or other that gives a discount to veterans, post it here. Share the Wealth :)

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    5. Federal Register Announcements

      Read Only Forum

      Veterans Affairs Federal Register Announcements. The Federal Register is where they propose changes, announce meetings and ask for public comment.

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    6. Active Duty MEB/PEB Physical OR Medical Evaluation Forum   (30,267 visits to this link)

      Still on Active Duty? Try this forum MEB/PEB This link will take you to another forum not affiliated in way with HadIt.com. It is set up for MEB/PEB questions. Please do come back here for your VA Claims Questions

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      Hi,

      This club will focus on MS-related issues and I invite fellow Veterans who deal with (or have a loved-one who deals with) the disease.

      Thank you in advance for joining the club.

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    • Thanks for the responses. I'll keep you updated.  It's a slap in the face she gave me two perfect readings. I would have a better chance winning the lottery. 
    • I just had a hypertension increase C&P on Friday.  I know I will not get an increase, but I wanted to get in the record my original readings from 2004 when I had an LOD (line of duty) while on active duty which led to my service connection for HBP. With that said, I had quite a discussion with the examiner.  My issue is, while the VA might do it, medical facilities, both military and civilian do not take your blood pressure three time on two separate occasions as stated in the rating reg.  When I had my first high reading in 04, the Army nurse had me rest for 5 minutes and took again, still high and recorded it, once.  Then the LOD.  I was sent to a civilian doc, who's nurse took my BP with a high reading and then took it again on the other arm, and then documented my BP once.  The doc came in and he took my BP and it was high.  The bottom line is I may have had my BP checked more that once (3 times at one location), but they only record the one reading for the visit.  So, again, it is unreal to expect anyone other than the VA to check 3 BP times in a row and record it accordingly. I did claim HBP and at the C&P exam in 04, the examiner did take my BP three times in a row, however, this was after taking  medicine for 3 months and so by then it was good. Now, on Friday, the examiner did take my blood pressure at least three times, once before and once after the exam and with both arms both times.  It was mildly high, but not enough for compensation. I did tell her, that the way the VA plays, I should just stop taking my meds for a couple months and get readings 3 times on 2 seperate days to meet the requirements and she said don't do that.  I told her I was kidding, but she did see my point.  She did tell me she had a diabetic not take his meds to get a more favorable rating.  She did not tell me how that panned out for that Veteran. Just a stupid rule, Hamslice  
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