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    • A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
      • was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine but claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
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      • I was involved in traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?

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  2. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is amending its regulations that contain the requirements for certification of attendance at on-the-job training and apprenticeship programs. This final rule adopts without change a proposed rule implementing a section of the ``Veterans Apprenticeship and Labor Opportunity Reform Act'' (VALOR Act), which eliminated the requirement that veterans and other eligible persons certify attendance at an on-the-job or apprentice training program prior to disbursement of a training assistance allowance. This final rule also eliminates the certification requirement
  3. In the decision you received, yes, there should be a list of evidence that the VA reviewed. I am not sure what they would list something from SSA as but I would think it would be obvious in the list. If it is not listed, I would say they overlooked it. The next thing you could do is point that out to them. The exact way to do that, I am not fully sure. A Supplemental would require new and relevant evidence. Since this is something you believe they already had, you may need to try HLR? Someone with more knowledge of an issue like this will surely chime in to shed more light for you s
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  5. I haven't worked since 2009 and was awarded SSDI in 2014. When I filed for TDIU I included my award letter from the SSA. There is no mention of SSDI or SSA in the evidence that the VA used to make their decision. I know they had it because I included it in my claims packet. The awards letter states vocational expert opinion and only include my service connected condition as the reason for me being granted SSDI. Should I see this in the evidence the VA used to make their decision?
  6. Due to the fact that you have already been awarded/granted SSDI, most of the time before grating/awarding SSDI, SSA would get the opinion of a VOC Rehabilitation Specialist that you cannot do any type of work. You can use this opinion in your appeal. Re-read your VA denial letter, evidence and Reason and Basis they used to make their decision and see if they used your SSDI award letter. This is especially important because you can use this in a rebuttal of their decision. Since you already meet the minimum requirement of 70% a Medical Opinion will help if you don't already have one.
  7. You should definately appeal, especially if your doc said you were unable to work due to SC condition. Remember, tho, the VA "trick" up their sleeve: You have to show you cant do ANY job, not just your present job. Often this will take a voc rehab assessment to determine your feasablity to be retrained. Given your PTSD, this isnt likely, but, the VA wont give you a "pass" on this one. A lawyer is good, but you "may" be able to wait until/unless denied by the BVA. You see, almost always the EAJA pays attorney fees but ONLY after a BVA denial and subsequent appeal to the CAVC.
  8. So I'm guessing you'd take Calif over Texas then. I've heard a lot of good stuff on Texas to. Is it just too hot in the summer? About where do you now live?
  9. GB You got that right, Calif is expensive and populated way high and the traffic is murder. I have a lot of family living out in Calif, from LA , Bakersfield all the way up to the North lake shasta and on up in the redmond area Ukiah /Willits area and north to reading to back down in THE DESERT palm springs my older sister lives in Palm Springs she moved there because of her health and her hubby health there home cost 3 times as much As our home here in Tx AND SHE HAS LESS SQUARE FT Aunts Uncles brothers/ sisters/ cousins and friends live in Calif, MOST HAVE SINCE PASSED AW
  10. Hi Buck52.

    wondering if you can advise? I’m presently at 100% metastatic prostrate cancer, still going through treatment, which my last another 5 months. This was awarded as blue water agent orange. In the last week I have been diagnosed with kidney cancer and my kidney must be removed ASAP. This I’ve noticed is on the presumptive condition for water contamination while stationed at camp Lejeune. How do I do this in filing a claim, with one already being paid. American Legions here are closed most of the time so getting help from them is difficult. Thanks

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    2. GBArmy


      I would suggest that the expedite due to the advance stages of cancer and age.

    3. broncovet


      I agree with Buck.  File because prostate cancer is notoriously reduced after a year or so.  

    4. Aviationtech


      Thanks everyone for the advise. I will be filing. But looks like  from the cat scans it has not metastasized. So should I still file for expedited claim?

  11. Buck Speaking of Calif, I've seen a bit of the good ole USA and for weather, San Diego is right there on top. Probably doesn't get much better, weather-wise. But it's wall to wall people, traffic is terrible, super expensive to live and the crime rate goes thru the roof. Other than than, it's great! But there really are a lot of great places to move to in the states if you don't have any family anchors and want better weather. You just have to get off your butt and start checking them out.
  12. Combat eng Hiring a lawyer isn't a bad move at this point. You haven't posted your denial, but my guess is that you didn't have a strong nexus on getting connected for your right knee. If you have the medical evidence, you should get bilaterial on it. Rated 50% and 30% should have gotten you to a combined disability rating of 65 or rounded up to 70% ,which meets the rating criteria for TDIU. If you could get the bilaterial for your right knee, it would help. It may be the strategy of a lawyer to get your new knew approved first before going after TDIU again. There are several law firms to try
  13. I have received my denial letter yesterday for IU. I'm rated 30% for left knee replacement ,0% for right knee replacement and 50% major depressive disorder. The VA replaced both knees in 2018, the left knee was service connected at the time. I tried to get the right knee rated as secondary but was denied. I have been receiving SSDI since 2014 solely as a result of the condition of my knees as stated in my award letter from the SSA. I don't no what my next move should be now. Should I hire a claims attorney and if so who? Need help badly. Thanks
  14. Thanks guys. I saw a neurologist a few months back because I had a couple instances of seeing horizontal lines across vision. I think he said he thought it was an optical migraine of that's a thing. In service like I think I said before I noted on exit form that I was getting I think 2 headaches a day for few months. My RO confuses me a lot. I know I should probably start new topic but here is another issue I ran into. I filed for service connection for a forearm/wrist/hand/thumb a long time ago. I had swelling in forearm 3 years into service. They did sur
  15. The first check given out was January 31 1940 was for $22.54, in 2020 for someone at full retirement age the maximum amount is $3011. Starting Dec 2021 compute the COLA using a chained version of the consumer price index for wage and salary workers (CPI-W). We estimate this new computation will reduce the annual COLA by about 0.3 percentage point, on average. (Long Range Solvency Provisions - Social Security). All do to the (D) and (R) of the government doing (IOU) on Social Security and never paying the (IOU) back. And that is why Social Security is (BROKE) again the little working person get
  17. 1. Get the second knee replaced if YOU think its needed and will benefit you. 2. Appeal the denial by filing a NOD. Did your doctor say "the right knee issues are at least as likely as not related to the SC left knee issues?" If your doctor said that, then you should be successful in your appeal. However, if your doctor did NOT say something similar, you will likely need an IMO/IME to win it.
  18. I had bilateral knee replacements. The left knee was service connected at the time and the right one wasn't. The Dr said that they both needed replacing, I tried to claim the right knee as secondary and was denied. What can I do?
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  20. I think many (retirees) dont get the significance of COLA. I would explain it like this. If you had a swimming pool, and were trying to fill it with water, you could put a hose or two in there, and fill it in a few days. However, if you didnt stop the "pool drain", then it could take a very long time, with water both going in and out. Back to our retirement, we have inflation every year (or more often), and then we have Cola. To the extent inflation exceeds our Cola, we "lose" money (in real value) each year. We often dont notice it every year, but, if you look at real o
  21. Buck Texas is a very Veteran friendly state to live in; some very good state benefits. Much like Florida. But, you got to like the heat. Heat/humidity is easier on arthritis, but I can't handle it anyway. If I could, I'd move to either one in a heart beat.
  22. I received the same notification during a HLR. The VA had made their Decisions on some of my claims without ever having a medical exam done on those issues. Then I received a letter of denial of all of the claims, and the HLR official even took one of the previously granted claims away from me. Then I was sent a bunch of medical evaluation appointments without even contacting me by phone. A few weeks ago, I submitted an appeal of the denials made by the HLR. All in all -- the HLR process was horrible and completely biased (no surprises there). I'll try to continue my fight in the normal
  23. Broncovet I'd take your estimate. Heck, I'd take any increase over 0%! We should be getting a firmer estimate from the Feds sometime next month for sure.
  24. I get a printout frequently of "my" appointments. If I have only one, it would seem like mine was the only one. Possible, that doc saw "only you" that day, but unlikley. It probably does not matter to you, that much anyway.
  25. According to this, we are looking at "about" 1.3 percent Cola, but It could be better, or worse! However, most noticed food prices went up in the past few months. I am gonna guess 1.5 percent or better. My guess only. https://militarybenefits.info/cola-increase-watch/
  26. The reasons for decision are critical. FOCUS on Caluza elements. The Board should grant SC every time provided that you meet the Caluza elements, that is, they are documented. Based on your post, you have a diagnosis and "in service event or aggravation. Do you have a nexus? Now, its simply "not true" that your disability has to rise to the zero percent compensation level "in service" to get SC. Example: I am SC for hearing loss. Did my hearing loss level meet or exceed the minimum level DURING SERVICE? No. My hearing loss got worse over time, but I did have evidence o
  27. I often cringe when I hear the words: "I was told"...as related to VA law. There is a lot of misinformation going around, and at least some of this originates in a VSO office or even VA employee office. One example of this: "Dont apply for additional benefits, you will be reduced instead." That is a myth unsupported by any regulation, case law, etc. To the contrary, its hard for the VA to reduce you (unless you have a temporary rating). P and T's have serious protections and rarely do they "stick" if the Veteran disputes a proposed reduction. See 38 CFR 3.344, here: https://www.
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