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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?
    • B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?
      • 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. Have you been going to this same VA for 20 years, and just lately they aren't responding, or what? Has it got anything to do with covid19 and staffing issues? What kind of problems are you having? Is it something you should be bringing up on the Whitehouse hotline?
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  4. Yeah after reading and getting more information on this reading old BVA Cases and CAVC and finding out this is case that most likely will never be accepted because this would be a ''Freestanding Claim'' and not Permitted because I never filed an Appeal within one year after Adjudication and let this go on for years before I caught it . CUE maybe but a lot of hard work time and a lot of digging at my age I don't have the time to worry and wait like we all have to do. CUE would be a 1 in a 1000 chance So just let the old sleeping dog lay. I am not going to file on this because it
  5. Best wishes to all on this Wonderful Day and in the future. I hope your prayers and dreams come true. Be safe, be healthy and be happy.
  6. It is your call; most attorneys have a no pay unless you win clause, but you do not have to have an attorney at the BVA level. An attorney may win a remand a little faster, but you can submit your disagreement yourself or with your County Service Officer. Either way the BVA will either remand your claim or deny it and if they deny it then you will need an attorney to file with the CAVC.
  7. Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I have a lot to be thankful for this year. We found a house so we will be moving soon into our forever home. I am most thankful for all of you!
  8. Looking to submit to VA Board Appeal just not sure if TVC (my VSO) who does not have an attorney available in Waco office or get an attorney that will charge me 20%. What are your thoughts?
  9. Yeah. They won't respond to PA emails, IM's or Voicemails.
  10. I served in the USAF from 1994-1998. Deployed to Bahrain, Turkey and Saudi, and was at Khobar Towers in 1995 when it was bombed. I am currently rated at 90% total. 70% PTSD from the bombing, 50% sleep apnea secondary to PTSD and 10% Tinnitus. I have suffered from IBS for over 20 years. It was finally getting bad enough this spring that I went to the VA and talked to my primary care. She ordered a colonoscopy and referred me to the GI department. Colonoscopy came back relatively normal, with a few polyps removed and biopsied all coming back negative. They put me on fiber twice a day which
  11. Basically, the DRO/HLR was not paying attention and no one caught it. You are going to have to write a statement in support to explain that you were filing secondary to your service-connected condition and not direct, primary, nor aggravated by service. You may also have to file an appeal.
  12. There are no exams showing I had a back condition when I enter the Army and I did not have a back condition when I entered the Army. Nor did I have a back condition when I retired from the Army so did not have an exam showing a back condition when I retired. My back condition was diagnosed after I had been out of the Army for awhile.
  13. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!! Enjoy your family & Friends and don't eat to much. I am Thankful to all you guys and hope everyone gets some good news after this Holiday. I am Thankful for what I do have. family and friends and I am still alive. Thankful to Ms TBIRD AND SHE IS A WONDERFUL BOSS AND LADY.& GOOD FRIEND Buck52
  14. Buck...most were not lucky, they got it like I did..after fighting for it. You have to be persistent, not so much lucky.
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  16. So it's been a while and alot of back and forth, I had another C&P exam, my last one was found to be not effective based on something with the examiner and was diagnosed with General Anxiety disorder. Not sure how we got there from where we started. But nonetheless, I got SC 50%.
  17. Totally get it. That would be a lot of beans! Can't blame you for going after what you think is your benefits.
  18. Thanks for the encouragement, I would assume the that i heard from i forgot where that is after case close if i get approve i should get my ebenefits update within 24 hours rather then waiting for the letter to sent home. I would hope i get approve at lease one but both bilateral on my knee and thigh would be better. The lady there couldn't test my hip and thigh cause i told i i could not do swat. But right now i just hope for a good rate. P.S My claim status just move to Pending Decision Approval, Most likely it will be finish by the end of this month. Update on 11/26 Goin
  19. You can have regular claims pending while an appeal is going, as long as you aren't claiming conditions related to the appeal . You can do them yourself through VA.gov and upload whatever records you have, or list where youve been treated (private and VAMC so we know where to look) and we can pull the records. Its faster if you submit what you have, but at least if you give us a facility and state (VAMC) or an address and name of provider (Private) It makes looking easier.
  20. I have an attorney appealing my TDIU claim. I want to know if l can I file a secondary claim for my back and hips as a result of my TKRs ? Do submit the claim myself or do I need to go through the attorney? Can filing a claim during an appeal upset the appeal process? Thanks
  21. GB Army I DON'T THINK THIS WOULD BE A CUE!!! i just don't fit the uniform standard for the SMC,H.B. UNIFORM STANDARD is that the 100% veteran or the IU veteran must have documentation that his service connected disability is so severe he can't leave his home >making him meet the criteria for the SMC S house bound. I am supprised hearing loss vets gets this SMC homebound,? I have a 90% hearing loss 10% Tinnitus with P&T and was rated static in nature not expected to improve in veterans lifetime no future exams scheduled but I never had a Dr stating I was hou
  22. Lets discuss the "other issues" you filed for. The Veteran is presumed to be seeking the max rating when he applies for benefits. There is something called an informal claim, that was alive and well in 1989. You would need to meet this criteria for an "informal claim for increase" in 1989: 1. You would need it in writing. In other words, review your medical records (in 1989) and see if, when you applied for your other issues, did you also mention, or did the doctor mention a mental health disorder? 2. You need to "show intent to apply". That may be a tough one, for a mental
  23. Sorry. I can’t see threads. Idk why. I can even find a list if forums. Maybe if I was on s computer instead of a phone. Thanks
  24. This is an easy one. First, grab your DD214, to prove your dates of service. Second, fill out a statement of claim, what happened and when, as close as you can, i.e., "I fractured my hip the third week of basic training" Third, take both of those to your CVSO, County Veterans Service Officer, at your local court house. Have him or her submit your initial claim. They will have you pick a service organization. Pick one. That's it. Get in the system, Get the ball rolling, Hamslice Some of these claims are slam dunk, and we don't need to try and outthi
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