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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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    • I filed for my mitral valve regurgitation heart disease secondary to a service-connected condition on 7-30-18. It was granted on 8-30-18. Since I filed for this heart valve issue and was awarded, can I still file for hypertension ? I have been seeing comments that you should file for hypertension first and file for heart disease as a secondary. Can I file for hypertension as a secondary to my heart disease ? I am alittle confused on this matter.

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      VA Disability Compensation Rates 2012 | 2011 | 2010-2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999

      Prior to 1999 check here https://www.hadit.com/va-disability-compensation-rates-historic-for-retro-calculation/
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    • I am a 100% disabled veteran, At first I was super excited to find out I am getting retro pay for back benefits to 2006. But that was over 2 months ago. I been waiting and waiting and calling to ask them wheres my back pay. They first told me "one month" than I call again. The guy started reading a script of basically "we are malingering on paying you" type crap. I was wondering if there is any number I can call besides that 800-827-1000 number to inquire about my status. I don't know why its taken so long when there is specific information telling them from the judge that VA owes. 

      There was a remanded to see if I was eligible for IU (I get it now since 2014 im actually 90% with 10 of that been IU). I been on SS since 2004. Can Someone help me out? Thank you
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    • You might have a 38 CFR 3.156 situation-

      meaning the VA might have considered your claim in 95/96 as "not well grounded" and failed to even get your STRs.Or they did get your STRs but never considered the specific entry you cited here.

      Lots of discussion under a search, of 38 CFR. 3.156 (a)(b) (c) ---here is a winner:

      https://community.hadit.com/topic/52994-cue-in-failing-to-apply-the-provisions-of-38-cfr-§-3156c-for-effective-date/

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  • Common Disabilities claimed as service connected disability. These links will take you to relevant articles and posts on the subject. Tinnitus | PTS(D) | Lumbosacral Cervical Strain | Scars | Limitation of flexion, knee | Diabetes | Paralysis of Siatic Nerve | Limitation of motion, ankle | Degenerative Arthritis Spine | TBI - Traumatic Brain Injury

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  2. to whome started the hadit.... im very greatful. i started with 10 and in 8 years im 100 permanent. thank you hadit. 

  3. in word, YES. Lay testimony is credible and statements from your wife are very relevant. she is also suffering from a deprivation and loss of affection which outside the VA is an actual legal standard that can be sued over. If you are unsure of what to say or how to say it, Chris Attig over at Veterans Law Blog has an ebook on how to properly write a lay claim statement. He also as bunch of other informational books, that if I had the extra cash I would buy to help improve future claims. https://www.veteranslawblog.org/shop/page/2/ Go over all the DBQ's related to genitourinary conditions. you may also want to look at this https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/CFR-2014-title38-vol1/pdf/CFR-2014-title38-vol1-sec4-115b.pdf it has the different IDC rating codes that your doc can/should/might apply to this. you may also want to go here https://www.benefits.va.gov/WARMS/bookc.asp#l and for this issue look for 4.115a and 4.115b which are under the Genitourinary System section. you don't have to be graphic in your statement but definitely articulate your related anxiety, depression, and or any negative feelings you have about yourself if/when things don't work as they should things like does it lead to fights, anger, her leaving you, you escaping having to look at her because you feel/see reproachment from her over this, etc are all things to articulate in the C&P and to the urologist. I would also suggest, if you don't know, that if they ask about urinary problems and they likely will, they will ask about how many "pads" you go through a day, it is in the DBQ. I did not know they made pads for men, go figure. The number of pads you use a day is a indicator of genitourinary problems including ED stuff. so does strength of stream, stopping and starting and if you feel as if there is always/usually some left over in your urethra. I promise you the conversation can be embarrassing, but only if you feel that way. The doctors just that, doctors and they know that topic is uncomfortable to men and related to our self-image. Don't try and make it seem less of a problem than it is, you don't get points for dealing with it "like a man" as everyone at my old commands used to say about any complaint anyone had for any reason..
  4. Thank you very much for the reply. I did take the DBQ to the Urologist and he kept it to fill out, over the next week or so. Due to the severity of my spine injuries, his only remedy for ED was a penile implant. Which, I am not sure about going that far. I do have inconstenance, so he also scheduled me for an exam which they will fill the bladder with a tube and see how it acts, rinse and repeat, so I believe I have a voiding dysfunction too. Im really not looking forward to these exams, but I am not P&T, so I guess the more information that I can provide - the better. Does anyone recommend submitting a Statement of Claim with the ED stuff? I mean, do they care what I have to say? It has been over three years since my wife and I even tried to be intimate.
  5. Ocean, I would take the DBQ to the urologist appointment. explain the history and let them know you have a claim in. There are specific words/wording in the DBQ that if they appear in your medical file it will bolster your claim. This goes for any claim. As for ED or Loss of Creative Organ. I was rated as 70% PTSD 10% Tinnitus starting in 2012. I was not aware there was a rating for ED and like most men I was not particularly happy to discuss it with anyone. The C&P examiner knew I had ED as we discussed sexual intimacy and the issues I had with that. I do have a record of ED problem in my military medical records, but at that time there was no such thing as viagra. The VAMC that rated me had me do a prostate check because of urination issues. They noted mild BPH and the urologist offered me Viagra so I tried it. That Doc knew I had PTSD and had had this problem for a couple of decades but failed to mention that there was a possible claim for benefits. Jump to this year, I moved to a new area and at the same time the VA decided I needed to have a PTSD review C&P. Jumped to 100% P&T for PTSD. In the process of getting that C&P i found this site and read up on stuff and found that ED is compensable and can be rated or SMC-K can be applied. I filed for ED and a few days later had a C&P for ED. no further exam needed. I am now waiting for the RO to finish processing that claim and a couple other things. My point is that not only will your PTSD meds cause ED but so will PTSD by itself. Hypertension and most Mood Disorders have an effect on ED. As for pay there are references to certain conditions that are automatically assumed to having been a year before the actual exam, and they are paid that back pay. ED is one of those conditions as I understand it. Once I get the rating decision, if approved I will be looking to get an Earlier Date as it was part of the original C&P. At a minimum I expect the back pay for at least a year to be automatic. Additionally your spine issues also contribute to ED so you really should be good to go. good luck
  6. starting this post my thoughts where for all of us as they still are....... starting this post i was under the assumption that at least 30 or more would chime in stating that they are in the dark with no answers and no where to go after a judges decision..... im still here and i will still monitor this post but i do need to say theirs light at the end. i do not have retro yet but i do have my AB8 change... im 100 and its perm & total with the com letter... im grateful. but im still concerned about the time frame this is taking for all of us. i will tell all that this new thing on e benefits is exactly 30 calendar days since i reported on the white house hotline expressing my concern . though i do not believe it should matter i will say that, 1 im not retiered 2 i dont owe money 3 i was not involved with a remand this time 4 judge granted diagnostic code 5 judge granted percentage 6 judge granted effective date/// so then the taxpayer software they use needed to push out a win sooner than later because the down seem issues just not there for them to argue.
  7. GeekySquid

    Back Pain

    I feel your pain Richard, physically and mentally. I went to my (supposed) PC Physician, she is actually a nurse, 18 days ago. I told her about my Achilles tendons snapping again, my plantar faciatis acting up and that I have growths on one eyelid and at the corner of the other eye. I realistically expected her to schedule referrals and did not ask specifically in the room with her. 8 days later I sent her a secure message asking about them. I never got a response, but today,18 days later, I went into myhealthyvet files and looked at the notes. In there the PC Nurse wrote, you mentioned the growths and your feet but you did not say you wanted a referral, do you want one? WTF!!!!! not only did she not respond using the message platform, she seems to think I good with growths on my eyes and limping.... gee great care from this one. She somehow, I believe, thinks that answering in the notes section protects her as an excuse for not responding to a secure message. I am going to see what the OIG says about this. It is absurd.
  8. im currently writing my award time frame and my success story for this Great Veterans Blog Information site. but, in the mean time i want to stress and admit that all the others here stressed to me ,,,, if you get any type of small retro and believe your going further in your VA quest for benefits you deserve. please please,,, do your self a favor and save $2,500 and get an IMO/IME... it is the world of difference... if i can say that 1 of the 5 most important things ive learned here on this site is,,, the importance of realizing that a C and P exam will never get you there no matter your evidence. please take this advice and save up to get your imo/ime and then get your win from the VA.
  9. Good point brokensoldier. The VA is strict about that stuff.
  10. Buck52

    Back Pain

    You might want to report this to the OIG....not sure it will do any good, but at least the OIG does investigates things like this or call the Washington Hotline. OIG is cracking down on all the VAMC's
  11. Richard1954

    Back Pain

    I was specifically told that the Dr determines when he will see me and in my case he did not want to see me until Feb which was 6 months from the last time he saw me. I wasn't specifically told what ER to go too. I hate using the ER because of the time it takes to get treatment. I had not been to an ER in I think 21 years and the last time it was for the same issue. I normally try to wait out the time and get an appointment for pain, but this time I was just in too much pain. I kick myself in the butt now because I just was not thinking.. I live 8 minutes from Fort Hood, and 5 mins from a private hospital. I would not have to pay for care under any condition because I have tricare for life and Medicare. I just was in so much pain I was not thinking, and I had gotten use to getting my meds from the VA. The only times I use the Army hospital was when I could not get an appointment with the va, and ironically this time The Army didn't have a same day appointment either. If it had not been for my wife I am not sure I would have gone anywhere but after 47 years together she knows when I have reached my threshold of pain. I never got that 72 hour phone call, and I was never offered a return appointment. The pain had subsided considerable with the shots, but this evening its starting to bother me again. Next time I hope I will be smarter about it and just go to the closest ER . As I am 100%, the va will end up paying the bills if I end up in a private ER. I just don't get how they can flat refuse you an appointment because your scheduled to be seen six months our from the last appointment. I think this also happened to me when I had taken a fall and injured a knee. It took 6 weeks to get treatment dealing with the VA, and honestly at that time the Army Hospital wasn't much better.
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  13. brokensoldier244th

    Hypertention and PTSD

    His original claim is for direct service connection, his contention now is that it's secondary. Two different claims. Bonuses appealing the one because no evidence he can provide will support in service connection.
  14. JaeNobe

    Sleep Apnea

    Hello Silverdollar22, Im in the same boat you were. I tried submitting a claim straight up for Sleep Apnea. Now after a lot of research Im trying to service connect it to my SC Depression. Would you be able to send me a copy of the IMO. I plan to go see the sleep rx to possibly get a Nexus. Thanks in Advance.
  15. Definitely appeal the existing claim, that way you keep your claim date. Make it clear in the appeal that you are claiming the hypertension secondary to PTSD. Posting your denial will also help the community help you. Just remove your name and SSN.
  16. silverdollar22

    AB8 Letter Generated on Ebenifits, it’s official 100%P&T

    Thanks , congratulations to you also!!! My first payment is also 1 October with a little back pay. Every correspondence that I received from the Va had been BWE (white)! And no I haven’t received it yet! Just ebenifits status. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see together. We should get all the paperwork for chapter 35 and CHAMPVA as well as post privileges. Lots of stuff still to do but, in the meantime we can do more homework on everything else we can get! Keep us posted and congratulations again
  17. I was stupid enough to think that I saw light at the end of the tunnel. The claims I started in the 1990's. Well, I re-opened one as my conditions gave me more and more evidence. That was 10 years ago when I re-opened the claims they denied 20 years ago. They finally got to the BVA judge after the farce at the VARO. The judge kept remanding it back to the inept crooks at the VARO. I was stupid enough to think they read evidence. To make sure that the records were in the package, I sent the same copies of summaries from the VA hospital to the BVA judge after some remands. Maybe they didn't actually read any of my records? At least I tried to spoon feed the summaries from the doctors and surgeons. Going forward a couple more years.... The latest 6 months ago was they the BVA sent out for an Opinion. That was on the 'e-benefits' website for my claims with the BVA. The BVA judge seemed like a really good judge that cared and listened. I am afraid he will be gone and a new judge will end up with my nightmare and lose everything as far as info and the personal meeting with me will be left on paper only. I thought the BVA would end the hamster wheel. Instead, it is only another black hole. So added 3 more year to my wait with the BVA part of the appeal lingers.
  18. I filed a claim for an increase for my knee and shoulder as well as hypertension (high Blood Pressure) and PTSD. PTSD was granted and Hypertension denied because they said I didn't have it in service, from what I have been reading Hypertension can be approved 2nd to PTSD. Since I was approved for PTSD I am wondering if I should file again for the hypertension (high Blood Pressure) or appeal the ruling on the denied claim? Any thoughts?
  19. GeekySquid

    AB8 Letter Generated on Ebenifits, it’s official 100%P&T

    Congratulations. My AB8 updated the first week of Sept. with a claim date of the 16th of august 100% P&T for PTSD . Pay date being 1 Sept. I have not yet received any pay (I am expecting it to appear in the 1 Oct check plus a months back pay for Sept). I have also not yet received the BBE. I am curious, did you get your BBE yet? and oddly enough is it still a Big Brown Envelope? The reason I ask that second question is that I did receive an letter with the rating information, but no IDC codes and it says I am bumped to 100% P&T. Nothing else in the envelope except a piece of white paper saying if I disagreed with the decision I could appeal. In my initial rating I received the Big Brown Envelope and there was a lot of stuff in it, including a pink form to protest the decision. That same pink paper has come with almost every communication about any decision from the VA in my previous Region, which was New Orleans. Having moved to Seattle this is the first communication I have gotten and I am curious if the BBE has changed or if the formats are different depending on RO. Again, congratulations on the bump.
  20. Buck52

    Back Pain

    Any time the VA Nurse says go to the E.R. make sure you can go to a private ER not far from your home or its closer than the VAMC...Go ahead and go ...and tel them is is to be charge out to the VA. The phone call is your proof thatt he VA Nurse mention to you to go ahead to the Private E.R. I had an emergency year or two ago and this is what I did..about 6 month later I got a Bill from the private E.R. I used for 2,600.$$ For a couple questions the ON DUTY DR ask me gave me a shot..sent me home I was there in the waiting room about 10 minutes before being seen... then about 2 minutes with the Dr. I took it to the VA and they had me go see the Manager of the Bill pay...she ask me if I had got the ok from VA TO GO TO THE PRIVATE E.R. and I said well I don't have it in writing but I did call the VA and the Nurse I talk to told me to go ahead to the private E.R. She said ok goood let me go verify this..she left the room came back 10 min later and said ok yes I check the calls on that date and the Nurse did tell you to go to the Private E.R. They paid that ridiculous BILL.
  21. Buck52

    Back Pain

    I don't think its te Dr's that make the scheduled they will let the clerks know their scheduled so not to scheduled an appointment when the Dr's is off or has scheduled a off day...even though they get off on the weekends unless its their time to be on call. Its the clerks that makes the appointment times, not the Dr and they are instructed to check the Dr Scheduled. so many Appointments can be scheduled daily and there's just hundreds of veterans that need to be seen on a Daily Biases and ..I think they take the most serious I'll veterans first and then scheduled out from there. Its a lot better than it use to be as for as What president Trump as fixed we can get an appointment now within 30 days after calling in , with the exception of the specialty clinics and Dental.
  22. vetquest

    Back Pain

    Gee Whiz, what do you think the VA is, a medical hospital? It is pretty messed up that they actually told you that you couldn't make an appointment. Did they at least give you a follow up appointment after the visit to the ER? One of my ER visits at the VA I was semi comatose and they put me on a gurney in the hallway for about two hours before I saw a doctor. At least they gave me a follow up appointment. I would push for a follow up if they did not give you one.
  23. broncovet

    Back Pain

    Its WAY, WAY better than it used to be!! Its still not good, but better. A few years ago, you would have had to wait until you died to get in to see a dr (to declare you dead). At least you got to see a doc, fairly soon. https://www.daytondailynews.com/news/local/staff-treated-soldier-before-killed-himself/axkF8GVcCzDqfyicECdNEL/ This guy was told in the ER, he had to wait 4 months for an appointment.
  24. The majority of my disabilities are secondary, so yes one must always look for those connections. My current claim for my knees and hips are secondary to my service connected disability. I do struggle with depression because I am no longer able to do the things I did in the past because of my disabilities. I thought as I got closer to retirement I would be able to do all sorts of activities but now I can't, it really stinks!!! I have been debating with myself whether to go and see someone for this but i find it hard. I do appreciate everyone's feedback, I find it very helpful.
  25. I have had back issue since 1981. Last week Thursday 13 Sept I re-injured my back and had terrible back pain. I finally called the VA Hospital Monday morning to get an appointment with my Primary care doctor and was told I cannot just call and get an appointment anytime I wanted one. I said what do you expect me to do, they said I would receive a call from the health nurse within two hours. I received a call and the nurse asked me some questions and then said I recommend you go to the Emergency room. I said what for this is not an emergency I just need to get a pain shot she said to me well my computer program says you should go to the nearest ER. I said you mean to tell me that you don't know what I need to do that you use some generic computer program to ask the questions and made a decision? She answered again yes the computer says you need to go to the emergency room. I said well this is not an emergency and I would like an appointment with my PC doctor. I was told the PC nurse would call me in 2 hours, 4 hours later I called again and this time they told me I was told I would get a call within 72 hours... what the hell I said, what good does that do anyone..... On Tuesday morning I decided to make a trip to the ER. So I arrived at the ER at 6:45 AM. I was placed in a treatment room until 7:30 when a female doctor came in asked me a few questions and then said we will be giving you too shot, I said I know just like you always do when I have this problem. Funny thing is this Doctor never examined me and was in and out in less than 2 minutes, 15 minutes later the nurse came in I dropped my drawers and she gave me the two shots. I was feeling better in a matter of minutes. This is how you get treated by the Teague VA Medical Center in Temple Texas. I am still waiting for that phone call. What really makes me mad is why can't a veteran call and get an appointment? Why must the doctor be the one to say when they can schedule you an appointment. Its not very often that I call for an issue. In fact its been 23 years since I had been to any emergency room. And this is the treatment Trump said he fixed my ass he hasn't done anything for veterans....
  26. Get the appeal in pronto. They are putting RAMP appeals in front from what I understand.
  27. If RAMP eliminates the SOC/SSOC looks like that would come back later and bite the Veteran in the rear end if he is called to a C&P And has nothing to support his claim that is usually found in the SOC. (jmo) Choosing to opt into RAMP will effectively withdraw your appeal from the Legacy system. Once you exit the Legacy appeal process, you cannot go back. Due to the lack of information released by the VA regarding RAMP, our experts worry that its implementation may be going too fast, and that the field may not be prepared for it. We are advising our clients NOT opt into RAMP because you will be unable to appeal an unfavorable decision to the board until February 2019 at the earliest, and progress made in your Legacy claim will be abandoned. Source: CCK (Chisholm & Kilpatric LTD)
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