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      • 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. Also since you were granted 100% for heart problems, if you have any more conditions that can be related to the heart..file secondary to those conditions....if you can't work because of this 100% S.C. Disability you were just granted then these secondary conditions after S.C. AND RATED could mean SMC S 1 H.B. (Special Monthly Compensation)for house bound in fact because you can't leave home for work. that's another almost 347.00/ 400.00 $ with dependents added into your 100% comp. & That's not being greedy thats taking care of you and your family , the SMC is for that reason. you served and you deserve. When you file your NOD Appeal...then submit these medical records and check on those secondary conditions too and if you have medical records to support these conditions request they give you those too. Make copies of everything you send the VA and get a sign return receipts from the Post Office. and keep them in a safe place. you can use ebenefits but I recommend you do both.
  3. when did you file your claim? what date was that? they maybe going back to that date?... I smell a low -ball here...Do you know what date they said your EED WAS? And did they say why? Yes , if I was you I would request they use that 5-10-2013 date as your EED, medical records don't lie and I don't see how they can get out that one. guard those medical records with your life...that could very well change your entire life. and if you had any heart problems before that date request that date if its on record? if you have medical documentation that's the best evidence you can get. The more years they go back means ching chang ching chang all the way to the Bank. if you get 4 years retro at 100% S.C. for the first time no deductions...at around 3,100 month thats a big hunk just 48 months would be round 148.800.00 retro Plus more if you add dependents (children. parent living with you) I say go for it .
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  5. Is this FTCA worthy?

    Very good info Berta, thanks again. Reached out again via email contact to D. Brier (attorney for Laskowski) and his firm. Trying to get in contact with Dr. Dondershine and Dr. Goldstein, the IMO from that case. Have reached out to Dr. Bash as well. Still no responses. If I choose to go 1151 route on this, what can I expect in general? Is the outcome similar to FTCA? Think I read somewhere that you felt they were similar. Haven't ruled out FTCA on my own...just trying to weigh my options.
  6. Mike, I was in the NG for 27+ years. The last 12 were as a AGR Soldier. What I can tell you is from my experience, and not from any help I got from the NG or the VA for that matter. I am not sure how many years you have in the NG, but if you are close to 20 and plan to make 20, then that will be different. Now, you can get a VA compensation disability while stile being a active member of the NG. This is different from an active duty Soldier. The catch is that monies you get from the VA will offset your drill pay. In simple terms, if you receive 400 dollars in VA comp and 500 dollars for drill pay, you will only get 100 dollars for drill. I believe the way it works is you will not receive any drill pay until you VA is recouped from the previous year. In this example you would not recieve any drill pay until like October. We did have Soldiers that received more in VA comp then they did in drill pay, so they did not get any drill pay. Some chose to get out as they were in their first stint (six years) and joined for college bennies and were not sticking around anyway, but then we had older Solders that were within reach of their 20 year letters and drilled for free for a couple years. Now the VA system, You need to know, that there is two VA's. One is for healthcare and one is for compensation. They are not the same and do not work together well. I do not know how long it has been since you came back from deployment, but if it wasn't that long ago, you should of had a post deployment physical with the VA. If not, go see your County Veterans Service Officers and request one. After you have that, you should be in the healthcare side of the VA if you are not already there. Once that is done, get all of your medical records from anytime you were one active duty to include annual training's and any schools you were to to include basic training and AIT (advanced individual training-Army) that you have. If you are not in a hurry, send to St Louis for them. Also, your guard unit, especially your state headquarters will have your medical record. Request copies now even if you are not going to do anything right away. Just to have. After you have your records (documentation) you can submit claims for compensation to the other side of the VA. Persons at the healthcare side will not help or understand for that matter the VA comp side. Just sayin,. It will become apparent when you use the VA compensation system, that paper trumps all. In other words, if it is not in a medical records, it didn't happen. You mentioned something that happened while deployed, but you didn't get help. If you can get any written documentation to support it, that is what you will need to do. A statement from your commander, a buddy statement and a set of orders putting you there. Since you are still in the Guard you have time to work on this. Also, the VA treats the Guard as the red headed step child of the military. WHENEVER, you are asked what service you were in, when talking to the VA about injuries or illnesses that occurred on active duty, state that "my ankle was injured while on active duty in the Air Force, in Iraq", or "my ankle was injured while on active duty at basic training at Ft Leonard Wood", etc. You are not lying, if that is what happened. Just don't say "I was in the Guard". Also, this is a good site to research info and to bounce ideas around. Lot's of good stuff here. FWIW, Hamslice
  7. I was recently awarded 100% disability, and the effective date went back to when I first took a stress test to evaluate my heart problems, 12 months earlier. My question is: while looking at my EKG, both my cardiologist and my primary care provider commented that it showed that I had a heart attack as far back as 2013. Should I file an appeal as to the effective date using the EKG that clearly states " Inferior infarct (cited on or before 10-May-2013)"? I don't want to appear greedy, or "rock the boat", but don't want to walk away from money on the table if it's there. Thanking you in advance for any help on this.
  8. "Ebenefits" isnt a process. Yes, you can apply online, through ebenefits, and, if you are lucky, you may be able to check the status through ebenefits. Most Vets advocates agree that ebenefits is unreliable. While it can be useful, I just dont count on ebenefits. I suggest that even if you apply online through ebenefits, go ahead and submit a paper copy and mail it to the evidence intake center, Certified Mail Return Receipt requested. I can not tell you how many times Vets have applied either online or mailed in to VA and they lost that claim. Yes, VA lost my claims, too. Tatoo this on your arm, if necessary to remember it:
  9. It sounds like you are getting it together. Just a few suggestions: 1. You need to decide on a representative, or to "go it alone". Both have advantages and disadvantages. A VSO wont "cost" you anything, but THERE are hidden costs. For example, your VSO "could" give you advice which costs you money, such as delaying filing, not appealing, or not going for an increase. If the advice is suspicious, then post it to hadit where there are members with 10 plus years experience. I am one of them. 2. Do keep on trying to get those lost records, BUT, they dont "always" make a difference. Focus on the basic "Caluza triangle" of a) Current diagnosis b) in service event or aggravation and c) nexus or medical link between your current diagnosis and the in service event. You dont have to have each time you were treated in the military to document your conditions. 3. If you have little or no income, then consider also filing for pension. Its easier to get than compensation and, if my VSO would have suggested I apply for pension at the same time as compensation, then I would not have lost my home, as the pension would have been enough to get by while I was fighting VA for compensation. 4. Like this or not, VA insists that only their own docs can diagnose PTSD (for VA comp purposes). Outside docs can diagnose and treat almost anything, but VA wants your PTSD diagnosed by a VA doc. If you have a PTSD diagnosis by a VA doc, then you have "leg 1" of the Caluza triangle, which is required for service connections. You will also need a "stressor" (in service event that caused your PTSD. PTSD can be caused by stuff outside of the military, of course, so you need documentation of your stressor, whether it be PTSD or MST) So, for example, if you were a victim of MST at Ft. Bragg, but you did not report it, its gonna be difficult for you to get SC for MST. 5. Documentation is everything. If it isnt documented, it never happened according to VA.
  10. Looking for the Wisdom of the crowd here. I have not fie a claim with the VA – yet. I intend to file an intent to file before the end of the month, so it would give me a year to further gather evidence and proof of my intended anticipated claims to be made and preserve ‘the month of ‘March of 2018’ as my file date. I already had received some files from St. Louis, but unfortunately not all clinic visits were included, and several other documents I know were supposed to be in there. So, I faxed St. Louis again today for everything – well see. I am a Vietnam Vet – so Agent Orange and all it is connected with will be on the list I intend to be checked out for. Of the missing clinic visits, the more important issues where problems diagnosed with my ears, that made me dizzy and nauseated daily, about 2pm everyday while on duty. Also, was a diagnosis and treatment with what I remember as a fungus that supposedly ate my skin pigment and left white circles on my tanned torso, I was given topical medication and pills of some sort. Yet another issue was the flaking of my skin on my head, face, mostly around the base of nose, eyebrows, and forehead. Seems like I was given topical meds and antibiotics. None of this was in the file I received. The clinic I was treated at was located in the secured compound housing HQ of the HHC 1st Aviation Brigade, Crypto Bunker and where I worked, , AVDAC (Aviation Data Analysis Center). Worse, I can’t find anything about where this was located on Long Binh base, or any information on it. There is noting in my file other than my assignment to HHC 1st Aviation Brigade, and I just noticed my file doesn’t even contain a review from HHC 1st Aviation Brigade, or AVDAC, just 3 hash marks under my review from the 101st Admin Company in Phi Bai. As far as I can tell, AVDAC received high praise, but our data and purpose were absorbed by other operations, as it should have been as technology advanced. So, I don’t know how to find anything about AVDAC, or how to find out what the clinic name was, who the doctor was, or how I might obtain the files if they are not sent to me in the request for all files today. We worked in a secured fenced in area and the tiny clinic treated mostly officers, lots of Generals, and the enlisted personnel that worked in the compound so we never had to be gone from or duty to the base clinic/hospital. I was told the old doctor, who was a hell of a nice guy, was the Surgeon General of Vietnam, but then, my Colonel (Colonel Short – about 6’6”) in charge of AVDAC really liked joking around with us. Any suggestions – I am stuck and the conditions that developed I in VN I had been able to control by various means for decades, but have always flared up with stress, illnesses, heat, dryness, etc. but the past several years have been very hard to control and painful. Every doctor I see says it is something different then the last doctor. So, before the year passes, I intend to be thoroughly examined by outside of the VA doctors, and I’ll take appropriate DBQ with me, even if they will not fill it out, maybe they’ll go over the checkboxes with me. Any Suggestions? Of the claims I intend to make, PTSD and MST PTSD will be on the list – top of the list in many ways. The PTSD has affected my life for about 44 years now, my kids and wife have suffered but all still love me. I have alienated nearly all my family, and have most other signs, there is no doubt I have PTSD, it depends if I am diagnosed with it. I started to going to a shrink a decade or so, but stopped short of being open, just couldn’t do it. Once again, any suggestions. I am also concerned as how to handle MST part of my PTSD. I have issues from VN, but the MST happened on base in our barracks on Bragg. The issue gets very complicated, but I know the truth just how to prove it will be the crux of the matter. I am also afraid, as I have been for 44 years to push it, as I might lose any claim to PTSD for other stressors. Last question for the people familiar with MST, what do you think of the 2 MST Agents in very state, I think they work for the VA, maybe each state. Are they people I can trust – I have breathed a word of this to anyone except family and 1 old army buddy since I left the army. OMG – this is a book already and I haven’t scratched the surface of what I need help with
  11. So even though I'm still serving and plan to continue to remain in the guard I still go through the ebenefits process ? I don't have anything major id like to document. Im just trying to make sure everything is documented for the future as far as making sure it is service connected.
  12. As soon as your App/s is/are Approved, the deductions from your monthly Comp will start, that is if you choose to go with all (3) Policies.
  13. From VA.gov Your Benefits: Active Guard Reserve National Guard and Reserve members with active service may qualify for a variety of VA benefits. Active service includes: Active duty (Title 10) - full-time duty, such as, but not limited to, a unit deployment during war, including travel to and from such duty, OR Full-time National Guard duty (Title 32) - full-time duty, such as responding to a national emergency or duties as an Active Guard Reserve, where you receive pay from the Federal government Home Loans VA Home Loan benefits help Servicemembers and Veterans purchase, retain, or adapt a home. National Guard and Reserve members may qualify for a VA-guaranteed home loan by meeting one of the following conditions: Six years of service in the Selected Reserve, AND Were discharged honorably, OR Were placed on the retired list, OR Were transferred to the Standby Reserve or an element of the Ready Reserve other than the Selected Reserve after service characterized as honorable, OR Continues to serve in the Selected Reserve longer than six years, OR Served for 90 days or more on active duty (Title 10) during a wartime period, OR Were discharged or released from active duty for a service-connected disability Our Loan Guaranty Service administers this program. Learn more about general rules for eligibility and how to apply for a Certificate of Eligibility. view full benefit page Education VA Education benefits provide financial support for undergraduate and graduate degrees, vocational and technical training, licensing and certification tests, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training. National Guard and Reserve members may be eligible for the following benefits: Post-9/11 GI Bill - at least 90 aggregate days of active service after September 10, 2001, or were discharged with a service-connected disability after serving at least 30 consecutive days after that date. Montgomery GI Bill-Active Duty - There is various eligibility criteria for this program and a minimum service obligation. Montgomery GI Bill-Selected Reserve (MGIB-SR) - must have 6-year obligation to serve in the Selected Reserve, completed Initial Active Duty for Training (IADT), served in a drill unit and remain in good standing, and have a high school diploma or equivalency. Reserve Educational Assistance Program (REAP) - served on active duty on or after September 11, 2001 for at least 90 consecutive days. Learn about how to apply on our Apply for Benefits page. view full benefit page Life Insurance VA Life Insurance programs consider the extra risks involved in military service to provide you and your family with added financial security at competitive rates. Each of the following insurance programs has different eligibility requirements; however, coverage enrollment is automatic for SGLI, FSGLI, and TSGLI. Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (SGLI) National Guard or Reserve member scheduled to perform at least 12 periods of inactive duty training per year, OR Individual Ready Reserve member who volunteers for a mobilization category Veterans' Group Life Insurance (VGLI): Servicemember separating, retiring, or being released from Reserve or National Guard assignment and already covered by SGL,I OR National Guard or Reserve member covered by part-time SGLI who incurred a disability or aggravated a pre-existing disability while performing inactive duty training or traveling to/from duty, OR Member of the Individual Ready Reserve or Inactive National Guard You must apply within one year and 120 days from discharge. However, Servicemembers who submit their application within 240 days of discharge do not need to submit evidence of good health. Service members who apply after the 240 day period must submit evidence of good health. You can convert your SGLI to VGLI through eBenefits. Family Servicemembers' Group Life Insurance (FSGLI) Spouse or dependent child of an active duty Servicemember covered by full-time SGLI, OR Spouse or dependent child of a member of the National Guard or Reserve of a uniformed service covered by full-time SGLI SGLI Traumatic Injury Protection (TSGLI) Member of the uniformed services and have SGLI, OR Suffered an injury that resulted in a qualifying loss between October 7, 2001 and November 30, 2005 view full benefit page Disability Compensation Disability compensation is a monthly tax-free benefit paid to Veterans who are at least 10% disabled because of injuries or diseases that occurred or were aggravated during active duty or active duty for training. VA also pays Disability Compensation for disabilities from injury, heart attack, or stroke that occurred during inactive duty training. The disability must not be a result of your own willful misconduct, or alcohol or drug abuse. Veterans with a service-connected disability may also quality for other benefits, including: Automobile Allowance, Clothing Allowance, and Specially Adapted Housing (SAH) or Special Home Adaptation (SHA) Grant. You can apply for this benefit through eBenefits. view full benefit page Pension VA Pension provides tax-free monthly benefit to wartime Veterans with limited or no income. Additionally, for establishing eligibility based on Title 32 service, a disability must be shown to have been incurred or aggravated during that service. view full benefit page Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment (VR&E) VA provides vocational counseling, job-search assistance, and other education and training services to certain Veterans with a service-connected illnesses or injuries. Learn more about VA's employment services for Veterans with service-connected disabilities. view full benefit page Health Care VA health care benefits include all the necessary inpatient hospital care and outpatient services to promote, preserve, or restore your health. Medical, dental, pharmacy, and prosthetic services. For establishing eligibility based on Title 32 service, a disability must be shown to have been incurred or aggravated during that service. Returning Service Members (OEF/OIF/OND): If you served on active duty in a theater of combat operations after November 11, 1998, you are eligible for an extended period of free VA health care benefits, with enrollment allowed up to 5 years from the date of discharge or release. view full benefit page Burial VA provides memorial services and allowances to help reimburse burial costs for a Veteran and/or his or her dependents. Burial benefits include burial at a national cemetery, an inscribed headstone, marker, or medallion, an allowance to partially reimburse the burial and funeral costs of a Veteran, a Presidential Memorial Certificate, and an American flag to drape over a Veteran's casket. Eligibility requires that the Veteran was serving on active duty, or his/her death was due to an injury or disease that developed during, or was aggravated during, active duty, active duty for training, or inactive duty training. view full benefit page
  14. Hello all, First time posting on here, found this website while I was looking into medical documentation. I am a Guard member and have a few questions. How does obtaining a VA rating as far as being in the guard and coming off of active duty title 10 orders ? If I were to have an injury that was not reported while on a deployment due to not wanting to be placed on light duty how would that be reported? also how does the reporting of exposures work ? If I was exposed to smoke, loud noises, fecal matter etc. ? I haven't been through the post deployment process before and I can't din a lot of info on how it all works for guard members. Thanks for your time
  15. But on a fairly positive note (assuming I got one of the honest physicians) I definitely will get an increase. Of course this can be a big assumption, knowing that even though the Dr. gave a positive review that the VA won't ignore everything. In the beginning of the examination process they went through the review "interview" of when did this start and all of those laborious questions that they should have all of the information for anyway. I told him, back when I was in the military and showed him a copy of my SMC displaying the "NEXUS" event that demonstrated that it was a recurring issue in the military. If that didn't demonstrate a connection to the military, then all the measurements don't mean a hill of beans, until I go before the board (if it gets that far I think I have a solid win regardless, just the wait will be a pain). My math will need to be double checked because of how bi-laterals are computed. Current ratings: Mental 10 % Tinnitus 10% This current DRO process hoping to rectify (based on claim for secondary for knees) without going through long drawn out process of board or calling for a CUE (yes, it is that obvious. Of course we are talking about the VA here...): Hoping for retro for back because of the mistake as noted in previous reply. Hopes are for 20% rating for scoliosis (stated in SMCs while still in service and by exams after exiting service) Results of this exam (correct my percentages if wrong): Left knee flex measurement of 52 degrees ( 50% rating) Right Knee flex measurement of 60 degrees (50% rating) Back flex measurement of 30 degrees (40%) And they "assisted" me a bit to get that far. I was in utter agony to the point of tears (I think they did feel sorry for me at that point) Knee stability/cartilage; there are several ways that could go code 5257 I could be rated at 10%, 20%, or 30% If rated here fairly confident that I would at least be rated at 20% which will put me at 100% shedular (if my math is correct with bilateral computations) code 5258 or 5259 if these are not able to be combined then I wind up at 90% schedular If they can be used in conjunction with then 5258 (20%) I will be at schedular 100% 5259 (10%) I will be at schedular 90% The one item they didn't measure that would put me at 100% schedular regardless of how they did number 4 about is hip/leg flexion. They did this in my very first eval back in 1996 but it wasn't requested this time by the VA thus the physician didn't preform that measurement. So, with just raw percentages from the measurements and depending how they rate the knee stability (if my math is correct) I am looking at 90% or 100%. Anybody willing to check my math?
  16. Thanks Buck for the advice. If I hadn't been so busy I would have tried to do most of what you suggested if there was time. But also, as a note this is part of a DRO review. It has taken me over 1.7 years to get to this point (a bit over the national average for DRO appeal averages I believe). But on that note, this whole claim was a round about way to to kill two birds with one stone and get the VA to correct a mistake they had made back in 1996 (kids and fellow vets do not try this at home, trying something like this will usually wind up an abysmal failure, unless you have ALL your ducks in a row, standing at perfect attention while an old school drill instructor is bearing down on them and screaming obscenities, and the ducks don't flinch. In short; I haven't won yet). I made a mistake by not making a "timely appeal" but they made a bigger mistake and put it in writing by not using all the available evidence at the time the decision was made (thank God I am a pack rat and saved so much of the paperwork). Though on one point I will probably need to very soon have my private primary medical physician fill out a DBQ for hip flexion. It was the one test they did in my initial eval back in 1996 but not this time. I assumed (I know never assume) that that was just going to be part of the exam. This was for hip and leg flexion.
  17. Yes, you can collect VA disability and Social Security without any penalties. Is it double dipping, no. You paid into your social security retirement plan by working and you paid for you VA disability by serving your country.
  18. Mr.

    If the VA did not have the civilian records containing the diagnosis, that can be a factor. I advise that whenever a civilian doc is involved, go ahead and send in a release of medical information form when you file your claim, even if you sent copies of the records. This way the VA can verify without having to wait. However, as Broncovet indicated, the Caluza triangle would still be in effect and you would need all three of these: 1. Event/illness/injury during service (or existing service-connected disability) 2. Current diagnosis 3. Opinion connecting #1 and #2 #1: Not sure about this given what you have indicated #2: You have this from the civilian doc #3: The C&P doc may have opined against if they didn't have #1 and your civilian diagnosis
  19. Great info and advice on all previous responses. Hoping for a positive outcome for you.
  20. Mr.

    what was the reason they denied you? you can always appeal the decision...and like broncovet mention what IMO is for you need to go get one, although the VA will likely send you to another C&P
  21. CSRC or TIUD??

    I agree with Hamslice, this is a bit mis--understanding...if your not retired or receiving military retirement ??...and your at 90% with VA Comp & not IU?...if I was you I would try to get an increase on your 30%SC PTSD or if you have any other condition that you can get S.C. For and possibly be rated ...you need at least a 70% increase (not the 10% as most vets think) to get to the 100% level & maybe that CSRC letter they sent has confused you? OR since you can't work due to your S.C. DISABILITY @ 90%....> Request the TDIU... SOUNDS LIKE THEY LOWBALLED YOU AT THE 90% RATING... When you got that 90% you should have disagreed with that decision and made a run for the IU. JMO
  22. Yes I agree with jbasser here the cradiac catherization test is a camera usually go in at the groin area and they can run that thing all the way up to the heart and check things out, if I remember right as they had to do this to my spouse. she said it was not all that bad just the part at the groin area is a little sensenstive .
  23. We are doing a Glen Johnson Replay. He explains ChampVA in detail. Join us. To listen : http://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2018/03/22/hadit-podcast-replay-with-glen-johnson
  24. Hamslice keep all information pertaining to your heart. It will get worse over time.. The Tricuspid Valve Regurgatation is worrisome.. Pay special attention to future diagnosis of conditions like Atrial Fibrulation or any other arrythmias. Also keep in mind all these test are just guesses and the only real test is a cradiac catherization.
  25. CSRC or TIUD??

    Wait, what, Why do you not think you will recieve both your VA compensation and your retirement? What retirement are you talking about? The only retirement that cares about VA comp would be a military retirement at less than 50%, which you do not have. So, I am confused, Hamslice
  26. I took the age 62 SS because I didn't have enough work credits through the years because I had to stop working at age 50 I am now 65...but I took the SS At age 62 because we needed the extra to help with mortgage payments...and to help make ends meet. If I had waited we would probably be homeless/and another reason I took it I wanted something back that I pain into for few years and what if SSA goes broke? I Think the norm is when a Veteran gets award of 100% he can file SSD and get more $$ up until 62 or 66? but for me my situation was different they said I didn't have enough work credits...and that is probably true I had work on and off the last 10/15 before I turn 50 because of my Disability and fighting with the VA & at age 50 I won my claims.TDIU P&T and some newer claims/Conditions S.C. since then and got the SMC S 1 H.B.
  27. I say yeah throw it in...let the VA figure it out as they do anyway. Sounds like you have enough medical evidence. if something happens with it at least you will be S.C.
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