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  2. In compliance with the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, this notice announces that the Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, will submit the collection of information abstracted below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and comment. The PRA submission describes the nature of the information collection and its expected cost and burden and it includes the actual data collection instrument. View the full article
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  4. I’m wondering if the time is as long under AMA? The board appeals metrics say 346 days from NOD and 299 days average from board intake for hearing to appeal to be completed. I’ve been assigned a docket number so I’m guessing the board has completed intake on my appeAl. Any idea if I’m reading this right? Here is a link if anyone wants to look for themselves. https://www.bva.va.gov/Appeals_Metrics.asp
  5. I wish you the best James , you know what they say its hard to keep a good man down'' I'll listen to the podcast...I like the way you talk on there I can hear you better than gerald and John I hope they can start speaking a little louder on the podcast, or maybe not get so close to the microphone ?
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  7. Roger That SPO I was thinking you ask for the DRO HEARING vs Letting a Rater make the decision. (MY BAD) Unfortunately your correct it does take years for the BVA 3 TO 5 YEARS and some times longer than that if the remand it. but I understand these hearings are going faster with the new VVC (Virtually Video conferences?) HADIT MOD BRONCOVET MAY GIVE YOU SOME POINTERS AS I UNDERSTAND HE HAS BEEN TO THE BVA and CAVC. AND HAD HIS FEE PAID OR PART OF HIS FEES.
  8. In this case it’s board of appeals hearing with a law judge not a DRO. That why I’m concerned about the time since I’ve always heard these appeal will take years
  9. Why would it take years for a hearing? they may be pretty backed up, but if you request a hearing they should get back to you within 60days and I understand they can do these hearings virtually zoom or skype via Tele-Conference ect,,ect,, or ask you to come in to your R.O. As for as winning your case if you have concrete evidence strong evidence in your favor its hard for them to deny, and at a hearing, and you being there in person you can talk to them and state your case you will be able to ''convey'' your evidence better in person vs trusting a rater to convey it or even read
  10. Congratulations, what a relief this must be for you. I'm so glad we could help.
  11. try creating the pdf again its not working for us
  12. John, you were correct that the USS Hancock's logs were destroyed: https://historyhub.history.gov/thread/2340 The letter in this link came from : "Sincerely, Textual Reference Archives II Branch (RDT2) National Archives at College Park, MD" I was concerned that maybe the VA or some vet rep told you that. I never believe some of the stuff VA says. or vet reps say ,for that matter. Sorry I questioned your source. One of my past vet reps asked me to help a friend of his and had the vet's permission to show me his SMRs. The VA had denied his claim sayi
  13. I cannot open the pdf. at all. The Web view asks me to sign into my personal Microsoft account but I have never needed to use my Microsoft account to open an attachment here. I think you are using the Cloud version for the pdf. I hope someone can help- The pdf would let you also save it in Word, as a doc or doc X. Or you could copy and paste the pdf into Word and attach it as a document. edited to add: Cloud attachments are usually for email attachments and are used primarily for business accounts, and not recommended for personal email accounts. But if yo
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  15. On may 30 2020 i also had surgery for Fournier's gangrene at the VA I also was taking Jardiance. I spent almost 18 days in the VA hospital and another 3 months in a non va wound care and rehab center. Do to COVID-19 the VA shipped me out to an outside care center and i now have over $4000 in medical bills during the time i spent in the hospital about 3 times a day i saw adds on TV for Jardiance and never once was there a warning about Fournier's gangrene. They used the misleading term rare bacterial infection. i have tried to find a lawyer to sue the makers of ja
  16. Found out an update from QTC: They differed my mental health back to the first doctor that had a very long C&P session with me and she is going to also be the same one to write the IMO opinion for the VA. She was a really kind doctor and I'm hopeful and less stressed out knowing that she is also going to conduct the IMO for the report. The TBI is deferred to the higher graders so it feels like they are taking the claim more seriously. Once it all gets resolved I'll write down my whole process for here for others to search for and use in the future if they run into these things. Than
  17. The VA did not ban them they just simply took them off line. The excuse was vets were getting High powered IMO's from hired guns and cleaning their clocks at the higher levels. Do not worry, they will be back soon as the House veterans committee has already addressed the situation. In the mean time here is a link to the For the forms via NVLSP. https://www.nvlsp.org/news-and-events/press-releases/nvlsp-offers-va-disability-benefits-questionnaires
  18. We can't answer that for you only you know about your case if you have the evidence to provide the hearing officer I would take the chance at the hearing vs having them or trusting to read your evidence without you there , like I said some of these raters either can't read or don't read enough of our evidence to give us a fair hand At hearings you can show them your disability up close and in person. it's basically a 50/50 split . I had 60 days to prepare for my hearing After I elected the Hearing the DRO SENT ME A LETTER LETTING ME KNOW THE DATE, TIME ,LOCATION AND HOW THE
  19. While my hearing isn’t what it used to be I can physically get by in the hearing. My issue is if I can convey they information necessary in writing without having to wait years to say it to a judge, will I have as good of chance of winging.
  20. i had a DRO Hearing at my reginal office back in 2002 way before this new AMA Stuff and I have profound hearing loss , I learn how to read lips and some sigh language (I had to could not afford hearing aids back then ) but my hearing problem help me with the DRO He Could see up close face to face that I had problems hearing and word decimation AND AT TIMES HE NOTICE I STUTTERED he even wrote this in my award letter What We decided This Veteran Hearing loss disability is real with a Senior DRO and a RATING SPECIALIST PRESENT AT HIS HEARING it is obvious his disability is real
  21. §4.14 Avoidance of pyramiding. The evaluation of the same disability under various diagnoses is to be avoided. Disability from injuries to the muscles, nerves, and joints of an extremity may overlap to a great extent, so that special rules are included in the appropriate bodily system for their evaluation. Dyspnea, tachycardia, nervousness, fatigability, etc., may result from many causes; some may be service connected, others, not. Both the use of manifestations not resulting from service-connected disease or injury in establishing the service-connected evaluation, and the evaluation of
  22. I have had crap luck with hearings. Lay statements and other letters have worked the best for me. Either way does work, but like Bronco said it can be hit or miss.
  23. Good question. The DBQ's are not "banned", its just that VA does not let Veterans have online access to them any more. (That is, access to the unfilled out forms, online) . If the DBQ is a part of your C and P exam, then, if you get a copy of that exam, my guess is that it will be included, if the doctor filled it out and submitted it.
  24. tuanntrang I don't know either, but I guess I would start by calling Peggy, the VA claims general line. 800-827-1000. If they can't give you an answer, they can direct you to the right dept. to contact. It just might ne financial audit, but I don't know. My guess on the first one is a typo. The $443.76 could be the difference between your old rate and your new rate and it could be for over several months. Just speculation; you have a right to know. I don't know why they don't include a detailed explanation on the amount of deposits we get. I do know, however, that if you think you were short
  25. This is exactly why I dont do hearings, in part. Im hearing impaired, so my preferred communication is "not" spoken, but written. And, like yourself, I type a letter (normally when I file the appeal) detailing (but not too much detail) why I deserve a higher rating. Its worked for me. Others, however, have had good luck with hearings. Those people, tho, are not hard of hearing like me. Its a judgement call "you" have to make, you are the "referee" on your own claim. I told you what I did, but you have different circumstances. If you do well with hearings, go for
  26. You asked: Its not a "CFR Regulation" its case law. Bradley Vs. Peake. Berry law firm explains it here: https://ptsdlawyers.com/blog/bradley-v-peake-housebound-rate-160-percent/ Berry law firm has a toll free number, where you can call them to discuss your SMC, if you like. Let me reiterate this: When you call a law firm, you "do not" have to pay them for a consultation. "Only" if/when you receive benefits do you have to pay them anything. Feel free to verify this with Berry or another law firm. After the consultation, "Then" you can BOTH decide (you and the law fi
  27. Update: Went back to gather of evidence for a almost a week now. I check the letter it say i suppose to get $1132 instead of $1117, Anyone know why? And today i just got a extra $443.76 deposit what is the reason behind it? don't get ne wrong we all love getting pay extra, but any veteran here have an idea?
  28. If we can't inform the Dr how to write some things or word things like the VA likes the Dr won't know how to word it like >>is least likely as not or is likely as not housebound. ect,,,ect,, I just want to know if I am eligible to even file a claim for housebound back then? where or what CFR Regulations states ''Veteran that is considered TDIU P&T due to his service connected disability's that his s.c. disability is of nature and not expected to improve in Veteran life time and as no exams scheduled= >> meets the criteria for SMC S Housebound where is that
  29. The way I understand it would be the same but it could get a higher rating.
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