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  2. Remember, you can always file for an increase if your condition gets worse. Should you ever feel the need to file another claim in the future, we veterans here at Hadit are here for you. Congratulations!!!
  3. Reading your post and hearing the audio put a big smile on my face! Excellent job!!!
  4. Good luck with that one! The "procedure" is VA tells us to jump in a lake. Then, we seek other alternate sources, probably local to your community. I dont know your reason for needing a service dog, but that may make a difference. Tbird got a service dog, but it wasnt through VA. are
  5. Can you make the font larger??? That is the way I like it!!! Thanks for the update. If you went to the CAVC, you probably had a lawyer. (Like I did, on 3 seperate trips to CAVC). I recall when I first applied, one Veteran told me his claim was 5 years old. I reasoned that "it couldnt possibly take 5 years, could it?" No, to 5 years. I have been 17 years, and am still not sure I see the light at the end of the tunnel. The VA wants us to keep applying and appealing our whole life, I guess, so they can deny our widow DIC and keep on keeping on. It must be job security. Im still trying to figure out how VA turned a claim with just 3 issues, into 12 VARO decisions, 5 BVA decisions and 3 trips to CAVC. Naturally, its because they overcomplicate. First we apply and its denied. Then we appeal and get it overturned. So, the VARO lowballs us at 0 percent. We appeal again, and you get 10 percent. Then you appeal that one and get 40 percent. You finally get to 100 percent, and start appealing all over for the effective dates. Then you apply for SMC and guess what..denial again. Are you getting dizzy from all the hamster wheel rides???
  6. I tried to ask my doctor about it at my VA appointment about the service dog process and he told me they don't do anything. I need to go to a dog trainer and bring the letter to him and he will sign it. That link to the website above suggests the doctor will give me a referral and then prosthetics will start the process? I'm confused and can't find any specific information. Help please
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  8. They approved me for ssdi at 34 years old and gave me 68k in retro..so I sing a happy tune about them lol. I will heed your advice. Thank you very much
  9. Have him file a new application. IMHO, the worst thing a person can do is call SSA or go to SSA and ask questions. The proper or right way is to go in and file a new application and make SSA put it in writing and then appeal and get a lawyer. SSA is getting like VA, deny, deny, deny then oops we can grant but they limit the retro pay.
  10. It is never too late to apply. I am not informed about the wounded warrior program though.
  11. Aside from waiting for the envelope recheck VA.gov. Sometimes when you look at VA.gov it does not include appeal status's. I do not know why this happens but it does sometimes.
  12. She should be eligible for DIC notwithstanding where she lives as long as she does not remarry. I am not sure about attending college.
  13. EODCMC

    DIC and Education Benefits

    Hi, I am asking for help for a friend that has a meeting with the VA on Wednesday. She receives DIC. Her husband died from an affliction that is service related. He served for more than 30 years, they were married for nearly 40 years and still married at the time of death. She wishes to attend college in her ancestral country of the Philippines using educational benefits. Her concern is whether or not this will affect her DIC in an adverse way. Does anyone have experience on this topic. Any ad ice will be greatly appreciated...thanks in advance.
  14. Kelly My guess is you will have to wait to receive the mystery envelope. You could call Peggy, 1-800-827-100, but they don't usually provide any insight on final decisions; you have to wait. You also might want to check your bank statement on the off chance they issued a grant; payment often show up before written notification on a regular basis. I think you have to give it a little while to show up. IMO
  15. After being out of the loop I feel like a fish out of water. Sorry if the font is large I need to see what I am writing. I thought my head was going to explode when I had to go back in 38 C. F. R. to make any sense of my claims and decisions.
  16. OK, no real question here just an update of what has been going on with me. First paranoia is a bear when your computer is hacked and your bank card stops working for no reason and you lose everything and have to start over. Now the fun part, after denying my claim and appeal for years and then denying my CUE claim, VA has now decided that my original claim is still open and pending. This is really crazy, I really don't think they (VA) know what is going on. My original claim is from the (NWG) NOT WELL GROUNDED ERA back in 1998. VA denied the heck out of this claim until I decided to get a lawyer and my claim went to CAVC and then remanded back to BVA and my local VARO. Of course all this has been going on for about twenty-one (21) years and hopefully I will get the correct decision and correct retro payment.
  17. And now that claim has completely disappeared from va.gov. It's not even listed in the historical claims. On wednesday, the status still said " review/evidence gathering" but when I clicked on details, it said it was closed and a decision packet had been sent. On Friday, the claim had completely disappeared.
  18. My dad is 63 He retired from us post office at 55 He was under the old crs system and not the new Fers retirement system. So he paid very little into social security. He did pay 4 years as while in the airforce Then after retiring post office he worked at Wal-Mart for 4 years and paid into SS He currently gets aprox $300 a month from SS He has recently received a rating of 80% from the VA. Is he now eligible to convert from regular SS to SSDI through the Wounded Warrior program and perhaps receive more money from social security? Or is it too late? Thank you
  19. Unfortunetly it didn't record Bad news= Dad got 60%, $1,234.00 a month Ok news= that's just what they decided so far....claim still open till next month while they decide left shoulder, right shoulder and scars. So likely 80%, $1,795.00 a month once those decisions are finalized Good news= Dad had surgery on right shoulder 5 years ago and is still recovering from a recent surgery on his left shoulder he had a few months ago..So it's Highly likely he is placed on a convalescent rating of 100%, $3,300 a month for a few months. It's always amazing when you can say the bad news is 60% lololol It took 15 minutes to explain this all to my parents. But they were very happy
  20. thats so awesome...i wanna hear what happens when you tell them the good news!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  21. From the period 1985 to 2000 my VA C&P exams by psychiatrist and psychologist along with VA medical treatment records and Army medical records served as strong nexus and evidence that effectively granted me Nam PTSD service connection with no need for formal Doctor's medical opinion nexus or DBQs that were unheard of by me during those years. My claim/s claims for PTSD and IU were never denied even with a few indifferent to hostile C&P examiners who have since expired from above ground. TSK TSK too bad. All this formal nexus letter opinions and DBQs is all new crap to me and I am glad I got what I did when I did in them there good old days and I feel sorry for today's younger crop of vets having additional obstacles put in their way and fully sympathize with their anger and frustrations.
  22. If a Veteran has PTSD But was never seen for OSA while in the military and after seperation this veteran comes down with OSA./Sleep Apnea HE/She could file a secondary claim for OSA/Speep Apnea based off the medications he/she takes for PTSD That has caused or is related to his Now Diagnose Sleep Apnea and was issued a C-PAP to use for his/her well being or medically necessary to use. but will need a qualified Dr to nexus the two. and fill out the SLEEP APNEA DBQ
  23. If I law Dog up I take my CD C-FILE TO HIM AND SOME OF THE PAPER WORK I GOT COPIED FROM MY C-FILE AND LET HIM KNOW ALL WHAT I KNOW OR THINK... AND LET HIM READ MY C-FILE...THIS MAY TAKE A WHILE AND I DON'T MUCH THINK ANY ATTORNEY WOULD TAKE THE TIME TO READ MY C-FILE FOR FREE JUST TO SEE IF I HAVE A CASE HE/SHE WOULD BE INTERESTED IN? I REALIZE THEY CAN SPEED READ BUT THIS IS VERY CONFUSING BECAUSE OF THE WAY THESE RECORDS WERE PUT IN MY C-FILE..AND SOME RECORDS ARE NOTHING BUT HEN SCRATCH YOU CAN'T TIL WHAT THEY SAY I HAVE OVER 4.000.00 PLUS PAGES IN MY C-FILE.
  24. Thanks GB Army good advise for sure , thank you bronco I only have 1 problem with this I can't find my application as to when I first filed for the increase.?? I need that bad, but I do have a couple that have the wrong dates on them going back to 1998 after I was denied Yes I Appeal that decision and kept on Appeal until I got service connection at 0 % I appeal that and was awarded the 50% in 2000..I filed for increase on that too and this is when that VA C&P Dr decided to play God OR USE His power beng an ENT VA Dr. Please understand this DRO Hearing I had on May 7th 2003 was to save my 50% reduction proposal , so it was not Actually an Appeal but a hearing dispute to rebut this VA ENT Dr that mention my disability was not as bad as I claim so this was not a denial....so there should be no timeline limits...but it seems I did keep up the Appeals timeline , they even have a Reopen claim I filed but I do not remember filing a Reopen? maybe I did ?? or when I refiled for increase the time limit may have run out ,I need to check on this closer but if I did file for increase maybe they treated it as a Reopen?? As soon as I can find out exactly how much retro I got back in 2003? if it was short I will Law Dog Up. (I can't remember how much retro it was it was direct deposited in my savings account at my Bank my spouse seems to remember ...it was like 9.975.00 or close to that) Note* I was told by a ''reliable source'' that if any typo are made the VA Can correct those typo's and I lose out completely.
  25. VA benefits or heatlh care are never mandantory for the Veteran. You can refuse one or all of the VA benefits. You are not even eligible until you apply. You are not required to release information...but if you dont, you will be denied. EXCEPTION: The only time you "may" be held against your will is if there is a mental illness, you "can" be put on a 72 hour hold if the doctor feels you are a threat to yourself or others. Sometimes the police make that call. If you get into some trouble doing crazy stuff, you can be admitted (against your will) for a mental health evaluation. An example might be if you are walking down the street with no clothes on, you could be admitted for a mental health evaluation even if you refuse. Of course, even this is a judgement call. You could be forced to go outside without clothes in some circumstances, such as to get away from a rapist. But, "running around without clothes" would be a big red flag that something is very wrong, and you may have a mental illness. (Or, had too much alcohol).
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