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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. Yes my spouse can't drive she can barley walk 3 ft and is unstable, Dr said she can't be left alone and needs assistance from another person and the necessities of everyday living, she is very prone to fall and not be able to get up that's happen before , she can't drive due to seizures and her back is bent into a S SHAPE she fell a couple of times broke her hip /arms legs, ect,,,ect,,, , she fell another time bashed the back of her head open and had to call Ambulance , she has stenosis /kyphosis...its when she has no more bones in her spine ..just enough is all matter fact Tuesday she g
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  4. Buck Does not the VA know that disabled people have expenses that non-disabled people don't have? Just going to the supermarket for a severely disable person is a major chore. If I did not have some other sources of income I would be in trouble. My wife is partially disabled. When one of us is down we hope the other is feeling well enough to carry on. I pay for a lot of services I used to be able to do myself.
  5. New information for (Vietnam) Navy vets. Thought worthy of passing along. Blue Water Navy - Nehmer The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced it will readjudicate claims for Veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. This review is part of the Veterans Benefits Administration’s implementation of the November 5, 2020, U.S. District Court of the Northern District of California decision to readjudicate previously denied claims as applied in Nehmer vs. U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. Veterans who were previ
  6. has anyone had chance to look at my recent posts on my other thread? i updated it with the info from this one too. thanks,
  7. yeah, I log into that all the time. Sometimes I can pull exam reports from there faster than it takes them to be dumped and ported to the VA side of things, I just pull them manually and upload them myself.
  8. John999 Ain't that the truth This is why were trying to get the A&A for my non veteran totally disabled spouse. I recently did a VA..GOV IRIS inquiry on her eligibility ?For the A&A as I understand if vet is 100% and his spouse his disable and needs the as stance of another person to help with the everyday daily living neckties of of life like help getting up/out of bed help getting dressed help bathing. help feeding herself, help transferring to a chair or wheel chair or help if she is blind...if she meets any of these conditions she is suppose to be eligible ac
  9. Yep just had one of those 'not in person opinions' earlier this month and another one later in the month. But I didn't know ow about the QTC password portal? Thats good to know and have.
  10. I don't think this lady has much time, if I was her I'd get an attorney, that may not give her the time she needs but its better than going alone especially if she don't have experience fighting with the VA. (jmo)
  11. Bronco When I use normal math for my disability ratings I am over 200% but until recently I was stuck at 90% for ten years. I also think that the 100% rate for a disabled vet is absurdly low. Unless the vet has SSDI and maybe a pension most of us cannot survive on $3146 for a single vet or $3300 something for a married vet. In my neighborhood all the houses around me sell for between 600K and a million bucks. I could not afford to buy my own house these days since I bought mine 30 years ago for 70K. I think a 100% vet should get at least $5000 a month. You know a 90% vet get
  12. "Maybe", just maybe, your PCP can order this for you, "if" he deems hydrotherapy "medically necessary". I have gotten stuff ordered by my PCP (or other VA medical professionals) A few examples: 1. I got a "flashing light" system so I dont miss it when people ring my door bell. 2. Grab bars were installed after my surgury (knee) so that I would not fall taking a shower. 3. I was denied a zero gravity power chair, but maybe could have gotten it anyway. The stumbling block was a nurse, who opined that, because I can "get up" out of the chair, then it was not "medica
  13. This is a Manlicon remand: https://cite.case.law/vet-app/12/238/ In summary: If this is a Manlicon remand, the RO should be required to issue a SOC. What it means to you: Here, jump on the hamster wheel with me. Run as fast as you can, and make the wheel spin. Incredibly, there is a bright side to this hamster wheel, providing that you dont have a heart attack while spinning the wheel. 1. You get another bite at the apple. That is the VARO will either deny you again, at which point you can continue appeals, or maybe, just maybe, award benefits.
  14. You posted: They are with the government and are here to help us, right? They are gonna make it "easier to read" and not change anything? Hold on to your wallet. The government's "used car sales team" is gonna make it easier for us to drive a car. To simplify, the government is just gonna get your checking account and routing numbers, and just take out money for the car that "they think" is fair. The Vet gets to spend "what ever is left over" (if there is anything left over) on anything the Vet desires. This "simplifies" the car negotiating process, and Vets are better off, r
  15. "Fairness" doesnt have much to do with VA law. I dont think it was "fair" that VA made me wait 17 years and multiple, multiple appeals for my benefits, then they paid me retro with "zero" interest, when IRS charges interest and penalties if I dont pay THEM promptly. Is it "fair" that a single 100 percent Vet get $3146 per month but a 10 percent gets 10 percent of that, right? That would be $314.60 per month (10 percent of 3146 = $314.6) Instead, a ten percenter gets less than half of that, $144. So, VA math is that 10 percent is really 4.57%. Try it yourself. Multip
  16. Perhaps they are looking for a C & P examiner who has credentials like Dr. Bash's. They probably will not find anyone like that at VA to do another C & P exam. But they seem to be trying. My situation was different. What VARO is this? I might have contact info for their director and their VSCMs and I can post that info here.
  17. Hi Berta, Thanks for the quick reply. After your explanation today, I called 800 number to see what residuals the VA is talking about. I just had the last appt on May 7 in regards to the 1151 claim. Before leaving that appt, I asked the PA if there was anything possible the VA would need with the claim. The appt was to measure the scars and it was also a medical record review and clarification. During that appt we discussed the residuals associated with the claim. Beyond the scars the residuals are as follows: 1. Infections of the colon. 2. Epiploic Appendigitis: m
  18. The short answer is you won't pay income tax on the VA pay, so you will gain a bit. The long answer is to scour your medical records and make sure you have claimed everything that still ails you. And if you were denied on some claims previous, maybe work on them and get them service connected. Get to 50 percent, and then you will get both in full. Just sayin, Hamslice
  19. Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), is announcing an opportunity for public comment on the proposed collection of certain information by the agency. Under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) of 1995, Federal agencies are required to publish notice in the Federal Register concerning each proposed collection of information, including each proposed extension of a currently approved collection, and allow 60 days for public comment in response to the notice. This form is used by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to establish entitlement to Government Life Insu
  20. It’s the law, not just a policy-va is following the law as written. You got paid the one and were awarded the other. Until they “recoup” the balance you won’t get disability payments although you are still rated and can go to va medical rather than tricare (it you want).
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  22. Thanks Alex, I 'm sure others will read up on this too.
  23. Thanks for the info. I will pay strict attention to the requirements and do my best to cover all the bases. Enjoy the next few months. I hope all is well!
  24. Only the BVA can dismiss a CUE without prejudice to refiling it. I hope I made that point clear. If it is denied at the RO level it can be appealed and get to the BVA. The mistakes claimants make in CUEs is evidence in those BVA decisions. The legal errors the VA makes have to be prime facie errors- meaning so obvious that anyone could see the error- if they know VA case law. and the regulations at time of the alleged CUE. As Fat mentioned if there is no manifested outcome ( meaning the rating would have to be more than '"0", if it was a diagnostic code error or any other
  25. Thank you so much, that really means a lot! and thanks for the examples, links, and advice. Yes, we feel the same way about the NC VA, pretty lame. We couldn't believe it. The Rep insinuated the 100% could be decreased if we "said the wrong thing" or basically if we pissed off the VA. As for going back to the DAV, that's not an option. The assistance they provided to my husband prior to retirement is what got us into this boat to begin with. They left so many things out that should have been sc and rated, especially the TBI. He had 2 really bad car accidents and 3-4 really hard knocks t
  26. I would be cautiously optimistic about the 1151 , since they are going to rate the residuals. But the RO can sure pull some crap on 1151ers. If you have a strong IMO/IME, that is the best way to succeed under 1151 .
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