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    • A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
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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. Recent changes in the tax law would benefit disabled veterans whose loans are discharged under the new initiative. A provision in the new tax code waives federal income taxes on forgiven education debt for permanently disabled people. Historically, the IRS considered such cancelled debt as taxable income. For example, in 2017 the Lansing State Journal told the story of a veteran who had his $223,000 in student loan debt erased — only to receive a tax bill for around $63,000 Go to the IRS website to verify the current changes and if they’re applied. I think you’re “Golden” if you’re a discharge recipient. I think the newly apply tax laws will benefit you, too.
  3. Okemos_Veteran74

    I do not qualify for SMC s because my PTSD is secondary to my TBI

    Last piece last piece of information also comes from a supplemental statement of case. This one dated March 27th 2018. We we have increase the evaluation of your traumatic brain injury to 70% from 9/26/2016 , the date of a VA examination that reported symptoms and finding supportive of this increased evaluation It is it is confusing. I was already being paid at the hundred percent rate even though I actually only had a disability rating of 80%. When the TBI rating was added in it gave me an overall rating of 90%. I didn't get any additional money because I was already being paid at the hundred percent rate. I I hope that information helps. I tried the best I could to select the parts I thought they would be most useful. I appreciate all of the comments and learning more information from you guys.
  4. I may be wrong in my assumptions on what requesting to re-open my OSA claim due to new evidence being available. If i did only that and not for reason of a CUE, would my effective date if approved be retro to 2008 or the date of the claim re-opening?
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  6. Wayne - I was initially ruled 0% compensable on my discharge in Oct 2006, I appealed in 2010 and was denied an increase in 2011 and filed a NOD early 2012. BVA finally heard my case in Feb 2018 and ruled by 19 April 2018
  7. I thought I read somewhere that DIC is available to any spouse whose husband died after ten years of 100% disability regardless of what they died of. Is this true? Just trying to get my ducks in a row for my wife.
  8. If you have problems with hygiene I would still present clean and well dressed. I would also come with statements from your civilian doctors and your husband as to your issues. Buddy statements still have impact.
  9. Thanks for clarifying that. I too searched the BVA web site and found nothing based on your question. However if you received SSDI solely for the TDIU condition in that time frame 2001-2007, and the VA was aware of that SSDI award- it sure could have been a CUE if they should have awarded 100% based on the SSDI award during that time frame.
  10. Berta

    Survivors- a Must read

    I moved your Tuesday reply It didnt show up in the recent posts- Did your husband fall into the criteria here for Agent Orange exposure regarding Airmen and C 123s? In part: "Veterans Exposed to Agent Orange through Duty on Contaminated C-123 Aircraft In response to the Institute of Medicine’s report on Post-Vietnam Dioxin Exposure in Agent Orange-Contaminated C-123 Aircraft from the National Academy of Sciences, we have determined there is evidence of exposure to Agent Orange for Airmen who worked on C-123s that were used in Vietnam as part of Operation Ranch Hand. Specifically, we have determined there is sufficient evidence that Air Force and Air Force Reserve members who served during the period 1969 through 1986 and regularly and repeatedly operated, maintained, or served onboard C-123 aircraft (known to have been used to spray an herbicide agent during the Vietnam era) were exposed to Agent Orange." https://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/agentorange-c123.asp What was the deceased veteran service connected for in his/her lifetime? "I BELIEVE IT IS HERBICIDE EXPOSURE" Can you clarify that as to what disability he was service connected for and the award letter will tell if his exposure to AO had already been confirmed to AO by the VA. Have you formally filed for DIC yet or has the VA denied your DIC claim? Seaman 0 3 posts Report post Posted Tuesday at 05:12 PM What was the Primary Cause of Death (# 1) as listed on your spouse’s death certificate? CANCER What,if anything, was listed as a contributing cause under # 2? Metasticised liver cancer  Was an autopsy done and if so do you have a complete copy of it? NONE It can be obtained through the Medical Examiner’s office in your locale. What was the deceased veteran service connected for in his/her lifetime? I BELIEVE IT IS HERBICIDE EXPOSURE Did they have a claim pending at death and if so what for? NONE If they died from anything on the Agent Orange Presumptive list ( available here under a search) when did they serve and where? If outside of Vietnam, what was their MOS and also if they served onboard a ship in the South Pacific what ship were they on and when? Also did they have any major physical contact with C 123s during the Vietnam War? Flight line, to include Castle AFB, an EPA Superfund site. 1958 - 1982 Quote Options Quote selection
  11. hoping i can answer both your questions in one answer. but you will have more questions because i ahure do. i do not have an un adjudicated appeal for the hips. the hips where decided and i received a grant of service connection for them.
  12. @BertaGlad that fixed it for you. I can change settings here, but sometimes you need to clear the cache for the changes to take effect.
  13. This post just came up as an unread and unanswered post (forget what forum it is in)- but yesterday I answered it here: https://community.hadit.com/forums/topic/71751-how-to-deal-with-gross-errors-by-va/ I thought I added the WH Hot line but it isnt there_ 1-855-948-2311
  14. This post just came up as an unread and unanswered post (forget what forum it is in)- but yesterday I answered it here: https://community.hadit.com/forums/topic/71751-how-to-deal-with-gross-errors-by-va/
  15. To Whom It May Concern, do you really believe a Vet with 7 SC's rated at 10% each (school math 70%), has the same Disability Picture as the Vet with a 50% SC and either a 30% (=15%) or a 40% (=20%) that ends up with a 70% CSC? Might be time to dig deeper into the 38 CFR discussions regarding Degrees of disability and how they affect earning capacity. A Vet with (7) 10% SC would in most cases not be physically or mentally Handicapped to the extent of a severe Earned Income Reduction.
  16. I hope you took hadit members advice (such as mine) who recommend you send stuff to VA "certified mail return receipt requested" and keep copies of stuff you send them. Then, you should have a good shot at getting an earlier effective date, without being hornswaggled out of your money based on VA's errors. Remember, and tatoo this on your arm if you need help remembering: Everything a VAemployee or VSO tells you is not always the truth. You really dont know what evidence VA has/does not have. If they can "erase" your claim, do you think they can also erase key evidence?? I think so! The only way you know for sure what evidence VA has is to request your cfile..and that takes time. If you press the issue, and try to force a decision, then sure, you would get a quick decision and 4 to 6 years later, after appeals, you might get your benefits. My suggestion is to let them tell you if more evidence is needed, dont assume they have everything and try to force a decision by pushing the "decide claim now" button. (Not that this would do any good anyway, but it could do more harm than good, as I explained.) If VA has requested more evidence, then send it to them even if you "think" or some VSO or VA employee tells you it "will automatically be there".
  17. @eliEli 🙂 onwards and upwards
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  19. pshaw

    LHI doing C & P Exam

    I need advice......................... I had my C&P exam today with LHI for 1). Hypertension service connected claiming for worsening 2). Restrictive lung disease service connected claim sleep apnea as a secondary. This is what happened: They took 3 readings 160/100 140/100 140/100 and she took my copy of my log which show readings taken twice a day with an average in the morning of 142/106 and in the afternoon 139/98 (with medication). The doctor instructed me that I was scheduled to be here to be seen for worsening of restrictive lung disease and she told me that it would be better for me to file a new claim for sleep apnea and not secondary to restrictive lung disease. This was after we discussed my documentation. She didn't even entertain that the two could be related and possibly misdiagnosed. She did give me a PFT to see if my lung disease worsen. 1. I have to wait on the PFT result to see if the results are in my favor........If the results are, do I need to do a claim for worsening or does my appt today count for that and I will get an increase automatic? 2 Do I do a new claim for sleep apnea? I have two sleep studies now , one being from VA that states severe sleep apnea and a CPAP prescribed. I have medical evidence while in service that I was seen for sleep disorder and symptoms. My VA rep instructed me to do the sleep apnea as a secondary to restrictive lung disease and said not to do a new claim for sleep apnea since I was already service connected for restrictive lung disease. 3. Will I get an increase for my blood pressure?
  20. Broken Cat

    MST Claim

    @andyman73 Thank you for your reply. I'm sorry I didn't see it til now. I assembled my claim, including police report, subsequent sentencing report that includes mention of his misconduct in service, my in service treatment records, and current nexus letter. Plus whatever VA forms. That was April 5. The requested and got a release on April 10. I completed my C&P exams on April 18 and 19. I guess, now we just wait.
  21. seaprincesskm When you request a hearing the DRO will send you a letter letting you know the date & time for the hearing and rather or not you want an informal hearing to formal hearing that's your choice, I' recommend the informal hearing. So between then and now is when you need to start gathering up your evidence IMO's if you need it? if you have enough ''current medical records'' and evidence to prove your proposed reduction on this disability is the same or as worsen that's about all you may need, usually this is why we need the IMO/IME Make sure the private Dr that does your IMO/IME is licensed and qualified to render his/her opinion I recommend a Specialist in this field of medicine that your claiming. You can take any new & material evidence you have to your hearing and especially if it shows your disability has got worse since your last evaluation (C&P) IF it has , then instead of a reduction an Increase would be warranted/Awarded. Depending on whay type DRO you get but it could be a good time to ask about any other claims your on appeal with...so just incase the DRO will want to try to solve those claims then besure you have your evidence for those to but the DRO may tell you he is only doing the proposed to reduce your benefits...DRO can do other claims as well it just depends on the DRO They have the Authority to make a decision right then and there. If the DRO Denies your claimS then you will need to Appeal to the BVA using the Form #9 Hopefully you will get your proposed reduction settle and maybe some of the other claims as well Again a lot of this depends on the DRO Attitude and rather or not he/she is Veteran Friendly. I wish you the best and remember never give up if this don't work out you can always appeal. Thank you for coming to Hadit and allowing us older Vets to help steer you in the right direction. Reguards Buck
  22. Oceanbound

    IMO from Dr. Anaise, CKD

    Palma114 can we get an update?
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