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  2. "My amended (to date) Petition to Appeal VA adjudication decisions and refusal to certify CUEs because of a one year time limit are attached. " CUEs have no time limit. I dont know what you mean by being "certified" unless you mean they denied the CUE, and you appealed, and await transfer to the BVA. If you can attach the actual CUE you filed, and if you have any evidence that VA received it, others will be able to help you more. I am preparing a CUE myself and feel I need to spend more time to focus on that-I realized recently it could have impact on any Fayetteville veteran who was misdiagnosed and the misdiagnosis involved a potential service connected condition. I have put it off too long already-but the affect it can have on other veterans really hit me. I have two General Counsel Precedent Opinions that completely support my CUE, as evidence. VA General Counsel Pres Ops are available on line and in some cases can support CUE. We have others here who can go over the formal CUE you filed.I dont see in the downloads any specific VA denial on the CUE .I do see a TDIU claim still in progress.
  3. You presented a good timeline based on your SMRs and other medical records.I hope Dr Bash can help you.
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  5. I generally dont speculate "what VA means" with ebenefits. This is like trying to figure out what the weather will be based on a sow's ear, because ebenefits is unreliable. This said, it sounds like you got 100 percent in some sort of higher level review, but speculating on an effective date is also pointless without a written VARO decision. So, in that, Congratulations. Well, maybe if ebenefits is correct. Try this one thing. Go to ebenefits and try to print out an AB8 letter. If you can do so for 100 percent, its likely that has happened because as unreliable as ebenefits is, the VA does not want people with letters saying they are 100 percent printed off ebenefits if they are not actually rated that. Did I mention you need to wait on the envelope on not count on ebenefits? You would appeal a ramp decision the way you always did, with few changes: You file a NOD to a VA originated decision within a year, and you file a NOA to a BVA decision within 60 days. Yes, you can dispute the effective date with either a VARO, DRO (or higher level review), or BVA decision, and, you should do so if you think they got it wrong. Ebenefits, for example, shows the effective date "of the most recent pay raise" (not the real effective date), which is usually Dec.1 of the previous year. I know there is a great temptation to speculate on what ebenefits says, but my long experience strongly says to wait for the envelope. Some Vets advocates even recommend "not" checking ebenefits for this exact reason. To find out more about appealing a ramp decision, read this, as you did not mention which "level of review" you selected with ramp. https://cck-law.com/news/everything-you-need-to-know-about-RAMP/
  6. Ok, thank you for your fast reply! I appreciate your honesty and your time in responding. It's been 5 years of waiting so I'm just so ready for it to be over. I just found out that I won on July 3rd but it's frustrating that I have to wait on one more step before we can even get it assigned to a rater. Oh well, I guess I have no choice but to keep praying and waiting but with the interest rates going back up, it would be nice to lock in before it's unaffordable. Thanks again and God bless you!
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  8. Okay I got ya just mis understood...so Roger That L
  9. Remember, the "effective date" is the later of the "facts found" or the date of claim, where the "facts found" is the date the doc said you became disabled. Did the doc indicate you became disabled on this date?
  10. Berta


    It would help if we knew the 'technical "name for his condition. Did he ever have larynx surgery prior to this happening?( loss of voice) Was it done at the VA prior to the last surgery they did? Was the claim filed for "throat" problems....that is very vague- Can you scan and attach the denial as to the evidence they had and their rationale for the denial? Cover C file # and name, address prior to scanning it- Make sure the vet gives you their permission to scan and attach it here. Would his primary doc be able to give an IMo on what he said? Does this vet have GERD?
  11. Yes, you can "cite" regulations to support your position from a letter you got from VARO.
  12. john999 If your IU already and file a new claim and get 60% then you should be inferred to the 100% final degree rating and qualify for SMC S House Bound. (if you don't already have it?) for the combined ratings yes its hard to reach the 100% , but I do think if you have a IU Rating that rating is considered to be 100% b/c your being paid at the 100% rate although it says you have a 90%combined rating. I know when I was TDIU P&T Based from a 90% total combined rating for my original rating years ago . years later I filed a separate FDC PTSD Claim When.I was awarded Chronic PTSD at 70% this changed my 90%combined rating to a final 100% degree..and was Inferred the SMC S H.B. e benfit's is not reliable I realize that, but on e benefits it has me down as a 100% FINAL DEGREE RATING WITH SMC
  13. Many years ago we had a widow here and she left hadit and went over to the VBN site and griped that we asked her too many questions. I was trained by the same lawyers that most of not all vet reps are trained by - NVLSP. A good vet rep or lawyer would have the same questions, but I assume the county vet rep did have more info than we do here. In sailorswife's situation she felt she did not seem to get adequate county VSO help...but maybe she did- Something is wrong in this situation-we dont even know what she applied for-DIC alone, or Accrued and DIC, or just Accrued? Vets I am going to sing the same song again-----that I have "sung" here many times- Make sure NOW, while you still are capable of doing it, to make sure the spouse understands not only your health care but also is PC literate enough to come here if you die and read the DIC forum carefully and all of the DIC and accrued regulations here. Some DIC is pretty cut and dried, like death after continuous 100% P & T for ten full years= DIC if other eligibility requirements are met. Other types of DIC and even Accrued claims can take a lot of evidence and work...work that a vet rep cannot do-it is up to the claimant to do it.
  14. Buck52


    Ain't that the truth vetquest, Some VSO work very hard stay up at night working veterans claims and some don't using a Good VSO is good to check the status of your claim with the Access they have that we don't,,and keep the veterans informed. its those that don't keep us informed that usually spells trouble. jmo
  15. If a CUE requires any thought, judgement or debate then it is not a CUE. I had what I and my lawyer considered a black and white CUE and we still lost at Court of Vet Appeals after 7 years. I got an education in just how slick the VA can be and my lawyer does not do CUE's anymore after losing mine. IMO a CUE must be in the same realm as a clerical error. It has to be so obvious from a reading of the regulations that to miss it is just malpractice. My trouble was that a period of 30 years passed between my CUE claim and the original decision allowing for the laws and regulations to be changed many times.
  16. If you have chapter 35 benefits then you have educational bennies and all other 100% P&T benefits. The next thing is to work on "S". If you have IU then you need an extra 60% for another disability to get "S". So "S" needs to be above and beyond your IU rating. Couple of more years and I won't worry about IU or any other benefits besides maybe Caregiver Benefits for my wife, but I hope not. I would like to get a higher level of A&A but I don't want to suffer the disability level to get there, but I am getting there slowly.
  17. Mr cue

    Update to FTCA info here

    I am about to file the admin claim with buffalo regional about ch 31 ilv program I believe I have a very strong case but My ? Is it say I done need to use that form. I can write it as long as I sign an brake down the damages and give them evidence to start a investigation. I have been ilv program for 4 yrs denied items nod to Washington item granted 2yrs ago. 4 yr I got a box of shower railing an told they couldn't put them in. Tht was 4 yrs ago There is a 24 month limit. There are report to b made about my health. 4 yrs an my spine cord doctor has not one thing from them To extended the program pass 24 month director has to sign. What are they put in computer on my case. I was granted medical device. I could not cook or feed myself not one referral to any one I am basing it on that my health has gone down because I sign up after my ex left. I b type fast but I think u get the point of claim Got other? Just need answer I am filing it myself. I cnt want an am not try to find a lawyer. I win my claim for iu back 9 yrs think i can do this to
  18. If a veterans S.C. Disability increases/Worsens or causes other secondary disability's you need to file for increase, these SMC are based on the severity of the disability/disability's its called going up the SMC Latter or Letter eh! Just because you have SMC S don't mean theres not Other SMC's out there. if your conditions warrants a higher level of SMC file for increase...b/c I don't think you can file for a particular SMC...Let the VA Know how bad your conditions has got since your last rating or any major conditions that have came up.
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