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  • Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:   

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    1. Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery” instead of ‘I have a question’.
    2. Knowledgable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title. I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.
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    Post clear questions and then give background info on them.

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    • A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
      • was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine but claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
    • B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?
      • 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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    e-Benefits status is helpful but not definitive. Claims Process – Your claim can go from any step to back a step depending on the specifics of the claim, so you may go from Pending Decision Approval back to Review of Evidence. Continue Reading

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  2. I will let someone else with experience talk to the MH issues specifically, but dollars to donuts what is happening is they are low-balling you. It's easy. Vietnam veteran; got to be late 60's or older, right? Tag you with Dementia, not s-c, just an old age condition people get. Then, I think unless you can s-c to a TBI incident back in the day, you lose. And that's really a hard sell, because there won't be anything in your records because hey didn't invent TBI in the 60's. There are a lot of veterans on this blog that can help you in this fight. Don't give up!
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  4. I have filed and been awarded secondary conditions (knees and back secondary to my ankle caused by my gait). I did not have an IMO and did have an C&P Exam. When I filed those claims, I did include all (VA and non-VA) my medical records that was related to that condition and the disability letter showing my rating on the primary condition. Then I wrote an Statement in Support of Claim that talked about how my conditions affected my daily life. Also, I included medical research documentation that showed how my gait affected my secondary conditions. I do believe what helped me was that the VA had sent me to Physical Therapy and she had done / recorded a number of range of motion tests. When the C&P Examiner did the range of motion test, the results were inline with what the Physical Therapist had recorded.
  5. thanks for everything Bertha. I will contact LHI next week. I will be working on compiling everything for the CUEs etc and working on them. Will read about NODs as well. Have a lot to learn! Hope your storms let up soon!!
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  7. Thanks alot! Very helpful and appreciate your replies to me.
  8. So if this were me I would for sure go after this as you sound to be higher than 70%. I know this is daunting but it sounds like you need to fight this. We are here to help.
  9. Thanks Alex. I know it is in their mail portal (I had faxed it in). I will wait and see what they do, hopefully they don't reject it.
  10. Yep... feel free to email me the VA decision directly: raza@rsmlawfirm.com
  11. This is a little off-topic but I really recommend Cranberry juice. I have had issues with kidney stones and drink at least 1 glass a day. I stopped for some dumb reason for a couple years, and you guessed it, I had another attack. The docs have been recommending cranberry juice to ward off kidney stones for many years. Nice to know something that simple, with no chemicals, works. I highly recommend it.
  12. Paul, you know its a real challenge when you have to type 5 number and several letters in the proper order.! Geeze, ya gotta give me i was close!
  13. Know the digits to your the status to your credit union account. It then should take you under ten seconds by the time you hit send to make the call and hang up. Just posted this in another thread and pasted it here too
  14. Should be any day now, average to implement a grant is about eight to nine months, from my experiences. Did you check ebennies besides vagov? Not telling you to watch the pot to boil or the paint to dry. But you can simply call your credit union # and check for a big difference in what you have for your account. Like you have 123.45 in your account this morning and the next weekday morning you speed dail through the automated number to here the robots voice saying you're account now as 666.66 in it. Since deposits arrive before the BBE. Until then draw your happy tree Bob Ross
  15. Great news! Can't wait to send my pending IMOs into the supplemental lane and post my story. 810 Vermont Ave. NW., kinda looks like the Las Vegas Strip hotel - Park MGM
  16. Since the VA considers chronic pain as a mental health condition I don't think you will get a separate rating for something like PTSD and Chronic Pain. They will rate it together under one rating. Now if you have a SC related physical condition and you have depression due to the chronic pain associated with the SC injury you can file a secondary claim for depression. You might get a better rating for the depression than for the original injury. I would advise any vet with a physical injury that limits his abilities to work or play to file a depression claim. Not many vets who are crippled up due to injury that do not feel with depression.
  17. Thank you, I didn't post the link to it here- unless that is OK with you----- The BVA conceded the stressor, as you said, and it appears the remand is to determine the rating, just as you said. These types of claims are here, from male and well as female veterans. You are Not alone by any means. It is heartbreaking and something I worried about during my daughter's 7 years in service. No one should go through anything like this, when they willingly join and serve our country. I hope the Perps rot in Hell. I will go through the BVA decision carefully to see if there is anything you could do to help with this remand, but it looks to me like the VARO is doing their job,properly , with the appointments they have given to you.
  18. Hello.. first time posting here. Here is a quick brief and I am looking for assistance on how to proceed. I am 20 year retired Vet.. In 1996, I opted for Uvulopalatopharyngoplasty (UPPP). When I was about to retire I asked for another sleep study and I was found to still have still have sleep apnea. I retired in 2007. I received 0% service connected for it. I appealed it but was denied. I would like to appeal it again. I am going back to request another sleep study. Does anyone have any information that can assist me to hopefully get a higher rating. Thanks in advance.
  19. This is a claim from early 2014, which they denied completely. I appealed later that year and finally in late 2018 the board came back and said the examination was inadequate and the board found my in-service stressor was supported by the evidence of record and was deemed corroborated. They remanded my claim to determine the nature and etiology of my psychiatric disorder in consideration of lay and medical evidence and the conceded in-service stressor. My medical records show my diagnosis of PTSD. Thanks for replying, I appreciate the comments and assistance!
  20. Yes wanted to know if I am being pay for my disability of ptsd rating and I was also diagnos with bipolar condition a few weeks ago may I put a separate claim for the bipolar condition.
  21. I was diagnosed with Meniere's 21 years after my service. I worked on the flight deck of a carrier and in a jet engine test cell... I am wondering if my Meniere's could be service related?
  22. USAF K9 You can file as many claims as you want one at a time or all at once. your choice. don't forget the ITF Claims (intent to file) To get a P&T Rating a Veteran needs a S.C. Condition that is not expected to improve in his/her life time, the condition may be chronic or of nature, and no future exams scheduled ,this is what they mean by P&T the veteran is permanently totally disabled the rest of his/her life.
  23. Yes, it is grounds for filing a PTSD while in the military if it traumatized you which more than likely did , you need to check with your VA MH Clinic if you have been diagnose for PTSD Then yes file a claim. who did the hysterectomy? VA Dr? or outside private Dr's? either way you should check with an experience attorney and file a law suite VA would be a 1151 claim https://hysterectomyinformation.blogspot.com/2009/09/woman-awarded-5m-after-unnecessary.html
  24. Diabetes Mellitus can cause many secondary conditions- visual problems, skin problems, foot problems, transcient ischemic attacks( mini strokes), full blown strokes, peripheral neuropathy, candidiasis, Peripheral arterial disease and can also cause major heart conditions, heart attacks ,and death,if it is not properly treated. I filed a DMII ( AO claim) regarding my husband's death, and used the VA Diabetes Training letter which is searchable here, to prove the multiple conditions he had. What made it difficult is that I had already won FTCA/1151 for malpractice, so I had to carefully word this claim to be for direct service connected death. I never had a IMO for the FTCA/ 1151 cases,which were granted, but this time-(i had a RO who was ignoring my evidence) and I gladly paid $4,000 for 2 IMOs, and got a freebee from a Neuro who used to work for the VA, because I knew the BVA , unlike my RO, would read my evidence, They did .I won that claim too. You will need an IME to support any secondaries you claim. What is your Effective date and what disability is that for? I do not understand what significance that has to your DMII. DMII ( diabetes Mellitus) can be service connected with proof of exposure to AO.In country vets, and soon , certain Blue Water veterans and their survivors ( possibly 130,000 per Sec Wilkie) will be eligible for AO compensation, when the regulations are prepared. Diabetes Type One is not a AO presumptive. We need more info. I reviewed all of the medical records together myself for my DMII IMOs. The IMO doc did not need the SMRS. I gave him a cover letter regarding all of the exhibits I enclosed, that revealed malpracticed DMII. It was so bad-the malpractice- on the DMII - that the VA didn't even rate it but the ancillary benefits, because I claimed a direct SC death, which they awarded , were voluminous. I also had a 1151 claim for malpracticed IHD but then Nehmer happened, and that too was awarded as direct SC death. My 1151 IHD claim is still an open issue they have to fix. If you have heart disease and it is ischemic, it might be secondary to the DMII , but you can also file it for direct SC under Nehmer. The 2010 regulations for Nehmer are here in the AO forum.
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    • My claim went back to gathering of evidence after I had my second c&p exam for tbi initial. My vso the Dav said it was a dbq to differentiate the symptoms of tbi and PTSD as far as social and occupational impairment. I recieved at least as likely as not on all exams, PTSD, both tbi exams. Has anyone experienced this or know what it means? Is this a good sign my claim will be granted ? Thank you.
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    • Do I have to quit my job?
      Hello everyone. See Below for what I received from VA

       

      A little about me currently. I have a job that is very low stress (work nights no people no stress) very secure because I work in a mountain so im surrounded by granite. I work on computers so it engages my mind and keeps me as active as possible and is my passion. So my question is do I have to quit my job? Thanks!

       

      June 23, 1999 June 30, 2019

      VA Benefit InformationSummary of benefit informationYou have one or more service-connected disabilities:Yes         Your combined service-connected evaluation is:100%               You are considered to be totally and permanently disabled due solely to your service-connected disabilities:Yes           The effective date of when you became totally and permanently disabled due to your service-connected disabilities:July 01, 2019

      major depression disorder, recurrent, severe, post traumatic stress disorder, insomnia disorder and eating disorder, NOS


                         100%


                               Service Connected



       

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      Entitled to special monthly compensation under 38 U.S.C. 1114, subsection (s) and 38 CFR 3.350(i) on account of major depression disorder, recurrent, severe, post traumatic stress disorder, insomnia disorder and eating disorder, NOS rated 100 percent and additional service-connected disabilities of migraine including migraine variants, tinnitus, independently ratable at 60 percent or more from 07/01/2019.

      SMC-K1

      Entitled to special monthly compensation under 38 U.S.C. 1114, subsection (s) and 38 CFR 3.350(i) on account of major depression disorder, recurrent, severe, post traumatic stress disorder, insomnia disorder and eating disorder, NOS rated 100 percent and additional service-connected disabilities of migraine including migraine variants, tinnitus, independently ratable at 60 percent or more from 07/01/2019.

       

      Thanks all!

       
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    • Progress Notes on C&P Exam
      Hey guys, 

           I don't know if I'm in the right place but i was needing some clarification. After fighting with the military for six years, the C&P examiner stated that my condition precludes me from any physical occupation. 

      I developed asthma back in 2012, while in service. Is that typical wording for pretty much everyone? I guess my English isn't that great and i would like someone to please explain to me what that entails? The examiner 

      also stated that there is a 50% chance or greater that my injury was incurred in the line of duty, does that mean that they service connected me? 

       

      thank you for responding. 
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    • I have a 8 year appeal that was granted in May 2019. Entitlement to service connection for acquired psychiatric disorder, to include  post traumatic stress disorders and depression, is granted.

      I live in Missouri, but it looks like the San Diego RO has been tasked with assigning the rating. I am already SC for 10,10,and 10 for shin splints and tinnitus which adds up to 30%. I was trying to determine what would my rating be and timeframe backpay would be paid.

      My symptoms include : nonetheless the examiner opined that is not to say that his issues with pain and tinnitus have not exacerbated mental health symptoms. In this regard the examiner opined that the veterans chronic pain and tinnitus contribute to several depressive symptoms, including depressed mood, sleep impairment, irritability, diminished concentration and interest in activities, relationship problems, and outburst of anger.

      As such the examiner concluded both his tinnitus and issues with chronic pain (not simply limited to shin splints) Are judged to have aggravated and contributed to multiple mental health symptoms. Therefore the examiner concluded that “it is at least as likely as not” that the diagnosis of bilateral shinsplints and tinnitus has  aggravated depressive and overlapping PTSD symptoms beyond their natural course. My diagnosis includes Anxiety disorders too. 

      My grant is secondary to existing disabilities.

      There is a Remand for Inextricably intertwined with the grant of service connection for an acquired psychiatric disorder, granted in the boards decision herein, because it may be affected by the assignment of the disability rating and effective date for the grant of service connection. Once the disability rating and affective date for the grant of service connection for an acquired psychiatric disorder has been assigned, and after completing any other development deem necessary, readjudicate the claim of entitlement to TDIU are you in light of all pertinent Evidence  and legal authority.

      I am not sure but I hope my rating and backpay would be issued before they decide in another possible year for TDIU?

      I am also one of the ones who constantly check Benny’s for a rate change or any updates, but it is the same since May 23rd 2019. Has anyone received a deposit before benny’s Update. Since the new process has been implemented?

       
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