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    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.
    3. Use paragraphs instead of one huge, rambling introduction or story. Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.
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  • Disability Calculator: Veterans Compensation Rate Calculator

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    10 + 50 = 50 and other VA math mysteries explained. VA Math It's Not Your Mother's Arithmetic "VA Math" is the way that the VA computes combined impairment ratings for multiple conditions in a Veteran's compensation benefits claim – and it requires that you unlearn real math. When a ...
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    Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income? VA C and P Exam – Do’s and Don’ts – VA Compensation Pension Exam 2016 The Most common VA Service Connected Disabilities Disability Calculator: Veterans Compensation Rate Calculator 10 Tips to Help You Keep ...
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    perspective-001.jpeg10 Tips to Help You Keep the Compensation and Pension Exam (C&P exam) in Perspective

    I encouraged you to keep the exam in perspective. What is that Perspective? Honestly, it comes down to recognizing that the purpose of the C&P Exam is NOT to convince the doctor that your injury is service connected, but to let him or her conduct their exam and ...
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    100-percent-002.jpeg100% Rating – How I Did It! – Member Ping Juice

    Greetings: I am grateful that one afternoon a few years ago, I Googled "I've had it with the VA". That simple "search" born out of utter frustration led me to "Hadit". And there it all started! As of two weeks ago, I'm rated 100% (long overdue). And, I am ...
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    turn-back-time.jpeg2 Times Veterans Should Argue for an Earlier Effective Date

    While there are 2 legal processes to pursue an earlier effective date, there are several legal theories that can be used in those processes. Here are 2 of the most common legal theories to argue for an Earlier Effective Date in a VA Disability Compensation ...
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    question-001.jpeg14 Questions about VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims

    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
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    disabilities-002@3x.png2016 The Most common VA Service Connected Disabilities

    The most common service connected disabilities based on the Veterans Benefits Administrations Annual Report. The Compensation program provides tax-free monthly benefits to Veterans in recognition of the effects of  disabilities  caused  by  diseases,  events,  or injuries incurred or aggravated during active military service. The program ...
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    money.jpeg2018 VA Compensation Rates

    The amount of basic benefit paid ranges, depending on how disabled you are. VA makes a determination about the severity of your disability based on the evidence you submit as part of your claim, or that VA obtains from your military records. VA rates disability ...
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    3-Things-You-Want-Out-of-a=DRO-Hearing.jpg3 Things You Want Out Of a DRO Review – VA DRO Hearings (Decision Review Officer)

    [Reprinted here with permission from Veterans Law Blog] A de novo review is your other option. de novo, which means “new,” or “fresh look,” is a Latin term used by lawyers.  In a de novo review, a DRO, who is a senior-level, highly experienced claim ...
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    appeals-001.jpeg5 Things to Know about the VA Appeals Process

    The multi-stage appellate process is available to you after you have already received one or more decisions on your claim, but disagree with some aspect of VA’s decision. During the appellate process, an appeal undergoes additional independent reviews, often multiple times and by different adjudicators, ...
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    gavel-stethoscope-book-slider.jpegA Veterans Benefits Raters View

    "First, allow me to introduce myself with some background info. I am a veteran, a nurse, a woman, and decide VA disability claims." Author Unknown I share many of the frustrations of veterans when I see claims that have not been properly or expeditiously decided. It ...
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    emergency-room-001.jpegAm I eligible for emergency care at a non-VA facility?

    Am I eligible for emergency care at a non-VA facility? An eligible Veteran may receive emergency care at a non-VA health care facility at VA expense when a VA facility or other Federal health care facility with which VA has an agreement is unable to ...
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    rom-test.jpegBack and Cervical Pain – Bulging Disc and the C and P Exam ROM Test

    I have a C&P coming up in October for Neck/Back pains. While in Iraq in 2004, I fell off of a 916 semi-truck and have buddy statements to verify this. I also have medical proof that I went to the TMC in theater and it ...
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    • So I've been in a basic power chair (Q6 Edge) since 2015. Late 2016 was also fitted for a TiLite TRA manual (also keeping powerchair). 2017 was approved by Tampa VA for clothing allowance for lower. 

       

      Moved to Battle Creek VA late 2017. Since then was issued new basic powerchair (Quickie P222-SE) to replace broken Q6. Still use TiLite also now can lightly ambulate with Forearm crutches.

      Use crutches 50%, and both chairs 25% each.

      Was approved for 1 clothing allowance this year for forearms crutches for upper.

       

      Was denied 2nd for chair/lower that was awarded last year because Chief Prosthetic states "powerchair takes precedence, you were issued that so you are to use only the powerchair".

      Also powerchair has gap between seat and leg mounts where clothes do get caught and tear. Clinician was I'll put it back in but"power chairs dont get clothing allowances", and "any review or appeal will only come back to me"

      I was approved for powerchair/custom manual combo clothing allowance last year; How do I word an appeal for the lower clothing allowance this year?

      My local DAV rep at the VA has no clue on how to handle this.

       
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    • Thank you.  I’m not exactly sure of how I will file it.  If it is secondary to TBI, would it be pyramiding?
    • I understand what you are saying. Does it sometimes take awhile to update the VA letters and disabilities info online after it closes.....in my case on a Saturday ? Some on other posts on here says no and some say yes so I'm just curious about the inconsistency regarding that if it is yes and no.
    • I understand what you are saying. Does it sometimes take awhile to update the VA letters and disabilities info online after it closes.....in my case on a Saturday ? Some on other posts on here says no and some say yes so I'm just curious about the inconsistency regarding that if it is yes and no.
    • Disability Calculator: Veterans Compensation Rate Calculator
      Disability Calculator: Veterans Compensation Rate Calculator

      10 + 50 = 50 and other VA math mysteries explained.

      VA Math It’s Not Your Mother’s Arithmetic “VA Math” is the way that the VA computes combined impairment ratings for multiple conditions in a Veteran’s compensation benefits claim – and it requires that you unlearn real math. When a Veteran has multiple medical conditions that are service connected, and the Veterans Affairs rates each at a different percentage, it would seem that they should just add up your percentages to get to a total body impairment rating. Continue Reading

      Use our Ratings Calculator to add your percentages
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    • I filed for my mitral valve regurgitation heart disease secondary to a service-connected condition on 7-30-18. It was granted on 8-30-18. Since I filed for this heart valve issue and was awarded, can I still file for hypertension ? I have been seeing comments that you should file for hypertension first and file for heart disease as a secondary. Can I file for hypertension as a secondary to my heart disease ? I am alittle confused on this matter.

      Dan
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    • For Calculating Retro

      VA Disability Compensation Rates 2012 | 2011 | 2010-2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999

      Prior to 1999 check here https://www.hadit.com/va-disability-compensation-rates-historic-for-retro-calculation/
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    • I am a 100% disabled veteran, At first I was super excited to find out I am getting retro pay for back benefits to 2006. But that was over 2 months ago. I been waiting and waiting and calling to ask them wheres my back pay. They first told me "one month" than I call again. The guy started reading a script of basically "we are malingering on paying you" type crap. I was wondering if there is any number I can call besides that 800-827-1000 number to inquire about my status. I don't know why its taken so long when there is specific information telling them from the judge that VA owes. 

      There was a remanded to see if I was eligible for IU (I get it now since 2014 im actually 90% with 10 of that been IU). I been on SS since 2004. Can Someone help me out? Thank you
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    • You might have a 38 CFR 3.156 situation-

      meaning the VA might have considered your claim in 95/96 as "not well grounded" and failed to even get your STRs.Or they did get your STRs but never considered the specific entry you cited here.

      Lots of discussion under a search, of 38 CFR. 3.156 (a)(b) (c) ---here is a winner:

      https://community.hadit.com/topic/52994-cue-in-failing-to-apply-the-provisions-of-38-cfr-§-3156c-for-effective-date/

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    • Choosing a VA Disability Attorney Means Learning What Questions to Ask
      Choosing a VA Disability Attorney Means Learning What Questions to Ask. Chris Attig - Veterans Law Blog 

      <br style="color:#000000; text-align:start">How to Hire an Attorney For Your VA Claim or Appeal Free Guidebook available on the Veterans Law Blog

      I got an email the other day from a Veteran.  It had 2 or 3 sentences about his claim, and then closed at the end: “Please call me. So-and-so told me you were the best and I want your help.”

      While I appreciate the compliments, I shudder a little at emails like this.  For 2 reasons.

      First, I get a lot of emails like this.  And while I diligently represent my clients – I often tell them we will pursue their claim until we have no more appeals or until we win – I am most assuredly not the best.

      There are a LOT of damn good VA Disability attorneys out there.  (Most, if not all, of the best are members of the National Organization of Veterans Advocates…read about one of them, here)

      Second, I don’t want Veterans to choose their attorney based on who their friend thought was the best.  I want Veterans to choose the VA Disability attorney who is BEST for their case.

      In some situations, that may be the Attig Law Firm.

      But it may also be be Hill and Ponton, or Chisholm-Kilpatrick, or Bergman Moore.  Or any one of the dozens of other attorneys who have made the representation of Veterans their professional life’s work.

      There are hundreds of attorneys that are out there representing Veterans, and I’m here to tell you that who is best for your friend’s case may not be the best for your case.

      How do you Find the Best VA Disability Attorney for your Claim?

      First, you have to answer the question: do you NEED an attorney?

      Some of you don’t...
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      VA Emergency Medical Care
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    • Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act
      Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act
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    • Thank you Buck for your help. I did receive my 100% for my IU claim today June 20, 2018 and it is p&t. The claim only took 64 days. Thank you so much for your help. 
    • Thanks Berta for your help. I did receive my 100% today for my IU claim on 6/20/2018. It only took 64 days to complete and it is p&t. Thanks for your words of wisdom. 
    • OK so I had pancreatectomy in 2003 due to an impacted goldstone 2/3 of my  Pancreas was removed I am type one diabetes with very large scars continued diarrhea stomach problems Constant back and shoulder pain I recently received a Nexus letter from my  endocrinologist related to my service in the gulf war.  Any suggestions or advice from anyone
    • I would like to meet other Hadit members who live in Michigan.  We have at least two major VA Hospitals (Battle Creek, Ann Arbor).  Or maybe you go to the the John Dingell in Detroit.  

      I like Ann Arbor.  I like the fact that most of the doctors there are also at the UM Hospital.  I don't like how uickly they seem to turn over though.  
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    • Really?
      I am confused.  A few days ago I spoke to a person at a VARO who said if I die from something other than service-connected my husband gets zero, zilch, squat.  Hmmmmmm, it seems the rules change willy-nilly...I have been rated 100% P & T for over 10 years, MS is static, and I am 56 years of age.

      Can a fellow Veteran shed a light on this?

      Thank you.
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    • Fund raising for HadIt.com
      The site is supported through ads and ad free subscriptions, we are also asking for any support you would like to send our way. You can give a $1 or more it all helps. Keep in mind though that it is NOT tax deductible and we are NOT a non profit. As the site grows so do the costs and ads and subscription do not always keep pace with the costs. Any help is appreciated, but not required.
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    • Carol Ozanecki- Blue Water vet Advocate called me with this news:

      https://www.stripes.com/news/lawmakers-launch-new-effort-to-provide-agent-orange-coverage-for-blue-water-navy-vets-1.525395

      Also there is a article in Pop Culture she sent to me----mentionig Blue Water vets buy I felt it was too political to post here. You can google it if you want to read it.

       

       
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    • Cue Claim Template?
      I was told by my VSO to write a statement for a CUE claim. I am looking at the CUE because the VA didn't follow VA Training Letter 10-02 that should have directly S/C'ed me for my tinnitus without an exam, but also because they approved my Re-open claim 2 years later and the only difference was a new C&P exam.

      Any help would be great. This is what I came up with:

      I respectfully request the VA to call a clear and unmistakable error on part of the January 3, 2013 decision from the Boise VARO and to correct it.

      In this Decision Letter, I was denied service-connection for Tinnitus. I mentioned tinnitus (ringing in the ears) on my April 4, 2012 Statement in Support of Claim for hearing loss. Tinnitus is listed as a deferred claim on my September 4, 2012 Decision Letter. I submitted a Statement in Support of Claim for Tinnitus on September 5, 2012 and again on October 25, 2012.

      I was given a C&P exam on August 14, 2012 by Audiology and Hearing Aid Center in Boise, Idaho.

      I received my Decision letter with the denial of Tinnitus on January 3, 2013 stating that “Your service treatment records do not contain complaints, treatment or diagnosis for this condition”.

      During my C&P exam, it was stated that I didn’t have any mention of tinnitus in my Service Treatment Records (STR).

      On the Compensation and Pension Exam Inquiry dated July 13, 2012 on page 3, the hearing exam that was completed on 4/1/2008 is also where my tinnitus was identified while in service, but there was no mention of my tinnitus in the inquiry.

      The evidence listed on my Decision Letter dated January 13, 2013 listed Service Treatment Records from June 5, 1989 to March 3, 2010.

      In VA Training Letter 10-02 dated March 18, 2010, on page 7, item #5 it states: If service treatment records mention a complaint of tinnitus and the veteran claims tinnitus and has current complaints of tinnitus, a medical opinion regarding possible causation is not required. Service connection can be established without an opinion about the specific cause of the tinnitus because it began in service.

      The VA's failure to consider and evaluate the evidence and follow VA Training Letters that the VA had in their possession manifestly altered the outcome of the decision referred to above.

      If the Tinnitus claim was approved on the Decision Letter dated January 13, 2013, it would have increased my rating from 60% to 70% at the time.
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    • Survivors- a Must read
      If you are new to hadit and have DIC questions it would help us tremendously if you can answer the following questions right away in your first post.

      What was the Primary Cause of Death (# 1) as listed on your spouse’s death certificate?

      What,if anything, was listed as a contributing cause under # 2?

      Was an autopsy done and if so do you have a complete copy of it?

       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?

      Did they have a claim pending at death and if so what for?

      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?

      And how soon after their death was the DIC form filed…if filed within one year of death, the date of death will be the EED for DIC and also satisfy the accrued regulation criteria.
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    • If you are a Veteran, represented by MOPH, you need to know that MOPH is closing down its offices.  This can have a drastic effect on your claim, and it wont be good for you.  You likely need to get a new representative.  

      This station confirms MOPH is closing its doors:

      http://www.kwtx.com/content/news/Waco--Purple-Heart-veterans-service-center-to-close-its-doors-480422933.html

       
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    • Retroactive Back Pay.
      Retroactive Back Pay - #1Viewed Post Week of March 19. 2018

      My claim is scheduled to close tomorrow for my backpay.
      Does anyone know if it does close how long till the backpay hits the bank?
      Also does information only get updated on our claims whenever the site is down?
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    • Examining your service medical records...
      * First thing I do after receiving a service medical record is number each page when I get to the end I go back and add 1 of 100 and so on.

      * Second I then make a copy of my service medical records on a different color paper, yellow or buff something easy to read, but it will distinguish it from the original.

      * I then put my original away and work off the copy.

      * Now if you know the specific date it's fairly easy to find. 

      * If on the other hand you don't know specifically or you had symptoms leading up to it. Well this may take some detective work and so Watson the game is afoot.

      * Let's say it's Irritable Syndrome 

      * I would start page by page from page 1, if the first thing I run across an entry that supports my claim for IBS, I number it #1, I Bracket it in Red, and then on a separate piece of paper I start to compile my medical evidence log. So I would write Page 10 #1 and a brief summary of the evidence, do this has you go through all the your medical records and when you are finished you will have an index and easy way to find your evidence. 

      Study your diagnosis symptoms look them up. Check common medications for your IBS and look for the symptoms noted in your evidence that seem to point to IBS, if your doctor prescribes meds for IBS, but doesn't call it that make those a reference also.
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    • How to get your questions answered on the forum
      Do not post your question in someone else's thread. If you are reading a topic that sounds similar to your question, start a new topic and post your question. When you add your question to a topic someone else started both your questions get lost in the thread. So best to start your own thread so you can follow your question and the other member can follow theirs.

      All VA Claims questions should be posted on our forums. Read the forums without registering, to post you must register it’s free. Register for a free account.

      Tips on posting on the forums.

      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’.


      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.


      Use paragraphs instead of one huge, rambling introduction or story. Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.



      Leading to:

      Post clear questions and then give background info on them.



      Examples:

      A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?



      I 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?





      This gives members a starting point to ask clarifying questions like “Can you post the Reasons for Denial from your claim?” etc.

      Note:

      Your firsts posts on the board may be delayed before they show up, as they are reviewed, this process does not take long and the review requirement will be removed usually by the 6th post, though we reserve the right to keep anyone on moderator preview.

      This process allows us to remove spam and other junk posts before they hit the board. We want to keep the focus on VA Claims and this helps us do that.
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    • I have a 30% hearing loss and 10% Tinnitus rating since 5/17.  I have Meniere's Syndrome which was diagnosed by a VA facility in 2010 yet I never thought to include this in my quest for a rating.  Meniere's is very debilitating for me, but I have not made any noise about it because I could lose my license to drive.  I am thinking of applying for additional compensation as I am unable to work at any meaningful employment as I cannot communicate effectively because of my hearing and comprehension difficulties.  I don't know whether to file for a TDUI, or just ask for additional compensation.  My county Veterans service contact who helped me get my current rating has been totally useless on this when I asked her for help.  Does anyone know which forms I should use?  There are so many different directions to proceed on this that I am confused.  Any help would be appreciated.  Vietnam Vet 64-67. 
    • e-Benefits Status Messages
      e-Benefits Status Messages 

      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. Ebenefits status is helpful but not definitive. Continue Reading
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    • Tinnitus And Meniere's Disease
      I was rated at 10% for tinnitus last year by the VA. I went to my private doctor yesterday and I described to him the problems that I have been having with my sense of balance. Any sudden movement of my head or movement while sitting in my desk chair causes me to lose my balance and become nauseous. Also when seeing TV if there are certain scenes,such as movement across or up and down the screen my balance is affected. The doctor said that what is causing the problem is Meniere's Disease. Does any know if this could be secondary to tinnitus and if it would be rated separately from the tinnitus? If I am already rated at 10% for tinnitus and I could filed for Meniere's does any one know what it might be rated at? Thanks for your help. 68mustang
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    • Top Feb. Content
      Feb 2018 on HadIt.com Veteran to Veteran. Sharing top posts and a few statistics with you.
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    • I have a 30% hearing loss and 10% Tinnitus rating since 5/17.  I have Meniere's Syndrome which was diagnosed by a VA facility in 2010 yet I never thought to include this in my quest for a rating.  Meniere's is very debilitating for me, but I have not made any noise about it because I could lose my license to drive.  I am thinking of applying for additional compensation as I am unable to work at any meaningful employment as I cannot communicate effectively because of my hearing and comprehension difficulties.  I don't know whether to file for a TDUI, or just ask for additional compensation.  My county Veterans service contact who helped me get my current rating has been totally useless on this when I asked her for help.  Does anyone know which forms I should use?  There are so many different directions to proceed on this that I am confused.  Any help would be appreciated.  Vietnam Vet 64-67. 
    • VA C and P Exam – Do’s and Don’ts – VA Compensation Pension Exam
      VA C and P Exam – Do’s and Don’ts – VA Compensation Pension Exam


       



      The following is written from a VA Compensation and Pension Examiners perspective relating to psychiatric exams. It is a good guideline for all exams but I only did psych exams. I’ve been examined by the VA for multiple problems and this is my format when I go to be examined. A little common sense and clarity ...




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    • Alex Graham Founder Asknod.org guest on Hadit.com Podcast
      Hadit Podcat Special Show Monday, March 5, 2018

      Our guest speaker will be the one and only Alex Graham, Alex or ASKNOD a he is so well known as brings his vast VA knowledge and his constant wit to the show. Alex is the expert on Hep C and other issues that has afforded him the ability to become a Certified VA claims agent. He has helped a lot of Veterans with their claims by direct representation, His contributions to Hadit.com and through his own website ASKNOD.ORG.
      Too listen http://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2018/03/06/hadit-podcast-special-show-with-alex-graham

       
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    • Has Anyone Received an Invite to Participate in RAMP?
      Hi Everyone,

      My dad was awarded 100% in April 2016 and I submitted a NOD in August 2016 to appeal the effective date.  According to the VA website, the RAMP program will "invite" those who are currently in the appeals process.    Has anyone on here been asked to participate?  

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  • VA Disability Claims Research Forum

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    This forum is where most folks start, while we have forums that deal with very specific topics, post any VA Claims question here.

    The VA Claims process - read below for quick a primer.

    File a Claim with VA

    • Submit a compensation or pension claim
    • For the fastest claim decision, submit an electronic Fully Developed Claim (FDC) including completed Disability Benefit Questionnaires (DBQs)
    • Make sure VA has your current contact information (address, phone, and email information)

    VA Schedules a Claim Exam

    • VA will review your claim and may schedule one or more VA claim exams, also known as C&P exams, as part of the“Information Gathering”phase 
    • VA or a VA partner may send a letter or call you to schedule your exam(s)
    • Not everyone will be requested to attend a VA exam

    Confirm Your Exam

    • Confirm the date, time, and location of your appointment(s) with the number provided
    • Reschedule the exam(s) as soon as possible if you have a conflict.
  • c-and-p-exam-001.thumb.jpeg.f70f73d3ca46Compensation and Pension Exam Forums

    Please post only C and P questions in this forum. 

    The VA claim exam, also called a C&P exam, is different from a regular medical appointment because the examiner won’t prescribe any medicine or treat you for your disability. This exam occurs only if you file a compensation or pension claim. It is a part of the claim review process and helps VA determine if your disability is service connected, the level of your disability, or if your condition should receive an increased rating due to it worsening.

    The amount of time the examiner spends with you during your exam depends on what conditions you claimed and if VA needs more information to make a decision. The length of your visit could be very short, or last an hour or more. However, a mental-health evaluation typically lasts two to four hours.

    THE EXAMINER MAY: 

    • Ask you questions
    • Observe your behavior
    • Perform a limited physical exam
    • Simply review your file with you

    Each exam is different. Remember, your in-person visit is only one part of the claim review process. Typically, examiners spend time before and/or after your appointment reviewing your medical records. Even if your visit is short, he or she is still carefully reviewing your claim. Source: VA Claim Exam Fact Sheet

  • c-and-p-exam-001-300.jpegVA C and P Exam – Do’s and Don’ts – VA Compensation Pension Exam

    The following is written from a VA Compensation and Pension Examiners perspective relating to psychiatric exams. It is a good guideline for all exams but I only did psych exams ...
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    10 + 50 = 50 and other VA math mysteries explained. The Easy Way to Do Combined Ratings.The Secret Behind VA Math and the Combined Ratings Table.The VA Combined Ratings Table in Practice.Combined Ratings 10 + 50 = 50 and other VA math mysteries explained. The Easy Way to Do Combined Ratings. The VA publishes … Continue reading

  • Disability Calculator: Veterans Compensation Rate Calculator

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    10 + 50 = 50 and other VA math mysteries explained. VA Math It's Not Your Mother's Arithmetic "VA Math" is the way that the VA computes combined impairment ratings for multiple conditions in a Veteran's compensation benefits claim – and it requires that you unlearn real math. When a ...
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  • Appealing Your Veterans Compensation Disability Claims NOD, DRO, BVA, USCAVC Forums

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    Appealing your Veterans Compensation Disability Claims decision usually starts with the Notice of Disagreement (NOD) Veterans Affairs is rolling out a new Appeals process called RAMP.

  • PTSD Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Claims Forum

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    quotes-001@3x-150x150.pngDoes it matter whether the Veterans Affairs finds that a veteran is service-connected for PTSD, as opposed to some other psychiatric disorder?  For purposes of compensation, no, it does not. 

    The Veterans Affairs rating schedule provides one general rating formula which it applies to every mental disorder, whether the diagnosis is for PTSD, depression, anxiety, schizophrenia, or for any other psychiatric diagnosis.  (A diagnosis of personality disorder is an exception where VA has determined that personality disorders do not qualify for compensation as they are not capable of being caused by service).

     The compensation rate will be the same, regardless of the diagnosis.

    The key question for a mental disorder, then, is whether the condition was caused by or began during military service, not whether the veteran has anxiety disorder or PTSD. Continue Reading


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  • 14 Questions about VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims

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    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
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