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  2. My wife is going to call Mass Eye and Ear (I can't even get through a phone conversation to request on my own) to have them send me the results of the audiology report spelling out the puretone thresholds and hertz so I can try to decipher the VA rating chart. The paperwork they gave me only gives me a graph i don't understand and the word recognition. I am also going to go to the VA and request my 2018 Audiology test so i can compare them.
  3. The denial was Dec. of 2017 and it was for anxiety and stress secondary to both hearing loss and tinnitus.
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  5. I always cringe when someone says, "I was told....." Told by who? A few weeks ago, on tv, "I was told" the earth was flat. I think the guy who said the earth was flat sincerely beleived that NASA's phots, proving otherwise, were all fakes. Even if you "were told" by someone like a VSO, or a VSO, or a VA employee, when I get done with this Im gonna calculate all the money I have lost by doing "what I was told", by VA employees, VSO's and others who either had no idea what they were talking about, or were just plain lying. You are not in the military anymore. Look up the criteria for TDIU. It says you are "unable to maintain Substantial Gainful employment" due to SC conditions. Once a year, you need to send to the VA a form which describes your "earned income". The late Senator Mc Cain, and others have gotten 100 percent and a few have overcome their disabilities and are able to earn an income. Now, when you are on tdiu, simply fill out the form to say how much you earned. Go look up the defination of substantial gainful employment, and/or earned income vs passive or investment income. Disabled people are not required to be in poverty, even tho that is often how it works out. Its not a crime to have saved up your money, and invested it wisely, or, in your case, for your parents to have done same. Do what you want to do, and take advice from whoever you please. Its your life. And there is much information out there. Some of it is correct, some not so much. Ask your accountant what is the defination of earned income vs investment income. If you do that, I think you will conclude you can own rental property as long as you are not actively managing it. Getting a degree in a medical field is great. I suggest you do whatever it is you can, and dont use the criteria for tdiu to rule over you. If you can work, after a year of SGE, report it on the form. Eventually, if you are able to enter the workforce, then do so, and dont fret over so called "lost income" from tdiu.
  6. My Commisary letter has disappeared from Eben as well. Good thing i.printed out a bunch of them for my records. As we all know, Eben is a horrible website and it's new counterpart Vets.gov aint any better
  7. This is an interesting topic for me cause I was just awarded TDIU. The way I always understood it from other posters is that rental income is unearned income/investment income therefore you didn't actually work to obtain that and would not count when the VA cross checks with Social Security just as long as it's reported on your tax filing as investment income and not earned income. I sold a baseball card earlier this year and i have a few baseball cards from my collection that i'm currently selling so I hope i'm right on this. I just don't think you should be forced to save money by leaving your extra funds in a checking/savings account or stashing it underneath your mattress. Inflation would just eat it away. Doesn't make sense to me. Maybe somebody else can chime in?
  8. I really don't understand why the VA don't want to understand that my weigh gain is from my lack of sleep and chronic pain. It is hard to be motivated to exercise when you are a walking zombie with chronic pain. The funny part of this is that when they tell me no, it pushes me to prove them wrong. I can see a lot more sleepless nights in my future, until I do so.
  9. I do need to look at the Medication that the Military and the VA had / has me on. Thanks Buck!
  10. Weight gain is a misconception by most doctors, unless it's a sleep specialist. It's only one factor. There's plenty of veterans that are not overweight and still have Sleep Apnea. Why is that?? So you're right in not buying what they're selling.
  11. Thanks Buck52 - The VA said that I require a C-PAP, noting that I had 30.4 Apneas per hour. The VA also stated that my Sleep Apnea is caused by my weigh (190 pounds at 5'10") but I am not buying it. I had issues long before I started gaining weigh, but they won't listen. Hopefully now that I have to use a Private Doctor, I can get down to the route of the problem. I have just ordered a new copy of my C-File, I should receive it in a couple of months. I would like to have it along with my VA and Military records to take to the Doctor and hopefully they will give an opinion. I am finding that the German Doctors are more open to give an opinion even when it deals with the VA.
  12. Thanks for your input, My Voc rehab case manager is in contact with my care providers and agrees with their assessment. I'm in the program for training purposes and he isn't pushing the employment resources until I get the green light from my care providers.
  13. Thanks for the information Doc25 - I will read the PDF's, it looks like a lot of good information. Max Hirshkowitz, is a VA Doctor who has done a lot of Psychiatric Disorders and Sleep Apnea. I have seen his name on a lot of research on the subject. I have been denied twice also, but I was trying to directly service connect OSA. I truly believe that I had OSA in service but in the 1980's OSA was unheard of. So I am going the Secondary route this time and hopefully I can find a Doctor to back it up. I will bring the documentation with me to the Doctor and maybe he/she will use some of it.
  14. Kudos for bettering yourself. However, It’s a fact. When you complete VOC Rehab? They VA will deem you employable. You WILL lose your TDIU. I think you could argue the rental property issue, but that’s out of my lane.
  15. @broncovet, in 1988 my entire medical record at the VA disappeared. The medical director and the undersecretary of the VA both wrote letters to my congressman that I had never been seen at the hospital. It sounds like a spy movie but I was advised to go to the records department after hours and speak to the records clerk. I did so and he handed me a jacket with some of my records in it and showed me the copier and said what he did not see he was not responsible for. He locked me in and went out to for a little while, I made the copies and locked the door after me. I wish I had all of my records because the care they detailed was pretty bad. It was not as bad as 2008 but it was interesting.
  16. If your providers say you are not ready for employment I would listen to them. I would hate to see you lose TDIU and then find out you are not employable. As for the masters program I would pursue another that does not have prerequisites. It might not be the one you want but it sounds like the one you want is not attainable at this time. I will say that I believe you are lucky you can attain a degree and have a chance at employment. A lot of us have to realize we will never be able to earn an income again. As for the properties, if they hold no sentimental value I would dump them but then this would be considered income when you sold them so check with the VA about this. Call Peggy and ask if there is someone who can advise you. Someone else on this site may be able to advise you or we should wait to see if @asknodis willing to weigh in on this question. It is complicated.
  17. A good example of a secondary claim for Sleep Apnea Example Only Say your S.C. For PTSD Would be PTSD you can say or the Dr''s can say that your VA Diagnose of sleep apnea is related to your PTSD.....so you can file a secondary claim due to your PTSD & Medications if you have a Dr to connect the two. But it has to be a qualified Dr to give his medical opinion on this. without the help of the Docs your Sleep Apnea Will be denied.
  18. yes if you get S.C. For them both it could boost you on up. but don't count on those. The Sleep Apnea Is what I would definitely file on if you use a C-Pap that the Dr's tell you is necessary to use because of your health, its usually 50% rating you may need to see if your Sleep Apnea can be secondary to one or more of your service connected conditions and file the Sleep Apnea Secondary Claim to one of those. check with the right Dr's on the Sleep Apnea claim and ask if your sc****** .>can be related to OSA? Ask that Dr if he will give his medical opinion that this veteran s.c. ***** is likely as not related to his OSA as I it understand this Veteran is prescribe a C-PAP BY THE VA Sleep clinic after his prescribe sleep study.ect,,,ect,,, you will need a Dr's help with this. Your other two conditions may or may not be enough to boost you up to the 100% but with them and the OSA that will definitely put you on up to 100% possibly SMC-S H.B. Good Luck My Brother Just remember just because you use a C-pap don't nessessarily mean the raters will give you a rating for it...you need the Dr;s help in connecting the two. look into our C-FILE and myhealevet notes. for possible favorable notations when you had your sleep study done.
  19. What was the date you received your denial letter? If it's been over a year...you'll need to re-open it with new and RELEVANT evidence as a supplemental claim for DRO review. https://www.va.gov/decision-reviews/supplemental-claim/ "New and Relevant Evidence" such as, new treatment notes for your mental health issues due to hearing loss and vestibular disorder; possibly a filled out mental health DBQ other than PTSD; and a nexus letter from a mental health doctor stating the minimum threshold of "at least as likely as not" the veteran's claimed condition is due to or the result of the veteran's hearing loss and vestibular disorder, plus a rationale linking your stress and anxiety to your SC conditions. Below I provided the proper DBQ that a mental health doctor can fill out. You can't fill out the medical part, only your personal information. MH disorders DBQ.pdf
  20. Hello All, Let me start by saying that I was recently granted TDIU, I'm a young guy in my early 30's and I am currently in Voc Rehab and finishing out a bachelors program. Working with my green team care providers I've been told that I am not yet ready to try for full employment. The issue I'm having is that while I work on myself mentally I would like to pursue a masters program to make myself more competitive and a more well-rounded applicant when the time comes that I can return to the workforce. There are two issues I'm running into regarding my TDIU status. 1. The program I am interested in requires 800 minimum PAID patient care hours to even apply for the program. So I would have to lose my TDIU to even try? I was told to contact my RO to possibly facilitate a sheltered part-time work program, or at the very least let my situation be known. Any advice on this matter would be greatly appreciated. 2. I recently inherited two properties from a family member and they are rentals, After speaking to a gentleman on VA's 1800 number I was told that rentals are counted towards gainful employment whether or not they are managed by me or not, ( I do not manage them, there were tenants already living there upon my possession of the properties). They don't bring in much in the way of profit so are they worth keeping if they jeopardize my TDIU. Overall I am very blessed to receive my IU rating but I still want to get better and push myself to do more and be more than I currently am, The rating itself has allowed me to spend more time working on continuing my education but more importantly overcoming some issues that have plagued me for many years. Any advice or guidance or even constructive criticism would be greatly appreciated , Thank you and have a wonderful day Semper Fi
  21. Thank you Broncovet! Very interesting map. It appears that since I went HLR the first time that I must to to the BVA lane.
  22. Comms.AMO@va.gov Here you go 25th. 3 others tried it last night and had a response this morning. I hope you get some relevant info on yours too!
  23. I didn't have Sleep Apnea diagnosed in-service, but I did get SC for PTSD with Depression. I claimed SA as secondary to PTSD medications. I was denied twice, I appealed each time, and the third time was the charm. You can secondary connect OSA to your Mental health conditions, if you're taking meds. Since you also have insomnia, the sleep medication that I'm sure is prescribed to you, to help you sleep; can cause or make OSA worse(aggravate). You can secondary connect OSA also to GERD, but there's not alot of literature that I could find other than the case I believe I provided to you in that earlier post. The URI claim suggested by BDD has to do more with chronic infections. That's what you will need to highlight in your claim. If you had recurrent and chronic respiratory infections well documented in your STR/SMR, and they still occur, you should have a relatively strong claim. [Read through the two articles I am providing at the bottom to give you an idea of which SC condition would make your OSA secondary claim stronger.] GERD&Sleep Apnea.pdf Psychiatric Disorders and Sleep Apnea article.pdf
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  25. Well when we get depressed and have stress and just not feel well...and we have another condition that would cause the other condition this is what he VA Call secondary claims . however you need to see the Dr's about these other condition that your original condition is related to (hearing loss) and get some medical paper trials going, if you take medication for anxiety and depression and you feel its because of your Hearing loss check with a Dr about it usually for depression/anxiety. You need to see the Mental Health Clinic And when they prescribe medications some of these medications will make us have other conditions that we never had before and the Dr's realize that so you need to ask them since you started taking (these medications that you prescribe for me will they cause me to feel this way and that way? if the Dr says yes then this would be favorable evidence to file with your claims. you can ask your therapist or psychiatrist if your hearing loss can caused or be related to your anxiety/depression ect,,,ect,, and if they says yes they can then this would be in your paper tail of your medical records and can be use as evidence to help you substantiate your claim of what you are claiming it would be a secondary condition. Depression/high anxiety secondary to your hearing loss. But unfortunately we can't make that statment but the Qualified Doctors Can...and some will you just have to ask them even ask them if they will fill out a DBQ but I never had any luck asking VA Dr's to fill out a proper DBQ Example I have chronic PTSD and take medications for it and depression and high anxiety...since taking these medications it has caused me to have E.D. I ask my VA Urologist if these medications can cause my E.D.?? He said yes they can so I copied that off my medical records and filed for E.D. Secondary to my PTSD this is only an example ....you could file a secondary claim due to your S.C. profound hearing loss.
  26. I went once about a year ago when I felt overwhelmed and my PCP told me I should she this lady. After about 15 minutes of talking to her all she wanted to do was put me on pills. At that point i got angry and the rest of the meeting didn't go so well and never went back. I'm sorry but i feel there are so many problems in this country because they push pills. Lost a family member to drug addiction a few months before i met this lady. If i need meds fine but if you don't even know me and want me to start popping more pills I'm not in. I probably over reacted but i still have her card hanging in my vehicle and I'm at the point when i might need to talk with her again.
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