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  1. Yours is a great post, and it makes you sound sincere and human. One of the worst people to lie to is yourself, "pretending" as if everything is hunkey dorey. It sounds like you learned from your mistake. It also sounds like you have a "documented" (medically) history of Suicidial Ideations, in your records. You dont have to have SI each and every day! . Symptoms of depression, PTSD, are known to "wax and wane", that is, you have some days which are better than others. We all have those. Its perfectly fine to tell your doctor, "I have SI today", or "I dont have SI today", and
    7 points
  2. I just received approval of 5 disabilities I've been working on for over two years. 30 to 80%. Certainly couldn't have done it without the help, knowledge and support I've gotten from all the great folks on Hadit. But even though anxiety can get to you at various stages of the disability process, you just have to "keep at it." A denial is a road block, not the end of road. If it happens, read and understand your decision letter and get back on that horse. Just wanted to let folks know that if I can do it, anyone can. And should. And, as a reminder, I have sent in a donation to Hadit to help k
    5 points
  3. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!! Enjoy your family & Friends and don't eat to much. I am Thankful to all you guys and hope everyone gets some good news after this Holiday. I am Thankful for what I do have. family and friends and I am still alive. Thankful to Ms TBIRD AND SHE IS A WONDERFUL BOSS AND LADY.& GOOD FRIEND Buck52
    3 points
  4. Yesterday was a great day. I have been working on these claims for awhile and this last year i really decided to do it right and spend the money and time necessary to win that last few claims i had been denied over the years. I was checking my status on va.gov and ebenefits and noticed while va.gov showed it as "gathering evidence" still ebenefits under pending disabilities when you click "check pending claim" it had been listed as "preparation for decision". As a sidenote i realized that ebenefits had alot more steps in it (gathering -> prep for decision-> pending decision approva
    3 points
  5. First, the 2018 C & P exam in way to old. Second, it seems that you filed a claim, and it was rated and denied in Jan 2020. You recently filed a supplemental with new medical evidence Nov 2020 and VA has scheduled you for a new C & P exam. It is normal for VA to schedule a new/current C & P exam prior to making a new decision. This is a good thing.
    3 points
  6. USMCNEVERFORGET I would just resubmit everything, and move on. You're dealing with the bureaucratic nightmare we call the VA. Left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. Stupid? Yes; but why fight the impossible. Just reference the new request and provide copies of your previous submittals. Sur it's frustrating; but just do what you gotta do to move the pile. Best of luck.
    3 points
  7. Speaking of Christmas, what a wonderful gift you could give by donating to hadit.com. I do not have much but donated $50 to help the thousands of veterans who use this site. If everyone could donate even $5 to $10 what a difference it will make for veterans!
    2 points
  8. Winner, winner, chicken dinner, Hamslice
    2 points
  9. Just got the actual requested call with the reviewer on my HLR filed back in July. That should give others some sort-of timeline on how long they're taking to get to these. She seemed pretty confident that I'll get the higher rating because it's literally based on math (x amount of pills represented in the prescriptions submitted / 3 times per day / 7 days = 8 + weeks). She said as long as she finds the prescriptions to be what I explained; it should be a no brainer.....we shall see....
    2 points
  10. While I agree with Marine Corp, "just because" attorney "A" declines to repesent you does not necessarily mean your appeal should be abandoned. Attorney's decline representation for Many reasons, some of which are unrelated to the merits of your claim. For example, they may be "booked up". Or, they may not have expertise in your area of VA law. Or many, many other reasons, such as family reasons, covid 19, illness, etc. etc. There are about 29 million Veterans, and maybe 1000 VA lawyers. There is a shortage of attorneys who represent Veterans, pure and simple. For these
    2 points
  11. Congratulations on your well deserved win. I certainly whole heartedly agree, that I would have never won my benefits without guidance from hadit volunteers such as yourself. This is our chance to give back.
    2 points
  12. Re-read your decision letter, pay close attention to the evidence used and the Reason and Bases sections. The evidence does not have to be new; they can be material, pertinent or relevant. It is evidence that was in your file but never associated with your decision which would warrant an EED. If the evidence and the Reason and Bases section does not discuss/address your hospitalization, them it was not considered in that decision. As I stated my evidence was always in my record but my record was about 3000 pages at the time of my rating decision and I knew that there was no way in hell that t
    2 points
  13. Tbird I think several of us regular contributors all drank the same cool aid. Once you get the bug and help your brothers and sisters, it's kinda hard to stop. We not only help the individual veteran or advocate with advise, but many, many others also read it and can relate to a same or similar problem and learn from it. I for one can't thank you enough Tbird for having the insight and perseverance ro keep at it all these years. Many thanks!
    2 points
  14. I will mention this as to prayers when we have our church Zoom prayer meeting tomorrow Tbird, and will begin praying for all of you and anyone here who has been affected by the Covid..and praising God for all who have not been affected by it. I am in the Prayer Warrior group at my church. God hears every prayer! ( And He gave me the wisdom to succeed in my VA claims) The VA is developing a plan for disbursement of the vaccine, when they get it . When I get more info on that I will post it.
    2 points
  15. Hello Tbird! I just finished praying for you and your family. You are going to be just fine. I know this for a fact because Isaiah 54:17 states that "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper." Keep the faith! Myself, and many other veterans are here to support you!!!
    2 points
  16. This document amends the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Schedule for Rating Disabilities (``VASRD'' or ``rating schedule'') by revising the portion of the rating schedule that addresses the musculoskeletal system. The purpose of this revision is to ensure that this portion of the rating schedule uses current medical terminology and provides detailed and updated criteria for the evaluation of musculoskeletal disabilities. View the full article
    2 points
  17. This is a "must read" for anyone with musculoskeletal disabilities that will be applying for for claims or for increases. Note that it goes into effect in 3 months, 2-7-21.
    2 points
  18. Congratulations on your win! Pacmanx is correct. I will add here that, altho I have not reviewed your file, its possible or even likely for you to win an eed, tho that would depend on what your records show. My advice is you should take your cfile to a NOVA attorney, and ask him if he sees grounds for an eed. https://www.vetadvocates.org/cpages/sustaining-members-directory Before you grab your CUE stick, understand that YOU can be snookered! First, see if 38 CFR 3.156 b or 3.156 c applies if you are representing yourself. For example, if there was evidence in your mil
    2 points
  19. When did VA make this Rating Decision? Did you locate these records and are they in your possession? IMHO (IN MY HUMBLE OPINION). If you are going after an EED (EARLIER EFFECTIVE DATE) it is best to submit these records along with your claim and explanation as evidence. If your rating decision is less than 1 (one) year, less than 365 days then file a TIMELY NOD (NOTICE OF DISAGREEMENT). If your decision is beyond 1 (one) year more than 365 days, then you can file a re-open claim. Yes, you can file a CUE Claim, but CUE Claims are harder to win but are not impossible. 38 CFR 3.156
    2 points
  20. I was in Bahrain in the early 80s and some other sandpits was hospitalized 24 months later for GERD and diarrhea, that was in 1987. I hurt everywhere as time clicked by. My Gi doc 5 months ago found out that I had picked up Helicobacter pylori the damage done of the years can not be fixed but not being anemic and finally up taking fat soluble vitamins like K, D and calcium sure make you feel just a little more alive. They did not test for this until after two docs got the nobel prize in 2005 and the treatment is the same as amtrax it sucks but worth it.
    2 points
  21. All of my claims have been examined by a NP. I have never had a doctor for a C&P exam. I have won all of my claims except for the ones that were not well thought out on my part to begin with. If you have (had) a condition that resolved itself, with or without meds, and you have no residuals, then it will get denied. Which my denials were. I learned. All of my increases and secondary claims were examined by a NP. I was successful in all of those. Those were easy as I had new evidence from a doctor that showed worsening of my original service connected condition, or the the new c
    2 points
  22. I would have gone to the exams. Then: 1) If the exam is favorable, you are good to go. 2) If, however the exam is unfavorable then you challenge the competency of the examiner.
    2 points
  23. Lighthouse It may have been a good move, but you will never know. If the two exams resulted in favorable exams, you would have won. The favorable decision is the desired result here; you're not interested in receiving medical treatment. You just want to win. Maybe they would have, maybe not. Getting rescheduled to a VA examiner will certainly be a delay in your claim, but it also could result in a unfavorable result. You will find that out. I'm not dumping on you but some might say you took an option off the table. If the outside examiners gave a unfavorable, you could then have the option to
    2 points
  24. Yeah, mine did that, too. The important thing is that she doesn't even have to have the records in her possession. When we pull her OMPF and STRs it will be in there, along with any counseling actions, etc. as a result of it. I was medboarded during Basic for a sort of similar situation (obstacle failed during our final FTX, and I fell 8 feet to the ground while carrying a SINGCARS. Landed in a seated L position, fractured two vertebrae, ruptured 1 disc, severely bulged another). I completed the iteration, the next day, and the road march back to Company. It wasn't until a month later after I
    2 points
  25. so·lic·it /səˈlisit/ verb ask for or try to obtain (something) from someone. ask (someone) for something. No one asked me a damn thing regards IU, Hamslice
    2 points
  26. Got out of military 2004 (medical discharge) 2005 VA gave me 0% 2009 fought and got 20% 2010 fought and got 30% 2012 fought and got 40% 2013 fought and got 70% 2014 fought and denied claim 2015 fought and denied reconsideration of claim 2016 fought and submitted appeal 2017 hurry up and wait 2018 appeal changed to new ama 2019 ama appeal denied 2019 changed to bva appeal 2020 BVA appeal decision from judge November 2020 awarded 80% INTERESTED TO SEE WHAT THE NEXT 15 YEAR BATTLE WILL HOLD Regardless. I never
    2 points
  27. "If" you act now, and begin college or voc rehab, you should be able to complete your program even if its after the 15 years. Example: My son applied under Chapter 35 Education benefits. (They expire at the child's age 23). He applied when he was 22, but got to complete the program which was when he was about 26. BUT, if you dont apply and get in before the expiration date, YOU are out of luck. So apply now.
    2 points
  28. Thanks I already did the resubmittal. Moving on as you said. Some VA claims are on spot then others are a cluster. Nothing ever is consistent with the VA except you know it's going to go bad at some point. Sorry to say...
    2 points
  29. In the Air Force, a visit to the Mental Health Unit voluntary or not, meant your job. I tried to off myself after '91 and my squadron leadership knew it. When they would ask, I just sucked it up and lied. My wife and kids needed an accidental death to benefit. We were always told to NEVER go to Mental Health because that was the end of your career. When I applied for PTSD, I lied then too. Why? I did not want to be ushered away to a ward and whatever happens after that. Regardless, my examiner gave me 70. The stigma when I was in was a fact of life.
    2 points
  30. Something similiar happened to me. I went in to a MH C&P and I wasnt honest, worse than yours, not only did i not mention everything that would have supported my increase i just said i was fine, everythings good, familys good, works good, etc etc. Well i got home and wrote a letter saying that i wasnt honest and open with the Dr. and listed out my symptoms. Weeks go by, a month and i get a letter stating that they were going to reduce my PTSD form 50%-30% . I ended up having to go get a IMO from a pysch to get the reduction dropped, etc. My advice would be to appeal, write out a le
    2 points
  31. I totally disagree with your post. I agree with a post that Ms. Berta posted several years ago. We veterans that have reached the 100% scheduler P & T rating and those of us that have won several CUE Claims here and there has earned our master’s degree in Veterans Disability. Look at all the success stories that are here on Hadit.com. Believe me or not but some of the success stories are not even on this board because I know like others, I have helped veterans that I personally know and not on this site. So, I know other board members have helped veterans not on this site. I cannot agree t
    2 points
  32. Good topic. I also believe many vets just have a general "taboo" feeling about admitting SI. I break them down into two categories as I have been thru both types... The first is the obvious, the thought and planning type of thoughts. The other is the type where its not a feeling of you wanting to do harm to yourself but rather you're fine if you just weren't around anymore. Both are forms of SI. Just because you don't sit there and dwell and plan doesn't mean you don't have those ideations. Self-awareness is the likely the best help you can give yourself. The honesty follows.
    2 points
  33. Renee, try to understand that when a veteran’s claim is remanded from BVA to the local VARO, the local VARO must implement the order and perform a duty to assist the veteran in gathering information and to include in obtaining a current C & P exam and or opinion. Even though you may have had a positive C & P exam. The local VARO will most likely request a new C & P exam, but it is possible that they could rate your condition but, in my experience, VA will request a new exam and evidence. It is just what they do. Just keep in mind that if you disagree with any decision you can alwa
    2 points
  34. blah I know one thing. If you are not comfortable with a VSO, move on brother. Your intuition is important. You go the way HE wants to go, and it doesn't work out. Who do you blame? Get someone you can trust. If you have different opinions on how to go, that's ok as long as you end up comfortable in going the final direction. If you can't get there, why struggle. Get a new VSO. Or, do it yourself.
    2 points
  35. I have read a lot of Veterans appeals. I wondered "why" my attorney did not "argue" all my points, and instead just did one or two? Now I know why! I see Vets "complain" in their appeal, for example, "that the C and P doc only spent 20 minutes" on his exam. How is that relevant? Does the Veteran know that the doc could well have read his file for 3 hours and not need much more? Sometimes, we just want to shorten our appeal. Dont mention in your appeal how rude your "ask Peggy" person was. Just the facts, please. Here is why: Its a "dilution" effect: https://getpocket.
    2 points
  36. Congratulations! Well, sort of.
    1 point
  37. Bbirder2 Dr. Ellis is Ellis Clinic in OK City. 4059175336. Dr. Bash can be reached thru his admin at 9253817561.
    1 point
  38. Congratulation GB Army wow 5 claims approved hopefully this will put you up to the 100% scheduler and possibly P&T Great News to see buddy. WTG.
    1 point
  39. That's right we are almost at a quarter of century of service to our brothers and sisters. it continues to be a labor of love for me. I can't thank you all enough for all your support.
    1 point
  40. I have two service connected disabilities that each have two additional secondary's related to them. All of my secondary ratings state "associated with" the original service connected disability. None are associated with the secondary condition even though that is what caused it. I don't believe they will connect the disability to the secondary disability, but they will to the service connected disability that the secondary is connected to. But, it really doesn't matter. Just claim the disability and that it is/was caused by either your connected or your secondary condition.
    1 point
  41. Keep the faith. It will work out. We will keep you in our prayers.
    1 point
  42. First it is almost impossible to get a back date when we did not disagree or file an NOD only after a claim was filed. A military psychiatrist hand wrote a three page analysis about my mental status and requested that the military to discharge me. I have never had the time to read anything more than let me out in 1970. The CO refused and instead falsely claimed that I went AWOL every week for a year then he had me arrested. The psychiatrist wrote another request for the military to release me in 71 and I was after a Court Martial with a General Discharge that included all benefits. My PTSD was
    1 point
  43. No, its not faster. It depends on the attorney. They work for you, call them and ask.
    1 point
  44. So after 5 years of appeals, I was finally sc for depression. I was rated at 30%. My issue is that I wasn't honest with the doctors or evaluator about suicidal thoughts. It was stupid, but I just don't trust them enough to have told them. I just found out though that having the thoughts would qualify for 70%. I looked through my mental health notes and saw at least one time the doctor did mention that I had them. My question is, should I appeal the decision again and start being honest or just start being honest and file for an increase in a few months?
    1 point
  45. Yes, its unfortunate that VA loses/deletes/misfiles your evidence. My advice is that, when you resubmit, "bullet proof" your later appeal. In other words "make reference" to your previous claim that VA lost, to give credibility to your position that you should get the effective date 2 years ago, when you first filed. Example: "This is a resubmission of a claim dated mm-dd-yy which was apparently lost in the system." While I can not promise "this will work", it may, especially if you have supporting evidence. Eventually, it might. Source: I submitted a claim in 2002,
    1 point
  46. Can you give us the breakdown for the TDIU award? What did SSDI award on? SMC T- https://cck-law.com/blog/special-monthly-compensation-series-smc-t/ "T" is a very high level of SMC and I do not know if you are eligible for that- however-I do think you should have received consideration, on an inferred SMC S claim. This is why I asked about the SSDI award: "Service connection is currently in effect for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), rated at 70 percent; bilateral hearing loss, rated at 40 percent; tinnitus, rated at 10 percent; Parkinson’s disease, rated at
    1 point
  47. You also asked: "Do I CUE the “SMC” decision that was dismissed in my BVA decision 16-13-292 because the CUED TDIU has been granted with a new EED?" The SMC CUE should be based on the first decision they made, with full knowledge, by evidence, that you were eligible for SMC. However a CUE in the appeal period can go much faster but would not possibly give you the retro a CUE on a past, unappealable decision would.
    1 point
  48. AllTheWay A little controversial, but I support veterans filing ITF because it can protect your EED. The effective date is either the date the veteran files the claim or, date of findings of fact. The latter would be where the VA determines you have a new diagnosis of a disability for example. I'm not sure where you get the "RO will go by the date of the decision." The award date or decision date is dated on the decision letter. In that letter they declare the effective date of the award, which normally is when a veteran filed their intent to file. Maybe you are thinking about when you get yo
    1 point
  49. 8k cash down to 4k due to paying bills off and getting house in valdosta ga to rent hmm new bills and stuff out of 3k a month im down to roughly 500 i can save. Thats until parents can get jobs then more round 1k a month...
    1 point
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