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  1. Veterans, After reading some posts here and other sites and even on some BVA decisions. we veterans need to remind each other that in cases where there is Retro (any amount!) that is money and benefits we should have had all along and not a gift! In my case like many of the Vietnam generations we wanted nothing from the VA! And basically that is what they gave us, Nothing! Now because of so many of our brothers and sisters dying they were politically forced to recognize that a bunch of us deserve and NEED help. The politically push is what did it after so many dying! I can remember
    5 points
  2. Yeah those waivers were phony most of the time.... They tried to get the vet to believe they had to sign the waiver and also believe they could not ever claim for comp for whatever the waiver disability involved. What a crock of crap. You are right Compensation is not a gift. It is payment from our grateful nation for your sacrifice of mind or body,,solely due to your military service. I think that fact alludes most of the people in the VA system. . .
    3 points
  3. The only reason IU exists is because the VA has only updated their rating schedule a tiny bit since WWII. Rather than create a modern comprehensive rating schedule, the VA resorts to this accounting trick called IU. When a vet is unable to work because of his/her service-connected medical conditions, there is only one justifiable rating-100%. IU awards are often granted using another gimmick called "rating by analogy" which goes something like this: "Well, we don't have a rating scale for your particular medical condition; so we will rate it using another condition that WE, not medical scie
    2 points
  4. A simple letter revoking the POA that you gave to this service organization is all that is required. The VA accepted this from me in 2012. The statements this rep made to you are BS in my humble opinion, in desire to keep you as client. I would revoke this VSO immediately, but this is just my opinion. You are your own best advocate, and use Hadit for questions AND help!
    2 points
  5. This particuliarly irritates me! "patient refused services." Etc. Past years practices involved dropping "consults" when they aged out, fulfilled or not. VA Current efforts Calling veterans concerning more recent unfulfilled requests for service ("consults"), months after the initial request for service from the veteran or the veteran's pcp. In my experience, going back over a decade, if I really need timely medically related service, it's often been necessary to obtain it via outside VA services. It also has been necessary to have a treating physicians informal advice concerning
    2 points
  6. Congratulations. As mentioned, Chapter 35, and a bunch of other benefits require P and T. However, after your condition has "stabalized" (that is, you have undergone treatment for 5 years) there is a great chance you can get P and T. How long ago was your effective date? It may not be all that long for your "5 years". P and T is not automatic after 5 years, but it is difficult for VA to say, "It isnt permanent", when its gone on for 5 years. If I do something continiously for 5 years, then that usually means I will be doing something similar in another five years. There are "protec
    2 points
  7. Here's my take on nexus letters after fooling around with what does and does not work. https://asknod.wordpress.com/6051-2/ VBA has inveighed on the VHA doctors and forbidden them to write anything more than the day-to-day progression of the disease /injury. In 2010, VBA ruled only VA shrinks can dx PTSD. You need to get outside the VA system to get a DBQ. The DBQ merely lists what your physical condition is for rating purposes. DBQs were never meant to be discoveries of how you got disabled. Remember always that a C&P is much like a DBQ. Most C&P doctors are not there to mak
    2 points
  8. Presumptive exposure to anything, be it bending atoms on Bikini Atoll, to Agent Orange in the Republic of Vietnam or to the Gulf War(s) alleviates one simple facet of evidentiary law. It does not equal a free pass. The Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (COVA) affirmed basic Federally recognized law in 1994 (Caluza v. Brown) that three things were needed to win a VA claim. These were well-known rules among the poohbahs since 1918 but not to the rank and file Veteran. 1)Disease(or risk of exposure to)/injury in service; 2) same disease/injury now ; and 3) a doctor's letter cogently tying the
    2 points
  9. Thanks to Hadit and other great Vets on here, that is why we love and enjoy helping each other, as the VSOs, DAVs and Other Vet Programs, either don't know what they are doing or saying, or over worked and under manned. Good luck and we are always here for you
    1 point
  10. It is best to get the copies yourself and send them in initially along with a signed release of information authorization form. The VA will 'look' at what I sent, but then request copies from the docs to 'verify'. Don't send the VA your life history. Only send what is pertinent to your claims and make sure it is clearly highlighted in yellow or orange, but do not alter the content. If the rater receives the Encylopedia Brittanica, they are less inclined to actually review all of it. Yeah, it's their job, but they have been known to cut corners...
    1 point
  11. Well, the VA still owes all of us for the suffering we faced dealing with the claims and health system.
    1 point
  12. Regardless of what the DAV does, or does not do, you are ultimately responsible for your claim. I have had both really great and really awful results from the DAV. A lot about the DAV has to do with the quality of the rep. The DAV will help any veteran, even if you are not a paying DAV member. What I ended up doing was researching my claims on my own and with the help of the great team here at Hadit. When I had everything ready to go, I took it by the DAV, they reviewed it, and we discussed it. I heeded their advice, but submitted my claims on my own. There are some benefits of having
    1 point
  13. The clock is tic, tic ticking. Forget about your VSO, IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIF he sent the evidence in, fine. At this point, having received your recent VA Demand for evidence letter, time for you to take over. If you send all Medical Evidence that is currently in your possession and it turns out that your VSO did what he was supposed to, where's the harm? Let the VA figure it out, don't get a Denial because you didn't supply the evidence. Certainly won't be the 1st time the VA has received Duplicate medical records. Semper Fi Gastone
    1 point
  14. I responded to her as soon as I got her email. I sent her part of the writ.
    1 point
  15. Early on, I tried to use the states DVS. That sort of was OK for submitting a simple one issue claim. Beyond that FORGET IT! Same problem, never returned calls, etc. It also worthy of note that the state reps at the VARO are also service org reps. The state and the VA pay part of the expenses, and salary, since the reps are state employees. I have no idea what the service orgs pay or don't pay. In my county there also is a DVS rep. The major use is in the tax abatement process. The tax assessor does not accept the VA's 100% T&P letter. The DVS rep generates yet another letter, based
    1 point
  16. Hi Buck, That is exactly what I have done. We will see if it makes a difference.
    1 point
  17. During the C&P for my back the PA doing the exam noticed limited ROM and numerous muscle spasms while preforming the ROM tests. The spasms are a new featuring I haven been displaying recently, my wife is getting me set up with a private PCP since she is a nurse to review all VA documents and MRI imagery.
    1 point
  18. rootbeer, If you been experiencing severe chest pains recently and more frequently Then this is why I suggested that you go to your VAMC ER as soon as possible &let them know about your chest pains. Records or not its always better to be safe than sorry. ......................Buck
    1 point
  19. Sign a medical "release of information" to each of the affected docs/hospitals and send it to VA, by the deadline, keep a copy and send it certified mail return receipt requested.
    1 point
  20. Why a day off work? Take all your "Paper Evidence" to an office supply or Kinko's to get copied this Saturday. What, maybe 20 min of copying, right. Then off to USPO, right. If you have your Sxxx in 1 bag, no reason for this to be an all day affair. On the other hand, good luck if you don't have all your Ducks in a row. This appears to be your first SC Claims contact with the VA, most of us have had to learn the hard way, it's all on you. Relying on anyone else can be a costly mistake, resulting in a SC Denial. You can trust (Maybe) but you absolutely have to verify everything done on y
    1 point
  21. Appears that whatever Hospital or Dr that had your records hasn't sent them to the VA. Like the letter says, it's your responsibility to get the needed records to support your claim, into the VA. Time for you to make copies, get copies, whatever. US Mail, Certified Return Receipt to the VA. DIY, don't rely on your VSO.. It's your claim and your DENIAL if those records don't get delivered. Semper Fi Gastone
    1 point
  22. Anytime I've had tests done or been seen by an outside provider per the VA's request I've simply asked the outside provider for copies of the chart notes or test results. I've never been turned down. It's really stupid that the VA doesn't want you to have access to data derived from tests they performed on your body.
    1 point
  23. Still, unfortunately so many us were just alike. Wanting to get on with our lives, never realizing how the VA screwed the Vet when he needed help.
    1 point
  24. Well, I just submitted the NOD along with two IMO letters (one from my VA doc and the other from a private doc). It's unfortunate that the NOD cannot be submitted online through ebenefits, but instead has to be mailed to the intake center at one of the two locations. I'm hoping that the two IMO letters will force the VA to grant service connection since they both say "more likely than not" that it occurred while active duty.
    1 point
  25. It seems like a ploy to get as many IU'ers bumped down from 100% to 90% (or less) in order to shave $1163.35 per month times the number of veterans (victims of this ploy). And that's just from a single 10% drop. $2906.83 @ 100% -1743.48 @ 90% $1163.35 There are tons of other areas where savings can be achieved in the VA and throughout government nationwide, but unfortunately they are looking to cut costs in the wrong places.
    1 point
  26. I believe that taking a lot of meds can cause weight gain or make it harder to lose , those of us that take a lot of meds from the VA and having a hard time with weight loss. It could be the meds were taking especially if your eating right and the right foods and the foods are prepared right like baked cheicken and not fried chicken, if I eat friend chicken I take the good part off the crust'' and just eat the meat part, eat more veggies and eat meats Beans things like that for protein , and green veggies/beans Sweet patato for fiber,Drink lots of water. Just educate yourself as to how to ea
    1 point
  27. Now this is downright interesting: http://www.attiglawfirm.com/shoot/veteran-survivor-accrued-benefits-va/
    1 point
  28. Just to add, there are husbands, as surviving spouses, who are also eligible for DIC. I think we had husband of a deceased veteran here many years ago. I posted this BVA award this AM for a deceased veteran's husband here, because it contained some good info on toxic exposure claims, and I posted what I believe is the same IMO doctor's web site info: http://www.va.gov/vetapp99/files2/9915488.txt I heard that Gold Star Wives ( I am a member) has husbands in their membership too. That would sure not surprise me. The president of MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) for
    1 point
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