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  1. I first found this forum after I started my claim Aug 7, 2018. This was 10 years after my discharge. I had done everything I could to stay away from the military after my experience and had never even been to the VA before this year. I prepared my claim myself and was concerned I would be denied. I posted my c and p exam results here October 31, 2018 and members commented on their thoughts of success or failure, and said I would get about 50%. I then took my exam results to the Veteran rep here at my local unemployment office who told me ultimately I would be denied and should appoint a representative and prepare for appeal. I choose the DAV and left with my spirits a little crushed, but after reading people stories here I knew I had to remain hopeful. Nov. 29, 2018 I received an email from the DAV with the Decision that had been made even before I could see it. The email stated I had been service-connected at 70% PTSD permanent, also approved for TDIU and Dependent Education, but Ebenefits still said pending approval. So again I came to the forums for assistance and posted a copy of the email. I was met with congratulatory responses and assurance that the email was legit. @GeekySquid then messaged me a ton of information about benefits that were now available to me. It was from that information I was able to start the process of getting my life back on track. Im currently working with VR&E also known as Voc Rehab, to go back to school. Geeky told me they would give me hard time but to be persistent and it paid off my counselor has approved my long term goal of a Masters Degree. I can not put in words how thankful I am for this forum and its Members.
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  2. @MsAsya I am so proud of you and glad for you. I am humbled that any words I gave you were helpful. I am sure there were tough times, but from this message it seems you fought your way through. Use that strength to continue your fight back to "normal" whatever that means for you. Someone or Someones harmed you; You are now winning and the rat B****RDS who did so are losers and always have been. You have proved that you have the strength and ability to lead, help, and overcome in any situation. I will humbly ask that you show other veterans that strength. Pass on the information and experience you had at each step of the way, and show how you overcame, went around or just plain old beat the B****RDS into submission. Your Masters Program will have it's own challenges and highs and lows. Never give up, never let yourself be down for more than 10 seconds. IN that 10 seconds, wallow in your self pity then stand up, shake it off, and get back to winning the fight. Everyone one of us here has had that fight in one way or another; you are just the latest success of the power of veterans standing by our own. Carry that forward. Join leadership organizations at your schools. Show people what it means to be veteran, a strong self-assured woman, a leader, a person who has come through the fire and been forged stronger. This old veteran salutes you and keeps you in my thoughts. GeekySquid
    2 points
  3. Hi Everyone, I wanted to share my experience with having a informal DRO hearing and the results, so as to help you when you have your hearing. I had a DRO hearing March 21, 2016. It involved my lungs, back, spine area. My VSO got the results on June 22, 2018, and printed the VA rating Decision letter for me. I got everything I requested, and then some. I was give a rating for the scars on my back, sciatic nerve problems, both right and left leg, along with my lungs, back and spine. I received my Retro Pay on February 19, 2019, (it was over 50K) Nine different payments all on the same day, and I finally received my actual BBE from the V.A March 25, 2019. Some of you will remember my situation, Broncovet, Buck152, Ms. Berta. I am the guy that had a C & P exam, that was supposed to be cancelled (via R.O.) but she was transferred and couldn't notify them, and the doctor I had said "I am going to deny you, that's what I do. I deny everyone, that's why they like me here. But you should appeal, because you have a really good case". Well appeal I did! What I did, rather then get mad, I made sure I had all my evidence. I prepared 28 pages on information, with a table of contents, numbering everything to make it easy for the DRO. I had my DBQ's Nexus letters, and credentials of the doctors. My doctors were "Board Certified Specialists" in their field. I went step by step over the information, and pointed how these doctors were Board Certified. The hearing took 90 minutes, and my VSO said the DRO person I had was one of the top ones, and a really fair individual. I cannot tell you how important the credentials of the doctors were. The DRO constantly made reference to their being Board Certified, and how that out weighed the V.A. doctors. I didn't waste my time being angry, frustrated, etc. I just made sure I had the information available for the DRO. I also made a second packet for him, which he appreciated, as I seen he was taking notes and writing things on the original packet. Also I qualified for SMC-S, as that was indicated on the letter, and began the beginning of March. So I hope this helps. I made sure I hade the information needed, but didn't want to overwhelm the DRO with couple hundred pages of stuff.
    1 point
  4. I sure learned something the other day and want to post it here if anyone ever needs it-it is the sole decision at the BVA on this issue: "With respect to whether the Veteran met the schedular criteria for a TDIU prior to September 20, 2010, he was in receipt of section 1151 compensation for the following disabilities prior to that date: adjustment disorder with mixed anxiety and depressed mood, rated 10 percent disabling from April 16, 2001, through August 21, 2008, and 30 percent disabling from August 22, 2008, through September 19, 2010; and status postoperative right inguinal hernia repair with nerve entrapment syndrome involving fibers of the right anterior femoral cutaneous nerve, rated 10 percent disabling since April 16, 2001. His combined disability rating was 20 percent from April 16, 2001, through August 21, 2008, and 40 percent from August 22, 2008, through September 19, 2010. Hence, the Veteran did not meet the percentage requirements for a TDIU under 38 C.F.R. § 4.16(a) at any time prior to September 20, 2010. See 38 C.F.R. § 4.16(a). VA policy, however, is to grant a TDIU in all cases where service-connected disabilities/disabilities that are the basis of section 1151 compensation preclude gainful employment, regardless of the percentage evaluations. 38 C.F.R. § 4.16(b). The Board is prohibited from assigning a TDIU on the basis of 38 C.F.R. § 4.16(b) in the first instance without ensuring that the claim is referred to VA's Director of Compensation Service for consideration of an extraschedular rating under 38 C.F.R. § 4.16(b). Bowling v. Principi, 15 Vet. App. 1 (2001). The Board can review the decision of the Director of Compensation Service to make an independent determination. See Anderson v. Shinseki, 22 Vet. App. 423 (2008). " https://www.va.gov/vetapp16/files1/1604664.txt
    1 point
  5. I know this fight sucks, but remember at the end of the day that back pay is pretty darn good. Trust me you are moving very fast through the process. I have been around 6 years now in appeal now, and along the way 2013 I went from 10 to 30% then the next year to 40% and the year after to 60% and another year after to 80% and the beginning of this year to 90% with a partial VA appeal grant. Now I am waiting on my final 4 issues to come through to see where I land. My conditions started back in 2004, but I had no resources until someone told me about this process and how it can help. I missed many years of help, but I am on the right track now!. Keep your head in the game and don't let anything they send back at you stop you from fighting for everything you need to live your life after the military! We are all here to help, so please check in often even it seems small.
    1 point
  6. After reading the criteria, I would say you are pretty darn close.
    1 point
  7. Please post questions in the main public forums. That way others can advise and others can get help with similar problems.,
    1 point
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