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  1. Well not to be mean or anything just because you have a diagnosis for OSA and was giving a C-pap machine does not cut it with these raters they will deny 100%of the time FILING SECONDARY CLAIM to be connected to your PTSD for OSA YOUR GOING TO NEED A SLEEP DR to give his/her medical opinion that your PTSD AND THE MEDICATIONS YOU TAKE FOR IT IS LIKELY AS NOT THAT THIS VETERANS OSA IS CAUSE BY OR RELATED TO HIS PTSD MEDICATIONS AND HIS PRESCRIBE C-PAP MACHINE IS MEDICALLY REQUIRED TO USE. THE DR NEEDS TO READ YOUR MEDICAL RECORDS THAT PERTIAN TO THIS CLAIM AND EXAMIN YOU.
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  2. Foxhound6 When the VA does a C&P, they are supposed to tell you the purpose of the exam. Sometimes they don't. Happened to me as well. I thought it was a routine check on my heart condition but it was for a C&P and didn't tell me. If you said something while a claim was open regarding a MH condition, the note in the file was caught and it generated the exam. Not a bad thing, but you should have been notified. If the exam results in a favorable finding for a disability for you, (sometimes) the VA will give you a rating for it. But sometimes you may have to submit a claim for it using th
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  3. According to this, we are looking at "about" 1.3 percent Cola, but It could be better, or worse! However, most noticed food prices went up in the past few months. I am gonna guess 1.5 percent or better. My guess only. https://militarybenefits.info/cola-increase-watch/
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  4. yeah, its pretty nuts from what I hear. Miy training was wall to wall 8 hrs a day from April to June before I could even start looking at claims, and even then every action I took was reviewed and critiqued for almost another month before I could work on my own, and then it was still another 3 weeks before I was actually held to standards where my mistakes weren't just fed back to me to fix, but also counted against me. They do try really hard to not just drop you into things but you've seen the M21 (or maybe you haven't- you should, its publicly accessible). There are literally some things in
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  5. Maybe, I don't know. Since I don't rate Im not really privy to the subtleties of interpreting the M21 when it comes to ratings activity. For good or ill, those guys/girls go to class 8 hours a day for like 6 months just for that job, and thats after having been a VSR for some years because gs7-9 dont do ratings. Thats gs10 and above and usually a Masters degree in something or another. Im almost there (3 months) education wise, but I have awhile to go before I can even think about doing their job- and I don't know if I want to. I like being a relatively low cog.
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  6. JohanathanAD You have an excellent chance at winning an appeal. Carpenter is good at what he does, also. Go with the flow: if they are hanging the reject on obesity, suggest to Carpenter looking at the obesity as an INTERIUM link between PTSD and OSA. PTSD meds cause weight gain. WG causes OSA. I am not a doctor but the argument is that there is doubt as to how much either factor, weight gain/obesity, or your original evidence of the MH condition, but since they are interconnected, they are service-connected. IMHO. As to whether you go HLR ,or go directly to BVA with additional evidence is you
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  7. Ranmic, It's just a way that the VA determines if your rating will be deemed as protected. There are a lot of factors that go into it, such as age, type of disability, disability percentage, service connection status, etc... When you reach a level of rating protection, the VA doesn't tend to come out and tell you. However, it is good to know about in cases where the VA might suddenly proposes to reduce a rating. They will send you a letter in writing and give you a certain amount of time to respond and explain why the rating should be continued. That doesn't mean they will get it right
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  8. Due to COVID-19 I am not familiar with what is going on. It has been several years but what I did was I called the DEERS program and all my information was in the system, even my dependents that I listed when I was in the military. For Questions About: - DoD Benefits and Entitlements - The data in your DEERS record - DMDC Applications or Websites Call the DMDC/DEERS Support Office (DSO): (800) 538-9552 Hours of Operation: 8:00 am - 8:00 pm Eastern Standard Time, Monday – Friday, excluding federal holidays. You can also write to us at: 400 Giglin
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  9. IMHO, before you begin to think about an EED, make sure you review your C-file. Pay close attention to all the documents prior to the date of your original C & P exam and any contact that you had with VA and the VAMC. It possible, now don't quote me, but it is possible that a claim could have been filed on your behalf by a VAMC doctor or by you contacting the VA Regional Office. Only time will tell.
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  10. If they are VAMC records we’ll grab them automatically, though if you’ve gone to more than one vamc it helps if you tell us that. If they are private and you don’t tell us about them we don’t know about them. If you do, we’ll request them, but if you have them-vamc or private-it’s faster for you if you just upload that. c and p still uses dbq they just get updated every so often.
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  11. 1. Have you been receiving treatment for your PTSD? 2. The most common way to link sleep apnea to PTSD is through the PTSD causing obesity, then that obesity causes the sleep apnea. Even with an IMO it is still a difficult claim to win but not impossible. I am service connected sleep apnea secondary to MDD. It take a bit of a battle to get it though.
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  12. If they did not consider it, the rationale for the decision will not mention it at all. Do you have proof that you told them of the SSDI on the TDIU form? I asked this question many times here over the past years , with no answer - Does the VA still send a veteran an authorization form the vet must sign and return, in order to obtain SSA records? That authorization form, in the past, was part of a veteran's C file and proof that they should have gotten the records.
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  13. Ranmic No, not necessarily. Unless your C&P and/or other medical notes indicate that your knees should get better? Never hear of it and certainly not hearing getting better. Of course, if they get worse, you have every right to put in for an increase. That would trigger a new exam, more than likely. Don't worry about it.
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  14. I wish they would pass a law as to let all ssa retirees and ALL service connected disable veterans get a 50% discount on everything they have to BUY like buy clothes ,cars ,grocery's, medical bills and increase their monthly check by 50% we all might could make it better then,,, we are actually struggling to make ends meet on SSA and VA. HOUSE PAYMENTS AND CAR PAYMENTS ARE THE BIGGIE WE CAN BUY USED CLOTHES AT GOODWILL STORES BUT GETTING TO BUY NEW CLOTHES WOULD BE EVEN NICER AND HAVING TO WATCH OUR BUDGET BUYNG GROCERY'S
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  15. Broncovet I'd take your estimate. Heck, I'd take any increase over 0%! We should be getting a firmer estimate from the Feds sometime next month for sure.
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  16. As has been stated there are multiple ways of getting sleep apnea SC'd. Direct and secondary. It shoudl go without saying on these forum boards, but this is only my personal experience and not a absolute gospel truth on the subject. How to get OSA SC'd Direct: 1)If you have a OSA diagnosis in your service medical records it should be a pretty easy to service connect. If you have "sleep issues" or "lethargy" (tired during the day) in your med records with a good IMO you could make a good direct claim. 2) If you were diagnosed with OSA within one year of discharge the VA all
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