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  1. I highly recommend seeing Dr. Jaclyn H. Polsky if you need an independent medical option to go with your mental health claim. I saw her work and is very detailed and she has a ton of experience working with the VA. https://www.soflapsych.com/ I don't recommend someone unless I believe the work they produce is top of the line and Dr. Polsky does produce top of the line reports.
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  2. As others have said, Congrats to you. From one survivor to another. I will tell you though...no clue what the deferment means. Mine was connected as PTSD "due to" MST. There isn't a code for "MST" that I'm aware of. After what I saw happen with my Asthma "increase" claim though...I've learned that there are some really "new" or "untrained" people handling claims these days though...so it may be a total mistake. Did you claim or discuss anything else related to the PTSD though? Is it possible you were SC'd at 30% on something else and the MST/PTSD claim was deferred? You can logon to ebe
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  3. Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Hamslice Reminds me, I need to pick up some fried chicken for dinner tonite...
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  4. If they do it like they did at my VAMC They were about 5 us at the time we got called in to the VA Sleep Clinic after the sleep study and the ones that showed having Sleep Apnea (OSA) Were given the C-pap machine still in the box & plastic wrap, there was a P.A. (MALE) we sit at a table and they came out and gave each one of us the C-Pap Machine. We were ordered to opened it up and the P.A. gave us instruction as how to put it together , how to use it and how to keep it clean and also how to reorder parts for it such as hose /mask/.filters ect,,,ect,,, THE MACHINES IS PRE ADJU
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  5. https://www.woodslawyers.com/ They have an impressive background-but I don't think you can hire a lawyer until a claim is formally denied. If he questions his AO EED in any way ( assuming it will be the date of the claim), then he or you can contact NVLSP and they will review the decision to see if the EED and retro is proper. CCK also has great info and are very good vet lawyers" https://cck-law.com/blog/agent-orange-and-parkinsons-like-symptoms/ They probably have info on bladder cancer and hypothyroidism due to AO , as well.
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  6. My respiratory at the clinic here puts me in for 2 re-orders a year automatically. Other ROs may vary, though.
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  7. The doc and VA will make choices for you as far as the machine, its settings (7lbs, 5, etc), but you choose the most comfortable mask. Its critical you are comfortable with the mask. The machine does no good if you dont use it. I like the nasal pillows or "dream ware" masks. I really dont like my face "covered up". However, when I have a plugged up nose, the nasal masks dont work. So I have a spare "face mask". You need to keep the machine and hoses and mask clean. (At least once a week). I wash mine with soap and water, especialliy inside the hose and mask.
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  8. Yeah, I predate the new, cool machines. I used to be a programmer so I figured out a way to pull the data off my machine and read it. Over time ive gotten pretty good at interpreting what the machine is doing, and eventually I would just secure message findings to respiratory and they showed/told me how to make adjustments to it on my own. OSA is no joke. It can kill you- either through a car accident due to falling asleep at the wheel, or in your sleep because your 02 sat drops to a point where you drift off to the Rainbow Bridge. I had it for years before I was diagnosed and I k
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  9. 1454thSoldier Should be straight forward. You had your initial sleep study and it showed you have at least mild or moderate OSA. You see the tech/medical person and they will discuss how to operate the machine (pretty basic stuff), help you select the correct mask type to wear, basic cleaning requirements, and then a next appointment to see how it's going. Their tech is now set up that the data is sent to them daily, so they can see your actuals, how much you are improved, etc. Used to be you had to periodically bring it in and they would read it off of the machine. It is sometimes difficult f
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  10. They will discuss your results, be open to questions, and show you the basics of the machine (or they should). They will probably send you to Respiratory to get the machine. SOMEONE should explain how to use it to you. I got mine almost 10 yrs ago, so mine is not internet capable, etc. Yours might be, meaning they should be able to pull records off of it occasionally to show compliance and to make adjustments if needed. Mine is an auto pap so I just set the humdity level and I can set certain other functions based on how my body reacts to pressure settings. Over time you'll learn what you can
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  11. Retiredat44 Each VAMC is governed not only by VA directives but also by the individual states they are in. Comparing when a veteran got in another state is like saying your neighbor got a bigger property tax reduction on his house than you did. Apples and bananas. Do what I did. I talked to my GP; that worked. I would have next tried the Veteran Advocate office at the VAMC. Then I would have found out who manages the distribution at your location and contacted them. Or, the hospital director. Or the State Veteran Commisioner. My bet is someone with your preexisting conditions can get a
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  12. The bottom line is you call CC&K or Woods&Woods or hill&Ponton if one of them said you have a case than you know you have a lot of back pay coming ,if they say they can’t take the case there is no big back pay, them you get a good VSO and file the claims and go from there. Good luck
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  13. Am I correct to assume that he is SC for both, as in 0% SC for heart? I assume this might be the situation because it is under the heading of "1. SC"." I assume that too. If he is diagnosed with Ischemic heart disease that would be an AO disability that he could claim. But arrhythmia is not the same as ischemic heart disease, maybe it could be a precurser to it , but I dont know.,
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  14. "The 11 March 2020 date is the date I asked the DAV to assist me. I do find this an odd date for the VA to use." That means -the date DAV filed the claim for you. A filing date is usually the retro date. Except for Nehmer claims. Still there might be some potential on the claim they denied in the past. If we can read the 2009 decision to include the evidence list, maybe we can help more. There is an Abbreviation and acronym list here-I will post it if I can find it. Sorry for all the abbreviations etc-VA lingo is my second language. When my daughter was hom
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