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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. Buck, you sir are also greatly appreciated. When I found this site like others, "I was mad as hell and I couldn't take it anymore." I remember the quote but I don't remember who said it. This site is somewhat therapy for me. Plus I can glean a little about my own claim. Never could I imagine that so many veterans would be going through some of the same situations. Even some are so dang close to my claim I can swear that someone is looking at my claim and posting or responding to my post and it is scary. Maybe it is my paranoia but they are real close. Dealing with some of the Sugar Honey Ic
    6 points
  3. 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
  4. This is the latest Compensation & Pension (C&P) Clinicians Guide dated 20180719. The only other one I've seen is dated 2002, including the one on this website and the VA website. I got this from my claims agent, who got it from the VA. VA Compensation & Pension (C&P) Clinicians Guide 2 Final Corrected 20180719.pdf
    5 points
  5. You, yes you, are the reason HadIt.com has remained a resource-rich resource. Thousands come each month to read, ask questions, or to feel a sense of community. Last month June 2020, we over 50k visitors they viewed over 160k pages. Veterans and their advocates, spouses, children, and friends of veterans come looking for answers. Because we have posts dating back 15 years and articles on the home page, they usually can find an answer or at least get pointed in the right direction. You all made that possible. Thank you.
    5 points
  6. I am down to do $25 a month starting next month.
    5 points
  7. I WOULD ASK FOR MEMBERS TO SEND IN WHAT THEY CAN & IF MOST OF THESE VETERANS ARE LIKE ME I CAN'T AFFORD TO SEND IN 150.00 DOLLARS A MONTH, I AM LUCKY TO SEND IN 100.00 A YEAR OR EVEN 50.00 . I THINK A 150.00 A MONTH FOR EVERYONE IS WAY TO MUCH FOR THE AVERAGE VET. SO maybe if some of the members can send in what they can and don't hurt themselves, it all will add up..all of us that stay on hadit should donate what they can and not hurt their family's this should be at least be enough to keep hadit up and running. (jmo)
    5 points
  8. I usually come to answer questions, but I started out asking them. I dont often get "stumped" anymore, at least not when it comes to benefits. However, I still have areas where Im still "weak", such as on DIC and widows benefits, thank God we have Berta for that. Im pretty sure I have answered at least 12,000 questions. Years ago a school teacher told me, "You dont really learn something until you try to TEACH it." I have won all my benefits, back to 2002, even tho multiple Vets advocates, including more than one attorney, said that would not happen. Persistence, preperation an
    5 points
  9. Thank you Ms T , had you never got hadit going most of us would not be where we are today and all of us vets old & new We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for that . I am grateful to you for getting hadit going its a wonderful site and after were all gone ,I hope and pray these new young veterans will keep hadit .com strong as it always is. hadit has been a therapy for me when nothing els works except the hot-line # when I am down and depressed and my anxiety gets the better of me and I can't think Hadit and its members make me want to live and be a better m
    5 points
  10. Buck, Everyone's story is different, but our adversary remains undetoured. With your help and all the help of others on here, I too find hope and I trudge on, Thanks, Hamslice
    5 points
  11. Bob was a Naval Radio Intercept Officer at the Consulate when the poop hit the fan in Hue during New Year's '68. He got his first V for Valor that week and learned how to operate a M 79 too. He may be Navy but he's my neighbor and he's a Vietnam Vet. Enough said. I took him on in Spring 2017. I didn't do it for the money as much as I did it for the mental exercise in calling b---s--t on the VA examiner. They whacked Bob from 100% for myelosuppressive disorder (MDS), a nasty form of leukemia from Agent Orange, down to 10% for anemia. He got his bone marrow transplant from his sister but
    5 points
  12. I'm sorry you had such a bad experience with the DAV. Keep in mind that not all reps will behave like that. Start here: https://www.va.gov/disability/how-to-file-claim You can start filing online via that link. You'll need to create an account. The most important thing is to do an "intent to file". You are telling the VA you plan to file for one or more disabilities. Think of it as holding your place in line (i.e. effective date). If you win your claim, it will be effective back to this date. Keep in mind the VA will pay benefits from the first day of the month following your ef
    5 points
  13. I will only add that many have suggested to get a sleep study to get a C PAP machine. I may have missed it because it is too important that the reason to get a C PAP machine is because sleep apnea is a silent killer. The individual goes to sleep, and they never wake up because they stop breathing while they sleep. Contact your doctor and ask for a sleep study as soon as possible, it is that important.
    4 points
  14. The 5, 10, 20 year rules... Five Year Rule) If you have had the same rating for five or more years, the VA cannot reduce your rating unless your condition has improved on a sustained basis. All the medical evidence, not just the reexamination report, must support the conclusion that your improvement is more than temporary. Ten Year Rule) The 10 year rule is after 10 years, the service connection is protected from being dropped. Twenty Year Rule) If your disability has been continuously rated at or above a certain rating level for 20 or more years, the VA cannot reduce your rating u
    4 points
  15. You posted: Its a lie. You do not need a "diagnosis" on active duty. Instead, what you do need are the Caluza elements of: 1 CURRENT diagnosis. You do not have to have a "diagnosis in service". Allow me a single example refuting the "diagnosis required in service" myth.. Many Veterans have contact Hepatitus C during the military. "There was no test" for Hep C, back then, it was "NonA Non B" hep, test and you didnt need that either. Is it your fault that medical science improved and they can NOW better test and diagnose issues that were not diagnosed in service?
    4 points
  16. RG935: (Berta is a widow of a Veteran). Berta, has made it well known she does not give out her private email address, and responds only in the public forum. While some hadit people here DO give private advice, Berta has made a choice not to "give out" her private email, and she has reasons for that. I agree with her choice. "If" her advice is good for Veteran "A", then its also good for other Veterans, (in somewhat similar circumstances) as well as other Veteran advocates, many of which learn from her. I personally have read thousands of Ber
    4 points
  17. 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!
    4 points
  18. I've been reading topics for a few weeks, and decided to share, maybe this can motivate some of you to start or continue your claim. I was a very successful Marine, Guide, honor graduate, 300 pft'er, Iron man, top of my class, followed orders to the T, leader, honored to serve my adopted country AMERICA, as a first generation immigrant from Colombia, South America. Not to go into details, I was honorably discharged three years in... it was catastrophic to me, I felt shame, failure... guilt. Many hospital stays, loss of all hope and finally distancing myself completely from military and VA fo
    4 points
  19. Just wanted to share this with everyone as I prefer to give credit where it is truly due: After I won my recent claim, with this forums help for my mental health my brother-in-law, an Air Force vet, began to look at his mental health more seriously. With guidance I received via these forums, I helped by advising him on how to develop his claim and he submitted everything on Jul 1 2020. Today, he received a lump sum deposit from VA. Upon later review of his VA.gov account, it had been updated to reflect his mental health as secondary to his current back claim and was awarded 70%. Bringing
    4 points
  20. Checked Ebenefits today! Finally!!! I have 100% on the circle at the top and checked the letters and it says I am P&T! Thank you all for the help over all of these years! It was a rough ride! Now to fight for the backpay!
    4 points
  21. This one is easy to overlook. Its soo easy to "hold responsible" that employee (or VSO) you are speaking to for sometimes many years of delays and denials. Its probably not their fault, and it may not speed up your claim for blaming them, either. This explains how we often underestimate the benefits of being kind. If you have tried everything else, then try being kind. Or, try that from the get go, and you can always get mean later. Hopefully, much later. You may even forget what you were mad about. https://getpocket.com/explore/item/people-constantly-underestimate-how-muc
    4 points
  22. I recently woke up to a sobering realization.. Without finding HADIT.com, I wouln't know a damn thing, nor would I have been granted a damn thing in VA disability benefits. That is the truth. I appreciate your patience with me and the guidance that those of you have freely given . My donation is to help HADIT help other veterans in their time of need, just as HADIT did for me. There are members here who truly are heroes in my book. Thank you.
    4 points
  23. I have verified through ebenefits that my NOD through the legacy system is granted. It took several years but it shows that the VA granted an EED of ten years minus a month.
    4 points
  24. I Knew I read it somewhere but it is better to let you read this than me telling you and then can't back it up. VA tried to reduce this veteran's claim while still in appeal status. It is called a "Mischaracterization of the Issue on Appeal." See AB v. Brown, 6 Vet.App. 35, 39-40 (1993). There are rules and laws to reduce a rating. To hold otherwise would leave the door open for a possible "chilling effect" in the administrative appeal process, whereby veterans might be afraid to seek higher disability evaluations on appeal, for fear of having already awarded benefits reduced by the
    4 points
  25. As Tbird has said Knowledge is Power- and the VA wants to keep us in the dark about the regulations, rating Schedules, the many ways one can claim comp, under different theories of entitlement,etc etc, anything that could help us succeed. This site is evidence of how many have succeeded with that Power from their Knowledge of VA case law, etc and from others here. I have been in the Electronic veterans community since 1988 ( Vet Link NY -modem to modem-very expensive sometimes),Prodigy Vets BBS, with Bill Smith former BVA lawyer, and the great Alex Humphrey (vet lawyer) who was a m
    4 points
  26. From my family and I, Thank you all! Thanks to this forum, and the fountain of knowledge in the community, I started off on my journey hurt, confused, and angry - I was separated from service, with unclaimed/poorly evaluated injuries. Then, I wasn't familiar with the process, what I could claim, what the injuries I had were called, or who to see to get the appropriate treatment. I still learn new things every day! To say that in my experience, I was chewed on and spat out, is an understatement. From poor notes in my original exam by a doctor who seemed to care les
    4 points
  27. Buck your thank you to us is much appreciated and we always wish you and family the best.
    4 points
  28. What Buck said above is true! Now you also need to be ready for the reality of what might happen. They could totally ignore anything you give them. They can go off of what the NP says and not say a single word about any other paper work. This is sometimes the truth of what happens and be ready to appeal if/when this happens. I had a slam dunk if they would have read my paperwork! now years later I won but it was a fight!
    4 points
  29. This was a big week at asknod. I just wish my neighbor John had gotten R2 out of the gate. It ain't over until Secretary Bob weighs in when he reads my email Monday morning. One of the Vets, Andrew, is a member here- or should I say- his wife is. She found me here and I'm honored to have helped her. https://asknod.org/2020/02/22/va-baby-you-can-drive-my-car/ When I came home from Vietnam, I never ever thought there would be a day when I'd say I was proud to have served my country. It was ugly in 1972. Now, I'm overjoyed at the ability to pay it forward. Thank you Lord for the Inter
    4 points
  30. Please let someone know about this examiner. This is BS. Remember you have the right to challenge an exam.
    4 points
  31. Man o man o man, sorry guys, I guess that human part has been kicking me around for a few years. I did win my BVA CUE EED but the local VARO low balled me so bad I over looked it or I couldn't Believe it. After re-reading my VARO decision letter, on back of one of the rating sheets it states that "VA made a CUE". The VA gave me an effective date that I felt was still wrong. I was so upset I think I filed a NOD the same week I got my rating decision. Yes, this is all taken care of due to my recent grant for an earlier effective date, I still can't believe it. This time VA didn't call i
    4 points
  32. If I understand you correctly, you were denied on a few claims. Went to a lawyer and he appealed the SA claim, but not the others. And apparently will not appeal the others for you. I would appeal the others on my own before the 1 year rule runs out, without a lawyer, and then see what happens. I would not let the 1 year pass. I don't know how lawyers work with claims as I have never had to use one, but I would think you did not have to let him appeal for you unless you agreed to them just doing the one issue. You should have said thank you and found a lawyer that would have tak
    4 points
  33. I'm still here, too! Won one CUE and am drafting up an appeal to a CUE denial. Working on my father's VA claims related to service in Vietnam and a bunch of injuries in service.
    4 points
  34. From what you are saying I would say to file for TDUI and increase in PTSD. Now if they go to scheduler and you get 100% you would not need the TDUI, but they would figure that out. I would look up what you need for to submit for TDUI and make sure it is in there for the increase. I would also file today as if you do not you will miss a month.
    4 points
  35. I get asked by Vets what VBMS looks like and what we can see. The truth is we can see quite a bit. We can see about a week ahead when your claim is getting ready to be granted. Often we can see the denial brewing by the little blue symbols that look like a judge's gavel beside important documents. Well, here's a peek at our new Windows 10 version that came out several weeks ago. Of course, I woke up January 15th and realized I had no idea how to get in. I had to call IT for help. VA contracts out to an outfit called the Enterprise Service Desk. The babe who answered had no idea what to do eit
    4 points
  36. Normally you will not get a reduction but that does not mean they will not try. When I was appealing TDIU the VA called one of my disabilities service connected in error and another rated incorrectly. They wanted to sever and reduce my disabilities. Needless to say they got caught in a blender and wound up not getting their way. The VA is not your friend and will sometimes do everything in their power to make your life miserable. They claim to be a non adversarial that is there to help the veteran as best they can, believe that at your peril.
    4 points
  37. Steven You have a difficult road but you can't make the journey without taking the first steps. I am not anywhere close to being an expert on it, but I can offer my opinion. CFS is a very difficult diagnosis to receive from the VA. I believe it is only successful 20% of the time. The problem is they rule it out if they can divert it to another disability and make that non-service connected. The DBQ that is required for eval is 21-0960 Q1 under 38CFR 4.88 The diagnostic code 6354, allows ratings from 10% all the way up to 100%. IMO it is almost impossible to win the claim without a diagnosis fr
    4 points
  38. I looked at my bank account online this morning and I had a surprise, I had received money from the VA. Now I had won an BVA decision back on 7/2019 and as far as I know I have already received all the retro pay for that. I had to do an HLR for an EED since the RO messed up the date. But mid-October the HLR was approved with the correct effective date and I received my first retro check. In the letter it stated they held part back while the calculated CRDP. I received that retro check about 5 -6 weeks later. Now I had calculated on what I should get and between the two retro checks it was what
    4 points
  39. I agree with the advise given but would make this even stronger. If you can go to claims in VA.gov, go to letters and print out a hard copy of what your husband's disabilities and status are. Or, get a VSO to print this stuff out for you. be sure your latest diagnosis and progress notes are posted in his medical files and bring a copy with you to the C&P exam. Make sure the examiner knows his latest current condition. No need to bring 4 inches of data files, just the current or it won't be looked at.
    3 points
  40. I helped with a claim like that-(my former local vet rep asked me to help the vet-( but was messing up my claim at the same time)*** the veteran had been denied many times and even went to the BVA twice with lawyers. ***I fixed that with a complaint to the OGC and to his boss, the Govenour. No one, not his rep nor even his lawyers ever read his SMRS. It took me 3 weeks to decifer them ( Army vet 1960s all handwritten gibberish) and he was claiming his diabetes started in service. Long story- he won his claim. I prepared a lay medical nexus statement for him as to his
    3 points
  41. Checked E-Benefits today...I am now 100% P&T. Sweet Jesus, Hallelujah!!!!
    3 points
  42. 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.
    3 points
  43. I can explain it. That's the lowest number they could find in a quick scan of the report. Luckily, we weren't on page 1.1, or that would be our raise.. Hamslice
    3 points
  44. If you have a smart phone, you can cover your information and take a picture of the pages and then add the pictures as attachments.
    3 points
  45. broncovet WITH ALL DUE RESPECT, TO YOU, I filed an ITF and never had any of theses problems you mention above, not saying they can't happen ,but the Veteran is sent INSTRUCTIONS on how to file the ITF, IF he/she is not sent the ITF Instructions then they can look up the ITF Criteria them self he/she can read it AND IT IS CLEARLY MENTION ABOUT THE 1 YEAR DEAD LINE ..However if a Veteran forgets to file the ITF And loses his place in line or even if he has a VSO file for him and they both forget to file it within the years limit then That's on them. Now if the Veteran Dies God For bid
    3 points
  46. This all looks great but isn't it just another shell game? VA lowers the legacy appeals by denying or remanding the appeals giving the claims a date that falls under the VAIM(AMA) or the appeals go to CAVC or the veteran drops his/her appeals. The wait games seems to start all over at the CAVC and under the New Act. Since my appeal was granted that means I still have to wait.
    3 points
  47. Hey, I am really no one here but felt a need to suggest one more time that all posters try to understand that we are here to try to help. We don't have a magic crystal ball we can look in, we are going by our experiences and our understandings. It has been said over and over again not to rely on ebenefits and or VA.gov. The clerks who update these sites are not adjudicators/rating specialists. They are there just to post updates and we all know that they can be confusing. Once a decision is made the veteran will get a rating decision soon after. Positive or negative the rating decision wil
    3 points
  48. Mantana Don't get discouraged. As you can see this is an active forum, and with many people, opinions can sometimes go off target a bit. You are absolutely correct; the VA doc is the one that is wrong. You have your evidence and you can win on your claim, if you do one thing. Don't give up! If you have been diagnosed for GERD, you can win out. In fact, that holds for everyone. If you believe you have an injury or disease because of your service, don't quit if you get denied the first time. Work on it so you develop a strong case. So, if you get advise or an opinion that is wrong, no problem. I
    3 points
  49. Have you contacted the VA Insurance Center? 800-669-8477 I'm still wrestling with the VA Insurance Center on the waiver for veterans who still work. So far, they have not been able to show me where it says "totally disabled" is defined differently for insurance purposes. Not giving up...
    3 points
  50. Good advise! I have two sisters with the greenest eyes, it is painful. I wasn't expecting this disability, as I had things yet to do. But now that I do, I have to make the best of it and deal with it. In the same token I feel so blessed that one of my worries is not financial. I hope to 'pay-it-forward' with this new found blessing, as I know others are not so fortunate or have more battles to endure. Semper Fi!
    3 points
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