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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. 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
  3. Yesterday was a great day. I have been working on these claims for awhile and this last year i really decided to do it right and spend the money and time necessary to win that last few claims i had been denied over the years. I was checking my status on va.gov and ebenefits and noticed while va.gov showed it as "gathering evidence" still ebenefits under pending disabilities when you click "check pending claim" it had been listed as "preparation for decision". As a sidenote i realized that ebenefits had alot more steps in it (gathering -> prep for decision-> pending decision approva
    3 points
  4. First, the 2018 C & P exam in way to old. Second, it seems that you filed a claim, and it was rated and denied in Jan 2020. You recently filed a supplemental with new medical evidence Nov 2020 and VA has scheduled you for a new C & P exam. It is normal for VA to schedule a new/current C & P exam prior to making a new decision. This is a good thing.
    3 points
  5. USMCNEVERFORGET I would just resubmit everything, and move on. You're dealing with the bureaucratic nightmare we call the VA. Left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing. Stupid? Yes; but why fight the impossible. Just reference the new request and provide copies of your previous submittals. Sur it's frustrating; but just do what you gotta do to move the pile. Best of luck.
    3 points
  6. 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
  7. Team, Direct VA upload is now open to the Veteran, where in the past this was just for the VSO's or lawyers. What this means is that you do not have to mail or fax info to the VA anymore, you can directly upload your information here: Direct Va upload https://eauth.va.gov/accessva/?fbclid=IwAR3ZOyaPuzPzeUGWx7RcTRfFS1AQtZYgOIbthX4pfbo1PRi3UC7tbSLlBNE I just used this system to submit my supplemental appeal this morning! It was easy to use and sent a confirmation number!
    3 points
  8. FRG vet Congratts on finally winning your claim! That's the great news. Unfortunately, the way to get back pay is you have to continuously pursue your claim. If denied, you have to appeal thru the VA system within 365 days of the date on your decision letter that originally denied you. There is a process called CUE, clear and unmistakable error, that a veteran can try that doesn't have any time limitations. For it to be successful, you have to prove the VA made a significant error on the original decision. If your medical records were in your file all along and the VA approved on your second a
    3 points
  9. I call the 1-800-827-1000 and they fax me my code sheets known question ask. You just need the right person to answer the phone and know the rules.
    3 points
  10. Happy Thanksgiving Everyone!!! Enjoy your family & Friends and don't eat to much. I am Thankful to all you guys and hope everyone gets some good news after this Holiday. I am Thankful for what I do have. family and friends and I am still alive. Thankful to Ms TBIRD AND SHE IS A WONDERFUL BOSS AND LADY.& GOOD FRIEND Buck52
    2 points
  11. Yeah, mine did that, too. The important thing is that she doesn't even have to have the records in her possession. When we pull her OMPF and STRs it will be in there, along with any counseling actions, etc. as a result of it. I was medboarded during Basic for a sort of similar situation (obstacle failed during our final FTX, and I fell 8 feet to the ground while carrying a SINGCARS. Landed in a seated L position, fractured two vertebrae, ruptured 1 disc, severely bulged another). I completed the iteration, the next day, and the road march back to Company. It wasn't until a month later after I
    2 points
  12. so·lic·it /səˈlisit/ verb ask for or try to obtain (something) from someone. ask (someone) for something. No one asked me a damn thing regards IU, Hamslice
    2 points
  13. Got out of military 2004 (medical discharge) 2005 VA gave me 0% 2009 fought and got 20% 2010 fought and got 30% 2012 fought and got 40% 2013 fought and got 70% 2014 fought and denied claim 2015 fought and denied reconsideration of claim 2016 fought and submitted appeal 2017 hurry up and wait 2018 appeal changed to new ama 2019 ama appeal denied 2019 changed to bva appeal 2020 BVA appeal decision from judge November 2020 awarded 80% INTERESTED TO SEE WHAT THE NEXT 15 YEAR BATTLE WILL HOLD Regardless. I never
    2 points
  14. "If" you act now, and begin college or voc rehab, you should be able to complete your program even if its after the 15 years. Example: My son applied under Chapter 35 Education benefits. (They expire at the child's age 23). He applied when he was 22, but got to complete the program which was when he was about 26. BUT, if you dont apply and get in before the expiration date, YOU are out of luck. So apply now.
    2 points
  15. Thanks I already did the resubmittal. Moving on as you said. Some VA claims are on spot then others are a cluster. Nothing ever is consistent with the VA except you know it's going to go bad at some point. Sorry to say...
    2 points
  16. In the Air Force, a visit to the Mental Health Unit voluntary or not, meant your job. I tried to off myself after '91 and my squadron leadership knew it. When they would ask, I just sucked it up and lied. My wife and kids needed an accidental death to benefit. We were always told to NEVER go to Mental Health because that was the end of your career. When I applied for PTSD, I lied then too. Why? I did not want to be ushered away to a ward and whatever happens after that. Regardless, my examiner gave me 70. The stigma when I was in was a fact of life.
    2 points
  17. Something similiar happened to me. I went in to a MH C&P and I wasnt honest, worse than yours, not only did i not mention everything that would have supported my increase i just said i was fine, everythings good, familys good, works good, etc etc. Well i got home and wrote a letter saying that i wasnt honest and open with the Dr. and listed out my symptoms. Weeks go by, a month and i get a letter stating that they were going to reduce my PTSD form 50%-30% . I ended up having to go get a IMO from a pysch to get the reduction dropped, etc. My advice would be to appeal, write out a le
    2 points
  18. I totally disagree with your post. I agree with a post that Ms. Berta posted several years ago. We veterans that have reached the 100% scheduler P & T rating and those of us that have won several CUE Claims here and there has earned our master’s degree in Veterans Disability. Look at all the success stories that are here on Hadit.com. Believe me or not but some of the success stories are not even on this board because I know like others, I have helped veterans that I personally know and not on this site. So, I know other board members have helped veterans not on this site. I cannot agree t
    2 points
  19. Good topic. I also believe many vets just have a general "taboo" feeling about admitting SI. I break them down into two categories as I have been thru both types... The first is the obvious, the thought and planning type of thoughts. The other is the type where its not a feeling of you wanting to do harm to yourself but rather you're fine if you just weren't around anymore. Both are forms of SI. Just because you don't sit there and dwell and plan doesn't mean you don't have those ideations. Self-awareness is the likely the best help you can give yourself. The honesty follows.
    2 points
  20. Renee, try to understand that when a veteran’s claim is remanded from BVA to the local VARO, the local VARO must implement the order and perform a duty to assist the veteran in gathering information and to include in obtaining a current C & P exam and or opinion. Even though you may have had a positive C & P exam. The local VARO will most likely request a new C & P exam, but it is possible that they could rate your condition but, in my experience, VA will request a new exam and evidence. It is just what they do. Just keep in mind that if you disagree with any decision you can alwa
    2 points
  21. blah I know one thing. If you are not comfortable with a VSO, move on brother. Your intuition is important. You go the way HE wants to go, and it doesn't work out. Who do you blame? Get someone you can trust. If you have different opinions on how to go, that's ok as long as you end up comfortable in going the final direction. If you can't get there, why struggle. Get a new VSO. Or, do it yourself.
    2 points
  22. I dont recommend "disenrolling" from VAMC. Its unnecessary, and burns down bridges you may want to cross in the future, perhaps rendering it more difficult to re enroll later, should you so decide. If you so desire, simply use your private insurance instead. Then, if things go south with your company, or you retire, you can still use the VAMC. I see no reason to burn that bridge down, you can be enrolled in VA health care and use your private insurance elsewhere, they are not mutually exclusive. "It sounds like" you are receiving VA benefits. If you like, you can inform VA you are
    2 points
  23. why can't you have both VA and private at the same time? Many do. I use the VA for most of everything I do except for my eye doc. Kinda my back-up plan in case I have something that I don't think the VA will handle properly. It costs me $130 a month but to me, it's worth having that security blanket. But the point is you don't have to chose one or the other; you can have both. I have several friends that do the same who have heart conditions, etc. They want the same private doc for their continued care. You can split also. Be sure you go for at least your annual check up and I would suggest th
    2 points
  24. Some times we just have to accept that the world is "not fair", and VA is no different. In fact, the VA is unfairer than most "not fair's". I applied in 2002, and the VA "didnt even bother" to adjuticate TDIU until 2009. Seven years to the initial decision. (Oh, well, they "forgot" to adjuticate TDIU). Now, People tell ME, "its not fair" that I get 100 percent plus SMC S, plus my meds cost zero, and my wife has the best heatlh insurance money cant buy. Not to mention I dont have to pay for license plate, drivers license, sales tax is free at the BX, I got 10,000 free life ins
    2 points
  25. I believe you are talking about the "LEGACY CODES PAGES". You can call and ask PEGGY but make sure they know that you are not asking for an audit of your records, you just want a copy of your last rating decision including the legacy code pages. The LEGACY CODE PAGES list all your service connected and non-service connected conditions.
    2 points
  26. Ducato90 Welcome to Hadit. The best thing to do is to issue a supplemental claim. The examiner may have "sounded like he was sympathetic," but you need to get a copy of what he actually wrote up. Request a copy of the C&P exam. You are not qualified to diagnose your medical opinion and if it is service connected; you need a medical opinion, IMO from a specialist to do that. Without it, appealing the denial will be a waste of time. You're not likely to get that kind of eval from a VA doc, so start researching getting a doc to do the medical opinion.
    1 point
  27. Try this number. They should be able to help you. 910-467-7030
    1 point
  28. Okay guys and girls, gather round the fire. This is a bit of a read, but THIS is the best private doctor submitted opinion Ive come across while Ive been 'on the inside'. Most of the ones I see are a paragraph or two, wishy washing around about the condition, and the doctors opinion- with no WHY, other than "I'm the doctor, and I examined them and this is why I think so.....". That doesn't really cut it. Yes, I know that C and P docs don't do anything this extensive, either, most of the time, and I can't defend that either, but this particular condition that they are claiming is already thorny
    1 point
  29. Im re-reading that- im sorry to seem brusque about it. It irritates me to no end that I have to kick those cases out 10-30 more days based on whatever local guidance we are getting at the time from the site. MST also gets worked only at 1 regional office. They used to be worked by whomever, but there are lot of people that shouldn't be working MST claims for *pick reasons, most of them not good* so the VA got with some national organizations and trained a bunch of VSR and Rater personnel specifically for MST type claims. We all take classes for them to various levels based on perso
    1 point
  30. Yes.I can work remotely. The NPRC records people can't. You and about a bajillion thousand others are in the same boat. I see about 50 of these cases a day mixed in with my regular caseload and I can't do a thing with them because they need records research to support whatever stressor you are claiming and the people that do it can't physically go into the building. MST- its just a term. Whether you were or not only you know. It doesn't mean anything with rating it. It either is or isn't.
    1 point
  31. Welcome to hadit. I split your post in to a new one, so that more people can see it. Its better when you ask a question to start a new post. If the VA has "granted you 100 percent mental", well you should be at or near the maximum with VA. If you have 100 percent for mental, and "another" 90 percent for a physical disability, the only additional benefit you can get is SMC S. (You can, however, get additional benefits (SMC) if you need "aid and attendance" or have loss of use of various body parts. SMC S is awarded when you have a "single" VA 100 percent disability plus
    1 point
  32. Depending on they review this information, then it is likely it would be. Like with mine we had to go to the CAVC to get them to rate it properly. The other issue you have for SC is it must be a MH doctor saying you have PTSD and thus if your primary doctors say this then that is great, but will not SC you for PTSD.
    1 point
  33. I don't think there is a way to extend it, but you do have access to Voc rehab. I know a few people who have done this and had great success. I believe they give monies for schooling and book, it won't be some fancy school but a Metro college or something. I know the one in my state is ran with the Unemployment office. I know mine ran out but I had used it all up.
    1 point
  34. Hoping all have a safe and enjoyable Veteran's Day. Stay safe, be thankful, and keep fighting. Never Give up.
    1 point
  35. Correct, pacman. It may not have been included because there were not many, if any changes (on Feb. 19, 2019) relative to the BVA. You could appeal to the board (directly) before Ramp, and this did not change. Mr. Busby was discussing the changes from Ramp. Its good to point out, tho, and I (mostly) dont use HLR or SCL, I appeal to the board. (This was formerly called DRO. Since with DRO review, you could either submit new evidence or not submit it. With RAMP, (now called AMA) you have 3 choices: HLR, SCL, BVA. previously it was DRO or BVA. The DRO was "divided" by
    1 point
  36. Can you give us the breakdown for the TDIU award? What did SSDI award on? SMC T- https://cck-law.com/blog/special-monthly-compensation-series-smc-t/ "T" is a very high level of SMC and I do not know if you are eligible for that- however-I do think you should have received consideration, on an inferred SMC S claim. This is why I asked about the SSDI award: "Service connection is currently in effect for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), rated at 70 percent; bilateral hearing loss, rated at 40 percent; tinnitus, rated at 10 percent; Parkinson’s disease, rated at
    1 point
  37. Greetings My Family, After reading some old post and I am not sure who posted it but it was referring to and earlier effective date. Let me see if I can recalled what the subject was. The Vet had a decision and the EED date of his/her decision letter. Everyone has done a great job by answering the Vets' question. Now make me smart because I am confused. VSO's always had told me to file an intent to file because it will pay off. Reading some the EED post, not sure if the vets had did an intent to file, but I have always been told that the RO will go by the date of the intent to file a
    1 point
  38. Sad story Buck. We need legislation change for SS. The look back period is arbitrary. If you apply and can be granted if your earning credits were 9 years out you can win, but 10 years and you don't qualify, how does that make sense? It should be based on work credits, not time. Doesn't make sense and they should fix the regulations. Period.
    1 point
  39. I was denied SSDI and I'm waiting for my hearing to be scheduled with the ALJ.
    1 point
  40. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING! i had a lot of guilt when i first got back from Iraq for filing a claim and i didnt win. and i would go to the VA and see all these vets from korea and ww2 and "nam"(of course);i would just think about how much more deserving they were of the benefits and how much more they needed help. i would see guys without limbs and think "man at least i can still walk"........i gave up. i loss my claims in 2008 and quit. it wasnt until i met my wife and she pushed me to fight for my benefits and and i started reaching out for help i desperately needed...but i still often th
    1 point
  41. thank you for sharing your story and congratulations on winning your claim so quickly!
    1 point
  42. You can always try, but the issue is if you don't show it somewhere in your records where you complained about pain or something like this then they will go with when you did. You can always fight with lay statements to try and show it as you and those around you can fill out. I always try to document everything with the VA as it will save you in the long run. I would go through your C-file and look as it is very likely you did complain about it at some point. Then use that information to fight it.
    1 point
  43. you are one of the blessed one Bronco. I have served 21 years of active duty, jumped out of planes and repelled out of helicopters. Did a special assignment that not many have done which is go into North Korea to recover remains from the Korean War. Fought Desert Shield, Storm and Calm, Fought in OIF, OEF, served as a Drill Sergeant for 3 years and as a 1sg for some years. Did a lot for my country and abused my body to please my country. I am paying taxes, I do not get free license or plates. I pay for my health insurance. I do have a blue ID card, atleast I can go to the PX and Commissary. Wh
    1 point
  44. flynsolo2 Good Question. Maybe member brokensolider 244th can give you an answer? All I know is some take 125days or less and some more that the 125days...lot of it depends on how well grounded your claim is if its complete with your favorable evidence, it may not take as long but this is something we never know just how long it will take After 125 days you might want to call the 1-800# and ask them what the hold up is? MOST LIKELY ALL YOU WILL GET IS ''WERE WORKING ON IT''
    1 point
  45. Lamujerortiz Very good advice by deedub75 Go to the letters section on va.gov and print out your current benefits. Also go to ebenefits and see if you have any new payments made to your account.; there could be something there before you get your letter. But you must be patient and fully understand that there is this flu thing going on and many of the clerical things at the VA are slow to being carried out, such as generating and mailing correspondence. If after 10 days, you don't get it then you can call Peggy and ask for it again. You just have to wait to see what's under the "xmas tree" (in
    1 point
  46. Had I listened d to VSO's, former employees, or even attorneys, I would have never gotten my rating. READ the regulations. I did! Let me say it again: Often, there is "more than one way" to interpret the regulations. Guess "which way" the VA is required to interpret them? The law requires the Veteran be given the BOD (benefit of the doubt). While it is true the VA does not always give the Vet the benefit of the doubt, you can appeal it and make them comply with regulations. My advice, Buck, is in the quote above: READ the regulations. Does THIS say anything
    1 point
  47. It looks like my battle with the VA has finally come to an end. I never gave up fighting. I was recently granted service connection for Obstructive Sleep Apnea at 50% at the regional office level. This now puts me at a combined "90% Schedular with TDIU." That was the last claim that I had pending with the VA. The VA has also sent me several additional forms with my award letter that I was not expecting. These forms are as follows: 1. VA Form 21-8760: ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FOR VETERANS WITH SERVICE-CONNECTED PERMANENT AND TOTAL DISABILITY 2. VA Form 22-5490: DEPENDENTS’ APPLICATION F
    1 point
  48. After Denials for OSA both direct and secondary to PTSD, this spring I decided to spend the money on a IMO and do the claim right. I contacted Dr. Anaise and was told to send all my records, decision letters and $1500. After about a week I was emailed with a final IMO report that was around 40-50 pages. It was excellent & well researched. Within 6 weeks of submitting the IMO with a supplemental claim OSA secondary to PTSD was approved. Yes IMO's dont guarantee anything and they can be expensive but they are definitely worth it when you have been denied already and have nothin
    1 point
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