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  1. Greetings: I am grateful that one afternoon a few years ago, I Googled "I've had it with the VA". That simple "search" born out of utter frustration led me to "Hadit". And there it all started! As of two weeks ago, I'm rated 100% (long overdue). And, I am still NOT done with the VA. For those looking to do there own research I offer this process: Obtain your Military Service and Medical Records by mailing (certified, return receipt requested) an SF-180, found here: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/standard-form-180.html Obtain your full VA tr
    29 points
  2. After doing this for over 26 years, I have decided to go feet dry and apply for the non-attorney practitioner's license and take the test. The VA website on it says the process takes about a year. No surprises there, huh? Thus, God and VA willing, I'll be making life miserable for VA raters for years to come. Having now been declared officially "cured" of my Hepatitis C, I feel it's time to get back to work. Being 20-year protected, I can't be pole-axed with a reduction.
    14 points
  3. I’m praising God for my family’s first phase victory. When you find yourself in the position to help someone, be happy and feel blessed because God is answering that person’s prayer through you. Three weeks ago RO offered me the prestigous”100% P&T Club Membership Card, without mileage plus, but they tossed in no future C&Ps, Chap 35, and retro to 2010 for SC musculoskeletal injuries. I’ve fought the first phase of my best fight, refused to abandon my appeal guard post, the AB letters are in E-benefits (Ratt-Now). I feel like Gomer Pyle rolled into Forrest Gump standing at “Para
    12 points
  4. Last August I talked to a legal firm who made me a lot of promises. I was at 90% and they informed me they would represent me and I'd be able to easily get 100%. It sounded good so I went along. They filed increases for everyone of my claims. I took the C&Ps only a couple of months later. I thought this was a pretty aggressive move because it put me in a position where I could easily be reduced, but they were attorneys and I assumed they knew what they were doing. I was denied on everything and was set up for a new reduction hearing for November 01, 2016. "No biggy", I thought to myse
    12 points
  5. The VA is not supposed to "develop to deny", and Veterans attorney Chris Attig suggests including this language in your appeal: .a VA Nurse offers an opinion on the cause of a complex motor neuron disease she's never heard of... ...an Internist with generalized experience writes an opinion on the causation of a cancer ...VA Docs support naked conclusions with NO medical evidence ...VA docs use exams to Develop the Claim to Deny it (an illegal practice). This is more than a one off problem....junk science has invaded the Veterans Benefits System. The Court and the BVA ha
    11 points
  6. Just passing on this info... ALLISON HICKEY EMAIL TO VA EMPLOYEES VBA Colleagues and Partners, There is no particular reason for this email today no anniversary event, no service birthday, no major milestone just a few thoughts to share. I have missed sending you more frequent notes. Some of you might have wondered where I went the last 2 months or so except for Marines in our midst who clearly saw their Birthday message and responded in force to me! Frankly, I have been talking to our Veterans many who have sent me emails. I cant tell you how many emails I now get and personally
    11 points
  7. I am so Happy, yet Emotional, as of Today 9/18 I am now Permanent and Totally Disabled!!! It has been a long 3 years and I never thought this is where I would be at 33 years old. God Bless each and every one of you that have Supported and Helped me when I really Needed it. You are all Truly my Family, and I mean it more then words could ever say. I want to give Thanks Specifically to Berta, Carlie, Jbasser, Navywife, Asknod, Rootbeer, and many folks that I can not remember off hand. Thanks Thanks and more Thanks is all the words that I can get out at this moment. God Bless!!!!
    10 points
  8. Tbird has very good info at the hadit Home page on IMOs. I reworked a topic I posted here some time ago.and maybe it can be found better now: Independent Medical Opinions can often be the only way a veteran or widow can succeed on a VA claim. VA plays a war game called the War of the Words. The proper wording of an IMO is critical to VA's acceptance of it, as probative evidence. Opinions obtained from private treating doctors are often free yet most independent medical opinions are needed from doctors with full expertise in the field of the disability and can be very costly.
    9 points
  9. Someone (VA?) is blowing smoke up your rear end. I can get anyone SC for anything at any time regardless of how many times or when they got denied or in which order. Here's a pertinent example. My Vet goes to Vietnam and loads caskets on departing C-141s at TSN for 8 months. He helps unload wounded from Dustoffs. Finally, it warps him and he begins snorting smack. The AF pulls him aside and gives him a one-time shot at rehab and a clean sheet. They evac him to Wilford Hall MC at Lackland AFB in San Antonio. He is cleaned up but his psyche is irreparably damaged. They 86 him and give him a DD
    9 points
  10. Just saw on E-Benefits that my Sleep Apnea claim as secondary to PTSD was granted at 50%. For the Sleep Apnea: - No history of sleep issues while on active duty or in STRs - VA Psych requested sleep study, Sleep Study completed by VA-Outsoursed Hospital, Diag. w/mod. Sleep Apnea and issued a VA CPAP in May 2013. - My private Sleep/Pulminary Doc completed Sleep Apnea DBQ & wrote nexus letter stating "Based on my evaluation of the veteran, it is my opinion that it is at least as likely as not that Mr OEF21B's diagnosed OSA is aggravated by his service connected PTSD. I al
    9 points
  11. Here's one to warm your heart. Mark began in 99. They ignored his request for an informal claim filing while at the VAMC. He did it in 2001. His VSO forgot to file the VA 9. End of claim in 2006. Start over. Denied all the way to the BVA where he won-as he should have. Then the long road to the proper ratings. I advised him to file only for the Hep C and let the secondaries slide until he got the big banana. Worked just like a charm. SMC S was the goal and we have arrived. Mark just picked up a sweet 69 Corvette to celebrate. https://asknod.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/varo-marks-opus-whats-behind
    9 points
  12. My suggestion on what to do would be to pay all debt off, get 100% debt free. Put 10-15 grand in an emergency only fund and don't touch it unless it is a real no other option emergency. Learn to live debt free. Pay cash for needs. Be very careful not to classify WANTS as needs. Always refrain from impulse buying for wants. Think about it for 30 days and see if it is still a want. Most of the time you will forget about it. Take a little bit, go enjoy a nice vacation and get that out of your system. When the pressure of credit payments are over your head, it can be a heavy weight. Paying
    9 points
  13. After 50 years I received a 100% disability rating. At 73 years of age I was awarded it about a month ago. Prior to then I received a letter from the Treasury Department stating they didn't have my banking info available if I was awarded a pension. Turns out they did. I had to call the number given to verify it. The gentleman I talked to told me how it can take 6 to 8 years for an appeal. WOW! That was depressing. He said the Washington office alone had 4 or 5 staffers and handled 30,000 claims. I wrote to Senator John McCain telling him what I had learned. With no reply necessary. I turned on
    8 points
  14. Okay I am back in DALLAS and able to post! DAV told me that the DRO Hearing Officer that was supposed to hear my appeals was out! Great that doesn't sound good...He said the guy that is "stepping in" likes to go rather quickly. I said "okay is this good or bad?" He said "it was fine and let's move forward". Granted this rater/hearing officer didn't have a whole lotta time to review my file. So we walk in and I greet him with a warm smile and firm hand shake. I thank him for taking the time to hear my appeals. He asks "informal or formal" - I told him informal and we got right down t
    8 points
  15. Forgot to add, you might consider using Wilson (Lawrence) v. Derwinski (1991) for the proposition that "The regulation requires continuity of symptomatology, not continuity of treatment.
    8 points
  16. Just received My Official Claim Packet in mail this afternoon. Granted 70% PTSD S.C.& met the criteria for SMC'-S HouseBound. Not sure what they did with my TDIU P&T Rating? it says my combined over all rating is 50% 60% 90% 100% nothing was mention about P&T? Note: The percentages assigned for each of your conditions may not alwat add up to combined rating evaluation.We do not add the individual percentages of each condition to determine your combined rating. Instead we use a combined rating table that considers the effect from the most serious to the least s
    8 points
  17. VA forbid their own doctors to write them in 2010. If you submit a DBQ with no doctor's letter attached providing a nexus, VA will gin up their own and I guess I don't need to tell you what it will say most of the time. My suggestion is to research it here first and then ask questions. You may want to review this document on the subject I created and revised over the years that describes what you need and why. http://asknod.org/6051-2/
    8 points
  18. If you have applied for an increase and been denied, you might want to look at this to help you in your appeal: http://www.purpleheart.org/ServiceProgram/Training2011/T-4%20%20VA%20Errors%20in%20Claims%20for%20Increase%203.2011.pdf
    8 points
  19. I haven't been here in a while.I just wanted to share my success story. In 2010 when I found this wonderful website I was rated at 10 percent and had almost given up.Using this site by reading tips, other peoples battles and using the CFR I successfully went from 10 percent to 100 percent .It took me a few years, first up to 70%, then 90% and finally up to 100%.... I am rated at 70 for PTSD with major Depressive Disorder, 10 for Degenerative Arthritis right wrist,50 for bilateral ples planus (flat feet), 10 for right knee, 10 for left knee, 10 for tinnitus, 30 for sleep apnea and 20 for Diabet
    8 points
  20. I have done this several times and always met with the individual. The first was in 1975 over a VA mortgage I was turned down for. The rater reversed his decision based on my imminent marriage.The second was in 1990. I was denied for a back injury incurred in an airplane crash while flying for Air America in 1971. We could not resolve that one because the records had not been declassified. It became a Mexican standoff with none of the parties willing to give. I lost at the BVA in 1992. I filed a CUE to reverse it in 2010 along with new 3.156( c) declassified evidence. I relented when the VA ag
    8 points
  21. Well it's done! Hubby is now 100%, plus P&T. When I read the news, I dropped to my knees. Hubby started crying. I never hugged him so tight before! 1 year and 5 months ago, I logged on to Hadit and started ferociously reading the material. At first, it was every single day for most of the day. Then Philip Rogers told me to buy the VBM. I did, but I was intimidated when that huge 2,000 page book arrived. Next, I went after the C-file. VA sure didn't want to hand that over! In it, I saw all the injustices that had been done to him since he was medically discharged from the military.
    8 points
  22. I can't believe what just happened. My husband submitted a claim through ebenefits in January 2015 after beginning treatment for PTSD at the VA in the fall of 2014. In early May 2015 he got a call to schedule his C&P exam. He had the exam on the Friday before the long Memorial Day weekend. Checked ebenefits on Tuesday morning and the case had been closed already. He was given 100% for PTSD with an extra year of retroactive pay back to January 2014. This was accomplished in one business day! I almost fell off my chair when I logged on to ebenefits. Just over 4 months start to finish an
    8 points
  23. Hubby is now rated 100% P&T! I learned so much on this site. I learned not to gripe and complain about the system but instead use that energy to learn what is needed to be successful. Clear and organized documentation wins. "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."
    8 points
  24. Filed April 2013 and just got my rating. Had a couple snafus along the way but it all eventually worked out. I was rated 70 PTSD, 40 Fibromyalgia and 10 FOR IBS. So a total rating of 80. I can not tell in words the feeling of relief and validation I have right now. It was a long haul but it has been worth the struggle. For those still going through the process, hang in there. The tunnel may feel never-ending but keep on keeping on... the light is there at the end even if you can't see it.
    8 points
  25. This is mostly for Berta. Berta posted: This is my opinion on the new Secretary ,as a civilian (widow of 2 disabled vets and mother of a veteran) so it might not mean anything to you veterans. And that's OK. About 2 years ago, a very old war Veteran, (I think he said he was 90) came to my home, where my father in law, a WW2 Vet was living, or, I should say dying, at the time. (He was in hospice). He presented a medal to my FIL (I think it was the National Defense medal, that he never got for some reason) for his service. Apparently he had the authority to present medals, especially
    8 points
  26. One vso makes you feel happy and another one makes you feel small and the people who run IRIS Dont say anything at all go ask alice, I think she'll know the difference between logic and compensation while the paper trail goes cold and the white knight named robert macdonald might have to get involved go ask alice, I think she;ll know--at least an answer will be coming and you wont feel so so small go ask alice
    8 points
  27. I can't really say that I have had a large number of victories with my fight with the VA. However, I have to give credit when credit is due. Even though I am fighting the VA on the bogus ratings and denials I received, my mighty enemy had made a possibility come true. On Veteran's Day, this disabled vet will close on his first home purchase using a VA Home Loan. It does make me happy and sad, but mostly happy and elated for this to be a reality. It's bitter sweet, but I have to give the VA its kudos. VA home loans is a great benefit.
    8 points
  28. Thank you. This means all your effort in the past 20 years is worth it. Im not sure this is the first, nor do I know whether it will be the last. But it is surely important to some. Here it is: Hello everyone, First of all, I wanted to thank everyone for the great advice and comments. But most importantly, I wanted to mention a life saving chat session I had with "TBird" on this website early this month. I chatted with TBird at a time of "extreme crisis" I was having. She made me feel comfortable, calmed me down, chatted with me about my needs and then provide
    7 points
  29. File the appeal (NOD) before the 1 year deadline. Whether you previously withdrew it or not. If you do this before the 1 year from the date of original ratings decision denying, they have to consider the appeal - no matter what. The only defense that they have is that they told you to withdraw in exchange for reconsideration - if they say that, get a lawyer asap. Seriously, this "withdraw-your-NOD-for-a-reconsideration-that-doesn't-exist" is a fraud and deceptive, and I know that there are lawyers looking for a fact pattern like this to challenge it. But you have got to file
    7 points
  30. It is often asked "when" or "if" you should hire a lawyer. If your claim is at the RO: You dont need a lawyer at the RO, because the RO employees would not even notice that you had a winning claim and deny it anyway, 85% of the time. If your claim is at the BVA: If this is your FIRST Trip to the BVA, probably not. You can appeal to the BOARD, just make sure you promptly file the NOD, and file the I9, the two steps which are required. If you have been to the Board more than once, such as if you get multiple remands, then you need a lawyer. If your claim
    7 points
  31. I just got some news, Not official until it's on paper, however, bank already shows some proof. Service connections and an increase. Rated at 90% combined. Now things will get interesting. Disability Rating Decision Related To Effective Date left hip osteoarthritis Not Service Connected rhinitis Not Service Connected Environmental Hazard in Gulf War obstructive sleep apnea Not Service Connected Environmental Hazard in Gulf War right hip osteoarthritis Not Service Connected post traumatic stress disorder [PTSD]; previously, adjustment disorder with anxi
    7 points
  32. I jumped off the board while I worked on preparing for my DRO hearing, this board can stress me out at times. Here's my timeline 10/2015- applied for VA benefits based on stage 3 MM/ caused by chemicals (benzene/TCE's) I am NOT qualified under Camp Lejune/ Vietnam AO or Radiation. 12/2015- recieved denial from VA 2/2016- turned in N&M along with a DR nexus (I did NOT pay for, it's from my treating oncologist) 3/12/2016- recieved letter of DRO hearing on 3/22. 3/22/2016- DAV Rep called me at 0730 said he got a call from the DRO who told him I do NOT need to bother c
    7 points
  33. Hoss, I completely understand the issue of lack of spousal support. I get the same at home, except on the first of the month, then it's great. Otherwise I get the "why you always going to the VA?" Or "I wish you would quit messing with those papers" my STRs. I said, "you never complain about the money every month, should I quit that too?" She's always complaining about me being on the computer, either here on this site, or va.gov. Well, when am I supposed to be on, when I'm at work? I only have a little time before and after work, plus break time and lunch. But it's fine for her
    7 points
  34. The answer is a Resounding YES. Can't say I've had very much good, to say as far as E-Benefits being timely and accurate over the past couple years. As of yesterday, I stand corrected. Because of my prior negative bias regarding E-Ben for anything other than Filing claims and Evidence, I really never spend much, if any time checking my status. I've been 90% IU T & P No Future Exams since a DRO Hearing 06/14 and have filed a few FDC's for Secondary's, early 14 & 15. No real new info appeared on my E-Ben site after the SC Rating Letters 09/14 & 08/15 caught up and were finally p
    7 points
  35. So after all the years of working the VA claims as a part-time job, I received a call yesterday that my appeal/remand order was finally completed. He said the retro check should process within a few days. I was expecting a small percentage increase for the issue under appeal, but when I checked eBenefits this morning, I saw the new rating for the appealed issue: 100% (by itself). I then looked at my letters and saw the P&T box selected as 'Yes'. I'm still in shock. The retro wasn't what I thought it would be so I'll wait for the BBE to see the details. Also, judging by the new monthly comp
    7 points
  36. Whooo, dogies. Here we go. If I get the Five Day/ Panel plus a brand new redenial, it's off to the Federal Circus. EAJA Panel.pdf
    7 points
  37. First thanks to everyone at hadit for given their time. For those who are seeking advice please bear with us. Hadit is a volunteer site where most who post are veterans, widows and family members. We are going through our own disabilities/situations that may delay a response but we are here to help and to learn how to help others. No matter what you know or what you think you know please be polite and respectful which is part of your agreement to be part of this wonderful site. Please try to give the best most accurate information as possible, with so many moderators/elders including the many,
    7 points
  38. Guys, while your waiting, give serious consideration to the VA Voc Rehab Program. A Denial Letter, from a VA Professional Employment Councilor, indicating your SC's prevent you from even doing SEDENTARY work, would Seal Your Deal on IU. The Denial Letter could be obtained in as little as a couple weekly sessions. Apply for a Voc Rehab appointment on your E-Ben site. Most VA Voc Rehab offices are located at your VARO and on the same floor as the Rating Dept. The Voc Rehab Denial Letter, can be used for your States Disabled Vet Property Tax Exemption also. While your at your RO, y
    7 points
  39. Time to get official. Start with Secure Msg to those listed on your MHV site, that should be made aware of your recent experience at QTC. Your Msg and their response will become part of your VMC Med Record. Then letters to the MFIC of QTC and who ever is the MFIC of VA Contract PTSD Awards, would be next. Semper Fi
    7 points
  40. Congrats........... GOD is good.
    7 points
  41. The problem you experience is contained in 38 CFR 3.350(a) Ratings under SMC K. Read this sentence and I will turn it into Vetspeak. This special compensation [SMC K] is payable in addition to the basic rate of compensation otherwise payable on the basis of degree of disability, provided that the combined rate of compensation does not exceed the monthly rate set forth in 38 U.S.C. 1114(l) when authorized in conjunction with any of the provisions of 38 U.S.C. 1114 (a) through (j) or (s). Translated, this means you can have no disability ratings whatsoever and get as many Ks as you want as long
    7 points
  42. Basically its "we have pushed to get claims denied finished and have been putting more and more pressure and less and less qualified people to do so and because they are not qualified to do it we have to oversee them and since we are denying finishing so quickly the appeals backlog is growing exponentially and now we have less time to pay attentions to appeals since we are denying finishing so many claims much quicker. We believe wholeheartedly that it is in the VA's Veterans interest to rob peter to pay paul and then put a shitload of debt on peter."
    7 points
  43. Rest assured I do not aspire to this for the money. I am blessed in that regard. The highest calling a Vet could ask for, in my book, would be to help another. Look at the top of this page and reread Theresa's mantra. And for the record, there is no limit on VA attorney remuneration. This is why you sometimes see a large Vet atty. practice charge 30%-33%. The 20% is merely an industry -wide accepted practice as most Vets are not well-heeled. I'm in it for justice. I'm convinced there is none of substance for us. My case is/was/continues to be a prime example. Comin' in hot.
    7 points
  44. This may be a single judge memorandum decision but the courts and VA are not free to ignore the thrust of the decision as it rests on other precedence. For years, trying to prove you were in-country so as to get presumptive for herbicides has been a challange for some of us-most especially blue water folks who came ashore for mail runs or R&R at Vung Tau. Hunt opens up an interesting can of worms for VA. Never has a Vet been allowed to simply offer lay testimony that he came ashore and been believed. Judge Greenberg put a fork in that June 14th. VA has been instructed to "fix" it. The thir
    7 points
  45. I have only been on hadit for a couple of months; however, I am thoroughly impressed with the amount of information and sound advice one can find here. My claim was initialized on 5 February 2015, and I had a couple of C&P exams in March. I was mentally prepared for a long and painful experience with the VA. Fortunately and completely unexpectedly my claim recently came to a decision. Last Friday my claim moved from Preparing for Decison to Pending Decision Approval, then on Saturday (apparently the VA does in fact work Saturdays) my claim moved to preparing for Notification. Despite my co
    7 points
  46. prayers sent,, dont give up,, we all have our burdens, only God knows why,, We must endure our hardships, just as Jesus did all the way up to crucifixion. Many times we box ourselves in, and create a very small world for ourselves, where things seem hopelss.God can change things around in ways that are incredible! The more you trust in God, the more he will help you. Dont live too far in the future.. live day by day,, hour by hour if you need too. Rarely does things turn out the way our minds conjure up the projected outcome to be.. Break life down to its simplest terms.. what do you really
    7 points
  47. Anyone who has documentation of permanent disability (civilian or veteran) can obtain free access to national parks at www.nps.gov
    7 points
  48. What about putting these "hidden under the rug" benefits? If it weren't for people like people on this site, people like my wife and I would just be another family who lost their job because of service connected disabilities, who loses their home and get divorced. My being 100% is only because of the kind hearted people here who have helped us with research and answers to questions that nobody else would explain,and being lucky enough to have a wife who didn't give up on me when any sane person would have. My wife has had to "figure out" how the VA plays, and we aren't law school educated,
    7 points
  49. man the last 3 months have be rough, however, today I got the BIG BROWN ENVELOPE in the mail. I am now rated 100%. man this has been a long hard up hill battle. I like to thank each an everyone on here who has given me courage and hope, thank you very much.
    7 points
  50. UPDATE 4/23! WooHoo WooHoo WooHoo 100% 100% 100% Thank you all so much on here, this whole process has been such a struggle over the last 7 months. In the last month God has been good to my family and I. Starting next month I will receive my 100% VA, SSDI, and my wife will be paid 2K a month to be my caretaker. I am so grateful to guys on here like USDART, 63Sierra, NavyWife, Carlie and Berta. God Bless each and every one of you. I am so emotional right now, and I feel like I am floating in the clouds. Thank you guys again and I hope that each and every one of you will post a
    7 points
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