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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. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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
  22. 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
  23. 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
  24. Buck your thank you to us is much appreciated and we always wish you and family the best.
    4 points
  25. "I am still being told that VA does not consider being on Drill status as active duty" Who is telling you this??, someone from the VA? Don't take for granted what a VSO says, or anyone at the local Legion or VFW. Anyway, before 9/11, Guard and Reserves were treated like red-headed step children of the Military. Ever since the Guard and Reserves bailed the Military's butts out in Afghanistan and Iraq, things have changed. When I noticed the discriminations' when I went to the VA hospital in '08, when anyone asked, I said Active Duty. I have 27 years, 13 active, 14 Guard. Aft
    3 points
  26. It can take a while. There is no set time limit on their side. What you can do is make an IRIS question to see where your claim is at. This can sometimes get them to start moving the ball again. I know they get overwhelmed and they can forget about claims. They need a little reminder to help get it back on track. You can also call the Whitehouse hotline which i have received several calls back from with answers on issues I was having. They will try to push it to the side, but just be straight forward and let them know you would like an answer. This can also get the claim moving aga
    3 points
  27. This is a typical thing the VA does. They will go off the date they see, and don't always look to see what the EED is. You need to file to a review of the EED. I have two in right now where they are off by 2 years. The fight continues and you will win! Keep it up.
    3 points
  28. A C&P exam can't be given unless all three elements are met- that is a legal requirement, not something we do just to mess with your life or get a denial. We don't benefit either way- there is no mythical points board that we are all on with the number of grants or denials. If your initial claim and evidence doesn't meet all three elements, we cannot schedule an exam. period. full stop. If your IMO doesn't address an in-service event, current symptomatology, and some connection between the two with some justification or rationale to support it it won't contribute towards receiving a positi
    3 points
  29. So it sounds like regardless of what you do at some point they will review this as you said the 100% is Temporary? The P&T is good, but I believe they can drop the % unless they have removed the temporary and said it is permanent. If I am wrong here some please correct me. Do you have access to Ebenefits? If so go to your disabilities there and see if it says you are temporary or not. I would then check your letters and see what the benefits section there says. Which VA rep did you talk too? I would find out from them if they are keeping it at 100%. Also the
    3 points
  30. I'll add this On Anything we file on we need to have our C-file and know what's in it!!! So its good that veterans request their C-file Before filing...this could save a Denial/Appeals. (jmo)
    3 points
  31. For the most part you can run your claim better than depending on a VSO to upload everything. You can't check status like they can because you cant log into your Claims file, so Id keep one around for that, but they have 100-200 cases at a time so when it comes to submitting evidence,etc, its better and faster to label it well/highlight/circle/pg number whatever, and upload it yourself than waiting for them to do it. Its pretty easy to do if your claim isn't super weird, like, having to go to National Personnel for records for a stressor or something- thats taking FOREVER right now. Srsly, lik
    3 points
  32. 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
  33. I love answering this one and it is a choice you need to make for yourself. As for me I was told 7 years ago I got 40% and to just be happy with what I got and don't shake the tree. I got dropped by them as they did not want to push my other claims. I went to the VFW and they helped me get to the CAVC where I got a lawyer and I am now at 100% P&T and am looking at a retro sometime next year for 6 years of backpay. This will also put me in the running for SMC-S, so we will see how that goes. Not once have I been sent a letter telling me they were looking to reduce. I go to m
    3 points
  34. 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
  35. 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
  36. 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
  37. gumba88 You wrote... I believe you have two things going on. First, you used "Vet Rep", probably a VSO correct? Possibly from the VFW, Am. Legion, etc and he refused to submit? But it really wasn't a VA employee who refused correct? They can't do that! The VSO from a service organization can attempt to convince you that it won't work, but a VA Direct can't. Now, what I would do, and this has to be in your make-up, not everyone would do this. I would wait for the the decision letter to be official, and then I would take a redacted copy and make an appointment with the supervisor/
    3 points
  38. Foxhound6 Great news!!! Way to go. That's what Hadit is all about. Learn, win, pass it on. Congrats to you both.
    3 points
  39. This is what won my sleep apnea. Please feel free to use this in your fight against the VA. Most would not need to be this long, but I would use what you feel is needed and fits with your claim. Dear Ladies and Gentlemen: Supplemental Claim is elected. If additional evidence or clarification is needed, please contact me by facsimile, telephone, or U.S. mail. The above veteran received a Rating Decision dated March 12, 2020 and wishes to appeal this decision regarding the following issues: 1. Service connection for sleep apnea. The Veteran is entitled to service connection fo
    3 points
  40. yes. The payments are returned from your lender, not the VA, so you can only do it once, per the Lender/Nelnet, whomever's rules.
    3 points
  41. Secondary's are my best ammo I ever used for my compensation. First, you don't need a nexus, from service, like you do for primary disabilities. Second, some of my secondary victories came without any doctor records (at the time of filling). I just said my left ankle hurts a lot and I believe it is from limping from my right foot (service connected) issue. After I made the claim, the VA sent me to a C&P, and after that appointment, the C&P examiner sent me for x-rays. I was awarded secondary for my left ankle off my primary right foot, etc.. Finally, as Buck stated, a
    3 points
  42. I took a bit of umbrage at the 'Sit on claim' statement. I started filing claims in 2002- so, at the time, that statement was true. At the time, a VSR would get a claim(s) and work it through completely from beginning to end- literally- until rating. And with having to order NPRC records, or PMRs (21-4141 stuff), or employment statements (21-4192) all that took a long time. Still does, but at least now if one or more of those forms are submitted ANYONE can work the claim out of any of the ROs unless its a special claim like MST or exposure, or AO/Radiation, etc. I've seen the system gradually
    3 points
  43. I suffer from fibromyalgia and the way it was explained to me was that I should file for depression. Since I feel that I am a good spirited light hearted type person, that can adjust to anything. Hey it's like this, a bad day is a bad day, just deal with it until you have a better day and go at your own pace. Anyone that suffers from chronic pain will have some form of depression. If you are not service connected for depression you might as well file for it now. When your body won't do what it supposed to do or limit you in the things you can do then file a claim for service connected depress
    3 points
  44. Actually this new C & P exam may not be a bad thing. It could have a result in you getting an earlier effective date for your 100% rating. It could also get you a P & T rating which could generate a retro payment and or extra benefits like CH 35, DEA Dependent Education, waiver of life insurance and other benefits that come along with being rated P & T. So It is not necessary a bad thing to have a new C & P exam. We all have to go through it. As you stated that your progress notes are up to date, just keep going and it should go well. Now if for any reason VA tries to reduce
    3 points
  45. #ANYONE touching/reading this Forum or any part of it can Subscribe like I just did at 5 bucks a month. And I do mean "Anyone". IF a "Low Income Senior" who Medicare told; "You are a QMB, henceforth do not pay any medical billing", IF he/she can do this can't you as well? Five bucks a month commitment???!!!
    3 points
  46. I sure appreciate all of the members here who take the time to help each other and I appreciate when they bolster their advice with specific regulations or any type of hyperlinks that can help the veteran or survivor as well. That can be a very time consuming thing, working off the site, researching information via Google, M21-1MR, BVA, OGC Pes Ops, CAVC decisions and 38 CFR, et all, info that they - or even the hundreds of guests read during each week- might surely need. VSOs, vet reps, and even vet lawyers will not take that time in most cases, because it does take Time. Our
    3 points
  47. P and T is the same as 5 years, as far as rating protections go. Source: 38 CFR 3.344 which states: Note: When you are awarded P and T, the VA is admitting that "you are unlikely to improve". You should always check with 38 CFR 3.344 for more information on rating protections. While I appreciate Ddsr's "summary" of 38 CFR 3.344, it could be important to a Veteran because this regulation explains it in more detail, which I will highlight in BOLD: (Remember, 38 CFR 3.344a and 38 CFR3.344b ONLY apply if you are P and T or have been rated 5 years or more:
    3 points
  48. WOW!!!! 100% plus SMC and P & T!!!!!!! Thank you for reminding us all to NEVER EVER EVER GIVE UP! Many here have gotten to that point and wanted to walk away but we knew our claims were solid and ,as long as we persisted, we eventually had Success. Sometimes I think the VA claims system is 'cruel and unusual punishment'and was thinking last night of a horrific SOC I got decades ago-I was devastated by what they attributed my husband's death to----I called the C & P doctor up and raised hell with him- only to learn that he had never been given my husband's autopsy! H
    3 points
  49. 1454th Solider It's happen to me recently as well; not to worry. The people working on you claim put in "request' to get an action worked on. Say, for example, an action to request a contractor to schedule a C&P. When that action is accomplished, they consider the request completed. It means absolutely nothing to us in terms of affecting our EED or decision date, and a request number isn't neccessariiy going to be completed in order either. And, on top of all that, what Bronc said is true; it just isn't accurate.
    3 points
  50. As you can see a lot of us has turned to faith and religion for peace of mind and spirit. You are here and your experience can help and encourage others. When I was granted 100% P & T, it was a real let down. I had to realized that I would never work again and that was not in my plans. You have to find something to keep your mind. Helping others is a great blessing but beware to help too much. We still have to allow people to learn through their own experience. Keep in mind that you can't help someone who doesn't want to be helped or pull you down. Don't lend money that you are not pr
    3 points
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