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  1. You are not alone by a long shot brother. Hang in, hopefully some brothers will jump in.
  2. @GeekySquid Great idea and here it is https://community.hadit.com/forum/153-appeals-modernization-act-ama/
  3. Yes it does replace RAMP. The following is from the VA's fact sheet. You can view the full fact sheet here AMA-Appeals-FactSheet.pdf What is Appeals Modernization? On August 23, 2017, the President signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 (Appeals Modernization Act) into law, creating a new decision review process that allows VA to improve the delivery of benefits and services to Veterans and their families. The new process gives Veterans choice and control, and all communications are written in plain language. The new Appeals Modernization process allows Veterans to seek faster resolution of their disagreement with a VA decision. If you receive an initial claim decision after February 2019 and you disagree, you can choose one of three new lanes to have your disagreement reviewed: as a supplemental claim, through a higher-level review, or by appealing directly to the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. The Appeals Modernization Act establishes a new decision review process for disagreements with VA decisions that is timely, transparent and fair.
  4. @MsAsya What a wonderful share. Thank you for letting us know how we helped, heed the words of @GeekySquid they are wise. Help a brother or sister out when you can and pass it on.
  5. Occasionally it becomes necessary for HadIt.com to come to the community to help raise funds. This is one of those occasions. A couple of things to keep in mind Financial contributions are never required, but always appreciated. NOT tax deductible, HadIt.com is NOT a non profit and any contribution you make is just a gift and cannot be deducted on your taxes. If you prefer to give through a subscription, you may subscribe here the rates are $5 per month or $50 per year and gives you an ad free experience on the forums. Thank you for your support!
  6. make sure to talk with your doctor so they taper you off to avoid any side effects
  7. this forum is designed for folks pursuing their Veterans Affairs claims for disability. I've provided information below to assist you. However, this is not the right forum for this discussion. read this article https://www.disabilityhappens.com/how-where-to-report-va-abuse-and-fraud/ it lists how to do it towards the end.
  8. @Indy_CV62_OS you are good to go now, so for the delay. I am behind.
  9. @63Charlie Guests on our podcasts are not endorsed by HadIt.com. We don't officially recommend any IMO doctors. As Berta said, I know Dr Bash had some issues, but he mostly certainly should have reimbursed you if he didn't provide the services you paid for. This is a matter between you and Dr Bash and you should address it with him.
  10. @TMannfish Wonderful news - thank you for sharing it with us.
  11. Make sure to redact any personal identifying information.
  12. You can private message each other on the board, but our forums are public so anything you would post would be publicly available. Do not post your email address on this or any public site it's just not safe.
  13. This link should help you out https://www.hadit.com/va-law-va-code-va-manuals/
  14. Here are the VA contacts they list on their website: "We support two offices within VA. You are welcome to contact either with questions." Digital Service at VA Contract Number: 36C10B19C0013 DSVA Technical POC: Lauren Alexanderson DSVA Contracting POC: Jeffrey Hayter feedback@va.gov Human Factors Engineering Contract Number: 36C10X18C0061 HFE Technical POC: John Brown john.brown14@va.gov HFE Contracting POC: Luz Rivera luz.rivera5@va.gov
  15. This article from the Veterans Law Blog might be helpful https://www.veteranslawblog.org/veterans-disability-benefits-service-connection-cannot-be-determined-without-resort-to-speculation/ Ever Seen This Phrase Before? Chris Attig Have you seen this phrase in your Rating Decision from the VA (or even in the C&P Examiner’s notes of examination: “It is not possible to resolve the issue of etiology [medical causation] of condition X without resort to speculation.” If you have seen this phrase, then it is quite possible that the VA has failed in its duty to assist. From the outset, let me say that I am sympathetic to the many VA Doctors who are trying, honestly, to do the job of being a doctor. Many times, the VA puts these treating physicians in the uncomfortable position of having to play detective, not doctor. Many of these doctors, uncomfortable with making a determination about the precise etiology of a particular condition, will simply say that they cannot know without speculation. The problem is that the VA claims examiners latched on to this language, and started cutting and pasting it into the Ratings Decisions. The language, originally intended by the Doctor to state that he (or she) simply didn’t have enough medical evidence to determine etiology or service-connection became a tool for the VA Claims Examiner to avoid doing their job. In a March 2010 decision, the Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims (CAVC)said “no mas” to this kind of Rating Decision. The BVA came to several conclusions about the “mere speculation” language in a Ratings Decision or Examiner’s Opinion: 1) When a C&P examiner concludes that service-connection cannot be determined without resort to speculation, it must be clear, from either the examiner’s statements or the decision of the BVA, that the examiner has considered “all procurable and assembled data,” by obtaining all tests and records that might reasonably illuminate the medical analysis; when the record leaves the issue in doubt, it is the BVA‘s duty to remand for further development 2) Before the BVA may rely aVA medical examiner’s conclusion that a service-connection opinion would be speculative, the examiner must explain the basis for such an opinion or the basis must otherwise be apparent in the BVA‘s review of the evidence. 3) A medical examiner who states “no conclusion as to etiology or diagnosis can be reached without resorting to speculation” may be obligated to research medical literature; his/her conclusions as to service connection must reflect the limitations of knowledge in the medical community at large and not those of a particular examiner or doctor; 4) A VA medical examiner who states “no conclusion as to etiology or diagnosis can be reached without resorting to speculation” should clearly identify exactly what facts cannot be determined. The CAVC stated that it must be clear in the doctor’s remarks “…whether it cannot be determined from current medical knowledge that a specific in-service injury or disease can possibly cause the claimed condition, or that the actual cause cannot be selected from multiple potential causes…” The CAVC made it clear that every situation where this language appears in a C&P Examiner notes or a Ratings Decision is not going to result in a finding that the opinion is inadequate. But, when the author used this phrase to “lazy” himself or herself out of writing a well-reasoned decision based on all of the evidence that should be available, considering the knowledge of the medical community at large, and most importantly, articulating that it did so, it is quite likely that this phrase alone might suffice to get your VA claim for disability benefits remanding back to the BVA or the VA Regional Office to supply additional medical evidence or opinions. The Attig Law Firm represents U.S. Veterans who have been denied benefits in their VA Disability claims for compensation due to injuries or diseases incurred during military service. The Firm currently represents peace-time and war-time veterans of all branches of the military, at all levels of the VA disability claim process (VA Regional Office, Board of Veterans’ Appeals, and the Court of Appeals for Veterans’ Claims). Contact the Attig Law Firm if you would like to discuss your claim for disability benefits before the VA. No post on this website is meant to be legal advice and the posts on this website do not serve as a substitute for legal advice. Information is power, and we are providing this information to give you, the Veteran, some power. This information is not widely or easily accessible to Veterans. The information presented on this website is a general description of law and processes; each case is different, and there may be approaches listed here that are not accurate or applicable to your case. Likewise, their may be information that is applicable to your case that is not provided on this Veterans Disability Compensation Blog. It is very important that we note that each and every Veteran’s claim is different. Just because we were able to secure substantial past-due benefits for one Veteran does not mean or imply that we will be able to do so for you. In some cases, we may not be able to secure you any financial compensation due to the facts of your particular case. It is best to consult with a lawyer familiar with VA Disability claims to examine your particular case. If you would like to discuss your VA claim with a lawyer who handles VA Benefits and Disability Appeals, contact the Attig Law Firm, PLLC, for a free consultation with a VA Disability attorney. VA Disability attorneys at the Attig Law Firm, PLLC, represent Veterans in their VA Disability Claims not only in Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, but in VA Disability Claims all around the United States, Puerto Rico, and even overseas Veterans in their claims for disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  16. It sorts by recent update. So the most current updates are at the top.
  17. My brother passed and I will be on and off the board for the next week. He passed peacefully in his sleep with his wife of 62 years by his side. I will be on the board a bit less for the next week or so.
  18. I was interviewed for this story. This gentlemen was using the HadIt name to collect funds for some non existent charity. "HadIt.com" is NOT a non-profit. "HadIt.com" will never have anyone collecting outside of Walmarts. If "HadIt.com" does not list a fundraiser on our site it is not affiliated with us. Please read the story and pass on that this person is NOT affiliated with "HadIt.com" Note: The text at the top of the video lists me as a nonprofit founder. HadIt.com is a for profit, it is not a non profit and this man is not associated with our site and none of the money he collected had anything to do with our site. Go FundMe shuts down campaign following Raleigh man's arrest for fraud https://www.cbs17.com/news/local-news/wake-county-news/gofundme-shuts-down-campaign-following-raleigh-man-s-arrest-for-fraud/1866907862?fbclid=IwAR3Z6cTDSvv2yr9f1hKanLjOBeHjLyeJPtOnVQX0vTGmpF0d_eXiGsPaJug
  19. https://www.hadit.com/100-percent-total-and-permanent-service-connected-disability-additional-benefits/ If you reach 100% P and T there are more benefits available to you. This is by no means an extensive list and we recommend calling the Veterans Affairs at 1-800-827-1000 with any questions about the following benefits. Check your state benefits here Dental treatment for 100% disabled veteran benefits. Educational Assistance for Dependents: (under chapter 35) Must be rated a 100% disabled veteran by the VA. Civilian health and medical program for dependents/survivors (CHAMPVA). Must be rated a 100% disabled veteran by the VA. Specially Adapted Homes Veterans Mortgage Life Insurance: Decreasing term mortgage insurance up to $90,000 for veterans who have received a Specially Adaptive Housing grant and have an existing mortgage. Waiver of cost of Service Disabled life Insurance: and additional $20,000 of life insurance at cost to veteran. Veteran must have applied for insurance within two years of initial disability rating or within two years of a new disability rating. An increase in a disability rating does not qualify as a new disability. Commissary and Exchange privileges for veteran and dependents: The veteran must request a letter from the VA specifying veteran is in receipt of 100% disability, and then applies for a military ID card at the nearest ID card issuing facility. Emergency treatment in non-VA facilities: if VA facilities are not available. Annual Eye exams and prescribed eye wear Continue Reading
  20. All I could find is this https://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/mailingaddresses.asp Mailing Address for Disability Compensation Claims The Department of Veterans Affairs has implemented centralized mail processing (CM) for compensation claims to reduce incoming paper handling and shipping requirements. Veterans should mail or fax correspondence pertaining to compensation claims to the below location. Important: The mailing addresses below only pertain to disability compensation claims. For education claims, refer to the appropriate Regional Processing Office. For home loan matters, contact a Regional Loan Center and for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment matters, contact your local regional office at their physical address. For pension claims, use the Pension Management Center (PMC) that serves your state. For dual pension and compensation claims, use the mailing address below for compensation claims. Mail to: DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS CLAIMS INTAKE CENTER PO BOX 4444 JANESVILLE, WI 53547-4444 or Fax to: TOLL FREE: 844-531-7818
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