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About keyystone

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  1. Hmmm. Maybe we should file a claim as secondary to whatever service connected issue you have.
  2. I am waiting for my C-file to come in and see what they have. some of the statements in their old decisions seem like they are missing information even from the VA Clinic I used to visit in Biloxi.
  3. Not exactly sure where this question should be placed, but here goes... I was revieweing an old copy of my medical records (not from my C-File), and noticed a note I had not paid much attention to previously. Apprently for a period of time, which I am unaware as to the duration of, my NCOIC had my personal MEDICAL records. Is there typically some substantiation for an NCOIC to have any part of a soldiers medical records at all? Bear in mind, I did not get along well with this NCOIC, and it was not too long before I left the military. Ironically a short duration of those said records are missing. Not sure if there is a connection, but interesting.
  4. Ugh. So apparently I am screwed. VSO rep called me and said he received my file today and the SOC is there. He is going to send it to me. Havent seen it yet to see why it was denied. So now I have to reopen. I would prefer to wait until I get my complete c-fike to reopen. I am told from Houston VARO, takes 9 months (VSO rep got it in a week). 8 years of this crap and back to the drawing board. So if a case is closed for not submitting a form 9, does the clock start all over?
  5. Put in a request on Wednesday in person at the Houston VARO. Will let you know when it comes in. They are saying about 9 months.
  6. I never received anything from VA after filing the NOD. They state that they sent a SSOC in Sept of 2012, and closed the case in Mar. of 2013. I received no comments from them at all until I happened to look into Ebenefits (for a completely different reason) and noticed it had been closed. I called them and they reiterated it had been sent. I have been repeatedly requesting a copy since. Most recently, getting a statement that there is a record of it, but no actual document on their computers. BTW, someone else asked me this, so I will answer here as well, the NOD was filed in a timely manner (within the specified timeframe.)
  7. One thing, I have come upon since I first started this whole bit, apparently the Migraines are actually likely related to the Meniere's disease. There are some interesting studies on the relation of the two.
  8. I did file a complaint through the phone system, and they sent me a letter stating that it was sent in September. Went into the VARO yesterday, and they said that there is a statement saying it was sent, but they cannot pull up a copy (which apparently they should be able to). You stated "Click on the Contact us button and they will direct you to the Iris site." However, when I look on the site you posted, Clicking on the Contact us button only gave me numbers, no reference to IRIS. I spoke with the POA and he said he doesnt have it, and is going to check with a warehouse where it could have been sent. I did confirm the address via all four (POA, VA Phone System, VA Hospital and the VARO) Funny thing is I have one of my old C-Files (2004) and may have found a CUE I disregarded a few years ago related to a separate issue (Migraines), for some reason when they did my C&P, the doctor noted that it began during my time in service, however, and this is really odd, she stated that it is Not at least as likely Not related to Tinnitus. yes double negative, and I have no clue why she was making a statement in relation to Tinnitus. When they denied it, they stated not related to military service, and that was that. But that is a query for another post. I was far more concerned with the Hearing, Tinnitus, and Ear Disease (later dx'd as Menieres), and did not really pay much attention to it. My first claim was more of a blanket claim to ensure military issues were identified. I thought it odd, but it was a recommendation my VSO, while I was still in Florida, made at the time. It included a 0% SC I received for a scar from a surgery, 0% for hearing loss (I can understand words when the volume is turned up enough), 10% (eventually) for Tinnitus, non-SC for an injury to left Hip, non-SC for Migraines among a couple of others, I cant recall.
  9. Berta, Thanks for the info. Did your daughter also go to DLI? While I was there, Vietnamese was also trained in the same building as us, the Asian School (which was more appropriately called the korean school as the ratio was insane). How long ago was she in? in the early 90s we were still using crap headphones and old cassette tape re-recordings which had tons of static. if you ever listen to a cassette tape which has been recorded over 50 times it sounds really wierd. Unfortunately it trashed my ears. I am glad you asked also, I miss those days, and it is not easy to translate (pardon the pun) to the layman the kind of work I did.
  10. Simple question for once... I hope. Can you use the FDC (Fully Developed Claim) procedure for reopened claims? or is it specific for new claims?
  11. OK, so here is the curious question and the reason I listed CUE in the header. If a determination is made against the claimant, based on the statement i sited above from the VA Doc, should I have received some statement from VA stating why they diosregarded the Doctors statement above? I am not aware of any medical evidence (none of the notes in my file state anything that would suggest onset before or after my service) which would go against me, and they still have not sent me for a C&P appointment. Is the fact that they obviously ruled against me after having a doctors statement which shows (albeit rough) that there is at least as likely as not evidence. Also, I think I understand now why the Dr. wrote in such indefinite wording. The underlying cause of Meniere's disease has yet to be confirmed, while there is a lot of speculation. Essentially he says, as I read it, that he cannot determine what caused it, only that there is at least a 50/50 chance that it was caused by military service. Considering my hearing loss and tinnitus are also rated SC (which were shown as related to noise exposure), it seems to make sense. Mind you, I am obviously a bit biased, but I am willing to listen.
  12. His exact statement (I just found the email he sent me) was as follows: "On the statement “at least likely as not” that is a less than 50/50/ chance so VA does deny those…a statement of “more likely than not” would give a greater than 50% likelihood and have a good shot for approval by the VA."
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