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Steve G.

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About Steve G.

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  • Service Connected Disability
    70%
  • Branch of Service
    Air Force
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    Ham Radio, Sci Fi

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  1. Question - Doesn't this apply? Diastolic pressure predominantly 100 or more; OR ..... OR if a person has a non-compensable blood pressure reading, but has a history of diastolic pressure predominantly 100 or more prior to it being controlled by medication, and there is a need for continuous use of medication to keep the blood pressure under control— 10% I would think that a military record of readings in excess of Diastolic > 100 (and also meeting the frequency and timing req's) and continuously requiring medications would lead to a rating of at least 10%. Pot
  2. Long time reader, looking for advice/help - I may have screwed up, but last Sept I filed what I was convinced was a slam-dunk CUE. In short, back in 1992 I was rated at 30% for - "Hypertension was diagnosed from 1983 with persistently high blood pressure reading.... Continuous medication is required for control of blood pressure." ... "[Arthrosclerotic] cardiovascular disease with myocardial infarction, four vessel coronary artery bypass grafting and hypertension." Later ratings in 2008 and 2012 used the same language "coronary artery bypass grafting and hypertension." I in
  3. Thanks for the info. I was recently turned down on CUE request because the req to rate HPB separately happened a couple of years after my initial rating and all my HPB readings from that point on were normal. Apparently my in-service readings no longer counted (I'm working on that separately).. Although I have been currently diagnosed with Sleep Apnea, and am under treatment (CPAP, provided by the VA). everything I've seen is that you have to prove you either were diagnosed or had several of the symptoms prior to separation. The only thing I've got is a medical history of Heart dis
  4. Just a quick note re: retro payments. A few years ago, I managed to get my disability rate bumped from 40 to 70%. The effective date was a couple of years earlier. I received 2 retro pymts, one from VA for the extra %, and one from DFAS for what I couldn't before my % went over 50%. You should probably get that extra you're looking from DFAS, separately. (Eventually)
  5. Can someone tell me when sleep apnea was added to the schedular? Although I'm convinced I most likely had it when I was still active, I don't think anyone had heard of in 1991 so was never diagnosed. I was just turned down for a separate rating for high blood pressure (a separate issue for another topic soon) because the separate rating was added in 1998 after my time in service. This led me to wonder if this affects sleep apnea claims. FTR, I was diagnosed w/ SA several years ago and never bothered to try to claim it due the length of time and the VA's such helpful attitude. The VA did cover
  6. Can someone tell me when sleep apnea was added to the schedular? Although I'm convinced I most likely had it when I was still active, I don't think anyone had heard of in 1991 so was never diagnosed. I was just turned down for a separate rating for high blood pressure (a separate issue for another topic soon) because the separate rating was added in 1998 after my time in service. This led me to wonder if this affects sleep apnea claims. FTR, I was diagnosed w/ SA several years ago and never bothered to try to claim it due the length of time and the VA's such helpful attitude. The VA did cover
  7. Check out the following thread - A number of us are frustrated with the same thing -
  8. Is my understanding of this issue totally incorrect ? Unless I'm totally missing the point, when a retired vet's disability rating is under 50%, that amount is deducted, dollar for dollar, from that vet's retirement pay. The neccessary information flows from the VA to RPC (DFAS) on the dollar amount. Once the rating is above 50% (possibly/probably due to an increase in the rating, a process that we all know takes from 9 to 90 months), the veteran automatically becomes elegible for CRDP and the only thing the RPC needs to know is that the vet is receiveing a disability payment/rating above 5
  9. Just a quick update for all - Today I received my retro CRDP from DFAS. Not as good as the disability retro I'm expecting, but not bad. It will help carry me over while I'm waiting. 1 Feb, 2012 - first increased disability payment amount (on Sep 2010 claim) 5 Mar, 2012 - DFAS payed CRDP retro VA retro - ??? Still no word from the VA, but I hold out hope! I also still don't understand what the VA needs from DFAS, disability payments don't have anything to do with what I receive from DFAS. If anything, I thought it worked the other way. It seemed to for ratings under 50% where DFAS of
  10. I've been following this as was recently upgraded from 40% to 70% (only a 17 month process). But I'm confused concerning the back and forth to DFAS. Which retro are we talking about, VA or DFAS ? Unless I'm totally mistaken (not unusual) the VA disability (including any retro payments) have nothing to do with my retired pay status and should not require any input from DFAS. I received my new higher disability payment on 1 Feb and would expect the ~17 month retro payments shortly. Or am dreaming ?? Now with the upgrade over 50%, I'm now eligible for CRDP and received that upgrade also on 1 F
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