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MarkInTexas last won the day on January 18 2019

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About MarkInTexas

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    East Texas
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    Genealogy; History; Family, Country Living

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  1. Amen! Only thing I would add is that if you are experiencing tinnitus, and you are hearing ringing/white noise/etc, during the examination, make sure that you tell them that. Famous phrase from my own C&P when I was granted that condition was, “Veteran stated that he actually can hear the loud white noise sound as he was speaking to me.”
  2. I agree! Took a little over a year and a half for the VARO to implement my granted conditions. BVA only specified the percentage on one of mine, which was an appeal for a rating increase anyway. Still waiting on one remaining granted condition and two remanded, so still on the clock on those. Good luck and definitely talk to an attorney as soon as possible if you want to appeal. Clock moves very slow when you are waiting for your decision, but it is goes like lightning when you have deadlines to file with the VA. Have a great weekend! Mark
  3. If that doesn't work, I'd do a FOIA request for those records in particular from the VA. You could ask for your entire C-File from front cover to back cover, but you might also include language, "...including, but not limited to, all records from the audiology compensation and pension examination performed by the XXXXX on the date of XXXXX in XXcityXX, XXstateXX for the claim of hearing loss, made on XXXXXX." Just a thought. Good luck! Mark
  4. Thanks, Buck! I was wondering about that. It’s something to keep in mind that there are clocks running on several veterans benefits as soon as that decision is rendered. Same holds true on life insurance. Great information! Mark
  5. Wonder if there is a time limit for how long you have to file for CHAMPVA after receiving a 100% P&T decision from the VA? Mark
  6. Chris, I agree with the above. It's a good sign that they scheduled you for a C&P, because that means the VA can't just say "no evidence, click" and then deny. Buck is correct in that you'll probably need to get your own doctor to provide that nexus that your current conditions that cause disabilities are connected to your military service. All too often C&P's are unofficially "adversarial" in nature, so you'll need that extra ammunition for the rater, but more importantly later in the BVA process if it it goes that far. I don't think I was granted a single condition that I did
  7. Buck, yeah this was in 2014 or 2015. Was real grungy. I think it was a time when the VA was doing a mad scramble to "handle" the backlog of cases coming into the VA system. Little did we all know that all they were doing was pushing it all off on the appeals process. There were no signs, and a camera was neatly placed in a corner, much like you would see for a security camera. And of course, it may well have been a security camera and I was just being paranoid. However, made no sense why there were some nickels and dimes scattered on a carpeted floor.....just a few. I made sure I di
  8. I agree. I've been sent to 'em all....LHI, VES and QTC. LHI is the only one that gave a medical opinion that didn't result in an appeal, but I also had documentation. VES and QTC seem to use the scrubs of the medical field (and I don't mean medical apparel), but I've found that they all seem eerily suspicious when I deal with them. Usually in some location that does not seem to be originally designed for medical care or examinations, and I always got the feeling that these VA contractors were on a month by month lease in whatever building they were shacking up in at the time. I remember o
  9. Thanks again, Y'all! I appreciate the good words! Buck, next time I'm planning to be up toward your area, I'll let you know and we can visit over a cup. This has been an experience! Just a quick update. I received my envelope. It wasn't big and brown or big and white. More of a paper reduction act middle sized with about 25 pages folded in half. My granted decisions matched the eBenefits and payment I received, so I'm happy there. Got low-balled on a couple of ratings, but all in all not too bad. It got me over the ridge. I did read the wonderful language regarding "permanen
  10. Well folks, I finally crossed the goal line that I have been moving the ball toward since I started this adventure in 2010. A few days ago, I saw all kinds of crazy activity on eBenefits and VA.gov as I went to check on my slow shuffle in the BVA line. I had already had my hearing and had several claims granted, and was waiting for the VA to move forward on the granted conditions, or see if they were were going to handle the remaining two remanded conditions that didn't amount to much anyway. I was sitting back with something like 33,000 claims still ahead of me in the slow march, so I
  11. I've had similar situations, and to be honest, every C-File request rendered different results. There always seemed to be extra records that were not in previous C-Files and some pages missing. Of course, I also had nearly 100 pages of other veterans records, which took me several years of fighting the VA to remove them. You'll get similar results from requests from the NPRC. I actually received a new NPRC packet the other day and it had 6 pages of records from my active duty days that I had not seen before, even though I had done requests multiple times previously over the years. Ama
  12. I get the same screen and slowly march toward the end. Mine was decided by a Judge on at the end of October, 2018 with several granted conditions and two remands. However, the grants have not been "granted" at the local VA level, and waiting for a new C&P on the two remands. Meanwhile, the little status bar now moves at a little under a hundred appeals less in front of me per day.....still have like 43K in front according to the status bar. Good luck! Mark
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