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michael09070

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  1. i just wanted to tell everyone thank you for your help and support. i got a call from the PVA yesterday and it was great news.After 10 years i have been rated 100%P&T with smc k and smc s. its be so long since i felt whole it brought tears to my eyes. and as hard as it was for me to believe they are giving me retro for 118 months i was floored. prayers are answered in Gods time frame, Over the past 10 years i have read success stories and i always wander how they felt in that moment and it was one of the greatest feeling and my prayer is for every veteran to  feel how i did in that moment. my prayers are with you all. i was granted i think 22 of my 24 issues some were at zero but thats ok. i was granted 100% for ms with brain leasions and major depression with anxiety, 60% for chronic fatigue, several 30% several 20% annd a couple 10% snd the rest were rated at zero. It was a good day for me and my wife this nightmare is about over. I got love for all my brothers and sister on hadit and around the world.

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    1. GBArmy

      GBArmy

      Michael09070 This is great news! Long time coming but you got it. Now be sure to keep up with your follow-up medical appointments, and don't forget to check out those extra perks, like DEA ed benefits, free life insurance, etc. And also don't forget to check on what your new state benefits are too. NICE!

    2. pacmanx1

      pacmanx1

      Congratulations!

      If you are not getting SSDI, you should apply for it. It has been awhile and I did not read through all your post. Just wanted to let you know you can get both. Every little bit will help.

    3. broncovet

      broncovet

      Congratulations!   Dont forget to help hadit to help others, like yourself, in the future.  This site does not run for free, and frankly, its a burden (financial) on Tbird to keep it going.  

      Also, dont forget your additional benefits.  Vets tend to "blow through" their retro, and in a few short months wonder where it went.  So, get the rest of your benefits also, such as free 10,000 (waiver of premiums) life insurance.  

      Also, you should now be eligible for reduced or eliminated property taxes in most states.  I save about 800 per year on taxes (66.00 per month), but many Vets save much much more in property taxes than that.  I live in a very modest home which cost just 72,000.  I know Vets who have 10 times that in their home.  

      While paying off ones home is a good thing for retro, I deliberately did not pay off my home.  (With an interest rate of under 4%, it did not make sense).  Instead, I have purchased bitcoin and other cryptos to provide a scholarship for my grandchildren (I have been blessed with 9 grandchildren. )

  2. well just checked va.gov and the chicago va hasnt moved one claim off remand in the last 7 work days at least stuck on 19887. this means my claims will be tied up for the max of 29 months. now thats on top of the 10 years it took to get bva to award my claim.

    i started tracking the remand back log on feb 7 and at that time there was 23905 in front of me, so that less than a thousand claims assiged per month so it will take 2 years for them to even awarad me what the judges declared what a shame.

    just sucks

    1. broncovet

      broncovet

      Ok.  You are "assuming" VA.gov is reliable, and this is "far from assured".  Very far.  Many times, including my own, I thought it was going to be "much much longer" and my BVA came through much much faster..once it "gets" to the BVA.  

      The problem in the past is that VARO "sat" on our claims for about 3 to 4 years before they were ever sent to BVA. 

      1. For example, it took an "average" of 2 years or so for the VARO just to certify the claim to the BVA.  (which should have taken 2 hours).  

      2.  Also, they VARO took a year to do a required SOC, and more if you submitted new evidence and they did a SSOC.  

      3.  Even worse, the VSO would often "prepare a brief".  Ok, that sounds good.  NOT SO FAST.  My DAV national VSO told me, when ebenefits says "with VSO" that did not mean the claim took longer, because the BVA claim was "already docketed" so it was waiting before the board while VSO takes a year to prepare a brief.  So, I called the BVA.  NOT TRUE!   My claim was "not docketed" at the BVA so the VSO "preparing a brief" delayed it another year.  

           If my math is correct this totals 4 years where VARO sits on the claim.  This is the purpose of the AMA (formerly known as RAMP).  No SOC, and NO certifying to board.  And, this time it took my VSO under six weeks to prepare a brief.  

          Dont take my word for it tho:  Read the BVA chairmans report yourself, and find the average claim times there:

      https://www.bva.va.gov/Chairman_Annual_Rpts.asp

          Make no mistake.  The board makes it crystal clear the REGIONAL OFFICE is the source of about 80 percent of Vets claim delays.  

       

    2. michael09070
    3. michael09070

      michael09070

      does anyone know how reliable e benifits is on ininial ratings. they have me at 30% fot my multiple sclerosis but nothing on the other 4 granted  secondary issues. i pray my paperwork next week says different. any hope 

  3. i cant open any letter and i looked up fl 10-2 with no luck, so i really dont understand thr fast track part, if you could explain a bit i would appericate it
  4. i was hoping they were wrong but its been 6 moths since my claim was awarded and its starting to look like the va was right sad to say. I have been unable to contact my pva rep ive been trying for a month but no response. i know they say the backpay dont stand in the way of decisions but ive been 100% disabled from my multiple sclerosis and secondary issues since jan 2011 and my claim officially started in may of 2011 so im sure they dont want to pay me. its sad to say but my 10 year fight is wearing on me and i just want to put this mess behind me. So at this time i have to believe my grant
  5. ok guys so i called the va yesterday and they told me im kind of in a bad spot on my award becase 5 claims were granted and 7 are in remand and he told me i wont get my award on my 5 granted clain until the remanded issues are done whitch is 16 to 29 months, i must say way to pour cold warter on a guy thats been fighting for over 10 years. anyone have any good news for this tired vet.
  6. My question is I got my letter of service connection granted on January 22 does anyone have any idea how many months it takes to get a ratings assigned after adjudication. By claim goes through Chicago. I’m just looking for experience as I know no one can know the answer for everyone but it just gives me an idea thank you in advance
  7. Well it's been 40 months and all I've received is denial. Haven't heard from va in over a year, not surprised my visor told me it will be at least 4 more years before my case is seen again by a human. Va benefit is like Bigfoot I've heard it exist but I have my doubts..lol have to smile
  8. Well sent senator durbin (il) an email last week and still no response. He must have rock star emails, too many to answer within 10 days, I'm sure he gets a lot of mail. hope getting him involved doesn't make it worse. But it has been 30 months and now I'm told 3-5 more years. I feel like I have nothing to lose now.
  9. Berta I posted what the va said for why they denied it but it didn't really say much in my opinion. Just the emergency room thought it may be an ear infection and gave me an iv and told me to see my primary care doctor and I did. The va jumped on the er's notes. My PC dr sent me for an ear exam and it came back no ear issue and then my PC dr. Told me if it didn't get better to come back. In my medical record my PC dr wrote etiology was uncertain and it will probably get better in time. It did go away after about 4 months. I wish they cared as much about us veterans as we care about this countr
  10. Berta, they denied my first IMO and sent my claim to appeals in June 2013. The ms specialist didn't word it right. I then went to my dx'ing neurologist and what I posted last is his IMO. So the va won't see it until they look at my appeal. I was not given a C&P exam they just looked at my file and seen i had been out since 1992 and I had a weak IMO and they rejected it. I have tried everything but they are harder than I though on proper wording. I just hope the IMO I posted is more solid.
  11. My nexus letter: Michael-------------MD Board certified neurologist RE: Michael Powell --/--/---- To whom it may concern: My name is Dr. Michael ---. I'm a board certified Neurologist and licensed in both Missouri & Illinois. My practice is in Illinois, Mr. Powell has been under my care for Multiple Sclerosis since December 2010. I ordered blood test, MRI's and a lumbar puncture preformed to rule out other illnesses. After collecting all needed tests, I determined Mr. Powell has multiple sclerosis. I have personally reviewed Michael's medical records both military an civilian
  12. I sent them a copy of my Ssdi award. Berta my ms specialist looked at me like I was crazy about the wording, he told me that all that wording sounded like a third grader wrote it and he would just word it the way he wanted to. And he said in his medical opinion that he highly suspects delaminating occurred in 1996 but, however there is no way to know for sure. And that screwed me on that IMO, and I never went back to him I just stayed with my dx'ing neurologist even though he does more than ms. Yes they looked at my first IMO and said highly suspicious was not good enough, that's why I say the
  13. Tbr, my diagnosising neurologist and a multiple sclerosis specialist both provided a nexus letter connecting my ms to within my first 4 years after service (per medical evidence). I served from 87-92 and didn't get a diagnosis until 2011. Ya I don't buy that 50/50 rule, the Des Moines RO va over road a multiple sclerosis dr who specializes in this disease due to wording.
  14. Berta thanks for your time. I will try and answer some things you mentioned; I never had a C&P exam the va in Des Moines just looked at my file and made this decision. In 1996 I had sever vertigo and had to be taken from work to the emergency room. They just gave me an iv and let me go after about 4 hours. My er report said they though it could be an ear infection but to go see my regular dr if it doesn't get better. Well it didn't so I went to my doctor and he sent me to an ear nose and throat specialist. They found nothing wrong with my ears or anything else.(all in file I sent theVA) my
  15. My denial letter didn't really say much to me. Basically they just disregarded the systemic evidence that goes with ms. Their was like 6 years in between my episodes so I never put 2 & 2 together.but if you look at the timeline of events after the fact (high insight) my ms is apparent to my dr.my first nexus was from an ms specialist (his word was highly suspicious) so now I have my dx'ing dr.'s nexus that states it exactly the way the va wants it, I was unaware of just how much they could chew up my ms specialist letter just because they didn't word it exactly to va request. This is real
  16. Also the otitis media and labyrinth were from the er in 1996 and it was not a dx just the er opinion at the time but, a couple days later I went to the ears,nose, and throat dr and he found no ear issues. The er dr told me if it didn't get better in a few days then go to my regular dr. He sent me to get hearing test and nothing was found and then I got better and let it go. I was out of work for sometime due to debilitating vertigo and then one day I got up and could walk and preform my work duties so I let it go as instructed by my dr. Then in 2002 my left side went completely numb and I went
  17. Not sure what to look at but, I will start here. Reasons for decision: On multiple sclerosis verbatim 1: service connection for multiple sclerosis. The claim for service connection for multiple sclerosis is considered reopened. However, the evidence continues to show this condition was not incurred in or aggravated by military service. The va examiner stated that records from 11/01/1996 were received and reviewed. They support the diagnosis of acute labyrinth it's and otitis media not multiple sclerosis. 2: service connection for 3 lesions in brain as secondary to multiple sclerosis.
  18. After 2 years the Chicago RO denied my claim for multiple sclerosis. I had the medical nexus,buddie letters,solid medical evidence and a written time line of events. my claim was in Chicago since June 2011and around feb. 2013 they outsourced my claim to the Des. Moines Iowa RO. And within a couple of weeks my claim started to move but in the wrong direction. Talking to them it was oblivious they just pushed my claim through without weighing all my evidence. I have zero faith in the Chicago RO or any for that matter. Now I was told the appeals will take 3-5 years to even be seen by a human agai
  19. Gridsmasher was you stationed in Babenhausen Germany?
  20. My first roll call. Hope this October brings all things good to all veterans trying to make their way through the VA process. Thunderbolt Battalion 2nd of the 83rd FA later redesignated to 4th of the 18th FA Proud to be one..Red-leg Artillary
  21. Yes I did the same thing the other day. AB3 came up populated but the AB 8 had nothing. It must just be a standard letter that adds your personal data into. It pulls personal info from e-benefits and populates im guessing. To good to be true right justrluck, at first i thought my claim had moved logged into e-benefits and same ole same ole. It should have said physic, made you look..
  22. This post gives me hope, thanks. My claim has been in since Apr11 also, so maybe there is still hope.. thanks
  23. Can anyone tell me what a c & p exam for ms consists of ? Or where I can look for this information. I don't have one scheduled was just wandering. I have most of the main symptoms: vision,bowl & bladder, fatigue, gait problems, depression,anxiety, numbness in legs & cognitive problems. My claim has been in since April 2011. Thanks
  24. My claim completions date changed last week. I filed in April 2011 and was given a completions date of AUg2012-Aug 2013. I noticed last week it changed to March 2013. I am hoping this is a good thing but I have read where a lot of peoples dates have come and gone with nothing being done. I want to believe the Chicago office will find I supplied them enough evidience to find my claim as service connected. Just wondering if anyone elses claim date was moved up last week. My PVA rep told me Chicago was taking about 2 years on new claims. Thanks Mike
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