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About x020574

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    E-4 Petty Officer 3rd Class

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  1. DAV rep put in claim for hearing increase and 100% temporary hospitalization? Not sure why he did it that way but the claim status on eBennies says it's closed. Under disabilities they increase hearing loss from 0% to 30%, brown envelope is on it's way. I was previously 90% scheduler and 100% TPIU. Now scheduler is 94% with the addition increase of 30% but of course that rounds down to 90% scheduler. I am not sure why but it appears on eBennies they dropped my TPIU (unemployable)???? OMG please tell me that is not so, that's about $1,000 less in benefits, spouse loses her health coverage (Champus)... I'm scare to open the envelope when it arrives. What about scars? I had a CABG with left me with a approximately 9” scar down the middle of my chest where they cracked me open (I jokingly call that my zipper). Is that rateable?  This stress is killing me!!!! My wife is under going treatments for breast cancer, NOT a good time to lose her health coverage. 

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      X020574 I would wait to see your BBE; should be quick. You need to see what it says. If they took away TDIU, you need to see why, and you need to appeal it. Post what the decision letter says here when you get it; be sure not to have your personal ID stuff on it, like name, ssn, address, etc.It's not a done deal yet. Yes the scar is rateable, probably, as it is long enough but other considerations are how wide, is is sensitive, deep, how wide, does it effect movement, unstable, etc. See diagnostic code 7801 thru 7805 for more info. Run the rate calculator and plug in each of your individual ratings, plus, based on what your scar symptoms are, plug in your estimate on what your scar might be, say 10%. That might get you to 95%, which rounds up to 100% schedular. If it does, that is an additional option for you. Post the letter.

  2. Thanks for the support and tips. Hopefully 5-6 months won’t be too long and they can restore some of my hearing. In the meantime, I sure the VA has solutions to help - I just need to get my surgeon OK audiologists to work with me. Thanks again!
  3. In 1996 I was SC for hearing loss 0% and Tinnitus 10%; after an ENT consult I was fitted with my first pair of VA issued hearing aids. Since that time I’ve gotten a new pair every 3-5 years with several adjustments at the walk-in clinic with each pair. I keep telling them my hearing is getting worse but it never gets to a compensation level. A few months ago The VA audiologist is concerned over a sudden drop in my R ear conductive hearing and referred me to ENT. They can’t schedule me for several months so they referred me to a non VA ENT. (This was my 2nd visit to an ENT???) I was dx with C
  4. I served in USAF, as a Jet Engine Mechanic (AFSC 43250), from 1970-74. My VA medical records contained an entrance hearing test and an exit hearing test. The exit test showed a hearing loss at high frequency ranges. I was given hearing aids (very grateful) and was service connected, 0% for hearing loss and 10% for tinnitus. That was in 2006. Fast forward to 2019 – I was referred to an Non-VA ENT specialist after a routine VA audiologist became concern about a significant drop in my R side conductive hearing test. I had a CT scan which reveals that I have cholesteatoma in both ea
  5. Thanks Buck52, you are correct, this was a new claim, where I will have a expert opinion hematologists confer it is just as likely as not a result of chronic benzene exposure. I probably don’t want to do a HLR (assuming this is the same as a notice of disagreement). So at this point, I would like to handle the claim I’m my on.... being the the ITF is closed and denied... can I file a 526ez on my own (opening a new claim). I have never had to deal with a denied claim before. PNH is a serious disease, I require infusions every 14 days for life. The only cure is stem cell transplant (da
  6. Last week I spoke with my VSO about filing a direct claim for Acquired Hemolytic Anemia and my Hem/Onc doctor agreed to stating my exposure to toxic chemicals, primarily Benzene among others, was just as likely as not to have contributed to my PNH. I explained my doctor would be out of country for a week and that he would complete the DBQ and provide a rational explanation once he returns. The VSO stated, he would take care of filing a claim and doctors DBQ would be submitted once received. A few days later I get a correspondence from my VSO telling me an Intent to File form 21-0966 was
  7. I have met with the Neurologist concerning my head MRI and I feel a little relieved that the area of the stoke is called the 'silent zone', meaning when stuff happens there one usually does not suffer and motor disruptions. No Parkinson or Parkinsonism, just need to keep my DMII and blood pressure under control. The small vessel disease in the brain is more than likely due to diabetes.  Good news for once!

  8. When I received my award to 90% I became aware that I could be entitled to 'copays reimbursed retroactively' to my claim effective date. Question: Is it possible to get retroactive 'travel pay' back to the claim effective date? My first call to the financial resource center indicated they were going to request two audits one for medical copays and another for travel pay. It's been several months since I made my initial request to recoup copays and placed a follow up call yesterday. The representative told me it would be one within the next 2 weeks. When I asked about the secon
  9. Just received my wifes ChampVA package today, I sent a one page application in approx. 2-3 weeks ago. They set her eligibility date back to Aug 1, 2013 (when I was awarded TDIU). Here is a link to the application but I'm surprised you did not receive one in your BBE. http://www.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/champva/apply.asp You should have also received pamphlets discussing addition (optional) life insurance, Chapter 35 (education) benefits for dependents. There should be a statement in the package somewhere that discusses your eligible to be reimbursed for any copays for meds retr
  10. I doubt anyone could give you anything other than a WAG... that is just the way it is. I would suggest you get together with your VSO and ask to file for a hardship... bring proof of Bill Collection, Bankruptcy, and such that show you are in a financial hardship. I think you did about everything else.
  11. Go figure... My claim closed over a week ago, got the BBE 2 days later, got the retro yesterday. Then today I get another BBE in the mailbox, telling me they received an incomplete claim 01/10/2014 and if I want to process my Fully Developed Claim I need to submit a 526ez. I called Peggy, their answer was there isn't a claim and sometimes the system does that and that I should throw the correspondence away - Brilliant! Best of luck to you Street!
  12. Thank you Berta, You have certainly given me a lot of homework :) My VA Hem/Onc doctor says nobody knows what causes PNH, but what we do know is that it is acquired and not inherited. I believe you are correct, PD 680 sounds very familiar... I am 62yrs old and this was 40+ years ago. I have met one vet that is SC, but he had anemia issues in service. I will keep you posted, I also want to get a second opinion from a private Hem/Onc. Although the test making the dx is considered the Golden Standard, I believe it's call flow cytometry ???
  13. I do have a Story and then a Question: Story part: I recently learned I have a illness with called Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH)it is a rare disease in which red blood cells break down earlier than normal. I have read that benzene can cause these types of symptoms. I was a Jet Engine Mechanic from 1970-74 so I had 4 yrs of exposure to this stuff - but can it rear it's ugly head 40 years later? We use to use a cleaning solution (I don't recall the name but it was P-something). We used it in-shop to clean grease and carbon from internal engine parts. Being young and stupid, we use
  14. Just wanted to let you know I was able to get this resolved, I got the BBE on Sat and I am now 100% TPIU. And they did accept my proof of my eBennies print screen of the logging of activities. They awarded me the effective date of Jul/2013(the day I uploaded my application). They even gave me a little extra by granting me SMC-S (housebound). Between SSDI and VA 100% comp I can sleep a little better. I do have a Story and then a Question: Story part: I recently learned I have a illness with called Paroxysmal nocturnal hemoglobinuria (PNH)it is a rare disease in which red blood cells break do
  15. Thank you Berta - This is a copy and paste form my eBenefits Account Activity history - 07/18/2013 8:40 AM, Updated: ClaimId: 28896344, DocumentId: {A596A9A0-F7AC-40E9-9FC1-D23435C404F1}, THOMAS xxxx, Successful I usally do send it to the VSO ,to submit unfortunetly for me I didn't do that this time... I sent an IRIS email coorespondence and spoke to someone one the phone, all they could do was pass the information along... no big help there! While my claim was open, I got a call from the RO asking me if I wanted to add TDIU to the claim and what disability was I claiming tha
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