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  1. Thanks for the tip GBArmy, and you are correct... but with a catch. One must have been a resident of Mass. to qualify. Dang it! But being a resident for > 8 years and disable I do qualify for property tax deductions... As for my hearing I had a second surgery to my R ear to place a titanium prosthetic inside to replace the 3 hearing bones removed, some hearing is restored but still require hearing aids. Now that I’m out about six months from R ear we will be looking into surgery in L ear... it’s still to be determine whether or not it contains cholesteatoma or not... I am scheduled f
  2. 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. 

    1. GBArmy

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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.

  3. 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!
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. Thanks Buck... I didn't think hospitalization or convalescence afterwards would add anything regardless of 100% scheduler or TDIU. !00% = !00% I am already SMC for housebound and SMC for Loss of Use of organ (ED). I think it's (S an K).
  9. I have been TDIU for 2 years now and I will need surgery for a severe narrowing of my left carotid artery. Since I am getting comp'd at 100% already I'll assume there is no need to submit a claim for recovery... yes/no? I'm am 90% scheduler for IHD 60%, MH 70%, DMII 20%, Tinnitus 10%, Hearing 0% plus SMC K and S. Since receiving TDIU I have had several other dx that I could possibly file as secondaries but don't want to risk having existing disabilities re-evaluated and losing TDIU. I'm ill and 66yrs old, going back to work is not an option for me. I was automatically switched from S
  10. I receive a daily blog from the Disabledveterans.org (can be found on FB too) hosted by Ben Krause, I found today's to be quite disturbing and if you are a baby boomer and on TPIU you should be too. The proposed budget cuts are unfair and age discriminatory. Disabled vets that are part of baby boom era is a huge population, which means huge $$$$$ from cut benefits that will off set tax cuts for the wealthy. What really upsets me is that the major service organizations where asked to not be oppose the budget cuts in a private meeting (thanks for nothing DAV) according to a statement in the blog
  11. I have a myHealtheVet account and was able to download my C&P via the BlueButton. Mine was done in-house. I requested all my doctor notes for the date of the exam til the month following. Do you live near the regional office, you have a right to review you C&P file in person and obtain a copy that way. If you been waiting 11 months for a copy, did you specify under the Freedom Information Act you have a right to obtain this information. If you didn't reference the FOI act it could take forever, but there is a time element that they have to get back to you on your FOI request.
  12. Just passing it along... New study is seeking volunteer VN vets diagnosed with MDS, a study to evaluate veterans exposed to AO, or JP fuel, exc. (toxic chems) http://mdsinveterans.dana-farber.org/
  13. Thank YOU VietnamVetSis for looking out for your brother. As Berta has already noted, if he is not employed or employed making less than 12k (approx. Federal poverty level) he may be eligible for IU. If he hasn't worked in a while they might even award him 100% TPIU (Total & Permanent & Individual Unemployable). DMII as you know can cause anything from minor to devastating secondary issues. Keep after him to maintain those sugar levels... you both have suffered enough already!
  14. 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!

  15. Thanks again, I understand what you are saying. I did get SMC's for H.B. and one for E.D. I am mostly concerned that if I drop dead from clots I want my wife to receive DIC bene.
  16. Thanks Buck52 and you are correct, I'm rated at 90% but was awarded 100% TPIU. I will see what the Neurologist says this week... keep you posted. Thanks for your due diligence !
  17. Thank you for the encouragement Berta, and the links you provided. This week I will see a Neuro (VA) concerning my MRI results. So I haven't been diagnosed yet, but I'm suspecting they will say Parkinsonism instead of full blown Parkinson's. I thought I have read somewhere in the past Parkinsonism was NOT presumptive to AO. I have been awarded AO IHD, AO DMII, but not HBP. I had HBP (take 4 different BP meds) for a long before AO service connections. If I file for HBP wouldn't they reject that?
  18. Is Parkinsonism presumptive as it is in Parkinson's for Viet Nam vets if exposed to herbicides? I recently had a MRI of the head checking for clots. Surprisingly the report came back stating : "MRI head: There is a punctate chronic lacunar infarct of the left caudate head. There is no evidence of hemorrhage, edema, masses, mass effect, midline shift or infarction. The ventricles and sulci are normal in caliber and configuration. Scattered areas of nonspecific periventricular, subcortical and deep white matter T2/FLAIR hyper intensity are in a configuration most suggestive of chronic
  19. Yes I am TDIU with scheduler adding up to 90% and they also gave me SMC-S... I'm assuming for housebound since I don't have 100 plus another 60%. This was awarded about 2 yrs ago. I am also 65 yrs young (ha ha) not that that should matter. Thank you for the support!
  20. 1970-74 weighed 130 in and 134 out, I had 4 yrs USAF Jet Engine Mechanic experience – much exposure to JP4, Jet Exhaust, PD-680 degreaser, carbon soot, noise, etc. I don’t have much medical information in my service records package, but I do have several pages of upper respiratory sickness, sore throats and earaches from one USAF base. None of my other medical records from other bases were in my service file. While in-service I married for the 1st time, we lived off base and thanks to my wife I was pretty good at getting to work on time. She would complain that I kept her u
  21. What do your buddy letters say? If you just say you had 'sleep problems' that is very vague, obviously that won't fly. What will your buddies say that would support your claim? Did you share a room with them, can they state that they witness you gasping for air in your sleep, temporarily stopped breathing? These buddies will need to state what unit that you were both in and at what time/period did they witness these events. The VBA does have ways to verify units and times you both claimed to have been together. Your buddy letters will probably have to have their SSN or service numbers in the l
  22. saints13 thank you for your response. I will do as you suggested and file a VocRehab application on eBennies and see where things go from there. I wasn't sure and didn't want to create unnecessary paper work and jam up the 'system'. I don't mean to sound dumb but is ASKNOD something in eBennies or is it someone who is an advocate that helps veterans on HadIt?
  23. Last year I was scheduler 90% (Tinnitus,DM II, IHD and PTSD) and shortly afterwards awarded TDIU 100% + housebound. I was also awarded SSDI and have a long list of ailments. I am 64, turning 65 in March, and I feel like I have no interest in anything anymore (and haven't in a long time). I take psyc meds but it helps a little... if any. I don't have the ability to return to my previous employment and seriously doubt I would be eligible for Voc Rehab. I sometimes think I am just waiting around for one of my illnesses to do me in... yes, sad I know. I think a hobby like wood working of photograp
  24. 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
  25. 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
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