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x020574

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  1. SMC-K, about $125 a month. There is norating for ED.
  2. You are more than likely correct, but even if a widow reads this article it would prompt them to check with their own local VA or Veteran Service Organization to see if they might be entitled to benefits. Even if they call the number listed in the article, they (San Bernadino RO) sound pretty commited to try and reach this people. I wish we saw more RO's being proactive about this situation.
  3. I am not sure if this article only pertains to those veterans' RO in San Bernadino or accross the nation, but I thought it was informative enough to post. Looking for spouse/dependents who veteran may NOT have been aware of deseases on AO presumptive list, either because they didn't know or because they died from that illness. http://www.pe.com/local-news/san-bernardino-county/san-bernardino-county-headlines-index/20130301-region-veterans-affairs-office-seeks-agent-orange-beneficiaries.ece Hope it helps someone...
  4. Don't worry about that - if it really concerns you you could requst the moderator to delete or yu can edit your own messages and delete the contects. Then save. If you don't see EDIT, move your cursor and hover around the icons at lower/right. When I delete - I usueally leave a message 'Deleted' so people don't think it was a mistake. But really you can leave it as is.
  5. Yikes.... He could have had a sex change operation and kept the money
  6. Jim - since you work for a VHA facility have you tried talking to a doctor in Pulmonologist yet, not an intern or resident, but someone who is Board Certified in their field. They are more apt to give a fellow worker an honest opinion, tell him/her that you just would like to get the straight facts. Also, there should be an Enviroment Nurse/Doctor representing each VHA facility - you might want to check in with them too.. Don't discount the used of PD60, TCE, differnet kinds of fuels, hydraulic fluids, they are all hazardous to some extent, but Im sure you already know that. There
  7. Hi Jim - welcome and thank you for your service in the USAF and the VHA (don't worry, we're not going to start throwing shoes at you ) I was in the USAF from 1970-74, I work in-shop and some light flightline maintenace ( minor parts replacement, ol samples, etc) on F-105s. I too miss it 40 yrs later so the feeling doesn't go away. I always tell my children the same story of my first experience running jet engines at a test cell. (they say, oh no not again) Test cells back in those day were usually built out in the open at one end of the runway with a revampment to deflect exhaust and soun
  8. No, it is not the same. Your friends let would be considered a Buddy Letter and it would be good if he could mention the incident/s, date and organization that you both were in at that time. VA sometimes likes to check up on these things and it would add validity to your claim. The VA has the option to consider it or dismiss it. Often if the buddy does not state something to the effect like this, 'this statements on this form are to true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief.' then it 'more likely than not' would be considered. Keep in mind if the VA was to determine the
  9. It has been my experience that VA doctors, other than C&P, will write a medical opinion/DBQ. But what they will offer their opinion in your medical records if you ask them to, you might want to discuss the issues with them, bring your science research and they will form their own opinion... which might help you or not be in your favor. You could see a private doctor but there is no gauntee they will agree with your findings. You could get a pay $$$$$$$$? for an independent medical opinion, I gotta ask, ' If you are already at 100%... is it really worth it'? Unless your severly dis
  10. Not sure if this applies to you... But there are two categories of military retirees who won’t receive a 1.7% COLA. 2012 Retirees: Servicemembers who retired during calendar year 2012 will receive a somewhat smaller, partial COLA for this year only, because they already received a January military pay raise (which also raised their 2012 retired pay). Members who retired between Jan. 1, 2012, and Sept. 30, 2012, will receive a partial COLA based on the calendar quarter in which they retired. Jan.-Mar. retirees will receive 1.7%; Apr.-Jun. retirees, 1.0%; and Jul.-Sept. retirees 0.2%. T
  11. Thank you Berta and PR... I will certainly follow up with NVLSP when the time comes... and post back with to you with news however it goes!
  12. dx and surgery was done at San Franicsco VA medical center i Jun/2010 I sent copy of travel docs to DAV/Boston and asked the VSO to submit them on my behalf. They did and c.c. me on the coorespondance - so 2 of us know they should be in the Cfile. This is sure worth looking into... hope I am wrong and it turns out to be Nehmer!!! I'll keep you posted...
  13. Thanks Berta, I don't think I fall under Nehmer because I did not file a claim for IHD prior to the date IHD became persumptive (Sept/2010). I had dx and surgery (Jun/2010) before that but my IHD claim date was not until Oct/2012. I did file for Hearing increase in Feb/2012 (in review status) and the IHD filed in Oct/2012 was added as a contention to the Hearing increase. If the VA had no way of knowing of the dx prior to Oct/2012, it is not the VAMC obligation to inform the VA and I did not know of the Public Posting alerting Thailand vets that they may be entitled until Aug/2012 when
  14. 'Can you give me a hadit link to those posts? I need to read them again.' - responses were not from this forum/HadIt, it was on a VBN YuKu. 'Do you mean they awarded the Hearing loss claim with an effective date of February 2012?' - niether contention, hearing increase of IHD has been decided yet, the claim, with both contentions, is in review status. 'I think you need to go to our CUE forum to understand what CUE is.' - I have read it and I think given the dates of dx, law and IHD claim, I believe if the rater does not rule in my favor with the retro, especially after I request that
  15. RE: 38 CFR 3.114 Change of Law - Effective date of change which states : If a claim is reviewed at the request of the claimant more than 1 year after the effective date of the law or VA issue, benefits may be authorized for a period of 1 year prior to the date of receipt of such request. I was Dx with IHD and had CABGx2 Jun2010 IHD added to presumtive list Sep2010 I filed an IHD claim Oct2012 - it reads to me I might be entitled to 1 yr retro, some responses I got said it I don't get the yr retro file a CUE and state the 38 cfr 3.114 regulation. Some said send in a 21-4138 now while
  16. I filed for IHD for direct connection exposure to herbicide during my service in Thailand. Afterwards, as a result of gathering additional miltary records, I received a copy of TDY travel vouchers with airplane stops at Ton Son Nhut AFB, RVN. I sent copy of Travel Voucher and letter I received from NPRC to support my IHD claim. So, I had service in Thailand and monentary boots on the ground in RVN.
  17. I had one more concern other than should I file now for DM II, being that I have 1claim with 2 contentions (hearing increase, IHD new) in Review Status now... RE: 38 CFR 3.114 Change of Law - Effective date of change which states : If a claim is reviewed at the request of the claimant more than 1 year after the effective date of the law or VA issue, benefits may be authorized for a period of 1 year prior to the date of receipt of such request. Dx was Jun2010, IHD effective presumtive law Sep2010, IHD claim Oct2012 - it reads to me I might be entitled to 1 yr retro, some responses I got
  18. Being new to the VA system at that time, I wasn't aware of that. Now I know... thank you. I'm not expecting an increase in my rating, but I'm happy they replace my 7 yr old hearing aids. Your right, newer ones have booth tooth... good for syncing up to your cell phone and/or car audio.
  19. I currently have SC for 0% bilateral hearing loss as evident on my entry/discharge exams 1974, plus it was noted ion my original audio C&P exam. C&P audiologist had also concurred that I had Tinnitus, that is what the 10% is for. That was awarded in 2005. I know but reviewing the hearing loss criteria, I'll stay at 0% unless I have a really very gratious rater. My hearing loss frequency have gotten worse but not to the degree of compensation... and my word recognition scores (I find it very hard to believe) stayed the same at 94. My wife thinks the are crazy. I told her I don't think
  20. Thanks for the advice, I'm assuming I should use the va form 21 526ez fully developed claim as opposed to the 21 256 standard form? I have lab work documents. I have doctor notes from nutricenist and PCP. (do they have a spell check here, you would think after after 61yrs I would know how to spell, I'm embarrased to say I have a BS in Computer Science ) I have tarvel documentation sent from NPRC stating presence in RVN. I have print out of VA Physicians GuideLines stating diagnosis of DM II. I too have sleep apnea, started using CPAP from private physician in 1982, started VA care
  21. I have consistently had A1c around 5.5 - 5.8, and FG around 120s. Recently I have had a couple spikes over 126 FG and my VA PCP scheduled me for diabetes/dieting session with the nutritionist. PCP also requested tester for monitoring glucose but the nutritionist said the VA has recently changed it's policy and only gives monitors if you are on medication. I guess I'll buy my own and try to figure out why I spike sometimes - I am pretty good about fasting. I am 61yrs old and have bladder problems that get me up 2-3 times a night (BPH) so I think sleep interruption may have something to do with
  22. My travel orders have been added to my claim along with a 21-4138 as you suggested. The claim is in the 'under review' stage. I am assuming most vets who had service in RVN have it noted on their DD214. This might seem like a silly question, but should I file to have my DD214 updated to reflect service in RVN... would it make it easier for submitting future presumptive claims? (I'm very close to DMII and a host of secondaries from that). My current DD214 only shows Thailand service. Also, do I need to make the VA medical center where I get treatment aware of service in RVN? If so, how wo
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