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  1. Typically, GERD is rated analogous to a hiatal hernia under 38 C.F.R. 4.114 diagnostic code 7346. Ratings under diagnostic code 7346 range from 10 to 60% disabling, and depend on the presence and severity of a variety of symptoms. The requirements for each are as follows: For a 10% rating, a veteran must present with “two or more symptoms of the 30 percent evaluation of less severity.” A 30% rating requires “persistently recurrent epigastric distress with dysphagia, pyrosis, and regurgitation, accompanied by substernal or arm and shoulder pain, productive of considerable impairment of heath.” A 60% rating requires “symptoms of pain, vomiting, material weight loss and hematemesis or melena with moderate anemia; or other symptom combinations productive of severe impairment of health.” You're presently at 10% for GERD. In order to get to 80% with just an increased GERD rating you will need to get your GERD to 60%. The reason for this is VA Math. 50% MDD plus 30% GERD = 65% which gets you to 70%. 60% GERD plus 50% MDD = 80%. Get an IMO/IME for your GERD which states that your symptoms are what is listed above. Good Luck.
  2. With your clarification it may have to do with your application for adaptive equipment. I am assuming that your "lower left and right neuropathy" has to do with your feet. If so then the following would qualify you for adaptive equipment. At least one of these must be true for you. You have: Loss, or permanent loss of use, of 1 or both feet
  3. I am unable to find anything for the upper or lower back having to do with adaptive equipment: https://www.va.gov/disability/eligibility/special-claims/automobile-allowance-adaptive-equipment/ I did get my brother-in-law a grant for a vehicle due to his being legally blind from a gsw. He had been certified disabled for many years and did not have to have a c&p exam.
  4. I assume that you would appeal the the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA). I went here: https://www.index.va.gov/search/va/bva.jsp and typed in "HISP" under "Find these words" and came up with quite a few cases that were appealed to the BVA some were granted some were not. Good luck
  5. Your best bet is to see a sleep specialist. A sleep specialist is a medical doctor who has completed additional education and training in the field of sleep medicine. ... They often work in sleep centers, also called sleep clinics and sleep labs (laboratories). Anyone who takes and passes the ABSM board has the privilege of placing the following after their name: Diplomate of the American Board of Sleep Medicine, or simply D, ABSM. Here is a good article regarding PTSD and sleep apnea that you could use: https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/connection-between-ptsd-and-sleep-apnea
  6. Yes, it can be rated as secondary. In order for this to happen you will need a doctor to write a nexus letter stating that it is "more likely than not" that your sleep apnea was caused by your PTSD. But, the doctor must also state why and provide his/her reasoning for that diagnosis.
  7. The DRO review is supposedly a "de novo" review, meaning that it is being reviewed by someone who has had nothing to do with the first decision. A fresh set of eyes, they are suppose to review the whole claim and evidence. For a better understanding read the following: https://asknod.org/2016/06/18/everything-you-ever-wanted-to-know-about-de-novo-review/
  8. Here is the law regarding your question: https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/38/3.750
  9. Something is amiss. I know several 20 year retired vets who are receiving boh their normal retired pay and 100% VA disability under CRDP. I am receiving my full retirement pay and a full 90% VA disability although mine is CRSC. The rules changed in 2004; before that you could not receive both. In 2004 they allowed that you could receive both, however it was phased in at 10% per year until 2014. I would wait until you get your BBE . . .
  10. The Deck Logs for the Denver have only been digitized through September 1970. https://catalog.archives.gov/search?q="Denver (LPD-9)"&f.oldScope=online&f.level=fileunit&f.ancestorNaIds=594258&sort=naIdSort asc
  11. I think Chris Attig made a mistake or a typo - you might want to contact him.
  12. HiToddT.

      Yes, the Denver used her boats. As a matter of fact. I was stationed below inside the welldeck and assisted in ferrying refugees from different ships and ditching of refugees as they ditched their helicopters into the sea. We went throughout the whole staging area and several different ships in completing this operation. 

  13. I could not find that the USS Denver (LPD-9) was listed in the Blue Water Navy guide but that should not stop you from filing. LPDs generally operate close to shore for boat operations. Did the Denver use her boats for Operation Frequent Wind or just the helicopters? I can't imagine that the Denver will not be on the list of Blue Water Navy ships. The Blue Water Navy cases will not be decided until sometime in 2020 (they say January, but this is the government). As for Camp Lejeune; prostate cancer is not on the presumptive list but the VA is "encouraging" you to file because more diseases may be added. (https://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/camp-lejeune/)
  14. There is an excellent write up on IMO's / IME's on hadit - here is the link: https://www.hadit.com/imo_nexus_letter_by_dr_bash.html
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