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  1. I filed for TDIU when I had 30% because I was in active pursuit of the TDIU rating. When I finally got granted TDIU (70%) the VA did make it retro to the date I filed for it. Then I got an even earlier date because I claimed it due to a hospitalization that occurred about 6 months earlier. File the TDIU and maybe you will get 100% and not even need it but it is a good fall back.
  2. I get SSA in a greater amount than my wife. When and if I die first she can get the full amount of my SSA as a survivor benefit. I get 100% from VA and my wife must apply for DIC and she can get about $1400. She also is entitled to half my tiny federal pension. This money will not support her. We all must find some other source of income for our spouses besides SSA and DIC. I have an annuity and she has an annuity. I hope this will be enough and I think it will. I saved and invested for 30 years, so if that isn't enough then goodbye American Dream. In my neighborhood a person needs between 4K and 5K a month just to keep it going. Unless you live in the bad lands of N. Dakota SSA and DIC will probably not support you these days.
  3. No New AO presumptives?

    You know the VA prescribed two high blood pressure meds for me and yet when I go for physical exams they say my BP is just slightly high and I should keep a log to prove I have High Blood. My pressure is not too high since I just had an increase from VA in my High Blood meds. It seems they are saying I don't have high blood because I am taking high blood meds. I already have AO presumptive heart condition (60%) and DMII (20%), yet the VA fights admitting I have high blood pressure even though I have not claimed it. If it becomes AO presumptive for high blood you can bet I will claim it because even though it is just 10% maybe high blood can lead to stroke and heart failure over time. High blood can also ruin your kidneys. All these conditions interact with each other and the result is you die. I understand the VA wants to treat us as if we were an assembly of parts but any idiot knows when one system fails they all fail. VA is using the "Four Corners" defense to stall until all AO vets are safely dead and in their graves.
  4. No New AO presumptives?

    I thought there was evidence of a relationship between high blood pressure and AO. I know they don't want to open that can of worms because high blood leads to strokes and strokes lead to disability and death. That leads to the VA having to pay out sums of cash and we know this is their real function which is to discourage payouts to sick vets and spouses who might get DIC.
  5. Another Battle Is Looming

    When you get a decision questioned as in proposal to reduce etc. it is really essential to have an IMO doctor who will go to bat for you. I would never trust a VA C&P doctor's opinion alone if the VA does propose to reduce you. If the VA just wants to see if your disability is still 30% disabling I would wait until I got the exam and decision and then get the IMO and file my appeal. I agree with Buck.
  6. AO and Hypertension?

    Did you have a reading on your fasting glucose levels? The VA won't DX you with DMII unless you file a claim even if your glucose levels are high. They just won't do it because they know it means money. I could never get them to actually DX me with DMII until I filed a claim for it. I had what they called impaired glucose functioning or something like that but it was DMII all along they would just not name it. DMII can cause nerve damage especially in your feet. Next thing you know you have an ulcer on your heel and they are chopping off your leg. It happened to a guy who worked with me at the USPS. John
  7. AO and Hypertension?

    Buck What was your last A1c reading and what was fasting glucose results. Some of what you describe sounds like neuropathy which is a common secondary condition to DMII which is related to AO. I have had PN for years and got rated for it as secondary to DMII (A0). If blood glucose level is above (125) that is indication you have DMII. If you are above about 110 that is impaired glucose which is just a hop, skip and jump from DMII DX. DMII DX covers so many secondary conditions it would fill a page. Having DMII I looked at a page in VBM and it indicated all the secondary conditions for DMII. I used this to make a claim of secondary PAD which soon evolved into CAD and another 60% rating and "S". All this was due to the VA doing a CT scan on a bump I had on my left leg. They found calcification of veins and arteries in my leg and extrapolated to my heart and brain. This is why I will file for HBP when and if VA adds it to presumptives for AO. I don't think I will wake up the old pit bull unless I need to because I have three years to go for 20 years at P&T. I am a little bit worried because after big unpaid tax cut the government may put VA benefits, Medicare, Medicade and SSA and all social programs back under the microscope for cuts. This is what many in congress have wished to do for decades. They have admitted this so it not a hot political call to arms. We vets need protection for our benefits.
  8. Ham You are right. I went before ABCMR twice and lost both times. The lawyer wanted $10,000 to represent me and even so he said I had a bout 5% chance of winning because I was asking for my honorable to be changed to medical with a pension. My VA disability became effective the day after I was discharged. How can Army claim I suddenly became ill the day after discharge and was perfectly fine until then. It is more complicated than that I know and the Army and BCMR blow tons of smoke at you when you appeal discharges. When I was in Vietnam the army became giving urine drug tests and if you came up positive you got LTH discharge. I don't know if they were doing the same policy to vets in combat units who were actually fighting the war. I bet a lot of them would have considered any sort of discharge a good deal when they did not expect to live long enough to DEROS back to the states. I would not discourage any vet from trying to get discharge upgrade but the facts should be known before wasting time unless the case is iron clad. There was a vet here who did get his discharge changed to a medical and he richly deserved it and had much proof the army screwed up. He also had 100% from the VA. The BCMR says that even if you were discharged as bogus character disorder and had PTSD instead the rating you should have got from the Army medical board should have been at least 30% in order to even get a pension. The pension just gives you Tricare and I think is deducted from your VA compensation. On this I could be wrong. Now I am thinking the only reason to make VA claims or go to BCMR is if money is involved. The morale argument is just not worth the aggravation.
  9. MF6 Probably when you accepted the general under honorable discharge the military will claim they did a physical on you to include mental status update. They will say that you were not suffering from any mental illness that made it impossible for you to serve, but that some character disorder was the reason you were discharged. You may have signed something you are not aware of today that agreed with the conditions of your discharge. This is all smoke and BS they cook up to justify what they do to vets who are suffering from some mental health issues the military does not want to pay for in form of medical discharge. The BCMR will kick you appeal around for a while and probably deny it with a half-azz review of the "fact". This is why I say you probably need a lawyer to does these cases. How long has it been since you were discharged? You can sort of assume that the Army and BCMR will be lying about almost everything.
  10. AO and Hypertension?

    I don't think those DX's are directly AO related, but with a DX of PTSD many things including heart disease can be secondary. That is like DMII which is AO presumptive. Many other disorders can be secondary to DMII. I wonder about the anemia. Megaloblastic anemia should be investigated because I don't even know what it means, but all sorts of leukemia are AO presumptive. My brother has a form of leukemia that is present but not active. They only way you can tell is bloodwork which shows too many white blood cells. Anemia usually means blood cells are not acting right or too many white cells and not enough red cells etc. That is suspicious to me. I am not a doctor but I would get a second opinion on the anemia from a real doctor.
  11. IU and SSDI

    It depends on where you live because no one in my neighborhood could live off $2000 a month or $4500 a month. My wife and I live off about $6600 a month but this includes a disability insurance payment, small OPM pension, TDIU plus SMC "S" and both our SSA pensions. If you live in Iowa or Kansas in a small town where you can buy a house for $100,000 maybe you can live on $4500 a month if you don't over eat. The wife and I just went to the store and came back with some bags of groceries and it was $160. I only owe on a car and have no debts, but $6600 a month does not make me feel rich. If I need a new roof that will be $7000. New plumbing, God knows, or if a hurricane destroys my house the first $10,000 comes out of my pocket. Who here has $100,000 in savings? This is what you are supposed to have at your finger tips which is about two years income.
  12. Using Ebenefits to file New Claim

    Buck I think I will do as you say. I don't know if the VA will connect HBP to AO but I might as well file because it will take months if not years to be denied or approved. By that time it may be SC'ed for HBP. This may by our last shot at new AO conditions according to Berta.
  13. I wanted to file a claim for HBP presumptive to AO, but the process on Ebenefits asks many weird questions such as "Are you applying for TDIU"? I already have TDIU . I don't know how to answer that question. They it popped up with "you don't need to apply for PTSD since you already have it". According to the VA I am not being treated for PTSD but for depression and anxiety which is SC. I feel like I am walking through a minefield so I have avoided Ebenefits. I know how the VA can really screw up a claim and send me to a proctologists for a PTSD exam and cut my rating. They once sent my TMJ claim to a psychiatrist and he did not know what to do.