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  1. john999

    PTSD increase A&A added

    I agree with what Buck is saying about filing even if you are 100% or TDIU. I got an extra 60% after I was TDIU and then got HB which meant another $300 a month. It is really not chicken feed since it is tax free money. I now make about as much in tax free money as I did when I retired from the USPS with a taxable income.
  2. john999

    AO UPDATE -our last chance

    I was diagnosed by the VA with high blood at least five years ago and DMII due to AO about ten years ago. Now my HBP is not SC'ed, but the DMII is as well as the CAD as secondary to the AO DMII. I would like the HBP to get SC'ed just for the fact that HBP can lead to stroke, heart failure, and kidney disease as well. I just want to make double sure my spouse gets DIC by hook or by crook. I am going to DMII specialist since the VA only recommends I lose weight and take pills. Same for the CAD. The VA is supposed to be the experts on AO related disease. You must be kidding me.
  3. john999

    AO UPDATE -our last chance

    If a vet has SC heart condition is there any doubt that HBP has some serious interaction with existing heart problems. I go 60% for AO heart condition and I take meds for HBP. Which came first I do not know. How in the world can VA separate out AO effects for vet with heart and blood pressure problems? Where you have one you usually have the other because factors causing HBP also cause heart disease/heart failure. How can VA treat or rate vets for AO conditions as if person were living in outer space and all conditions impact each other?
  4. If the VA was aware you were getting SSDI for a solely service connected condition I think you have case for TDIU EED. I asked for EED when I got TDIU and I used SSDI effective date as the reason. The VA did not deal with that issue but granted the same date for EED based on hospital admission. I think they di d not want to deal with the SSDI issue. They were aware of my SSDI award date. I think SSDI dates are a minefield for the VA and many vets have this potential issue. Thus they blow smoke to avoid granting such claims on first go round. I think your SSDI date and TDIU date should be the same on logical and moral grounds. VA usually scoffs at those concepts and sticks to warped letter of the law. It is worth pursuing.
  5. I think spouse of post 9/11 vets can get VA care taker money. If you or your wife were in nursing home you could get extra money. You might be able to get A&A money for your spouse depending on how totally disabled she is and if she can do basic functions of self-care such as washing herself, feeding herself etc. From what I understand you or your spouse must be most severely disabled and almost bed ridden to get care taker pay. I would apply for whatever is available. I am housebound and I was turned down for the program where they make major adjustments to my house to make living easier. The VA said since I was not bed ridden and had all four limbs I did not qualify. This is what you are dealing with, but I do remember that a vet can get money if spouse is in nursing home under certain conditions. It is really worth checking into with the VA. I am throwing out things I heard or read in the past. My aunt got extra money for nursing home care but she had DIC. It did help to pay for her care outside VA facility. She was not entitled to VA nursing home or assisted living care. Is your wife getting SSDI or SSA?
  6. What matters with life insurance is your age and if you have immediate severe health concerns such as a terminal condition or likely to become terminal soon. When I was 50 years old I was able to get $250,000 in term insurance for small money. By the time reached 60 years the premium had hit the roof. I used a company/broker that listed many insurance companies and I got 250K for about $700 a year, but I was 50 and in decent health except for non-life threatening disability. The life insurance guys use your average life expectancy chart and then add in for severe conditions that might cause them a premature pay-out. Can I ask how old you are and do you have a condition that might kill you soon? Not too personal, but I don't sell life insurance or anything else. I have about every kind of insurance you can get so I have that kind of experience. I had long term care insurance long before I became eligible for VA care.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. john999

    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.
  10. john999

    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.
  11. john999

    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.
  12. john999

    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
  13. john999

    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.
  14. 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.

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