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john999

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  1. I have bad PF, but I know surgery can be risky. You can be worse off after these surgeries. I would not get surgery unless I could not walk to the bathroom. Sometimes the podiatrists want to cut into your fascia to reduce the strain on your foot. You can end up with a much lowered arch and still have significant pain. I know that if you or I can lose weight that often will help. Better than surgery that can alter the way you walk for the rest of your days.
  2. Snakes.....I see you are young. If you could go for 100% rather than TDIU you would be able to work a little bit if you were able. I have had TDIU for almost 20 years. I often wished I could work at some job, but I knew I would never be able to earn a living again. However, I would at least get permanent TDIU if nothing else. You get many benefits if you are P&T. In Florida I pay no property tax. My auto tags are almost free. I get the free life insurance. My wife is eligible for DIC. Don't worry too much about having things taken away if you go for TDIU or 100%. I heard all that c
  3. By not appealing my rating in 1973 I lost possibly hundreds of thousands of dollars in compensation over the years. Always file all your appeals starting with initial notice of disagreement even on routine type claims.
  4. If the vet is housebound and 100% for PTSD he probably should have designated Caregiver. So the Caregiver should have money from the VA as well. 100% for any mental disorder means the person is probably psychotic and needs much help. Now we know this is not always the case since not many here with 100% are psychotic and totally out of their minds. If you are 70% for a mental issue the regs reveal a person with major, major malfunction and we know most of those guys just can't work a job. They are not basket cases.
  5. There are a lot of people at the VA and VSO's who have wrong information. Always check it out here just like you did. VA doctor told me I would never get more than 30% and now have P&T plus SMC-S.
  6. I am housebound as of now. How screwed up do you need to be to be eligible for Caregiver benefits. My wife drives me around these days since my back is pretty bad and I am juiced up with VA pain meds. I tend to lose my balance. I have TDIU P&T and another 80% for various things.
  7. I had 70% TDIU for a couple of years and then got another rating for 60%. I had to remind the VA that they owed me housebound. I got it and retro to the time I first got the 60% rating. I have five other ratings of 20% and four 10% ratings. I have a 90% rating overall now. VA math? I think the main thing to get after 100%, or TDIU rating is P&T no new exams.
  8. If you are going to BVA or Court of Vet Appeals you need a legal eagle. When you are first getting your claim together I think that the vet can do a better job on his/her own. You can shape your claim beyond just legal facts and figures. The main thing IMO is to have doctors that know what a vet needs to win a claim. The doc must put 2 and 2 together and come up with rational opinion that ties your current disability to your service. I had a pretty good lawyer when I was doing my CUE, but we lost because regs allows the VA to pull rabbits out of their hat that would astound most regular law
  9. We should be thanking you and not you thanking us. You provided the website for years for free. Least we can do is to help out for what you have done.
  10. You deserve it Tbird. When I got to this website I did not know what TDIU meant. A year later I had it plus retro. This is a good place.
  11. I am 90% TDIU as well. I need a new 50% disability to get to 100%. I will have 20 years at 70% TDIU in August 2021. The other 20% I got from DMII and Heart Disease due to AO. I think I was one of the first vets to get HB as a TDIU vet when I got an extra 60%. I had to file a CUE to get it. To get my extra 50% I have to rely on getting a lot sicker. I will have TDIU 90% engraved on my tomestone plus FTA.
  12. Broke Soldier I wish I could work. I wonder if the VA will one day say I am too old to work so I no longer have valid case for TDIU? My brother works and he is almost as old as I am. When we lose our ability to work we lose a lot. I lost many contributions to my pension and my 401-K. I don't think people really know what it means to lose ability to work in the USA. I knew people who were 80 years old who worked with me at the USPS. One old guy was in a nursing home and came back to work at the USPS. That's dedication I guess.
  13. The VBM does describe situations where a vet's rating is protected. That does not mean the VA might try and reduce you anyway thinking you might be ignorant of their own laws. Essentially, the VA will try anything legal or illegal to reduce their costs. This is my opinion.
  14. My question is how the VA looks and keeps track to TDIU vets who are over 70 years of age? I am P&T for the last 18 years. I am officially housebound. Is VA still checking up on any earnings I might have via SSA or IRS? No chance of me getting 100% schedular unless I get a lot sicker. I am 90% with TDIU now. Not that I intend to try to work. I have only passive earnings from investments. Very lucky in that regard, but it took almost 40 years to get there. Don't let people tell you how to get rich quick with hot tips and fantastic business deals.
  15. I remember being shorted on my IU effective date. I knew that I had been in the VA hospital five months before I was awarded IU. I wrote to the VA on a claim for asking my my retro. I got about 6 months of retro for my IU. I was also granted SSDI back to the hospital date. Later on I got Housebound, but they shorted me by eight months. I filed a CUE claim. I got my cue within a few weeks. They knew they were wrong. When you get any award check it six ways to Sunday. The VA does not care if you get your money.
  16. In Florida when you collect unemployment insurance you sign a statement saying you are ready and willing to go to work. That is not TDIU. I think it would help if you got your doctor to say you are totally disabled due to a service connected disability. He should specify the disability and how if makes you unable to work. What is your current VA disability rating? You need to build a case that your SC disability has worsened to the point that it and it alone makes you unable to gain or hold any sort of employment. This letter should make you eligible for SSDI as well. You need to crush th
  17. IMO it is just a given that you usually have to hire a lawyer to win a SSDI case. I was lucky with mine since my doctor had written many SSDI letters and knew just what to say and how to say it.
  18. I got SSDI when I was 52 years old. I had a doctor who knew how to write a report for SSDI that they had a hard time denying. Mental conditions are easier to win I think because they are hard to measure. If your shrink says you can't work will they get a shrink who says you can if you are TDIU or 100% from the VA?
  19. All I want to know is "Where is my money?" My brother got his on the 15th of April. I wants my money! I finally got a phone appointment with my doctor so I can get my pain pills. I called the VA for days before someone woke up and made my appointment. Lucky I hoard pills so I don't run out before the month is over.
  20. You know with CUE's you have to deal with the law as it was at the time of the CUE. So the 1973 CUE I filed had to be a CUE under 1973 law. This was a joke. The law in 1973 was "VA is always right". It did not matter that VA obviously did not review my most important evidence. The assumption was that they did review it. I had a very able attorney pled my case. The CUE rule about the CUE having to be so obvious that no judgement can enter into it makes it a clerical error. I do think that most CUE claims result in disappointment since the game is rigged. However, sometimes we prevail.
  21. I need my doctor to review my pain med prescription every month because if is an opiate. I can't seem to get an appointment and I am sent on wild goose chase. I will be calling all day today to try and get a Phone or Video appointment with my doc so I can get meds. The system has been completely stalled with my emergency plan for us vets. What about vets who need life saving meds like insulin? When I try to call my doctor I get phone call from some nurse who is working from home and promises me she will call back but never does call back.
  22. One problem I experienced with ancient Cue claims is the frequent changes to VA laws and regulations. A Cue I had filed was first denied under one law that existed in 1972 and then stalled for a year and denied under a newer law that existed in 1973. I believe a vet should file a Cue if justified. I filed a CUE going back to 1973. What is obvious today was a foreign language then. Such as not needed written acknowledgement of evidence received and the VA assuming that everything that could be seen as evidence was reviewed. Administrative law is such BS. Common sense is thrown out the wi
  23. I would advise keeping your claim as close to home as possible. The higher you go the more complicated it gets especially if you have a CUE. I pursued a CUE all the way even through the court system. It took six years to lose but lose I did. Evidence is all. If you can get it reviewed at the VARO level they can give you all you need. IMO BVA...COVA means years of waiting and they shoot you down over technical matters.
  24. Just hearing your VSO via VFW say their computer is down makes me want to tell you to get another VSO. You need to visit these VSO's in person. My opinion of VSO's is that they are ok to represent you at a hearing , but you must supply the evidence and see that VA gets it.
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