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  1. Thanks for the info, great site!
  2. Hello, I am rated at 70% for PTSD and still working. I was planning to work until I was 65, however 59 years old now. I feel my PTSD is getting worse however and I have been getting treated by the VA for about 7 years now for mental health. Starting to lose a lot more work, just getting harder and harder to come to work and deal with work issues. (ugh) I don't think I could make it much longer and since I have enough time in to retire, I plan on it soon. I also have a couple months still left on sick time I could use, I will take a penalty for retiring early but if I can't do It, th
  3. Thanks for the answers, I was going to do new claim!
  4. I was recently awarded an 80% claim retroactive to October of 2014. Out of that had to pay back 50k for a volunteer separation award back in the early 90's. The back pay was great and I am one grateful vet. I than noticed my next months payment is $1631, which is a single 80% veteran. I have been married since 2010. The difference is about 8K. How do I go about recouping that back pay? do I file a new claim with the info and Marriage certificate attached? or a nod? or reaching out thru IRIS to correct. It is short and to the point and should not be hard to see, so what is the best recours
  5. just another update, even though IRIS told me it was deferred to higher level, I have not received a BBE stating why it was deferred. It's been going on almost 7 weeks. How do I get them to send the statement on why they deferred?
  6. Another quick update, IRIS sent email response, Apparently my appeal was closed and deferred to higher lever reviewer with a completion date of Sept. 2019. My only issue is when I went into RAMP, I went into higher level review lane, so why the need to defer? I'm not mad just very disappointed in whole system, it seems like this is just another way to kick the can down the road.
  7. Just an update, My appeal was closed 11/20/2018 with a new appeal opened up same day with no knowledge from me. I am still waiting for BBE. It's been over a month. I sent several IRIS concerns in. The last one was they got back and said they have no idea what happened. ( A for honesty on their part) They also said they sent it to RO for explanation, this was a week and a half ago, so far crickets ( F for maybe remanding my claim without having reasons in place.) Is there a way to call RO directly? VSO no help. What else should I do.
  8. Hi all, I had an appeal going on 3 years, than decided to go into Ramp on 6/04/2018. Original had a 125 day window for completion. In October it changed to Nov. 18 to Jan. 18. Ok there goes there 125 day window but the end is in sight. Opened up E-benefits and I see claim closed 11/20/18. I thought that was weird because one issue is PTSD and didn't have C&P exam. Than I see claim received 11/21/2018 in review stage with an estimated completion date of 9/19. what is this, any clues?
  9. Just an update estimate time of completion is now January 2019. More than 220 days later, what happened to the 125 day deal? My NOD for PTSD was simple, VSO didn't file evidence of stressor. I added that finally, my other is cancer related due to toxic exposure ( no presumptive). Maybe that's it. Does anyone think that I should call that white house number? ( I don't want to piss anybody off after waiting 4 years, however 220 is almost double of 125.)
  10. I had a county VSO who told me to wait for evidence to be in to file for a claim that would go back 12 months. I waited for my supporting documentation for 18 months, At 12 months I emailed her once a week with crickets getting back. 6 months later she emailed me and had the gull to say her email was broken. It was for a PTSD claim, then she sent me to an outside provider that the state paid . However as you know, VA must determine PTSD originally. Total two years lost.
  11. Hello, I went into Ramp late May going on 120 days, still in "we received your claim" stage.
  12. Hi All, Trying to figure this out. In the Higher-Level Review lane, veterans’ claims will be review “de novo.” This means a senior claims adjudicator at the VA will take a look at their entire claims file. In this lane, the record is closed, meaning veterans cannot submit new evidence. The higher-level reviewer will look only at the records already in the veterans’ file at the time of the initial decision. Does this mean they will only look at records at the time of the original claim or evidence I submitted for NOD for one, and a IMO for an appeal directly to Board. Nod going on 26
  13. Forgot to add, Had left kidney removed. cancerous tumor that came after having one removed five years earlier.

  14. I filed a loss of organ ( kidney due to cancer ) claim. It is in the gathering evidence claim. I think they are requesting my service and va medical notes. Of course nothing will be there since I got out of service 23 years ago. I filed this due to chemical exposure TCE over twelve year period. A WRII doctor said it is as likey as not that it could of came from exposure. Also said I smoked for twenty years and that has been known to cause cancer. Would this Doctor be qualified to do an IMO on cancer matter? Should I wait until denial comes in then get IMO? Any thoughts? I have NOD in for PTSD
  15. Does dr. ellis do IMO's. I would like to link IBS/Gerd to PTSD. I heard that PTSD does not cause you to get gerd/ibs, but I believe my PTSD aggravates my symptons of IBs/gerd. I have the gerd and ibs documented in health records from private doctor. I am currently waiting on Nod decision for the PTSD. It was turned down frst time for lack of stressor. I provided that. I just don't want to wait two, three years on NOD then be denied again for the ibs/gerd. thanks
  16. thanksPete

    1. gbat


      Hi again,

      I don't care for the answer, probably long dead by than. thats why the 10% awarded with no proof just MOS. (Gunners mate).But if thats the rule then it is what it is.

      my follow up question is. I thought the VA MH tharapist or doctor needs to review your SMR's before determing PTSD. If I have my orignal at home, how did they make a diagnosis of PTSD? I requested copy last year and they sent me just three pages -( original enlisting physical 1979).or if just the therapist made diagnosis, does it still count? Can I hand the doc a copy of SMR's?




  17. Berta, No there is no stomach issues in my smr's. I was going on since it was presumptive for all these years in the gulf, It could be for that era seeing what the conditions were and who knows what kind of chemical warfare was going on between the two. I am also being realistic that it was thirty years ago. I guess I should see what a doctor thinks. Thanks for the reply.
  18. Hi everyone, I have some stomach issues that are getting worse. I am a reader of this site, So there is a lot of knowledge here and I thank you for it. I served for two 6 month deployments in the persian gulf while in the navy back in 1981 and 1983. As you may recall the Iran and Iraq war was going on. As far as oil fires and chemicals the visability was always not good due to the smoke and there was a layer of oil that covered the gulf for the entire time we were there.light coat of oil ws on everthing plus the taste and smell of it were constant. If I were over there from 1991onward my stom
  19. Hi, I was looking at the IME list. I have some IBS issues and there are no GI doctors on there. Are internal doctors the same?..thanks in advance for the reply
  20. thank's for the replies. My private doctor wrote up a DBQ stating what I have but won't service connect because of the time lapse. Hey I think it's worth a shot. going to VA doctor next week. maybe he will right something up. At the very least give a second opinoin, As my IBS seems to be getting worse. Maybe from stress -I don't know. Also had prostate and kidney cancer and not from vietnam era,, worked around a lot of chemical's. PD 680 hydrolic fluid, etc. Asbestis hot gun gloves. A lot of maybe's but I believe almost immpossible to servive connect after so many years. Thanks for the answer
  21. Hi All, just wondering if it would be nearly impossible to service conect something from thirty years ago. I was going to file a claim for IBS for being in the gulf war.back in 91. I have the SWASM so I thought it was presumtive. After more research, even though we received it I was on the ship and was off coast of turkey /Eygpt/ and generally the eastern med. Now I got confused becaused I was in the Persian gulf two other deployments back in 1981 and 1983 when Iran and Iraq were at war. there was a coat of oil and smoke every day of our deployment. I guess what i'm trying to say is ' it was
  22. Hi, I been having some some IBS and some other stomach issues. I went to a doctor and recived a colonopscapy, and a cat scan and MRI. The diagnosis was diverticulitis and moderate IBS. I had him fill out a form for VA saying the same.however he didn't believe it was from back then. i reminded him of the word presumed. i was going to submit it for a VA claim for presumed illness for Gulf war. I recieved the SWASM back in 1991, however after looking on the internet my ship served off the coast of Isreal and turkey, basicly the whole eastern Med. Now I know i'm not SC for the gulf war because I
  23. hambone, Thank's for your response. didn't officially file yet. waiting on some deck logs. when I do and hear something I will post it here. thanks
  24. Berta - Thank you for the link. My box 26 code was kcb for voluntary discharge for early release program. It appears that I would have to pay it back. Since I am looking at maybe 20% to 30% for some gulf war issues. I'm probably looking at 10 to 20 years worth of recoupment. Long wait.
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