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mariorivera830

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mariorivera830 last won the day on October 8 2014

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About mariorivera830

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    E-5 Petty Officer 2nd Class
  • Birthday 08/30/1981

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    Moreno Valley, Ca

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    100%
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    Marines
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  1. I am still waiting for my appeal to go through. I was awarded my last rating in October 2014 and was denied for some other stuff related to stomach issues. I am unsure if P&T status is going to be lumped in, so is that something I can add on before the decision is made? Apparently I have until August of 2016 before they make their decision. Thanks John. And Bronco, that is what I thought, just wanted to be sure I exhaust every option for her. Thanks.
  2. My wife is contemplating going back to school. I know that she is not eligible for Chapter 35 since I am not P&T....yet. Is she able to use Voc Rehab at all since I am eligible? If not, are there any other VA programs that will allow her to go to school at all? She wants to pick up an Associates degree to start some sort of health and fitness profession. She has never had to work but since I cannot anymore, she is worried about finances since the SSA is dragging their feet. At 33 years old, she has finally found something that excites her in fitness and healthy eating. I want to be able to support her in any way that I can, as she did for me when I was working. My main concern is that she might lose out on the caregiver that she is receiving at tier 2.Thanks in advance guys, have a good one!
  3. Wow, congrats! All the stress and hard work pay off. Enjoy it my man.
  4. Thanks everyone. I've been reading on that form for the past week. She is only @ 60% and is my old hr rep. She told me that she uses this form to reduce her tax liability by whatever her compensation is. Having worked last year and now am 100% and unemployed, this could be a huge pick me up financially. Any truth to this?
  5. Another vet and I were talking yesterday and she brought up that she used the 1040x to amend her filed taxes. She said that she files this to lower her tax liability every year. I found it a little fishy. She's 100% not p&t and didn't retire from the Army. Is this another veteran tall tale or is this something people should look into.
  6. Thank you for your offer I will have my wife sign up on here to have another Avenue of approach for her questions.
  7. I don't know if we are approved? She took the test online and we have a orientation type thing (I have to go so I don't know if that means anything.) on Monday. I don't even know how this thing works. But I will keep everyone posted on it. On a side note. I'm really sorry that all vets and their care Takers aren't receiving this benefit. My mind still tells me that I don't deserve the benefits I have but my wife is always there to remind me that I HAVE EARNED them. Again it sucks that the ones who paved the way for me do t get to go down the road I am.
  8. As the title says, my wife applied for the Caregiver program around the 1st of December. We had the pre-screening, the in person evaluation and are now waiting for the in home inspection. Our worker went through all the questions with my wife and have us a "score" of 28. I don't know what that means or if it's bad or not. But has anyone else gone through this and provide a little light on what else to expect and what the difference between this program and aid and attendance is? Being now an unemployed 100%-er with smc-s, and waiting to hear from ssdi, she needs to know what we will have coming in monetarily. Thanks guys. -Mario
  9. What about putting these "hidden under the rug" benefits? If it weren't for people like people on this site, people like my wife and I would just be another family who lost their job because of service connected disabilities, who loses their home and get divorced. My being 100% is only because of the kind hearted people here who have helped us with research and answers to questions that nobody else would explain,and being lucky enough to have a wife who didn't give up on me when any sane person would have. My wife has had to "figure out" how the VA plays, and we aren't law school educated, so my "advice" to the secretary would be to make it easier to access the information needed to get the benefits people are eligible for. And to be able to read that information.
  10. So would the best time to request it be within the year you get the 100% rating? Can the change your rating if you ask for it?
  11. Yeah, I believe it's smc-k, which adds about 100 (maybe less by a little bit) to tour total monthly payment. The meds interfered with my ability to do my job safely so ssdi right now is my only choice while I work on me. Good luck and keep up the good fight, p&t will be worth it. That's my next goal. Good luck and keep that good woman with you. We've got some good ones that they didn't give up on us. Yeah, I believe it's smc-k, which adds about 100 (maybe less by a little bit) to tour total monthly payment. The meds interfered with my ability to do my job safely so ssdi right now is my only choice while I work on me. Good luck and keep up the good fight, p&t will be worth it. That's my next goal. Good luck and keep that good woman with you. We've got some good ones that they didn't give up on us.
  12. I was under the impression that you needed to hold a 100 rating for 5 years before asking for p&t, as mentioned by asknod. I am 100 w/smc-s and just recently lost my job. Also applied for ssdi and waiting a decision on that. So this is a thread I will keep an eye on. Thanks in advance everyone. -Mario
  13. That's pretty much what happened with me. But they are giving me alot of Windows to try to make up the money I am going to miss out on. We were already short staffed before I talked to anyone and I know that they are struggling now.
  14. Thanks! I didn't know that you can ask for p&t outright. Champva is the ultimate goal for us, being already 100% with smc-s. I FINALLY got my smr file and have a few nod's to file from my last decision (sept) should I throw in the p&t request with them?
  15. That's what happened today. I applied for ssdi, it was a fairly painless process... So far. So painless, I am considering whether I should have talked to an attorney first. Oh well, live and learn right? We will see what happens. Second. About short term disability, in California, what's the process? I submitted the application online and it says "pending physician's portion". I tried to print something or find a link that I can send to my VA doctor, but I am completely lost and I don't want to delay this any more than necessary. Does anyone have any pointers for this part? Thanks -Mario
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