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63SIERRA

Master Chief Petty Officer
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63SIERRA last won the day on November 20 2016

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About 63SIERRA

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    E-9 Master Chief Petty Officer

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    USA..
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    There is power in the name of JESUS..!!!!!!!!!

    IN ALL THY WAYS, ACKNOWLEDGE HIM, AND HE SHALL GUIDE THY PATHS. PROVERBS 3.6

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    100
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    REGULAR ARMY
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    reading, , pinstriping, airbrush art,

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  1. 63SIERRA

    New Claim?

    good stuff, let them cut the pizza how they want, long as they give the whole box to the vet!!! sometimes I think the VA cannot discern between a symptom of a disease or injury, or the disease or injury itself BACK STRAIN.. now thats a symptom, but it sound very mild. so the V loves it. have you ever heard a real doctor say,,, ohh yes, patient stiiffypoke,, that poor guy, hes had a back strain for 10 years now.. a back strain is a mild, short term injury. Not something that goes on for years. but you see , they dont want to know the extent of the problem, because it forces additional comp. so they quickly give u the ole faithful back strain diagnosis, your empty peanut shell rating, and hope u go away. yes you can go away mad, but just go away. hell they will pay you less in 5 years at 10 percent than what a full spine MRI costs.. very clever they are .
  2. 63SIERRA

    DBQ optional or not

    """I ask her if she can write me a letter telling about my Chronic PTSD and the High anxiety I have being around lot of people , I need this letter to excuse me from jury duty, she said yes I can do that she did and all was ok... """ THAT WAS SLICK MY FRIEND. ha yes Buck, I always look at the whys of situations. I think that these Drs are getting ass chewings from the regional offices who are handling the claims. when someone doesnt want to do something that otherwise seems like a simple task, there usually is a reason behind it. The doctors are experiencing some sort of unpleasant result of writing these DBQs. The form is simple, short and easy enough for a 6 year old to fill out, so thats not the problem. there has to be repercussions that are taking place. Its occassionally throwing monkey wrenches in the RO s claim denial processes. my wife said same thing, her doctor instantly sat straight as a board, like a hemmoroid busted in her tighty whities, and her whole demeanor changed, and she barked out a loud and clear "I DONT WRITE DBQS FOR NOBODY, VA OR SOCIAL SECURITY". like she was pronouncing her constitution or something.. ha
  3. 63SIERRA

    New Claim?

    I was under the impression that a vet can only be service connected for a specific mental disorder, like you cant get 20 for anxiety, 20 for depression, 30 for ptsd, ect, its called pyramiding.
  4. 63SIERRA

    What the heck just happened??

    the only reason they should ask to see you bend is if your spine was fused, and they want to see how much flexion you have lost. its ridiculous I tell ya. Ive been recieving alot of treatment on my spine, and learned alot. Once again, I have NEVER been asked to demonstrate how far I could bend, by any medical professional. so where the Va got this hokus pokus test is a mystery to me. just some mechanical test so the vet buys the scam I imagine. when you go see a pain doctor, neurologist, ect you know what they say... SHOW ME THE MRI report... !!! they dont say, bend over .. it may say that on your bill, but not your diagnosis. LOL
  5. 63SIERRA

    DBQ optional or not

    money well spent, good job! thanks for your service.!
  6.  Buck, first thanks for your service , I salute you!

    I recall years back when u first came to the forum, now your a moderator!! freakin awesome. I have been absent, awol, but im back, and will try to help best I can. Ive been thru ALOT with the VA. I learned alot too, thru walking thru the fire .   if theres a shenanigan the VA hasnt pulled on me Id love to know of it, ha . The best thing we can do to help these veterans is educate them.   These younger guys are very resourceful,  if we point them in the right direction, they know how to harvest the info very quickly, many were born with a computer in the house.  The internet is the great equalizer of modern times.   

    right now we are fighting for my wifes claim, the  RO in waco has been wiping thier arse with it for 6 years. were giving them hell though.  got in the  Ramp program, they got to it in abt 90 days, but sound like they want to deny again, last time they denied, a year went by before they even certified it, and we werent even on the docket yet to go to the BVA.   C&P tommorow, wish us luck. God bless ya man.  thanks for doing what you do.

    keep on keepin on Sarge . 63 out.

  7. 63SIERRA

    DBQ optional or not

    yes, we are putting in for a change of doctors very soon. I was telling my wife, as a psyc doc, she should be the last person at the VA you would find uncaring and unhelpful to a veteran. A shrink should be the shelter you run to in times of storms. a confidant, a champion for you. a supporter, trusted role model. if the sorry excuse for a doctor she is seeing has the attitude she has,, SHE IS NOT WORTHY OF TREATING MY WIFE. , she deserves better than a greencard collecting a paycheck on a work visa with a reciprocal medical degree substiute . My wife is a veteran of the greatest military, of the greatest country on the planet, and a shake and bake white coat with a fake MD behind her name isnt worthy of caring for her. . and she will hear that to her face very soon.
  8. 63SIERRA

    DBQ optional or not

    right here ,its quite clear..... s. Additionally, completion of medical forms by health care providers based on an examination or knowledge of the Veteran’s conditions, is included under title 38 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 17.38(a)(1)(xv) as part of the medical benefits package (with the exception of the completion of examination forms if a third party would customarily pay health care practitioners for the examination, but will not pay VA). NOTE: At present, as a matter of policy, there are no known forms that would fall under this exception. unless there is a revision or addendum to this law, I cant see how they could decline doing this job under the law
  9. 63SIERRA

    DBQ optional or not

    on the same token, yes I know the point of trying to make this Doc do thier job to help our cause is a moot point, but letting VA doctors refuse to do the jobs that our tax dollars are paying them to do, just giving them the green light to disregard thier job description isnt fair to the veterans. If it is in thier job description, and the veteran asks, they should do the job asked of them. when you dont hold people accountable for thier actions, or in this case, inaction, it encourages bad behavior.
  10. 63SIERRA

    DBQ optional or not

    VHA DIRECTIVE 1134 nov 2016 VHA strives to be the provider of choice for all enrolled Veterans and its strategic goal is to deliver personalized, proactive, patient-driven care. Timely completion of forms on behalf of Veterans is an important way for VA health care providers to understand and advocate for Veterans’ concerns. Additionally, completion of medical forms by health care providers based on an examination or knowledge of the Veteran’s conditions, is included under title 38 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 17.38(a)(1)(xv) as part of the medical benefits package (with the exception of the completion of examination forms if a third party would customarily pay health care practitioners for the examination, but will not pay VA). NOTE: At present, as a matter of policy, there are no known forms that would fall under this exception. 3. DEFINITIONS a. Assessment of Function (or Functional Assessment). An assessment of function provides data on how an individual relates and adjusts to their environment when performing a specific task. Assessments of function generally will include measures of motion, strength, pain, endurance, flare-ups, safety, and the ability to perform and repeat meaningful tasks (e.g., assessment of daily living, reviews of medical record, etc.). Typically, VA providers can conduct assessments of function within the clinical environment and they can be enhanced by physical therapy, kinesiotherapy, or occupational therapy consultation. NOTE: For example, a form which asks a provider to estimate how long a patient can stand is considered an assessment of function and therefore should be answered to the best of a provider’s ability and clinical expertise based on the evaluation completed, even though the specific activity may not have been directly observed. b. Disability Benefits Questionnaire. A Disability Benefits Questionnaire (DBQ) is a standardized VA documentation tool used to provide pertinent medical information for Veterans in support of the disability compensation process. c. Functional Capacity Evaluation. A functional capacity evaluation (FCE) evaluates an individual's capacity to perform work activities related to his or her participation in employment and compares the individual's health status and functional status to the demands of the job and the work environment. Typically, a FCE is November 28, 2016 VHA DIRECTIVE 1134 2 conducted for the purposes of determining feasibility for employment in a specific job. A well-designed FCE may take hours to perform and consists of a battery of standardized assessments requiring direct observation that offers results in performance-based measures. FCEs should only be performed by qualified rehabilitation professionals that have appropriate training and specialized equipment to include validity and effort measures in the evaluation. Due to the lack of specialized equipment available at most VA medical facilities required to perform FCEs, these evaluations are not routinely conducted by VA providers. NOTE: A FCE is not a type of evaluation that is done for the purposes of VA disability benefits or compensation claims. d. Medical Opinion. A medical opinion is a provider’s statement of findings and views, which may be based on review of the Veteran’s medical records or personal examination of the Veteran, or both. Medical opinions are often concerned with establishing causality between a Veteran’s claimed condition and events in military service or to a previously determined service-connected disability. e. Personal Representative. A personal representative is a person who, under applicable law, has authority to act on behalf of the individual. This may include power of attorney, legal guardianship of an individual, the executor of the estate of a deceased individual, or someone under Federal, state, local or tribal law with such authority (e.g., parent of a minor) (see VHA Handbook 1605.1 on the VHA Publications Web site). f. Provider. Physicians, advanced practice registered nurses, physician assistants, and other health care practitioners who provide primary or specialty care services to patients in accordance with licensure, scope of practice, or functional statement. 4. POLICY Except when specifically prohibited, it is VHA policy that providers, when requested, must assist patients in completion of VA and non-VA medical forms and provide medical statements with respect to the patient’s medical condition and functionality.pt when specifically prohibited, it is VHA policy that providers, when requested, must assist patients in completion of VA and non-VA medical forms and provide medical statements with respect to the patient’s medical condition and functionality.
  11. 63SIERRA

    DBQ optional or not

    Ok after getting passed around the the phone system for half an hour, I came right back where I started, the chief of staffs office. They could not or would not tell me if it is, or isnt in the doctors job description to write DBQs for veterans. I was told to research VHA DIRECTIVE 1134 DATED NOV 2016.
  12. 63SIERRA

    DBQ optional or not

    they are trying to circumvent me making a formal complaint.. they are investigating.. stay tuned. we, ll be right back Folks!!
  13. 63SIERRA

    DBQ optional or not

    you know the DBQ debacle seems like another program of illusion created by the VA. They say,, ohh, we help the veterans get compensation, we even have a standard form in our system that the veterans docs at the VA can fill out for them, to assist them, yes were here to help..see, look at the form... but this is a lie, they arent making the doctors fill them out. I can just picture in my mind, someone at the regional office having a veterans claim all wrapped up in pretty paper with a brilliantly devised plan to deny them, all of the creative writing has come to fruition and everyone in the office has given them cudos for thier ingenious little creation, then here comes the veteran with favorable evidence from the VA, that changes the outcome of the claim, and they have to go shake to piggy bank to pay the veteran. Do you think that the "offending" doctor might get a call of admonishment from the regional office? Me tinks so. Most veterans dont realize that the doctors at the VA and comp and pension folks at thier regional offices communicate regularly. sometimes the snake that bites you is sitting right in front of you.
  14. 63SIERRA

    DBQ optional or not

    a change of doctors, a formal written complaint, CCd to uncle donald and the sec of VA , whoever that is this week, and booger on thier desk may be in order. we cant force the doctors to do thier jobs, but we sure can wreak hell and havok on them. if nobody raises hell and makes waves, then they keep doing bad things to good people. In case they havent noticed, folks are losing jobs at the VA for being cockroaches. Doctors, to janitors.
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