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seminoles last won the day on April 15 2019

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  1. I wonder how this is going to work when we have to travel and stay overnight for outside care? I have to get it pre authorized now for places where the VA doesn't have hoptels (or whatever they call them) and we are soooo lucky to get reimbursed 1/2 the government allowable rate. As if that isn't bad enough already, and often I don't get paid at all and it is a 3 hour drive each way. Then I have to call the whitehouse hotline and complain because we are never paid no matter how we process ours within 30 days. Travel is a hot mess, like most VA crap.
  2. We have had the same experience and have purchased many items when remodeling our second home and working on our main residence. Never an issue at HD or Lowes.
  3. precisely and many service organizations are helping veterans, especially post 9/11 veterans right now, and I thought your were getting SMC as well as SSDI? Your spouse can be attending school on Chapter 35 and using your post 911 if you transferred it to her OR the many scholarships that are scholarships that are available to her and then she will receive the ~ $1200 a month from Chapter 35
  4. I am rated as a primary condition and it is rated by how many pads/liners you use daily. Definitely have your primary refer you to the urologist and have it documented how frequently you need/use the absorbent materials and have the VA supply them as they can get costly over time and make sure that you ask your urologist to note in your record the cause. Then I would file a claim secondary to your sc condition. It was pretty simple for me really, I have in service notes and even though I waited over 2 decades I am rated the maximum you can be rated.
  5. SS takes into account what your level of education is, what that degree is in, whether you can reasonable be accommodated to do it with your present disabilities, etc. If and when you have a hearing I highly suggest you have an very good attorney. There will be an occupational specialist who will testify about if and why you can or cannot perform all sorts of jobs. Very few people are awarded SS without an exam by a social security examination unless they have the few automatic conditions that you are awarded SSDI or SSI for. Most have to fight and go through the appeals process. I have a feeling that your denial may be based upon your level of education and they will say you can still do "sitting" or "desk" work.
  6. I was awarded SSDI before I was awarded IU PT for the exact same stuff from the VA and used my SSDI award to gain my IU PT from the VA, I did have an attorney and was awarded at my hearing fully favorable in Feb. of 2013 with a date of disability of Jan. of 2009 so max. amount of backpay from SS and then used that to gain IU PT. The VA has always been a huge hassle for me, my attorney was very good not a crappy social security mill. He told me that he had only seen twice in his career the judge award during he hearing and not make someone wait for the results. Yes, it took a long time, ss makes you do the appeals and all that nonsense but I never even went to a examiner for social security, they used all my VA records and I never claimed any disability other than my service connected ones. I was 37 in 2009. I later had my IU PT increased to 100% PT. The VA is more of a shit show imo than SS. At least with SS they go to the date you were actually shown to be disabled by your records even if it does take time, the VA will screw you over in every way they can and do.
  7. So, the VA can send us to incompetent providers (you know NP for complicated things they aren't even specialists in), yet my specialist that I have been seeing at the VA no longer can fill out a DBQ for me? I understand some of these vultures who are charging thousands of dollars for an imo crap to get veterans awards, not my place to judge but my VA or everyday provider who sees me all the time, they should be allowed to fill out my DBQ for more than the quacks that are often hired to do CP exams. You know, the ones who write in their reports that you "waited to long" which is definitely not a valid reason to deny service connection or you had too many babies, also not a reason to deny service connection (when there is evidence in service of the problem existing, won both of those btw) I could go on and on, fact of the matter is, many give up and just say screw it they denied me. Of course they did, they do it all the time and they deny and low ball the shit out of most of us. Another way to get away with it. Shameful, instead they should disallow these "ambulance chasers" I don't know what else to call them. My private doctor doesn't charge me anything to fill out a form, my VA other than my crappy primary care doctor fill out anything I need, including DBQs.
  8. I have only had to call CHAMPVA 3 times and only once was the person actually helpful. Thankfully, in 5 years we have only used it 3 times for my husband and 2 children. I am the only one who goes to the doctors.
  9. I do and I am rated for them separately for them, I won't lie it was a huge battle. Mine are severe and I was seen during AD for an episode which was misdiagnosed as eustachian tube dysfuction. My first claim was denied and the CP examiner didn't even conduct a proper exam and also called me a malingerer. It took not only an official diagnosis of vestibular migraines from both the VA as well as SHANDS but also my neurologist stating that not only was my initial diagnosis most likely in error because no tests were performed but that my vestibular migraines are more likely than not caused by my severe chronic migraines and that my vestibular migraines are severe and often debilitating. Mine are so severe that I am often in a wheelchair, I have a service dog for balance (which was approved by the VA and his veterinary care is covered completely). I don't think I would have ever gotten them service connected if my neurologist hadn't written then letter for me. Being seen for the exact symptoms of my vestibular migraines while in service with a diagnosis wasn't enough apparently and the quack who did my CP exam was incompetent at best, thankfully the ENT who saw me was from SHANDS doing his residency and he immediately did some in office testing and then sent me to ensure it wasn't Menieres. I have on a good day a balance deficit of 40-60% and it only gets worse from there. Sadly, unlike meneires no matter how bad a vestibular condition is, the maximum rating is 30%. Menieres even if it isn't impacting your hearing but slightly with my level of balance issues is 100%, good old VA ancient disability charts. I get a higher rating for incontinence, like wearing a bad is more life altering than being a huge fall risk and having to use an assistive device I was already at 100% PT my fear was that if I do fall that any injury from that fall could seriously injury or kill me so I wanted to ensure that it was service connected. Vestibular conditions are under ear when you look in the CFR
  10. Sounds like a great idea, doesn't necessarily work though.....for example is patient a fall risk NO has the patient fallen in the last 6 months YES more than 3 times YES does patient use aids No cane FYI my primary care doctor is the interim chief at my VA and she is an IDIOT, I have a vestibular disorder that I am service connected for, I am have a walker, a wheelchair and a service dog all of which were provided by the VA (my service dog receives his veterinary care and all of his equipment from the VA, including his balance harness) those are just the really ridiculously obvious ones......I asked her to correct them, ask the patient advocate who thinks the woman walks on water and nothing gets corrected. I stopped bothering, I asked for a primary care doctor at a VA 2 1/2 hours away because the VA close to me is awful. I have never used or had a cane........not sure who they are referring to or where that came from? Can't do anything when your shitty doctor is the interim chief......I thought she sucked before and now ugh I cannot wait until my appointment with my new primary care doctor so I never have to deal with this incompetent witch ever again.
  11. A 10 minute exam is not even close to an adequate mental health exam, I would ask for a new exam based on that alone. I had 3 exams (not kidding) because the first was bs, I asked for another and apparently the VA didn't like the outside opinion, so they asked for a 3rd. I still got my increase and like you I do have suicidal thoughts but no plans, I do not need a fiduciary but my husband does to most of the bills mostly because I don't want to, but I can if I need to. I am 100% against having a fiduciary because unlike SS the VA makes it a hot freaking mess.
  12. I would think having a SOUTHWEST ASIA SERVICE MEDAL would be enough along with a diagnosis?? NO? I guess I am confused, do you not have both?
  13. YES!! I have a walker and then had a scooter order behind my back, refused it, and then a few years later I now have both my service dog and a custom rigid wheelchair with a smartdrive that was added later that I can use when I need it, it is amazing and allows me to use my manual wheelchair on days that I can and days that it is too much to push or days that I am just gonna have to go too far for my shoulder to handle I can throw on the smartdrive assist and it goes up to 5.5 mph and is easy peasy!! All of these items were requested either by my primary care doctor or my neurologist. referral was sent to physical medicine as Richard mentioned
  14. Yes, I agree ask for every single item that you can think of that will make your life better that has been impacted by your disabilities. ILP only has less than 3000 veterans a year allowed into the program, compare that to traditional college bound voc rehab route where students are paid a monthly stipend which can be as much as 3500 a month if they still have post 9/11 gi bill, or they could receive the voc. rehab. stipend which is much less and around 900 if you have a dependent or two per month plus all their tuition, books, computer, and anything else they may need to attend their classes. ILP veterans are veterans who are costing the VA far less and honestly the ILP is a much shorter program (unless extended) and serves the most disabled of our veterans. Think about every single thing you do each week, day, month and how hard those tasks are for you to do, what would make them easier?
  15. Yes!! I have received things from being in the ILP that most people would think, seriously??? They are directly related to my service connected disabilities and the impact they have on my daily living so yes they were approved with tons of hassle but approved, some examples are a roomba, stationary recumbent bike, vitamix blender, noise canceling headphones, I chose a samsung tablet/keyboard instead of a computer because I don't need a computer and the tablet is something that I can use for my audibooks (that I use for when I am often bedridden but cannot do much that involves using my eyes), a weighted blanket, and other items. I am STILL fighting for my hobby items, which is absolutely ridiculous but that is a story for another day. You would think I was asking for a helicopter
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