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  1. Bumping this up..anyone have any info? I sent the form back claiming the conditions they suggested too...what happens now?
  2. Got my big brown envelope...it says "we reviewed your records and they suggest you may be entitled to an additional benefit. Please tell us on Statement in Support of Claim that you want to claim bilateral shoulders, bilateral elbows and bilateral shin conditions." Is it as simple as writing is like to claim condition A, B and C? I know these were issues brought up in my C&P exams but I hadn't originally claimed. What's the best way to go about this?
  3. Would the Gulf War Registry apply to OIF vets like myself or just Desert Storm guys?
  4. Almost 2 months...I'm sure if I argue I can get more and especially when the Burn Pit Registry is ever put into place as I was exposed to that quite often on my deployments. I haven't decided if it is worth arguing or not yet though...need to get my whole packet and see what they rated each condition
  5. Well got my decision of 40%. Pretty happy with it bummer that my state the majority of benefits are at 50%
  6. I am able to work and definitely not shooting for 100%. Just what rightfully was affected due to my service taken care of.
  7. Claim moved backwards from Prep for Notification to Prnding Decision Approval shifted the date about two weeks to the right. Any idea why that would happen?
  8. Holy cow!!! Today my Ebenefits reads Prep for Notification with a suspense date of 5/11/2014 to 7/31/2014
  9. To update this just noticed today my claim moved into Preparation for Decision! One small step in the right direction :)
  10. Wow they move quick. MSLA called back and scheduled me for x-rays today. That's good I suppose it means things are moving along.
  11. Okay sounds good. Do you know if there is any truth to the EBenefits estimated completion dates? Also do you know does the Quick Start/BDD process actually make it any quicker? I know that is what they were saying during the Separations classes and I just wondered.
  12. Sorry I will try and clarify. While I was in the service I had a hearing test, I failed it. I had another hearing test and failed that one too. I then had a battery of tests and failed all of those. The military then referred me to a civilian ENT doctor and a civilian audiologist, their results matched the military results. The military then issued me hearing aids and the hearing aids are under the care of the VA, they warranty them, replace batteries, etc. I have not yet received a disability rating for the hearing aids as this is my first claim I have submitted. The process I utilized wa
  13. The hearing aids were issued by the DOD while on active duty. However, they were issued through the Department of Veterans Affairs, I have the warranty paperwork and receipt of issue from the VA, and watched my Audiologist go into the VA medical system to pull the information for me. I am not in receipt of disability at time, I EAS'd a month ago.
  14. Thanks for the insight. I would imagine my tinnitus and HL will be SC'd just based on the VA/military issuing me hearing aids. For knees/ankles is it bilateral at 10% or do they combine the two to create 10%? Sorry for all the questions I'm very new to this process.
  15. Forgot to ask my last of 3 C&P exams is tomorrow. Any idea how long of a wait I'm looking at from there for any kind of update? And what's next?
  16. Okay. Will do I'm not far enough along to have them yet but I will post them when I get them. I assume they are mailed or posted on EBenefits?
  17. Okay cause all the other forums it seems to give me the option to post in but not the OIF vet forum I just didn't know why. Thanks
  18. Hopefully I just wonder what I'm going to be looking at for a percentage in best case. And of course worst case is 0%.
  19. I am looking for some guesstimates of what to expect for a rating. I have no idea and it seems you guys are very knowledgeable. My claim had: tinnitus in both ears, hearing loss (USMC issued me hearing aids) but I understand it's likely 0%, instability and joint pain in both knees, instability and joint pain in both ankles and retinal holes noticed at my military PRK surgery. Also during the general medical the doc noticed my shoulder is painful and limited in motion but my DAV rep hadn't put that in there as I've never officially been seen for it. Any ideas at % rating?
  20. Thanks for the information. I am surprised its so recent which is great to see. Hopefully we can get it going and the VA actually spreads the word about it so those of us affected can be evaluated.
  21. This applies to OIF vets for certain but unsure of others. Has anyone heard anything about this? I saw the VA press release from about a year ago that says they were looking at making it a presumptive condition for all who served in OIF but have heard nothing else. I had pretty heavy burn pit exposure (see: daily) during both my deployments and was curious about it. Thanks in advance.
  22. I am an OIF vet and was curious how I get permission to post there.
  23. Thanks! I went in and the general medical exam went well and the doctor was great. A question though if he found other service connected issues I hadn't claimed can they be added through his notes and observations or do I need to file a separate claim at a later date? Also I did my eye exam and that doc was awesome as well. They both said my claims were very justified. Hopefully my last on Thursday goes well and then I am done.
  24. Hey everybody, New vet here got out a month and a half ago after 9 years in the Corps. I have found myself on here more and more doing my VA research and have my C&P exams tomorrow..2 out of 3 at least. Tomorrow is general medical I assume for my knee/ankle claim and optometry for retinal holes claim. Thursday is my last exam for audiology. My question is I have hearing aids that were issued by the VA before I got out due to documented hearing loss and tinnitus. Why/what is the exam for then?
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