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Snake Eyes

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About Snake Eyes

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    E-5 Petty Officer 2nd Class

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    Central Valley, CA

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  • Service Connected Disability
    90
  • Branch of Service
    Army
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    Computers/Guitar

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  1. I was initially denied SA because on the same date I went in for the SA complaint, the doctor pointed out an unrelated issue. I told him that I always had that issue and he wrote "Says had all his life" and continued to examine me for a sleep study referral. Twenty years later, the claim was re-opened with buddy letters and a letter from my sister all attesting to the fact that I did not have sleep issues prior to the dates in question. That and a nexus letter from doctors helped get things turned around. In my case, I had more to overcome than what you described. Hopefully, a NOD will get you on the way to resolving this claim. Good luck, and thank you for your service.
  2. The VA does approve non-accredited programs. However, these approvals happen at the state level through something called a "State Approving Authority". My son is going to Calvary Chapel Bible College in the fall. They're currently not approved, but are willing to pursue it (they thought they had to be accredited). I was wondering how long it takes for a school to get approved. I realize it may vary from state to state, so I'm looking for a ballpark. Has anyone done GI Bill or Chap 32 through a school that had to be approved before you could start with VA benefits?
  3. Hey, JoeVet... Sorry I missed your message. It's probably no longer relevant, but your question about Dr. Bash hits home for me. Some on these forums swear by his knowledge and integrity. I can attest to his knowledge and understanding of VA policy and how to navigate the process from a medical POV. However, you need to do your homework. When I worked with Dr. Bash, he signed off on some points I wanted made in my claim, and in others, while they were valid in his medical opinion, he recommended a different approach based on his knowledge of the VA's mysteries. He is very expensive, but also very good at what he does. As for the "IU" question(s), I am rated 100% due to unemployability (90% schedular). That means, based on the information in my record -- and in my claim -- the VA agreed that I am unable to secure "substantially gainful employment." In addition to Dr. Bash's nexus letter and other documentation, the Vocational Rehab representative basically opined that while he did not have enough data to make a conclusive report, he did not believe I would be able to complete the VR program... Kind of like, you're approved if you insist, but chances are better that you won't complete the program than that you will. I hope this is helpful -- and that it works out for you... thank you for your service.
  4. Snake Eyes

    TDIU - After Retirement Age

    Thanks, Buck I am 100% P & T TDIU AND have SSDI, so already on Medicare. Hopefully, between TRICARE, Medicare and VA I should be well covered.
  5. Snake Eyes

    TDIU - After Retirement Age

    I believe TRICARE pays first and Medicare covers rest. Thanks for info on emergency room visits. Not even sure our local hospital is in network. Nearest other hospital is 30 min away.
  6. The amount is based on BAH, which may be why some schools call it a housing allowance. :-)
  7. That's correct. I was rated at 100% P&T TDIU.
  8. Wouldn't be a Fry. In conversations and online, the "housing allowance" seems to be what the Chap 35 payment is based on. Most schools give a week or two off in each term and sometimes between terms. One of my sons had those weeks deducted from his Chap 35 pay. I think the other one may have full terms reported because most U. S. students stay there during fall and spring breaks.
  9. Snake Eyes

    21-4140 -- Did VA Get It?

    Thanks! That's what I'll do.
  10. When I originally filed for OSA, it was denied saying I stated I had it all my life. What I said I had all my life was a lump that the doctor was looking at while we were talking about sleep problems and symptoms he DX as possible OSA. Our VSO suggested I reopen the case after 20 years, and we did. And won. Long story short, I had statements from my wife, two of my adult children, my sister and my room mate from my first duty assignment in the army, all testifying I did NOT have OSA when I entered the army. The OSA was SC after about a year wait. If you have any medical records in service that mention sleep issues, panic attacks, snoring, etc. (symptoms), or were diagnosed within a year of leaving active duty, it may help to file with buddy letters before and after those symptoms appeared. Your sleep doctor may also be able to reasonably determine how advanced your OSA is (not sure of this, but if you haven't had it for decades, maybe a chance). Finally, some things are overturned on appeal unexpectedly. Good luck!
  11. I submitted a 21-4140 in January via mail and fax as a "routine" new year ritual. However, today I got a new one. I'm wondering if they only take these when THEY ask for them, if it just didn't get there or what. Is it safe to fax this document to the VA or should it be sent certified mail... or both? ALSO WONDERING... Does a veteran on TDIU P&T submit one of these every year for life? I'm turning 64 this year and I have not problem with the requirement to submit the form. Just thinking (hopefully, far) ahead to when I can't do such things anymore.
  12. My son will be attending a school in Hungary that is VA eligible next semester. Chapter 35 pays a "monthly housing allowance" in this case, by semester. Do they stop pay when classes break for a week? He still has to stay in the dorm since he can't just fly home whenever school breaks.
  13. Snake Eyes

    TDIU - After Retirement Age

    Thanks to all of you for your input. Unlikely I'd ever report to the VA ER as it's about 100 miles away :-) But it's good to know I have that option if there's a VA nearby when I'm traveling. Buck52, The chart you mentioned didn't seem to post. The info you provided covered most of what I need though, and I really appreciate the detail. I can probably get the info from Social Security about Medicare -- and since I have TRICARE, it will be primary. VA is another wrinkle, but I don't think that affects my dependents. Thanks again, folks!
  14. Snake Eyes

    TDIU - After Retirement Age

    Thanks Buck, My question was more focused on the SSA starting me on Medicare before I turn 65 because I'm on disability. Since I'm a retiree, I also will qualify for TRICARE for Life, which as I understand it is just Medicare without co-pays for some items. Since my family members are under Tricare Prime on my account, I'm wondering what becomes of them when SSA forces me onto Medicare before I'm eligible for TRICARE for Life.
  15. Snake Eyes

    TDIU - After Retirement Age

    Thanks, Gastone. Actually, I'm not on Social Security Retirement. Since I'm on disability, when I reach retirement age, it will just "convert" to regular Social Security. My concern was that when I reach "some age" that Social Security considers retirement or early retirement, employability is no longer an issue. Thanks for the tip on non-VA emergency care. I assume when presenting to the ER, my VA ID card must be used instead of Medicare or TRICare? Any idea where I can find the rules for this as I'm looking at having Medicare forced on me in less than a year. Hooah
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