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  1. I agree with Broncovet. The VA can reduce any veteran except for the ratings protected by the 20 year rule. It really boils down to the type of disability in question. If you are service connected for heart or lung disease for example the VA will have more difficulty because those are progressive issues. The VA must play by its own rules.
  2. Be a little patient. The first thing SSA processes says SSI. It is like they take a loan from SSI to pay your first payment. The reason the judge cancelled is that you have likely won your case.. My only concern is did you have an attorney. If you did, Call and ask them what is going on. The attorneys are the first ones to know. Be checking the old mail box. Basser
  3. Jerrel and I have decided to go on a Hiatus from the podcast. as we get older our health is deteriorating.Hopefully we can improve and return in the future. We want to thank the audience for listening and the guest speakers for their support. The shows will always be available in the archives. I will be a little more active on the forum in the near future. Thanks for everyone's support We appreciate it. John and Jerrel.
  4. Paul Sullivan from Bergmann- More will be our guest speaker. Paul is the Director of Veteran Outreach. We will be discussing veterans issues and more. Join us. To call in and speak to Jerrel, John or Paul, dial 347 237 4819. To listen to the show, click this link. https://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2019/09/05/hadit-podcast-with-guest-speaker-paul-sullivan-director-of-veterans-outreach
  5. We learned tonight that the VA is changing the criteria or simplifying the rating criteria by only going with the term METS and getting rid of the Ejection fraction and other things in the rating schedule. Any heart specialist will tell you that the gold standard for actual heart functioning strength is the Ejection Fraction. This is not good for veterans who file claims for heart disease and will be rated incorrectly. I sure hope this gets overturned or heart disease veterans will get screwed. Basser
  6. https://www.wkyt.com/content/news/Death-of-veteran-at-WV-VA-hospital-ruled-homicide-Lawsuit-claims-at-least-9-others-at-hospital-died-the-same-way-558198661.html
  7. We have treat for you folks this week. Dr Craig Bash and Bill Creager will be our guest speakers. We all know Dr Bash. Bill Creager possess the best understanding of the VA claims system I have witnessed. Don't miss this one. To call into the show or to ask a question, dial 347 237 4819 To listen, click on the following link at show time. https://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2019/08/29/hadit-podcast-with-guests-dr-bash-and-bill-creager
  8. You may want to use 3.156c because those records were not available when the VA first decided your claim. Missing service department records.
  9. After taking a week off due to medical issues, we are back. John Dorle will join us and discuss the Appeals Modernization act and break it down. To call into the show and speak with John, Basser or Jerrel, Dial 347 237 4819 To listen hit this link:https://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2019/08/23/hadit-podcast-with-special-guest-mr-john-dorle-certified-va-appeals-agent
  10. Folks, you need to read your VSO's organizations by laws. Some do actually state that and it is sad. If your stuck with a VSO, you could be in for the long haul. It is a tough decision, Do I use a Free VSO or do I employ a Certified Claims agent. If you have already have a decision in hand, I know what I would do.
  11. Alex Graham aka Asknod brings his special sense of with, humor and his gift or words to the conversation. We will be discussing various aspects of the VA claims system from the perspective of a Certified VA Claims agent. Join us., To call in and speak to John, Jerrel or Alex dial 347 2378 4819 To listen, follow this link: https://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2019/08/08/hadit-podcast-with-guest-speaker-alex-graham-aka-asknod
  12. Our guest will be Mr Ray Cobb. Ray is always an excellent guest and his veterans outreach is top notch. Join us as we discuss veterans claims and other issues concerning the VA. To call in and speak to Ray, dial 347 237 4819 To listen: https://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2019/08/01/hadit-podcast-with-guest-speaker-ray-cobb
  13. .Not all have access to VMBS. You have to apply for that. Ask if they have access.
  14. Most likely since that is the code for Strain.
  15. It can happen that way. They money beats the letter. Is it more or less than you expected? If you used the AL or DAV to help you call them first thing and ask them to find out. They have likely saw your award already. Look at your letter generator under E benefits. Benefit verification. Also look at vets.gov for claim status. You may find out that way. Basser
  16. If your VSO is an accredited VSO he can see the whole enchilada if he has access to VBMS. That is a very important tool when selecting the services of an agent or VSO. Hint. Most Big Service Orgs have only a Few accredited VSO's. It is always wise to ask this question when you talk to them. Ask do you have access to VBMS to look at my claim on line. If the answer is no, Ask them if one of their reps does have that acess. Most of the Certified Claims agents have access to VBMS. But Claims agents don't usually get on board until you have a decision. It does not have to be a denial. Just one you disagree with. Basser
  17. Ratings of the spine. The spine is broken up into 2 different segments for VA rating purposes. Cervical and thoarcic and lumbar are considered one. If you are rated for an issue on the spine and have a separate issue on the same segment the VA will only rate one as more than one is called pyramiding. They should rate the most severe condition. You may be better off obtaining an MRI of the spine vs an xray. There are also 2 different sets of rating criteria for the spine. One is Traumatic Arthritis. The other is Invertrable Disk Syndrome. If you have Arthritis with no disk issues then it should be rated under Traumatic Arthritis. If the Disk is the culprit then it is rated as IVDS. As for the ratings under TA, it is based on Range of Motion. Any separate nerve issues are to be rated separately. Under IVDS it is rated under incapacitating episodes or basically bed rest. You should look uo the ratings in the 38CFR title 38 part 4 under ratings for the spine. It gives you the ratings and percentages for Both issues. Basser
  18. Our guest speakers will Be Dr. Bash and Bill Creager. We all know Dr Bash and his expertise in IMO/IME's. Bill Creager has the best understanding of the Regulations and how the VA applies them to a claim. Join us. To call in dial 347 237 4819 To listen: https://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2019/07/25/hadit-podcast-with-special-guest-speakers-dr-craig-bash-and-bill-creager
  19. We will be discussing horror stories and changes to the Veterans Benefit manual. To call in and speak to John, Jerrel and Alex, dial 347 237 4819 To listen, Click this link: https://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2019/07/18/hadit-podcast-with-guest-speaker-alex-graham-aka-asknod
  20. John Dorle, a VA claims agent will be our guest To call in and speak to John, dial 347 237 4819 To listen, click this link. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2019/06/27/haditcom-podcast-with-guest-john-dorle
  21. We will be playing a replay of the DBQ show with Jerrel, John and Berta Simmons. To listen clink on the link below. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2019/06/20/hadit-podcast-replay-dbq-show-special-all-things-dbq
  22. Our guest speakers will be James Cripps and Ray Cobb. We will discuss Veterans Claims issues. Join us . To call the show and speak to James, Ray, Jerrel or J Basser, dial 347 237 4819 To listen follow this link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2019/06/13/hadit-podcast-with-guest-james-cripps-and-ray-cobb
  23. Our guest speaker will be the one and only Alex Graham or Asknod. Alex is a Certified VA claims agent who has amassed a huge following on his ASKNOD.ORG website. Alex threw his hat into the ring and is now a certified VA Claims Agent. He brings his knowledge of the VA along with his special brand of wit and humor to the airwaves. There is never a dull moment when Alex is on the show. To call in dial 347 237 4819 To listen, clock the link below: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2019/06/06/haditcom-podcast-with-guest-speaker-alex-graham-aka-asknod
  24. We are replaying last weeks show. Cynthia McJunkin is the Service Center Manager at the Pittsburgh Regional Office and she explains the issues very well. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2019/05/30/hadit-podcast-replay-with-gynthia-mcjunkin-vscm-pittsburgtn
  25. Our guest speaker will be Cynthia McJunkin. Cynthia M. McJunkin was appointed Veteran Service Center Manager (VSCM) of the Pittsburgh Regional Office, effective April 26, 2015. Prior to her selection as the VSCM of Pittsburgh, Cynthia served as the Assistant Veterans Service Center Manager (AVSCM) in Buffalo, NY. We will be discussing different items regarding the VA Regional Office. To Listen:http://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2019/05/23/hadit-podcast-with-guest-speaker-cynthia-mcjunkin-vscm-pittsburgh
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