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rootbeer22

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About rootbeer22

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    E-7 Chief Petty Officer
  • Birthday 01/11/1961

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  • Location
    Seattle Area
  • Interests
    Fishing, gardening, and communicating with vets

Previous Fields

  • Service Connected Disability
    90%
  • Branch of Service
    Army
  • Hobby
    Fishing

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  1. Yes, I've been at 90% for a while and have been thinking about trying to "push up the mountain" for the other 10%? I was pretty close but did not want to endure going through the process again with all of the waiting and pain. But now that there's a new system maybe I'll try it? I have to do some research on the VA Claims Modernization Act to see if it's actually helping or hurting veterans that have been submitting claims since I left the board? Before, I left I had a about 4 claims that got denied even with good evidence but just did not want to go through the pain again. Frankly, I credit
  2. Congrats on the bump: As waiting is such a tough part of the entire process and it can be grueling at times. As many know even if you have good evidence sometimes, you may not get the win and sometimes spend years battling the process. I have not been on Hadit.Com for years because I've had a lot going on in my life. But veterans helping veterans is wonderful and what we should be doing as we all share similar bonds. I don't know how this new process is working with lanes and such but I'm going to try and learn more about it and if it's really helping veterans to get their claims adjudica
  3. Congrats, I have not been on Hadit.Com fort
  4. Folks: As always, thanks again for your comments. Frankly, I really appreciate and value your comments and sharing information helps just about everyone. Anyway, I wanted to follow up on my earlier posts regarding this neck issue and new re-evaluation exam. So, when I received the notice that I was being reevaluated for my neck injury issues and it was not a surprise. I have extensive records relating to my neck injury issues so there was no debate on the service connection. The basic problem was that there were two previous neck exams and during the earliest evaluation the nurse examin
  5. Folks: Its been a long time since I’ve been on this board and credit many of you with the help that I received when I was helped with my original ratings. Anyway, I came home after work about Wendesday, and noticed a message on my home phone. Apparently, it was QTC giving me a short notice message about the re-evaluation of my claim. Anyway, when I got my final ratings two years ago, it said that I would be re-checked about the two year mark- and it’s been almost 2 years. Of course, like most, my anxiety level went up because I have visions of going thru everything again as I’ve he
  6. ESV12B: I'm really sorry that you are going thru this but have learned that continued perseverance with regard to the VBA pays off. Asknod and Berta are wonderful examples on this website of Vets and spouses of Vets that have succeed by keeping the good fight going and not taking "no" for an answer? Eventually, I believe the same will happened with you as long as you keeping fighting and you will get your TBI rating that you will obtain and desire. In a lot of ways it seems like we vets have to endure a certain amount of pain to reach our objectives for these claims. No one likes it but i
  7. ES12B: Sorry, I have not been around much on hadit.com as we are doing renovations with a contractor on my house and it's taking a lot of time --- but looking good. I subscribe to the "happy wife, happy life philosophy" and it something the wife has wanted for a while. Anyway, I also go thru the Seattle RO, for the most part, I've found that they are pretty fair but mostly rely heavily on the doc's opinion to make a final determination. I was involved a massive explosion, early in my Army Career and never was the same after that explosion. I have headaches and memory issues that are
  8. Vets: I've learned that you just keep plugging at it and never give up. Frankly, so much of the rating and disability system is subjective and requires lots of interpretation and there countless rules. As an example, we all remember that Agent Orange and it's harmful effects was a battle for Vietnam Vets for many years to even get recognised. Also, to the point were many vets died of the symptoms before it was fully recognized by the VA. Also, I don't think that there is some broad conspiracy against vets and the claims that they make by CP doctors? As human beings, we all have our fla
  9. Victor Ray: From these records, it looks pretty clear to me that you should be granted SC but I'm not a doctor? Sometimes, I think that they don't give the kind of attention to detail that would bridge the gap of evidence in favor of a veteran. I blame part of this on the VBA claims backlog and the complexity of the disability claims system? When I first starting submitting my initial claim, the advice was that the submitter (me) must make it extremely easy for the VBA raters to arrive at a decision for each and every contention that we expect a positive outcome. He said, mainly the "evid
  10. Wayne TX: It was very quick and took only about 4 months from what the 1800 # folks are advising to get a decision after I sent in the package? But, they just gave me service connection anyway for 1 of the 3 appealed contentions per my right big toe injury at 0%..with very strong evidence? But, I guess 0% is still something and I am very thankful for anything that they decide which is in my favor. I still would like to know if I still get the DRO hearing anyway? Who knows, maybe, I'll get a surprise soon and I'll get a notice about a hearing date and time...? Frankly, my other serv
  11. Vets: Yes, I've been out for a while and very busy with family and life...recently became a Grandpa for the first time which is an amazing joy. Yes, the whole thing has been odd and especially when the 1800 folks said a DeNOVO appeal decision has already been made and that they had to send me a letter no later than August 2017 --which is 10 months from when they first said my 3 contentions appeals decisions had it had already been resolved last December? For instance, I would figure that I would have received a letter from the VBA by now since they say an appeal decision has been ma
  12. Wayne TX: It was very quick and took only about 4 months from what the 1800 # folks are advising to get a decision after I sent in the package? But, they just gave me service connection anyway for 1 of the 3 appealed contentions per my right big toe injury at 0%..with very strong evidence? But, I guess 0% is still something and I am very thankful for anything that they decide which is in my favor. I still would like to know if I still get the DRO hearing anyway? Who knows, maybe, I'll get a surprise soon and I'll get a notice about a hearing date and time...? Frankly, my other serv
  13. Folks: I'm so thankful for the advice that I've received via the many experts from this board when I first filed my VA Claim. I learned a lot and the best thing I learned was that no one is going to care more about your claim than you do. At first, I was misguided and I relied on a VSO that was not really engaged, did not really care and seemed to only to want to "submit" the claim to get it on her books? But it was people like Berta, Asknod and several others of you that educated me to produce a solid claim that ended up at 90%. Anyway, now the second phase of my claim is to appeal 3 of
  14. Vets: I checked ebenefits a couple of days ago and noticed that the verbiage on my appeal of 3 contentions was now gone after only 3 months since sending it in as an NOD? So, I called the VA 1-800 Assistance line # and got someone very quickly which surprised me because it usually takes 30-60 minutes to get a person? Anyway they said my appeal had been decided already and that I would be getting a couple of letters soon and before August which did not make sense? Originally, I asked for both a De Novo Review and an in person hearing at the VBA Regional Office on the matter? That said, I'v
  15. Folks: Stayed up too late last night going over my medical records for this potential Diabetes II claim and think I hit a snag? On my retirement physical it says that I had over 105 (actually 106) for a Fasting Glucose and they considered it as high via the lab report? Now they range from or 110-160 and I'm on Medformann? But when I read the VA Circa 2000 Diabetes Training Letter last night it appears that a vet has to have at least a Fasting GLU of over 126 in service to qualify for a Diabetes diagnosis and compensation? Also, despite what I did in service with diet, I had terrible
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