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About NeverGiveUp

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  • Service Connected Disability
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  • Branch of Service
    Air Force
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    Woodcarver

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  1. I discovered yesterday that the VA uses DBQ's filled out by the examiner and that the DBQ I filled out for QTC differs from the one the Doctor fills out. In other words my comments were not even considered because they Doctor wrote that I didn't report any flareups and not one word I submitted to describe my issues was used by the RO. Is this legal? Is this standard operating procedure for the VA? I've contacted my congressional rep to have them ask the questions. I'm not setting the expectation bar very high. Anyone have any comments on whether I should follow the VA process in appealing to the Board of veterans appeals or should I just go straight to the Federal Court System? Please advise!
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    [[Template core/front/global/prefix is throwing an error. This theme may be out of date. Run the support tool in the AdminCP to restore the default theme.]] Can Someone Help Me?

    I am seeking help on what to do going forward. I retired from the AF in 1999 and recieved Service Connected disability for hearing tinnitus 10%, hiatal hernia gastroesphageal reflux disease 10%, gegenerative changes left knee 10%, degenerative changes right knee 10%, status post left acromioclavicular separation (shoulder) 20%. In April 2014 I apllied for an increase and requestioned evaluation that my conditions have worsened over 15 years. I have severe osteoarthritis in both my hips and am scheduled for surgery this coming Friday to do hip replacement on my left hip which is the source of constant pain and I have fallen several times in recent months. I have been seeing an othopedic doctor for 2 and a half years for that condition and not willing to have surgery until recently. I can hardly walk now and it has been awhile (2 years) since I could even put on my socks and shoes without the help of my wonderful wife who is a registered nurse and works for a different orthopedic doctor but none-the-less she is well versed in ortho medicine. The VA sent me to a QTC doctor who examined me and I wasn't very happy with his exam in which he stated there was no X-ray evidence of any osteoarthritis and when he told me to squat and lifet my legs in the exam I was unable to do those tasks and he reported to the VA I refused to do Range of Motion measurements. I receivedy reponse from the VA Yesterday and they denied any increase and also denied that my bilateral hip condition is secondary to my SC knees. I am quite certain my gait and pain from my knees has aggravated my hips over the 15 years since I was initially awarded bilateral knee degenerative. I have asked for a nexus letter from the surgeon who is going to do my surgery on Friday stating my knee condition has more likely than not aggravated my hip condition. I was told by my VSO we can submit additional information in response to my claim denial. My question or what I need help with is trying to determine if I should also get my wife to submit a nexus letter as a medical professional and close observer of my worsening condition over 15 years. How is it possible to prove my knees have aggravated my hip condition. Does the civilian doctor's letter change anything. I am usually an optimist and I won't give up and I would appreciate any advise anyone out there can provide to help me. I want to know if I will be eleigble for temporary disability since the VA has already denied my hip is not SC to my knees. How could they not be? By the way I wondered if I submitted pictures fo the kind of acitivity my military job as an aircraft crew chief maintenance mechanic would carry any weight. The job (22 years) of repetitive squatting, kneeling, climbing, bending, twisting on hard surfaces such as concrete, aircraft surfaces and pushing and pulling heavy ground equipment and carrying additional weight like tool boxes and test equipment didn't take it's toll on my hips whethre it began to show up as a problem about 4 years ago. I have also had four or five injections for my left hip and both knees over the past 4 years. Thanks you yoou all for your own sacrifices and service to our great nation. NEVER GIVE UP!
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    [[Template core/front/global/prefix is throwing an error. This theme may be out of date. Run the support tool in the AdminCP to restore the default theme.]] Qtc Exam

    I had a C&P exam by a doctor in North Durham who is a complete imbecile. He reported I refused to allow him to perform ROM on my hips which is a blanatant lie. I can't lift my legs from hip pain that is horrible. I am scheduled for hip replacement surgery next Friday by a civilian doctor who has been treating me for the last three years. I'm hoping his report will over ride that of the "Rent a Doctor" who also reported the X=Ray shows no sign of osteoarthritis. Three civilian doctors and 2 radiologist have stated otherwise. QTC is a contractor and not veteran friendly. You can read about them by googling "QTC VA OIG" which will tell you all about the unethical illegal activities of QTC.
  4. Just set up an account after being awarded disability 15 years ago when I retired from the AF. I want to post a word of encouragement to so many of you who are frustrated, mad, angry and sad! DON'T GIVE UP. I have just returned to the chess board to do battle with the mad mad world of VA bureacracy and all that goes with it. Don't get me wrong I get angry and anxious back and forth but I appreciate this forum. I have found much info that I find helpful and some stories are pathetic on how the VA treats the men and women who have given so much of themselves. This year has been the hardest of my life, but I will raise the battle flag high and keep moving forward in hopes that I will NEVER GIVE UP and can help others in their fight to get what they so richly deserve, decency, compassion and respect from people the taxpayers fund to make it right. THANK YOU ALL FOR SERVING OUR GREAT NATION AND I SALUTE YOU!!!!! NEVER GIVE UP!!!!
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