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  1. Recently awarded 70% for Bipolar Disorder, granted TDIU, proclaimed P&T, with correct claim date determined. I must Thank all of you for keeping my hopes alive over the years, when darkness set in. I must publicly thank Bergmann & Moore, LLC of Bethesda, Maryland, for without their perseverance and capabilities, I would not have had any measure of success. Professional in every way imaginable. I can not say enough about their latest hero, Fatima. Fatima, thanks for being rational, thoughtful, knowledgeable and thorough! Mr. Bergmann and Mr. Moore, you two rock!
  2. Thank you for your service. Your story is both heartbreaking and very common. Where to start? Starting is different for each person. I'd say you've already made the first step by seeking knowledge. Here is a short list. 1. Create a list of what ails you, and whether or not it keeps you from working. the items that keep you from working will help you when you apply for SSDI for each item on the list, determine if any of those items started (or was made worse) by your military service. If so, you may have a case with the VA. 2. If you have ailments that keep you from
  3. went down to see the VA man ...

    he said son, don't you understand?

    ---Bruce Springsteen, from "Born in the U.S.A."

    1. pwrslm


      I had a brother at Khe Sahn fighting off the Viet Cong
      They're still there, he's all gone

  4. Yeah. The process becomes part of you. Your inner being and who you were in the past, and who you see yourself as now, is so tied up in the VA claims process. Not to mention your pride. And here the VA is poised to call you a liar and deny your claim. Seems very adversarial. But if you can, forget about for awhile, and spend some more quality time with the kids.
  5. From what I've read on this forum, and what I've personally experienced, the section of ebenefits that reports the status of claims and the status of appeals is like reading tea-leaves. Yes, it does give you an idea of where your claim is at in the process, but it seems dated. In addition, as you progress through the stati, you may find your case moving backward at times for no apparent reason. Most hadit folks will agree that while ebenefits is a habit, you would do better to get a hobby and wait for the big brown envelope (or BBE), or cash in your account.
  6. SSDI has two components necessary to qualify. 1) A documented medical condition deemed severe enough to keep you out of the work force. 2) Prior financial considerations. That is, you must have earned enough credits within the last 10 years. The amount of earnings it takes to earn a credit has changed since 1978. In the year 2015, you must earn $1,220 in covered earnings to get one Social Security or Medicare work credit and $4,880 to get the maximum four credits for the year. The number of work credits needed for disability benefits depends on your age when you become disabled.
  7. You have exact dates, so we can narrow down the research to the U.S. Customs Office (Da Nang), and the Unit/Ship Diary of the U.S.S. Gompers. So, where can we find those? Any Hadit user know where to research this type of information?
  8. If I read your request correctly, you are trying to prove this moment ... "On arrival in Da Nang, Vietnam, I disembarked plane, walked across the tarmac to US Customs inside the terminal. After customs, I boarded a bus outside the terminal to the pier and reported TDY aboard the USS Samuel Gompers (AD-37)." Am I correct?
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