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About bleggett29

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  • Birthday 07/06/1973

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  1. This has to be a record for VA. The claim I put in is done in just under a month. I don't have the award packet yet but it looks like I got awarded 10% each (total 4) for radiculopathy (sciatic nerve) bi-lat and radiculopathy (femoral nerve) bi-lat. But I probably screwed myself by claiming Lumbago because my 20% DDD got lowered to 10%. Looks like a NOD because the examiner only performed the initial ROM, and not repeated use ROM. So, I went from 100% + 40% to 100% + 50%. But it should be 100% + 60% after the NOD. If I understand correctly, the pain comes from the sciatic nerves and sensation/motor function from the femoral nerves?
  2. Interesting. I'm about to file a claim for Lumbago (lower back pain) and Lumbar Radicular Syndrome (pain from radiculopathy). I'm already 20% for DDD of L3-L4, and 10% each leg for radiculopathy. Plus 100% Panic Disorder and 10% tinnitus. If I get 10% for each of what I'm about to claim, it'll put me at 100% + 60%.
  3. That would be the eBenefits. It is also showing up on vets.com I noticed my RAMP appeal on both this morning.
  4. bleggett29

    Anyone else been having issues?

    I was getting that, until I CLEARED COOKIES.
  5. bleggett29

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  6. Msgt, it also looks like you may have been eligible for SMC K for Loss of Use since the time ED was awarded.
  7. bleggett29

    Champ VA

    From what I was able to find doing a google search, it that CHAMPVA covers Acupuncture. BUT finding an Acupuncturist that accepts CHAMPVA is going to be difficult.
  8. From what I gather from the responses is that there should not be anything holding back my claim and I should raise holly h*ll? OK, got it.
  9. Back in 2013 I finally was awarded 100% P&T for Panic Disorder w/ Agoraphobia. However, the effective date should have been 6 months earlier, so I sent a NOD. Recently I sent a claim for loss of use (ED) secondary to Panic Disorder/Agoraphobia due to medication. About a week later I receive a letter that the VA can't work on the claim due to the pending appeal. I'm confused because in 2016 I sent a claim for OSA secondary to Panic Disorder/Agoraphobia. That claim was worked on, of course being denied(NOD not yet sent). I've been combing through the VA manual and can't find where claims are not worked on because of a pending appeal. I did find where a FDC claim is excluded from FDC but should follow the normal route for claims instead. Does anyone know where in the manual or CFR that address my situation? Thanks
  10. Allan, In the discharge exam, is there any notation of the vertigo or any of it's symptoms? You may be able to use that. From my discharge exam, I was able to be SC for Tinnitus, Hearing Loss, DDD Lower back, Radiculopathy Left Leg, IBS, and Panic Disorder w/Agoraphobia. Although I had no treatment at all while in service, my discharge exam noted symptoms for those. I may have been incredibly lucky. I don't know. But if your vet has symptoms of vertigo in their discharge exam, it may be the evidence you need.
  11. I don't know if you've visited this page yet https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/medical-records.html but it should help you. It looks like they should be at the VARMC, which is also in St. Louis. Records Management Center (VARMC)P.O. Box 5020St. Louis, MO 63115-5020Telephone: 1-888-533-4558
  12. bleggett29

    1151 or not?

    I'm wondering if I have a 1151 claim. I have bad teeth I believe related to psychological disorders(100% P&T), GERD(denied), and bruxism(not yet claimed). In 2014, before becoming 100% P&T, I was in VR&E. While in VR&E, I was seen by the VA dentist who approved outside dental care for full extractions and dentures. For a variety of reasons, I never got past a few extractions and moved halfway across the US. In December 2016, I went to the VA hospital dental clinic in a emergency to have a tooth extracted. The dentist decided I needed all my upper teeth removed. I agreed. The VA dentist mostly agreed with the previous plan for full extractions and dentures. He decided a few of my lower teeth could be saved. I was again approved for outside dental care. This began in Feb. 2017. The first appointment was for cleaning. The second was to start repairing the remaining lower teeth. After he started on the first, it was determined it needed to be extracted. This is where the ordeal begins. In order to deviate from the approved plan, they need to get approval from the VA. This approval didn't happen until July 2017. OK, so we finally got that tooth extracted. On the next appointment 2 weeks later, it's determined another tooth needs deviation from the approved plan. (possible root canal with crown or extraction) Here it is over a month since that appointment. Still no approval. Here is where I'm think about a 1151. During all this time without upper teeth, I developed TMJ pain with clicking, and headaches. Plus it's a difficult task to have a decent meal. I avoid some foods, such as vegies and some meats because I can't chew them. If I do have these foods, I risk chocking on them. Would this fall under 1151? If so, how do I go about filing? Thamks.
  13. You should be able to have both insurance policies simultaneously, so you shouldn't need to worry about having to "give back" the tax credit. From what I understand is that CHAMPVA works like Medicare - CHAMPVA is always secondary payer if you have other insurance. The other insurance gets billed first, then CHAMPVA gets billed if needed.
  14. AFAIK, the DoD ID # has been in use for nearly 40 years, since the introduction of DEERS. If you're in DEERS, you have a DoD ID #. Since 1983, I've had 3 different types of DoD ID's (Dependent/DD Form 1173, Active Duty/DD Form 2, and now DAV/DD Form 2765) all with the same DoD ID #. Not knowing you, you served before the late 1970's/early 1980's and now you're either 100% P&T or TDIU, correct?
  15. penny.alcoba, You do not need to be enrolled in VHA to submit claims for compensation. Nor do you need to be enrolled to collect compensation. I would, however, reconsider dis-enrolling from VHA. There is nothing gained from dis-enrolling. Being enrolled will not affect any other healthcare you are currently enrolled in or may be enrolled in in the future negatively. Even if you don't use VHA, it could be a handy backup, if the need arises.

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