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  1. 66 yr old Vietnam vet. 20 months incountry. Recently diagnosed prostate cancer. TDIU &P&T rated 100% over 11 years. Why file for service connection for prostate cancer when I've already been drawing 80%, 100% TDIU for other conditions? Also, if I do file requesting s/c for prostate---will they (VA) mess with my existing rating? Does it even make sense to file?
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    Roll Call

    I am here. Come back periodically to re-educate myself. Currently looking @ the SAH/SHA grants for housing. Just don't want to go through the vicious exam cycle all over again.
  3. VMO back on board---------------been away awhile
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    Feb 2012 Roll Call

    YO !! VMO still aboard
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    January 2012

    some where here in a light snow----i am slip sliding into 2012. VMO in the S-N-O-W
  6. Federal student loan- forgiveness of debt: Does this only apply to the vet's student loan or are dependents student loans---also forgiven?? I am 100% P/T with no student loan, but oldest daughter does have.
  7. War time service requirement is correct and is the first requirement that must be met.. At least one day of war time service--90 days or more continous active duty other than for training purposes. Also, income from all sources count against it. Such as Social Security (gross), private pensions (gross), interest income, wages, ----and spouses income. Some war time vets initially do not qualify because their income is too high, but later "do" qualify when admitted as nursing home patients. In my county (OHIO) the local Medicaid Office (not Medicare) does an automatic referral to the local Veterans Office to determine VA Pension eligibility. This is because the VA considers the high unreimbursed cost of the nursing home patient care (medical expenses). In addition, some Vets/widows qualify if admitted to "assisted living" facility. In closing, don't forget that widows of wartime vets may have eligibility under this same VA Pension Law. However, all this is moot unless the vet or widow meets the wartime eligibility requirement. Just some basics, hope it helps.
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    July 2011 Roll Call

    VMO still aboard. Hope all are well. Son is home for summer from college---was bored. I said, "get a job for a few days per week". He did. He got a job washing dishes, 3-days per week in a local bakery/restaurant. Now he is bored and------wet.
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    June 2011 Roll Call

    VMO here and packing the bags. Headed to beach at Topsail Island, NC next week on a mercy mission. Going there to help the island rid itself of the surplus supply of COORS Light. I will be there until I hear the "snap" of the last can---then after a week, I return to Ohio for 51 weeks of R & R.--- Life..........goes on.
  10. Bases loaded, bottom of the 9th, "Hadit" is up to bat,---smash!! Another grand slam home run. Hadit, you guys/girls did it again.
  11. Here and enjoying the fruits of hard labor. Recent award of 100% tdiu is truly a blessing. *I pray all of you with pending claims receive a positive outcome. Hopefully, your award letter was in yesterday's mail.
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    Good Friday

    Direct deposit came Tuesday, 6-figure retro VA Comp. Filing retro Chapter 35 for my 3 kids which will probably cause me overpayment in VA Comp---as VA paid me for them as dependents. Both daughters have already graduated college and hopefully will get a huge retro Chapter 35 dependents education check--each. In addition, my son is still in college, he should get retro plus a continueing award. I feel so so fortunate. Obviously, this is making my retirement much more comfortable than I expected. **Again, I credit much of my success from what I've learned aboard Hadit. Again, thank you all for sharing your knowledge and experience.
  13. Yup, you should be eligible. I was just granted TDIU this past Friday and today (Monday), I received letter and pamphlet about buying more (S-DVI)Service-Disabled Life Insurance (also referred to as "RH" insurance). You have 2-years from the date VA grants your new service connected disability. You can call the VA Insurance Center Philadelphia if you do not hear anything or quesstions at: 1-800-669-8477. See correction: ***My thanks to those who clarified what I posted above. I did receive new additional service connection which is what qualified me to apply for additional SDVI (RH) insurance. The TDIU granted at the same time- did not qualify me, the additional condition granted, did. Thanks!
  14. On April 1st, I received a call from the VA Physician who gave me my last comp exam. The exam was lost-missing from the VAMC computer. I did not fault the physician, but I was really upset with the VA computer system---another victim. ***Today, I checked my mail. Brown envelope from VARO. Letter inside notified me of s/c increase up to 80% and they granted TDIU 100% P & T-- a way back, I mean way back to 2005, when I last worked. Should be getting some 6-figure $$. Daughter is Podiatrist in her first year residency, other daughter is Registered Nurse, and my son is a junior at University of Akron. I am hoping to get some retro Chapter 35 Dependents Educational Assistance for all three of them. This Sunday morning at my church's sunrise service, this old Marine will bend a knee and give thanks. *****Hadit gang: Tbird, Moderators, Elders, I read your posts, all of you--thank you so much. (Also, Larry, yooo-hooo, LARRY!! It was your repeated posts of telling vets to file for TDIU that caught my interest, see some of us listened to you---I filed and I got it. Thanks, Semper Fi!). *Again, all of you----thank you so much!
  15. "If" you are already 0% service connected for the knee, you have won the first battle with the VA (war). You need to establish as much as possible a continuity of treatment of the knee disability (especially if not already service connected). You referred to a "limp" which is an "altered gate" (the way you walk). The limp can cause you a host of other problems---such as problems with the other knee and/or back pain. Xrays, MRI, surgery records, and orthopedic opinions are crucial to your claim. Do not accept "no" from the VA, pursue your claim (aggressively). *Example: I started out in 1971 at 0% rating for a knee injury---now 70%, pending 100 (after two knee and one spine surgery). However, it has taken a lot of MRI's, Xrays, orthopedic, neurological, opinions/surgery records (plus multiple VA exams) to get there. Prior posts from others here at Hadit have given you some great information/direction. Read, read, and read.
  16. NSLI: -National Service Life Insurance was established in 1940, (just prior War II). Was issued 1940 thru 1951, issued while on active duty. It could be continued after discharge/seperation and you paid continued premiums. S-DVI: Service Disabled Veterans Insurance, also referred to as "RH". Started in 1951 and continues thru today. It is only availabe to veterans with a service connected disability. *I believe you have 2-years from the date granted service connection to apply. You can later become eligible to apply (again) if/when later on you are granted service connection for additional disability(s). **Also,a veteran who is insured under S-DVI and has been granted a waiver ofpremiums for totally disability is eligible to "supplemental" insurance up to $20,000.(before age 65) SGLI: -Servicemen Group Life Insurance started in 1965 to meet the needs of Vietnam era vets while on active duty, and still in existance. VGLI: -Vetrerans Group Life Insurance established in 1974, still in existance, provides term insurance to vets after seperation. You could convert SGLI active duty--- to VGLI at military seperation. Question: When were you released active duty? Are you service connected %, and has it been with in two years of date you were granted service connection?? **Just basic info----I hope it helps a little.
  17. I appreciate the post of the recent BVA decision concerning PTSD,--informative and quite helpful. It is a clone (except for the hem's) of my recent PTSD/mood disorder claim. VARO is denying me SC for PTSD, even though awarded (Marine) CAR-Combat Action Ribbon. It appears they will grant service connection for Dysthymic Disorder(mood disorder) due to SC orthopedic ailments. I have not yet received the VA award letter as there are other issues pending. Realizing they can only compensate me for one, not both----I wonder if it makes any sence to pursue the PTSD??
  18. I am sc both knees for arthr. The VA raters will look for: (in addition to arthritis) excess fore and aft movement, lateral instability, cartilage tear, and restricted (limited) motion from pain , etc. *You can receive a seperate rating for each. Also, whether it is "tramatic arthritis"(injury) or "degenerative arthritis" (age,wear,tear,of life) usually will not make much difference. You do not need your military service records as you are already service connected. However, if they (VA) do not have records of surgery "after" military service---VA will need them. *A current written orthopedic physician statement supported by xray and MRI copies is what you need,(provided the statement shows increase in severity of the knee residuals).
  19. flhtci: Welcome aboard. You are in the right LZ now----many helpful people here at Hadit (a lot of knowledge and experience). *I think it is very important that all Viet vets see a "urologist" at least once per year. Get PSA blood work and digital exam. This should be done in addition to your regular family (primary care) physician. I am sorry to hear you were not aware of the prostate cancer associated to Vietnam service back in 2007. **I have often thought the VARO's should send referral letters to "all" oncology centers across the United States----. Informing them of the Vietnam Agent Orange cancers/diseases, requesting the oncology centers/hospitals to refer veterans to VA to file VA Compensation (or followup medical care if needed). In closing, when I left military service in 1971, after 4 yrs, there was nothing about Agent Orange illnesses available. The problem is not just being informed at military separation, but keeping us continually updated and informed about these illnesses. Finally, process and pay the dang claims in a reasonable amount of time.
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    Ao & Lung Cancer

    File, file, and file as soon as possible for the lung cancer----forget about the cigarettes and "NO" time limit. What type skin condition and was he treated for it on active duty? Regardless, get the lung cancer claim filed-ASAP. **If you are not comfortable doing the application on your own, you may want to seek out a County or State Veterans service officer. Or possibly some one thru the DAV, VFW, Legion, AMVET. **What state are you from and where is the nearest VA Regional Office to you??
  21. VA will waive premiums if you become totally disabled from any condition before your 65th birthday and remain totally disabled for 6 or more consecutive months. The percentage of your disability does not determine if the VA will approve your application. You do not have to be P & T. You do have to notify the VA if you return to work. You are entitled to waiver of premiums as long as you remain totally disabled for insurance purposes.
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    April Roll Call

    VMO here and a little blue. April Fool's Day (of all days) soon after 8am, the VA physician who recently gave me a thorough Compensation exam-----called to tell me they can not locate the exam(??) The exam was near 90 minutes long. Her exam (sensorimotor) was one of "three" I had that day. The other two are of record in the computer, #3(the longest most thorough) is missing. Just before this happened, I commented to my VA psyc doc that I was feeling better and starting to come out of my depression. Yesterday, I crashed big time. Chopper down.
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