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  1. Thanks for everyones insight. I was not sure what types of things they did at in-pt besides a group therapy. It sounds just like the in-pt alchohol program I went through. Which didn't help. (A lot of B.S....Meditating, etc.) I agree, the therapist means a lot!! I just have not found one yet. I have finally ventured out from the VA and I am trying to find one in our community. I have not been able to even look at the 3 therapists that I've had. I am not sure why, but I believe it is because I know they're judging me. Even though I want to talk, I only say one to three word answers. They ha
  2. Has anyone gone through In-Patient PTSD-MST Counseling? I know everyone will react differently. But, I would like to know what your experience was. Did it Help at all. Not sure if I can make that step right now. I do not want to give up my alcohol at this time it helps me. I would be going to Bay Pines, VA in Florida. Thanks for any info. rway
  3. Finally, Its been a long journey. I thank everyone from the bottom of my heart. (Especially, Mountain Time) Rcvd a total of 90% with TDIU. Had an increase on Migraines and Back, added NEW 70% for MST PTSD, and Stayed the same for Meneires and Left Knee Arthritis. Lost 20% for Left Knee ACL Repair and somehow Reoccurring Tinnitis Disappeared from all the paperwork. All in All a win. I went from 60% to 90% w/TDIU. I am still going to fight for an increase in Meneires and my left knee. I also, have inquired about my disappearing reoccurring Tinnitus. Again, a great thanks to all. I have
  4. Letter states.... entitlement to individual unemployability is granted effective Dec. 2006 whis is the date you met the criteria and the evidence showed that you were unemployed. Compensation and Pension examination completed at, VA noted that on joints exam, your knees improved in stability but remainded painful, with non-compesable decreased range of motion. The spine exam noted a decrease in range of motion and painful motion. The ear disease exam noted Meniere's disease symptoms continued to cause vertigo, tinnitus and hearing loss. Your rosacea is under control as noted on the skin
  5. Every thing written in CAPS was not in letter just a note from Me. My letter states... Evaluation of chondromalacia and ligament repair, left knee, which is currenly 20 percent disabling, is decreased to 0 percent effective Dec. 2006 which is the date we received your claim. Due process proposal to reduce procedures were not necessary in this case, as reduction of this disability does not decrease your total evaluation. A statement from ---------,----------,-----------,---------- recieved April 2007, noted that they all felt that this disability was increasing in severity. (ALL LETTERS W
  6. I was previously rated 20% for Left knee (ACL Repair and 3 left knee orthoscopic surgeries)and 10% for arthritis in the left knee, now after getting the results of my claim for my left knee and many other items, They gave me 0 for arthritis in left knee and 0 for left knee. I went over 10 years as of April 2008 but they back dated it, to the date I put the claim in "2006". That would make it 8 yrs 11 months What are my chance of clearing this matter up. I put in for an increase on many items and for TDIU. I had only 1 exam that covered all my claims (TDIU). She did not measure my knee's
  7. I am receiving $720 and my 2 yr old is receiving $720. Yes, we probably are receiving 3/4 of his social security. He was getting $576.00, I was getting $144 and my daughter was getting $144. Now each of us are getting $720. So, if $720 is 3/4 of his benefits, my daughters, benefits would not change at all. If, I am understanding you right. If my disability pay is greater than $720, I should apply for my disability social security.(as long as the maximum for family is greater than the $1440 we already receive) I am only 45 and my daughter is 2. But I just received an unofficial lette
  8. My husband (age 65) passed away and my daughter and I are now receiving his social security. (she gets 1/2 and I get 1/2) I want to put in for social security for myself, do to my disabilities. What happens to his social security, If I win my case? Will my daughter receive my 1/2 of my husbands social security? rway
  9. So, if I did not put in for TDIU, I would have probably received seperate CP exams for each disibility???
  10. Hi everyone, I haven't been on this site for awhile. Meds have been taking a toll. I am currently 60% (Meniere's, Knees, Back, Tinnitis and Migraines). I put in for an increase in each and added new (MD and PTSD) in Dec. 2006. Because of the long duration, symptoms getting worse and this site (with great info) I applied for TDIU and for Total and Permanent in Apr. 2007. I have had only the routine appointments thus far. Then, the other day I received 2 letters with appointments. One was for the very next day and then another for 2 days later. The 1st appointment was for disbility for un
  11. Thanks for all the great replies and Berta for doing research on the ships location during that time frame. Today, we had a call from the Home Base Primary Care, they want to have a consultation with us. I am not sure exactly how they will be able to help, but I know my VA mental health physician called them. My husband has been in denial of even having the cancer. He has had all the radiation treatments that he can have, and is now only doing Chemo. He believes, he can beat it, God Bless Him. His doctor is terrible, he hasn't told him anything about his cancer. Although, my husband, doesn
  12. Thanks Pete. My husband was only on the ship during that time. I looked up the ship and it was listed as having asbestos. But, then again, every ship during those years were made with asbestos insulation. I was told by my va doc that the navy had certain time frames that admitted to the asbestos and are paying disability. I have been unable to find it via the internet. I just thought maybe someone has heard something this. rway
  13. My husband has been diagnosed with Stage IV Lung Cancer since Nov 06. He only smoked 3 years while he was in the Navy. He spent those 3 years on the USS Lester from Jul 1959- Jul 1962. The rest of his working career was with the Depart. of Defense working for the Air Force, now retired (1995). He is enrolled with the VA, but has never filed for any service connections. Is there a chance that we could win a claim for service-connection for his cancer? Thanks rway
  14. Josephine, Yes, I am 30% SC for Meniere's. But, I looked at my award letter for the 30% and it stated that for a higher rating I must have a cerebellar gate. Then if you look at the 100% rating for Meniere's: Hearing impairment with attacks of vertigo and cerebellar gait occurring more than once weekly, with or without tinnitus. The only thing is, for some reason they want me to LINK it to Meniere's and show them that I had it back in 1998. (which I did, but I did not have it more than once a week) (And if I had any evidence of that, I would have been rated 100% back then???) I am cur
  15. The good thing is that I have finally recieved something, meaning they have not lost my claim. The letter states that they are working on my application for; Then it list all my SC disabilitis, then adds they are working to service connect for depression secondary to your service connections and ptsd. (I agree with all of this) My question is, the next paragraph states that THEY are amending my claim to include cerebellar gait(secondary to Meniere's Disease) and GAD as well as increased service connected compensation based on individual unemployablility(IU). It states "This letter deals onl
  16. Thanks Berta and Josephine for responding, I haven't been able to work for a couple of years because of the Meniere's and my Migraines. I do not have any past history, were I had to take off from work because of these disabilities. When my disabilities became severe enough to effect my work, I quit(2001). I did put in for TDIU about a month ago and I also put in for clothing allowance because I wear a metal knee brace. Both of these, I did, because of what I have read/learned on this great site. I also believed I was low balled the first time around with the 30%, but did not know I coul
  17. I am currently 30% for Meniere's. I put in for an increase in Nov.2006 and have yet heard anything back. I have not even had a C&P yet. For the last 2 years my Meniere's has significantly increased. My Primary Doctor has been trying everything to help me. I have tried every medication under the table for this. My main complaint is VERTIGO, DAILY and 2/3 Drop attacks weekly!! I have been to the VA Nuerologist, and ENT. In fact, I have been seeing them so routinely, they are like family. They are now talking about operating. My question to anyone who has Meniere's or knows of someone who
  18. Thanks Vike17 I am applying today. The VARO called me and told my PTSD claim might take up to 1 year and to call her if I needed anything. She also stated that she was setting me up with a C&P for this, and asked me were the closest VA was. I told her 4 miles away but it was a real small one and she asked me if I minded if she made my appointment for there. Of course I said it was o.k. There is only 1 Psych doc there and he is the one I see. I couldn't beleive it. Is this normal??? I figured, I would have to go to St. Petersburg (1 1/2 hrs away). I know that they can only rate one me
  19. My SC include Meniere's, Migraines, Back, Knees, and Tinnitus. I asked for an increase on all but the Tinnitus, since 10 is the highest that can be given. I also added Secondary Major Depression w/anxiety and PTSD, which are not currently SC. The VA Psych seems to think I have a case which he linked the PTSD to my service time and the Major Depression to my current SC disabilities and lowered my GAF from 55 to 45. My Meniere's (I have vertigo, hearing loss, and tinnitus)is rated seperately from my Migraines. I also have tinnitus rated seperately, because its reoccurring. I am dumbfound
  20. jbasser, when a person has 3 disabilities that would make them unemployable; in my situation, Meniere's (alone this makes me unempolyable)also my depression\ptsd and migraines, should I list all 3 disabilities? How should I word it. Should it be written with a and/or? Or doesn't it matter? I worried that if all three are listed and I do get TDIU, that later, if 1 is decreased they will reconcider the TDIU all over again. Thanks for any info. I haven't worked for 2 years because of any and all of them. The increases that I went for are Meneire's 100%, Major Depression & PTSD 70%, and M
  21. snomanx3, You are on the right track. Sorry, it took me so long to get back with you. If you plan to fight the VA for a higher rating, you might fight them on the 2 disabilities that matched the services, if possible. This will help you later when fighting the Navy. You may not think, you will have to, but they do not like retiring any one from TDRL. Meaning, they will try to lower it eventually, and you will be able to prove, that your conditions did not get better, only worse. The Navy, may also see, that your conditions will not get better and retire you quicker. Your pay, will come
  22. Was the 40 TDRL for more than 1 disability? Did the VA rate you the same for that particular disability or was it rated less? Also, CAUTION, your TDRL disability is not permanent for a least 5 years. You'll get rated about every 12/16 months. I was 60% and they dropped me to 20% (meaning no retirement, lump sum) You don't want that to happen! Keep going to as many appt. as possible and stay up on your meds! For the whole 5 years, then you'll be permanent. The VA check might look lower because they are deducting the 40% from the disabilities the military gives you. And they have to catch
  23. The reason I am asking is because I read online, that if you have all the symptoms for a certain rating, then you should write all the qualifing symptoms along with the scheduled rating from CFR38, that you wish to obtain. This would let the rater know what you are looking to get. I think it is an excellent idea, if it is pretty clear cut. I know there are borderline, instances, but this would help the rater. I asked my DAV rep. and he said that it was a bad idea. What do you think? I don't think that it would hurt. rway
  24. When you have multiple disabilities, and have multiple C&P exams, who actually does the ratings? A team, a rating officier, who? I know the C&P exams are the guide for someone to rate you, but I also know one person alone does not have the knowledge in all fields of diseases and injuries. The C&P doctors only draw an outline for the rating, correct? clueless, rway
  25. I have not been asked to write a stressor letter yet for my PTSD claim. But, the DAV has given me a VA Form 21-0781 to fill out. My questions concerning Form 21-0781: 1.When filling out the form--Desription of Incident-- Do I write in detail about the Incident or write a brief description and only go into detail in the stressor letter? 2.One question asks..Let us know if you experienced any of the following... Then it is followed by a list. Can I just say yes to the ones that apply, or should I go into detail, or again wait for detail in my stressor letter? 3. When filling out "O
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