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  1. I'm thinking that is a possibility that perhaps some information that is being ignored due to purposefulness.... My husband began in the mid 1990's on some of his illnesses PTSD intertwined with heavy drinking,. It frightened the be Jeepers out of him when they told him he would have to endure a recreated Vietnam Experience as a setting to evaluate him ( I understand they no longer do this anymore. Tp avoid being put through this, he didn't go back to the VA for awhile..... Around the early 2000's he filed again on PTSD.....[again ignored. Somewhere around the early to mid 1990's prior
  2. Thank You! If Hubby desires to keep pushing we will follow up with Representative. However, he is thoroughly worn out....and is rather discouraged about the long battles with VA. Since he's won some hard fought battles, he may decide to let all other sleeping dogs lie. If it were completely up to me, I would be like you Berta. I wouldn't allow any stone to remain unturned. Yet, Hubby's the one who has to call the shots about continuing or letting it be.
  3. Berta, You are so very knowledgeable and well versed in Veteran's disabilities. And to that end, your insightful comments are invaluable. Respectfully, however, I am not referencing Remand Response of 2015 as you have referenced. I'm thinking that is why we are coming to a slightly different conclusion. You are referencing a BVA Decision of 2015 and I am referencing a BVA Decision of 2018.
  4. Berta.......When did Dr Bash suggest that? . Veteran's Wife Response: Dr. Bash wrote his IMO on November 14, 2018, His suggestion about how to make sure the IMO was received was around that time period Berta........Did he also say to prepare a cover letter to them to explain the IMO and what happened after their remand? Veteran's Wife Response: He must have because I did so. Dr. Bash seemed confident, it was going to work out in the eventuality of it all that the right individual (s) were going to be in receipt. In backtracking to read over received VA Communications:
  5. Berta, Berta: "Perhaps the representative can re-open the claim with the IMO from Dr. Bash." Maybe a denial that could have been appealed ,on the Helpless Child can also be re -opened, with new and relevant evidence. Veteran's Wife Response: Definitely will bring the matter above as mentioned to the attention of our Representative. The Representative has an abundance of clients so things move a little slow, sometimes. Oh, by the way, Dr. Bash told us to also fax the IMO to attention of the Cheryl Mason. We did. We mailed and faxed the referred specialist's (referred
  6. Well, I believe he was inside the VA System. Would that be reason enough?
  7. Berta, A lot of decisions made beneficial to my husband are long overdue Even though in my opinion, I believe he's been overlooked in a lot of areas. Yet my husband doesn't want to rock the boat. Since I'm just the wife and not the veteran unless he wants to push further, my hands are tied. The IMO written by Dr. Bash, seemingly as best we can tell RO were the recipients of the IMO. Which I thought odd since they were mailed to BVA in Washington DC. Yet the return Green Card was stamped/signed as having been in receipt by the Wisconsin Office. Berta....."I might have mentioned the
  8. Berta, Question: Do his medical records reveal no actual definitive diagnosis? Answer: Yes and No. The VA Doctor reports the diagnosis Monomelic Amyotrophy as a Motoneuron diagnosis being under the same Umbrella of Motoneuron conditions/illness just as ALS falls under the Motoneuron Umbrellas as well. No my husband/s records does not state Monomelic Amyotrophy is absolutely ALS; it states it as a variant and over time may develop further into full blown ALS,,,, Therefore continued careful observation of my husband's deteriorating/atrophy is needed as well any "emerging problems
  9. We didn't file on ALS Variant due to the VA Doctor doing reserved careful talk. My Hubby is content with his rating at this point and doesn't want to rock the boat to file on other SC illnesses. He gets stressed and anxious during the filing and follow-up process having to endure being brow beat in proving/justifying your case. He went through Hell just trying to get his PTSD increase from 30% to 50%! Trying to get unemployability was pure Hell as well. My Hubby wears a Colonoscopy' bag resulting from his rectal cancer operation is 2012; he has lost use of his right hand (He's left
  10. My husband was eventually rated from from 30% PTSD to 50% PTSD, effective December 18, 2018....actually,, it should have been retroactive to 2006. And, he was granted individual unemployability as of December 18, 2018; actually though, this was due retroactive to 2011. Our Representative is extremely methodically planning to address at a later date...hopefully soon. Regarding Monomelic Amyotrophy, VA Physician doesn't think it falls exactly squarely under ALS. Just remaining in a watchful state. Dr. still admits it falls under ALS variant. Remand still failed to Address my husba
  11. My husband was eventually rated from from 30% PTSD to 50% PTSD, effective December 18, 2018....actually,, it should have been retroactive to 2006. And, he was granted individual unemployability as of December 18, 2018; actually though, this was due retroactive to 2011. Our Representative is extremely methodically planning to address at a later date...hopefully soon.
  12. 631a future exams? My husband received a FED EX packet desiring he come in to see the named doctor as indicated in the letter. It was noted in the letter that my husband was to report to a separate medical facility, not VA; yet, assigned by VA within the next few days (11/15/17) from the date he received the letter via FED EX.....Except it wasn't. a physical examination It was more of an inquiring discussion about his Prostate Cancer; erectile dysfunction specifically; diagnosed 2 1/2 years ago; as well as about (rectal colon cancer-2011) in general. In reviewing EBenefits; we
  13. "Has the letter from the doctor ever been prepared and sent to the VA?" Yes, Dr. Williams submitted letter. "It seems to me that the July 2015 award letter should have taken note of the "helpless child" claim". No, the July 2015 did not mention our son. Actually when my husband had some earlier encounters with the VA in mid to late 1990's regarding his PTSD, our son was referenced way back then. No action to address the claim was taken by the VA. That's why it was apart of the Appeal. To that effect, why do you think (your insight) the July 2015 letter should have made note o
  14. Have you heard anything at all, from the VARO on the remand or received any letters about what they still might need? No, have not heard from VARO regarding the remand or have not received any letters about what else still needed. Waiting to have a follow up discussion with Agent about new claims and adding new information to sure up appeal on denials as well as remanded issues. Denial of the Neuropathy to be connected to alcoholism has been a challenge. VA gets something in their heads and everyone who assesses the case chants the same reframe (prior to DM2 diagnosis).
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