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awgv001 last won the day on March 10 2020

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  1. Well, I'm on the docket (Apr. 2019). Still no scheduled hearing in sight as of yet. Just giving you perspective on what to expect. Hope they will send us updates soon, or at least update the appeals metrics... "Last updated January 14, 2020"
  2. Organizing your military medical history is extremely important - finding a method of organizing that works for you can take a considerable amount of time, and it's well worth it. I personally did it this way --- I first sorted each (medical) problem individually - and if a document carried some component of another injury/issue, I placed a copy in the folder with the separate issue as well. I used highlighters and book/page tabs mainly for the most important (Caluza) elements in each folder so I could go right to it if needed. Additionally - protect the information you have esp
  3. Update - So it was discovered that the original issue specifically kept being tossed around in "word play" and thus the VA had not added "TBI" specifically to my "problem list", therefore no ICD code (127295002, btw) or any data was a component of reviews/treatment for the last several years. It was originally listed as "headaches" and "syncope episode(s)" but everyone seemed both hesitant and reluctant to say TBI until it became irrefutable. I suppose, that may also be why even with all the evidence, that the issue was tossed even at the higher level - they didn't read the N
  4. Both VA/eBen posted letters and updates which I have duly made copies of. I'm now awaiting a decision letter. New rating at 100% (scheduler) Not P&T - (several claims still in appeals) After BVA it "more likely than not" will move to P&T. Haha, see what I did there? Hey -- You just rolled your eyes, didn't you! We will just have to wait and see what comes next. All the credit belongs to Team Hadit, Thank you all for imparting your wisdom with me and many many other Veterans whom you have aided along their journeys. I look forward to learn
  5. I tend to do some light gardening. Spices are simple, and can provide a simple sense of accomplishment you get to savor with your (family) meals. Other than that you'll catch my poking around in my shed, making crafts and simple projects that I can handle and put away for a time if I need to. I also surf the web, as most of us here do to some extent or another. Learning the ways of living for one's self can be an arduous process, and sometimes looking inward at oneself is too much for some. From the examples you wrote of those who made shallow choices - we can learn from their mistakes. I
  6. Yeah, I ditched the Neuro because he refused to complete a DBQ, quote, "Usually it's the VA that prescribes these kinds of forms" - Then proceeded to hand the packet back to me...Note - He also refused about my inquiry to having a sleepy study (never had one before)...he essentially said "No" that it's not a regular part of something something rather....It's like the guy didn't want anything to do with anything I had politely requested. At least I won't be wasting any more of my time around the guy, as that made my decision very quickly! So I cancelled any new scans and tests etc. I do NO
  7. Hey guys! It's me again! Hope you are all as healthy as possible, with all this 'Rona stuff going on, and people/neighbors nearby me are behaving rather erratically. I understand their frustrations and fears. Anyhow, I very recently filed a claim of muscle injury (left arm) - I only had SC for the ulnar nerve damage and left wrist "strain" upon exiting service, while the documented muscle injury/atrophy etc was not part of the original claim, but a factor OF it. Also despite my left arm issues - I don't have any claim filed or SC'd for bilateral factors currently other than
  8. Just wanted to note that it is REQUIRED that you be Dx'd by a VA psych or other equivalent (LCSW for ex). They won't accept a diagnosis from private.
  9. I'll agree to disagree here, if that's alright. @Berta has widely covered IMO's along with several other Hadit Elders and many others have weighed in on the EXACT verbiage that is accepted by the VA. Regardless of how old the posts are, the facts of the matter are the same, "is as likely as not" "is due to" "is most/more likely to..." Not trying to spotlight here either, sorry if it comes off that way. How about you redact (personal information) the IMO you have from your doctor, and upload it here and we can pick it apart for weaknesses, such as missing "reviewed all records" or "my
  10. Hey, congrats and welcome to the club nobody ever wants to be invited to! If I were you, I wouldn't stop there - Unless you are content with ALL of your ratings and SC'd contentions (don't forget to claim secondaries!). I'm awaiting a few things to come back from C&P's and Hearings. All in all if everything I have claimed goes through I'll have a (combined) % of around 280%+/- (some of it I'm still gauging how the criteria is applied) --Not trying for a "high score" with this, but what it will prevent is potential loss of 100% P&T due to waxing and waning of different symptom
  11. I recently had this happen to me as well during the whole "RAMP" phase. They kicked the denial back at me and had decided to opine on it themselves. I'm now awaiting BVA for my hearing (almost been a year now). The scope is on the VA and they have been seemingly working double overtime to get caught up with all appeals, so it's looking good for a lot of our veterans (potentially).
  12. Maybe not in your specific case, but I have been through the med board process. Now is the time to speak to Doc about your injuries and get copies of your med folder and all reports. Talk to the people you serve with and get statements in regard to those injuries as well from an observational standpoint. "He was limping everywhere" that sort of stuff. Ask questions, proofread any correspondence from the med board and your exam doctors if they decide you are unfit and process you. Also, you can check pebforum for better detail regarding med boards, and DoD rating criteria is based on your
  13. Yes, it's nice to be able to follow the posts I have made from my profile link so I don't lose track as often. My ability to focus and retain all the new information is hindered by the complications of TBI and compounded by sleep problems. It takes everything I have to be able to research, keep my files organized, and to retain my records when I travel so I don't accidentally lay them down somewhere and forget about them. This may seem like a silly question @Buck52 . How do you use the regulation to keep the rater on the right path? Is it when you receive the decision and thus begin makin
  14. Ok, so this confirms that I should have had a separate rating for muscle injury from the git-go. Very helpful as always @Vync ! I filed the claim, and I guess once it is SC'd -- and that's when I can challenge the EED based on the original claim, where muscle injury and atrophy was recorded right? Or would the EED be the date of the FDC since the condition was not claimed at the time?
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