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MKAH

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About MKAH

  • Rank
    E-4 Petty Officer 3rd Class
  • Birthday 12/01/1959

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  • Location
    California
  • Interests
    SC 10% tinnitus

    SC 50% Hearing Loss

    SC (waiting for rating) Headaches

    PTSD (Waiting for decision after BVA remand with C&P)

    Beating PTSD - MST so I can function again (like leaving the house)

    Amateur Woodworking

Previous Fields

  • Service Connected Disability
    60%
  • Branch of Service
    Army

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  1. UPDATE: A few months ago I received a BVA decision; “Entitlement for headaches, to include as secondary to service-connected tinnitus, is granted. Resolving all reasonable doubt, in favor of the veteran, the evidence is at least in equipoise that the veteran’s headaches are caused or aggravated by his service-connected tinnitus.” Sine this BVA notification letter, I have been patiently waiting for the RO to rate the service connection. Today (3/28/2020) I received a phone call from a company that schedules C&P exams for the VA. She confirmed that they were conducting a C&P for the SC headaches grant and will be using a contractor. She also said the C&P will likely be performed within the next 60 days or sooner. Anyway, finally to my question: Since I have severe headaches so frequently, I have found it difficult to keep a journal or record of them as I have seen mentioned in the HADIT forums for some time now. A few years ago, I did have write a spreadsheet spanning about three weeks, which contained dates, times, diet, activity, severity and length of vertigo which included headaches. #1) Is it too late to start tracking them starting now, so I can provide the C&P doctor / examiner with the most recent information? #2) Should I also provide the C&P examiner the vertigo / headache tracking form, even though its several years old? I just want to have what is needed so that the C&P doctor / examiner does not have to guess or me trying to describe from memory. Thank You
  2. I am curious if RO operations with the exception of walk in traffic, will remain active considering the recent Coronavirus polices? Eg; BVA appeal decision ratings, C&P reviews, etcetera.
  3. Hi Pete, I did a letter from the BVA judge that ruled in favor of service connection (see below) . It's my understanding that my file is now back at the Regional Office to determine a percentage..if any? This is the meat and potatoes of that specific decision: These matters come before the Board of Veterans' Appeals (Board) on appeal from a July 2018 rating decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office (RO). After the SOC was issued in May 2019, VA treatment records and a private DBQ and medical opinion pertinent to the Veteran's headache claim were associated with the claims file. However, as the claim of entitlement to service connection for headaches, to include as secondary to service-connected tinnitus, is being granted, and that is a full grant of the benefit sought on appeal as to that issue, the Board finds no prejudice with proceeding with the adjudication of that claim. Interestingly, the Regional office is also in possession of what seems to be a favorable C&P for PTSD, that was ordered by a BVA judge via remand. I'm wondering if the RO is looking at both the Headache & PTSD claims in conjunction with my current service connected hearing loss & tinnitus to determine a combined service connection percentage? Thank you for your reply.
  4. Years ago I filed a BVA PTSD appeal which was update as follows: Disability compensation appeal updated on June 4, 2019 Status: The Board made a decision on your appeal Issue on appeal: Service connection, Post-traumatic stress disorder Submitted on: September 20, 20160 View details In the view details section, it was a C&P remand request. On August 98th, 2019 the C&P was conducted and the exam information (DBQ or C&P ???) was sent to the local (Oakland California RO) for review. I expect another year or two before I hear anything. My question is: VA.gov still shows the claims as GREEN and not closed but a decision being made. Since Ebennie's shows nothing other than an AB8 letter showing not service connected from years ago, will VA.gov update or will Ebennies update with whatever decision is ultimately made from this point forward? Thank You
  5. I was reading the BVA decision and it contained this line. What specifically does " and that is a full grant of the benefit sought on appeal" mean? If the entire BVA decisaion of needed, I can provided is? THX ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- These matters come before the Board of Veterans' Appeals (Board) on appeal from a July 2018 rating decision by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Regional Office (RO). After the SOC was issued in May 2019, VA treatment records and a private DBQ and medical opinion pertinent to the Veteran's headache claim were associated with the claims file. However, as the claim of entitlement to service connection for headaches, to include as secondary to service-connected tinnitus, is being granted, and that is a full grant of the benefit sought on appeal as to that issue, the Board finds no prejudice with proceeding with the adjudication of that claim. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------
  6. I got the printed BVA decision. The law Judge approved the service connection Tension Headaches as a secondary condition of Tinitus. The decision letter from the BVA contained lots of physician notes & detail which is very similar to what GBArmy pointed out regarding severity. GBArmy's comment: "headaches 5 x week and have to lie down 5 X week. Migraines/headaches under diagnostic code 8100 states that migraines are rated on symptoms of frequency, severity and prostrating. You also say you have to lay down in a dark room due to the severity." Anyway, the letter did not specify a rating or start date, so I reached out to my VA attorney which is handling my case. Woods & Woods, They said the BVA has sent the Judges Grant to the Oakland RO and they will rate it and determine a start date. She said the current BVA approved appeals rating time, is about 120 days and I will likely see a deposit before a notification of increase (if any). Is it just me, or does this process seem somewhat convoluted and inefficient? Anyway, I am genuinely grateful to be closer to the end of this process.
  7. Thank You for your opinion GBArmy. I'll let you know how it turns out.
  8. GB Army, Here is a redacted version of the brief my attorney submitted to the BVA for the appeal for headaches.
  9. UPDATE: My appeal for PTSD also included an appeal for Migraines / Sleep Apnea This morning on Vets.gov I see the following (I highlighted the most interesting parts): "See past events July 12, 2018 – January 09, 2020 Current status The Board made a decision on your appeal The Board of Veterans’ Appeals sent you a decision on your appeal. Here’s an overview: Granted The judge granted the following issue: Service connection, Migraines If this decision changes your disability rating or your eligibility for VA benefits, you should see this change made in 1 to 2 months. Denied The judge denied the following issue: Service connection, Sleep apnea Please see your decision for more details. This appeal is now closed -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- However, I looked at my rating in Eebenefits and it does not appear to have been updated yet (see below). Disability Rating Decision Related To Effective Date tinnitus 10% Service Connected 03/08/2011 bilateral hearing loss 50% Service Connected 02/11/2016 headaches Not Service Connected post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Not Service Connected PTSD - Personal Trauma sleep condition Not Service Connected ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- I guess I'll have to wait for a while to get the letter in the mail?
  10. GBArmy, broncovet Thank you both for the detailed explanations. It's great to have a place like the Hadit Community, where veterans can get quality information about this complicated process. Of course, that hard part now is waiting for the decision letter.
  11. Hi GBArmy, After reading your post again, I just noticed that in my profile information I had not specified my 60% total Service Connection as: 10% Tinnitus & 50% Bilateral Hearing loss. I have now corrected that in my Profile/Interest section. I have read the VA requirements for TDIU and am still a bit unclear on the single vs multiple percentages required to meet the policy. Based on the above line item description of my combined SC's, is TDIU still possible? Thank You
  12. Thanks for the replies, I found the setting at this location: Click on your username drop down control: navigate to "account settings" located at the link below: https://community.hadit.com/settings/ then navigate to the right middle of the screen and look for "Edit Profile": Other Settings Notification Settings Edit Profile Ignored Users then select Edit Profile Boom!
  13. Hi everyone. I was looking over my account today and noticed a number of -My Attachments- files. I can't figure out how to delete them? Years ago I added some photos of myself and wife that I would like to remove if possible? Thanks in advance
  14. Hello everyone, Thank you for all the replies. I thought I would answer a question which is not included in the original information I provided. a. About two months after filing my claim, back in late 2015 I was weened off of narcotics & alcohol with Naltrexon and put on traditional mental health medications. Since then I have not been able to, and have not worked at all. My social security earnings statement since 2015, confirms zero earnings. (It's shameful for me to admit, but narcotics and booze allowed me to get out and at least hold down a job. However, at the direction and insistence of VA mental health staff, I completely stopped all narcotic drugs and was RX'd every conceivable psychiatric medication. Unfortunately, I now have great difficulty in any public place. The Rx meds just don't work that well for me). Thank you again for all your replies
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