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EODCMC

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EODCMC last won the day on September 6 2016

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About EODCMC

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    E-5 Petty Officer 2nd Class

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    E-9 Master Chief
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    San Diego

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  • Service Connected Disability
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  • Branch of Service
    USN

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  1. VA Secretary took trip with VA $$$

    I think it was Shulkin's top aid that announced her retirement. I haven't seen where Shulkin is resigning yet.
  2. I would go up the chain of command in the hospital...the squeaky wheel gets the grease. I hope they give folks something to ease the symptoms of withdrawal. Even mild daily doses can be awful going cold turkey.
  3. Sounds like they are throwing out the baby with the bath water, with their growing concerns of opiate addiction. Good luck; I wish you well.
  4. Please see attached. How-Do-I-Appeal-Booklet--508Compliance.pdf
  5. Someone correct me if I'm wrong...but I believe you can explain why you missed it and request your neurology appointment using VA Form 21-4138 and receive a Supplemental Statement of the Case after your local VA office reviews that evidence.
  6. The technician's congenital opinion does not carry the weight of an MD. The VA will probably not make an assumption that this pre-dated your service entry date...especially considering no anomalies were found during your entry exam. I would stay the course; however, they may push it to an appeal.
  7. TINNITUS (claimed as 2nd to L knee osteoarthritis) (Secondary) That's a stretch.
  8. Thanks Berta! Yes, they weighed the Fast Letter heavily in their decision; that and one threshold shift. According to them, my hearing loss isn't great enough to warrant higher than 0% . The Tinnitus was almost a given, once they service connected me for bilateral hearing loss; however slight. Thanks to you and Buck for guidance concerning the IME for my cervical issues. I will pass this along to the Dr's that are evaluating me as I write this. One doctor who has already reviewed the evidence feels that the C&P examiner was running away from the preponderance of evidence that supports my claim. She also found a significant diagnosis in my SMR of Thoracic Outlet Syndrome that she is incredulous they didn't even consider! Hopefully, this will support what I already know to be the truth. Thanks again for your help...you folks are saints, in my eyes.
  9. Thanks again Buck. You are the best!
  10. Buck, thanks for your help. This is exactly what I need. I will organize my thoughts and post the redacted denial here shortly. Hopefully, it will help someone in a similar situation. Additionally, the NOD that I submitted for hearing came back in my favor; 10% Tinnitus and 0% for bilateral hearing loss. I will find time to share this also.
  11. Hi All, I am submitting a NOD for a disability claim that was denied. I know 2 doctors that are willing to look at my record(s) and submit an opinion. They are not a referral and have never submitted an opinion to the VA. Is there a template or can anyone point me in the right direction to ensure they hit the key salient points? Thanks in advance!
  12. The following was recently sent by the VA Medical Center concerning my NOD for Hearing Loss and Tinnitis. This was at the request of the Regional Office Director. I'm expecting a SOC anytime now concerning my NOD: TYPE OF MEDICAL OPINION PROVIDED: [ MEDICAL OPINION FOR DIRECT SERVICE CONNECTION ] a. The condition claimed was at least as likely as not (50% or greater probability) incurred in or caused by the claimed in-service injury, event or illness. c. Rationale: Bilateral hearing loss and tinnitus was at least as likely as not (50 percent or greater probability) incurred in or caused by hazardous noise exposure during military service. Rationale: DD 214 form reveals that the Veteran had a MOS of Boatswains Mate, which has a high probability of hazardous noise exposure. Thresholds at 6kHz were not tested at enlistment exam on 9/26/72. Hearing loss existed at 6kHz bilaterally at transfer exam on 12/1/00. In the notes section at this exam (dated 12/1/00) the physician notes threshold shifts at 6kHz in the right ear and 4kHz in the left ear. A positive clinically significant threshold shift did occur at 4kHz in the left ear when comparing audiometric evaluation completed in 2000 to audiometric evaluation completed in 1972. This positive , XXXX CONFIDENTIAL Page 9 of 25 clinically significant threshold shift provides objectively verifiable evidence of possible noise injury during this time period. In addition, there is no way to prove stable hearing at 6kHz during service as this threshold was not listed on enlistment exam for either ear. Hearing loss does exist at 6kHz in both ears in 2000, which may be related to noise exposure as there is no objective evidence to the contrary. The Veteran has a diagnosis of clinical hearing loss, and his tinnitus is at least as likely as not (50% probability or greater) a symptom associated with the hearing loss, as tinnitus is known to be a symptom associated with hearing loss.
  13. I believe a threshold shift of 40db is the minimum and they will only accept up to yjr 4000 level.
  14. Updates

    Does anyone know if Vets.gov and E-ben are synced? Specifically, when the VA updates one, does the other update automatically or are they 2 separate functions requiring redundant work?
  15. Preparation for Notification for open claim and reconsideration;  Actinic Keratosis/ Cervical and Bilateral Cervical Radiculopathy respectively. SOC mailed concerning NOD; hearing loss and Tinnitus and chronic headaches. Should be an interesting mon-wed. 

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