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About philco

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  • Service Connected Disability
    100%
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    USAF
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  1. As of June, my husband received a packet from the VA with his disabilities now reading: coronary artery disease and bypass graft surgery times three 100% Service Connected Agent Orange - Vietnam 02/04/2016 pulmonary hypertension 10% Service Connected 02/04/2016 scar(s) status post coronary artery bypass surgery 0% Service Connected 09/30/2015 bilateral hearing loss 0% Service Connected 09/29/2011 prostatitis Not Service Connected posttraumatic stress disorder 50% Service Connected PTSD PTSD - Combat 12/05/2007 erectile dysfunction 0% Service Connected 04/11/2013 tinnitus 10% Service Connected 09/29/2011 It also showed that a second claim had been filed (not by us) for pulmonary hypertension. Yesterday we received the following Award Amount & Payment Start Date: $3518.97, March 1, 2016, Compensation Rating Adjustment, Special Monthly Compensation Adjustment. It states that "a clear and unmistakable error is found in the evaluation of pulmonary hypertension and an increased evaluation of 100% is established from February 5, 2016. We assigned a permanent 100% disability evaluation for your service connected disability effective February 5, 2016. No examination will be scheduled in the future for your permanent and total disability/disabilities. Your overall or combined rating is 100%." This sounds good but where does that leave the heart condition that was rated 100% in June - at that time, it was not considered a permanent rating with the possibility of another examination in September. I guess my question is whether the hypertension rating will stay permanent even if they change the decision on his heart. Confusing? I'm sorry but we're not sure if we can now rely on the assigned monthly payment. If so, my husband is a very blessed person.
  2. philco

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    My husband received his disability packet yesterday with the award decision. Some of it confuses up, certain things make us extremely thankful, and other parts leave us slightly worried. Would someone else interpret some of this of us? Prior to all of this, my husband was rated at 50% for PTSD with 10% SMC for ED. We also received a retroactive payment in the amount of $7362.19 today - how that was calculated is still a mystery to us. His heart surgery was last September, he was rated 100% for the first 3 months following that, and then he filed a claim for an increase in February.
  3. philco

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    Buck, thank you for your response. According to eBenefits, the decision is final and the packet has been mailed. His disabilities now read: coronary artery disease and bypass graft surgery times three 100% Service Connected Agent Orange - Vietnam 02/04/2016 pulmonary hypertension 10% Service Connected 02/04/2016 scar(s) status post coronary artery bypass surgery 0% Service Connected 09/30/2015 bilateral hearing loss 0% Service Connected 09/29/2011 prostatitis Not Service Connected posttraumatic stress disorder 50% Service Connected PTSD PTSD - Combat 12/05/2007 erectile dysfunction 0% Service Connected 04/11/2013 tinnitus 10% Service Connected 09/29/2011 I guess what we didn't understand was why it showed up under SMC. He was rated at 60% before and this has astounded us. Also, it showed a new claim that was submitted (not by us) on 6-9-16 for the following: 7101 - PULMONARY HYPERTENSION ASSOCIATED WITH CORONARYARTERY DISEASE AND BYPASS GRAFT SURGERY (Increase) Again, this was not submitted by us but was done after the ruling changing his rating from 60% to 100%. He has been receiving the standard $1259.32 (for vet and spouse) so will this 100% make a considerable difference in his check? I think we're afraid to be too optimistic.
  4. philco

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    On eBenefits today, my husband read the following: You have a 100% final degree of disability. This percentage determines the amount of benefit pay you will receive. The section we're not sure about is the SMC part. What does the following mean for him? Entitled to special monthly compensation under 38 U.S.C. 1114, subsection (s) and 38 CFR 3.350(i) on account of coronary artery disease and bypass graft surgery times three rated 100 percent and additional service-connected disabilities of erectile dysfunction, bilateral hearing loss, posttraumatic stress disorder, tinnitus, independently ratable at 60 percent or more from 02/05/2016. Thank you so much.
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