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CaliBay

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  1. Hi Everyone, I am baffled at how the VA works. This is an excerpt of a Draft Decision my lawyer stated the DRO made on my appeal. Apparently, it is not finished yet because he or she needs to send it out to his supervisor for approval. This was back in December when I received this and an SOC was issued stating the same thing of an increase from 50% to 70%. My question is, when does the draft decision become final. I find it weird I have 60 days to appeal the SOC with a Form 9 when the decision has not been approved yet. Any insight on my situation and how long it takes for them to
  2. Hello Had it Team, So about a week ago I finally saw a change in eBennies about my appeal after 30 months, stating they are in the SOC step and they are currently working on completing it. I send my lawyer a screenshot and he looked into my file. He said he was able to find a "draft" decision stating I will be getting an increase from 50% to 70% for PTSD. I had nine other ailments I was appealing to include IBS, migraines, tinnitus, etc. which appeared to just get denied again. The one I am not understanding is that my claim for Sleep Apnea states deferred. So here is my question.
  3. Hello everyone, Just trying to get a larger opinion from the forum. I am currently at 50% for Major Depression, seeking 70%. I went to my examination in stained sweats, a faded shirt, flip flops, unshaven, and hair frizzy and not brushed. For some reason, I believe my C&P examiner was wishing I did not come so she could go to lunch early based on her reaction to my arrival and her BSing with the receptionist prior. Anyway, I feel angry after reading her assessment and would like to know what you all think. I think she checked the box for 30% which is a decrease but all the sympto
  4. Hello everyone, It has been a while but I finally received my C&P examination for mental health. Currently am 50% for Major Depression, seeking 70%. I went to my examination in stained sweats, faded shirt, flip flops, unshaven, and hair frizzy and not brushed. For some reason, I believe my C&P examiner was wishing I did not come so she could go to lunch early based on her reaction to my arrival and her BSing with the receptionist prior. Anyway, I feel angry after reading her assessment and would like to know what you all think. I think she checked the box for 30% which is a d
  5. Check out this guy Greg Rada, Veteran turned lawyer. Takes a hefty fee of 30% of your back pay. Also, he only takes cases that he believes in since it is on contingency. If you signed any documents with your big legal team, I would think they would have made you sign something in the effect of if they did any work on your claim and you fire them they still get paid. http://afterservice.com
  6. Hello jfrei, Have you tried applying for SSDI yet? I know they provide medical for the whole family. CaliBay
  7. Hello HadIt Family, First a little background, in 2009 I used my Post 9/11 GI Bill to get my Bachelors. I was working full time at a job that I felt was increasing my depressive state and was constantly degraded. In 2012, I applied for VocRehab stating my current job was just making my depression worst and they made me take tests, talk with a Voc Rehab outside consultant and a counselor and they recommended I get a Masters in Accounting (my math scores were really high) because it would open the door to not work around so many people (severe agoraphobia). I got my Masters degree in 20
  8. Hello Flipper, I just want to say that there is normally a stigma for non-combat related issues getting disability for anything. Let me just shut that down and just give you the facts on that. Anything during your service (military are considered 24/7 workers) whether you were off work, if it is hazing from your peers (this happened to all FNGs including me), anything that caused a physical or mental illness or trauma can be claimed. I was a young airmen having to cut grass because a General was visiting and I accidentally chopped off one my toes with the lawnmower that cut through my b
  9. Hello Allan, Fill out the form for TDIU and have your doctor fill out the DBQ for your back. I would submit the two forms and your VocRehab rejection letter for your claim. Any other evidence supporting your back increase and your TDIU will help. Before you do file for TDIU, make sure that is what you want because you basically will not be able to work unless it is sheltered employment or making under $11,400. If you file for an increase and your combined disabilities are 100%, you would still be able to work where there is no income limit. CaliBay vba-21-8940-ar
  10. Hello Chomper, I too have actually had to offload human remains from aircraft. I actually have recurring nightmares of it. Thanks for your service loadmaster. What kind of plane did you work on a C-17? But onto my suggestion, I think based on what you witnessed would be considered as a depression claim or PTSD claim all by itself which is not secondary to the effects of asthma. The effects of what you witnessed is service connected, you just need to prove it from your medical records and through your shrink CaliBay
  11. Hello Jfrei, Have you looked into other avenues for Health Care such as medicare/medicaid. If not I would definetely apply, normally it involves making under the federal poverty level. In California they have Medi-Cal and Managed Health Care (Obama Care). I applied and qualified for Medi-Cal which is government funded Health Care and I don't have to pay a deductible or any co-pays. All medicines are free too. I know some people are too proud to get government assistance but there are many government programs that assist any US citizen or legal immigrant. Everyone has to do what th
  12. Thanks Broncovet for the insight, I think I will test the waters but I will talk to my union rep and see what they have to say, make sure my union dues ($100 a month) are put to use. I am worried about losing my job if I do indeed disclose too much. I do want the whole bakery, good analogy. I did not know that about the service dog costing so much. The office door or the telework is regarding my agoraphobia and my fear of harming other people or myself. Though I have never done either of the two, probably because someone always played referee to stop my actions but I am definitely
  13. Hello Had It Family, I have been working for the State Government in California since 2014, which at time of tire I did not disclose I was 50% disabled for Major Depressive Disorder. I would like to know if it is too late to apply for ADA Reasonable Accomodations when I return to work? Some things that I may suggest if this is doable is to getan office with a door that shuts, flexible work hours for medical appoints and therapy, and possibly work from home. I have even thought about requesting a service dog for emotional support. What do you all think about my reasonable accommodation
  14. Hey 82nd Airborne, Thanks for your service brother. For your frequent death and violent thoughts, just a suggestion, check with your shrink possibly about Lithium or anything else to keep it at bay. i have been having violent homicidal and suicidal thoughts and it is hard when you have to fight so hard not to act on it and the pressure is there. Check with your doc bro, maybe there is something that can help you better and you shouldn't feel like a Zombie that is overmedicated. My suggestion, go to your safe place by the lake and go fishing. My safe place is at the Disney Store liste
  15. Hello Flipper, Just be honest and let them know what happened. I have non combat related PTSD but I was seeing the on base Psychologist and given anti-depressants. I agree with Berta about the buddy statements from all types, officers, enlisted, sergeants, CO. You basically have to prove as much as possible that this happened during military service and how it has affected you as far as PTSD. CaliBay
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