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vetquest

Master Chief Petty Officer
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vetquest last won the day on January 13

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About vetquest

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    E-9 Master Chief Petty Officer
  • Birthday 02/24/1961

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    E-6
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    Dogs and shooting.

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  • Service Connected Disability
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  • Branch of Service
    USMC

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  1. I am receiving 70% for PTSD and am still able to purchase a gun. I believe the gun prohibition that they were talking about for disabled veterans are the veterans with a conservator to handle their finances. Please have him apply.
  2. Thanks Tbird, Buck52, and broncovet. I wish you were here thirty five years ago.
  3. Effective dates are difficult to ascertain and interpret at times. If you have filed your claim within one year of separation your effective date should be the date of discharge. Otherwise your effective date will be the date you filed your claim or the date that facts show your disability to be determined. They can award your disability at the date filed, sometimes they will award your disability on the date of your C&P or date of decision. A good example of that is my SMC, they should (I contend) awarded me SMC on the date that I was awarded a new disability but instead made the date as the last C&P date on a ten year old TDIU claim. Therefore I contend that I am out five years of SMC.
  4. Both shrek and GBArmy are correct. I would put together a package of your doctors notes and treatment records with tabs to mark the most important evidence. You can offer the doctor these copies and give these to the examiner, most will accept them. I once had a VA C&P doctor go through all of my records and pull out the most important facts, this is unusual. Most doctors are not given enough time to read all of your records and some of them do not. Be respectful and do not let the examiner upset you. If they allow; bring your spouse with you, if you have one.
  5. Thanks for the post. The VA made mistakes 1,3,4, and 5 in my last claim. It took ten years to get everything straightened out and that does not include my EED appeal. Their most glaring error was claiming that civilian employer disability insurance was employment, even when it did not reach the poverty threshold. Check your award or denial carefully and see where their mistakes are and then appeal the decision if there are any mistakes. Most likely there will be mistakes and not appealing (don't rock the boat) is an entitlement to the VA to continue making mistakes. I truly wish they would keep track of RO errors and judge the RO's on the number of overturned and remanded decisions. I have never had a civilian job where I was not downrated on my errors.
  6. It seems that VA errors never go in the veteran's favor. I would go with an HLR with the statement that the evidence might have been overlooked. You should see a list of the evidence they reviewed and your information should be on this list in your decision. If it is not, you know they did not consider it. If it is listed on the "evidence" portion of the letter then they may not have given it reasonable weight or ignored it. The BVA chastised the RO in my appeal when enough consideration was not given to lay evidence. This does not appear to be an isolated incident.
  7. You have to love those error messages that tell you where your error is and how to fix it. Without looking at your application we cannot help much. Go through the document again and look to see if any of the required information is missing. It is tedious and time consuming but it is the only way to do it.
  8. @shrekthetank1 As far as it being a handout, I went without benefits the first year I was disabled out of the military, it was hard, I sold my truck and my wife cried over doctors that I was not able to see because we did not have enough money. A friend loaned us about $30,000 which we paid back as soon as we could. The emotional stress on my family with me not being employed and not getting the medical care I needed was beyond comprehension. I once was told by a pharmacy tech that my medication was expensive and I should be thankful for the handout. I about lost it, he was a young man with a good job telling me when I was disabled out of service and I was told by a doctor that my disability would probably kill me before I was 25 I was getting a handout. Without benefits some of us disabled veterans would lose everything we have including our families. Military disability benefits are not a handout, they are solely to reimburse you for your loss and they do not make them easy to get.
  9. They say to keep your enemies close and your friends closer. I had a good job and paid off my house before I was disabled from working. Very few people know that my house is paid for because people react funny about that also.
  10. I was diagnosed with a condition that I suffered twenty-five years after service. It was neuropathy; a medical doctor wrote a medical opinion that heat injuries can cause neuropathy the same as cold injuries years following service. He supported his opinion with medical literature. I had the three Caluza events at that time.
  11. Broncovet gives some very good advice. My TDIU claim took ten years, that seems to be unusual though. Saving up for this type of occurrence is a must. Also do you have long term disability insurance? You might not be able to get it now but it really saved me when I lost my job due to my disability.
  12. As Brokensolider stated, if you miss the examination you will most likely be denied for that condition. If you have any medical evidence file it with the VA but also make copies and take that to your examination. Some examiners will not accept records but some will. It ensures that the examiner sees your medical records without having to look through your C-file and miss important facts. Sometimes the VA does things in redundancy and it is frustrating but we have to play by their rules. As for the claimed injuries that the VA has not requested a C&P for; the VA does not always do a C&P when they believe they have enough information to decide the claim. Check your decision and make sure that they rated these injuries and have not done a silent denial.
  13. I never knew the value of an EED myself. I believe the reason the VA does not do this is for cost savings. The same as delay and deny. In my EED case the VA saved $40,000 by giving me an EED that was not at the time of disability and I am still fighting it.
  14. @paulstrgn, see if you can get a new mask. I had leaking problems before and got issued a new mask and headset that eliminated leaks where previously the CPAP was not working due to leaking.
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