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  1. vetquest

    Validation on my CUE

    You do not feel comfortable downloading, I can understand that but it helps to figure out what is going on. Redact your name and SSN from the information you upload.
  2. vetquest

    Just awarded 80%

    I use medicare and it is a good program for a vet. Spend your benefit wisely, sit on it and ponder the best way to spend it. You may now be eligible for IU. Speak to you representative about it. And congratulations.
  3. Congratulations of receiving 70 percent. I know the validation that an awarded appeal gives. Yes I would file for unemployability.
  4. I would try to get treatment now. You are a veteran and not working so you would fit into one of the tiers for treatment. You will not be prioritized as high as other veterans but you should still be seen. Visit or call your local VA and ask for an appointment.
  5. We all know that the VA is not always good at following the regulations. I was in the same boat and experienced an award for TDIU with six years backpay and a remand for further development. I did not receive the backpay until the remand was completed and sent back to the BVA. It should also not take longer than a few months for the remand, the BVA states that the remand is to be done in an expeditious manner and we know that this is ignored. What got them on the ball was a writ of mandamus from my lawyer. Do you have a lawyer and are they willing to do one for you?
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    PTSD recent c&P exam

    This looks like a highly positive diagnosis. General Rating Formula for Mental Disorders: Total occupational and social impairment, due to such symptoms as: gross impairment in thought processes or communication; persistent delusions or hallucinations; grossly inappropriate behavior; persistent danger of hurting self or others; intermittent inability to perform activities of daily living (including maintenance of minimal personal hygiene); disorientation to time or place; memory loss for names of close relatives, own occupation, or own name .......... 100 Occupational and social impairment, with deficiencies in most areas, such as work, school, family relations, judgment, thinking, or mood, due to such symptoms as: suicidal ideation; obsessional rituals which interfere with routine activities; speech intermittently illogical, obscure, or irrelevant; near-continuous panic or depression affecting the ability to function independently, appropriately and effectively; impaired impulse control (such as unprovoked irritability with periods of violence); spatial disorientation; neglect of personal appearance and hygiene; difficulty in adapting to stressful circumstances (including work or a worklike setting); inability to establish and maintain effective relationships .............................................................................. 70
  7. I found that while I was at BVA that my status went back and fourth. The decision making body can request further evidence and your status will go back to a previous status. That can be a good thing in that they are considering all factors of your claim and want to get it right.
  8. My lay letters were not notarized. They also did not contain any statements that they were true and honest. They did include contact info though. I would recommend you get a letter from your employer. An employer letter helped me greatly in getting UI. I can say that the RO's do not seem to put much thought into lay letters but I have found that the BVA read these letters and chastised the RO for not properly applying what the letters said.
  9. You must apply for it. Are you working right now? Don't quit your job to file for IU. If you have lost your job or are not working then by all means apply.
  10. As a retired veteran I receive Tricare and get all of my care through private doctors. I now only see the VA for my annual checkup. The MH and GP both tell me I am better off in the private sector and they do not want to provide duplicate care, at least they are honest. I am going to try to get some new medication for my SC disability through the VA because the copay is so high. I am torn between wanting to see veterans be able to get private care and wanting the VA to continue to exist. If they did away with the VA they may try to get us onto single payer and that would be no better off than we are now.
  11. SealVet, I can understand your feeling this way about C&P's. I once said at a C&P that people who run or ride bikes make me angry. The examiner said "well I rode my bike today, how does that make you feel?" I have had a neurologist accuse me of malingering. No it is not right and it is a disservice to veterans who have sacrificed to their country. Here we can understand what you are going through and give our best advice. I was once left on a gurney at the VA emergency room hallway for four hours before I was seen. I suffer autonomic migraines due to an injury and was ignored. But if you are feeling anxious or angry try to get some help, especially if you might have PTSD. Untreated it can ruin your life. Try to get in to be seen for all of your SC issues, it makes it easier in the long run. I am not a wordsmith but there will be some others here that are much more eloquent to help.
  12. The best way is to get a copy of your C&P and see what she said. You can request one at your release of information office. If you believed she fudged the report you can get an IMO but that costs money. One thing not to do is to say the doctor fudged your report, that will look poorly on you. I know that is not how the system is supposed to work but that is the way things shake out. Sometimes if the doctor does a poor C&P you can request another on the grounds that it was done poorly and did not include everything. Good luck and keep us posted.
  13. I hope this is not political but I think the CBO should be more concerned about payments and medical care to those who have never worked a day in their life. Veterans earn their disability in peace time and war by putting their bodies on the line. I suffered a career ending injury through no fault of my own and am paying the price today forty some years later.
  14. Definitely fight them. I went for TDIU and the VA threatened to reduce my PTSD and sever my migraines. The BVA is much more into reading the evidence and I have found them more willing to give the veteran their due.
  15. Dates with the VA are definitely not speed dating. It took ten years for the VA to finalize my claim and I am now waiting on a DRO about an EED. When my claim is finally finished I will have to find something else to test my patience or I will feel lost. Where else in life can I find people who are so unfeeling and slow.
  16. Unfortunately we cannot assist with this. The VA works not on the veterans' time but on their own time. They will draw out an appeal until the veteran is going insane. Sorry I cannot be of more help, I have a DRO appeal going on right now too. I have experienced better times at BVA than at RO levels.
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    I had a VA examiner one time say that since I was drawing from civilian disability unemployment insurance I was technically still employed and not eligible for TDIU. This same examiner later stated that my SC disability was not SC and was the main reason I was unemployable so no TDIU. Later when they realized their mistake and reapplied the SC they claimed it was not serious enough to cause unemployability. And then people wonder why veterans think the VA is out to get them.
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    Thank god the C&P docs never got to see my flash file. I agree with hamslice, it's like a stacked deck.
  19. vetquest

    90%er's the exclusive club...

    Good Job Hamslice.
  20. If you want to change your representative use form: https://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-22-ARE.pdf I hope I understood your request correctly.
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    C and P Exam PTSD/MST More Information

    Mstmale, I understand what you are saying but I like the way veterans are treated on this sight. A veteran is taken at face value, I believe what he says and do not question whether he is telling the truth or telling sea tales. If they are honest with us we are honest with them, no kid gloves to worry about. Not so much on another site, some responses are written like they come from the VA raters, which some of them do come from raters. If a veteran says his treatment records do not reflect a poorly written exam he will have the opportunity to challenge this and have a solid chance in appeal, at least for a remand and another C&P. In the mean time he needs to build on his relationship with the VA. For them everything is about documentation.
  22. This is going to make me a supreme court junkie.
  23. That is a dilemma. It seems by reading the denial you already have a claim pending. You say there is no record of it though. I say it is time to contact the white house vets number. 1-855-948-2311
  24. Unfortunately there are two types of Long term disability insurance. Pre tax and after tax. If you are working and read this make sure that you get the after tax insurance. Pre tax LTD is taxable where after tax LTD is not taxable. It looks like he may lose this one. When I applied for TDIU they attempted to say my LTD plan superseded my rights to TDIU but mine is not taxable.
  25. Good advice all around. No one has came out and said but in my humble opinion, You should try for an increase.

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