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Grumpbox last won the day on May 19 2018

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  1. @GeekySquid Check the VA website...just use “VA Whole Health” in a search on google or other search engine... you can see my concerns about this program...it just looks colored pretty. I’m not a doctor, but I really don’t see any options for alternative or advanced care/techniques for multiple injuries. I’ll keep everyone up to date, however!! Thanks! GB
  2. @vetquest when you say how it, “opened up some medical treatment that I was denied.” Were you 100% P&T at the time??? i don’t mind ‘playing’ along with the recommendations from the VA, I just get impatient sometimes hope (that’s all - hope) that it’s not another rosy-colored glasses for the public to see...
  3. Hello again all: Its been a minute or so since I posted/replied to much here. I hope that those who helped me in the past are well and doing the best they can. In addition, I was lost where to ask this question. I scoured the ‘search’ engine resulting in zero, so if I’ve irked any of the administrators, please let me know and I will initiate and complete my own DA FORM 4856 (General Counseling Form). Subject: The VA WHOLE HEALTH PROGRAM This program was recently suggested to me, yet I don’t know anything about it or it’s results, good or bad. I’ve done research online and from what I gather, it combines a holistic approach, whereby the VA takes into consideration one’s body, mind, spirit, community and other things. All I was looking for was some alternative forms of help with my injuries and pain levels. More specifically, I was asking about Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Injection Therapy. I’m due another surgery on my knee and possibly my second one on my right shoulder, which would give me a total of six surgeries. And these are just the muscular-skeleton injuries I have. My worries about this program? i just hope I’m not assigned someone and they talk to me about breathing, diet, sleep, ‘mindfulness.’ I’ve been there and looking for a little more results. Would really love love it if someone that was in the program chime in, but I’ll take any input at this point. As always - thank you for any time in reply!! Grumpbox
  4. @Togore101 congradulations! Receiving the P&T status for me was a wonderful blessing also! I’m so thankful, daily.... Grumpbox
  5. Always apply for SSDI when you are not working/can’t work. That was the advise I got from a high profile lawyer specializing in SSD cases.
  6. @acesup Thanks for all the insight and advise!! I’ve done just that: obtained a lawyer. In fact, I’m seeing him today. He is really well-known, seasoned, and been winning cases like this for over 30 years, so I’m setting in for a long wait. Time will tell and the rest will smell.... thanks again!! Grumpbox
  7. @L Thanks so much for your detailed reply. SSDI is also based on working the last 5 out of 10 years as a criteria for approval. & remember YOUR ABILITIES - not always DISABILITIES.... Well, lets see, I was medically retired from the US Army, 21 Nov 2011. I worked very briefly for about four months after that. Then I had a long break until I worked again in 2016 for about four months. Since then (and to date) no work reflects on my Social Security, nor was there any other work, either. Also, I do have a 'My Social Security' account. This 'settlement' (which I have yet to receive) is for worker's comp, but NOT worker's comp like most think. I was injured as a contractor working overseas. While it falls under the Department of Labor in one sense, it actually falls under the Long Shore Harbor Act (government workers overseas); specifically, it is the Defense Base Act (DBA). I won't argue with you about SS offsetting the SSD. I've heard both: How they will and how this will NOT affect my monthly SSD. But there is something here to consider: For example, there are primarily three reasons a person would be approved SSD. 1. Someone born with a listed disability. (No fault on self) 2. Someone develops an illness listed. (No fault on self) 3. Someone injures her/himself while working on the job. (I fall in to this one.) (No fault on self) Now, back to the offset...my age...and the illness/injuries. If I had to guess, I'd say they initially denied me SSD, because of my age (47); although, they probably didn't even review my file and just denied me because it was my initial application. I am no lawyer, just a little taken back because of the denial. I emphasis this, because the guy who filled out/process my initial application said these words: "You shouldn't have any issues with getting approved. I've never seen a Veteran get denied SSD that is 100% P&T and has your kind of illnesses/injuries.) Now, this guy might of been blowing sunshine at me, or this really could be anomaly; I don't know. At least I have 60 days to file a 'Reconsideration.' That's all I can do at this, unless someone tells me otherwise. I am always open to sage advice... Grumpbox
  8. @MPsgt EXACTLY!! To Your last statement! I am rated by the VA “unable to work” and been unable to obtain gainful employment for some time now. I just don’t see why SSN denied me or the justification for the denial?
  9. SSD/SSDI Experts: Initial application for SSD was 22 May 2018. Denied initial application noted via Mysocialsecurity, dated: 17 Aug 2018. No official letter has arrived yet indicating reason(s). Also, my Date of Last Insured is 31 Dec 2018, per SSN. This is what concerns me. After 31 Dec 2018, I am NO Longer eligible for any type of SSD. I know I have 60 days to submit a 'Reconsideration;' however, how I go about this has me stonewalled. My state of residence is TN. @MPsgt You and I have spoke about this some, but not much over this phase: Denial. Making matters worse, when I filled this initial application at the local SSN Office, the guy doing so was nice and told me that he has NEVER had a Vet get denied SSD with 100% P&T. I suppose someone had to be first....might as well be me. I am currently 47, almost 48, so this may be a factor in their decision, but still, the 100% P&T I would think holds much merit for an approval. To skew matters more, I recently signed a settlement agreement with a law firm representing me for injury incurred while working as a security contractor overseas. The settlement amount was hefty, so I am wondering how this will/did affect the decision? Any feedback/advice is always a blessing!! Grumpbox
  10. @L I agree with you and the criteria - but I've just seen where the rater makes the final call. Example: I've seen where a rater awards 100% despite there being any self-harm, delusions, hallucinations or the later.... Its all up to the rater. In the end though, I think he's looking at at least 80%... Thanks though and take care @L !! GB
  11. @chriscond This looks like a fair to better review to me. I can tell in the doctor's comments that he was thorough and detailed, which means he takes time to scribe his thoughts. He's placed terminology in your DBQ that indicate at least 80% if not 100% IMO. With regards to the finite details that he screwed up: Its happened to all of us. Honestly, I wouldn't sweat it one bit. It looks like he's rated you extremely fairly and will produce the percentage I penned. I didn't read through what others posted, but I bet most informed you to chill some and see what the final award is. Only then should you develop a game plan. If its the way the want it, then you are good; however, if its not, then you have the time to adjust fire and make your battle plan.... Best of luck! Grumpbox
  12. You should, based on this DBQ. At a minimum, there should be a 30% rating for headaches. The doctor stuck it to you though on number 7., when he said it does not preclude you from work. If so, this would of been a 50% rating. However, he contradicts himself prior to this, because he mentions “prostrating” headaches, which is almost always 50%; plus, you mention how you loose work over your headaches...you should of got S/C for headaches.
  13. Do you currently receive VA Disability for Migraines? Or....Post Concussion Headaches, Headaches, etc?
  14. It looks like someone finally saw the error. Hopefully, they will reevaluate their decision for your rating/amount of percentage. I noticed there was only one page here.....it was page 9 of 9?? Where is your entire addendum? This might shed more light on a rating??
  15. @WillyP Read your article. Unsure where I find my opinion on this data. I, myself, have fired numerous types of shoulder-fired (and sitting fired) munitions. These range from the LAW, AT4, and the old Dragon system. To add, the M2 Browning .50cal can really cause shock waves internally. The first three types I mentioned occurred back in the 90s, and I can't remember the intensity of the shock wave; however, I can remember the M2 and the affect it had on me internally. I (and others possibly) would be interested in your other SC conditions. Especially, if one of these is PTSD; however, with a 30% rating, I assume there is no PTSD. This is the first I've heard of TBI being linked to this type of practice/training. I am not saying its not justified; I'm just saying its the first I've heard of it, and looks to be difficult to get a rating. THAT IS....unless - one's medical record reflects numerous complaints of TBI symptoms or residuals during one's military career. It all begins with the proof inside the pudding. Ever had any situations where you went to the medics for these complaints??
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