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AwareNavyVet

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About AwareNavyVet

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  • Military Rank
    Petty Officer Second Class (E-5)
  • Location
    Nebraska

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  • Service Connected Disability
    60%
  • Branch of Service
    USN

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  1. AwareNavyVet

    Sleep Apnea

    Berta: No, I took myself off of Tramadol the day VA told me that I had sleep apnea and said to avoid it.
  2. AwareNavyVet

    Sleep Apnea

    I am wondering if anyone has filed a claim for Sleep Apnea based on a connection from being on Tramadol. As soon as the VA diagnosed me with moderate to severe Sleep Apnea, they told me to get off Tramadol since it was "like the plague." I was discharged back in 1980 and had never been diagnosed with sleep apnea. I was put on Tramadol for pain by the VA several years ago. Any suggestions?
  3. I filed my NOD four years ago, next month. Still waiting for a decision from the DRO. I am wondering how long other Veterans here, have been waiting for an answer on their RO Appeal.
  4. The VA has sent me correspondence, asking me if I wanted to try the new appeals program. However, I filed my NOD 6/2014 and had my DRO hearing almost a year ago. I see no benefit in trying the new program when the RO should be making a decision on my appeal at any time. Why the VA doesn't already speed up the appeals process without a new program, I don't know. Did Congress give them more money to hire more DRO's? If not, all the new programs in the world won't make things any faster. Just my two cents.
  5. Waltbarb: Are you asking how long it takes to hear back on your appeal? Is this an appeal to the Regional Office (NOD filed)? While the VA has claimed that it might take upwards of a couple of years, my NOD was filed four years ago, next month, and I am still awaiting a decision from the DRO.
  6. Miked23: I would suggest that you contact a Veterans Service Officer with the DAV, Legion, AMVETS, or other Veterans group for assistance. Or, if you have copies of the claims you already filed/appealed, you might want to provide those to the Regional Office. Since RO's don't always provide you with a number to call, you might want to visit your RO and explain your concerns.
  7. It appears no one has provided a time frame for the length of the NOD/DRO Process. I can share that I appealed my disability claim denial in June 2014 and finally had a DRO hearing in June 2017. After checking with the RO, I was told they would be offering C&P exams. However, it has been a couple of months since I was told this and they have not contacted me. While each case may be different, I can only share what my experience has been thus far. Best of luck on your appeal shipmate! Veteran/Former Petty Officer Second Class
  8. My policy for my own claim(s) is to research the matter. Check the internet for related cases i.e. decisions from BVA and courts. Look for a precedent in a matter related to your particular concerns. Then make sure you appeal in a timely manner and share your research if you like in the appeal. I am talking in general terms of the way I have handled my own claim. If you don't feel comfortable conducting the research, contact a VSO, VA Accredited agent, or VA Accredited attorney Keep in mind that the latter two may charge you a contingent fee. Good Luck!
  9. Student Loan Disability Forgiveness for Disability (Changes) Please check out HR1, the new Tax Law just signed by President Trump. It appears, that if you have your student loans forgiven for being permanently disabled, the income tax liability has been removed. An copy of the law from the text of the new law is provided below. I do not claim to be an attorney, so please interpret it for yourself. PART IV—EDUCATION SEC. 11031. TREATMENT OF STUDENT LOANS DISCHARGED ON ACCOUNT OF DEATH OR DISABILITY. (a) In General.—Section 108(f) is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph: “(5) DISCHARGES ON ACCOUNT OF DEATH OR DISABILITY.— “(A) IN GENERAL.—In the case of an individual, gross income does not include any amount which (but for this subsection) would be includible in gross income for such taxable year by reasons of the discharge (in whole or in part) of any loan described in subparagraph (B) after December 31, 2017, and before January 1, 2026, if such discharge was— “(i) pursuant to subsection (a) or (d) of section 437 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 or the parallel benefit under part D of title IV of such Act (relating to the repayment of loan liability), “(ii) pursuant to section 464(c)(1)(F) of such Act, or “(iii) otherwise discharged on account of the death or total and permanent disability of the student. “(B) LOANS DESCRIBED.—A loan is described in this subparagraph if such loan is— “(i) a student loan (as defined in paragraph (2)), or “(ii) a private education loan (as defined in section 140(7) of the Consumer Credit Protection Act (15 U.S.C. 1650(7))).”. (b) Effective Date.—The amendment made by this section shall apply to discharges of indebtedness after December 31, 2017.
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