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  1. My vso sent me a copy of my award letter. I was granted 100% for major neurocognitive impairment) I am currently smc s + k. If they deem me incompetent and my wife knows she would ne my fiduciary, would that then provide me a&a or smc L
  2. I'm currently smc s (COPD) + K along with other rated disabilities. I just received mental rating 100% but no mention of smc l. I received rating based on current mental impairment and unable to care for myself. I haven't received actual award letter yet but saw this in e benefits. Any idea why l wasn't awarded L? major neurocognitive impairment (MCI) - (previously claimed as mild neurocognitive impairment , major depressive disorder, adjustment disorder with anxiety and unspecified neurocognitive disorder (also claimed as memory loss and sleep disturbance) 100% Service Connected 08/21/2018
  3. what about the mental health rating? Should I assume 70% because that box was checked regardless of the totality of evidence?
  4. Attached is my recent MH eval. I am currently SMC S + K (100 % P&T copd, 50% mental disorder, 30% allergic rhinitius, 30% sinusitis, 20% diabetes ll, and 4 separate 10% ratings) It appears my mental disorder would be increased to 70% since she checked the box "occupation and social impairment inmost areas. in addition, she said my mild memory impairment had increased to Major neurocognitive disorder, and she added new diagnosis of adjustment disorder with mxed anxiety and depressed mood. So two questions, does the report reflect a 70% rating or is there enough evidence to support a 100% rating. Second question- does the report substantiate smc l. dc.pdf
  5. I am currently 10% for peripheral neuropathy sciatic nerve left and right lower extremity. I requested an increase due to severe foot pain. The medical opinion stated: vets foot pain and related exam are consistent with diabetic neuropathy of which vet is service connected. foot pain is at least likely as not due to sc diabetes via its sequel DPN. My questions is regarding a rating. On the dbq, doc indicated mild constant pain, does impact work, severity=mild, has trophic changes, mild parastesias, mild numbness, and decreased light touch. Since everything was considered mild, would the rating remain at 10% for each?
  6. Will the VA automatically consider SMC L if the outcome of my mental health exam indicates that I require regular care due to my memory issues? I'm currently smc s + k. The examiner indicated I met criteria for total social and occupational impairment and stated several times that my mental conditions (memory deficit, anxiety, and depression) requires my wife to taker care of my daily needs such as cooking, medicine management, finances, driving to appts, ect
  7. two questions- below is a comment that there are different levels to smc L. what are the different levels and comp? second question. question 2- Can you receive smc L solely due to mental disorder? Moderator 3,293 9,413 posts Service Connected Disability: 100 Branch of Service: Navy Donor Report post Posted August 28 No. Smc S is housebound. SMC L is Aid and Attendance, but there are different levels of Aid and Attendance, generally depending upon the level of care you require. If a nurse is required to change bandages or IV's, thats a higher level of A and A than just someone help you get dressed or take a bath.
  8. not sure what you mean regarding lower level of a&a?...If I'm considered housebound now, and then awarded a&a, I thought that meant jump to L from S?
  9. just completed mh exam and examiner indicated I meet criteria for total and social impairment. I now plan to apply again for aid and attendance. I am 100%, 50% mh, 30%, AR, 30% sinusitis, 20% diabetes, and 4 separate 10% ratings (currently smc s) + K . If my mh 50% rating is increased to 100% and I am approved for a&a, what would my comp be based on the ratings listed? I think it is "N" but not sure. Thanks
  10. I'm currently 100% copd, 50% mental, 30% sinusitis, 30% allergic rhinitis, 20% diabetes and 4 10% ratings for sciatica (smc s). I requested an increase in mental and just completed exam. Examiner told me that I meet the criteria for total occupation and social impairment. If I receive another 100% rating, will the va automatically consider me for aid and attendance (smc l)?
  11. andrewdc

    dilemma

    I am currently smc s (100% copd), 50% mci-mental, 30% sinusitis, 30% allergic rhinitis, 20% diabetes, and 4 10% ratings for nerve sciatica
  12. I'm currently 100% copd and 50% mental with a host of other rated disabilities. I currently work, but have received many reprimands due to my forgetfulness (memory disorder) so continued employment is shaky at best. I feel I would qualify for ssdi now, but haven't applied because I don't have the financial resources to wait 6 months for ssdi payment assuming I qualify. So, I have put in for an increase in my mental rating and although struggling to work, feel I could be deemed total occupational and social impaired. My wife who was retired for 6 years recently went back to work to help us in the event I am terminated. My eval is Thursday and my wife helped me put together my current mental status as I would probably forget some key items during the eval. my question is, is it possible to receive a 100% mental rating while still maintaining employment. due to my mental issues, I'm hoping to get smc L at some point. MCI, Depression, Anxiety, Sleep Disorders COPD, Sleep Apnea, Diabetes, neuropathy, Hypertension, Sinusitis, Allergic rhinitis, Medicines (see attached) Forget to put car in park before exiting car Left stove burners on unattended Forget to take daily medicine Severe anxiety in crowds- profuse sweating Forget grand kids and other relatives names Forget where going while driving Dr simukuvar (va pschyistrsit) advised me to stop driving) Forgetful of date and time-forgot daughters recent birthday No emotion to anything Unable to focus at work Forget who I call Unable to remember person I am speaking with Forget short term instructions Severe difficulty understanding instruction Judgement is poor, makes bad decisions regarding finances, work, and relationship Unable to function in crowds—extreme sweating Unable to maintain friendships, withdrawn Speech issues,,,words don’t come out as intended Hit knees with fists when I’m overwhelmed or anxious Forget to wash hair or brush teeth, hygene4 is deteriorating without wife intervention Unable to tell whether certain dreams were actual events or just dream. Continue issues with sleep---fragmented Obsessed rituals, 16 pumps of soap, 4 pumps shampoo- don’t know why Careless driving Poor memory especially short term- Will be applying for ssdi due to current medical conditions as unemployment is eminent due to poor function at work. Feel will qualify now but unable to apply as payments don’t begin for 6 months after approval. All work reprimands related to memory issues. Linda- assumed control of finances and bill paying, all meal preparation, all medicine management, monitors all my activities. Prefer to be by myself and not around people. Only hobby is fishing Irritated easily Always tired from slack of sleep No energy No mood Have fallen asleep while driving more than once Nervous often Rely heavily on wife to manage daily activities
  13. how is hypertension rated (by %)
  14. I was increased to smc s because I have one disability rated at 100% and additional ratings that equal 60% or more. Other than a&a which I applied for but was denied for now, seems like I will remain at S even if my other disabilities increase in severity.
  15. My rated disabilities are as follows: 100 P&T COPD, 50% mental disorders, 30% sinusitis, 30% allergic rhinitis, 20% diabetes II, and (4) 10% separate nerve disabilities, and smc k. If I understand correctly, regardless of any additional added disabilities, without another rated at 100%, then I would forever remain at SMC S. is that correct?
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