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    Alex

    My name is Linda. Alex agreed to help us with my husband aid and attendance claim. After zero help from va and other veteran organizations, my husband found Alex on this forum. Although we have been difficult at times, Alex has been on our side and shows this wisdom in all communications. We trust him and know our appeal will be eventually grAnted. We also believe Alex will endure my husband receives every benefit he deserves. Happy new year to all and when you are at wits end with va, you have a sincere and strong advocate with Alex.
  2. I have a similar situation. I am currently smc s K. I have 2 100% ratings...copd and Major nuerocodnitive disorder along with several other rated disabilities. The va declared me incompetent in Oct. I then filed for aid and attendance along with a few other claims. My claims have been in prep for decision now for 40 days. Today we have a field visit from va examiner to discuss my wife being appointed my fidcuiary. I have heard from others she will also provide info on my current claims and other have said they have no knowledge of my claims in process.. so will find out later today
  3. I am rated 100% for copd (2008) and 100% mental disorder 2018. My wife provides my daily care. How is it determined if I qualify for program?
  4. appears I have been assigned to VA ficuairy hub and I assume someone will now come visit me and wife. I also have an A&A claim pending review. does the home visit have any bearing on a&a claim?
  5. The VA has already proposed incompetence. Our issue is how can they say I'm unable to handle my finances but well enough to not be a danger to myself on a daily basis. Seems illogical especially based on the psych report...however, I have meeting with my va neurologist today to see if he will complete form but I find asking va doctors to complete forms for monetary benefits is usually not helpful.
  6. I guess I should have started with I am already SMC S +K (100 % major neurocognitive disorder, 100% copd, 30% allergic rhinitis, 30% sinusitis, 20% diabetes ll, and 4 separate 10% for sciatica. what I'm asking if someone with knowledge of aid and attendance smc l would review my submission and tell us if its enough to get approved. Thanks
  7. The va denied my claim for a&a smc l. They did not provide a specific reason other than they say I didn't meet criteria. We have filed a nod. Atatched is spouse statement and medical psych report for 9/6. IS this enough evidence to get an approval? had 1.5.18.docx
  8. Is your monthly VA disability payment counted as income for va pension benefits?
  9. moved to prep for notification today...again that seems way too fast!
  10. My vso submitted my a&a form on 10/18 along with letter from my wife detailing the daily assistance she provides me. Today my claim went from under review to decision review pending. That seems way to fast? good or bad?
  11. This is from the va decision letter: We have assigned a 100% eval based on: Memory loss for own occupation occupational and social impairment with deficiencies in most areas intermittent inability to perform activities of daily living depressed mood spatial disorientation impaired judgment chronic sleep impairment\memory loss for own name impaired abstract thinking difficulty in adapting to stressful situations neglect of personal; appearance and hyena difficulty in adapting to work impairment of short and long term memory difficulty in adapting to work like setting anxiety memory loss for names of close relatives The overall evidentiary records shows ther severity of your disability most closely approximates the criteria of 100%
  12. she also made comments such as : Severe memory and concentration impairments, difficulty understanding complex commands, anxiety, insominia vets wife has to provide significant assistance at home due to vets memory problems. he is no longer able top prepare meals, manage his medications, and remember to engage in hygiene practices, manage finances, or manage his own medical care. His wife is now assisting with all of these activities of daily living to varying degrees. He has left the stove on multiple times while preparing food resulting in burnt pans and smoke damage.
  13. As I have posted before I am smc s + K. I recently received a 100% mental rating. In addition, the va has proposed incompetence. I really don't have much issue with that as my wife has to handle our finances anyway. Because of my mental health outcome, I now have applied for a&a. The Psychologist remarks said " The previously rated mild neurocognitive impairment has progressed ; symptoms now meet full criteria for a major neurocognitive disorder with multiple etiologies (copd, asthma, Severe obstructive sleep apnea) due to severity of memory and concentration impairment and the significant impact they have on the vets activities of daily living. An additional diagnosis with mixed anxiety and depressed mod is also provided and is considere4d a direct progression of the neurocognitive disorder as symptoms developed in response to difficulty adjusting to memory decline and associated functional impairments. under competency she wrote " the current severity of memory impairment would prevent the vet from effectively managing his financial affairs. She also recommended that I not use potentially dangerous equipment at home. and acknowledged my wife helps with hygene issues and must administer all medications as he forgets to take them as required. The vet has gotten lost and disoriented credited while driving. So, would her report be sufficient evidence for a7a
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. what about the mental health rating? Should I assume 70% because that box was checked regardless of the totality of evidence?
  17. 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
  18. 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?
  19. 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
  20. 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.
  21. 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?
  22. 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
  23. 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)?
  24. I am currently smc s (100% copd), 50% mci-mental, 30% sinusitis, 30% allergic rhinitis, 20% diabetes, and 4 10% ratings for nerve sciatica
  25. 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
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