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About Johhny_Drama

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    US Army- 12B

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  1. Hi I just replied to everyone and sorry. I haven’t posted much so not sure how to reply to each person. I think I just figured that out ...I have a sleep study. I was diagnosed after getting out. I do have written letters though from people that knew when I was active duty and the sleep apnea was there- gasping etc while I was in the Army. I just never knew what sleep apnea was. When I learned what it was I still avoided the test as I wasn’t going to let someone study me while I sleep etc.
  2. I’m trying to reply to all that responded. I really appreciate everyone taking the time to answer my question. some background info. I in have rated PTSD. I also took a sleep study. Sleep study said I’m severe case I stop breathing 97 times a hour or something. My provider worked at the VA for 35 plus years. His picture is hanging up in the VA hospital. He specializes and is a expert in PTSD. He also said he’s written nexus to show how PTSD will aggravate the sleep apnea. I’ll say that his knowledge has helped me a lot. I have nightmares and I have weird routines like check
  3. Hello everybody I hope everyone is having a Good Friday. Almost 18 months ago I submitted through the vfw a appeal and this went to the board. After reviewing they remanded the decision back to my local VA office. There was evidence that was not included and I guess errors. In the meantime I am working with a provider that’s working a nexus letter. Should be done in the next week. with that in mind I expected the appeal to get denied and it took a while. I figured if I can get a nexus letter and send it then it could be added to the claim. Now that the appeal is back with the lo
  4. Hello everyone I have a few questions that are related to backpay and what to “expect” as well as all claim progress directed toward va.gov I have a SC disability currently rated 0. In oct 2017 I submitted an appeal to my original claim status that rated me as a zero. In Oct 2018 my appeal which I believe went into ramp but I was denied again. I went back and got doctor letters and supplied all new information including a DBQ from doc. Basically I supplied what I should have the first go. So I submitted a new supplemental claim / appeal. It’s confusing but I was told I needed to do
  5. Well it sounds like you did everything needed and the end of this is soon over and will hopefully be in your favor. I was denied sleep apnea and they listed it as due to weight gain since getting out. I am going to appeal it as secondary to PTSD. I am arguing that poor sleep over the years along with depression can have impacts on your weight and the sad thing is i have people from when i got out that said i needed to take the sleep study. they heard me sleep and i wrote it off and didn't want any part of someone watching me sleep. My Service Rep was not too helpful and pretty much said that i
  6. I would hope think that they would go back to the dates that I filled since that would be the effective date.. I mean if you file something now and it takes 3 years then they should see that this is 3 years old and go from there. I will have to work this with my VSO to insure I do all this right. I plan on filing a appeal in the next 3 weeks and attaching all of the updated records and DMQ from the doctor. Just guess this will be a wait and see thing but again, it would not make sense not going back to when I have started this journey especially if i haven't missed the year timeline on appeal
  7. Echo- I had my appeal sitting for roughly 9 months. I then entered the RAMP and it took exactly 4 months later to finish. I had 3 items on appeal. It was basically a new claim but was told they would go back to the original date you started or intent to file appeal etc date. Once it hit RAMP, the appeal closes and it will now be a claim- shows you the items in the new claims area and usually and from what others have said you will get a call to do c&p exams. I got a call to do this a month after I went into RAMP. Regional office is suppose to set your apts up within 30 days. Then
  8. Opto- have you heard back? I am going to have to file my sleep apnea under secondary to PTSD. I was wondering if you were awarded? I had the sleep test done and was put on a Bipap machine all outside of service which I wish I would have taken the test while in. Anyways, I wanted to pick your brain on this to see if they awarded you this and if so, what all did you have to do? I am working with a neurologist now and set to see him again next few weeks. I was going to have him fill out the DMQ form and go from there.
  9. This is a great question and thank you for asking this because I am in a similar boat. I had 1 VA at 800 Peggy told me that if I had a rating of say 20 percent total disability at the time of appealing and if denied then say a year passes and you are now 50 percent total rating that when they review the appeal that you would be rated 20 and they would back pay you as so because at the time you appealed, you were at 20 and as long as you did not go over the 1 year mark to appeal the decision that they would grant this...So in your case are you one of those that had a different rating from then
  10. I am confused on the EED date? Ok so my appeal went through RAMP process and the appeal items were from when I got out. They were considered service connected and just either low rating and 1 was a 0 rating. When I appealed, my overall rating was a 40 percent. So from the time I appealed it was around 16 -20 months of appeal and then RAMP process and denial. The denial came back September of this year or so. Since then I had claim that took a total of 4 months and was awarded and my rating is now 70. I plan on submitting my new evidence as I had my doctor complete a DMQ that pretty much c
  11. May I ask did you have to pay a lot for this Nexus letter? I haven't heard/ knew anything about this letter until seeing people mention that here. I will mention this to my neurologist to see how he can piece this together. Sleep Apnea is a real $%^&* and what really upsets me and I am sure others is that i had this while in and was too much in a rush to get out that I wrote off poor sleep habits however now I am going to have to figure out a way to get compensated for this. I will work with Neuro to see if they can write up a letter as well as state that this is somehow in their opinion r
  12. I have a question on a rating question and how it would work backpay wise if you are awarded for a long overdue SC disability. I have 2 disabilities that are considered service connected however 1 is rated at 0 and the other I am trying to obtain an increase on. At the time of appeal I was at 40 percent total rating. I am now at 70 percent however I plan on appealing the 2 again and this time I have several medical records including completed DMQs from the doctor and I pretty much followed what the BME was telling me. I was lacking enough information in order to get awarded so I made sure
  13. Yea I feel you. You could get 100 percent disability and that wouldn't cover your cost for rent in this area. But back to the rates and nexus letter stuff. I figured you have them fill out a DMQ and then have them write a short statement to back up what you need to show the VA? I mean how would that cost 1500? Unless we are asking to write a thesis on your condition.
  14. You will receive the big brown envelope soon I would imagine and that will answer everything that you Ebenefits didn't. Yours is now marked closed. Mine is still open why it reviews one of the 4 claim items, however they were nice enough to rate the ones they could and award something now as they work on the last item. I called 800 peggy and ofcourse the packet is being mailed today and no news on when to expect direct deposit. Could be worse.
  15. My claim was partially resolved today as well. They had it pending notification. I saw the increase and items listed but one says defer and status back to gathering evidence. I called VA they said the others are settled and there’s a rate increase one though is still be reviewed. It’s weird. But 800 couldn’t give more details so my question is when will I see the backpay again no answer. Best bet is calling your service rep and seeing what they know. Congrats on the increase. Just sounds like you’re waiting on final docs but you see the increase rating.
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