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RBrogen last won the day on December 30 2019

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  1. @Vync yes after all these years, I was finally able to get my knees and ankles service connected in March 2018 so I wanted to get the effective date when I first filed for bilateral knees in Oct 1999. When I got out in 1991, the first C&P I had which was for low back, the examiner noted that I told him that my knees were swollen and stiff in the morning and that I also had rediculopathy symptoms. I had one of the decisions mention a doctor's note that said he believed my injuries were from the military service but but said that he didn't opine the exact situation that caused the injury
  2. This decision was October 4, 1999 and an earlier effective date is exactly what I'm trying to get.
  3. No they didn't invite me to file ... they didn't do anything at all just said here's what you filed for, gave me 20% for my back, even though they had medical records and C&P showing I had radiculopathy symptoms.
  4. I'm curious as to what, if any responsibility the VA may have for followup on conditions found during C&P that were not specifically on the original claim. Example: Claim for low back syndrome is approved at 20%, during the C&P exam, examiner notes radiculopathy down legs. Does the VA have any requirement to help "fully develop" the claim knowing that the radiculopathy is being caused by the original claimed condition. Thanks in advance, Randy
  5. Hi, I just realized after re-reading my c-file that my very first C&P exam was done and decision made and none of the examiners saw or ever read my c-file prior to a decision being rendered. My c-file was apparently in transit to the storage facility but they went ahead with the C&P before getting it. This was back in 1991. Is this something that could be an issue? ... I had issues documented in the C&P that weren't addressed in the decision so I'm curious. Thanks in advance.
  6. Ok ... been a little bit but wanted to give an update. I got the anticipated denial letter from my original CUE claim in Jan 2020. I filed the Higher Level Review and they quite literally copied and pasted the denial into their response and sent it back on May 14, 2020. Neither the Jan 2020 nor the May 2020 decisions addressed the CUE points of 1) The original denial in 1999 was made stating that I had a pre-existing condition. They did this with ZERO medial evidence. 2) The rebuttal of aggravation to a pre-existing condition that they claimed was never addressed.
  7. I read it as they want to specifically target those situations where doctors are providing the equivalent of a "mail order degree" with a "DBQ's for Dollars" where it is fraudulent. Having spent the better part of a year educating myself to the VA process, understanding the DBQ from a vet's perspective is paramount, not for any nefarious reason but so that the vet can understand the "VA medical language" and be able to translate the description of their condition/symptoms into the language that the VA understands. It also helps educate you on things you should be reporting, e.g. painful scar
  8. FYI VA is going no longer accept DBQs from external sources and will remove public facing documents. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USVAVBA/bulletins/2849db0
  9. The exam is for a single condition/single C&P. The 2 other C&Ps that document the severity of the condition were done earlier in the year and are and have been in the system for months.
  10. VA says they haven't gotten the report either. The C&P was done at the same facility as the last 4.
  11. Hey Everyone, I've had 6 C&P exams in the past year and the first 5 (2 of which were very involved with numerous conditions) had all of the results released within 7 days to my MyVAHeatlh.gov reports. The last one the C&P guy posted a note after 3 days that said C&P results will be made available 30 calendar days after the completion of the exam. The exam was for an increase for a condition that 2 previous C&Ps had already documented the evidence for the increase. Truth be known, I don't know why they didn't just use the Acceptable Clinical Evidence (ACE) method to appr
  12. Just got this email: ************************************ Thank you for contacting the White House VA Hotline. I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your Veteran concern dated, 2/7/2020. Your feedback is currently being reviewed by a VA team member for prompt resolution. Below you will find the case number and expected resolution date. If you want to follow up on this case at a further date, please have the case number ready to give to the White House Hotline team member at 1-855-948-2311. Case Number: 02422949 Expected Resolution: Approximately 21 Business Days Concern Type: Delay - A
  13. I actually called the White House VA complaint line and they said they will have someone reach out to me to ensure I have my call before the final decision on the HLR is registered. Not sure if that is going to change anything as it is apparent they are using the HLR to flush things through as quickly as possible and not really do any meaningful review of a decision. Regardless, I'll continue to shoot, move and communicate! :)
  14. I submitted an HLR for the CUE decision and requested an informal conference call ... not to my surprise, no one called and when I followed up with the VA today, the HLR is pending decision. I am going to assume it was a rubber stamp and not a real review of my case. I will wait for the formal letter and then submit the Board appeal.
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