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GBArmy

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About GBArmy

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    Sp5
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    Long Binh, Vietnam
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    gardening, advocating for other veterans

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  • Service Connected Disability
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    Army

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  1. I have no issue with his hat, but he could "take a little off the top."
  2. The award of 10% for b/p sounds right (diagnostic code 7101, I think), where you were 100 for the second number. I know the VA has special rules on which readings they use; kinda hard to beat the guy who holds all the cards you know. The most significant factor is now you are covered for hypertension; and it covers a lot of health problems, including stroke. Remember, if you should pass from a s-c condition and it is on your death certificate, your spouse can get a DIC pension of $1300+ a month. Your new s-c disability just provides additional "insurance" for your wife. Congrats!
  3. I agree with Vetquest and Bronc. Since you are not sure on the secondary connection for your knee I would also suggest you do an intent to file . You can get an independent decision from another doctor, an IMO might be appropriate because getting secondaries can be tough without a good doctor's opinion. Some people I am sure would disagree with me; you don't have to do that now, you can wait and see if you get denied first, but sometimes it is worth the money to get it done right the first time. But what often happens is a s-c back injury causes a change in your walking, or gate. That injures your knee. Your walking now affects your hip on the other side; next your other knee starts to go. I just feel that maybe winning on the first go round may kind of set the record for the next related injury. Jmo, that's all. And that is what is so great about this forum; you can get advise from many people who have different experiences and vantage points. Best of luck.
  4. Bronco and Shrek are right on. Take their advise and get the time off. If your C&P shows you have a comp hearing loss, if it is rated at least at 10%, you are likely to receive a monthly check for the rest of your life. Miss the exam and you can forget it. By the way, if you have tinnitus, ringing in your ears, and you didn't include it on your claim, be sure to disclose it to the examiner. They could evaluate it at the same time and the results would be an additional 10% disability. The VA doesn't have to be proactve and add it to your claim, but sometimes they do and it saves you time and additional effort. In any case, go to the appointment.
  5. Congrats to your friend and you for sticking with it and not letting the b....... win! All too often veterans give up when denied, or when they get low balled. Some of it is bad advise, like "don't rock the boat or you'll lose everything". But it is encouraging to hear these great success stories, and gives people hope. Thank you Berta.
  6. This brings up another point we fail to promote. There are good plumbers and then there are bad plumbers, good lawyers and not so good lawyers, and good vso's and not so competent vso's. But when you get a good one and they do a great job for you, I mean, they really know their stuff, spread the word. Tell you buddies; I have a great one and I promote veterans to reach out to her all the time. Disability claims is a tricky path to go on, especially when you have never done it before. Give them a shout out when they do good by you. And one more thing, ever wonder why some vso's are really back logged, and other are not. More likely than not I'm betting on the busy one; they are taking the time to find every angle they can for you, not just moving paper.
  7. It may seem arbitrary that the claim is moving backwards for you but it is not an uncommon thing. After all, this is the VA you are dealing with, so we shouldn't be surprised on any thing they do. It may be a coach or someone noticed it was not developed in a certain area and they decided to do more work on it to make it complete. But it doesn't necessarily mean something bad regarding your claim. As you see over and over on this forum, you just have to be patient and wait till it comes to you. Good luck.
  8. AFMedic 09 Were you diagnosed for GERD while in service, or how did you get S-C? I am interested if anyone has heard of of getting it tied into A-O.
  9. I have a hearing disability also, but it is VERY difficult to figure out the chart. If you go to https://www.militarydisabilitymadeeasy shows how it works; good luck.
  10. "If there is a 5% chance it will work, it is worth it, isn't it?" IMO, no. This is going back over 20 years; very long time by anyone's standards. Let me ask you a question; what is more important to you: being able to say you did it yourself and got this big settlement. Or, winning the settlement and finally getting the satisfaction that because of your efforts, your legal team finally prevailed and won? Because you aren't one of "the old boys"; the odds are just not in favor of a good outcome without legal representation. I ask veterans in this potential situation "would you rather have 100% of nothing, or 70% of something? Don't let your ego get in your way of making the smart choice.
  11. Riplip Hang in there brother; we are all pulling for you. If the VSO isn't doing the job, and you feel you need help rather than doing it yourself, there are people out there that can help you. Ask your friends for recommendations, ask questions and get comfortable. But make sure you don't miss any VA deadlines. But work on it; it isn't going to get done by itself if you need a new advocate.
  12. Buck That is great advise if you think you got low-balled. An increase of just an addition 10%( ex. 10% to 20% )would easily pay for itself in just one or two monthly disability checks. If you tell the ENT doc what you are trying to do beforehand, he shouldn't have a problem in doing a dbq for you if his test shows worse hearing. When you say have the ENT doc give his opinion, do you mean an IMO letter or just a dbq for hearing. If it is for an IMO, I would love to see a redacted opinion.
  13. Riplip: What I meant about the CI for my friend is that his hearing improved after the operation, but his hearing was so far gone that he still misses most of anything said. Forget about going to a meeting or a gathering with a bunch of people talking. If you are not in an area that is relatively quite, he can't hear you even while looking face to face. I know it gets him down because he doesn't participate in things like he used to. Of course, all people are different and situations are different, but there is plenty of evidence that proves that hearing loss can also cause depression. If the veteran develops it because of s-c hearing disability, a good IMO can get it secondary.
  14. Something isn't right. Is it possible he was set up for a C&P and he didn't go? What specifically did his decision letter say?If he was a heavy vehicle mechanic and worked mostly in the motor pool, his MOS should be one listed as likely or probable that he was exposed to outside noise and it would be a basis for tennitus. Did he also go for a hearing exam? If you are rated for hearing, even at 0%, it is more than likely you also would get the 10% for tinnitus. What was his MOS listed on his dd214?
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