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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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  1. You know full well that the VA is always going to try and keep the costs down, especially when it comes to meds prescribed by non-VA docs that are not in their formulary. The VA basically is saying that if you chose to go to the outside, we aren't going to help you. Not a lot you can do, Sometimes, they just don't have the best interest of the veteran in mind, and simply just don't want to help get over the hump.Just try to go up the chain of command; ask the pharmacy and/or the patient advocate who to go to next and just emphasize that you went to the outside doc they directed you to so why don't they honor the prescription now. Best of luck Vetquest.
  2. Yes, please post more info so we can see how to help.There are people on here that are extremely knowlegeable and can offer assistance based on years of experience.
  3. I was told recently that you only have 30 days to submit for reimbursement by the travel folks. I also was told by someone else when I applied for direct deposit for travel pay 2 months ago that the VA was doing away with sending out reimbursement checks directly to the veteran. Don't know if that is in effect yet though. One more thing about not bothering to submit because it isn't very much and not too far: a friend of mine told me once that WE have to be sure that WE ask for and receive every benefit that we have. Not to do so will allow the VA guru and anti-vets to say "it isn't needed because they don't use it "(whatever the benefit may be.) That is how I view using VA Health care. If we don't use it and end up going to private doctors and clinics, they are going to start to consolidate and reduce the number of VA hospitals and clinics. Think how bad that will be for some of our brothers and sisters throughout this great nation of ours.
  4. I was told recently that you only have 30 days to submit for reimbursement by the travel folks. I also was told by someone else when I applied for direct deposit for travel pay 2 months ago that the VA was doing away with sending out reimbursement checks directly to the veteran. Don't know if that is in effect yet though.
  5. The words "is at least likely as not" is what you need as a minimum. On the dbq, in section 1,Diagnosis, it has ICD code -----. Does the doctor have access to what codes go in that space, are we supposed to provide it to the doctors, or, does the doctor leave that blank and the VA fill it in? I mean, do all doctors have some code book to look up?
  6. You had a year to appeal or lose your original effective date when you first applied. Assuming it was denied more than a year ago, sorry, but it would be a new claim. But it is fantastic that your doc offered to write the nexus letter. There are examples on this forum on what to include, but be sure it says that it is as least likely as not that the burn pit exposure caused your SA at a minimum. He could supplement the letter if it wasn't included. Be sure to let us know how it goes.
  7. First, answer this question. Do you expect the VA to suddenly become Santa Claus and extend benefits back to day one? No. They haven't announced how they will process old claims yet, and the President hasn't signed the bill yet. But it is a possibility that they will pay from the date you submitted an initial claim. So if you finally submitted in 2012, that is where it may start. Of course, the VA can throw a curve and say it will start the clock the date the bill is signed into law and save a lot of money while that is going back and forth for months or even years. We have waited for 50 years, whats a few more months now. But for those who haven't yet submitted, I would certainly get your paperwork in before the end of the month to at least get on the clock.
  8. Hypertension is not on the current list for presumptive conditions for A.O., but it is recognized by numerous medical journals as the cause. In fact, it is on the short list that the VA is supposed to disposition, possibly by the end of this month. So yes, if you can get a good nexus letter from an outside doctor, you should have a good shot at getting a disability if the numbers are there.
  9. Hypertension is not on the current list for presumptive conditions for A.O., but it is recognized by numerous medical journals as the cause. In fact, it is on the short list that the VA is supposed to disposition, possibly by the end of this month. So yes, if you can get a good nexus letter from an outside doctor, you should have a good shot at getting a disability if the numbers are there.
  10. Hypertension is not on the current list for presumptive conditions for A.O., but it is recognized by numerous medical journals as the cause. In fact, it is on the short list that the VA is supposed to disposition, possibly by the end of this month. So yes, if you can get a good nexus letter from an outside doctor, you should have a good shot at getting a disability if the numbers are there.
  11. Hypertension is not on the current list for presumptive conditions for A.O., but it is recognized by numerous medical journals as the cause. In fact, it is on the short list that the VA is supposed to disposition, possibly by the end of this month. So yes, if you can get a good nexus letter from an outside doctor, you should have a good shot at getting a disability if the numbers are there.
  12. It's automatic that if you have OSA they are going to look at you weight/height and if your BMI shows you are overweight or obese the VA is going to deny because weight is not a service connected condition. But not all OSA is attributable to weight. If that is the case, you need to get an outside medical opinion that it isn't the cause of your OSA but (?) is. For example a sinus or throat issue you can service-connect.
  13. Mrpdbo- I don't know if you have any other disa,bilities, but, in the case of htn, a 0% rating isn't the worse thing in the world. OK, you don't get ant monthly comp for it and money is always important, but the 0% rating means that the VA OWNS your problem, If it goes higher, or you have other problems associated with htn, those will be secondary and could be compensatable. But it also gets you covered for Stroke, TIA's (mini-strokes), heart attacks, and other disabilities, including those problems caused by the meds prescribed. One last thing, if you didn't have any other VA disabilities, if you have two 0% ratings, that could be covered into one single 10% if it affects your employment. So, it really isn't worthless.
  14. As we all say we are not telling you it is or isn't a good idea not to take your meds prior to seeing the doc. The system usually is they take a reading, wait a bit then take it again. The VA does this on 3 different days, so you can space them out if you want. Under your meds, your readings are 114/80, and that won't get you much; maybe a 0% rating if you can show substantial readings taken before that were at least 90%or better on the diastolic. But if I was doing it I would keep a log and take meds on the first day then skip the next. Do this for several cycles. recording the results.Then take meds on the first day and skip 2 days and then go back on. If it really spikes after just missing one dose, then thats it.I can't believe going more than 3 days would get it any higher; it is probably different for everybody. What ever the results would probable be what you get when you go for real. If the results aren't there, well then you know what you should expect. But again, big risk in trying to figure this out.
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