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  1. Maybe. You must not have any current disabilities that have a comment about future exams pending. In effect, all have to be rated static to end up with P&T. Your "new" disability also has to be rated as static; no indication/expectation that it will ever improve. As a side note you should be using a calculator and plugging in your new anticipated rating for the new one. Understand the concept of "VA math." You may have to go back and request that your "new" rating be re-evaluated at a later date for the purpose of getting it classified as static.
  2. Buck Don't be scared. You have every right to be concerned about your surgery. Not wanting inexperienced students doing it isn't something I would sign up for on any surgery. I always ask the surgeon "are you the one who will be doing the cutting or will it be someone else?" I go from there. Going into Community Care , you are in control. It's your body, not someone else's; make the correct decision for YOU. And, best of luck to you too. Buck Getting an expert opinion is never a bad idea. But just because the doc said it was rare, etc., doesn't mean that he was wrong. Just get confirmatio
  3. Buck Don't be scared. You have every right to be concerned about your surgery. Not wanting inexperienced students doing it isn't something I would sign up for on any surgery. I always ask the surgeon "are you the one who will be doing the cutting or will it be someone else?" I go from there. Going into Community Care , you are in control. It's your body, not someone else's; make the correct decision for YOU. And, best of luck to you too.
  4. Dan1865 Hi; welcome to Hadit. I think your claim wins the trophy for the VA's delay tactic of the month! It is more than terrible. In any case you must wait for your decision letter in order to appeal, that is, if you need to appeal. It was just last week so check to see if you have received any deposits in your checking account and also see if your combined rating has changed in the " letters" section also. If you don't get a decision in a week, you could put in an IRIS inquiry and/or call your Congressman to get an update, but that isn't the fastest thing usually. You just have to give it a
  5. Flow1972 Unfortunately, your experience is not unique. Drives you up the wall when they don't do what they should after telling them what they messed up on.
  6. SPO If you are diagnosed and service connected for a disability and your symptoms do not meet the minimum rating criteria, you would be rated at 0%. But it still is s-c. If you have pain you can get a disability even if it is 0% rating. Others can chime in but I've seen it several times here on Hadit.
  7. John I agree. Sometimes you get out of a C&P exam some amazing twists and turns. Had one and expected maybe a 10%; got a 30% plus an additional 10 for something else. What's the saying of Forest Gump:" life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what to expect. "
  8. goNavy1775 You may want to consider a VA accredited claims agent He is a site to search https://www.va.gov/ogc/apps/accreditation/index.asp
  9. Hamslice 3 1/2 X 2 is a long day. Check to see if LHI will reimburse you also for meals; the VA will. In fact, if you are scheduled later in the day on a long commute, the VA also will pay for an overnight stay, although I'm sure there are some hoops you have to jump thru to do it. But you aught to at least get meal money out of it anyway; it's only fair.
  10. Texasvet I kinda agree with you. You're 100%, and if the eye drops are not expensive, if you are more comfortable with your outside specialist, continue. Be smart though; if there is anyway that your eye problems can get worse AND that it could be service-connected, be sure you are submitting your med records to the VA anyway. Worse case situation is if you were to lose sight and you could s-c it, it might mean SMC's. Certainly hope that doesn't happen of course. In fact, I have the exact same situation you do. I've been going to my eye doc for 30 years and he really knows his stuff. It is the
  11. I know what you mean about revolving door with VA doctors. I had an excellent one for about 7-8 years; very knowledgeable, knew the system , and was pro-patient and pro-veteran. She moved on because she had enough of an idiot admin superior and move to another location within the VA health system in another state. But to a large extent I think it is a result of the tremendous and rapid change in the Medical profession itself. Doc have 15 mins. to see you and write reports; they have a quota on number of patients to do a day, just like it is now in the private sector. I'm not making any excuses
  12. Agree with Kanewnut Contact asknod.org. He would be the guy I would want to talk to about these special SMC's and if you wanted to appeal, he would be a great resource IMHO.
  13. I've had a couple where they ask you if I didn't have a problem driving 70 miles. I know that they can also ask if you would travel further than that. I believe you can continue to deny long distances and request it be done at the VA, but with these new Covid restrictions you may have to wait a very long time to get it done at the RO if you do. I had aC&P by LHI, if I remember correctly, in a mobile home in a motel parking lot in N.H. last fall. Sounds a little fishy, but I'm not surprised about any of these facilities we have to go to for these contractors. It worked out fine for me.
  14. texasvet What the gentleman told you is correct. If you are rated 100% P&T, you don't have to continue seeing a doc for your disability, or for any other disability you may have. However, I can think of two good reasons to continue to seek help. First, even though you are at 100% P&T, you may want to pursue SMC's or use the VA for regular healthcare. It is always cleaner if you are an active participant in the VA healthcare system. After 2 years or so, you can be dropped from the active register. If you go back after a breach in activity, you have to get a new PCP again, take physicals
  15. As stated, you have to appeal. The VA makes mistakes all the time. I would go BVA with the request stating that the EED should be "X" because if you win and it is remanded back to the RO, you will get an inaccurate date anyway. If you request the date, perhaps the BVA will instruct on the remand "x" date.
  16. I've had a couple where they ask you if I didn't have a problem driving 70 miles. I know that they can also ask if you would travel further than that. I believe you can continue to deny long distances and request it be done at the VA, but with these new Covid restrictions you may have to wait a very long time to get it done at the RO if you do.
  17. Hi Yoshi1992 Welcome to Hadit. First of all, congrats on getting a C&P exam done by an outside vendor from the VA; not easy to do. Sounds like you have not yet received your decision letter yet. There is more than one way to approach your problem, so others can chime in here also, but this is what I would do. I would wait to get your decision letter; if she found it to be S-C, that is big. The issue is symptoms. If your decision letter comes down and you are granted a rating, even though it is low-balled, you can then challenge it for a higher rating. You could go t HLR, where the DRO can
  18. Agree, Buck. When we got out we were told NOTHING. All I remember is someone mentioned to go to the VA for medical care and several jumped on the guy telling him "you don't go to the VA for care. You go there and never get out alive." Unfortunately, I personally know of a couple veterans that this was accurate. I am the first to say they have come a long way, especially since the 90's. BVA; well that is another matter!
  19. Fat. If his leg continues to give him pain, it sounds like he could either go for an increase, or go for pain secondary to the leg. Be sure you check the diagnostic code he is rated on to see if pain is a symptom for an increased rating. Certainly should get an IMO to back it up. The others are potential, IF he has the symptoms; don't just throw a bunch of disabilities against the wall and see what will stick. All these potential disabilities have symptoms. Scars, for example, have specific criteria such as pain, appearance, volume, etc. Just the existence of a scar does not get a rated disabi
  20. Squidward Welcome to Hadit. What is the date on your decision letter? If it is over 5 years minimum, they are not supposed to reduce UNLESS you have more than one C&P exam. If it is less than 5 years, they can based on just one exam. If it is over 5 years and they are just now having a new look see after your operation, the VA has screwed up. They should have had another post-op exam after a year or so. Personally, with what you have on the line, I would consider getting a lawyer, if you get a proposed reduction. You need to beat this based on law, because I assume your condition after the
  21. You can also ask Peggy to email r resend your decision letter of Jan 28th.
  22. flynsolo2 Call Peggy and ask; you can get a confirming letter from the VA that will confirm. But listen to Flow 1972: you must GO TO THE EXAM! If you miss it, they can and will use it against you.
  23. I'd call Peggy, 800-827-1000, and see if the rep can shed any light on what is going on. Ask "is there a request for another C&P exam? If yes, ask "with who and for what." If the rep can't/won't tell you, call the C&P examiner and they can tell you. If it's the VA, the rep should be able to say "for what." You will find out eventually in any case. The VA is just doing their thing. Nor to worry.
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