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  1. @ToxicSgt73, I think most, if not all VSOs reside inside the VA Regional office (minus the ones with satellite offices elsewhere) so that they can access your C-File and VBMS. I was in the same situation in that my VARO and the VSO (DAV, in this case) were about 2 hours away from me, one-way. All my correspondence was done over the phone and I've never once stepped foot into my assigned VARO or VSO's office (I did visit a closer VARO once to try and get copies of some paperwork but that's a separate nightmare story). If you are capable of putting records together for yourself (like I m
  2. Yea, I definitely didn't mean to imply that you should use the VSO for their advice. I solely used them as a tool to check status and get a timestamped confirmation on my my Supplemental Appeal. I'd definitely be wary of VSO advice. The responsible thing to do is always fact check and research things that someone tells you is the "correct" thing to do and make an informed decision. Obviously, this isn't always the case (guilty of it myself) and we often find ourselves just going with what someone said we should do. Sorry to hear about the lost compensation from unsound advice, @
  3. Thank you everyone! I am extremely grateful to be afforded this opportunity and hope that I can help contribute to the rest of Hadit's member's successes.
  4. I read through this thread several times trying to make sense of everything. Here is what, in my opinion, needs to happen not only for you but for anyone who has extensive needs or would like to be walked through the process from how I approached it. 1. Elect a VSO as your Power of Attorney. I would suggest the DAV. 1A. Do not expect the VSO you selected to do ANY work for you or your claim. The value of the VSO is that you can call them to inquire on specifics of your claim. Example: You have a C&P exam conducted for one or more of your disabilities from an outsid
  5. So I got the news this past Friday that I've been awarded 100 P&T after my last series of ratings that were in process (still have 2 deferred items). I'm in such shock that I was able to accomplish it on my own (with the help of HadIt/Reddit -- my VSO didn't lift a finger to do any work for me), especially after being told for several years that without any copies of Service Treatment Records that I couldn't file a claim. I got out of the Army ~9 years ago just happy to have a DD-214. I attempted to get copies but the shoddy medics at the Aid Station where I out-processed said that I di
  6. There are deadlines for VARO employees to complete claims tasks. They usually have a 2-4 week timeframe before the actionable items become past due. I would expect to see movement within that timeframe. Patience is the hardest part, especially when everything is complete on your end.
  7. VA.gov is good but does it show any ratings on eBenefits? The latter typically goes into greater detail as to what stage your claim is in and might even show newly assigned ratings.
  8. Pasting this from my phone but 10% criteria is: Diastolic pressure predominantly 100 or more, or; systolic pressure predominantly 160 or more, or; minimum evaluation for an individual with a history of diastolic pressure predominantly 100 or more who requires continuous medication for control I had 3 elevated BP readings from my service records (all systolic 155+, no diastolic above 95) and had my private doctor fill out a DBQ to show my current readings (several readings over 100+ diastolic). The VA awarded me 0% based on that info. While waiting for my ini
  9. I swear, the VA loves deferring shin splints claims, lol. Mine has been deferred for months and I just recently had another exam for them last week. Hoping for the best! Good luck on yours too!
  10. Regardless of the BP readings they used to grant service connection, if you take HBP medication to combat diastolic readings of 100+ file a supplemental appeal to get your 10%. I was initially awarded 0% but had to take additional meds (Lisinopril in addition to amlodipine) to stay below 100+ and was granted 10% after quoting the CFR.
  11. Congrats! Does this include the shin splints you mentioned in your other post? If so, what was the verdict on that?
  12. Favorable in terms of diagnosis during a C&P exam doesn't necessarily equate to favorable overall. Do any of your service treatment records have entries for any of the claimed items? Were you ever seen or treated for them? They decision letter lays it out for you in that you have a diagnosis, just nothing to show any possible link between your current condition and a similar one that occurred during service.
  13. I've called out percentages twice in my appeals saying I meet the criteria X, Y, and Z that warrants XX%. I wouldn't however say, "I'm 30% under CFR 1234 for this condition."
  14. The way it was explained to me is that shin splints are lumped into painful ROM (knee or ankle) unless the tibia/fibia have fused together, in which case they can be rated separately. Probably best to wait and see what they grant you after a decision is rendered since the CFR isn't entirely clear.
  15. Don't know if it's the case for everyone but they folded my shin splints in with patellafemoral pain syndrome for 10%.
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