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About Hucast21

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    E-5 Petty Officer 2nd Class

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    E5 - honorably discharged
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    Mathematics, climate change, VA rules & regulations

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  1. Yes, the VA uses NP’s all the time for C&P exams but the VA can set its own rules though. You know this. If an NP gave a veteran an unfavorable C&P exam, and the veteran countered with an IMO from another NP, it won’t cut it imo. The best way to discredit an unfavorable exam from an NP is to get a 2nd opinion from a board-certified specialist. The OP is asking if a nexus statement from a MSW is sufficient. I don’t think it is. The VA shot down my IMO from a board-certified specialist because the rater considered it “telehealth”, despite the VA doing telehealth appointmen
  2. In my opinion, your nexus will more than likely be tossed out because your provider is not a board-certified sleep specialist. You need a medical doctor, particularly a board-certified specialist, to render you a nexus letter if you want to connect sleep apnea secondary to PTSD.
  3. Hello everyone. I am already service-connected for my knees but lately I‘ve been having suicidal ideations due to chronic knee pain. My VA Progress Notes state my chronic knee pain contributes to my depression. Some comments left by the VA psychiatrist: - Currently, his chronic knee pain has flared up significantly and this has contributed to recent worsening of his mood. - He notes increased depression this past month because of increased knee pain. States that it has been making him more depressed and irritable. He hasn't been able to sleep well because he wakes up from
  4. The case manager for my VA claim agrees with your assessment.
  5. Hello, I was denied for PTSD and migraines two years ago. I’ve been having sessions with a VA psychiatrist till now and found something interesting in my progress notes the other day. The VA psychiatrist wrote this: Veteran is a 40 yo male with bipolar disorder, unspecified anxiety, and PTSD from military experiences and MST. Does the statement above satisfy the Caluza elements? Thank you
  6. I don’t what you’re trying to say. I can read and noticed this: When reviewing SSA records, pay close attention to what disability resulted in an award of SSA benefits, and whether that disability is one for which SC has been awarded. My post was about warning veterans of being awarded SSDI for non-service connected disabilities when applying for TDIU such as this: “However, receiving SSDI could also potentially hurt your TDIU claim. When reviewing your claim, VA must consider favorable as well as unfavorable evidence in your SSA records. So, if your SSA records inc
  7. You’re right. My post was more of a warning to other veterans about applying for SSDI and TDIU. In your case, the VA is just pulling your chain. Take it to the BVA or higher.
  8. I agree with you that the VA’s logic doesn’t make sense. One important thing I have recently come across in regards for filing TDIU is this: If SSA grants SSDI/SSI to veteran for a non-service connected disability, the VA will then turn around and use that against the veteran to deny TDIU. To me, that is straight bullshit but it has happened to a lot of veterans in the past. I was also warned about this from vocational expert Patrick Clifford himself. He told me that I should first get TDIU, then go for SSDI. I need some type of income, so I recently sought legal representation
  9. I agree. I’ve been perusing this site looking back at posts from forum members in the past. It seems a majority of HadIt users ask for information on a personal level, get their 100%, and then suddenly leave the site. I was coming pretty close on making a topic of “what happened to all the 100% P&T HadIt users from years ago.” I understand that everyone is free to do whatever they well please, but it feels like a ghost town presently compared to the activity from years ago.
  10. I agree with broncovet. Call the White House hotline and the White House VA hotline.
  11. Yea, it’s a common tactic I’ve read far too many times in regards to VA claims. I am convinced that veterans who received favorable decisions on their claims without going to appeal, are more lucky than anything.
  12. This seems to be a common tactic by the VA, which is why I immediately sought legal representation when my initial claim was denied. If a veteran goes at it alone, even with an IMO with nexus, submitting the IMO too early just gives the VA more time to come back with a second opinion. The way my attorney explained it to me was like this: 1. Have a board-certified specialist look at your claims file and render an IMO with nexus. 2. Sit on the IMO and submit until the very last, so the VA doesn’t have time to come back and ask for a second opinion. 3. More than likely, the ra
  13. The same happened to me - the DRO gave more weight to the NP than the IMO by a board-certified specialist. Take it to the BVA like I did, and then both of us just have to wait for our win. It’s ridiculous but this is the game the VA wants us to play.
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