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    E5 - honorably discharged
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  1. I’m only 40 years old. I haven’t filed service-connection for stroke yet.
  2. I had an ischemic stroke three years ago and was verified by a VA radiologist on an MRI without contrast. I don’t know if I can get it service-connected but I’ll try the secondary route.
  3. Just got 80% (updated on va.Gov) and retro pay going back to 2018 in one month from BVA decision.
  4. To make it seem like the VBA is doing a good job or who knows really. As far as I know, only CAVC cases set precedence not BVA decisions. When my attorney sent an argument letter in lieu of a hearing, CAVC cases were cited to prove service connection and the incompetence of the C&P examiners. The judge basically threw out the negative C&P exams because my attorney argued the examiner’s opinion was inadequate and cannot be used for adjudication purposes as the basis for denial of service connection.
  5. You won’t know until you get the decision letter or until you see “Granted” in green on va.gov. Find a hobby to keep your mind occupied.
  6. Nope because every BVA case is different. You cannot use previous BVA decisions to apply to your claim.
  7. According to my attorney, he looked in the system and seen the regional office has rated me 10% for migraines and 70% for bipolar disorder with effective date of April 2018. Obviously, this is not final. I will most likely appeal the 10% rating for migraines because it’s a low-ball. I assume the RO based the rating on the bad C&P exam in 2018. But I also have TDIU remanded, so I’ll see how all of this shakes out.
  8. I won!! Thanks to hadit for keeping me sane going through all of this.
  9. Checked va.gov this morning and a new issue appeared: “Service connection, bipolar disorder” Even though I have been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, once again, my lawyer didn’t argue for service connection in the argument letter. I’ll take this as a positive sign.
  10. My attorney never argued for major depressive disorder in the argument letter though. The argument letter was based on service connection for migraines and PTSD. Hence why I asked the question because I’ve never read anywhere on the internet where an appeal is currently being reviewed by a judge and a new issue was added.
  11. Update: so I looked at my issues tab at va.gov and now an issue was added: ”Service connection, Major depressive disorder” Has anyone seen this before? Thank you
  12. Update: so I called the White House VA hotline about the status of my appeal three weeks ago. Someone from the BVA hotline called me back stating my hearing was going to be rescheduled... But my attorney already sent in a request to waive the hearing along with an argument letter last month. This person then looks up on his computer to verify the hearing request waiver and then he apologized for the holdup. He went on to say my appeal would now be sent to a judge. Talk about being ridiculous.
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