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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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  • Service Connected Disability
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    Running, weightlifting

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  1. 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 include negative medical opinions or other unfavorable evidence, that will be taken into account by VA. Additionally, your SSA records may hurt your claim if you have many disabilities or other similar-but-not-service-connected disabilities. For Individual Unemployability, you must show that you are unemployable because of your service-connected disability or disabilities alone. So SSA records that show that your non-service-connected disability or disabilities are responsible for your unemployability could make it harder to prove your VA claim.” Here I’m going to be frank with you, you know what you need to do. Go appeal to the BVA and get in line like everyone else.
  2. 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.
  3. 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 for SSDI, in the hopes of BVA granting service-connection first before my SSDI claim is approved. If I am approved for SSDI first before the BVA grants my appeal, I’ll just sit on the SSA reward letter and play dumb. Edit: I just wanted to edit my post and let anyone who is reading this topic to be wary about using an SSA award for a non-service connected disability for TDIU approval. When in doubt, get approved for TDIU first, and then apply for SSDI if you still meet the requirements.
  4. 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.
  5. I agree with broncovet. Call the White House hotline and the White House VA hotline.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 rater or DRO will uphold the previous denial because the VA wasn’t given enough time to refute the strong probative evidence (IMO with nexus) in favor of the veteran. 4. Appeal to the BVA, and at the hearing, point out the ridiculous decision of how the rater/DRO gave more weight from a NP than a board-certified specialist. VA disability attorneys/lawyers learned their lesson many years ago when they submitted favorable evidence for their clients too early, only for the VA to turn around and ask for a second opinion.
  8. 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.
  9. Raters are special to say the least. Every time I read a veteran got a fair rating on their claim, I wonder why I, and many other vets like yourself, couldn’t be so lucky. I’ll share my current claim process: filed a claim in 2018 for migraines, depression, and knee pain. My SMRs show numerous sick calls every time I had a migraine, even stating my only relief was to lay down in a dark, quiet room. My separation physical examination states a diagnosis of severe migraines by my PCP. VA treatment records show continuing treatment for migraines. The initial claim was denied because of an unfavorable C&P exam where the contracted NP said “veteran health records has been silent about migraines.” Filed a NOD and submitted an IMO with nexus and was denied again because the rater said my IMO was “telehealth.” There is no excuse for the amount of bullshit veterans have to jump through so many hoops just to get service-connected, but it happens way too often.
  10. You can still file an appeal and then submit new evidence during or after your BVA hearing, which will be the IMO from Dr. Ellis.
  11. This is not just from my own experience - it is opinions from other veterans from different boards and on reddit as well. Nothing is guaranteed, but QTC seems to be highly rated from a lot of veterans when it comes to C&P exams.
  12. QTC is where you would want to go for a third-party C&P exam. All my buddies who had a QTC exam got service-connected for their disability. I was sent to an LHI C&P exam, and the NP outright denied me.
  13. I feel the same way in regards to your last paragraph. Heck, just hand me a loaded firearm and I’ll do the deed myself.
  14. I agree with GBArmy. I would be livid if that happened to me.
  15. That can take years if the veteran doesn’t file the correct paperwork. If a veteran doesn’t submit the correct form, their appeal could be stuck in legacy hell (if original claim was filed in 2018 or earlier). With an attorney, a veteran can request their claim to go under AMA, which saves time with the added benefit of having an attorney present their case before a BVA hearing.
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