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  1. As unbelievable as it seems, I filed a supplemental appeal and resubmitted the same evidence with a Claim Information form (im blanking of the form #) on April 16th , and they granted 50% on April 30th!
  2. I just got my letter for my 50% rating for the central sleep apnea secondary to my TBI in record time 2 week turnaround!
  3. Just wanted to put this post out there because it genuinely took me as a shock. Luckily, it shouldn't have a huge effect on me, but it really might for some. So as most know, each state has different benefits given to vets with disabilities and most notably is that many states give property exemption for 100% P&T or TDIU vets. See link here for info: https://www.military.com/benefits/veteran-state-benefits/state-veterans-benefits-directory.html This is all fine and good, but I just applied for my exemption in my state only to learn that I would see no benefit from it
  4. Hold up, I thought that DBQs via virtual C&P exam were what caused the removal of public facing DBQs I won't scratch my head TOO hard.
  5. I'll give the White House VA Hotline a call today to see if they can email me a response.
  6. MAJOR FYI: I just got off the phone with my county VA rep and we talked about the DBQ removal. They said that in a phone call today, the VBA had listened to the multiple complaints and the sudden removal without any guidance on current DBQ holders. So here's what they have been advised: DBQs will be accepted and effective up until June 1st I asked if we were still able to have new ones filled out, and they said that the VBA did not say they would be disqualified prior to June 1st. However, they advised to have them filled ASAP so that it was near to the sudden removal. They also
  7. I took a deeper look into @JustGettingStarted 's post about the removal of the public use DBQ's and found the OIG's Investigation Report
  8. So I found the VA OIG Inspector's report on DBQs from 18-Feb-2020....the public facing DBQ's are indeed useless: Source: https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/VAOIG-19-07119-80.pdf @pete992 thanks for challenging me to dig deeper...I advise everyone here to read at least the report summary
  9. Are we sure about that though? I mean, it can't hurt to have a doctor fill things out in the same method that they review the private contracted doctors exams, right? Maybe you wouldn't be able to submit it as an official DBQ, but as non-government patient treatment records. Just because it isn't an official form, doesn't mean it is disqualifying information, but then again nothing really surprises me anymore.
  10. Yes that was absolutely my case. Mask leaks are also a culprit of this. My centrals skyrocketed on the AutoPAP at it's lowest setting. I felt like it was choking me and made me feel like I was hyperventilating because of the force I had to use to exhale against the pressure. Luckily, this sleep doc at the VA is perceptive and she moved me to the BiPAP ASV. It is apparently a much more expensive machine, so they don't suggest it often, but it has been a dream ever since. I can ramp down from 5.0 to 4.0 and the ASV automatically lowers the pressure when you go to exhale. Between that and th
  11. This is what my TBI neuro doc sent me: https://www.dovepress.com/traumatic-brain-injury-induced-sleep-disorders-peer-reviewed-fulltext-article-NDT I added it to my previous supplemental, but it appears that they made a decision prior to receiving my DBQ and positive nexus, so I should be good to go on this next supplemental.
  12. My past few supplemental claims have had the following: October 2019 to Jan 2020 December 2019 to March 2020 Jan 2020 to possibly the end of this month, it appears that there is movement via vets.gov With the Coronavirus stuff, I don't think it would affect Supplementals or HLRs, but I could see it clogging up BVA for a bit. I will say that my recent supplemental had a similar issue as yours...it went SO quick that some of my evidence from the end of February wasn't included in my rating. Because this is crucial evidence (DBQ and "more than likely"), it's time for Supp
  13. Here's the full text that was passed by the Senate, it's searchable, but the rebate portion starts at page 144. https://assets.documentcloud.org/documents/20059055/final-final-cares-act.pdf
  14. You got your supplemental completed in record time and it wouldn't be a surprise that they did not do any research on it. If you have the evidence to show the effective date you have and they are moving at record pace on supplementals, what is the cost of going that route first? I will admit though, I'm a novice at this and have only done supplementals because I have wanted to add to my claims to weigh in my favor prior to going the other routes.
  15. I have been fortunate to have only been climbing that last 10% for three years. I have pushed VA doctors to correct patient treatment notes in myhealthevet, been sure to explain my symptoms to them in rater's terms, and I've been relentless at using every test or procedure available through the VA to document the ailments and I still have three more claims to continue to fight on. I would encourage you to make a move up the mountain, especially if you are having conditions worsen as time goes on. The claims and appeals process has sped up, but just because the shade of lipstick became mo
  16. After checking the mail religiously for weeks...I finally got the letter bumping me up from 90% to 100% P&T! I still have more claims to fight for, but this is such a relief to finally have this milestone met. I am sticking around here in this community to help others get what they deserve and I can't wait to hear more success stories!! Now I just have to figure out the additional bennies outside of the increase...
  17. @broncovet which appeal do you suggest for showing a medical record is less than one year prior to the increase request? I have a medical note from November 2018 hospital visit showing I claimed I was experiencing more than 1 migraine per month plus my migraine log that dated back to July 2019 for proof that this increase is earlier than the effective date of October 2019 that they gave. It isn't much proof, so I am hoping that doing this won't open me up to losing my 100% P&T.
  18. @pete992 I got the denial letter today. Even though the decision was dated March 18th, they somehow did not get my DBQ and physician's notes that were sent on March 5th. So, a supplemental claim will be on it's way and we shall try again!
  19. This is awesome! Congrats! I may need a similar letter if I have to resort to a CUE, so thank you for the question and thank you @Berta for the template!
  20. Does anybody know if there is a certain place I should post the files, or a moderator I need to send them to?
  21. https://web.archive.org/web/20190807143131/https://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/dbq_ListByDBQFormName.asp https://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:ak9H2qtr7QYJ:https://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/dbq_listbydbqformname.asp+&cd=2&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us Can these be downloaded and posted to the site? Edit: I saved all of them in case it is needed on here. What is strange is that some of these forms "expired" back in September 2019.
  22. Yeah, this sounds like textbook "Treatment Emergent CSA". It's supposed to eventually go away in OSA cases after continued use with the CPAP, so if it dropped your amount of obstructives to be lower than the amount of centrals, that is proof positive that it is necessary. On my original sleep study with no PAP titration, I had 6 obstructive apneas, 19 central apneas, 2 mixed apneas and 31 hypopneas. Because of the inability to distinguish a "central hypopnea", they label them as obstructive and boom, I was labeled OSA. In my case though, the sleep doc noted that the amount of central apn
  23. Thank you so much @pete992 I really do appreciate the battle buddies on this site, so my intention here is to maintain or improve the high quality that exists here! As for the CSA, I will do whatever I can to get it SC bc if the apnea were to kill me in my sleep, my wife would revive me just to say "I told you so"
  24. RO water will work just as well as distilled water and I found that at our local stores the jugs were still well stocked in the infants food area...not that hoarding those is encouraged, but one gallon will give you time to find more. TDS, manganese, iron and hardness will all gunk up the inside with a mineral film, which wouldn't be harmful to you, but isn't great on the machine. Using vinegar can help remove this residue if you are forced to use tap water. The only real health caution with using tap water is that the chlorine isn't always strong enough to kill every single microorganism
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