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  1. Hey all, First off, love this page it has been extremely helpful! Background: currently at 90% / 70-ptsd, 50-migraines, 10-iritis, 10-tinnitus, and I’m in the running for 100 at the moment. Current day: Was content at 90 but after all these years I have finally come out about my MST when I was in the infantry. Still working stuff out on that end as this is still fresh... Anyway, I submitted a claim for sleep apnea because of the MST. I submitted the following: picture of CPAP machine I use in my house, nexus statement from issuing doctor, Nexus statement from other doctor stating the sleep apnea is due to trauma from MST, copy of sleep study confirming I have sleep apnea from doctor listed above and buddy statements as well as the formal submission paperwork of my MST to three levels of my chain of command, NCO, O3, O5 etc... Wrap this all up with a successful expedited hardship approval and you now have me waiting for answers. Well today (a few moments prior to writing this) I found out I am getting a C&P exam for this...I almost feel like this is a slap in the face...I mean how am I to go up to that examiner and explain all this when I literally gave it all to them... Has anyone been in my shoes before??? Thank you all.
  2. Hey everyone, I’ll try to keep it simple as can be, I have two appeals that have been since merged (on 6/12) into one. I now just have the status of “a judge is reviewing your case now” or the similar one of the VA.gov status page. At the same time, my case has successfully been expedited due to financial hardship(s) and that has already been confirmed via letters stating so. My question is, what kind of time frame am I looking at? Sure, I am aware there are probably things that will get remanded due to lack of this or that given the fact that there is now 5 issues in this one appeal. But there are 2 that have very good C&P results. None the less, what is everyone’s thoughts, bills are getting really close with the new month coming up and the back pay would be crucial! Just looking for some positive insight. Thank you!
  3. Okay thank you, that makes more sense, so in essence it is just standard protocol...
  4. Thank you, I guess my mind is trained to naturally expect like a super private investigator reading into every detail of it. I just needed to hear that I did nothing wrong with it, thank you!
  5. brokensoldier244: obstructive, and yes he did state that it’s from the MST, I suppose I’m just feeling weird about it since a lot of the MST info is in those files and I’m not ready for that to be public yet, in other words I don’t want them poking around with it if that makes sense.
  6. Hey all, - I have a claim in for sleep apnea due to a documented MST. I provided the VA.gov site with uploaded documents that were from the issuing doctor stating that he recommended a CPAP machine for me. I then submitted a (lawyer approved) photo of my CPAP machine with all my data. Obviously none of this is in my Army med files because I did not want the MST on file. I then submitted the files and medical documents I listed above that are clear as day (which I know the VA doesn’t live in that day). After submitting all of this, they requested me to fill out a VA 21-4142a form for requesting medical documents from my civilian doctor. My question is, why are they requesting this info if I just provided it for them? At the same time they are saying they did not find the info I submitted in the requested paperwork? I am not lying about something like this, I am just submitting what I have been given! - FYI my lawyer said it is standard protocol for the VA regional to issue that request, they said it’s like telling a private to stand in a corner, they don’t ask questions, they just go stand in that corner. Peace of mind in this? I hate feeling like I did something wrong when I didn’t! - Thank you!!
  7. Broncovet, thanks for getting back to me, yeah I figured they had no clue, or at least can’t be trusted, my letter does say 90, that’s mainly how I found out about things moving around, biggest thing now is trying to understand what is still open and what is waiting for a decision still.
  8. Pete, Thanks for the reply, I have other ratings I did not list that when added to these, would rate 100%, sorry for not adding that.
  9. Hey everyone, Need some insight here... I filed a triple issue appeal with the VA some time ago, I lawyered up and everything was handled very professionally. I asked my lawyer this; however, he has told me that if it is not a “next day due” issue, it will have to wait. I get both sides of that, 1 being, okay i get it, stuff is hectic! Other side is, well I’m paying for this, why are you not getting right back to me...none the less that’s why I’m here. Appeal Issues: 1. PTSD: increase from 50 to 70 2. Back: Get service connected (We already ruled this out) 3. Iritis: Raise from 10 to 60 Our goal is 100% like many others. Story: Got word my case was to be expedited due to financial hardships, we’ll leave it at that. On 3/25/2020 I was told via the 1000 VA number that all 3 issues were denied and an SOC was sent out. Shit...a few days later I and checking my Ebenefits and I am at 90% overall...okay...lets call them back...Idiots on the other line tell me that all three issues were SOC’d and that a decision packet was being sent out on the 29th of march...okay lets back up...did you just hear yourself? This is where it gets confusing... So I call back the following day to try and get some solid word (I know, foolish me) and I ask simply if they worked on my final issue within my appeal, they said they were all SOC’d and the iritis is waiting on a decision, thats new.... (again)...call right back for someone different...guy was a dick, name was Larry...wouldn’t give me an inch after explaining everything. The iritis is maxed out at 60% when the individual has gone to 7 or more clinical appointments within one year, I presented a letter signed from my optometrist stating I went to one each month for one year, I’m not great at math but that sounds a few more than 7 times. So I go to my C&P exam and the guy remembered me as I was his only case or this issue and he wrote down the same thing on his paperwork. So with such hard evidence within and out of the VA system...why are they saying it is denied and not just waiting for a decision??? Fast forward to today, I’m left questioning this in a few routes: Route #1: They are dicked up and are being lazy... Route #2: I was actually denied the remaining two issues (back and iritis) Route #3: They are handling each one individually and the telemarketers at the 1000 number just don’t have the correct or updated info in front of them. Since some still tell me all three are denied... while then proceeding to say I am getting a decision packet for the ptsd... I hope someone can shed some light on this as it simply makes no sense, and yes I am well aware that the VA never makes sense, as you can see, this is just all messed up, thanks for any of the replies! - Z
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