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Ken Dillon

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  1. I had a claim denied, I submitted a NOD with in a few months of claim being denied, on VA.gov never showed it was accepted, so I waited, finally called 1 800 and sent email . I was told to put in Supplemental claim which I did, I also included a copy to the NOD that I signed and dated. Now VA,gov shows the supplemental claim but it says status unknown. So I am now in a holding pattern for how long. Anyone have any suggestions? Thank you
  2. I put in a claim for cervical spine, I had neck fusion in 2019 L4 to L7. My claim was denied because nothing in my medical records. I currently have rating in Lumbar spine. I was crew chief on ch46 helicopters and we worn NVG’S a lot. Yes I did have neck pain did not run to sick bay every day sucked it up. My surgeon wrote a lot of stating in his opinion my neck problems for a doodle wearing NVG‘s. So my claim was denied and I put in Notice of disagreement. It’s been a year since I filed that, I have call 1 800 number can not find anything on that. Any ideas what I should do? Or would it be best to refile this under secondary claim? Thanks for any and all information. Ken
  3. My question is this, I applied for disability of my cervical spine, I had fusion from C4 to C7. My application was denied about year last, Sept 2020. After a month or two I received a copy of c@p exam and found problems. I put in a notice of disagreement probably by early Nov 2020, and as of this date I have heard nothing. When I log on to VA.gov site shows nothing. Local VSO I contacted told me they have it, but no movement. I have faith the notice of disagreement will be denied( just a impression I have) and this will go to BVA. SO my question is this how long does it take to get any movement for this, I can not track it? Thanks for your input
  4. I got hurt in service and did not apply for VA benefits until 30 years later, and I did succeed in getting compensation. As I read for this site about 5,10, 20 year rule. Does that rule still apply to individuals who won there case even when they are in late 50's and 60's ? Thank You Ken
  5. On this pass Friday I had a C@P exam done at local VA hospital, would that exam results be in my health file on Blue Button? Or do I have to request that file? Thank you, Ken
  6. I hope someone could give me some advice, I was rated at 40 percent disability,right lower extremity radiculopathy at 10 percent.degenerative disc disease with intervertebral disc syndrome (previously rated as degenerative disc disease, herniated lumbar disc) rate at 20 percent and bilateral tinnitus at 10 percent. and lumbar scar rated at 0. In July of 2020 I had fusion surgery of L4 to S1. I put in for rate increase for my scar, fusion, and rt leg Radiculopathy and last 100 percent temp disability I was out of work for 12 weeks. Today on ebenefits found my total new rating of 60 percent they increase my Rt Leg Radiculopathy to 20 percent I am guess for foot drop I have not and I use a cane to get around. No increase in rating for fusion ( QTC did not preform ROM test because I was 12 weeks post op) I received a 10 percent rating for surgery scar. and not a work on 100 percent temporary disability. My question is what do I do now. I still can not bend my back all, have pain in back and down the leg, I fell down the stairs at work, which I had statement from co-worker. Any ideas what I should do, or to proceed. Thank you Ken
  7. I had a C@P exam for rate increase. The ex-Air Force doctor was great. Besides the original diagnostic codes, he added in other codes for problems he noticed during the exam. I had back fusion, he added in hip pain which i do, also Medium nerve along with sciatic nerve and copper tunnel syndrome all of this is my rt side along with foot drop, what happens with claim when a doctor adds more to the claim. Thank you.
  8. Back in July of this year I had Lumbar fusion from L4 to S1, I put in for increase in rating and temp 100 percent disability since I would be out of work for 3 months. In the middle of Sept QTC schedule me a C@P exam, which I went to, the doctor said he could not measure my ROM because of my fusion. I can't move anyways even today. Then today I was told I have to another C@P exam for the same issues. Is this normal? Thanks Ken
  9. Good afternoon to everyone, I was denied for Cervial spine after I had gotten it fused together, so I sent in a Freedom of Information request for my C@P exam. on VA.Gov it shows when it was received back in Oct. in the being of December matter of fact December 7, it was closed and stated I will see the information in 7 to days. I have not received a thing as today, so I called the 1-800 the young lady said I see that too, that is closed, so where is the information she said nothing for her to do, and passed me off to another number which was educational benefits. Does anyone have any ideas what I should do next. Thank you, Ken
  10. When I was child and early teen age years I had bad asthma, around 15/16 it went away, played football, ran track etc felt great. At 18 join the Marines never told them about the asthma,the recruiter told me just say no to any questions. I never had a problem in service (8 years 3 months) I was in Marine Air I was helicopter mechanic and crew chief on CH46. After I left the Marines back in 1988 had no problems until 2012 when asthma returned and stayed, I never smoke, the only connection I see is jet fuel and the chemical we used daily,, Do I have a case or am I barking up the wrong tree. Thanks for your input Ken
  11. Sept I went for C@P exam of my lower back, I had fusion done to me from L4 to S1. While I was at exam I had back brace on, and I was 10 weeks out of surgery. The doctor I had ex Air Force doc. He did not do a range of motion test due to the fact I was 10 weeks post op. Will this effect my rating? Before this I had a rating of 20 percent Lumbar, and 10 percent for each leg. I am still really messed up, I trip a lot, and now I walk with a limp, still have pain. I also can't move my toes or ankle very well any more, and now I have bladder problems, any ideas from anyone, or insight? Thank You Ken
  12. Hay Brother I feel your pain, I just went currently back in July this year had fusion of L4 to S1 and I had C@P exam in Sept still in a holding pattern waiting for decision. I have degenerative disc disease rated at 20 percent, and 10 percent each leg, plus 0 for surgery scar. As for the fusion part I can not bend at waist anymore, not that I had a lot of movement before surgery. Currently I do have a lot more pain in rt leg from surgery and foot drop, but on the up side my back pain is more manageable. I hope this help you. Ken
  13. Good day all, I have a question for you, BVA granted my claim in Feb 2020 for degenerative disc disease. In July of 2020 I went and had Lumbar Fusion from L4 to S1. I put in a claim to increase my rate because my conditions have gotten worst. I put in for 100 percent temporary for recouping from surgery. I also put in for increase in Lumbar degenerative disease, for scar from surgery, and last for Rt leg Radiculopathy. Now my question is if these are granted, would back pay go back to Feb, 2002 or July 2020 when I applied? Currently I am 20 percent Lumbar disc disease, 10 percent Radiculopathy, 0 percent for scar. Thanks for your input.
  14. Good morning received letter from VA I was denied my claim for cervical fusion. First I am at 20 percent Lumbar degenerative disc disease, and 10 percent for each leg Radiculopathy. I was a crew chief on CH46 helicopter with about 2000 hrs of flying and at least 500 hrs on Nvg's I has denied no service connection, even when I supplied case studies from the Army and Navy on neck pain and shoulder pain from wearing NVGs for period of time. Second I prouder two letters from two different doctors that my current problem is due to military life. C@P exam lasted only 15 mins and that person said I could not fine any complains in military medical records, of course not If I went to sick call for pain I would get pills, a down chit would not be allow to fly, I would have lost pay, and be assign to other duties. My first case with Lumbar went all the way to BVA. So any ideas what I should do? Any thoughts on Lawyers? I appreciate all inputs. Thanks Ken
  15. In Sept I had c@p exam for rate increase on lower Lumbar. On July this year I had lower lumbar fusion for 3 disc. So at the exam the Doctor looked at my scar on back, and at my legs, he did not take any reading of ROM measurements, because he stated I am not supposed to bend or twist my back. So now I wonder how the Rater will look at this, Yes it is service connected disability. Has this ever happen to anyone else if so what's your story for insight for me. Thank you Ken
  16. Good afternoon to every one, my question as follows after c@p exam completed how much long will it be to get answer will it take to get up or down? Does it usually take 6 months to get 100 percent temp disability for surgery? I had back surgery back in July and I am still waiting, yes it is service connected, Thanks Ken
  17. th175 for that article you have to down load it and scan it into you claim, since you flew Blackhawks I take it you also flew with NVG's? There are articles in Navy Times that will help your case. Have to do you home work, I flew Ch46's Ken
  18. I don't know what you flew, but if you flew helicopters there is some studies both by the Army and the Navy stating how bad the vibration and seating in helicopter that is bad for your back and neck. If you used NVG's there are studies again in both Army and Navy how much stress that is put on your back, and neck. I know. There are also statements that will say pilots and aircrews will not go to medical help in fear of loosing flight status and loss of money. Ken
  19. Yesterday, the VA from South Dakota called me, by the way I live in Northeast, to ask me if I went to my last C@P exam with QTC which I did, He told me, he is looking for that information so they can finish my Cervical spine fusion claim, has this happen to anyone else? Ken
  20. I have been waiting for C@P exam for a while, I called the VA and they told me to QTC. When I called QTC about scheduling my exam they told me there is only one physician with in a 100 miles of me, and they have to call them to see what is is open. Of coarse QTC had to leave message to the physician for call back, QTC asked me to call back in a week. Which I did, same thing happen, oh ya week three same thing. I call the VA and asked them if this is normal. one physician in 100 miles and I live in Boston, and the physician must not need the work because of no call backs. Has any one had this problem, if so how do you end up solving it? Oh so the C@P exam is about my Lumbar fusion I am asking for 100 percent temporary while I recover, yes I have been out of work for two months now. Thanks Ken
  21. After making a written request for a copy of my C@P exam, usually how long does it take to receive a copy. Thanks Ken
  22. Good morning, I have a question, When I was little I had asthma, and it went a way when I was a 10 or so, I joined the Marines and said nothing. And I was good for my 9 yrs I gave them. I was helicopter mechanic/crewchief for my time in, I worked with Jp4,5,and 7. Jet fuel exhaust was a daily event for us. Plus other chemicals. When I was in my mid 40's asthma came back. Really bad. So I don't know if the jet fuel was the tigger to restart my asthma or not, should I put in a VA claim or not. I am pretty stand up guy have no idea what to do. Ken
  23. Good morning I am going for c@p exam next for cervical spine, I ended up with level 3 fusion in my neck, my question is this I have my pilot log book of my hours that I flew and my NATOP jacket, and my training jacket, should I bring those with me, and along with pictures of what I was flying because CH 46 helicopter is no longer in service. Please not I was not a pilot I was helicopter mechanic and crew chief with more than 2000 hrs flying. I also found Navy and Army study that states about NVG's with neck pain, and vibration was bad for you, along with the seating. Thanks Ken
  24. I was awarded 20 percent disability for Lumbar disc degeneration, and I had surgery last month for lumbar fusion, I have put in for temp 100 percent disability its been more than 30 days, so any one have any ideas how long it takes to be approved. I sent in letter from surgeon, and operation report. Thanks Ken
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