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  1. It is the Code of Federal Regulations. CFR 350 pertains to VA benefits, etc.
  2. I have used the DAV - this will be the third time they have helped me. You don't even have to have a DAV membership for them to help. I DID join and am now my unit commander. Gotta pay the dues! Glad you did the happy dance!
  3. Well, after exactly one year I won my claim with the help of my awesome NSO and lots of study on my part, a lot of help from hadit.com (thanks Berta) and a bit of luck. They awarded me SMC R2 and a year of back pay. 1. I started a claim. 2. I received a letter from the VA with a scheduled C & P exam. Saw a Doc and she wrote out the report which was not even true. I wonder what her M.O. was? 3. I amassed a huge stack of medical records proving a nexus pertinent to this claim and submitted it. They didn't even read the info, they simply denied everything. I thought I would overw
  4. Yeah, like today when I fell and broke me foot. I am stuck in my bed again and transferring is out of the question for a while now. Dernit!
  5. Yes. I've needed these services for years. I can finally get a reprieve from all these struggles.
  6. not sure about the pay rate for r2 yet as I just recently was notified of the approval. I'll see soon. I still am not sure about the k rates I guess I will find out soon enough.
  7. Anybody know the answer to this question? Does the SMC (K) award apply when someone is placed on R.2? Does it also apply to all the other SMC levels? I have loss of us of both arms, both legs and loss of use of buttocks. I think I fairly receiving (K) awards when I was receiving SMC (L).
  8. Hadit and Berta and all: Well, I won my claim and they put me at r.2. Didn't expect that - wow! So I get a lump check and my compensation goes up and now my wife can stay home and take care of my needs like I have been needing for 20 years. Wish they would have told me or inquired abt this and would have placed me in the correct category and comp rate all those years ago. My life could have been without so much struggle and stress and pain. I do have one question remaining though. Would I receive (K) awards for loss of arms or hands or legs or buttocks also? I can't find anything
  9. Looks like this claim will be decided early - tomorrow. I have paperwork and letters from Docs stating nerf form hands and arms. Supposedly I will now be rated at r.1 or r.2. Wow, this has been a lot of work and worry. Finally I can get the care I need.
  10. DRO hearings and N.E.R.F. Anything I should know about presenting at one? I have one scheduled for the 19th of June. I am actively re re organizing my mountain of medical records and such. I will try to present as accurately and as understandable as I can so as to not confuse the DRO. I get one hour but I can request more time if needed, but I need to do this asap. I need to find out more info on the term N.E.R.F. (no effective remaining function). Can anyone find reference to this so I know as much as I can possibly know? Is there anyone else who would like to talk about lost re
  11. I will get that MRI narrative so you can look at it. That issue has not been given consideration or claimed yet, but that is coming up. I did include it when I sent the info in during the first claim. I think it should be pertinent to AA and my overall need for AA. I still have not seen that VCAA form that I am positive I marked that I do have more info. Wow do I more info, and it is still coming in - from neuros, scans etc. We put together a 4 inch notebook with tabs and color pointer stickys with letters and records etc. I thought it looked very professional. Sometimes I wonder if th
  12. When your claim gets "on deck" with the RO then it is probably too late and I would wait until you deny, because you probably will (sarcasm). Also, back up that info as much as possible, if you can, then get it in asap. Good luck. Googy
  13. Hit the dang tab key again and it submits multiple posts
  14. Ok here is what is happening now ----l I have been rated since March of 1998 at 100% service connected, P and T for loss of use of lower extremities and 60% sevice connected for cardio-myopathy. I submitted a claim for SMC and A & A. I had thought that I was not receiving any SMC. Talked with NSO's and they did not disagree. I was wrong. I have been receiving SMC at the L 1/2 rate since 1998. I thought I was right on with my claim, but I was wrong. There seems to be a whole lot of loop holes in regs. This claim was for loss of use of arms and SMC. I was given rating
  15. Berta and all, How would I go about finding that results from an appeal that went to BVA in DC in 1988 in which I prevailed? Any repository that you know of? Gregg
  16. Well, I was denied somewhat but gained in a way which does not really help me all that much. I have submitted a NOD and will have a De Novo review so I can more thoroughly demonstrate and prove my case. There is a lot that many physicians are ignorant of pertaining to my case and many others. Just like PTSD, AO and brain injury and ....... I'll let you know how this goes. Does anyone have any experience with a de novo review? Are there do's and dont's I should know of. Any advice? Greg
  17. Update! Claim denied! But this is only the first round. I'm in it for all twelve rounds. NOD's are coming. Man they didn't even read any submitted medical evidence, doctors letters - even their own records. Simply amazing isn't it? Do these people even know what they are doing? I guess we will have a live hearing. Then I can stomp their ignorance and stupidity into the ground. I spent 5 months on this, spending lots of money on it, and this is the outcome I expected but hoped they would be able to or willing to read what I submitted. I don't thing that ever happens though. I just n
  18. You are right about IU and 100%. I have only received the 100% and the 60% since 1997. I was at 50% and then 30% from 1985 to 1997. I should have been receiving IU from 1985 to 1997 especially had they placed me in the correct category with the correct rating. Yes, I have been studying about IU and SMC a lot.  You must have atleast 50% rating and be unemployabe to have any chance at IU and compensated at the 100% rate. In 1997, I just received the 100% comp and I never received the SMC S award. That is why it is so funny about this present claim saying that I have been denied a
  19. Woops, what happened here? Sorry about the duplicate submissions.
  20. I am in the middle of a SMC and AA claim with the VA. Served from 80 to 85 in USAF. Muscular Dystrophy manifest while in service. Condition was aggravated my service and took me to where I could not function or even walk and had so much muscle breakdown that I would have red tinged urine. This was all under the threat of article 15's and reprimands. I made copies of all those physical profiles. They sure have come in handy. Was medically retired in 1985 placed on TDRL with 50% comp (they offered me 20K but I said no way) and a year later on PDRL with 80%. Then in 86 was taken over by t
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