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  1. Hello all, Long time since I have posted. Can anyone tell me if they have received clothing allowance this year? If I am denied this year (I got it last year) will the VA tell me I have been denied, or will I just not hear anything? Thanks, Todd
  2. Hello all, As I am sure most of us know, 10% and above can get eye exams and glasses through VA. If any of you have done so, you know the glasses offered are pretty limited in style and size. If you want ANY extras, you will pay dearly. I would like to share a GREAT option with everyone. Zinni optical (zinnioptical.com) has quality, prescription glasses in many styles with lots of options for really great prices. You really can get glasses for under $20 dollars in many cases. I have used them and have been VERY satisfied. Hope this helps someone. Best always, Todd
  3. Hello all, It has been 3 months since my C&P exams and have not heard anything yet. Perhaps that is not unusual, but two previous times I had decision in hand exactly 3 weeks from C&P exams. Is there a phone number or email I can use to check on the status of claims? As always, thanks to all of you Todd
  4. Hello all, just curious, recently awarded 40% sc. What is the process for receiving the extra payment for spouse/child? Sent in requested paperwork(spouses previous divorce decree and childs SSN). A few days ago, got a letter from VA stating that they are working on my claim for benefits...I thought they would get that paperwork from me, check it out and presto! I would start getting the extra...ok,ok, stop laughing! I know NOTHING is presto with VA. Does anyone know how long this generally takes? what VA has to do to decide all is in order? Will that be back paid to claim filing date as well? Thanks to all, Todd
  5. When I had my last C&P exam in January, I literally left the appt, walked down to medical records and within 5 minutes had a complete copy of everything dictated in that appt.! Truly remarkable. So far, Durham VAMC has been a pleasure to deal with. Good luck! Todd
  6. Hello all, posting this to get some input from this remarkably knowledgeable crowd! This is rather long so please bear with me. Got a recent rating of 20 percent for damage to facial nerve bilaterally, incurred during extensive upper and lower jaws (almost 13 hours in OR) at any rate, just missed 30% rating because damage was not deemed to be total paralysis of nerve. Severe, just not severe enough I guess. Had a 90-120 minute C&P exam with VAMC dentist during which he stated repeatedly that I would get at least 10%, probably more and dental out of the deal due to the severity of my symptoms. He listed a primary diagonsis code of 525.9 which is "unspecified disorder of the teeth and supporting structures" The conclusion of his medical opinion states: "Recommend at least 10%, and more is certainly not out of the question. At the very least veteran should be entitled to VA dental care" Well, as I said, got 20%, for a total of 40. However, rating decision did not mention dental care. Ran it by my local VSO, he said rater might not mention it (in the hopes veteran would not seek it dental care) but that the stated diagnosis code and language in C&P exam made it a slam dunk. I hope he is right, but wanted to seek input from this forum. Does any one have experience with this? How do I find out for sure? Call the dental clinic at Durham VAMC and tell 'em I want to make an appt? Also, I think the problem is pretty damned severe, should I consider seeking more? Thanks in advance to all of you great folks out there who constantly help those of us who are in need of solid advice. Todd
  7. Have been an avid reader and occasional poster to this forum. Wanted to let all know that I finally have resolution on my claims issues. Got the envelope today. 40 percent. Will sleep well on that for now and decide if it is worth pursuing further. 3 weeks from date of C&P exam to envelope in my hands! Almost exactly a year from filing claim. No complaints. Best of luck to all who are still in the process. Todd
  8. Thanks for the replies to my dental questions. I had my original C&P with neurologist, the same day I had exams for back and wrist. Neuro exam was a total waste of time. When I got my decision from VA, it said "This claim has been deferred. Sent to clinic of appropriate jurisdiction for action" two months later I had a dental C&P exam. I thought neurologist would be the one, but I guess that since problems originated after 10 hrs of extremely involved upper and lower jaw surgery, decision was made that dental was way to go. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks! Todd US Army '82-'89
  9. Thanks for the replies to my dental questions. I had my original C&P with neurologist, the same day I had exams for back and wrist. Neuro exam was a total waste of time. When I got my decision from VA, it said "This claim has been deferred. Sent to clinic of appropriate jurisdiction for action" two months later I had a dental C&P exam. I thought neurologist would be the one, but I guess that since problems originated after 10 hrs of extremely involved upper and lower jaw surgery, decision was made that dental was way to go. Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thanks! Todd US Army '82-'89
  10. Hello all...great site! Currently 20% SC for wrist and thoracic spine, had a deferred decision on almost total numbness of face,from eyes to below chin after 10 hrs of jaw surgery at fort Gordon. First saw an old neurologist for C&P. He never even asked me about my face! talked to me for about 10 minutes, patted me on the back and said"you will hear something in a few weeks" and walked out! Anyhow, Finally got scheduled for Dental C&P at Durham VAMC. Could not have had a nicer Dentist to deal with. Spent almost 90 minutes with me. Very thorough history, xrays etc. He told me I "definitely" had compensation entitlement, and that he was going to recommend "at least 20% and maybe more" He has been VA dentist for 31 years, and said he has done thousands of those C&P exams. He said he was going to recommend full dental benefits as well. This was new to me..thought you had to be 100% for dental. He took a lot of time to talk with me about VA system, how to appeal for higher rating in the future. He made sure to tell me that he had answered "yes" to "symptoms getting worse" and "yes" to "are symptoms likely to continue to worsen" questions. I left feeling really good about things. now of course, the hard part...waiting! Now, the questions; Has anyone out there had experience with dental C&P exams? In general, do you all think that rater is likely to follow what he recommends fairly closely? What happens when my condition has no match in the rating schedule? Nothing even close? Durham VAMC seems to have a NICE dental wing. Thanks in advance for any input. Todd US Army '82-89
  11. Hello all! Fantastic site! Thanks to all who post such good info. I recently received 20% SC for two of the three issues I claimed to VA. My decision paperwork stated that a decision on the third issue had been deferred, that VA needed more information and that my file had been forwarded to the appropriate clinic. VA guy tells me that is good, as it means VA feels there is merit to claim, that I will be seeing oral/facial surgeon at VA hospital for eval, then that info will be sent to rating board. Just wondered if anyone else has run into that problem, or had any thoughts on it. The third issue, considerable facial numbness post extensive facial surgery, was one of the issues on my C&P paperwork, but apparently neurolologist did not provide needed info. I was scheduled to see two VA doctors, until I saw 2nd one and found out what he was evaluating, I did not realize that neurologist did NOTHING regarding facial numbness eval. By then, he was gone for the day and he could not be questioned about it. 2nd doc ran down the hall to neurologists office to ask him about it. Crazy huh? wait 8 months for exam then it gets screwed up! Thanks in advance for any thoughts.
  12. Hi Everyone, glad to be a part of such a great forum. USA AD 82-89, Got out as an E-5. Was a 91P20, xray technologist. Have worked in Radiology for almost 25 years. Magnetic Resonance Imaging Technologist (MRI) now. 20 percent SC due to wrist/back injuries in on base motorcycle accident at Ft Hood(claim approved Sept.2007) Took almost exactly 8 months from application to approval. Still have one claim outstanding. It was deferred after C&P exam due to need for more information. Glad to be a part of this forum Thanks
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