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About photoman

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  • Birthday 10/22/1958

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  1. While I appreciate the feedback, I must admit that I may not have been clear. I'm very familiar with the regs pertaining to my disability rating and retaining it, et al. Senior veterans rated TDIU are faced with the very real possibility of losing their rating during each budget session. It nearly happened during the Obama administration, as well as the Trump administration. Nearly a quarter of a million senior veterans may lose their TDIU. Each time it comes before congress the Veterans Service Organizations aren't so quick to act on our behalf. My question may more succinctly be summarized in the following article: https://www.disabledveterans.org/2017/05/24/amvets-speaks-dav-legion-silent-benefits-cuts-affecting-elderly-veterans/
  2. Thanks for such a prompt and thorough response. Although I do have tinnitus (not rated) from Air Force air craft and other exposure, and a knee condition (not rated), but documented in my military records, I've only got the 70% TDIU P&T for PTSD. I was discharged in 1977. Should I go for getting these conditions rated as well? Or is this a can of worms?
  3. I'm absolutely terrified that at some point I'll lose my 70% TDIU P&T when I reach eligibility age for SSI. I know that each budget period the issue comes up to eliminate TDIU at retirement age to save money. Thusfar the Veterans Service organizations have protested and older Veterans, like me, approaching retirement age can breath a brief sigh of relief. I'm 60 years old now, and live in absolute fear and angst that in a few short years I'll literally end up homeless and destitute, my wife and college age child would lose benefits as well. I know no one has a crystal ball, but I am becoming more obsessed with contacting my service officer with the American Legion and submitting a claim for 100% P&T and looking into filing for Schedular. I've been 70% TDIU P&T since 2006. What is the likelihood that TDIU for senior Veterans will be on the chopping block. What should I do to protect my benefits. Thanks in advance for any words of wisdom.
  4. I have on two occasions, the most recent was after an incompetent 30 year old psychologist interviewed me for 20 minutes and and because I told her I used to drink to self medicate she accused me of being an alcoholic. I confronted her in the session and then she held up forwarding the results of my C&P to the VA. I talked with the clinic manager and lodged a complaint. I faxed over a letter to have entered into my record complaining about the delay and the comportment of the psychologist. I copied my VFW DSO at the VRO. I was pissed. My providers at the VA have known that before I received decent dx and tx for my PTSD I self medicated with alcohol. The psychologist was more interested in the information she lost after typing it in. Well everything worked out. I made sure that even if the letter of complaint was not entered by the contract agency I got my Service Officer to ensure it was entered into the record. I have never had an issue confronting what I feel are issues I have. I have been fortunate. I always say that you can only rely on yourself ultimately. In the case of Vets who are less able they need advocacy. The Freaking VA wants us to be afraid of the big bad monster. This is control through fear. If you are able ask questions, arm yourself with information, and ask why something is the way it is and ask for the location of the rule or law governing it. I vented a bit, but my ultimate point is if you are genuinely terrified of the system and this is understandable - use Hadit, attorney consults, fellow Vets who can help you navigate. Whew I feel better after that.
  5. I have SC PTSD. I was a USAF Photographer. I was very fortunate that my name was on every photo and I was treated for Anxiety Neurosis after a year in service in 1977. I had horrible nightmares and since we used flash a lot all the images of body parts and other stuff are burned into my memory. The years of what I called "flashbulb" flashbacks are still there of separated limbs, eyeballs looking at me from the ash of an aircraft fatality and so on. I wouldn't wish Dx of SC PTSD on my worst enemy. PTSD is physically exhausting and while the meds help to some degree, it never leaves. Then there are the side-effects of the meds. I really think that anyone claiming PTSD is going to expend a lot of energy to present symptoms that meet the criteria for PTSD, but these guys are going to have to spend even more energy keeping their stories and symptoms straight. One would imagine that it would be less taxing to just working a job. These fakers are going to not want meds...I just can't imagine these fakers keeping it up for long. I may be wrong. While I know there will be malingerers I would hope that they get weeded out and the VA gets it together so the various providers can compare notes. There are standard measurement that can rule in or out whether a person is spoofing. The MMPI and the MMPI2 can actually (as one tool) reveal exaggeration, overreporting and reveal a Rule Out Dx of Malingering. It is one tool that consistently holds up in the legal system. The Department of Veterans Affairs Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Compensation and Pension Examinations. It is a comprehensive manual of 121 pages. http://www.vva.org/Committees/PTSD/PTSDManualFinal6.pdf It's just that those administering C&P's do not use psychometric test and there are plenty. They don't even follow their own standards for increasing dramatically the accuracy of a reported Mental Disorder. Why? It's time consuming, costs money which means increasing staffing. I think if the evaluators just use some of the measurements in the "Manual" many malingering cases could be dispensed with. Many of the fakers might even just run if they are asked to take the MMPI or MMPI2. Thanks for this Forum.
  6. Seaman - I don't bitch about Lawyers I just submitted some recommendations above. I did see a post where a Brother met with a lawyer and the lawyer gave him some bad advice.
  7. That would be me. I am glad to be back on Hadit. This forum and the information helped me at the beginning of my journey through the VA system some years ago. All I can hope to do is give back something.
  8. In my previous life I was a Licensed Mental Health Practitioner and it was informally referred to as SSD by everyone. I used to do evaluations for GAU and SSA to help determine eligibility for SSDI. Don't sweat it. If you are awarded SSDI you children may be eligible for a stipend paid to a custodial parent. The kids won't get medical. What is cool is my daughter turned 18 last year and SSA dropped her, but I am receiving nearly the same amount with one dependent. So once you get it and your kids start leaving the nest the child benefit doesn't change much. Now that is for two children. I don't remember if the same thing applies to more kids, but I know their is a cap. I think a lot of Vets, myself included are afraid if they assert themselves they'll lose everything. I had a similar experience. I was awarded 70% TDIU 100% and it was about 4 years since my award and I went to my VFW DSO and filed a request for P&T award. Within 3 months I had another C&P and P&T, but the key for me was that I had to be the driving force duing the process. The only reason that I got it so fast is follow-up, follow-up, follow-up. It was taking forever for the contractor to send my C&P results to VA so I wrote a letter of compleint to VA that the contracted provider was dragging her feet. I talked to the provider's boss and kept things moving. Download and complete VA Form #21-4138. Make sure you attach supportive documentation indicating in support of P&T. The amount of time to become eligible to use Medicare I will tell you be longer than filing claim for P&T from my experience. Just saying. I even asked and received a note from my VA shrink stating that he "agreed with me, that given my current mental status blah, blah attemtping to return to work would cause my condition to worsten." I think the first line of offense should be pursuing P&T. Just get the upgrade to P&T and then your dependents will be eligible for CHAMPVA. Follow the link to the CHAMPVA Web Site and read. Information is power. http://www4.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/champva/champva.asp Once you get P&T go down to SSA Local Office and work with them up close...not to close.
  9. I think a lot of Vets, myself included are afraid if they assert themselves they'll lose everything. I had a similar experience. I was awarded 70% TDIU 100% and it was about 4 years since my award and I went to my VFW DSO and filed a request for P&T award. Within 3 months I had another C&P and P&T, but the key for me was that I had to be the driving force duing the process. The only reason that I got it so fast is follow-up, follow-up, follow-up. It was taking forever for the contractor to send my C&P results to VA so I wrote a letter of compleint to VA that the contracted provider was dragging her feet. I talked to the provider's boss and kept things moving. Download and complete VA Form #21-4138. Make sure you attach supportive documentation indicating in support of P&T. The amount of time to become eligible to use Medicare I will tell you be longer than filing claim for P&T from my experience. Just saying. I even asked and received a note from my VA shrink stating that he "agreed with me, that given my current mental status blah, blah attemtping to return to work would cause my condition to worsten." Do the Medicare thing as well, but I think the first line of offense should be pursuing P&T.
  10. That is reassuring and for all the Obama Bashers out there (I'm an Independent) he has a long history of supporting Veterans and was an integral part of forging legislation for better Veterans Benefits and a higher standard of care. He also has always championed legislation permitting concurrent receipt as a member of U.S Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs during his Committee tenure on the 109th CONGRESS, 2005 and 2006 and the 110th CONGRESS, 2007 and 2008. Minimal Standards of Care have been and continue to be defined. Follow the link below and take a read: http://search.military.com/search?site=mil...&submit.y=8 Priority 8 Veterans May Be Eligible to Enroll http://www.navytimes.com/news/2009/01/mili...terans_010609w/ http://www.military.com/benefits/military-...eceipt-overview Latest on Concurrent Receipt: http://militarydailynews.com/2010/03/senat...urrent-receipt/ The various Veterans' Service Organizations (VFW, DVA, American Legion) have been very active in the fight to obtain and ensure that deserving Veterans are afforded the benefits they deserve.
  11. Thanks for the message. I read my award letter about 20 times and thought so, but still wasn't sure. Chris
  12. The Value of the CRSC Benefit: DFAS pays CRSC based on the combined disability rating of combat-related disabilities as determined by your branch of service. Additionally, only combat-related disabilities for which you actually receive Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) compensation will be considered. DFAS recently posted new information regarding changes associated with the National Defense Act of 2008. Visit the DFAS website to learn more. Follow the link below for more detailed information. http://www.military.com/benefits/military-...al-compensation
  13. It has been awhile since my last post. I was wondering if the Dependent Compensation I am receiving for my 18 year old daughter will disappear now that she has begun to receive DEA (Dependent Educational Allowance). Thank-you in advance for any help. Photoman 70% IU P&T Air Force '77 - '82 :D
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