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  1. congrats Navy04 on long overdue win...continue to help all these others with everything you have learned in your own process. Yutt
  2. well devil, good to go on doing your due diligence. You need to look up the criteria for each rating. Yes they will go into depth about Stressors. Since you were in Iraq and most likely got a CAR being a grunt, no need to worry about confirming everything. They will go into your background growing up, family life etc. They want to know how you were before Iraq and how you are post Iraq essentially. The C&P is a confirmation usually of what was diagnosed. The percentages for diasbility are based on the severity of your symptoms. It isn't about oh you saw more then someone else o
  3. PR & others, I understand the consequences of I will have to pay a 10% premium penalty per every 12 months, I am off Medicare Part B. I am single, unmarried, no dependents. I only use the VA and have had no problems. Everything at my local VA (Bedford, MA) has met my needs including dental. I understand if I was married then the scenarios may change but for right now, I don't see any benefit for ME, MY situation at this time. I'm not saying you all dont make valid points for the future. What do I need to do to remove myself?
  4. thank devil, i'm 100% VA TDIU P&T so I doubt they would be charging medicare in my case, should be champva or whatever. My meds are all free via VA. If I must reenroll when I'm 65 so be it, but I'm 39. I'd rather the $110 go toward a monthly bill. Is there a special form or procedure to disenroll from medicare part b?
  5. Pete, thank you for the post. I understand the generalities of Medicare Part B. I was more specifically asking if Vets, maybe you, getting 100% from the VA and use only the VA for Health coverage, have opted out? I'm 39yrs old, single, no dependents if that helps. Again, I'm not trying to clog your thread up. I'm wondering if anyone has chosen to unenroll from Medicare Part B, since after 2 yrs on SSDI, it automatically kicked in. thanks again
  6. Hey Pete, Great post. Just a quick question since you are 100%, did you opt out of the Medicare $110/mo payment or do they wack you for it? I just started getting hit. I'm 100% TDIU P&T/ Medically retired 50% DOD & 70%CRSC........I only use the VA for all my health. Just curious if you opted out and if so, how do you do so? sorry if I'm off topic, didnt mean to hijack your thread
  7. Great info... Now the 20%, are you SC by reasons of AO for the DMII? I was diagnosed 2 yrs ago by the VA as DMII and take Metformin twice a day to get my A1C down from 9.6 originally 10.6 2 yrs ago to 6.3 recently as of a few weeks ago.......I never filed for it as I'm sure they will deny for it not being in my SMRs. I only remember on my exit physical being counseled for being pre-diabetic. Not sure that qualifies. Also have OSA that the VA issued a CPAP in 2010 but denied me when I filed a claim and I appealed, but I never knew to get a IMO at the time. It sat on appeal for 4 yrs an
  8. You will still be subjected to future exams. It may be 5 yrs instead of every 2 yrs in my opinion. Inside your C-File has the date. If you have any other C&Ps it could trigger a reevalutation as well as a need for increase or If you seek TDIU. This is just my opinion.
  9. I think you are going to have to file a NOD(Notice of Disagreement). Hopefully you can contact them and get a new C&P without dragging this out. I fear this will be dragged out much longer for you. Does the VARO have your current address & Phone Number on File? I totally believe you when you said it wasnt there. Odd they didnt mail or call. I am just trying to chime in. I know this would beyond frustrating for me, so I can only imagine how you are taking it. I admit, I don't know a ton on missing appts, especially C&Ps, some others will chime in and get you locked in the right dire
  10. Welcome, You can certainly apply for an increase in your PTSD. you can apply online VONAPP application or eBenefits, I think. There are new forms required to fill out now then in the past as I believe they were trying to remove ambiguity. You will need to consult the higher criteria for 70% or 100% on the PTSD to see if you meet either of them. They will ask about what has happened since the last VA rating. They will not be covering what has happened since your last C&P for PTSD. TDIU-is Total Disability Individual Unemployability. This you for not being able to work due to your d
  11. hey welcome and thanks for taking the time to share your claim in such detail. I can tell at least from the comments on your PTSD exam, the rater checked occupational and social with occasional decease is more than likely going to meet the 30% ballpark. I can't speak for the other claims, just trying to help in anyway and there shall be plenty of others, hopefully to chime in.
  12. Click on your user name on right hand top then click on My Profile. Once on the Profile, select edit Profile on right hand side. Then you can click on the change photo to change your picture. Also on the same page if you scroll down is the about me section, in which you can post your disabilities if you prefer with 100% TDIU P&T (Permanent & total), whenever it is P&T it is automatically assumed that there is no future exams. hope that helps
  13. i hear exactly what you are saying. Most PTSD, people didnt run for help when or immediately after it happened so it appears as if it didnt happen but we know it did in fact happen. What type of MOS were you in? ANy combat action ribbons or badges help as well. You have a diagnosis so don't sweat it.
  14. Welcome, Even as a reservist that is activated, you do have medical records. They are saying your old reserve unit never gave them your service medical records. You need to send them into them if you have a copy. You can also request a copy of all your service medical records by your branch of service. Most will be in St Louis and most should have already been sent to the VA, but it isn't always automatic. PDHA, PHDRA are all within you service medical records. Give them all of them, no need to cherry pick for specifics. You are saying no LOD (Line of Duty), for this stuff. You have a diag
  15. hey just a heads up but there is no such "medical discharge". There are 5 types of discharges or at least that is what was drilled in my brain housing group in the Marines. Honorable *******General under Honorable conditions (This is where Medical discharge could fall)****** General Under Other than Honorable Conditions (Usually misdemeanor offenses, pop on drug test, UA, NJP stuff etc, could also be a summary court martial or admin separation) Bad Conduct Discharge (I believe is considered a felony type charges and usually would need to go to Special or General court martial) Dishono
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