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  • Birthday 08/25/1955

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  1. yes the lawyer only makes statements of fact and they know how to document your statements so they do not get twisted by the regional office, I spent 7 years fighting the RO on my own and the VSOs in the early years, but I let my mouth and e mail keep me in trouble once the lawyer took over the mess was settled in less than 2 years and everything was SC that needed to be in order to protect my wife for DIC and Champva. The lawyer took all the stress off of me and my wife and life got better, since then we did file and A&A claim which we handled ourselves and was granted taking
  2. there are no "little mistakes" every statement put on paper is a "fact" with the VARO as long as they want it to be, if the veteran provides it, then it was obviously skewed in the veterans favor so all self serving statements are considered to be "lies", they tend to give the same weight to statements from family members and friends, they want evidence from "professionals" so they will ignore facts as long as they have a C&P exam done by a nurse practioner signed off by a physician who never saw you to fall back to when they write the denial letter. One of the VA Nurse Practioners
  3. Sorry for this I know it is not on topic but I just noticed a change in my status on the side menu. and it will probably take T Bird or Carlie or Pete or someone to answer it, when was I changed to an Elder status? Two things come to mind, I am getting old, I have been here what 11 years now? I am grateful for the honor of being named an elder, I have been so beat down by my cardiac problems and I Have been going down the long roll out on one of the largest roller coasters ever built since April 2011 and the past year has left me close to bedridden around the clock the only time I lea
  4. you are going up and down as fast as a yo-yo, meds do not work that fast, you need to stay home for a few weeks not a few days, you are AC/DC it takes most of us months to get the right meds and dosage levels and you seem to think in a day or two you should be "fixed" because you are are getting a different pill with 80 milligrams etc, it does NOT work that way some of these drugs can take weeks before they get to an effective level in your system, and you can be arrested for driving under the influence just like drunk driving if they impair your driving ability, it is dangerous for yo
  5. I agree in these type of cases it is best to use VA attornies that know how to properly file these claims, the rules for allowable assets etc can be confusing and most VSOs do not know the rules,the aid and attendence for elderly in assisted living or nursing homes can make the difference between a decent place or a dump, I am all in favor of decent places they deserve it. I hope I can be like my parents and live in my home until it is time to go, I know I have turned my wife into a full time care nurse but she says she wants it this way, and she takes better care of me than and nursing
  6. normally if you are on a medication for a service connected issue the veteran will normally receive at the minimum a 10% award for that condition, you may need to ask for a re-evaluation on that issue, you have nothing to lose if they are not compensating you now. If a doctor added the medication after you processed the initial claim and was granted the 0%, then you need to go back to your VSO that has your POA or file your own claim
  7. ok you have retired from a state position. What is your rating now and what are you asking the VA to do as far as your rating and compensation? Did your doctors tell you that it was medically necessary for you to leave work due to your SC medical conditions? You have saving I hope as this will still take a year or more for an award letter on these issues if that early. There is nothing fast about rate increases. Now you need to make sure the medical evidence supports the out come you are looking for, without that evidence spelling it out for them you could easily wind up on the appeal tr
  8. Philip it is known that Gagetown was used for AO and it is where Canada conducted similar experiments as Edgewood Arsenal and Porton Downs, England about ten years ago the Canadian government authorized a one time payment of 24,000 dollars for Canadian soldiers who were at Gagetown from the mid 60s until about 1980. It is also documented that many National Guard units from the North east region trained at Gagetown from NY, Maine, NH, etc they will be need to prove the unit went to Gagetown to train during that time period, but I have not seen anyone get SC yet from the US f
  9. No that C&P exam definately is in FAVOR of your PTSD being SC and the other issues are there but should not prevent the PTSD from being SC and at a 50% rate or higher to start stay in treatment if your PTSD symptoms keeps you from working or if you worsen you will be in a better position to ask for TDIU or an increase down the road I seldom had a GAF over 40 from when I started treatment in Jan 2003 and when I first got rated in Feb 2005 they granted me 50% I filed a NOD based on the rating was to low based on my treating shrinks records and statements that it
  10. by the time he is done with the AO related issues he will probably be SMC S depending on how bad his heart related issues are EF is a closer and more accurate measure of damage rather than METS if he has a recent heart cath that is the best way to determine damage my last one was April 2011 and it showed a 10% EF and had to have a defib/pacemaker installed they can't argue with the heart cath all other tests are like horse shoes they get close but they aren't any more than getting close
  11. SSI back payments get paid in installments, SSD is normally paid all at once and the lawyer gets the max payout so do not count on getting more checks than the first one look at the amount, do rough math 3 years at 2,000 close to 75,000 take out lawyer fees high 60,000 to you, if it is coming in payouts the check will come in about 15-19,000 to you so you should be able to tell quickly when you see the amount, but the award letter should spell it out for you. Save some for rainy days, unless you hit the lottery you will not see a large check again, spend wisely
  12. actually most civilian docs have trouble writing hydrocodone narcotics also, the DEA is cracking down all over the country and they are hard pushed over drugs, and most docs are like other people they don't need the govt up their backside, you might not have it easier getting pills from them even if you are paying the bills. I hear from what you are saying though, I gave up my license when I started the hydrocodone a decade ago, but they will not operate on the 3 herniated disks due to my heart disease, and something has to give, so I take pain pills to survive the day, my wife d
  13. as long as you stayed in treatment and got your meds, but if you took the check and quit treatment altogether and now are thinking about filing for an increase do you have current medical evidence that you are worse off today than you were when they granted your claim. Without treatment records it will be hard to get increased checks are not a cure like Philip I have been in treatment a long time, ever since I told my primary care doc to refer me to mental health back in Dec 2002 she made an appt for Jan 2003 and I started to see a shrink and have been seeing the same one ever
  14. are you an in country Vietnam veteran not just era but served in Vietnam? Shinseki made IHD a presumptive for Agent Orange a couple of years ago, basically CAD coronary artery disease and IHD are the same issue, CHF usually is secondary to CAD, I was diagnosed with end stage congestive heart failure in April 2011 with an ejection fraction of 10% in April 2011 and they put a ICD/Defib in Sep 2011 and was an now SMC L with aid and attendance, they did it in steps 100% for PTSD in Dec 2003, SMC S for CAD in June 2009 after a 7 year BVA appeal then in Dec 2011 I filed f
  15. I have both conditions but I was diagnosed with CAD first and the CHF is a progressive condition that gets worse as time passes you need to get the CAD SC as related to AO then get the CHF becomes a symptom of the CAD, normally with CHF the docs want to implant a ICD/defib have they discussed this with you? The VA approved a FEE basis doc to put my unit in and now they read and follow the unit at the VAMC good luck getting your records straight
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