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  • Birthday October 15

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  1. Hey Buck, I don't know the specific form number, but I did find these regs regarding IU and working. I'm not sure if they are what you need, but they do include info about going from IU back to work and the provisions required. Hope this helps! 38 CFR 3.343 - Continuance of total disability ratings. 38 U.S. Code § 1163 - Trial work periods and vocational rehabilitation for certain veterans with total disability ratings
  2. Conflict yes or no

    Welcome to Hadit! Yes. There are plenty of members here who receive both, but there are different processes and requirements to get each of them.
  3. C P Rectal Exam?

    Welcome to Hadit! That may have been to check your prostate and also hemorrhoids/polyps. An abnormally enlarged prostate can be a cause of ED or other issues.
  4. Oh man, that stinks. I hope they get you taken care of soon. Keep in mind that stuffing the piggy bank is always a good way to save, as long as it it hidden away in a safe place from fire/theft. I usually stash away a couple of $20's from every paycheck in my fireproof box. You can also go to the store and get $20 cash back. My wife is always astounded at how I always seem to have money for the holidays. I've been through divorce and left with debt, but what helped me was to listen to Dave Ramsey's radio show and his financial peace university class. Consider calling into his show and asking for his opinion and advice. I called in and won tickets to his seminar that came to my city. It took some time, but made a difference for me. It might be worth checking out before you go the ch. 7 route, but I realize that option may be necessary to protect yourself. Well, whatever happens, I wish you the best of luck.
  5. Wow Buck, I think you asked the right question. Also, keep in mind that there are a variety of therapy approaches. I noticed some counselors tend to try to stick to a single therapy for an extended period, even if it is not helping you, because it may have a good success ratio in case studies. What really matters is are you seeing improvement? If you tried one approach for a while without success, don't feel afraid to ask to try something different.
  6. There is a chance that someone printed your award on white paper only, so that could explain why you didn't get any color papers. Each VARO may end up doing things a little differently. Gotcha. I am hoping your new letter for the TBI/PTSD will contain more details. Were you able to find the ebenefits section which lists your disabilities? It should list every single disability and the percentage, along with secondary disabilities.
  7. Good luck on your claim The nexus John999 describes may also be part of the C&P exam. It might be worth it to take a second look at the rest of the exam. The wording may include "less likely than not", "as likely as not", "more likely than not", or "was caused by/is due to". Just bear in mind that even if the C&P doc did everything correct, the people who process the claims at the VARO can still screw stuff up. I had one fail to read a measurement, but I sent in a notice of disagreement and they fixed it.
  8. I just responded to this on your other topic. It looks very similar to the letter I got. I guess you might have been 90% IU for a while and then in Nov 2016 became 100% P&T, which is the next step up. Being rated unemployable is also a factor. It might qualify you for VR&E and/or ILP.
  9. I just responded to your other post before reading this one. You might have been 90% IU for a while, but according to that part of the letter, they say you are 100% as of November 2016. My 100% P&T letter is worded close to yours. It does not just come out and state 100% P&T, but it says rated 100% ... blah blah blah ... for your permanent and total disabilities. The page you posted is just the award letter part of the decision, which would be enough to get you and your dependents ID cards, plus Chapter 35 DEA and CHAMPVA benefits for your dependents.. There should have also been some green or blue pages at the end which go into details about your actual ratings, percentages, and how they made their decision. It might be worth checking those too. Have you logged onto ebenefits and checked the disabilities section to see what it shows? Also, the letter generator might be another place to look.
  10. It might be worth checking the award letter. I have a feeling they may have granted you TDIU, which is almost the same as P&T in most regards.
  11. I know what you mean. Hang in there. Hopefully they will not make you wait any longer.
  12. One thing I have noticed is the VA MH docs always say so and so counselor is really good and they try to encourage you to stay with them. A while back, I had some real issues with an LCSW to the point that I just stopped going. After the last appointment, they indicated my symptoms included "avoidance". Gee, I wonder why... I ended up talking to the patient advocate and they got me someone who clicked better. There is a difference between being found to have improved vs. showing sustained improvement. Don't let a single incorrect write up get you down. If you get to a point that you cannot trust your counselor, it is your right to get another. Patients Bill of Rights says you have the right to choose your provider.
  13. Buck, I observed that too. It's like they replaced the hamsters with rabbits.
  14. In my opinion, I don't think it will slow down your claim. If you mailed in the dependency change, it might take longer. I was advised to handle dependency via ebenefits and it didn't take long at all. After the ebenefits claim was approved, I had to go back in and cancel the claim I mailed in.
  15. JR, You know, you might be on to something. I did a web search for cpap and reflux and found this study. In brief, they considered aerophagia associated with CPAP use may result in reflux. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2576329/ It really does make sense. With the CPAP mask forcing pressurized air into your nose and throat, I guess there is a fair chance that some of that air will find its way into your stomach. I hope this helps!