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About Vync

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  1. I am considering filing some pain claims, but am curious what kind of developments come up. Back in 1995, I filed for pain in my hands. The C&P exam happened in 1997. The examiner did an x-ray, which came back normal. The doc was unable to identify a disability, but noted that he believed my pain was legitimate. Naturally, the claim was denied and I never reopened it. It stinks because I have required tylenol or motrin every day since I got out. I am wondering if the claim could be reopened based on the rules requiring a diagnosed disability being nuked.
  2. Welcome to Hadit! You'll need to show the usual three things: 1. Event/injury while on active duty OR have another SC condition for which this could be secondary 2. Current diagnosis 3. Medical opinion connecting #1 and #2 Some folks like to pursue everything they can get. Because you are 100% P&T already, getting additional percentage can help if you are looking to qualify for SMC-S. Many of us worry about the VA reducing ratings if they file new claims. Personally, I never had that problem. The only one where the VA brought be back in was for a temporary asthma rating. They "expected me to improve", so I had a follow up C&P a year later. The VARO ignored my evidence and reduced me anyway. However, I appealed and they fixed it. There are other topics here which go more in depth for this type of concern. Good luck!
  3. If you have an IMO for each condition, that should be very helpful. Asthma and SA sound plausible due to your exposure to the burn pits. For asthma, the ratings are based on the type of medication treatment or FEV1%. Just keep in mind that they are both respiratory ratings. For purposes of your combined rating %, they will use the higher % of the two. An ED claim secondary to PTSD makes sense. The psychotropic medications given to treat PTSD have a known side effect of ED. If they denied an ED claim, it might be worth it to get an IMO (if it is not listed in your records already). Keep in mind, a successful ED claim typically results in an SMK-K award (a bit over $100/month) and is not added to your combined rating.
  4. The text of the bill is now up for viewing: https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/5674/text
  5. A coworker had surgery on both knees a few years back and now walks faster than I do at work. I hope you are able to get some relief.
  6. Sounds promising, but I can't wait to see what changes it contains. I hope they are only for the better. https://www.congress.gov/bill/115th-congress/house-bill/5674 It got out of committee, which is a good start. Unfortunately, the summary and text are not available yet.
  7. A little bit more information would be needed to provide a meaningful opinion. Is your concern with an initial claim, appeal, BVA, dependency, or something else? If you have an ebenefits account, you might want to check there or possibly call the 1-800-827-1000 number. Just keep in mind the 1-800 number can be helpful, but results may vary between each phone call.
  8. Vync

    TO Vync

    Excellent! That's good to know.
  9. Below is the spine rating criteria. Please note that the criteria has many or's, meaning you would only need to me one of the many criteria for the corresponding rating. §4.71a Schedule of ratings—musculoskeletal system.
  10. Yikes! Reminds me of the old movie The Fly. That's how we get mutant fly/human hybrids.
  11. I assume you have checked Ebenefits for SMC-S?
  12. @broncovet I wonder if the knowledge from their site (like the training slides) will be transferred elsewhere. Many of them were really great resources.
  13. Left service in 1995 and initial SC awarded in 2000. Couple of denials and two visits with the BVA.

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