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Vync last won the day on August 31 2020

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  1. The online site is pretty jacked up. If you make a mistake, you cannot edit or delete anything you added. They said it is a good start, but even they have had problems with it and recommended doing it the old fashioned way. My VAMC travel office said I could send them a letter explaining the details of the appointments along with a work excuse from each provider. They can receive a copy of it by fax, mail, or I may drop it off in person. They mail me the vouchers. I sign and return them. Wait for the check in the mail. Each VAMC travel office may do things a little bit differently, s
  2. I am aware of that. If there is no retro potential, they will pass. I did get a follow up email from CCK saying they do not handle FTCA's. Anyhow, my father said he didn't want any lawyers involved. I tried to convince him otherwise, but in the end this is his claim.
  3. I talked briefly with CCK and Hill & Ponton. Regarding my potential FTCA I posted on a separate topic, they said they don't do those at all (didn't even ask what it was about). However, regarding my father's case, I have to get him on the phone with them so he can go through the intake process and grant permission for them to talk with me about everything. I do anticipate they will want a denial first, but I do like the idea of bouncing the decision off of them up front or after a decision letter is received (win or lose) just to make sure everything was above board. Will also reach out to
  4. @Berta My father does not have IHD. He did not file any claims other than the knee and heart claim, so there is no other AO-related claim in his records. I am going to get with him to do an intent to file/21-0966 before the end of the month in order to preserve whatever effective date he might receive. @Marine Corp 69/70Do you have a link to Woods & Woods? I am not familiar with them.
  5. @Buck52 and @Berta just to make sure I understand the Nehmer stuff, is it correct that he would not receive retro back to when he got out of service or while in Vietnam? Prior to retirement, his self-reported medical history included some key boxes that were checked YES: coughed up blood, bled excessively after injury or tooth extraction, dizziness or fainting spells, head injury, shortness of breath, pain or pressure in chest, palpitation or pounding of heart, heart trouble, cramps in your legs, stomach/liver/intestine trouble, frequent trouble sleeping, and periods of unconscious
  6. I appreciate the information and advice from everyone! I know a lot has changed since I last filed a VA claim, but is it possible to still do the process to preserve effective dates? If we get something in the hopper before the end of the month, his effective date might be Feb 1 2021. Then we can pursue a good law firm to get their perspective.
  7. I have several questions which are at the end of my post, but here is some background information. I got an email from CCK law firm with a link to this Youtube video. It indicates that the National Defense Authorization Act of 2021 was enacted and includes the three new AO presumptives: Bladder Cancer, Hypothyroidism, and Parkinson's-like symptoms (symptoms similar to Parkinson's without actually having a Parkinson's diagnosis). My father served in Vietnam boots on the ground, non-combat, for one year and had a number of ailments arise over time both during and after
  8. @Berta, I really appreciate the information. The magic word "and" does appear promising: M21-1 still directs the VA to combine 1151 disabilities with regular SC disabilities https://www.knowva.ebenefits.va.gov/system/templates/selfservice/va_ssnew/help/customer/locale/en-US/portal/554400000001018/content/554400000014567/M21-1,-Part-IV,-Subpart-ii,-Chapter-2,-Section-G---Benefits-Under-38-U.S.C.-1151 This veteran was SC for a disability, filed an 1151 for the same disability, the BVA denied it due to pyramiding. Based on VAOPGCPREC
  9. @Berta I have been covered up between work and the new baby, but did a little digging in my VAMC records. I found a couple of instances where my primary care doctor (VA employee per the link you posted) did issue refills for the medication. It was a few years before I had the heart attack, but I still had many of the risk factors which were contraindicated. I'll have to get with the VAMC pharmacy and ask them for the dates of each time the medication was administered/refilled/renewed and the names of the employees who did it. I read about the Brian Tally case while researching VA contra
  10. Hi @Berta, I will be able to scan it soon, but as for your other questions: - Regular secondary SC related to SC migraines/headaches (not 1151) - The doc who originally wrote it was a neurology resident at the VAMC's neuro clinic. I will have to check, but believe the progress note was signed off by a VA attending doctor. No idea if either were actual VA employees or contractors at the time. Several other docs also renewed the prescription. Additionally, I think the link you provided only applies to current employees. The medication was initially prescribed several years ago.
  11. Since I won, now I am wondering if I should submit a tort claim... I just got the decision letter from my VSO granting a single 100% for three months following the heart attack and automatically inferred the SMC-S housebound for that time. After that, it changed to 60% based on the medical evidence. The letter does not state that this is temporary or that I should expect an exam in the future (probably because my existing ratings and P&T status) Here is the key rationale from the decision letter. The VA even quoted my non-VA neuro specialist's rebuke of VA bungling. After the
  12. You are correct. My employer had directed most employees to work from home since March 2020, so fortunately I have not had to endure the stresses of a daily commute to the office. Doing as well as can be expected otherwise.
  13. Hey Buck, I am waiting to get the decision letter from my VA rep tomorrow, but it looks like I was awarded 60% for myocardial infarction (i.e. MI, or heart attack). The rating criteria grants a single temporary 100% rating for three months. I saw a small retro deposit hit the bank and I calculated it to match extra SMC-S for three months. The VA would not have issued a payment unless I solidly won. I honestly was not expecting any retro at all. I was just hoping the new SC would open the door for me to purchase VA's S-DVI life insurance. I assume that after the three month period, they
  14. Yeah, I know. I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.
  15. In August 2020, I filed a HLR for heart attack and was just called by a DRO. The DRO indicated the decision was in error because it was based solely on the wrong condition (atrial fibrillation) and did not address the heart attack at all. They will go over everything, including the strong "more likely than not" IMO from my non-VA board certified doctor. They said they would try to grant based off of the evidence of record. Of course, if granted, I would get another heart C&P for rating purposed. Should know something within the next couple of weeks.
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