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ping jockey last won the day on February 27 2019

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  1. Hello Sisters and Brothers: I read the first four pages to the FMP topic, so does anyone know... Background: After relocating to Germany I had to have a root canal, which is a service connected condition on my FMP list that I obtained before relocation. I had to travel six hours and stay in hotels for 5 days to find an American trained dentist who followed American dental procedures - communicating the maxillary sinus complications aggravating my dental situation to a local national was to difficult. Issue/question: The FMP literature says "transportation and/or travel cost are not reimbursable". Does anyone know of an exception to this rule? With appreciation, PJ
  2. Hello Berta and fellow Vets: A retired Navy Vet's wife struck up a conversation with me. The hubby is in bad shape with AO conditions and she asked me to do research. Of course, Hadit is my first go to place!!! There is a new updated Ships List as of 7/2/2018. The list is named " U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships that operated in Vietnam" and is found half way down the page on this link: https://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/claims-postservice-agent_orange.asp PJ
  3. Hi, Here's a quote by Bronco Vet lifted from another forum: " If you discontinue treatment, especially after getting benefits, then the VA assumes it has improved, and you can expect VA to take a hard look at a reduction." Background: Rated 100% about 2013. One of the ratings is 50% for depression. Yearly, I see the psychiatrist to discuss things and renew a Rx. I always go to my appointments and VA cancelled my last one and didn't reschedule. I've been requesting Rx renewals through my local OPC pharmacy without a problem. This last year this Dr. out-of-the-blue suggested "you are doing better and we can look at taking you off your medications". It blew me away since I've been on it for nearly 10 years and it has worked well to stabilize but not eliminate symptoms, effect, and affect. Further my sister, a nurse of 25 years who's very familiar with my situation was adamant that I should "NOT" be taken off my meds. I don't want to go off them either!!! Likewise, this Dr. recently said, "well you've been working now and it's better to be employed that unemployed", which is true. The Dr. scheduled an appointment 2 weeks after our phone call and then called me to cancel the appointment on a Thursday before the Friday appointment. We rescheduled for Nov. Finally, the Dr. suggested I could write an update through My Health Vet. My concerns: Under what circumstance can VA reduce my benefits? In other words what things can they point to that could reduce my rating? Being employed long term, taking me off medication, the Dr. creating an appointment, then cancelling it, and saying I never showed UP. How do I protect myself? Issues VA/Dr. is not taking into account: I've lost 3 jobs after Voc-rehab. I've landed at a new place but only been there 3.5 months. The suggestion of being taken off meds that work interferes with my sleep - I don't want to go back into those black holes. Even with medication and a CPAP, I still have recurrent nightmare of not being able to get to the surface while under water - suffocation terrors. I still have recurrent nightmares of Boa Constrictor snakes slowly tightening their grid around my chest every time I exhale - suffocation terrors. The MH clinic essentially eased me out of bi-weekly therapy because other Vets are in more need than I. I wrote a suicide note after losing/walking out of my last job on April 4th and posted it online anonymously. SUGGESTIONS PLEASE:

    'Great information on getting your 100% rating. I am in the process of filing for just about exactly the same things you did. I tried to acces the attached pdf's to see how to go about writing mine up but everything I click the link it gives me a new page stating "I don't have permission to access that information". Would it be possible for you to send me a different link or even better email copies of your pdf's....redacted of course. 




  5. Hello, Happy Veteran's Day! Does anyone know if Ebenefits is shutdown? I tried accessing it a week ago and it was under maintenance. As of today, I still can even get to the "login screen? What gives, PJ
  6. I've read many of Dr. Bashes letters and would agree that what he writes is by far more superior to my "outline and claim structure". He knows what he is doing, and yes, the DBQs don't have enough room, which is why I expand all my evidence into multiple pages of a statement in support of claim document.
  7. PJ,

    'Great information on getting your 100% rating. I am in the process of filing for just about exactly the same things you did. I tried to acces the attached pdf's to see how to go about writing mine up but everything I click the link it gives me a new page stating "I don't have permission to access that information". Would it be possible for you to send me a different link or even better email copies of your pdf's....redacted of course. 



    1. Tbird


      it should work for you now.

    2. MountainMedic


      That worked. Thank you!

    3. Tbird


      You're welcome!

  8. Hi, I'm just hours into Habit and came across a post you wrote on how you got 100%. Thank you for putting it so clear I've been wanting to fight the VA for 100% but didn't know where to start. I tried to click on some of your examples (specifically the one for eczema) but none of them came up. I just requested my medical files and C file this morning so I have a little work ahead of me but can you share how you wrote yours out or is that not allowed?

    Thanks again,

    I look forward to reading more of your post.


    James P.

  9. Hi lcpl: IMHO, C&P exams always have questionable items in them. What's missing is comparing your C&P Exam to the Rating Decision from the RO. Again, IMHO the VA makes numerouls mistakes by way of errors, omissions, and absences - both intentionally and unintentioinally! I am not that familiar with all the leg, knee, and foot conditions; however, as requested, I took a pass at a series of questions I'd be asking myself if I were you. I am very familiar with OSA and wether it's secondary to other conditions. The VA loves to deny based upon secondary claims saying "there is no nexus (link) between OSA and Chronic Bronchitis, Chronic Sinusitis, and other conditions". My OSA is sedoncary to CRS (Chronic Rhinitis Sinuitis). Contrary to how the VA and Regional Offices "CONTINUE to DENY" OSA as secondary to, it's well established medically and at the Board of Appeals and Court of Veteran's Claims that OSA is indeed secondary to these conditions. That said, often the VA/Examiners are correct in their medical opinion, but more often than not they try to deny Vets this one when it is SC's. Most of my research focuses on OSA secondary to CRS, but I do know there are cases supporting it seconcary to Chronic Bronchitis. It would be instrucitve to compare your Rating Dx to the C&P exam and how the Rater missed things or follwed the Examiners opinions, but ignored evidence in you your favor. Here's a copy of your C&P marked up in PDF: LCPL'S C&p MARKED UP WITH QUESTIONS.pdf
  10. Greetings: I am grateful that one afternoon a few years ago, I Googled "I've had it with the VA". That simple "search" born out of utter frustration led me to "Hadit". And there it all started! As of two weeks ago, I'm rated 100% (long overdue). And, I am still NOT done with the VA. For those looking to do there own research I offer this process: Obtain your Military Service and Medical Records by mailing (certified, return receipt requested) an SF-180, found here: http://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/standard-form-180.html Obtain your full VA treatment records from the "release of information" window at the center you receive treatment at. Review the CD-rom (PDF file) for all CHRONIC medical conditions, treatments, and diagnosis - chronocity is critical! Identify the incident, event, or situation in service that "caused" this condition. If it's in your active duty medical records that's extremely valuable. If it manifest after service you'll need to find a way to "connect" it to service - the "nexus". Next search USC 38 part 4 for your CHRONIC DIAGNOSIS, found here: http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?rgn=div5;node=38: Match up the conditions and rating percetnage to the CHRONIC diagosis in your medical records. Review the DBQ the C&P examiner "must" use to rate your current condition, found here: http://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/dbq_ListByDBQFormName.asp Search for VA court cases on your condition(s) to understand how the VA Regional Offices is likey to "rule and rate" on your claim. HINT, the cases tell you what evidence actually supports a claim. For example, here's a search for Sleep Apnea secondary to chronic Sinuitis: https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#q=sleep+apnea+secondary+to+chronic+sinusitis Look for evidence in these cases that would support your claim, and THEN match and find your evidence - NEVER, EVER lie! Gather all your evidence, write up a Statement in Support of Claim, found here: https://www.google.com/?gws_rd=ssl#newwindow=1&q=va+"Statement+in+Support+of+Claim" and mail it certified return receipt requested. NUMBER every single page, make copies, and wait. Make someone sign for your mailed packaged - VA has NEVER lost my packages! Before you go to a C&P review your evidence and especially the questions the Dr. is going to ask from the DBQ. I usually hand write a list of the 6-7 items that supports my claim. I make sure the examiner see this. I'm so done with the VA, I walked into to my last C&P with my 4" binder and the Dr. undersood I knew what is going on. A C&P exam is a LEGAL MEEETING, not medical treatment. I submitted my last three claims in July and they were fully decided correctly in six months. Help the VA help YOU! And, most importantly, never, never, never, ever give up. Be relentless! Most grateful, PJ I got a request to see how I wrote Claims, so here they are: Hearing loss, Peripheral Vestibular Discorder, and Tinnunitis. Digestive disorder. Skin disorder. VA's 2015 Decision on these three Claims. 1 -STMT IN SUPPORT OF CLAIM - PERIPHERAL VEST DIS - PG-1- redacted.pdf 2 -STMT IN SUPPORT OF CLAIM - PERIPHERAL VEST DIS - PG-2 - redacted.pdf 3 - STMT IN SUPPORT OF CLAIM - PERIPHERAL VEST DIS FOLLOWED BY TINNITUS - PG-3 - redacted.pdf 4 - DBQ WITH TINNITUS - HEARING LOSS & PERIPHERAL VEST DIS - AMENDMENTS_Redacted.pdf 5 - C&P EXAMINER'S DBQ FOR EAR CONDITIONS.pdf 6 - STMT SUPPORT CLAIM - RHIODS 2014 - redacted.pdf 7 - DBQ FOR RHOIDS - FOR C&P.pdf 8 - STMT SUPP CLAIM - ECZEMA 60% - PG 1-2.pdf 9 -STMT SUPP CLAIM - ECZEMA 60% - PG 3.pdf 10 -STMT SUPP CLAIM - ECZEMA 60% - PG 4.pdf 2015 DX REDACTED FOR HADIT_Redacted.pdf
  11. Hello: Tbird, this should probably be posted elsewhere, and I'll leave that up to you. DAV, like most Veteran Organizations are very good. Recently, I got this email from the DAV National Commander, where we need to let Congress "know" we can't/won't tolerate them dragging their feet. So, sing DAV's let to the entire Congress here: Veterans should never be victims of Capitol Hill inaction or government shutdowns. One bill can guarantee veterans their benefits - no matter what. But Congress must act by year-end. Help us bring this vital measure to a vote, before time runs out by signing this petition: http://bit.ly/vetfunding DAV and a coalition of America's leading veterans and military service organizations have been pushing Congress to pass legislation that would shield all veterans' programs, services and benefits from budget gimmicks, partisan politics and government shutdowns. The Putting Veterans Funding First Act (S. 932 / H.R. 813) does that by ensuring the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) budgets are fully funded at the beginning of every year. Currently, the budget for veterans' programs and benefits is being held in limbo and is set to run out on December 11th. This is the 23rd time in 26 years that VA's full budget is late. Enough is enough! In the Senate, this bipartisan legislation has the support of Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders and Budget Committee Chairman Patty Murray, and Majority Leader Harry Reid has promised to hold a vote on the bill this year. In the House, Veterans' Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller and House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan both support the bill, yet nothing has moved forward. We need your help to make sure that the Senate holds that vote, and that the legislation passes. Please add your support by signing this petition: http://bit.ly/vetfunding As always, thank you for your grassroots advocacy as a participant in DAV's Commanders' Action Network. Your commitment and activism makes DAV a more effective organization in Washington, D.C. Happy Thankgiving to all, PJ
  12. Hi, I hope you all are doing well these days. For some reason the "Google Custom Search" gives me search errors. Can anyone point or drop a link to the following issues: NIHL - Noise-Induced Hearing Loss; and what the hearing loss criteria are? Menieres' T-Bird when I use the search function is returns the error in the attached PDF. Thanks, PJ Error - HadIt.pdf
  13. Hi, Hadit has been a "port in the storm" for awhile now - thank you! I'm confused, demoralized, and humilated right now after two years of Voc-Rehab and getting terminated from my job yesterday after five months. Reasons: Difficulty understanding instructions; Not assimilating simple concepts; Taking to long to complete task and more. It was never addressed either, just "good bye". These difficulties and others have persisted over 15 years and always seems to lead to termination. Not being able to support oneself is very, very, depressing and demoralizing and makes me question living . My SC conditions generate social anxiety in the employment setting because of a chronic cough I have where I've been socially alienated over the years with very harsh statments both in and outside of the work setting. It always interfers with my ability to concentrate clearly, followed by the social alienation in the work place and other places. SC conditions include: Chronic Sinuitis 50% - due to a chemical plant explosion. OSA 50% - secondary to CS. Depression 50% - secondary to OSA. CFS 0% - scondary to OSA - Bronchitis 0% - direct nexus. Eczema 10% - direct necus. I am worn out and really don't care to experience this crap from "civilian idots" ANYMORE. I just want to be left alone to live out my life with comfort and diginity; If it's worth hanging around for. What would be the next step for P&T so I don't have to go through this anymore!
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