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ping jockey

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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
  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
  4. 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
  5. 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.
  6. 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 n
  7. 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 tr
  8. 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 s
  9. 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
  10. 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 questio
  11. Hi Berta, Thanks for responding! I'll dig out the material tomorrow. I got terminated from my job today, so not feeling up to it. After this experience, I never want to look for another job. My conditions always seem to manifest negatively in one way or another in the employment setting leading to these miserable experiences. I feel nauses and like throwing up right now....going to bed. Again, Thanks
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  13. Hi, I hope everyone is having a great Memorial Day weekend. As always, thanks to all the Elders and everyone who make this place possible! I have to submit my NOD by June 18th, 2014 - soon, I know. I'm hoping Berta, Carlie, Bronco Vet and/or the others can weight in on how/whether to file my NOD. First, do I have a legitimate NOD for either or both: My OSA rating being combined with other ratings, when OSA is supposed to stand on its own? Seeking a 60% rating for CFS because the decision letter cites "no compensable symptoms"? Regarding CFS, my symptoms rise to the 60% level, a
  14. LMAO; "how do you spell relief?" See Bronco Vets post above! Gotta love that one. Congratulations. Ping
  15. Hello Brother and Sister Veterans: I am happy to announce that after thirty months of waiting, and with exceptional guidance by way of the resources here at Hadit; The V.A. granted my claims for Chronic Rhinitis Sinuitis at 50% and Obstructive Sleep Apnea secondary to CRS at 50%. When combined with 50% for General Depressive and 10% Rhinitis my total rating is now 90%! I am reasonable sure, the V.A. has wrongly combined the CRS and OSA ratings instead of treating them indepedent which would make the rating 100%. Regardless, my wife and I are estatic as this is the only "good news" i
  16. The VAOIG and Auditors take fraud against the Government very seirously folks. People will get caught eventually. Look here at how active VAOIG is: http://www.va.gov/oig/publications/press-releases.asp
  17. Carlie, Apologies for not seeing this sooner, for some reason, I'm not getting those "auto-notices" from Hadit. From the facts above it appears you have $32k of "cancellation of debt" income; unless you meet one of those exceptions in U.S.C. 26 Sec. 108(a) of the Internal Revenue Code. Although the $32k is taxable income, and you're in the 25% tax bracket, then yes the tax owed is $8k. Paying taxes is never fun, but $8k is much less than $32k. If I knew more of the facts of "why" you were lucky enough to receive a student loan cancellation of debt, I could look at the excepti
  18. J92 and PR, Thank you. PR, my claim is far from fraudulent; with loads of evidence of the checmical plant explosion, medical entries, continutity of tx, etc.. I wouln't even enter the "grey zone", it's simply not worth it, as I like my freedom to much. I sleep very comfortable at night knowing if anything is ever questioned, I can provide documents, and if any thing is off base, it is simply a "mistake of fact", which I would admit immediately and correct. I would suggest any other Vets do the same, because the V.A. does/is scrutnizing claims. J92, it's good to hear this is
  19. Hello, After two plus years of waiting, my claim was sent to the Denver R.O.. I was notified it would get worked in the next few months. Sounds good to me, finally. I'm concerned about an out of the blue call from my local OPC, "one week" after I got the call saying Denver received the hard copy file. The call was from pulmonology and they said "Dr. x needs you to come in again for a pulmonology visit, because something got over looked on the last exam". I asked if it was for C&P reasons and the rep said no. This has never happened before and it makes me uneasy because this
  20. What does "SOC" and "ROM" stand for?
  21. Hello Hedgey, I can apprecaite most folks look to IRS Publications for information and guidance; however, those Pubs are NOT Tax Law. They are the IRS's opinion on how the Tax Laws apply. In order of precedential legal treatment is: The Internal Revenue Code, The Treasury Regulations, and Case Law. The good news here is, Veterans Administration Compensation is "excluded" from gross income under I.R.C. Sec. 104(a)(4). And, considering it's the I.R.C. it's binding upon the IRS and the Courts. In other words if you meet the definition clearly, your position is rock solid. The below i
  22. Hi Carlie, Hope your Holidays are going well. I am looking forward to final exams being over. Say, my facts and circumstances nearly mirror this case except that, the V.A., simply "declared" my eye condition was congenital. My entrance exam(s) reflect perfect health and no one in my family wore glasses before forty years old for presbyopia. I have to pull the adjucation letter from 1995; however, I believe the R.O. Simply declared my condition congenital with zero medical evidence to support their position. In other words, they ignored the presumption of a clean bill of health af
  23. Thank Carlie, Your assessment makes a lot of sense in context. Maybe I provided to much info and should have stuck to ONLY the "medical facts and nexus" stuff. If this is a mistake: [Does submitting a BVA Case with similar facts & circumstance hurt the Vet? ping - YES it could hurt the vet as right away the decision maker can refer to it in support of a denial, because of the two things I posted above. - carlie JMHO] If so; Then, I will have to follow the NOD/Appeals process below by Bronco Vet. In other words, the error of my ways, may cause me to wind up on the long Appe
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