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  1. I remember when this site was so easy to navigate.....I can't even locate a post I did yesterday or go back and look or find anything anymore. This is one garbled mess and definitively no longer user friendly....I wish they could go back to when it was logical and reasonable for a veteran to negotiate. I give up.....
  2. There is something terrible wrong then! I just got decision and the craziest explanation I ever saw. Keep in mind the diagnosis for stage 4 lung cancer of lower right lobe with resection surgery and metastasized to lower right pleural cavity on 14 Feb 2019...….The 100% Head Neck Larynx cancer diagnosed 19 Oct 2007 and treated in 2008 has remained cancer free but still edema. So VA service connected the Lung Cancer due to agent orange and just put it there in place of the already permanent 100% and back dated the effective date of the lung cancer back to 19 Oct 2007. Stating Stage IV Lun
  3. Hey Berta! How say you in regard to a current SMC-S: 100% - Larynx cancer 70% - TBI 70% - PTS 50% - Skull Loss 10% - Scar on head 10% - Tinnitus 10% - Hypothyroidism The larynx cancer AO and treated back in 2008 an due to Edema and voice, it was made 100%P&T. The new cancer is AO also, lung cancer stage 4, I filed claim last week as an increase. I can feed and bath myself etc. and am not permanently physical housebound, and I do not have any amputations. I know the USC says each additional 100% rating gets a full step increase from I to o
  4. I looked up 38 USC 1114 and what I copied below I have found the below. It only states one full step increase for additional 100% condition, but lists paragraphs I thru o. I am not missing extremities to qualify for the others. So, the remedy it says for all others would be the VA Secretary would have to establish the increase amount not to exceed $4667 per month compensation. Could be a precedence for those that are SMC-S, 100% with 60% combined conditions Determine if the veteran qualifies for: An Increase due to Additional Independent Disabilities. Additional indepen
  5. Thanks. I researched the M SMC but it appears it is a RAMP type that extra 100% moved from L to M. The problem I see with me is that I am SMC-S and nothing above that, so no SMC beyond the S to RAMP up to. I have Hospice/Palliative care VA contracted for. I guess we will see, it will be up to VA to determine if there would be a change in SMC and which one. VA is now paying for me to have my every 21 day infusions of Keytruda locally near my home instead of having to drive to Iowa City every 21 days. In fact all my oncology the VA has transferred to Genesis Cancer Center, 4 miles from home.
  6. Hi all, Been a while since I have been on here. I had a lung resection on Valentines day and have had a long recovery. After removal of tumor it was later diagnosed with Stage 4 Squamous Cell Carcinoma located in my pleural cavity. I am treated every 21 days with infusion of Keytruda, an immunotherapy drug. I will have to have the rest of my life. I filed a new claim today for Cancer, Respiratory....Presumptive Agent Orange Condition. I have been SMC-S housebound award since 2008. My question is.....while undergoing treatment for service connected AO presumption condition, the VA
  7. I do not have Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) or IHD. The service connection of Carotid Artery Disease is DX secondary to service connected Larynx Cancer (Squamous Cell Carcinoma) which is presumptive agent orange head, neck cancer. The etiology of the Carotid Artery, left 100% occluded was more likely than not due to XRT radiation treatments for the larynx. I was a heavy smoker up until Nov 7 2007 and haven't touched a cigarette or tobacco since that day. Quit cold turkey without any aids at all........to this day I have never wanted one. I made myself quit and stuck to it as I had promise
  8. Hey Broncovet! Just to let you know I got my decision already yesterday 10/3/2017. That was fast as I filed the claim on 8/15/2017 through ebenefits. Had C&P exam on 9/25/2017. Carotid Artery Disease was service connected but 0% and Hypothyroidism was service connected at 10%, both secondary to larynx cancer (agent orange). I really didn't have to go through any hoops like in the old days. It took me about 15 minutes to file the claim via ebenefits and since I was already in the system the claim form was already filled out except for the disabilities I was claiming. Both were a m
  9. OK,now we are getting somewhere..........when is your next scheduled exam? So they are giving you SMC-S and you do have a spouse and a child correct? If you do not require aid and attendance (A&A) (to shower, use bathroom, daily living activity and you can leave your house, then you must be with a condition that is 100% and other that are a combined 60% to qualify for the SMC-S as housebound.
  10. Wow! Something is really amis! If you are getting $3545.04 that is way more that 100% even with spouse and children or parents. Something is really screwed up here......You must be getting SMC of some sort to get that much as I am 100% with SMC-S without dependents and I get $3263.43......You'd best contact the VA at the 1-800 number and find out what is going on. Benefit rates show $3545.04 as SMC-S Veteran with spouse and one child. So you must have one condition that is 100% and other conditions with a combined rating of 60% or more.
  11. Don't be cornfused!!!! IU PT is NOT rated at 100%, it is PAID at 100% rate. A 70% rating paid at the 100% rate for TDIU is not the same as being rated at 100%m your rating is still 70%. SMC-S had been as far as I know you must have a scheduler rating on one condition rated at 100% all by itself, not combined. And then other conditions with a COMBINED rating of 60%. Then the housebound SMC-S is awarded. I have 100% rating for larynx cancer AO, the a combined rating of 100% also for PTSD-70%, TBI - 70%, Skull Loss - 50%, Scar-10%, Tinnitus- 10%. I receive SMC-S and have been for nearly 10
  12. I'm sure you mean well Broncovet in your own way.....God Bless you Buddy It amazes me how you come up with this stuff. As I have stated my ratings will not be increased, I am P&T with SMC-S and it goes back past 10 years and I still have issues with my throat and vocal chords so no chance of any reduction......Why you don't get it that service connected disabilities should be documented as service connected is beyond my understanding. Ever heard of Hearing Loss being service connected with 0% compensation? There are hundreds of thousands of vets that have that. Or Sleep Apnea service c
  13. No, I have no spouse and I am SMC-3 and have been since 2010. I am a believer that I need to get service connection for all conditions that would be service connected, and whether or not there is extra compensation is not a concern. I most assuredly will not get anymore compensation but the conditions should be service connected. My Larynx Cancer was presumptive agent orange and since completed treatment of chemo and radiation in 2008 my VA Drs are monitoring the Carotid Artery via once a year vascular duplex scans and Hypothyroidism since then because it is know to cause plaque build up in
  14. Broncovet, What I am claiming is already the diagnosis that is in my VA health records and it states I have Carotid Artery Disease from complications of treated Radiotherapy (XRT Radiation) for Squamous Cell Carcinoma Larynx Cancer. It is not IHD or CAD (Coronary Artery Disease). It is the left Carotid Artery that supplies blood to the brain and it is 100% occluded (blocked). The cause of both the Hypothyroidism and Carotid Artery Disease is attributed to radiation treatment which any one can google and see the causes of them and it will show several causes of which Radiation is one of
  15. Today I claimed Carotid Artery Disease wherein my left Carotid Artery is 100% occlusion (Blocked) and it is listed in my VA records Problem Items and my recent Carotid Artery Disease Report recently in VA Notes of 27 July, 2017. It states in that report that I had Neck Radiotherapy due to Larynx Cancer. I have looked at the 38CFR4 and found Cardiovascular and the conditions underneath it, but can't find the disease in there. Does Anyone know what it falls under and what the code would be for rating it?
  16. Hi Berta and Broncovet, I remember you both when I was going through it. Berta this is what my SMC-S is for; Head Neck Cancer --- 100% TBI - 70% PTSD - 70% Skull Loss - 50% Tinnitus - 10% Scar on Head - 10% Since I had one condition that was rated at 100% alone and other combined rated at 60% or more I was awarded the Housebound Award which is SMC-S and I got retro for the Skull Loss back to 1976 as it was determined to be an open claim because there had been a C&P and a decision was made for 50% but somehow it never got to the finance center.
  17. I am already 100% and have been getting SMC S Housebound award since 2010 with large retro also. After getting 100% for Head Neck Cancer in 2007 as presumptive agent orange and went through radiation and chemo treatments through Feb 2008, I got diagnosed with Hypothyroidism in 2011 and was prescribed Synthroid. Last year in 2016 my Synthroid was increased from .025 mcg to .050 mcg daily. Since Hypothyroidism is a know secondary effect of radiation on head and neck cancer treatments I had not claimed it or service connected it. My VA doctors say it is a residual of radiation. Is it worth i
  18. Yeah, I looked at veterans award letter and it states right in it he is authorized VA dental care. And he is already enrolled in VA healthcare as a priority one and all he did was call the VAMC and asked for the Dental Department. He gave them his name and last four SSN and asked for an initial 1st time appointment. The gave him an appointment for April 22nd. He needs a need bridge and they will take care of that too in subsequent appointments. He did not need to go through the PCP at all. The receptionist looked him up in the data base and that was it. As MPsgt stated you need to be enro
  19. Know vet that just received TDIU P&T paid at 100% rate, but is actually 80% scheduler. Is he authorized dental care by the VA? I know 100% scheduler is as I am but not sure about TDIU P&T veterans.
  20. Hi Berta and thanks for the response. Wow! I have been gone way too long and may the Lord bless those we have lost. Bet you can see a lot more clearly now with the cataract surgery. I had the same surgery but didn't have cataracts. I had prescription implants so I can see perfect and clearly both close up and distance. They said I will never get cataracts because the implants are artificial and won't get them. It was good hearing from you and seeing you are still in the fight for veterans benefits. God Bless, Rocky
  21. Berta, How are ya, haven't been on here in a few years and sorry to hear about Carlie. Question is about ChampVA... If the Veteran's spouse is covered under ChampVa and the Veteran later passes on, does the widowed spouse continue to keep ChampVA or not? Since the sponsor is no longer living.
  22. Ok, thanks. I just when into settings and unchecked that box. We'll see if it stops, I must have gotten at least 75 so far.
  23. T-Bird, I know you stated you were working on this, but it's been all day and evening and the amount of emails is rapidly increasing to about every 5 or 10 minutes......I suggest whoever you have working on a fix for this DISABLE the program......it is getting worse and worse........I've gotten two more since this writing. You can DISABLE it, instead of letting more and more emails come my way. Thanks, RockyA1911
  24. T-Bird, I know you stated you were working on this, but it's been all day and evening and the amount of emails is rapidly increasing to about every 5 or 10 minutes......I suggest whoever you have working on a fix for this DISABLE the program......it is getting worse and worse........I've gotten two more since this writing. You can DISABLE it, instead of letting more and more emails come my way. Thanks, RockyA1911
  25. Don't know where else to put this but I have a real complaint about the new Email being sent out 15 Jan 2016 VA and Veterans News from Hadit.com. I got the first one this morning and have been getting them every 15 or 20 minutes all day long.......the same exact one. I have tried to unsubscribe from this email list but when I click on the unsubscribe feature nothing happens. Please help! Whoever is managing this, PLEASE remove me from the list......the overwhelming multitude of emails is running my smart phone battery down. I have gotten over 10 of the same exact newsletter and whoops.
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