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About dwragon

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  1.  If you are in prison and a service connected veteran, irregardless of your percentage, you are only compensated at the 10% service connected rate. I think if you have dependents, the caregiver gets the full dependent rate per child. but a hundred or so dollars a month, if you didn't give it to your family, could buy lots of favors/protection.
  2. I got out in 98, filed alll or most of my claims within the one year of discharge (some at 15 months due to a late Perian Gulf Registry examination that was requested six months after discharge.). The va denied all of my claiims even though the evidence from my SMR showed that the symptomology first appeared while I was still in Saudia Rabia. When the law changed, the va did not bother to reconsider the claims. When Shinski announced the reconsideration of the claims earlier this year, they still refused to consider them.
  3. The differance between the number of claims submitted to the va from the Korean/Vietnam Wars vs the Persian Gulf War is directly proportional relationship to the communication of the internet. How many veterans would have been aware of 45 years ago compared to what we are aware of today. Technology will bring the va to its knees.
  4. If what I am understanding, is that it will abolish the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, or at least pretty much any path to get there. Its also another attempt to "silently" deny claims by not adddresssing them, because the va will not have to adddress the facts of the case, thereby leaving only one issue to appeal, the issue already addressed and denied. MIW(hopefully)
  5. Just found this today, Seems to take away part of the appeals process, according to online article "Is the VA proposing another shell game?" What yalls opinion?
  6. Well, this is just my own opinion, (based on 12 years experiance and how I got to 90% sc for Psoriatic arthritus) but here goes, the only things the va respects (and even then only about half way) are attorneys and non va medical evidence. The va claims adjudication system is in a state of transition. Alot of their problem/process originates in the fact that they are still operating with a 1920's mentality that you are not disabled unless your limb/s are missing or dont work, your not disabled. Technology as it relates to medicine has simply passsed them by. Also, just like social security, which began as non adversarial, that to has changed. Simply put, the only way anyone is going to get anything out of the va anymore is to have a lawyer and insurance so that you can be treated by doctors outside the va. There is a differance between non va dotors and va doctors. va doctors are company doctors, they see more patients than they want to, non va doctors are trying to build practice. You have to choose which one you are going to use. Private practitioners (PP) hate patients who jump back and forth between them and the va, while the va docs could care less. I no longer tell a PP that I go to the va if I am seeing them. I very rarely discuss the Indipendent Medical Opinion (IMO) until threee or four visits and I do not say why I want it. I usually say my insurance company promoted a question about one. If I do otherwise, I state that that is my objective at the first visit, usually with a speciallist to whom I have been refered to. If they are going to crawfish, I want then to do it before they have a chance to run up a big billl. If I get it I can apply it to my claims. I can predict with a large amount of certainty that the rates have told you that they could not seee evidence of your Psoriatic arthritis in your xrays and denied the claime based on that. Psoriatic Arthritis does not show up on xrays until it becomes Psoriatic Mutaligens, and only 10% of the people who develope PA develope PM. It doesnt mean you dont have PA. As to the va RATers, simply put, I dont like them, I have never had anny SOC where they completely followed the law or applied all of the medical evidence provided with the claim. I have had them ignore, malign, and misapply clearly expressed medical evidence in any way that they could to deny claims, until it became obvious that if the claim went to the board that it would get tosssed back in their lap as the denial being ludicriss. But denials saves them (the US government) the interest on the money. And I think thats what alot of it is about. As for you decision to get a lawyer, I got myself to 90% on my own. it took me eight years. I went from 10% to 80% over night. I had a cue case and the va knew it. But they refused to grant me my back pay. I had previously tried to use the DAV. I now despise that organization because they refused to help me when I refused to join them. After I got myself to 80% I was going to have to appeal to the CAVC. This was because I had the VFW representing me, and from what I read of what they sent to the Board, it was like they asked the Board how they wanted them to write the appeal so it could be turned down before it was ever written. The VFW cannot, from what I was told, afford to retain attorneys to represent veterans. Again, I am not a member of the VFW ether. Both the DAV and the VFW get their power from the number of members that they have, IE election votes. I then decided to get an attorney. How do you find an attorny, you go to the internet, type in cavc, and click on the box that says practitioners. Did that mean that my claim was instantly solved, no but alot of the BS stopped. I dont have to deal with the stresss. Im waiting, but at this point my life wont be made any better by a lump of money. I have alot of claims, the va should have offered me TDIU when they first received my claims as to the duty to assist. But the duty to assist is just lip service. If they had I probably would have never presented another claim unless it was really important, meaning something I would die from that would effect my childrenn and wifes benefits. But no, they played the game, so now They will never get rid of me. They can deal with the frustration of dealing with my claims after Im past 100%, and if anyone thinks this really delays other veterans claims, they are fooling themselves, because the va's whole game plan is to delay any claim as long as possible, regardless of the circumstances. Dont geve up, dont get mad, dont beg (they like that-they know they are pushing your buttons) just keep pushing.
  7. have you filed for service connection under 1118. The presumption period doesn't end til Dec 31 2011 i think.
  8. Even if you dont have the civ records in your file, if anything in your SMR says you were refered or treated you have your foot in the door. The civ Dr remembering you makes your case even stronger. Ask them to send you a copy, or better yet, if you can see them face to face, it might trigger their own memory of having treated you.
  9. It like everything else, its systemic, ie, once one condition arises, it causes other conditions to arise because the body is trying to compensate, but has been thrown off balance. It causes a ripple effect.
  10. dwragon

    Va Re-examination Of Gulf War Veterans Claims

    getting back to this, email never showed it was answered. Desert Sheild= troop buildup, Desert Storm Desert Storm= actual 100 hour conflict, also known as Desert Sword/Desert Sabre Desert Farewell=Liberation of Kuwait, troop drawdown, also known as Desert Calm My orders say Operation Desert Calm in support of Operation Desert Storm (I still have them.) Based upon the wording of the statement, it only applies to the 1oo hours.
  11. I went back and looked at my records, they paid me from a 2004 award date when I reopened the claim at 80% until the time the claim was granted, $28000.00 and some change. I guess they hoped I wouldn't notice not getting the backpay, or they are making money on the interest, I dont know. Even if I know the law, it doesn't mean I have the authority to enforce it, so I just have to live with it for now.
  12. I left 31 years ago (age 11), said I'd never go back, to many small town busybodies poking their noses in my family's business because my Mom was raising six kids on commodities and waitressing tips. Louisiana is great if you like rain, but dont eat the catfish, they are toxic. My ex step dad, Floyd, put the tank in front of the VFW. He was the Commander at the time. Me and some of my freinds were playing in it right after that. I accidentally started it up. GOD only knows what would have happened if we had put it in gear. Floyd was a welder, he welded the tophatch up so tight that even rain couldn't get into it. Hope you get to enjoy Louisisana.
  13. Hi Larry, hows things in McKinney, I grew up on Collage Street, went to JL Greer, played "Army" in McKinney Park.

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