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Berta last won the day on September 19

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    PLEASE post questions in the main Forums
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    Beautiful hills of NY andwidow of  2 vets, 2 HD each and mother of USAF vet-my daughter, 7 years Top Secret Intel
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  1. elin

    Hello Berta, 

    I am a widow and I am trying to file a DIC claim, but I need help.

    My husband died March 21, 2020 from liver failure (primary) and chronic cirrhosis (secondary). There was not an autopsy.  He was an OIF veteran, and was rated 100% due to PTSD and major depression on August 12, 2013.  His rating was made permanent and total in December 1, 2019, so I know I don't qualify based on the 10 year requirement. 

    However, I believe his death from alcohol is directly related to his PTSD and major depression. I had conversations with him while he was still alive where he admitted as much.  He was seeing a counselor to help with his depression, I have some notes from her, where she notated that he was drinking less that week.  I called her to see if she could provide a statement to help, but she had to call her malpractice insurance company first, and I have not heard back. 

    I do not have a copy of his C-File, nor do I know how to get it. 

    I have initiated the claims process with the VA, and am currently working on form 21-4138 Statement in Support of Claim.  I have family and friends who can make statements supporting my claim that he drank to self-medicate for his PTSD. 

    Any tips or advice you can give me to help fill this form out without screwing myself over would be appreciated!




    1. Buck52


      Ms Erin  so sorry to hear about your late hubby.

      Ms Berta can help you more so than anyone here on Hadit and I wish you the best outcome possible.

      *Note* Ms Berta is usually on hadit early AM.s

      God Bless

    2. Berta


      We have discussed Allen V. Principi many times at hadit= this is the court decision that controls the type of claim you have.

      As you can see I only found one claim awarded under Allen V. Principi, in that 2019 post here, but there certainly might be more.But these are VERY difficult claims and require a Very strong IMO, from an expert in the field of the disability.

      Please put your question in the DIC forum, because that is where I have explained in past posts,Allen VA Principi ,and what a widow needs to do to support this type of claim.

      I had to edit my post- as I assume the liver failure ,as the prime cause of death, was directly due to the  chronic cirrhosis.

      I will look for your post in the DIC forum.




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