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  1. Yes, you sure might need an IMO/IME- Dr.Bash recommend a good shrink about a month ago here----maybe I can find that post. The wife contacted Dr. Bash......and replied here with what he said........anyone recall that post? Also Dr Valette's contact info should be here.
  2. I agree- and if it is a NSC that could eventually cause or contribute to your death, it is worth your while to claim it now, in addition to the possible SMC potential.
  3. Berta

    CUE for Eczema-like condition going to RAMP

    When I was in Military School (AMU) I had to take a course on AmerIndian warfare- It was taught by a retired Lt Colonel and that is where I got the little motto at the bottom of my posts. The VA will use the regs against us if they can (they even tried to make up a regulation to deny my SMC CUE claim) But sometimes we sure can use their own regulations against them! The regulations are often a great weapon we have against their War of the Words! When thousands of Americans faced annihilation in the 1800s Chief Osceola's response to his people, the Seminoles, was simply "They(the US Army)have guns, but so do we." Sameo to us -They (VA) have 38 CFR ,38 USC, and M21-1- but so do we
  4. Berta

    CUE for Eczema-like condition going to RAMP

    "I just got a copy of my decision from my VSO today. Once again, the letter completely ignored my request for a back date. Instead they acted as if I had requested an increase and denied that. I was already rated at the maximum for my skin condition. " Preposterous- then again they pulled all sorts of BS on with 2 of my CUE claims. "So today, I filed a NOD and filed the Opt-in for RAMP. I have selected the Higher-Level Review with the "informal conference" which could increase the length of time for my RAMP decision. However, I don't want any surprises. But as long as I was filing RAMP for the skin disease, I added a request for an earlier effective date for my upper peripheral neuropathy. " That's good but you can also file a CUE on their most recent denial, regarding the back date separate from the NOD. It would be what I call a GCY VA CUE ( GCY (Go CUE Yourself VA) but I really mean it is a CUE filed within the appeal period. If your rep never heard of that-and comes here I will show him what I mean. Unfortunately I had asked former Sec Shulkin to prepare a fast letter, and explained this tactic to him. Maybe the next VA Secretary will do something about it. VA fought every single claim I filed but has never questioned the premise of my CUEs ,filed within the appeal period. 2 other vets here had success with this GCY tactic. My HBP Cue is here somewhere. I had filed the claim under 1151. The day after I got the denial ( because they again refused to read my evidence_ a 2 page report dated 1997 from VA Central Office) I filed a CUE against them. They reversed and awarded in mere weeks. They had violated 38 CFR 4.6 -my Favorite regulation. I didnt need to file a NOD. The VA hates it when we call them on a legal error-it shows they cannot outsmart us. My SMC CUES were another story-they took years to award at the RO Level. Literacy is apparenty not a job requirement at the VAROs.
  5. Absolutely- and also -say a vet was in midst of TET, or Battle of Ia Drang (1986)and has CAB on his DD214-and saw a buddy or two KIA- and has PTSD from it- and then hits his head while inside a tank ,due to an exposion, 1969, just before his DEROS...and has TBI from the tank incident. Obviously one has nothing to do with the other and he should get separate ratings. Even though there was the big TBI C & P scandal a few years ago I bet many vets are still getting screwed up the ying yangs if their PTSD was combined with their TBI residuals, but could have been separately rated.
  6. This question comes up a lot here- this AM too I think- Should a PTSD rating be separate from a TBI rating? In most cases I sure think it should be . This BVA decision might help anyone with both PTSD and TBI: “By rating decision dated October 2005, the RO granted the Veteran service connection for PTSD with major depressive disorder, cognitive deficit, headaches, residuals of a concussion. In the body of the decision, the RO explained that it granted the benefit based on stressors the Veteran experienced during service in Kuwait and Iraq. These stressors, mostly combat in nature, included being knocked unconscious during a parachute jump and getting rammed by a pickup truck.” “In November 2010, the Veteran filed a claim for service connection for a TBI. Interpreting this claim as one for an increased rating, the RO granted it in part (increased the evaluation from 50 to 70 percent) by rating decision dated January 2009. Thereafter, the Veteran filed a notice of disagreement with the decision. He argued that the RO should have separately service connected him for residuals of the TBI and assigned those residuals a separate rating, that his PTSD results from in-service stressors and his TBI results from in- service concussions, and that, although some of the symptoms of the PTSD and TBI overlap, most are distinct and separate, warranting separate disability ratings.” “FINDING OF FACT The Veteran's headaches and cognitive deficits, recently attributed to a TBI, and PTSD result from one of the same in- service injuries/incidents and, although some of the emotional and behavioral symptoms associated with the TBI and PTSD overlap, the Veteran's headaches and cognitive deficits are post- concussive in nature and therefore separate and distinct from his stressor-induced psychiatric disability. CONCLUSION OF LAW The criteria for entitlement to a separate rating for residuals of a TBI are met. 38 U.S.C.A. § 1155 (West 2002); 38 C.F.R. § 4.14 (2009); Esteban v. Brown, 6 Vet. App. 259 (1994). https://www.va.gov/vetapp10/files4/1035821.txt However, This new rule might also help: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/08/2018-09736/special-monthly-compensation-for-veterans-with-traumatic-brain-injury Not only does it cover, part, SMC considerations: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its adjudication regulations to add an additional compensation benefit for veterans with residuals of traumatic brain injury (TBI). This final rule incorporates in regulations a benefit authorized by the enactment of the Veterans' Benefits Act of 2010. The Veterans' Benefits Act authorizes special monthly compensation (SMC) for veterans with TBI who are in need of aid and attendance, and in the absence of such aid and attendance, would require hospitalization, nursing home care, or other residential institutional care. It also states: Finally, in response to the commenter's last assertion that VA should define whether PTSD “is included under the definition of [TBI],” we note that PTSD is already a disability available for VA service connection and rating as a mental disorder under 38 CFR 4.130, Diagnostic Code 9411. Therefore, VA already compensates veterans for service-connected PTSD, including with PTSD that is somehow causally related to TBI. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/08/2018-09736/special-monthly-compensation-for-veterans-with-traumatic-brain-injury Not only does it cover, part, SMC considerations: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) amends its adjudication regulations to add an additional compensation benefit for veterans with residuals of traumatic brain injury (TBI). This final rule incorporates in regulations a benefit authorized by the enactment of the Veterans' Benefits Act of 2010. The Veterans' Benefits Act authorizes special monthly compensation (SMC) for veterans with TBI who are in need of aid and attendance, and in the absence of such aid and attendance, would require hospitalization, nursing home care, or other residential institutional care. It also states: Finally, in response to the commenter's last assertion that VA should define whether PTSD “is included under the definition of [TBI],” we note that PTSD is already a disability available for VA service connection and rating as a mental disorder under 38 CFR 4.130, Diagnostic Code 9411. Therefore, VA already compensates veterans for service-connected PTSD, including with PTSD that is somehow causally related to TBI. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/05/08/2018-09736/special-monthly-compensation-for-veterans-with-traumatic-brain-injury Thanks to anyone here who commented on this proposed Regulation. I think the last sentence, in VA's double talk there ,responding to a commenter, still reflects that PTSD is separate from TBI and should be rated that way (unl;ess the VA ha some very good rationale as to why not. A TBI is ,in 99.9 cases, a stressor on it's own.If a vet files for PTSD and they have combat stressors independent of the TBI incident, they should tell VA of all of them.
  7. You primary care doctor ( if you mean a vA doc) might be willing to prepare a DBQ for you saying the SC hypertention caused the heart disease. They should give a full medical rationale . If they say they cannot do an DBQ ( they sound vet friendly) then you will need an IMO/IME done by a non VA doc, who has expertise in HBP/Cardio issues. The format they need to gfollow is in our IMO forum under Read first before Getting an IMO/IME
  8. Doc 271- I am posting an article in Claims Research that might help you and other vets with PTSD, and TBI.
  9. The Office of the VA Inspector General has finally released to the public- it’s February 2018 report on the TBI scandals of three years ago. https://www.va.gov/oig/pubs/VAOIG-15-01580-108.pdf As Ben Krause mentions at his web site, more changes are coming to the way VA rates disabilities. “According to the VA press release, the agency will start with conditions of the eye and other sense organs. The agency says its changes are to “better align with modern medicine,” but I think we all see the writing on the wall.” (he is speaking of a VA press release I believe I posted here a few days ago) but adds his take on this VA OIG report: “The agency does not need new regulations as much as it needs to at least start following the regulations and policies it already has in place. Case in point is the recent traumatic brain injury (TBI) scandal where we caught VA using unqualified doctors to examine veterans with residuals of TBI. The policy inside VA and common practice in the field of neurology indicates a nurse practitioner lacks the training necessary to diagnose TBI.” https://www.disabledveterans.org/2018/05/20/va-says-disability-compensation-changes-due-to-modern-medicine/
  10. "WASHINGTON (AP) - The House voted Wednesday to give veterans more freedom to see doctors outside the Veterans Affairs health system, a major shift aimed at reducing wait times and improving medical care despite the concerns of some Democrats who cast it as a risky step toward dismantling the struggling agency. The plan seeks to fulfill President Donald Trump's promise to expand private care to veterans whenever they feel unhappy with VA health care. The long-awaited bill would change how veterans receive their medical treatment by allowing them to go to a private physician when they felt government-run VA medical centers couldn't provide the care they needed, with the approval of a VA health provider. Veterans could access private care when they endured lengthy wait times, or the treatment was not what they had expected. The VA would decide in many cases when a veteran sees an outside doctor, based on conditions it sets that determine what is inadequate care. The House passed the bill by a 347-70 vote, with the program to be implemented later next year as the VA works to add private doctors to its network of outside referrals." http://www.theitem.com/stories/house-oks-expansion-of-private-care-for-vets,308463 That is GREAT except for the codicil----- 'The VA would decide in many cases when a veteran sees an outside doctor, based on conditions it sets that determine what is inadequate care.' That still gives the VA a lot of control as to who care get private care. Some VA docs I am sure would go for that, but many probably won't ,because they think all VA care is 'adequate'.
  11. Berta

    Puzzled and would like others opinions

    This is why we stress getting IMO/IMEs here- if either or both of those C & Ps caused a denial or too low of a rating, -an IMO from a real doctor, with expertise in what they are opining on, will surely outweigh an NP's opinion, and the IMO/IME doctor will definitely give your entire medical record a thorough review. That is why they often seem to charge a lot of $ but Med recs can take lots of time to go through and a comp award that an IMO/IME garners, is easily recovered , as to it's fee, in future comp checks ,that are higher than they were, before the denial.
  12. Berta

    Puzzled and would like others opinions

    On the other hand- my opinion on nurse's might have been too tough- I was just worried when that regulation came out, that RNs would be doing PTSD C & P exams....to the detriment of veterans. When VA Central Office opined on my FTCA case, they stated that the VA nurses were often far more observant then the doctors. That was a FACT.One nurse made a chilling statement to me- to get my husband out of there (the VAMC he was in )before they killed him.She said she had noted something in his medical records that indicated her concern. I never saw that notation however. The doctor had misdiagnoed a major stroke my husand had, he could not walk, barely talk, and could not swallow for 3 weeks and his doc kept saying it was an inner ear infection. I had already fought for a CT scan that AM that resulted in him being prepped to go to a different hospital , when the nurse pulled me aside to state what she said.
  13. Re: Chapter 35 aka DEA: ":A child (between ages 18 and 26, with some exceptions) of a veteran who is permanently and totally disabled due to a service-related condition; or who died in service; or who died of a service-connected disability; or who died while evaluated as having total and permanent service-connected disability; or who is listed as a POW or MIA. The surviving spouse of a veteran who died of a service-connected disability, or died in service, or died while evaluated as having total and permanent disability resulting from a service-connected disability. Surviving spouses whose benefits stopped when they remarried can receive DEA benefits again if their remarriage ends by death or divorce, or they cease to live with the person to whom they presented themselves in public as married. A spouse of a veteran or serviceperson who has a total and permanent disability resulting from a service-connected disability; or who is listed as a POW or MIA. Entitlement: 45 months. (Maximum of 48 months if eligible for more than one benefit chapter.) Delimiting Date: Child: 8 years; Spouse: 10 years; Surviving Spouse: 10 years. 20 years if death while on active duty.” This is part of the link here: https://www.lanecc.edu/va/chapter-35-dependents-educational-assistance-dea And you should receive the DEA pamphlet from VA which is also here: https://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/docs/pamphlets/ch35_pamphlet_2.pdf This might help with your daughter’s past tuition- I had prior college credits from another state, and VA asked me, when I filed out the DEA form, to give them the dates ,etc of that past college situation, but it was out of the DEA criteria then. So when my eligibility date ran out ( it is 10 years for surviving spouses) and after VA did pay ,up to that point for my tuition at AMU, I paid for the rest of my AMU college tuition myself. I was on DEA solely due to a 100% P & T SC posthumous award I got in 1997, regarding my deceased husband. ( dead under Section 1151/FTCA) The same time I enrolled into American Military University, my daughter ,in service by then,(USAF) insisted I reopen for a direct AO death. I was so burned out by VA I kept putting it off but finally listened to her- VA awarded me direct SC death in 2009, with a new Chapter 35 date (I had already graduated from AMU by then) and I asked VA Edu to refund to me the tuition I had paid myself, because of the new favorable EED for my DEA. I already had a VA counselor at AMU, and my student payment records were certainly still on line. The VA counselor tied in with AMU financial aid office and sent to VA Educational Department the proof of my paid tuition. It was either about 6 thousand or eight thousand in retro payment. So, as long as your daughter attends a VA approved college, they will have a VA counselor and they surely will be familiar with DEA in their Financial aid office. The DEA payments are not exactly the actual tuition-the pamphlet explains how that goes. My reimbursements changed when I took accelerated courses, too, and it took me a long time to graduate because I had so many credits already, I had to wait for semesters with the specific warfare courses I wanted. I also received a Certificate in Military Studies along with my degree. I don’t know if VA paid for that- I think it was just part of the tactical warfare courses….. Books- the Marine Corps gave me a grant for all of my books but I hope your daughter has sought many other ways to obtain course books, in her college bookstore or maybe a grant- because they are EXPENSIVE. They (AMU) paid for my subscription to Marine Corps Gazette but I think I had to pay for Leatherneck- myself as these were required course materials for the course program I took. She might even be eligible for some state financial aid with your new rating. That info would be found in your state’s web site.
  14. "Its been my experience working on this at least through private doctors is that many say one thing and write some completely different in your file or only write only a small amount if information with no real detail or you may tell them something of detail and they add nothing to your record." It has been my experience and probably for Many here- that this describes VA doctors! When a private doctor is paid to write a valid IMO/IME,per our IMO/IME criteria here, that is when every detail is considered and when you have more one to one with them to explain your condition. Still, IMO/IMEs all boil down to established medical evidence , with direct references to the medical record, to include SMRs, if needed for a service nexus. Have you attached here anywhere their denial and their reason and bases in the SOC?
  15. This is WONDERFUL News!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can try to answer 2 of your questions 3. My daughter was attending college during that 30 month wait - can we get retro on that? Possibly Yes-if she has been attending a VA approved college , but how old is she- Chapter 35 usually ends at age 26 but that can be an extended date but ony under limited circumstances, unless she has military service- and if so they will extend her eligibility date by the years of her military service. Her eligibility date is not the date of the award but the date the VA first determined you were 100% P & T. I have more info here (I am a Chapter 35er) and will find and post it later - as to what she will need for any potential reimbursement of her past tuition. "I’m perplexed that they did not grant Neurogenic Bowel (I have an ileostomy and had to have my colon removed). I’m also wondering why they didn’t put two and two together and realize my Neurogenic bladder should also have been secondary to neck. I suspect my rep will deal with those issues. " I am wondering too on the neutrogenic bowel- I assume y0u claimed that specifically- "and realize my Neurogenic bladder should also have been secondary to neck." I dont understand that part but in any event can you scan and attch the award here as to their reason and bases and the evidence list? (Cover Cfile #, name, address prior to scanning it) BUT , do RELAX first and let this all sink in........ 30 months is not bad at all-one claim I had took 9 years (IHD CUE) ,one took 8 years years SMC CUE, (RO awards finally)and another took almost 10- BVA award 9 years later but my VARO didnt want to pay me and I had to raise Hell- so almost 10 years. My daughter ,when she enlisted, ( USAF INTEL) had to go to VA Buffalo NY for lots of USAF tests and med stuff- she asked the DAV to give her a tour of my RO but she really only could peek into rooms FILLED with stacks of files. She did take some photos of my RO building , that ended up in the center of my War plan I made for each claim (my plans of attack-( legally and with more probative medical evidence) and I would roll up the War plan and do my "FU VA" dance ,shaking it and my award letter ,in front of the RO photo every time I succeeded. (I know it sounds nuts- the RO photo is still on my PC desk) Our Victorys can come with joy, but even with sorrow, and overwhelming fatique-after long battles- Good for you! A RO award! This is GREAT news!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  16. Berta

    Is this a CUE

    Please read over the CUE info here in our CUE forum and, if you do feel they made a legal error in the rating, by all means file a CUE claim. Wouldn't the polyps affect both the rhinitis and the sinus problem? I just dont know anything about these conditions but it is worth your while to study CUE info here and the ratings and diagnostic codes they gave you to see if they made an error to your detriment.
  17. Berta

    Is this a CUE

    Gee- I stated that wrong- The BVA will “dismiss” without prejudice some CUE claims, allowing the veteran to refile the CUE in a proper way. I said deny and knew I had to go to the BVA to get the right words BVA uses. Sorry about that . The idea that CUE is ‘ a one shot deal” is not true, and was probably made up by some lazy assed vet rep decades ago and other vet reps ran with it. This case shows what I mean: Issues: 1.“Entitlement to an effective date earlier than October 25, 1991, for the grant of service connection for posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), to include on the basis of clear and unmistakable error (CUE). 2. Entitlement to an effective date earlier than June 8, 1994, for the assignment of an 80 percent rating for bilateral hearing loss, to include on the basis of CUE.” “The motion for revision based on CUE in the assignment of an effective date of October 25, 1991, for the grant of service connection for PTSD is dismissed without prejudice to refiling.” (The CUE filed on the hearing loss was denied.) The long decision states that the veteran alleged many errors on the PTSD CUE claim but was not specific as to what legal errors were committed. But can reshape the CUE and file it again per the decision. “1. In June 1992, the RO granted service connection for PTSD, effective from October 25, 1991. The Veteran did not appeal the assignment of the effective date. 2. The Veteran has failed to adequately set forth the alleged errors of fact or, the legal or factual basis for such allegations, and why the result would have been manifestly different but for the alleged error as it pertains to the claim for an effective date earlier than October 25, 1991, for the grant of service connection for PTSD, on the basis of CUE.” https://www.va.gov/vetapp17/files2/1708211.txt I didnt get the pop up to post the decision as text..... This is the important part: "The pleading requirements for a motion for revision based on CUE in the assignment of an effective date of October 25, 1991, for the grant of service connection for PTSD have not been met; thus, the motion must be dismissed without prejudice to refiling. 38 U.S.C.A. §§ 5109A, 7105 (West 2014); 38 C.F.R. § 3.105 (2016)." Dismissed but not denied----- The vet had the DAV on their POA- I think the DAV made up the 'one shot deal" crap uears ago- some Big Six vet org did. The hearing loss CUE in this case was denied, however.
  18. Berta

    Is this a CUE

    Are you still within the appeal period? It sounds like that has passed. I agree with Broncovet- and not even sure what you would appeal. However I suggest you go to the BVA web site and use their search feature and search for similar claims there. Broncovet said: "The symptoms attributable to rhinitis may be similar to those associated with sinitus, or close enough the differences could be debatable. This would be a medical determination, made by your doctor, and you dont cue a docs opinion. " You could search under the rhinitis and the sinus problem and the diagnostic code they used. If VA uses the wrong diagnostic code, to a veteran's detriment, that would be a CUE but I dont think there is a CUE basis here. I think the BVA taught me everything I know about CUE, their denials and their CUE awards- and also the fact that they can often deny a CUE but without "prejudice"-meaning if the claimant shapes the CUE better and follows the CUE criteria to the letter, the claimant might succeed on the next CUE they file. https://www.bva.va.gov/ Their search feature is to the right side of this page.
  19. ''I was told I should file for this by the RO, as if I unexpectedly die due to my ischemia secondary to my coma/ sTBI it would help my family out. " I agree with what the VA said. When was the last time you had an ECHO done? "Has anyone heard of doctors saying well your heart beat is permanently superimposed ischemia due to being in a coma for over a month?" If you google superimposed ischemia and coma , much medical info will pop up. Did your doctor actually put the superimposed statement into your medical records? I am not sure how you would word the claim- Do you have tachycardia, (fast heart beat) or low heart beat ( 60 beats or less per minute) (Bradycardia) or a diagnosis of arrythmia? What I mean is you need to file a claim as to what symptoms you have that are due to the superimposed ischemia, which would be secondary to the TBI.......... Others will chime in---I would not worry about this Jfrei, but still, I dont think you are 100% P & T for ten years yet....I forget.... and I commend you for thinking ahead for your family.
  20. Berta

    Expedited Claims without cause?

    Victor-this is SUBERB NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I know you do want total vindication but the best thing you said ( along with the award info) is "the bottom line is things are looking up." That is great ! You got 30% for the CAD- under AO I assume- and mentioned strokes and TIAs ( brain infarctions) and that might well be secondary to the CAD- but I am not a doctor-yet if a real doctor can say that ,with a full medfical rationale -following the IMO criteria here at hadit- they would probably award secondary on the strokes. "I have another exam coming at the end of the month, and am hoping for vindication. " What is that C & P for? We have had here over the past 21 years ,veterans from time to time, who understand how great a need can be for "vindication". I know how it feels too , as the widow of a SC vet!
  21. SSDI will look at ALL of your VA medical records.They wont make a decision based on blank paperwork. I say that because I feel it is true-)I hope it is true) My deceased husband went from 30% PTSD to 100% P & T PTSD , solely due to his VA medical records,to include psychiatric testing and Voc Rehab stuff, and all records from 3 VAMCs. I saw everything stacked on a dolly at the SSA office- I was shocked at how much was there, going back to when he first got 30% in 1983. He had been dead for almost 3 years by time 0f their (VA's) 100% P & T decision. SSDI awarded in his lifetime and so could the VA have done that. But I think you should report this doctor to the Director of the VAMC because what she is attempting to do is prevent deserving veterans from getting SSDI.... in my opinion, and It should not depend on her at all. Maybe I am interpreting this wrong- but VA employs a lot of power hungry people who seek to control everything. The SSA and VA are supposed to share info and I am sure SSA will determine whether to award or not based solely on your entire medical background. ( But I sure would be reporting her as soon as VA opens tomorrow-if I were you -because I bet her job description does not say' ignore disability paperwork from the SSA.')
  22. Berta

    Puzzled and would like others opinions

    Did you comment against this 2016 proposal during the Fed Reg comment period? https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/05/25/2016-12338/advanced-practice-registered-nurses I knew when I read this ( and comented against it) that tis would create problems. VA went ahead regardless of any negative comments to do this: https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=2847 In part: "VA Grants Full Practice Authority to Advanced Practice Registered Nurses Decision Follows Federal Register Notice That Netted More Than 200,000 Comments WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that it is amending provider regulations to permit full practice authority to three roles of VA advanced practice registered nurses (APRN) to practice to the full extent of their education, training, and certification, regardless of State restrictions that limit such full practice authority, except for applicable State restrictions on the authority to prescribe and administer controlled substances, when such APRNs are acting within the scope of their VA employment. “Advanced practice registered nurses are valuable members of VA’s health care system,” said VA Under Secretary for Health Dr. David J. Shulkin. “Amending this regulation increases our capacity to provide timely, efficient, effective and safe primary care, aids VA in making the most efficient use of APRN staff capabilities, and provides a degree of much needed experience to alleviate the current access challenges that are affecting VA.” It is BS plain and simple but the only way to get around this is to get an IMO/IME from a Real doctor, that fully follows the IMO/IME criteria here at hadit. This is why I hope VA really starts implementing the Choice program for all VA Patients, or that VA pts start using their Medicare if they can. And maybe better yet VA could transfer VHA into private care, for all veterans, who can go to any private doctor or facility for care.Privitization. Just think if that happened--I bet a slew of FTCAs or 1151 claims would be filed, when real non VA doctors find out veteran's actual medical situations. I have stated many times here and I believe this- that VA saves lives every day- that's great and they should ,but what about those vets who get piss poor care and often do not even know it.
  23. I might have confused the issue- CRDP ( what the VA corrected mentioned,) is different from CRSC-if that is what you meant by CRSP. A veteran can only receive one type of monthly payment. Some veterans are eligible for both CRDP and CRSC but can choose which one they would receive the highest monetary award for. However this is the CRSC criteria: Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC) Combat Related Special Compensation (CRSC) is a program that was created for disability and non-disability military retirees with combat-related disabilities. It is a tax free entitlement that you will be paid each month along with any retired pay you may already be receiving. Eligibility "To qualify for CRSC you must: · be entitled to and/or receiving military retired pay · be rated at least 10 percent by the Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) · waive your VA pay from your retired pay · file a CRSC application with your Branch of Service · Disabilities that may be considered combat related include injuries incurred as a direct result of: · Armed Conflict · Hazardous Duty · An Instrumentality of War · Simulated War" (source: hadit link) From what I understand here your husband would not be eligible for CRSC, but is eligible for CRDP. Veterans who are eligible for CRSC have to apply for it themselves if their SC rating involves any of the "combat related" criteria above.
  24. WOW- that is Very Impressive Tbird! I have to leave the site for a few hours today but will try to zoom this up so I can read it better and play around with the date thing later. My neighbor ( USAF REDHORSE 20 Yr RET ) does not know how to use the site too well but I think he likes to get on, when he is over at my house, and I let him use my password, just to be among so many other vets. He does have SC rating- hope he takes the steps to get it higher- they have a state VSO who helped him already-and a VA VSO over at the Bath NY VAMC, 20 minutes from my home. I think the comradery here-is almost as important as the claims advise.No vet here should feel alone- you are Right!
  25. I think it would be best to await the award letter from VA, because they should have a statement in their letter as to the CRDP. We have CRDP vets here and maybe they will chime in. Requesting an audit on your part might slow down the process at DOD for CRDP. CRSC is different and this is something an eligible vet should apply for themselves. CRDP is automatic-meaning the VA makes the proper application for the vet.
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