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  1. I pick up my wife's all the time, they just scan my drivers licence for the heavy stuff.. Hamslice
  2. I have had at least three of them. In my opinion, and what was told to me, it is how some VA hospitals schedule time to work on claims. Basically, the one I know a lot about, the examiner, whom I have had a couple C&P's with, stated that she needed the time to go through my medical record and to put my exam in order for the rater and impute it on the computer. All three times, it was favorable to me, but you won't know until you get the letter. As always, Hamslice
  3. Fort lost in the woods, Misery, Hey, I went to basic and AIT there, Hamslice
  4. In the last 3 years I got the 10,000 from the VA and a 10,000 and a 5,000 from Mutual of Omaha, $30 and $20 bucks a month or there about's, age 57. I got my wife, 10,000, 10,000 and 5,000, at less $$$ than my two combined. She is 4 years younger and a lot prettier than me. She is disabled with major medical problems, and then there is me. This is the insurance where there is NO physical, etc. Guaranteed acceptance, yada, yada, yada. Just so you know, if you do get "this type", you can only have a max of $25,000.00 each, from any or all insurances of "this type". Not including the VA, so I could get another 10,000, as the VA is not under this rule. Not sure if its a rule or just a policy. Anyway, Hamslice And please discuss your wishes before hand, i.e., my wife wants to be cremated and her remains disposed of (?), and I want to be embalmed and have a mausoleum built in my honor. So, there is that..
  5. Talk about going to the way-back machine.. Hard roller, This thread is like 10 years old and some of the commentators have since passed away. Please, start a new post (conversation). FWIW, Hamslice
  6. I look at it this way. If your rating was increased to 80%, and you think that that issue was correct, i.e., you just received a rating for heart disease of 60% which brought your total to 80%, all is good. And now you are not working either before or now, submit for IU (Individual Unemployment), based of all of you disabilities and your not being able to work. Now, if you do not agree with your last rating, then appeal that rating, and in addition, apply for IU. My thinking is IU is not a rate-able condition, like high blood pressure or diabetes, but rather circumstances the VA takes into consideration regards the Veterans ability to work. There are Veterans that do not meet the statutory conditions for IU, but get it because they proved the could not work, and then there are Veterans that exceed the statutory condition by a long shot that do not get or want IU. If you think you need it, try and get it. They can only say no. You need evidence to prove you can not work. The more the better. I think your possible ratings appeal and your inquiry into IU are separate issues, but can definitely be claimed together. My thoughts, Hamslice I was just rated at 90% and will be unemployed in 2 days. So, I may be interested in this path, soon..
  7. acesup is correct on ROM (range of motion) being where its at for DDD or DJD. 10% for arthritis and or pain is pretty much the limit. However, ROM can get you a higher percentage. 40%-60% if a doctor prescribes bed rest, which they do not do anymore, so you can see the VA regs are a little behind the 8-ball regards bed-rest. That said, you do not state what joint (area) your service connected for for DDD? I can tell you that I started out with 10% for arthritis tendinopathy for my right shoulder in 2009. Since then, I have gotten an increase for that to 20% for ROM, and as secondaries to that original right shoulder condition, I have received, right elbow 20% ROM, left shoulder 10% x-ray, cervical 20% ROM and lumbar 20% ROM. All, degenerative arthritis. All diagnostic code 5003. So, that one 10% which was up'd to a 20%, got me three additional 20%'s and a 10% as claimed secondaries. Arthritis effects adjacent joints and opposite joint when overworked. My percentage increase were slow in coming, just like the arthritis. Which makes perfect sense to me. Keep plugging along, Hamslice Here is a good article or ad for that matter regards service connected arthritis; https://cck-law.com/news/arthritis-va-disability-claim/ Good luck....
  8. Nope. No such thing as bilateral arthritis. Arthritis is each joint by itself. Now, if you look in the rating reg under "Foot", you will see that when you have both feet issues like plantar fasciitis then they are bilateral. Simple, right?, Hamslice
  9. In the beginning, I was rated 10% for right foot plantar fasciitis. Over the years, this caused arthritis in both feet/ankles, plantar fasciitis in my left foot, and achilles tendonitis in my left ankle. Last year, I filled for an increase for my right plantar fasciitis, secondary for my left foot plantar fasciitis, secondary claim for arthritis bilateral and secondary for achilles tendonitis. I was awarded, 10% bilateral plantar fasciitis, 10% for left achilles tendinitis to include arthritis and 10% for right ankle arthritis. They lumped achilles tendonitis and arthritis of the left ankle together, which I think is correct, but will have to verify. They separated the plantar fasciitis from the arthritis which is correct and was opined accordingly by the examiner. So, to make sense of this, they rated my right arthritis and plantar fasciitis separately. And they rated my left arthritis and plantar fasciitis separately. However, they rated the plantar fasciitis as a bilateral 10%, and they included the achilles tendonitis with the arthritis. So, 10, 10 and 10.. Make sense?, Hamslice
  10. I can't comment on your claim, but I do have a concern. The VA healthcare system and the VA compensation and pensions are two distinct and separate entities. If you do have health problems, and you go to your annual physical, you should be using that to help you get better or maintain your health. I do not understand the adversary actions regards your PCP or NP, or the person who takes you blood pressure. They are there to help you. Now, if you have private healthcare, then I would suggest you get your healthcare there and forego the VA clinic or hospital, as its seems to not be helping you and could be causing you additional problem, i.e., high blood pressure. LOL.. The VA comp and pen is a whole other system and should be approached from a very adversarial position as its "you against them" for money. I go to my VA clinic and or hospital and appreciate everything they do for me. Free visits, free prescription and travel pay when appropriate. Nothing they, the VA healthcare side, have ever done has been detrimental to my claims in any way. FWIW, Hamslice
  11. Hamslice

    Ramp was a waste of time

    I travel 2 hours one-way for my VA appointments. The last time, I had an appointment at 7:30 am, and another at 12:00 noon. Kind of shoots the whole day. But, its free, and free is good. Just sayin, Hamlice Got to run over there for an eye exam this month. Not sure I'll get travel for that. LOL.
  12. Your exam looks similar to mine I had in December timeframe. You have a few more issues, but similar. The glaring error I find is the examiner states that your ROM is abnormal in both feet, however, fails to document the numbers for you range of motion. You need to be rated on ROM if you are going to receive a higher rating of 10%. You have a couple more yes's, but I have shoe inserts and ankle brace 100% of the time. If you look at the rating table, see where your stats fit in. There is four criteria for 30% and 4 for 60%, etc. I met 2, but, 10% criteria, I met more and that is what I got. I read VA archives regards plantar fasciitis cases and that is what the rulings say to me. You're are over a barrel unless you can get the ROM numbers, cause that can give you a better rating. I just got my letter today, and I will have to go to the reg and see where they got my rating from. In the past, I got 10% on most of my joints from arthritis off the bat, but a coupe I got increases to 20% because of ROM. My guess is, you should get 30% bilateral, but you will get 10% bilateral. Because they VA will lowball you. I usually wait a while (1-2 years) and then file for an increase. Works for me, Hamslice
  13. Received the "white envelope" in the mail today. November 5, 2018, sent in claim, January 14, received the letter. 5 contentions. So, start to finish, there you have it, Hamslice
  14. All, Thought I wouldn't do this again, but it makes the time pass while waiting. So, this will be a timeline for my new round of claims. Maybe another Veteran can glean useful information while following my travels. FDC Claim sent to the VA through my local CVSO. I even got a Centralized Mail Direct Upload Confirmation number from the CVSO after I watched him send it in digits. Gave me my original papers back. My rep is the VFW, which according to the CVSO dose not do anything for me until I need help, like with an appeal etc. I submitted 60 pages of medical records. 1. Right Ankle Arthritis secondary to my right foot plantar fasciitis. I submitted new evidence from 3 months of physical therapy with x-ray, I had this past summer. Also, during my last C&P for increase for my right foot plantar fasciitis, the C&P examiner was required to and did opine that I had right food arthritis and it as likely as not, and that it could be rated separately. But no response in the big brown (white) letter regards to the arthritis, but I did not claim it and we know how that goes. 2. Left Ankle Arthritis secondary to my right foot plantar fasciitis. I submitted new evidence from 3 months of physical therapy with x-ray, I had this past summer. Diagnosed by Orthopedic Surgeon. 3. Left Foot Plantar Fasciitis secondary to my right foot plantar fasciitis. I submitted new evidence from 3 months of physical therapy with x-ray, I had this past summer. Diagnosed by Orthopedic Surgeon. 4. Left Achilles Tendinitis increase already service connected. Orthopedic Surgeon recommends either surgery or stay off and not walk, etc. I submitted new evidence from 3 months of physical therapy with x-ray, I had this past summer. 5. Irregular Heartbeats secondary to hypertension. New condition that started two years ago. Cardiologist report and Holter monitor results showing extra beats. States my HBP is become worse. 6. Hypertension increase already service connected. Cardiologist report states my HBP is become worse. Here is where is raise my concern they didn't use my "pre-medication" blood pressure readings for the rating. That's it. I'm hoping for the best as usual. I need two 10's or one 20, with at least one being bilateral to get to the next level. Just sayin, Hamslice Updates as they happen.
  15. In eBenefits, go to disabilities. Go to the bottom. If it says you have NO pending disabilities, go up and see what they did with your current claim. I first found out under disabilities I was 90%, up from 80%, then I went and printed a new benefit summary letter. Then three days ago I got my one month retro in my bank. Yesterday, I got the, "because of a new rating", the life insurance blue flyer sales literature in the mail I have not received my rating letter yet. Hopefully on Monday, Hamslice
  16. My claims (5) for increase and secondaries went quite fast, 2 months total. My C&P exams where done at a VA hospital and were on myHealthyVet within 3 days. I think Congress needs to address this and make the VA post outside contractors as well, and in the same time-frame. Anyway, good luck on moving that much when you're at the top of the rating chart. I was at 81 and went to 91 with one new 30 and three new 10's. Hard to make big move when you're near the top. I need a 40 to make 95 now. Every two years I get everything evaluated to see if any have progressed. Seems to work for me. Just can't expect to world right away. Keep us posted, Hamslice I have not got my letter yet to see if there is any movement there either. Got the requisite life insurance brochure today, so the letter should be right behind it... LOL..
  17. Nice time to have a recorder on your phone. Just sayin, Hamslice Hard to remember what someone just told me on the phone when my brain is scrambling to figure out what to do when put on the spot........
  18. I don't know why everyone jumps to CUE right off the bat. To me, this looks like a simple appeal for the earlier date. Looks like the rater didn't see and or consider the older evidence. Did you include this older evidence when you sent in the claim? Doesn't look like it, but that's OK, you thought the VA would look for everything. LOL. Research this site for "topsheeting". Looks like that could have been what happened here. Your evidence you have posted looks great for you and an earlier date. You have a winner... If they deny the appeal, then I would look into a CUE. But, I think this was just someone being lazy... FWIW, Hamslice I could be all wet too, as I have little to no knowledge about the CUE.
  19. After my fellow employees and my family kept telling me I had OCD (Obsessive-compulsive Disorder), I made a claim for it, with very little, but accurate, evidence. None clinical mind you. Before I made the claim, I did tell my VA PCP that I would like to talk to someone about my OCD, I met with a VA councilor probably 8 times over 4 months. He said I had OCD, but not bad and I was dealing with it correctly already. I was denied, but what was unique, was the raters argument that the councilor felt that my "OCD" was beneficial to my current employment, i.e., attention to detail when writing reports and an outstanding arrangement of desk and uniform, spacing, parallel and perpendicular, and that it was a benefit, not a disability. LOL. Just to explain, I'm not a neat freak, but for instance, my coworkers would move something on my desk, like turn the stapler around, etc., and then laugh when I came in and fixed whatever little thing they did before I could acknowledge anything or one. And, I could tell if anyone on day shift ate at my desk, even after they cleaned up. They ate at my desk, because theirs was usually to full of crap, etc. I do not believe I ever had a C&P for the OCD it either. Hmmm. I was not expecting to win that one anyway. Your best bet is to wait and see what the letter says, not too sure if muddying up the situation now would help, and might hurt. You just don't know until you know what the letter says. FWIW, Hamslice
  20. This goes with most things these days. Keep asking "different" persons until you find the one that gives you the best answer, especially when dealing with the VA. When someone tells you no, it usually means they don't care or don't have time for you. You are just a number. Keep digging, Hamslice
  21. This seems to be an app for clinicians to drill down on what a Veteran could have been exposed too, etc. Not sure it helps the Veteran except for getting more information regards side effects, etc., etc.. I might try it and look around and see what I can see. Thanks Vern2, Hamslice
  22. https://mobile.va.gov/app/exposure-ed The link to Vern2's topic. I'm watching the video now and will comment if needed when done, Hamslice
  23. I doubt that they are blacklisted, but rather, the rater would now know that they had better have their best read of the evidence before making a determination. As bronco always states "evidence wins", and I believe as he also says, the VA docs have a reason to downplay your evidence, and your privately hired doc may be more inclined to lean forward in the foxhole and give the write up a little more flavor. Two different doctors can look at the same x-rays, lab results and examinations and come up with two different diagnosis's. Happens every day in the civilian world. Two doctors told my wife she was going to die from CO2 concentration (I thing that's right), but the third doctors said, not only do you not have asthma for the last 18 years, but you have small airway disease and this new (non-steroid) inhaler with cure your symptoms. Which it did. So, keep digging, Hamslice
  24. Hamslice

    Confused Not100% but get ChampVA

    Your DIC is based on your husbands death and not what he was rated at. If a Veteran dies from service connected disabilities, whether he was rated 10% or 100%, the DIC is the same. Same with ChampVA, either you get it or you don't. So, the only two things I see you could be after would be, a claim against the VA for causing death, and second, a claim for an earlier date for TDIU (or 100% rating). For those, you should get a lawyer, Hamslice
  25. Hamslice

    Confused Not100% but get ChampVA

    You do not have to be 100% to get DIC. As a surviving spouse, you can (should) get DIC if your Veteran spouse dies of a service connected medical condition irregardless of the conditions rating. In other words, if a Veteran died of a heart attack, and had a 30% rating for heart disease, then the spouse would get DIC. There are different DIC rules regards 100% and time and non-service connected death. You are getting DIC and ChampVA because your husband died from a service connected condition is what I suspect. In 2003, the changed the law and surviving spouses and children under age 18 (unless college, then 23) can get ChampVA, healthcare. As I said before, SSDI and VA are not related. The Va in your letter mentions the SSDI determination, but that means nothing regards your husbands service connection. They are just agreeing to your reading of same. Now, from what I am reading, you seem to be looking for back pay of some sorts, Is this correct, or what exactly are you looking for from the VA.? And from what date, etc.? And, where you on ChampVA before your husband passed, or did you get that at the same time you got your DIC.? Trying to help, Hamslice

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