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Everything posted by Hamslice

  1. I still stand on my assertion that you need a claim for benefits, whether accepted or denied, for a start date. Just finding something in your medical record, or c-file, that indicates you had a claimable condition usually will not work. Otherwise, there would be a line of lawyers at your door scouring your med records looking for cases they would win for big bucks. The way it should work is, you have a medical problem. You seek help. It can be traced to your military service. You get compensation. Remember, your medical condition has to be chronic and or static, not acute. So
  2. This is an easy one. First, grab your DD214, to prove your dates of service. Second, fill out a statement of claim, what happened and when, as close as you can, i.e., "I fractured my hip the third week of basic training" Third, take both of those to your CVSO, County Veterans Service Officer, at your local court house. Have him or her submit your initial claim. They will have you pick a service organization. Pick one. That's it. Get in the system, Get the ball rolling, Hamslice Some of these claims are slam dunk, and we don't need to try and outthi
  3. First thing to do is make a claim for it. That will start the date for compensation. I doubt that they will go back to a date where no claim was made, but you need to get the MH condition service connected before you need to worry about an earlier date. Now if the intentionally hid the information from you, well then you might have to get a lawyer to prove that, but just because you didn't see it in your medical record, or you were unable to get your medical record, I don't think will fly. But, I could be wrong. I don't know what documentation you have, but sometimes the VA stee
  4. Sounds like you may get an increase on one or two of your conditions. You have a bunch of service connected conditions which is a good thing even if they are or were at zero percent. If and when they get worse, you can file for an increase without having to prove they occurred in service. And once you get the ball rolling, don't forget secondary's to you original service connected conditions. Keep plugging along, Hamslice
  5. All of my claims have been examined by a NP. I have never had a doctor for a C&P exam. I have won all of my claims except for the ones that were not well thought out on my part to begin with. If you have (had) a condition that resolved itself, with or without meds, and you have no residuals, then it will get denied. Which my denials were. I learned. All of my increases and secondary claims were examined by a NP. I was successful in all of those. Those were easy as I had new evidence from a doctor that showed worsening of my original service connected condition, or the the new c
  6. Always file a claim, you could win, you could get denied, you could get denied and they will point you in the right direction for a later win with a earlier date than if you wait. If you don't file a claim, nothing changes, Hamslice
  7. My external backup drive took a dump a couple months ago, which wasn't an actual backup but a storage drive, so I lost everything. But, luckily, I was able to have the manufacturer retrieve most of the data. While looking at the recovery disc, I ran across these pictures again. When I first posted the award letter pictured response, it was a little tongue and cheek, as IU is not for me, and was basically wondering if there was any onus on the VA regards development??? That, and the recent interest in IU on this board. Maybe a more serious look wouldn't hurt for others with th
  8. Grilla, This is too late, but maybe members reading this will learn something. When you got rated 10% lumbar, it was from the x-ray showing arthritis. When you got the 10%, the VA basically low-balled you, which they did to me and every other Veteran. You, as I did probably complain of lower back pain with in service medical records to support and the VA shot an x-ray and said yep, here's your 10%, and you like me said hey that's great and went on our way. Mine was in 2009. Then after being on this site for a year, I figure out the money is in Range Of Motion. So, in 2011, I asked f
  9. Fox, The first time I requested my c-file, I, after about 6 months, received about an inch and a half stack of paper. I proceeded to look through it and found that it repeats itself about four times with some bits added here and there. So, I got 4 copies of some things, and 1 of others, and mostly random order, but definitely old to new order. Basically, a file where they just add new stuff to the front, etc. A couple of years ago, I requested my c-file again and within 2 months received a CD rom. I was exactly the same stuff in the same order with new (recent) stuff added up fro
  10. Just type what your question relates to. As an example, if your subject is, Hemorrhoids, then a good tag line would be, Medical. Etc. I believe you can type in anything and it will go. Give it a shot, Hamslice
  11. Well this is very interesting. I live in the sticks, and I travel an hour and a half to my VA Hospital for my "in-house" C&P exams. I'm not too sure who around my area they would even contract with? And the billing will be horrendous. Took the VA over a year and a half to pay for my pre-approved civilian doctor eye exam. Got a bill in the mail every month for 18 months. One day they stopped, Hamslice
  12. Sometimes I post before I search, Doh.... What if my spouse is also a Veteran with a combined disability rating of at least 30%? Can we both receive additional disability compensation for each other and for our children? Or can only one of us receive the additional benefit? If you and your spouse are both Veterans with a combined disability rating of at least 30%, you can both receive additional disability compensation for each other and for your children. You should know: It’ll take us longer to process your claim if your spouse is also a Veteran.
  13. I am 90% and get A&A ($143.00) for my spouse. I made the claim. As with everything VA, I believe you would need to claim it. The numbers ($) guys/gals aren't going to did in your records to find things you could or should have claimed. Excluding the SMC thing, which I have know knowledge whatsoever.. Now, what I am interested in and would be similar, do we have any married Veterans on here that both are collecting VA Comp? Do you both get paid at the Veteran plus spouse level, etc. Me thinks there may be some special rules for married disabled Veterans. Just a guess, H
  14. "This is nothing more than them TRYING TO KEEP VETERAN's FROM HITTING 100%!" People on this board have disagreed with me before, when I said that when you get to 90%, they scrutinize your future claims to keep the Veteran from getting to 100%. Each claim is supposed to stand on it's own whether its your first 10% or your last 10% to get to 100%. But I would only agree if the raters did not see your whole record, but just what pertained to the current claim, and did not know your current percentage. We know they see it all, so they know you are at 90%, unlike a first claim for 10%
  15. I can explain it. That's the lowest number they could find in a quick scan of the report. Luckily, we weren't on page 1.1, or that would be our raise.. Hamslice
  16. "The compensation for 90 percent Vets is just $1862, while just 10 percent more brings it "almost double" to $3106" Bronc, I know you know this, but it is fun anyway. A Veteran rated at a real 90% needs a 50% rating or more to get to 100%. 90% is the hardest hole to get out of. As of 2009. in Wisconsin, there are around 60,000 disabled Veterans, but only 411 of us at 90%, the lowest of any category by a long shot. I as an example, have a real score of 91, and need a 40 or bilateral of 30 or some combination, etc. Which is hard to achieve when my highest single rating is 30%, L
  17. Believe it or not, but, whether the VA coordinates payment of your care with your private insurance when you also have private insurance and the Veteran is 90%, is or could be dependent on how many employees your place of work has. Many different thresholds. Who pays what when is mandated by law, and basically everyone's situation is different. Two years ago, I was 90% and had private insurance through my employer, and with less than 20 employees. Also, at this time, my wife was on SS disability. SSDI paid first, private insurance second in her case. For me, I never got billed for an
  18. Just got the notice from Social Security. 1.3 Social Security benefits and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) payments for approximately 70 million Americans will increase 1.3 percent in 2021, the Social Security Administration announced today. VA usually play along. Hamslice
  19. I am service connected secondary for my right shoulder (20%) to my service connected left shoulder (10%). The date for your secondary claim is the date you make the secondary claim, NOT, the date of your original service connected claim. Or anywhere in-between. Just because you find it in a medical record, does not mean compensation starts from there. Compensation starts from the time of the claim. Even, especially for claims that were previously denied. I find things in my old medical records that I never claimed, and I do claim them and and when I win I appreciated the compensa
  20. We'll, I think I would considering you are SSDI. Now, we all know SSDI and TDIU are different, SSDI, the Social Security says you are too disabled to work, whereas, TDIU, says you have "service connected" disability(s) that prevent you from working. Now your SC disability can also help get you SSDI, but your SSDI disability may not be service connected and will not help your TDIU. So, what is your SSDI based on? And is it from your service? File, and good luck, Hamslice
  21. I would have to do some looking, but you were probably awarded a secondary MOS based on your specific MOS. I am/was a 12B, Combat Engineer, and somewhere in my records from basic or AIT, it lists 11B, Infantry as a secondary. Basically, it would not take much to convert a 12B into an 11B when sh*t hit the fan. In other words, you could probably fill in for a wheeled vehicle mechanic when the time came. But you were probably more specialized than that and it would not work the other way around, if you catch my drift. If it was me, I'd leave it alone, especially if it is working to my a
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