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  1. scout1069

    No News On Claim Yet

    Thanks, Berta. So I have a good chance at P&T? I will appeal that then. Not that I thought I was out of the weeds yet or anything. I've been trying to relay this new decision to SSDI. So far, nothing on that. My letter says next C&P is in 5 yrs. How reliable is that?
  2. scout1069

    No News On Claim Yet

    Wow! I received a letter from my National VSO stating I have been approved for TDIU. I want to thank everyone who responded to my questions for helping me through this. It sounds like good news and yes I know there is still some waiting left to do, but it seems like the hard part is over. I just hope it doesn't get kicked back for something. Thank you again hadit.com! <br /><br /><br />
  3. scout1069

    No News On Claim Yet

    Okay here's an update, but not sure what it means yet. I called the 1-800 # and the guy on the other end told me they sent out a Statement of the Case letter yesterday. Can someone shed some light on that one for me?
  4. scout1069

    No News On Claim Yet

    Oh by the way, my claim is at the St. Pete VARO. So there is no way to get inside with anything, say a Congressman's help, to get these people who work there to get on their jobs. I mean how many people live in Florida? And out of those, how many have disability claims on appeals? Why does it take so long? Man! Okay is there anyplace to vent frustrations to that won't slow the claim down?
  5. scout1069

    No News On Claim Yet

    Just wondering if anyone could tell me if anything can be done if I go to the VARO personally to inquire about my claim. Is that a good idea or not?
  6. scout1069

    Ils Question

    Hello all. I have an Independent Living Services contractor coming out to my house to do an assessment this Friday. I am currently 70% PTSD, 20% on a lower back injury, and 20% on a neck injury. So 80% combined. My main issues come from the PTSD, but I can move around the house good enough to get done what I have to. 1. What should I expect from this contractor? 2. Are there any things that I should be asking for that I am entitled to? 3. Can anyone offer up some advice that has had ILS work out for PTSD issues. I have a TDIU claim pending right now and I'm hoping this will move my claim along. Are the two related in any way? Thanks, Scout
  7. scout1069

    Good Evidence Or No?

    I received another letter from my Voc Rehab counselor saying: As your vocational rehabilitation counselor, I have made a determination that it is not feasible for you to benefit from a program designed to return you to gainful employment due to your service connected disabilities. However we will be providing you an evaluation for Individualized Independent Living Services. Is this in addition to TDIU or am I now waiting for them to do this evaluation before they move forward with my claim for TDIU benefits? My counselor has advised me over the phone that my case is not closed and they are waiting for funding to do the ILS eval.
  8. scout1069

    Good Evidence Or No?

    Okay, so I e-mailed my Voc Rehab counselor yesterday with my request and then again this morning better outlining what I was looking for. To my surprise, he e-mailed back this morning and said he could help with the letter,but that my case wasn't closed and he is waiting for some funding to free up so that they can schedule an in-house assessment for ILS. Then he called a couple of hours later and after talking things over, he said he would call VARO and speak with whomever is looking at my claim. Does this sound positive to anyone?
  9. scout1069

    Good Evidence Or No?

    Ahh yes. That makes total sense to me. I just don't know how to play this game yet, so thanks for your help. I take Seroquel, Bupropion, Citalapram for my PTSD conditions. All of these meds have an impact on my daily living. And they are all prescribed to me from the VA. When I submitted the current Voc Rehab letters as evidence, I also submitted some of my VA med records where I had talked about employability with a psychiatrist back in Mar. 2009 who stated he did not see me being employable at that time as well as current ones from 2010 after talking with my LCSW about it. He wrote something similar to 1st doc's notes. Currently I see a LCSW and a ARNP-BC for my meds.
  10. scout1069

    Good Evidence Or No?

    Thank you very much for the help. I've been waiting and calling the 1-800 # for a few months now and it's getting very frustrating at this point. So how do I present this to the voc rehab? Just ask him to write the letter like you said or am I going to need something from my LCSW first. He was pretty reluctant to do anything like that for me when I talked to him last. He stated that he couldn't fight the VA for this since he works for the VA. Are they supposed to be cooperative with you on this?
  11. scout1069

    Good Evidence Or No?

    Okay, so I'm probably looking at another denial then. Should I get a letter from them now and submit as new evidence now or wait until I have been denied again if that happens? Also, how good of evidence from a licensed clinical social worker be stating the same thing. What do people have the best success with as far as letters. I'll just ask for the people that oversee my care to write letters as well. Is that a good idea or not? I guess I have beaten around the bush too much with some of these people. Is it okay to just come out and ask the medical professionals to write a letter stating just what you said?
  12. scout1069

    Good Evidence Or No?

    Okay, here are both letters in entirety. Letter # 1: I stopped action on your claim because it appears employment is not feasible and you do not need independent living services. We met on 10/06/2010 for orientation and found you to have an employment handicap and entitled to Chapter 31. We reviewed your record and determined that your employment abilities along with intensive medical treatment do not make it practical for employment. We completed a Preliminary Independent Living Evaluation. You reported that you are having difficulty functioning because of your emotional instability and medical regimen, including medication. Further exploration did not support a need for independent living services. You are actively receiving medical services from your medical professionals at the VAMC. They are addressing many of your concerns and working with you to overcome your mental and physical disabilities. You report to have family support in the area. You met with the Wounded Warrior Project Representative and you declined the TRACK program because it would interfere with your medical treatment. A referral was sent to your VAMC provider for consideration to the Compensated Work Therapy Program (CWT) and feasibility for inpatient treatment. A review of your medical notes shows that you have discussed these options with your provider and are reluctant to pursue inpatient services because of personal obligations. You were instructed to contact me regarding a review of your Chapter 31 Rehabilitation Options. I left a message on 10/22/2010 and have not heard from you regarding your intent on using your benefits. (Since then, I have spoken to my counselor and was supposed to have had an ILS contractor come to my house for an eval. Waited about 3 weeks and called counselor back and was told there was no funding available for ILS.) Letter #2: As your vocational rehabilitation counselor, I have made a determination that it is not feasible for you to benefit from a program designed to return you to gainful employment or receipt of independent living services. We completed a Preliminary Independent Living Evaluation. You reported that you are having difficulty functioning because of your emotional instability and medical regimen, including medication. Further exploration did not support a need for independent living services. You are actively receiving medical services from your medical professionals at the VAMC. They are addressing many of your concerns and working with you to overcome your mental and physical disabilities. You report to have family support in the area. You met with the Wounded Warrior Project Representative and you declined the TRACK program because it would interfere with your medical treatment. A referral was sent to your VAMC provider for consideration to the Compensated Work Therapy Program (CWT) and feasibility for inpatient treatment. A review of your medical notes shows that you have discussed these options with your provider and are reluctant to pursue inpatient services because of personal obligations. Because I am denying you participation in a return-to-work program, I am required by VA regulations to provide you with your appellate rights. This way, if you disagree with our decision to deny you this benefit, you or your accredited representative may request an administrative review by righting a letter to this office stating the reasons for your disagreement. You or your representative may also formally appeal this decision by following the procedures outlined on the attached VA Form 4107, Notice of Procedural and Appellate Rights. You should note, however, that you cannot request an administrative review after you have submitted an appeal. If you disagree with this decision you will need to contact me within 30 days from the date of this letter with support showing you could benefit or have a need for Independent Living or return-to-work services. I can be reached by calling XXX-XXX-XXXX or e-mail @va.gov. quote name='Berta' timestamp='1291300280' post='227198'] "Voc-Rehab letter #1: As your vocational rehabilitation counselor, I have made a determination that it is not feasible for you to benefit from a program designed to return you to gainful employment or receipt of independent living services. There's more but I think what you need to see is right there in that 1st sentence. Voc-Rehab letter #2: I stopped action on your claim because it appears employment is not feasible and you do not need independent living services. There's more to that one as well, but again, that 1st sentence says enough." In my opinion it does not say enough at all. A determination by Voc Rehab that states the veteran's Service Connected disabilities render the Voc Rehab program as unfeasible for the veteran-is proof of unemployability due to service. "There's more to that" We need to see the "more to that" part.
  13. scout1069

    Good Evidence Or No?

    Today I got a letter requesting that I send in any SS med recs, but I don't have any because I'm not receiving anything from SSDI yet. Do I need to answer this letter now? And what, if any, forms should I be using? If I don't send a response, will it hold up my claim? There was no timeline to do anything written on the letter.
  14. scout1069

    Good Evidence Or No?

    Soooo........any takers on this one here? I need reassurance. All my confidence with anything got flushed along with my Army career. Thanks for any replies.
  15. Yeah I applied for SSDI and got denied, so I am reapplying using the Voc Rehab denial letters and some other evidence in my VA records. I was also medically retired from the Army for combat related PTSD at 50%, currently 80% combined with VA- 70% PTSD, 20% cervical spine, 20% lumbar fracture. So does being medically retired from the Army give me a better shot? Can I submit that to SSDI?
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