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  1. I just wanted to see if anybody out there has been short changed by the VA IRT retrograde payments. I am 100% service connected. I filed 01 March 2015 and received my first VA disability check on 01 July2015. I received a "retrograde payment" on 11 June 2015 in the amount of $2,296, and just received $4,240 on 25 August 2015. I then received a letter form the VA stating that my only compensatable months were April and May. does this sound right to anybody? I feel like I'm being shorted 2 months of retro payments. Any help would be great.
  2. Hello everyone. What I want to know is if I am getting an adequate service connection percentage. I am currently getting 30% for Bi-Polar disorder. I was originally at 10% and then applied for an increase in my percentage in 2011 and it was raised to 30%. I keep seeing and hearing about vets getting higher percentages than me and it confuses me. Like my brother in law gets 20% for a bad knee and when in my mind I compare a bad knee to constant mood swings, bouts of depression, never ending anxiety, paranoid thoughts especially in social situations whether it be at work or in social gatherings, the occasional psychotic break, and constantly feeling like I'm weird or crazy, that comes with Bi-Polar Disorder, I think to myself, "Now is being 10% higher then someone with a bad knee necessarily right?" I just have problems with understanding how the compensation works and I am wondering if I am getting screwed. Some history about me is that Bi-Polar runs in my family but I did not have any signs of it before I went to Iraq in 2003 and then I had a psychotic break while in Iraq and the V.A. determined that my Illness was already there through genes and that military service exacerbated my Illness. As you probably know Bi-Polar illness is a lifelong condition and it feels to me that it is steadily getting worse as I get older. I have been able to hold down a janitor job for almost 3 years full time but have had to take several sick days because of the stress of working and being around people all day. I'm actually worried that having a stable job for that long would actually screw me if I applied for another increase to my SD of all things. It's not like a Janitor job is a high stress environment for most people but it is the max that I can handle. So, I will be stuck in this job and pay level possibly for the rest of my life or possibly get fired for calling in sick to much and I could never be able to make a higher income even though my I.Q. is 131 and I am a hard worker. So with that all being said should I apply for an increase again to my SD?
  3. Don't know what I would have done without the effort of hadit members! Vietnam 1966-1969 Question: Just saw on ebenes that I was given a 100% PTSD disability ONLY IT IS FROM DOD!!??? I cannot get a simple answer from Google - VA won't answer any questions because my claim is now complete. I have a spouse , am totally lost as to the compensation amount My payscale was $400 per mo. in Thailand-will that be a factor in my award???? Just lost....you help, as always, is appreciated!
  4. What is the compensation rate for HBV (Hepatitus "B")? I do have Liver Disease supported by VA documented elevated enzymes. (Fatty Liver Disease, a/c one doctor most likely caused by "your hep b") Clean bill of Health on my SF88 (Recruitment Physical) ... check USMC (MCRD San Diego, 1978) used jet guns on me, and yes, I and the guys before and after me all bled. ... check Got a letter from the blood bank about 6 months later (Camp Pendleton) that they didn't want my blood because of Hep B. ... check Got in-service treatment records. ... check Even have an entry in my SRB (Service Record Book) regarding "light duty" for the issue. ... double check. I have read AskNod's treatise on the disease. Is it compensable? Is it worth pursuing?
  5. Hello, I am new to this site and am happy to see that there are a lot of folks on here who know the ins and outs of filing claims with the VA. Hopefully someone will be able to offer me advice on how I should proceed. I did not know until recently the issues I've been dealing with were covered by the VA, otherwise I would've started this years ago. I'll try to provide adequate detail. Background: Navy; Honorable discharge in 2003; Persian Gulf; did just about every job imaginable on the boat. Claims and questions: Scarring/pain: service medical record contains detailed record of surgery for removal of Basal Cell skin cancer on my face, including drawing, measurement and procedure details. The nexus seems very clear. Question: How does the VA actually measure scars, and what rating should apply? My t-shaped scar runs from the inside of my right eye down the side of my nose (about 2 inches), and across under my eye (about 1 inch). My right nostril is now asymmetrical as a result of the skin pulling and settling after the surgery, and there is a small scar "pocket" on the side of my nostril. Also, the skin changes color with hot/cold, becomes irritated by sweat, tingles/throbs and is prone to sores and infections. Functional Gastrointestinal Disorder: Nexus: Record contains one instance of gastroenteritis (vomiting/diarrhea), along with "sea sickness". I have civilian medical records for multiple gastro events after leaving service, including hospitalization and surgery (the doc mistakenly diagnosed appendicitis) for gastro and non-specific gastro problems. Not in my records is that I constantly have gastro issues including dyspepsia, frequent vomiting, and bouts of constipation and diarrhea. Also, I am by definition a Gulf War vet, and I understand that this condition falls under "Special Gulf War Rules" as a "Qualifying Chronic Disability". Question: Is this adequate for nexus, or do I need an IMO? How do "Special Gulf War Rules" come into play vs. a standard claim for gastro issues? And, what rating does this condition entail? Tinnitus/hearing loss: my service record contains evidence that I was qualified in multiple weapons, and was a sonar tech. The sonar I worked on was I believe one of the loudest man-made noises on earth, and I had my bell rung more than few times when that thing went active. Question: There is no mention of tinnitus in my medical records, but is there enough evidence to establish nexus? My ears ring 24/7 and it drives me nuts to be in silence. Question: Will the VA most likely require me to take more tests? What if I'm in good shape the day of the tests? Do they understand the "flare up" nature of certain illnesses? I've obtained copies of all of my military and civilian medical records (and made more copies), and plan to meet with a VSO before submitting. I hope I have enough documentation and evidence to satisfy what the VA is looking for. I have a few other claims as well, but didn't want to post too much. I greatly appreciate any feedback on the items above, as well as any other advice that can help make my claims as painless as possible. Thank you all for your service.
  6. Anybody ever have a new claim disappear off of eBenefits completely? I filed a new one based on information received from my SMR's when I received them from the National Personnel Records Center. The VA was supposed to have retrieved them under the VCAA, but they were never in my C-FILE, so I obtained them myself and filed them with the VA. I filed the new compensation claim in August, 2014, and it has been sitting on idle in Under Review for several months until a couple of days ago, when it disappeared completely. All other claims and information is still there. Anybody have this happen? Mark
  7. Long story short...In May 2013 I had a cervical compensation pending but at my C/P exam in July 2013 I signed off to dismiss the claim due to the fact that I have had normal pap's for years.... History: 1990 I had cervical cancer while on AD - had surgery and since then I have been okay... Today: I had an ultrasound last month due to pain in my tummy...Conclusion - I have cyst on ovaries and they need to be removed. I go in for surgery consult on Wednesday. Is this something I should look into getting S/C? Did I lose the opportunity by denying my claim in 2013? Should I even worry about submitting a claim? Please help! Thanks, Steph
  8. I am S/C for my Eating Disorder.....I have numerous fainting spells documented which is what helped get me S/C for Anorexia Nervosa.... In November 2014 I passed out and was rushed to the VA hospital. I damaged both front teeth due to my eating disorder. I was treated for other issues while at the ER and released. I had two consults to the VA dental denied due to no S/C for my teeth. I had to get over $4,500 in dental work done on the outside. I had both my dentist and specialist dentist fill out DBQ's and I submitted them along with all receipts and I did an FDC. I filled out everything needed and submitted in Feb 2015... QUESTION...Can you get your teeth S/C(secondary) if you already have a S/C disability (Anorexia Nervosa) that attributed to the secondary issue? I noticed on the VA site for FDC claim's it states: Who Can File an FDC? Veterans may file an FDC for disability compensation for the following reasons: An injury, disability, or condition believed to have occurred or been aggravated by military service. A condition caused or aggravated by an existing service-related condition.
  9. I got my first payment for VA disability a few days ago. I little over 14,000. While that is great an all, I searched around and I found my approval letter on ebennifits and I was approved for 50%(around $850 a month) starting December 1st, 2014. The math doesn't make any sense. Can someone please explain this to me? At first I was thinking it was the last installment of my enlistment bonus, but I'm pretty sure that money comes from a the Army, not the VA and I was discharged early so I wasn't expecting that anyway.
  10. Wonder if he needed an independent alien medical opinion to win it? See article: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/technology-science/science/british-ufo-encounter-gave-heart-5266589
  11. Hello everyone, I just wanted to give some information on my success with getting an increase for some S-C disabilities. My claim was actually held up for 2 months from a VSR at the VA in Los Angeles (Wilshire)- They had said it was filed, but upon checking Ebenefits as he told me to do- 6 weeks later- nothing had shown as filed. So I took it upon myself to walk it into the federal building myself and low and behold that following Monday it showed up on eB's... as filed on the date I walked it in. This is the second time I have attempted to allow the VA's reps assist me and every time they screw it up. *smh* So for me no VSR/ VSO's I just can't... I would like to trust them, but it seems when i try to let them "just do their job" they don't. go figure. ANYWAY. 3/14/2014 - Claim for increase was filed (FDC)... (currently 40%) 6/20 - QTC exam 7/3 - VA received QTC results (eB::: Development letter sent) 8/01- VA magically lost original claim paperwork 8/2- Uploaded claim paperwork through eBenefits 8/15- VA confirmed they had received the original paperwork uploaded. (eB::: moved to Preparation for decision) 9/15 - EBenefits reflected claim closed/complete (Decision notification sent/ development letter sent/ appeal possible) 9/16 - A8 (Benefit Summary) reflected my new rating (60%) 9/17TODAY- Called Peggy and got the callback option and my call was returned within 30 minutes. The woman who assisted for verification purposes informed me that it was complete, she cannot tell me what the decision is- however, you have retro pay authorized for Sept. 15th. Below 3K which is fine by me- anything is better than nothing- So now I am waiting for my retro to hit my bank and the BBE. (Big Brown Envelope) and tomorrow 9/18 is my birthday- at least I can enjoy it knowing my claim has indeed been handled 1 day short of the 6 month mark. Keep the faith and stay on top of your paperwork.I agree with most, which is your timeline totally depends on what you're claiming and ensuring you are making your appointments, sending in documentation requested ASAP, and do not forget to FOLLOW UP! Technology cannot be trusted sometimes lol... If it says uploaded that's fine, but 2 days later I will cll anyway because, I need a human telling me they have gotten it. Hopefully you all are getting some quicker decisions as well. Looking forward to interacting with you all.
  12. I was hoping someone that works at the VA could provide me some insight. I was in the Marines from 2001-2005 with two combat tours. I went through the initial process in 2006 and was awarded: PTSD 10%, degenerative joint disease of the right knee 10% and degenerative joint disease of the left knee 10% for a total of 30%. After speaking with friends I decided to have my claim reevaluated. I opened my claim with the VFW January of this year for: PTSD (Increase), degenerative joint disease of the right knee (Increase), degenerative joint disease of the left knee (Increase), residual injury lower back (New), Hypertension, arterial (New), Rhinitis, allergic (New), tinnitus (New), eczema (New), hiatal hernia (New), elbow pain (New). All of the issues marked as “new” are being reviewed as administrative error. They were evaluated by the VA Dr’s and approved as being service connected but were never given a rating, not even 0%. I was only called in to meet with a physician for PTSD (Increase), degenerative joint disease of the right knee (Increase), degenerative joint disease of the left knee (Increase). During my knee exam I had limited range of motion as well as chronic pain that affects my job and personal life. Also, no x-rays were needed because they had x-rays from 8 years ago proving my condition. During my evaluation for PTSD the Dr said my issues have gotten worse and it affects my work/personal life as well. Long story short my question is about increase and my current process. My status in eBenefits is "Preparation for Decision" but I was never seen by a physician for: residual injury lower back (New), Hypertension, arterial (New), Rhinitis, allergic (New), tinnitus (New), eczema (New), hiatal hernia (New), elbow pain (New). Is it a good or bad that I wasn’t seen by a physician for the 7 new issues that were filled as administrative error? They are in my file as being service connected but again never given a rating, not even 0%. I know it’s a tough call without seeing all my documentation but what do you think my outcome will be? I am open to insight.
  13. Ladies and Gentlemen, This is my first post on this website and overall any website regarding VA Compensation (Information Inquiries). During my search(es) via this vast web, I have come across multiple articles regarding 'issues' dealing with VA Benefits. So here's my background in hopes of someone shedding some light and recommendations on my situation. Background. I am a Retired United States Marine with 20 years of faithful and honorable service. My VA Compensation Rating is currently at 80% (Originally dated in July 2012). I retired in July 2011 and have yet to receive compensation pay - backdated to August 2011. 1. ‘ERRORS’ which initially prolonged Compensation Pay- 1.A. VA Rep filled out my compensation application at the VA Hospital. The VA Rep annotated, "VET elects Pension vs Compensation" 1.A.1. "ME" not understanding the "LAW", questioned this determination by the VA - given that I rated Concurrent Pay based on my rating being over 50% and 20 year retiree. 1.A.2. This was rectified when "I" submitted the following documents in May 2013, via overnight USPS. (NOTE: Confirmation via the VA having received the documents.) 1.A.2.A. VA-Form 21-651. Election of Compensation in lieu of Pension. 1.A.2.B. Hand written letter addressed to DVA Winston-Salem. 1.A.2.C. "MY" DD-214. Certified True Copy, given that the VA continued to claim to not have it, neither from "ME" or the U.S. Marine Corps. 1.A.2.D. An Email enclosure – A detailed response due to an IRIS Inquiry; signed by a department head at IRIS dated in April 2013. This email was important because it detailed what was “left to do” before I could receive concurrent compensation pay. 1.A.2.E. VA-Form 20-572. A change of address form. 1.B. Appeal via phone regarding elements of the claim that required a doctor to see me in person. This was mainly due to two personal conditions. Hindsight, had I known this would have prolonged my Compensation even longer; I would rather live with all other conditions instead of the DAMN stress the “VA” has caused "ME." 1.B.1. The “VA System” does not afford the VET the proper flexibility to work and be seen by a doctor based on unique situations. My job was the unique situation, I had to fly-out to my work place in the NCR and was then outsourced to various job sites for two to three months at a time. From my home of record, I had to schedule my appointments in advance - something the VA health system does not allow if it is past 30 days. Absurd. In order to be seen I would have to decline a work cycle in order to be seen by a doctor who at best would not detail the issue in one setting – based on two to three years dealing with the system. Further, declining work meant walking away from my job! Absurd! 1.B.2. "MY" claim was outsourced to DVA Hawaii due to their lower “op-tempo.” "MY" claim was re-adjudicated in November 2013, and once again the finalized rating is 80%. 2. Current Day. The Claim is still under “Claim Received” for Military Pay in Lieu of Compensation, with a generic processing range of six months (Feb 2014 thru Jul 2014). My thoughts are that it will take 3 months for it to kick, starting in July. This would place the claim distribution in Oct 2014 – totaling between $56k and $57k, backdated to Aug 2011. 3. Now My Question to you. Given the dates Feb 2014 thru Jul 2014 – What is the expected wait time for the VA to process the Compensation Pay via DFAS and distribute the backpay funds accordingly? My understanding via DFAS is that it takes them approximately 30 days to processes the paperwork from date received. I am unsure how long it will take the VA to process the DFAS paperwork once it has received back. Your knowledge is important and I would appreciate your feedback. I believe I have outlined everything I know as of now. Any recommendations for action to be taken is greatly welcomed. R/S USMC91211
  14. Ladies and Gentlemen, This is my first post on this website and overall any website regarding VA Compensation (Information Inquiries). During my search(es) via this vast web, I have come across multiple articles regarding 'issues' dealing with VA Benefits. So here's my background in hopes of someone shedding some light and recommendations on my situation. Background. I am a Retired United States Marine with 20 years of faithful and honorable service. My VA Compensation Rating is currently at 80% (Originally dated in July 2012). I retired in July 2011 and have yet to receive compensation pay - backdated to August 2011. 1. ‘ERRORS’ which initially prolonged Compensation Pay- 1.A. VA Rep filled out my compensation application at the VA Hospital. The VA Rep annotated, "VET elects Pension vs Compensation" 1.A.1. "ME" not understanding the "LAW", questioned this determination by the VA - given that I rated Concurrent Pay based on my rating being over 50% and 20 year retiree. 1.A.2. This was rectified when "I" submitted the following documents in May 2013, via overnight USPS. (NOTE: Confirmation via the VA having received the documents.) 1.A.2.A. VA-Form 21-651. Election of Compensation in lieu of Pension. 1.A.2.B. Hand written letter addressed to DVA Winston-Salem. 1.A.2.C. "MY" DD-214. Certified True Copy, given that the VA continued to claim to not have it, neither from "ME" or the U.S. Marine Corps. 1.A.2.D. An Email enclosure – A detailed response due to an IRIS Inquiry; signed by a department head at IRIS dated in April 2013. This email was important because it detailed what was “left to do” before I could receive concurrent compensation pay. 1.A.2.E. VA-Form 20-572. A change of address form. 1.B. Appeal via phone regarding elements of the claim that required a doctor to see me in person. This was mainly due to two personal conditions. Hindsight, had I known this would have prolonged my Compensation even longer; I would rather live with all other conditions instead of the DAMN stress the “VA” has caused "ME." 1.B.1. The “VA System” does not afford the VET the proper flexibility to work and be seen by a doctor based on unique situations. My job was the unique situation, I had to fly-out to my work place in the NCR and was then outsourced to various job sites for two to three months at a time. From my home of record, I had to schedule my appointments in advance - something the VA health system does not allow if it is past 30 days. Absurd. In order to be seen I would have to decline a work cycle in order to be seen by a doctor who at best would not detail the issue in one setting – based on two to three years dealing with the system. Further, declining work meant walking away from my job! Absurd! 1.B.2. "MY" claim was outsourced to DVA Hawaii due to their lower “op-tempo.” "MY" claim was re-adjudicated in November 2013, and once again the finalized rating is 80%. 2. Current Day. The Claim is still under “Claim Received” for Military Pay in Lieu of Compensation, with a generic processing range of six months (Feb 2014 thru Jul 2014). My thoughts are that it will take 3 months for it to kick, starting in July. This would place the claim distribution in Oct 2014 – totaling between $56k and $57k, backdated to Aug 2011. 3. Now My Question to you. Given the dates Feb 2014 thru Jul 2014 – What is the expected wait time for the VA to process the Compensation Pay via DFAS and distribute the backpay funds accordingly? My understanding via DFAS is that it takes them approximately 30 days to processes the paperwork from date received. I am unsure how long it will take the VA to process the DFAS paperwork once it has received back. Your knowledge is important and I would appreciate your feedback. I believe I have outlined everything I know as of now. Any recommendations for action to be taken is greatly welcomed. R/S USMC91211
  15. Hey guys. I am currently receiving 60% compensation. I had to have some MRI and submit med documents to reapply for a condition previously denied. Ebenefits shows Your claim is currently located in our "Rating" phase. Under the Pending Decision Approval Phase. Would anyone know of anyway to submit proof of my hardship in order to expedite the process?
  16. My claim was put in 2 months after being released from the vamc hospital after being inpatient for 5 days due to my iron deficiency anemia going to 7.3 hemoglobin levels , I was dizzy , shortness of breath , fatigued, and tachycardia. I could not even hold my head up. I received 2 blood transfusions my level was 9.8 when i left the hospital, I was anemic in the service but when I got my denial letter it said something funny. " Service Connection denied because the medical record fails to show that this disability has been clinically diagnosed. The evidence does not show a current diagnosed disability. Va examiner noted that your iron deficiency ( anemia) has resolved." I'm so confused about what to do. I was in the vamc for 5 days and they had to raise my iron tablets to 3 times a day but it says I'm not diagnosed but its resolved. Can someone tell me what the va disability rater wants me to do next to prove my case.
  17. Hello, i had traumatic event happen before i was in the military . i never had symptoms of PTSD until about 9 months before i was to get out. would this be covered if i received care while in the military?? and didn't have any trauma while in.
  18. Hi everyone, I have been directed to this site many times in my search for answers to my military related health problems. I kept searching elsewhere, but all roads seem to lead back here so I signed up. I am a Marine Corp veteran, Camp Lejeune January 1985 - August 1988, where I was living in the French Creek Barracks and working down in the Industrial area rebuilding and running the rebuilt engines right out in the open except for a 3/16 piece of sheet steel on casters to protect us. I was in the 2nd FSSG, 2nd Maint. BN., GSM CO. ,CRP Platoon. I did get the surprise letter in the mail around 2007 announcing that I had been drinking eating and bathing in contaminated water the whole time I was there. I started having weird head pains in 2004, what seemed like pressure in my sinus area and dry eyes, throat, and nausea. When it got bad I felt like I had the worst hangover in the world. If I even lightly touched my scalp it was like stabbing an icepick into my brain. Seen several doctors none believed me, then I made it into the VA healthcare system where I have been on every anti-depressant known to man and still have the pain. I have since contracted rheumatoid arthritis (diagnosed in January 2012) and have no idea how long I was suffering from that. The National Guard (2009-2013) kicked me out in January 2013 because of the RA, leaving me with no benefits and no job. I also have tinnitus, which I have been fighting for compensation from since Sept. 2010. Just sent third appeal to BVA in July they cannot find any reason for a service connection - Denied - Denied - Try standing next to a giant diesel engine running full bore every day and tell me there is no connection. I am expecting to drive down to Detroit for the video hearing sometime in the near future to receive my last Denial because they just will not give any weight to the job I performed in the component rebuild platoon! They started building an enclosed soundproof engine room right after some contractor took decibel level readings in our shop shortly before I got out. Is that enough damming evidence right there? Anyway, I have also been denied SSDI from the judge at that hearing, even though I am 50 years old, have done nothing else but build homes my whole life, and can no longer get out of bed each morning without wishing I would just not wake up anymore. I have the weirdest aches and pains, fatigue, depression, anxiety, degenerative disks, and osteoarthritis everywhere. The social security judge says I can be a cashier. WTF!!! I am thinking all of my medical problems are directly linked to Camp Lejeune’s well water and I will never get compensated for anything except a free burial, unless Obama cuts that out with his mighty unconstitutional executive orders also. Why cannot I get any friggen help? I just do not understand. They give social security to people who have never worked a day in their lives, and treat me like I am less worthy than those I have supported with my paychecks! I am so frustrated I had to blow off some steam. Thanks to anyone who reads this and can help me understand. Semper Fi, Stephen.
  19. Thursday, I spoke with my American Legion representative at the Houston VARO to check on my status. I usually do it once a month to see how things are percolating. He said that as of October 29th, my file had moved to "Special Ops", and he noted that it was probably because my claim was on of the ones that is over two years old. Anybody had their claim moved over to that section in the past? If so, does it mean a good thing? Or just another delay? I'm still in Gathering Dust stage on eBenefits, but still patiently watching the paint dry. Good luck to all of you, and happy Veterans Day tomorrow! Peace out! Mark
  20. Well, ePeggy updated today and now shows that my completion date went from January 28, 2013 to July 15, 2012. I guess since we are having fictional completion dates, I will also make up a fictional rating. Therefore, I rate myself 100% with no future appointments. I wonder if they will buy that? Btw, since eBenefits started displaying the estimated completion dates, this is now my third version. My first estimated completion was October 30, 2012, and I was disheartened a bit when it was bumped back to January, 2013. Now I'm just finding the whole process hilarious. Can I get rated for eBenefits Delerium....at least like 10 or 20%? At least they did give the disclaimer now, "Your claim is being processed by the Regional Office. We generally process claims in the order received. We recognize that your claim has exceeded the projected completion date and remain committed to completing our review as quickly and accurately as possible. Thank you for your patience." Anybody else have a third round of completion date changes yet? Mark
  21. SOOOOOO.......I pretty much gave up on checking my ebenefits account for any movement on my claim status. Actually I called the 800 number for the VA trying to get some info on what was going on with my GI bill since they decided to move it from one office to another and didin't "know where it was" haha. Anyway, so I go through and to my surprise 2 things happened I never expected: They not only found my Education file but they put a rush on it and my back pay will be coming through next week, ANNNDD there was a note attached to my medical claim saying something along the lines of should be done this week! whoa. I do have a question I see a lot of you who are getting downloadable letters before the offical letter comes in the mail in "the brown envelope" haha. Whats the difference? I've never seen either and i'm curious and also when does the electronic one show up? the day that they complete the claim? Thanks in advance for any responses!
  22. I have a claim in for serveral disabilities. I'm on step 5 ( I think that's preparation for decision). Not taking this serious but I know some of you are really good at this by now so if anyone would like to take a crack at what you think my rating will be I'm interested in hearing it! here is a list of my disabilities that are on ebenefits: 1. Sleep apnea w/CPAP (sleep study on file) (New), Had the CPAP almost 2 years now, did 3 sleep studies to get it. 2. Bilateral heel spurs (New), (Dr.s while I was active duty said they were freakin huge, same with the VA doc) 3. Bilateral ankle instability (New), (related to the heel spurs/achilles tendon and plantar fasciitis) 4. Bilateral knee condition (New), (they click and pop all the time even when moved at rest) 5. Bilateral foot plantar fasciitis (New), (VERY high arches, I have insoles that were made for me before I separated) 6. Bilateral Shin splints w/stress Fx (New), (don't know why this would make the list I thought everyone gets these) 7. Bilateral achilles chronic pain on motion, Haylund deformity (New), (high arches make me step weird causes tendon to not line up properly and slide off those spurs metioned earlier, not cool) 8. Lumbar spine pain on motion, bilateral radiculopathy (New), (this can be chalked up now to sciatica in my opinion unless they found something on the xrays that I never heard about) 9. Bilateral hip condtion (New), (more so the left side of the hip than the right but right where the joint for where the leg connects painful numbing kind of sensation and a squishy/grinding sound) 10. Erectile dysfunction (New), (I know this is 0, moving on) 11. Cervical spine condition, (New), (limited range of motion at certain angles) 12. Bilateral shoulder condition; impingement (New), (to add to this, on initianl appt for VA doc noted both rotator cuffs grind and pop at certain points) 13. Residuals of left hand cyst excision (New), (hurts a bit where they cut it out, right in the crease of the wrist behind the thumb) 14. Right wrist numbness (New), (there's the carpe tunnel, has gotten much worse too, thumb goes numb or i lose control of it lol) 15. GERD (New), (I take 40mg of Nexium once a day, twice as needed as prescribed by doctor if I don't stomach pain is extreamly painful, will literally bowl me over and I'm worthless like i'm getting eaten from inside) 16. Hearing loss (New), (hearing test appt for VA showed my hearing is pretty good so maybe disregard) 17. Tinnitus (New), (ears ring) 18. Deviated septum; left (New), (almost completely blocks up left nostril) 19. Tachycardia pulse (New), (fast irregular heartbeat discovered while doing tests for ED meds) 20. Bilateral eye corneal scars, blephartitis floaters (New), 21. Dermatomycossi, tinea versacolor (New) also noted during my initial VA appoint the doc took down that I have Carpe Tunnel and Lateral Epicondylitis (Tennis Elbow) a few of those like the Ed and Tinea i think i've seen a lot of people getting 0% ratings so I didn't factor them in but I used the disability calculator at VV arizona and put in the sleep apena cause its the only one that had a clear rating on the regulations instruction and played with estimates for some of the others, worst case scenario I could come up with was 60% and best case I got 90% I refuse to believe I could get a 100 out of it haha. anyway what you guys think?
  23. This morning I noticed that the upgrades the VA performed on ePeggy this weekend added a "What Did We Not Receive?" section on my compensation claim status screen. I'm glad that they added this, but wish they were clear as to exactly what requested information was not received. For instance, one line says, "Medical evidence from private provider", but I have no idea what piece of paper, examination, lab result, doctor, date or anything that they are talking about. Anybody else notice this new screen? Or has it been there all along, and I just never received it before? Have a great morning everyone. Mark
  24. How's it going everyone? I am currently on Active Duty in the Navy, and going through the long process of a MEB. I have a few questions based on a service connected disability in my left eye. In Sept. 2011, after arriving home from deployment, my son had accidently poked me in my eye with a plastic sandbox shovel, in turn cutting my cornea up. Long story short, the cornea didnt heal properly with bandage lenses. In Feburary 2012, the cornea had opened back up, and the Navy had sent me to a Civilian Opthomoligist in town. From there the doctor performed a PRK surgery, removing the cornea to help it grow back smoothly and normal. Imediatley after the surgery, I developed a rare staff infection in that eye. It took several weeks for the results of the infection concluding it was a staff infection. They fought the infection for about a month. (extremley painful) The staff infection had scarred through all 5 layers of my cornea, dead center in the eye. Prior to the surgery my vision was 20/20, and is currently at 20/200. Ive been on countless eye drops, to try and thin scarring, but it has reached its maximum potential. The doctors now say the only thing left is a cornea transplant. HERE IS THE TRICKY PART! My EAOS is Nov. 2012, it is currently the end of AUG. 2012. They started the MEB on me because I'm not able to perform my job duties, and with the surgery / recovery they would have to retain me in the navy up to 2 years past my EAOS. Now with the very common possibilities of complications / cornea rejection, it could very likely turn into a reoccurrent situation. I have been doing alot of research and I've found that the maximum for one eye (under different circumstances) is a 30% rating. With all that being said I know have a couple of questions: 1. How will the DOD rate this (compensation)? 2. How will the VA rate this (compensation)? 3. Since a surgical complication affected the loss of vision will my rating be looked at in a higher stand point then a general corneal scar? Any feed back is deeply appreciated. This MEB proccess is a very stressful proccess, and receiving any insight will help greatly. Thank you all.
  25. Wouldn't it be great if they forced the VA to increase a veteran's rating 1% for each month that the VA took to process a claim after their magical 125 Day response time. 1% might not sound like much, but even under the VA's mysterious rating system, added up, it would definitely make a difference. Plus, it would compel the VA to process claims much more effeciently, knowing there is a 1% penalty per month hanging over their heads. I know it'll never happen, but I had an extra strong cup of coffee this morning, so my brain is in overdrive. Good morning, y'all. Mark
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