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  1. Regarding TDIU with future exams. If there has been no changes reported on the first C&P re-examination would they change your status to P&T or just keep it as is, (future exams)? Also, do they normally notify us the results of the exam cause it's been since Oct of last year when the re-exam took place. COOT
  2. I started my last group of claims in 2009. I wanted to in 2008, but after almost dying and hospitalized for many months... the VSO at the service agency said they could not get me an appointment for many months. I started with many claims again, I was sick on active duty from chemicals. I worked with fuels, and other. I filed for more disability claims, I had already won a claim for 50% for headaches on active duty for chemicals. I got sick from jet fuel, leaded gasoline, diesel fuel, and then trichloroethylene. I was told and my command were told I could no longer with chemicals because of severe reactions, severe swelling and headaches. and rashes. They USAF then made me with more chemicals, Trichloroethylene. I got sick again. I had to leave the USAF after 5 years. Anyways, I my filed claims, the VSO typed fuels in the claims form. All of the decisions come back with only jet fuel listed in the denials. Brings me to now. I left San Diego, last year and moved to Oregon. I moved my claims to the VSO in Salem. They said just try for TDIU. I was ambushed by a C&P exam doctor who was just out to use anything she could against me! No impartial exam here! I was denied. I got an appointment with the VSO again, and the supervisor and her sat me down, and tried to tell me the VA has no obligation to list al of the chemicals I worked with. As they only list jet fuel. They say the IMO I gave them was very good, but that since the studies included did not include al chemicals and the ones that did only had animal studies for chemical exposure, they were not good enough. I was told life is tough suck it up! I was told to get more IMO's as it is a battle of experts. And that we just have to have more then the VA. They also infer there is no relationship between the fuels and disease. They just hammered me like they were actually pure advocates for the VA and not me! I was and I am total shock that they had no sympathy for me! Horrible! I wish I had a tape or transcript for the world to see the abuse we get in the VA claims process! They read to me what happened in the VA failed VA surgery, not sure which one, the first or second attempt to removed a large cyst on my pancreas that had been growing for at least 20 years while I begged for help while they treated me like I was mentally ill ending me to head doctors, instead of helping my pancreas disease! Apparently they punctured a part of my pancreas with a needle or surgical instrument and which sent me into a 6 month death spiral in the hospital. It left me with a dying inoperable pancreas disease on one notch from cancer. I have necrotizing pancreatitis, no hope of any future surgeries. I will kill me at any time, the surgeons cannot tell me how long I have left. I live by eating with morphine for pain. BTW, the pain doctor at the VA in Oregon sucks! crazy people here... They think you can just will your way out of pain! Who's the loon !!?? Again, I wish I could have transcripts, so everyone can see the abuse! The VSO here is an advocate for the VA and against claimants! I am not making this stuff up! They demand I get more evidence, more IMHO's at $2,000 a pop! (that is a scheme to drain your resources and kill the will of the claimant, as the VA has no accountability in the process. no oversight) Period. There is no way to know what they base their decisions on if in fact they do not have to list al evidence as according to the direct words of the supervisor of my VSO! I am way out of my depth here as we should not need to have a lawyer preset every time we speak to anyone for any VA agency, yet they take every word and twist it into complete b.s. and lies! We need help in fighting the VA, it is not possible for sick people go into this process and be ambushed by ever those who are suppose to help us with claims! Yet they are actually sabotaging our claims. They supervisor actually had the nerve to say I had necrotizing pancreatitis long before the failed operations at the VA. Telling me that something life sucks and to suck it up. One more thing, my father who was a Navy disabled vet who died young from CPOD. They said he had a nerve condition which I inherited. There is no proof, only that at one time they questioned me about my family's health and that I had stated he was shaky and sick, as so most people who are dying of CPOD. They said I said he was shaky so that means he gave the gene to me. Total B.S. They asked what the edema is, that I still from, as I did from the chemicals on active duty. I was so swollen, my limbs broke open bleeding. My arms and legs are still swollen, Sore take forever to heal. I am still being treated for these conditions at the VA. The VSO asked me if I still l am swollen, and I said yes I am. it is permanent, on more condition form pancreas disease. I did file an 1151 for the medical problems and near death, and a fatal disease. I was told by the VSO that unless it causes death by negligence they will not help me pursue that either! The VSO stated with will no longer move my claims to appeals without more evidence. I am so angry, so mad, I really want to send this letter to a congressmen to let them know the abuse we take by the VA scum! If someone if offended too bad! I If I said what I really think, I would be kicked off this board for going way way too far! but believe me, to far isn't far enough! This struggle is too much for me too take, everyday I wake up to sick to die, shove the pain pills, and 15 other pills down. And to top this off I know the day I die is coning, I just don't know if it's 5 minutes or???? The surgeons tell me it usually comes with jaundice, and to watch for yellow skin and eyes. I forgot the mention my blood pressure can be very erratic, either very high of very low in an attack. In an attack I am helpless to do anything! Not even stand. Just curl up crying for hours or days. dealing with rotten people should be an advocates job, not a sick Veteran's!
  3. Hello, I am 60% service-connected with my largest percentage being in the mental health area. I applied for IU and had a few questions about the process and my chances of approval. I was recently approved for Social Security Disability retroacted from my onset date of April 2011. There findings were solely based of my VA medical records. I was also recently deemed unfit to continue with vocational rehabilitation, because of the problems with my illnesses and learning disabilities. My vocational rehabilitation counselor has written a letter of insolvency that was sent to the VA. Given the fact I was approved for SSD based off my VA records and can't complete vocational rehabilitation, are my chances pretty favorable for IU? Also, does anybody know what the C & P's are like with an IU claim. I would greatly appreciate any advice, help and guidance anyone can provide me. Thank you! Steve
  4. I was awarded IU permanent and total about 2 years ago. I was already rated at 70% and they didn't send me for a C & P, which probably would have increased my mental health sc issue from 30% to at least 70%. My husband is not eligible for the caregiver program but I may qualify for Aid and Attendance or housebound if I applied but keep hoping that all disabled veterans will have their caregivers eligible for the caregiver program. Have any of you opened a claim when already TDIU to get your rating higher (there is a reason that having 90-100% schedular would be beneficial for my children). My VSO pretty much told me when I received my TDIU not to rock the boat. Opinions, personal experience would be great!!
  5. Hello, I know that being P&T is a good thing, but I was told that the VA Still reduce your 100% rating. How does being P&T protect you from future reduce benefits and what are its limitations? What is the difference from being 100% P&T schedular compare to TDIU P&T? Are they equivalent? I am Just trying to educate my self on the claims process any input would be appreciated. Thanks Bill
  6. Hello all, first time poster but I have browsed this site for a while now. I have a claim in for increase due to unemployability and the claim closed last Friday, March 2 on ebenefits. I already recieve Social Security Disabilty for my service connected disabilities. My current rating is 90%. I am really stressing out right now and was hoping someone could inform me of a couple things. I called the VA direct deposit center and they told me I had no pending retro payments as of today. I have not recieved my packet yet, but the suspense of not knowing is making both myself and my wife nervous wrecks. From everything I have heard, I should for sure get IU, but I am so worried that they will deny me. I guess I'm wanting to know how long it normally takes to receive both the letter and subsequent payment if approved for IU. I searched all over the forum and couldn't find an answer to my question, I hope it's not a dumb question but I am seriously stressed right now.
  7. I have a BBA hearing on May 2 - 10 years since I filed my claim for degenerative disc disease, sciatica and depression and unemployability. I recently was approved for Social Security Disability due to these same issues. The social security was approved first time, by medical documentation. I have not had a CMP exam in 8 years for these conditions. I'm trying to figure what to expect on Monday when I go before the Judge. My lawyer will be there by telephone conference only. What should I expect and how should I present at this hearing? I just had a 2 level fusion of L4-L5 with rods and screws inserted. I was approved for SS Disability before surgery. How will this help me in my case?
  8. Hello All...I have a question about filing for TDIU. I was awarded 70% PTSD last fall based on MST. I am a primary law enforcement officer who investigates sex crimes and am going to retire because I can no longer handle the stress and reminders of my incident on a day to day basis. Do you see that as I do; as reason to qualify for TDIU? I have taken so much sick and annual leave over the years from the anxiety I can no longer do this...There are many other reasons that are PTSD related that also come into play, but, that is just an over simplification of many of the issues I am suffering and struggling with...PLEASE HELP AND THANKS IN ADVANCE!
  9. Hey guys! Seems like I been away from you guys for a while now, so I knew I needed to login and share some updates with my fellow hadit.com vets! I had my final C&P Exam--Hearing Loss/Tinnitus last Monday April 18th. I checked eBennies last nite 04/285/16, and my claim is now in the Prepped for Decision: New Documents Rcvd--Development letter Sent, so I'm happy to see that its been moving faster than I originally expected or had hoped it would be. After all, I submitted my claims about 73 days ago and my estimated completion time was 06/22/16 to 10/122/2016 and now its 05/22/16 to 06/23/2016!! Sooooo...I been busy with other things to this point and even now and not sure how I shold be feeling when it appears to be moving so fast now. With that being said, I had three exams (TBI Residuals--HA's/PTSD/Tinnitus) and I only seen that my VARO has only recvd or showing 2 of 3 exams in eBennies today when I logged in. So, what does that mean if the PTSD DBQ wasn't shown & the TBI Residuals--Headaches & Tinnitus were, with it being in the PFD stage? Semper Paratus
  10. I've scoured the forums looking for this info but I missed it if it exists. Real quick brothers and sisters, After ten years of dodging inpatient treatment for PTSD (service-connected) I've finally decided to say hi to my demons and I leave in a couple weeks (North Chicago). Is it true that the VA provides 100% comp rate after 21 days of inpatient/hospital stay? I find it hard to believe. I do not work and am the primary care provider for my toddler. Daycare will cost $980 for the 49 days I'm away in treatment (35 exactly since no weekends at daycare). Huge financial burden and I don't want to have to cancel treatment due to childcare. I want to focus on treatment as opposed to worrying about bills and child care expenses while I'm away. Is there a claim or paperwork I need to file if it is good to go? backpayable? Many info is greatly appreciated (goes without saying) have a wonderful weekend.
  11. Please, welcome new VET2VET podcast episode: https://youtu.be/sTH3p-WwXn0 The way VA defines The word "permanent" slightly differently. For that matter, the word total doesn't mean total when discussing a disability. These are just terms to VA. There really isn't a protected rating. Any rating can be modified by VA at any time, depending on the circumstances. How do you know if your benefit is P & T? What is IU? What is substantially gainful employment? Are there any other eligibility requirements? How is the way VA decides total disability different from other agencies? TDIU awards may be permanent or they may be temporary. If I get a 100% rating, should I continue fighting the VA for benefits? SMC compensation Can you think of any other scenarios were a Veteran might want to keep filing to VA after they reach a 100% rating? ★ JOIN US IN OUR COMMITMENT TO YOU AND OUR FELLOW VETERANS ★ ▶ facebook.com/veterantoveteran/ ▶ itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/vet2vet/id1077206523?mt=2 ▶ twitter.com/veterantovetera/lists/vet2vet ▶ youtube.com/channel/UCebXFpogeJ9r4EqRyxHriYQ ▶ plus.google.com/u/0/+VETOVET2 ▶ goo.gl/app/playmusic?ibi=com.google.PlayMusic&isi=691797987&ius=googleplaymusic&link=https://play.google.com/music/m/Iiqawbuzg7eviiyqm6xz7kju62m?t%3DVET2VET ▶ feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundcloud:users:198832065/sounds.rss ▶ soundcloud.com/vet2vet ▶ stitcher.com/s?fid=80842&refid=stpr ★ LIMITED LIABILITY CLAUSE ★ THE INFORMATION AVAILABLE THROUGH THE VET2VET MAY INCLUDE INACCURACIES OR ERRORS. CHANGES ARE PERIODICALLY ADDED TO THE INFORMATION HEREIN. VET2VET MAY MAKE IMPROVEMENTS AND/OR CHANGES OF THE CONTENT AT ANY TIME. ADVICE RECEIVED VIA VET2VET SHOULD NOT BE RELIED UPON FOR PERSONAL, MEDICAL, LEGAL OR FINANCIAL DECISIONS AND YOU SHOULD CONSULT AN APPROPRIATE PROFESSIONAL FOR SPECIFIC ADVICE TAILORED TO YOUR SITUATION. IF YOU ARE DISSATISFIED WITH ANY PORTION OF VET2VET, YOUR SOLE AND EXCLUSIVE REMEDY IS TO DISCONTINUE CONSULTING VET2VET.
  12. Good afternoon Ms. Berta, Im having all these problems now with my feet, back pain, and knees, back when I had my MEPS, my initial diagnosis was Mild and Asymptomatic Pes Planus. During my military career I continued to have feet issues "which is documented in my military records, aswell as my VA doctors currently have documented that they feel it was most likely due to my Mild and Asymptomatic Pes Planus/Flat Feet -knee, back and foot doctors. My question is back in July 2011 you spoke to another veteran about a BVA case that you remembered with these issues - this was your comment " Many years ago I posted a BVA decision here for a vet who started out with SC flat feet, which progressively weakened his knees, caused chronic back pain ,severe hip pain, and more to the decision , but he was finally awarded TDIU for all that" , Could you direct me to that BVA case please or any cases on this situation. Although I am not looking for TDIU at this time, due to me working it helps me with my other disabilities that I receive compensation for already, I am trying to connect my flat feet to my weakened knees, caused chronic back pain ,severe hip pain. Any advise Ms. Berta I would appreciate it. I will be submitting my documentation in the next couple of weeks, I am currently at 80%. Thank you again, Jynnette
  13. Good Afternoon Ms. Berta, I wanted to ask you if you remember the BVA case for the response you gave to another veteran on (" BVA decision here for a vet who started out with SC flat feet, which progressively weakened his knees, caused chronic back pain, severe hip pain, and more to the decision but he was finally awarded TDIU for all that)." because I am having all the same problems as this BVA case you spoke about. All the way back to my MEPS, my initial diagnosis was "Mild and Asymptomatic Pes Planus", It was noted on my MEPS records. I continued to have issues through my military career and now that I am out it has worsen greatly, the exact symptoms as the other veteran you mentioned. I am getting ready to submit my documentation for "for back pain/knees secondary to flat feet, I would like to remain working as it helps me with my other service connection disabilities and I am not looking for TDIU at this time, but I wanted any advise you could give me, and also how I could see the BVA case you commented on or cases. I have found some citations but not that one yet. My doctors (back, foot and knee have noted on my medical records at the VA that they have concurred that they feel most likely that this is due to my flat feet coming into the military. Any guidance would be so appreciated. its been a long road.. Thank you Berta
  14. Know vet that just received TDIU P&T paid at 100% rate, but is actually 80% scheduler. Is he authorized dental care by the VA? I know 100% scheduler is as I am but not sure about TDIU P&T veterans.
  15. I was looking through some of my older claim records and I noted I didn't receive all my rero that I wa suppose to get according to the dates. (I am satisfied with what I am rated currently) but I found a few years of retro at 50% They never paid me for, but going back in time to prove this is something I can't do myself...so I need a good Rep/Attorney Here is what it looks like to me I was rated at 50% in 2001 dated back to when I first filed a claim for increase As to which was around 2001. Okay on my recent award letter it says I was 50% back in 1998..so would they own me from 1998 to 2001? at 50% say 4 years of retro at 50%...not sure what the figured would be but it would be a pretty good hunk of change.. I would of course need a good Attorney for this because I never filed a NOD, Flip (Phillip Rogers) hadit elder is the one that found this, but back then I was just happy to get the 50% and then TDIU P&T Later. I wonder if any Rep or Attorney would be interested in taking on this EED Claim? (which I never filed yet) They would need to review my C-File and my award letters.... if the VA made a mistake on the 1998 50% rating then what? because I never got any $$$ until 2001 on the 50%...before that I was 0%SC and no rating. I am thinking about checking into this...I am currently satisfied with my Rating and was inferred to SMC S1 H.B.....so how could I find out if they do own me the 4 years at 50%??? Phillip Rogers has left the Hadit Board and hopefully enjoying his life.(I don't blame him) he was a great help to me back in early 2000. Any suggestions/opinions? I appreciate it. ...................Buck
  16. Note I have complied this list and was using it for myself as I went through the items. Its best to copy and paste it maybe print it out and check list it as you go through it. If I missed something please feel free to add it. There are programs out there that help pay for special adaptive items for vehicles and items within your house and more. I didnt add those here sorry. ADDITIONAL BENEFITS WHEN RATED 100% DIS-LABLED BY THE VA There are two catagories boxes that they can check TOTAL AND PEMENENT or NON-TOTAL AND PEMENENT If the total and permenant box is not checked, you can be re-evaluated and pecentage cut. Note: Some may apply for lesser ratings of 30% or more. This volunteer listing is not fully comprehensive so be sure to check things out with the VA. A veteran can be rated 100% “Total” without being “Total and Permanent” (T&P). This usually happens when VA considers a disability may improve. You can tell if a 100% grant is Total and Permanent as the decision will approve “Dependents Educational Assistance” and “Chapter 35 Benefits”. ----0.0 Found a program that pays for my upkeep for my spouse. ----- http://www.caregiver.va.gov/index.asp The site has everything there it takes a little navigating to figure out the eligibility area, or click my link. http://www.caregiver.va.gov/support/support_benefits.asp 0.1) ADD Aid and Attendance condition) 0.2 Veteran T&P Student Loan fee waiver https://disabilitydischarge.com/ If you are totally and permanently disabled, you may qualify for a total and permanent disability (TPD) discharge of your federal student loans or TEACH Grant service obligation. If you receive a TPD discharge, you will no longer be required to repay your loans or complete your TEACH Grant service obligation. This section explains more about TPD discharge. 1) VA Co-Pay Reimbursement: If you have been paying Co-Pays and your new Rating Decision is retroactive then you can ask VA to reimburse you for those payments back to the date of the rating. - 2.1 College Fee Waiver The College Tuition Fee Waiver for Veteran Dependents benefit waives mandatory system-wide tuition and fees at any State of California Community College, California State University, or University of California campus. This program does not cover the expense of books, parking or room and board. There are four plans under which dependents of veterans may be eligible. O 2) Dependents Educational Assistance (DEA): http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/survivor_dependent_assistance.asp http://www.benefits.va.gov/gibill/resources/benefits_resources/rates/ch35/ch35rates100113.asp This first proves that VA has deemed your disabilities to be "Total and Permanent" (T&P). It allows your spouse and children to be eligible for certain educational benefits. A child is authorized 45 months of accredited schooling. VA presently pays a monthly stipend of around $XXX link above XXX for a fulltime student. They can receive guidance counseling, tutors, etc. If VA deems it needful, a student may receive an extension on the initial 45 months. A qualified student is usually 18-26 years of age, but I've seen some using the benefit up to 32. Usually the latter is based on a large retroactive benefit granted to the veteran. If a child has been in school and then the veteran receives a retroactive benefit that includes that school dates, then the student can file for reimbursement for the months that he/she qualified on the retroactive date. A spouse can also qualify for schooling. Keep in mind that this is the student's or spouse's benefit drawn on the veteran's grant. The student/spouse must handle all of the paperwork. 0 3) ChampVA Health Insurance for the Spouse and Dependent Children: This is an excellent benefit for the spouse/children. Veterans must receive our care at the VA, but our dependents can receive their care in the private sector. Please DO NOT delay on applying. ChampVA is located in Denver, CO and they are very easy to work with. ChampVA is the spouse's benefit so she will have to coordinate with them. Of course any parent can coordinate for dependent children. The spouse will use the veteran's Claims File number (in upper right hand corner of the VA Rating Decision letter) in order to make the initial ChampVA application request. VERY IMPORTANT: If a spouse/children have had any out-of-pocket medical expenses during the time of the veteran's retroactive grant period they can submit them to ChampVA after being approved and ChampVA will reimburse the expenses. This can be a substantial amount if there have been health issues with the spouse and/or children. NOTE: ChampVA does not cover Dental, Eyeglasses and Electives. VA Health Administration Center CHAMPVA P.O. Box 65023 Denver, CO 80206-9023 (800) 733-8387 Fax: (303) 331-7804 Email: hac.inq@med.va.gov Here is their website where can look over the benefits: www.va.gov/hac ChampVA has a "Meds by Mail" program that is very good. A new law was passed awhile back that gives the spouse "ChampVA for Life". There are stipulations if a divorce is involved. 0 4) Dental Coverage: All 100% service-connected veterans are allowed dental care. Note: Veterans going through Vocational Rehabilitation are also eligible for some dental care. -0 5) VA Insurance: When a veteran is deemed 100% Schedular or TDIU then VA will grant a $10,000.00 insurance policy and "waive" the premiums. VA criteria states that you must have been granted a "NEW" service-connected condition in the past 2 years to qualify. It cannot be an increase of an existing condition. You have only two years from the time of the decision to apply. Note: VA is now offering this to 70% veterans. The VA insurance division will determine if you qualify. The key on the application is to write "WAIVED" in the monthly premium amount box when applying for the 10K amount. VA also offers other small policies, but I hear they are not very competitive. Call this number and tell them your new rating and that you would like to file for the insurance. It is in Philadelphia: (800) 669-8477 You can file online: www.insurance.va.gov 7) Free or discounted Hunting and Fishing License/Tags: -NOTE- *THIS IS A California benefit* Check your State using the link below: http://www.va.gov/statedva.htm O 8) Property Tax Break: -NOTE- *THIS IS A California benefit* Check your State using the link below: http://www.va.gov/statedva.htm x 9) Golden Access Passport: National PASS ( ALL STATES) The name of this pass has been changed, but the benefits are very similar. If you have the old pass then you can use it as the Federal government will not give you a new one. The new pass is called "America the Beautiful – National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass". The pass allows for 50% off Camping/recreation in Federal Parks. Some State and County Parks will honor it. Here is a link. Be sure to take your Rating Decision letter: www.nps.gov/fees_passes.htm Oregon allows disabled veterans (10) free days per month at our State Parks. Some counties have chosen to do the same. Check with your State to see if this is offered. O 10) To check for additional State benefits where you live click on this link: www.va.gov/statedva.htm O 11) Dependency and Indemnity Compensation (DIC): The DIC "Clock starts Ticking" once a veteran is rated 100% "Total" or "Total and Permanent". This allows his spouse and dependent children under 18 years of age to receive a monthly benefit if: a) The veteran passes of a "service-connected" disability within the first 10 years of being rated 100%. b) If the veteran lives the full 10 years then he can pass of any disability. Currently the monthly payment for DIC is approximately $1,400.00, so this gives the spouse about 1/2 of the veteran paycheck when he was alive. - 12) Travel Pay: (41.5 cents per mile) All veterans are allowed travel reimbursement for scheduled VA appointments if they are rated 30% service-connected or higher. VA will also pay travel pay on a “needs basis”. This means if a veteran is under a certain income level then he/she will be paid for scheduled visits. VA will pay for travel to “Claims and Pension” (C&P) examinations. As I said, this is not exhaustive. We do our best to not only acquire the benefits that are due you, but also to pass along the benefits to other fellow veterans who may not be in the know because VA is not forthright. 13)There is a little known benefit called the “Independent Living Services Program” (ILSP). It is design to assist any disabled veteran to live a better quality of life despite their service-connected disabilities. The program shows up briefly on the Vocational Rehabilitation Form 28-1900. I believe that VA has changed the wording on the form to further disguise the program. In fact, they changed the name to “Independent Living Program”. Here is a link to the VA Form 28-1900: http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-28-1900-ARE.pdf You’ll note on the instructions under “Rehabilitation Services” is states the following: “If training is appropriate, VA will provide medical and dental care treatment, employment assistance to get and keep a suitable job, and other services you may need. If a vocational goal is not currently feasible for you, VA may provide services and assistance to improve your capacity for living independently.” The key sentence is in red. There used to be more references, but VA has removed them from the form. Here is a link to the Independent Living Program on the VA website: http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/vre/ilp.htm “The Independent Living program is to make sure that each eligible veteran is able, to the maximum extent possible, to live independently and participate in family and community life increasing their potential to return to work. Services may include the following: Assistive technology Specialized medical, health, and / or rehabilitation services Services to address any personal and / or family adjustment issues Independent living skills training Connection with community-based support services”
  17. I am so befuddled today over this form. FORM 4140. I JUST learned about it. I have been receiving payment at the 100% rate for eight years. I am actually 80% but receiving unemployability pay. I just learned from reading an article that this form is due once a year or they can reduce or even take my rating away. WHAT THE HECK? Again, I have not even ever heard of this form until about thirty minutes ago. Is it possible that my part of the country (Manchester, NH) doesn't care about Form 4140? Should I begin sending it in even though I have NEVER EVER been asked for one? I am very interested in your thoughts and view on this subject.
  18. Hi everyone, I wanted to share a conversation I had yesterday at the County Assessor office. I live in Arizona, and I called the assessors office in Phoenix, Arizona to acquire about the property tax exemption for veterans. I ended up talking to the nastiest , meanest woman that I have encountered in a long time. When I asked her for information, and the process for applying for the property tax exemption, she was very reluctant to give me the information. The she said "the exemption is not just for you vets, it is for anyone that is disabled". Then she said "All you vets are the same, you are always trying to GAME THE SYSTEM". "You want something for nothing, just like asking for a hand out". She transferred me to another lady, who was very nice, and apologized repeatedly. I managed to get the individual's name ( first name yes, last name kind of tricky, she said it so fast when she answered the phone). My blood is boiling! I have contacted several individuals , including my state senator regarding this "slam". To be treated like that is a disgrace, and I will not tolerate on behalf of myself, and all my brothers and sister in the military! Shit will hit the fan!
  19. I'm currently 90% TDIU but I'm contemplating adding a few disabilities: 1). Obstructive Sleep Apnea: I just got sworn statements in support of my claim. 2). Headaches secondary to PTSD: been diagnosed with tension & migraine headaches that are due to stress and anxiety from PTSD. 3). Sciatica secondary to lower back herniated discs: recent MRIs confirm nerve impingement. 4). Increase in IBS from 0% to 30%. 5). Increase in chronic sinusitis from 0% to 30%. All of the above has substantial medical evidence to warrant service-connection or increases. Should I do it? Would it change me from TDIU to T&P? Thanks.
  20. I have a combined rating of 80% and everyone is telling me to apply for TDIU. I have been having trouble looking for work that me and my family can benefit from. my question is if i apply for it and find work later can i lose my disability compansation or will it just go back to the 80% combined rating I have now?
  21. Imagine the following scenario: Veteran is TDIU, 100% P & T and is in VOCREHAB. Applies for jobs but keeps getting terminated. Obtains one where he is making a substantial amount of money. 11 months into it he is terminated for too many doctor visits, and allegedly not getting along with coworkers, etc. Litigation ensures with the former company over the termination. All along he has reported his positions to the VA VOCREHAB. Received paperwork from VOC indicating receipt. Fast forward a few years later, and two special agents show up and state, repeatedly, "you can work", you can work" and you made $175,000.00 in one year and never reported it to us". This was the most amount of money the veteran had made, ever. The paperwork to VOCREHAB shows that it was reported. The veteran and his wife have a very small business and the wife primarily handles everything in it. About 10% of the work is performed by the veteran. Veteran travels out of state once a month on the family business. (Farm) Veteran takes about 400.00 per month from the business. special agents are using this to indicate the veteran can work. Veteran has extensive medical issues and attends doctors appointments at least two times a week. Most if not all employers will not tolerate this level of absence from an employee. VA special agents also allege that a letter to the VA from the veterans wife is forged. Wife is unsure if it is her signature or not but states every aspect of the letter is accurate nonetheless. She states that the veteran has had her permission to sign her name on documents previously. So here are the questions from the bizarre set of circumstances: is TDIU null and void based on the amount of money you make, if there is a clear pattern of rocky employment, even if in one circumstance the income is significant? Is TDIU void if there is any indication of employment and/or is it an objective standard taking into account the total circumstances of the person? Is minimally working in a family farm detrimental to TDIU? PS: The complaint to the VA was submitted by the former employer to retaliate against him for filing a civil lawsuit. thanks in advance for your assistance.
  22. glider222

    How to proceed

    I need advice on how to proceed in asking do SMC S. I was able to get my c file and have uploaded the award and decision. At the time I knew nothing about SMC. In my application for IU in block 6, I specifically stated my unemployability was from bipolar 70%. When I received IU award they included cervical ddd 20%, hypothyroidism 10%. Then shortly after awarded the SA 50%. i also have copies of letters from my Psychiartriist and a personal letter asking for P&T because of my bipolar, it was granted. My big question is how do I put this info together and lay it out so there is no question and hopefully no re-evaluations. How do I assemble the award 526 ez with this info. I know an eed back to 2001 is a long shot. I would be happy for an eed of 2008, Bradley vs Peake. Any help is deeply appreciated. MI have been sitting on this since last June.
  23. I have not seen a topic on this for a couple years or more. If you did not know, ILP is a VA program for severely disabled Vets, unable to work. This is what VA says about it: http://www.benefits.va.gov/vocrehab/independent_living.asp Interestingly, Alex indicatated that a few states had 10 or fewer participitants in ILP. The question is why? Alex has about 10 articles on his website about ILP, and I think the first one is here: http://asknod.org/2011/09/30/independent-living-program/ I would like to know if you get ILP, what was it they supplied. And, of course, for those 100%/TDIu Vets, may want to consider applying for ILP. Im considering it now.
  24. I have been noticing a trend in mostly all Veterans cases for TDIU as is happening in my case. I got a call from the VA requesting that I clarify which service connected issues render me unemployable. I stated all. But they concentrated on two. As in my case I stated that I have combination of injuries that have disabled me however, it is my service connected illnesses and injuries that prevent and make it very difficult to have continued my profession. More importantly, substantial gainful employment that is. In that I realized that the VA is asking me to be a "doctor" and state which two injuries or disabilities render me unemployable. Guess which two the VA decided to go for TDIU. Back injury and tinnitus although I claimed all service connected issues, undecided issues, and those on appeal affect employability. First this is relying on the Veteran to become a medical expert to choose and prove which injuries and illnesses prevent the veteran from substantial gainful activity. Second per regulations it is required that the whole disability picture of a Veterans case be considered. In my case I am stating that all my service connected issues and those pending and on appeal affect my employability. I retired due to all my injuries and diseases affecting my employment, but I maintained to keep military injuries separate from federal service injuries. At least I have been trying to. Although I have stated there are non military injuries at play, I have made sure to keep those separate from my VA claims, however they are still part of the overall disability picture. Those will eventually become a part of my SSDI claim, however, that is completely separate from my TDIU claim and I have made it clear to VA several times. Second the disability status must focus on the WHOLE disability picture of a Veteran, that is, with VA, that only his/her service connected issues be the cause of not being substantially gainfully employed. How can you force the VA and in my case the BVA it might seem as that is where I am heading,( 2 year wait of course )to consider all the facts. I know the some of the laws and regs that pertain to this however, not so easy to get my point across to the VA. Back 20% on appeal VA's reasoning for unemployability GERD 0% on appeal IBS 0% on appeal GERD and IBS now combined rating still 0% on appeal Left hip ,on appeal, having surgery on left side in two weeks. right hip surgery at a later time on appeal for service connection radiculopathy 10% left and 10% right lower extremities on appeal Anxiety with Depressed mood 50% on appeal MDD/PTSD/ANXIETY/DEPRESSION only going for a correct rating for one Mental Health issue. Left knee, right knee 0% on appeal, requiring surgery at a later time. Tinnituts 10%, VA's reasoning for unemployability Hypothyroidism 10% on appeal chronic fatigue, mental sluggishness initially denied now lumped with 10% hypothyroidism rating sleep disturbances initially denied but now service connected with Mental rating (50%) Sleep apnea denied on appeal little ring finger 0%, fused, no higher rating, IU claim Granted folks, I understand I have complicated things, however, I could not control how the agencies would interpret my claims. Also I didn't get to be a part of this wonderful site until after the fact with VA and learning as I go. I have been looking at CAVC cases but haven't found one that relates completely to my case only in part. Thoughts? Attacks? Pertaining regs to this predicament?
  25. Hello, Brief Bio of me..ETS'd with disability pay for injury in 1991...Lost in the system of untruths that I was not eligible for VA benefits until 2011, Was awarded 50% for ptsd-anxiety-panic disorder..Went 5 years w/o hearing from VA for follow up, So I initiated a call and got reassessed just last week and the provider put me on anti anxiety meds..Been having a really hard time keeping a job and getting along with people..Can I apply for a rate increase and TDIU at the same time?..Is it too soon after the reassessment?..and Should I use my VSO or do it myself??...I've seen some post that VSO's don't really help...I am an absolute Newby here and have just been reading posts for about 2 weeks..I am 51 yrs of age have been on my rating for 5 yrs..I really need the increase but scared to stir up a hornets nest, all advice is greatly appreciated
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