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  1. How do I proceed on filling a new claim for hip replacement(s)? Retired in 2010 BENEFIT SOUGHT: Background - NEW - Service connection for chronic bilateral primary osteoarthritis of hip with a complex labrum tear (Right side). Was diagnosed with chronic bilateral primary osteoarthritis of hip with a complex labrum tear (right side, with moderate right and severe left degenerative changes of the hip. Evidenced by bony proliferative changes and subchondral sclerosis. Right, lateral, femoral head neck junction subcortical cyst, 8 mm in size (Radiology Reports).
  2. We are excited to being John Dorle Back to the show. John will give us an update on his experiences with the AMA. John is one of the top Claims agents. His expertise and work ethic are what it takes to get the job over the finish line. Join us: To call into the show dial: 515 605 9764 To listen: https://www.blogtalkradio.com/jbasser/2020/08/27/john-dorle-will-be-our-guest-speaker-on-the-exposedvethaditcom-veteran-podcast
  3. https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/USVHA/bulletins/29a23ad Mail time for claims will decrease from 10 days to one day!!!! so the VA Says....
  4. My son got out of the Navy about a year and a half ago and he didn't get the help he needed to file his claims. Can anyone tell me (so I can tell him) how he would go about filing a claim during the mist of this Covid-19 Pandemic? Thank-you in advance.
  5. I found your website. I have never posted anything asking anyone about this but I'm finally doing something about it and desperately need some advice. The question specifically has to do with my physical exam at MEPS and the presumption of soundness attached to it. If I am found 100% physically fit and did not have to sign any waivers, how can I have a disability existing prior to entry discharge for a physical disability not previously noted at MEPS or in any previous records? Am I correct that unless otherwise noted at my MEPS examination, any physical injuries thereafter beside
  6. I’m helping my MIL who refuses to call but once a month or so to check on her deceased vet husbands claim. She keeps getting conflicting information. She was told in June her claim packet would come in July and that he was going to be paid out on at least 5 claims dating back from Vietnam. He was exposed to Agent orange and ultimately passed 4 years ago from complications. He’s been fighting for this for almost 15 years. In July she was told her claim was in Demand to Pay status. Still nothing. We’ve searched all over the web and found no information about what this status means. Anyone heard
  7. I filed a claim in october of 2018 for ptsd and TDIU, long story short I tried to do everything myself and didn't have the proper diagnosis so I was service connected for anxiety based on having a medical marijuana card diagnosis for anxiety but the rating was 30% and I much worse off then that. So I obtained a referral from the va to a fancy psychiatrist from the university of north florida's behavior health department and was diagnosed with ptsd, bi polar 1 and panic disorder. I used this new medical evidence as my supplemental claim evidence and filed it April 16, 2019 after receiving my le
  8. I have just received my rating for 2 items at 20%..........Now looking at my rate, I noticed that I have 3 in deferment.....My award is the rate for 20%......What does this mean? there is no pending c&p noted on the deferred items. All it did was push my date for those items May 28- Jun 29th 2018 but I will be getting back pay from may 31 2017 for the 2 items they rated me on. But on the other hand I'm looking at this.......effective date of change.....With my other items, plus unemployable which I noted is not even listed under disabilities, but is listed under my claims.. I left out cert
  9. So I started my "Fully Developed Claim" 02/08/2019 had my VA Comp and Pen Exam 03/18/2019 . My original completion date was 08/05/2019. Then after my Exam 05/03/2019. This is my story I've injured both knees, both feet and back while serving In the Army in 2017. progressively my back gave out on me. Now I'm young 25 years, can't work and didn't know about my options until just recently. Lucky for me I was within my year of separation so I got a VSO to work with me and my claim. Still waiting if it's an approval or denial, however today Ebenefits updated status from "Pending of Decision" t
  10. First an foremost, thank you for your time. I know there are a lot of Vets that are in the same boat and are far more worse for wear than me. Below is the time line- NOV-17 - Filed DEC-17-APR-18- Gather Evidence/CP Exam MAY-18- Preparation for Decision MAY-18- Pending decision approval June-18 Preparation for Decision June-18 Gathering Evidence (C&P scheduled for Physician Review) July-18 Gathering Evidence August-18 Preparation for Decision August- Now Pending Decision Approval Some I'm rated at 20% currently and have filed claims f
  11. How do I get an IG investigation into why the VA Medical Division cannot produce the copies of OPTR that have been removed from my C&P file. At my BVA hearing, in response to the question of how to get the needed probative documents, the BVA Judge responded, "LOL, we can't even get them." The reason is itself very probably probative. Such as we were unwitting subjects in research and the researchers were too lazy to make the double original copies. West Los Angeles VA Medical Center had its Research Credential abruptly revoked in 1999. I suspect the documents I'm trying to get from 19
  12. First time post, long time viewer. Quick question. Is eBenefits typically up to date? For example, my TBI claim is in the prep for decision phase, and has been for some time. Will I see an update on eBenefits before I get something in the mail, or are the chances high that I will randomly receive an envelope in the mail with the VA's decision before the site even updates? Seems like i check at least five times a day for an update. Or, is this another "case by case" or "depends on the region" etc. Thanks. Btw, love this blog/forum. Waiting has made me nearly insane, but I have
  13. "During a live webcast on Oct. 16, VA's new Under Secretary for Benefits, Paul R. Lawrence, Ph.D. said that VA will begin reviewing tens of thousands of PTSD claims filed by veterans who suffered Military Sexual Trauma (MST). " https://www.military.com/militaryadvantage/2018/10/17/va-reexamining-military-sexual-trauma-claims.html Any veteran who has an MST claim or was rejected or low-balled on an MST claim should take note of the above. If you know a vet with this situation, please let them know. If you know a VSO, let them know. Hope it helps someone.
  14. Hello everyone, looking for advice on preparing a new claim for Compensation. My claim was filed as part of the VA's Quick Start initiative (Ramstein AB) on 6 November 2009 with disabilities shown to be in incurred in service 1 January2010. At the time of my evaluation, I put in for connection for lumbago (claimed as lower back injury and lumbar tendonitis: DENIED ) as I had previous had a few issues with my back during my 24 years + service as a Postal Working in the USAF. I had no idea, or even thought about arthritis. Now I have found out that I have moderate right (with complex labrum tear
  15. I recently received my decision letter from the VA for obstructive sleep apnea, which was currently 0 percent disabling, increased to 50 percent effective June 19, 2107. I submitted via e-benefits the intent to file on June 19, 2017, and actually complete the claim for decision on May 8, 2018 (within the one year time frame). The time that I submitted the completed claim (8 May 2018) to the rating decision (20 July 2018) was 100 days, which seem pretty good time to me. My combined rating evaluation was 30% (effective 2010) and was increased to 60% (effective 19 June 2017). My monthly enti
  16. DAV told me there is no expediting claims anymore even for Vietnam Vets. Only terminally ill vets, homeless, or going to be homeless are expedited, so it took DAV 5 months to get my claim into the system because they trashed it the first time because they are a corrupt organization. Mr. Edwards in St. Louis for DAV got Mr Stephen Kelly his 12 years of retro pay in one week without even filing a claim, the way I read it. Dan Knabe For DAV got Mike Franko’s claim “Expedited” after he had been denied once already, also got him service Connected, got his retro pay, and got him a job with DAV
  17. i've been to the va doctors on several occasions with severe back pains. I've noticed that they never assigns bed rest but will give me a note for time off from work. Can I use the Dr's note for time off under their claim to help me when I file for an increase? Or do I just ask for bed rest.
  18. Is there a way I can service connect my diabetes and my sleep apnea. I have been suffering from sometimes severe back pain from a service related injury. How can I connect the two if was never mentioned in my service records. I injured my back while on a rotation at NTC. After injuring my back i was on a profile for the last 16months, before they Chaptered me for weight control (218lbs). Before my injury I never had a problem with my weight. when I finally got my c-file i learned that i was up for the MEB, but they chaptered me before that. Again, how can I sc diabetes and sleep apnea?
  19. I HAVE A QUESTION! What is the required form to file a claim under 38 CFR 3.361 "Benefits under 38 U.S.C. 1151(a) for additional disability or death due to hospital care, medical or surgical treatment, examination, training and rehabilitation services, or compensated work therapy program." required by 3.154?
  20. Hello, I have a question regarding the claim I just filed and am hoping I can get some help. A little background on myself I was a EOD tech in the active duty army from 03-08 and I then joined the army reserves from 09-11. During my time in active duty I never went to sick call or discussed any issues I may have had due to fearing my removal from the EOD community, I did not start seeking assistance for my issues until 2010 through the va. I filed for ptsd and brain damage which i was awarded 70% for ptsd and 0% for brain damage. I do not have any issues with their determination as
  21. Well... I have some frustrations that top off at about ready to explode! MST is not a easy thing in any way to live with. I didn't do this to myself! My claim has been sitting in the 'dead pile' for 14 or 15 of the 18 months it has been at the R/O. Frustrated.. you betcha! Each time I call that useless 1-800-827-1000 number I get the same retard answer... it's still just sitting there. Well now it's still just sitting there on somebody's desk. That sounds strangely familiar doesn't it?! Now.. lately since I have been calling once or twice a week, they have come up with a new discovery.
  22. I have been on here a few times talking about dependency claims and how they are being adjudicated by a reviewer as an additional duty. I found out today, the best way to get a dependency claim completed is by going on Ebenefits, register for an account if you don't have one. (you need the premium account) and submit a claim for dependency. It will take you step by step on the procedures to accomplish the claim. Dependency claims are taking about 2 weeks by using this process. If you have a pending claim, this procedure will not effect it at all. This wont do any good for those veterans th
  23. I assisted a veteran today who submitted her own claim about 19 months ago. She had (at that time) 40% for DDD. Her request was for an re-evaluation for an increase. The VA lowered her rating from 40 to 20 %. This was done in the rating decision. My question is this, with a decrease in %, isn't the VA supposed to issue a "proposal letter to reduce" her %? And, also give her 60 days to respond to this letter? Or can the VA skip this process by issuing a new rating decision? I believe that a proposal letter to reduce her benefits should of been issued prior to the RD. I welcome any and
  24. Just had a question that I thought maybe someone could help me answer. My claim was filed one year ago and has been sitting in the "Preparation for Decision" phase since late August of 2011, today I called and talked with the VA, how delightful of a conversation and completely unhelpful that was. However, I did find out that according to them and the lovely eBenefits website they just Received my DD214 on 4/16/2012. This was submitted with the original claim and not sure why they would just be receiving it again. Does anyone have any clues as to what this might mean? It was the first update
  25. Hello everyone, I have an active hypertension claim and have a couple of odd questions regarding BP readings. Hypertension is listed as an active problem in my VAMC medical record and I also take daily medication to help control it. The rating criteria for hypertension is listed further below. My VAMC takes my blood pressure (BP) only taken at the first clinic I visit each day. If my BP reading is high (usually the case), then the nurse waits a bit, takes another reading, and notes the lower of the two. While reviewing my progress notes, I find that only one BP result is noted. Sometim
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