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  1. So I had a pension exam which was clearly corrupt. I want to know if there's anything other than appealing the decision I can do. I want go into much detail but will give you an example of what I found to be down right criminal. Applied for secondary hypertension for coronary artery disease. Examiner opined that my hypertension was diagnosed before my coronary artery disease. Apparently my pending surgery for coronary artery disease somehow was scheduled before there was a diagnose of disease. " Veteran HTN was diagnosed on 9/04/02 and his coronary artery disease was diagnosed a few weeks la
  2. Hi, I am AF AD always been healthy no issues on my 7 years career. My PCM (on base) referred me to a cardiologist because of a small heart murmur. The echo results showed moderated Pulmonary hypertension and the Pulmonary function test showed moderated airway obstruction. My PCM is waiting on the Pulmonary Dr. final eval to submit the med board package. I really don't want to be separated. I saw people with asthma not being separated, but I never hear anything about Pulmonary Hypertension before and so far, didn't read anything good about it. I dont know if asthma and PH are treated the sa
  3. Folks: Today I went and did my Gulf War Exam. I provided everything that was relevant to the case in an additional package just in case my records did not get digitized into the system? So, when I went in to the exam room the doctor had a package that consisted of no more than 3 documents? Also, I had studied the questionnaire in depth just to know how to respond to the questions based upon the relevant data in my SMRs. But, during the exam I had a quick cursory exam, and only a handful of questions had been asked while he typed and typed for some time? It appeared that the examiner may hav
  4. As someone said contacting Ms Hickey might mean haste makes waste..... This is one of the most ludicrous decisions I have gotten yet. I just got a decision on my pending 1151 accrued claim. They went against findings I sent them for my FTCA claim,that came from VACO Strategic health team.... a team of VA doctors who try to deny FTCA issues,if they can. In my FTCA case they couldnt deny me at all.. They didnt base this on any posthumous C & P exam, they stated the 1151 hypertension claim was denied because tjhey say Sudafed was prescribed to my husband beginning 6 mont
  5. I just got notified by the on base Dr. that the echo shows moderate pulmonary hypertension and also the pulmonary function test shows moderate airway obstruction. He is waiting for the pulmonary Dr. to submit my package to the board. I do not know what to expect. I will like to stay in but is hard to know if they will let me. If I get separated, there is any chance this conditions can be job related? I know many of you were been here before. Any advice will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
  6. Hello everyone, I have a question about my husband’s appeal. This week, he received a statement of the case (SOC) and when I called the VA, the person let it slip that he received a partial award. She also stated that they are planning on sending my husband the information on the 17th of this month. He had two claims they decided; unemployability and hypertension. I looked on ebenefits and I did not see any change. Is there a way that I can find out what they decided before the 19th or 20th? Thanks
  7. Here are the results of my c&p exam...would like opinion on rating and whether they might give me tdiu that I applied for...thanks ahead of time for your input,,, I tried to narrow down the exam to only the important info... 1. Diagnostic Summary --------------------- Does the Veteran have a diagnosis of PTSD that conforms to DSM-5 criteria based on today's evaluation? [X] Yes [ ] No ICD code: F43.10 2. Current Diagnoses -------------------- a. Mental Disorder Diagnosis #1: PTSD, chronic ICD code: F43.10 Mental Disorder Diagnosis #2: Bipolar I Disorder, mixed IC
  8. I served in the marines at camp Lejeune from 1982-1985. I was discharged honorable under medical condition without compensation. I did not want out so they convinced me to waive the medical discharge board Go home and heal up then reenlistm I tried in 1988 and flunked because of my knee thats why I was discharged. Upon discharge I had an endoscopic procedure done because I was suffering from gerd diagnosed' with ulcer keeping it short I was diagnosed with the following disabilities inn my life time. Knee- foot- hypertension-tinnitus-bi-lateral hearing loss-hep c- chronic liver disease-
  9. I served in the marines at camp Lejeune from 1982-1985. I was discharged honorable under medical condition without compensation. I did not want out so they convinced me to waive the medical discharge board Go home and heal up then reenlistm I tried in 1988 and flunked because of my knee thats why I was discharged. Upon discharge I had an endoscopic procedure done because I was suffering from gerd diagnosed' with ulcer keeping it short I was diagnosed with the following disabilities inn my life time. Knee- foot- hypertension-tinnitus-bi-lateral hearing loss-hep c- chronic liver disease-
  10. Proposed Cuts to the VA 2015 Restrict VA's Individual Unemployability Benefits to Disabled Veterans Who Are Younger Than the Full Retirement Age for Social Security More than 3.4 million veterans with medical conditions or injuries that were incurred or worsened during active-duty service are receiving disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Narrow Eligibility for Veterans' Disability Compensation by Excluding Certain Disabilities Unrelated to Military Duties Veterans may receive disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for medical
  11. I checked eBennies yesterday and found there was a new development letter for my claim which included TDIU application and new contentions for diabetes and complications. 1. The contentions listed the TDIU, diabetese and complications.... AND "increase" for the three issues I listed on the TDIU application. Are these requests for "increase" routine (as in do they consider listing those as reasons for the unemployability as requests for increase)? 2. A new development letter has been sent requesting medical records from a doctor named in the claim. I sent records from all doctors named
  12. Here are the results of my c&p exam...would like opinion on rating and whether they might give me tdiu that I applied for...thanks ahead of time for your input,,, I tried to narrow down the exam to only the important info...One thing that I left out was 1. Diagnostic Summary --------------------- Does the Veteran have a diagnosis of PTSD that conforms to DSM-5 criteria based on today's evaluation? [X] Yes [ ] No ICD code: F43.10 2. Current Diagnoses -------------------- a. Mental Disorder Diagnosis #1: PTSD, chronic ICD code: F43.10 Mental Disorder Diagnosis #2:
  13. Here are the results of my c&p exam...would like opinion on rating and whether they might give me tdiu that I applied for...thanks ahead of time for your input,,, I tried to narrow down the exam to only the important info... 1. Diagnostic Summary --------------------- Does the Veteran have a diagnosis of PTSD that conforms to DSM-5 criteria based on today's evaluation? [X] Yes [ ] No ICD code: F43.10 2. Current Diagnoses -------------------- a. Mental Disorder Diagnosis #1: PTSD, chronic ICD code: F43.10 Mental Disorder Diagnosis #2: Bipolar I Disorder, mixed IC
  14. I was wondering if i could get some opinions from the experts on this letter from my primary doc. I was denied SC for Apnea . Retired mar 2002, diagnosed at civilian doc with sleep anea Aug 2002, who didn't refer for sleep study, then sleep study May 2013 I submitted lay statements from wife and sister, attesting to snoring and stopping breathing and i also submitted the following. I have recently been seeing and taking care of Mr x for the past several months, and he has been seen by other medical providers while being a patient in our clinic. While being a patient he was diagnosed w
  15. Hello fellow vets, I hope all is well and still in the fight. I am new to the site and welcome any and all comments please... I served for 12 years , I've been involved in 3 wars. I separated in August 2003. In March 2005 I filled a claim for 4 contentions. I finally heard about my denial in Nov 2008. The reasoning that VA stated my denials were that even though the QTC doctors documented favorable statements , he didn't state it was from the military. ( I read the exact notes and he did state back issues, knee issues, hypertension, and depression were from my time in the military ). I also
  16. BAD WATER LeJeune awards BVA: There are no presumptives for Camp LeJeune vets.There are suggestive findings from the National Academy of Sciences' National Research Council (NRC) as to the contaminated water causing 14 disabilities. These claims are handled on a case by case basis, whether or not the disability is on the list ( in this BVA link) it appears that most of these cases will take a very strong IMO. This vet won 2 of 4 contentions and is on remand for the two denied: He had a very strong IMO. ORDER Service connection for metastatic renal cell carcinoma with residuals of cysts, f
  17. Received a letter from the VA regarding my claim. The letter is requesting additional evidence it starts out like this: "We are working on your claim for service connected compensation" One of the requested evidences reads like this: "We may consider that your carcinoma and hypertension is associated with dioxin exposure if you send us scientific or medical evidence showing that your claimed condition is medically associated with dioxin exposures." My particular carcinoma is not on the presumptive list. I have been able to find three VA cases where my particular carcinoma has been gra
  18. I received a service connected disability rating for kidney disease recently of 60%. I have multiple other conditions at least two of which should have no problem being connected as a secondary disease. Gout and hypertension. Since I am going through the process of filing another claim...I feel like I might as well throw everything out on the table. So a couple of other things that I have also filed for aren't as clearly connected. Depression and sleep apnea. My question is, should i even bother pushing the envelope on the other two conditions - depression and sleep apnea? I dont kn
  19. Hi everyone. This is my first post. Thanks to everyone who takes the time to answer these message boards, there is a lot of great knowledge here. So here is my situation, I separated from the Air Force in 1996. Approximately 3 months prior to separating I had a physical exam with lab results that came back with proteinuria and blood in my urine. I had no idea what this meant, so I asked the physician and he said "if could be caused by strenous exercise or it could be early signs of kidney disease. follow up with a civilian physician when you get out." He more or less acted like it wa
  20. http://www.va.gov/vetapp12/Files3/1217299.txt "As a final matter, the Board has considered certain language in Training Letter 10-02, a copy of which the Veteran has submitted. The Training Letter states, "Tinnitus is a symptom that is associated with many conditions, including acute noise exposure and noise-induced hearing loss, and that sensorineural hearing loss is the most common cause of tinnitus. However, the etiology of tinnitus often cannot be identified, because there are so many potential causes that it is impossible to select one. In addition to sensorineural hearing loss, other
  21. Please help. I am a frequent reader of this site and seldom post. Thanks for your service and the wealth of information on this site. Does it matter if a nexus letter is obtained from a retired doctor who is a friend. Person would give their medical opinion/ facts regarding some of these diseases being secondary to one another PTSD, hypertension, sleep apnea, kidney cancer and prostate cancer. Thanks.
  22. Hello a question that bugs me to this day. I was SC for Migraines back in 2005. I was medically retired prior to my SC for migraines 4 years prior to getting SC. I had my employer submit my records from work and civilian and VA Docs both stated my hypertension was primary reason for migraines. I was injured in civilian job but had nothing to do with migraines so fighting for 4 years I had gotten SC but the date the VARO said they went back to the date I filled for migraines not the day I was retired. Have I waited too long to go back? I am service connected for hypertension, Migraines se
  23. Team: I had filed my claim early May 2014 and just got my VA letter. I have had some massive struggles at work and home but I do work part-time, this is in my records. The part-time work keeps me sane and from shooting myself!. And yet, after my C&P, the VA just granted me 100% for PTSD, 30% for nephrolithiasis (kidney stones - this has really sucked), and 20% for hypertension (not controlled by meds). However, the award letter states the following: You are not considered to be permanently disabled due to your service-connected disabilityes at this time because you are scheduled fo
  24. Currently Service Connected at 40% for Degenerative Joint Disease L4-5 and L5-S1. I have never reopened, appealed or made any new claims since I was originally discharged in 2004. I am looking to reopen a denied claim for hypertension. I am currently prescribed medication to control my hypertension and have been for roughly 8 years. I do not think I meet the requirement for a disability rating above 0%. However, I do not understand why I was denied for service connection in the first place. This is the what the Rating Decision dated on March 3rd, 2005 states: Service connection for hyp
  25. Hi everybody thanks for the help you all give veterans on this forum. I have a question about IHD, Hypertension, etc. I am a 33 yo vet and I went to the VA a few months back with chest pains which I suffer from them daily and take isosorbide and nytro daily. They gave me a stress test and told me to keep going until I felt that I was going to pass out, so I was only able to keep going for about some minutes resulting on 7.3 MET's. Now could I be able to take the test again because I don't feel like it was fair and I got pushed to do more than I could. I am copying and pasting the results
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