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  1. My this has been a long , tiresome road but with a lot of interesting turns and twist. Though I have been gone for several years, it is so good to be back. My commitment to our Veterans has not changed since I have been gone and if anything has increased and though gone for a while, I have been actively involved in working with Veterans, their dependents and their claims. Though a lot has befallen me over the last 3 years with my health heading south it has not deterred me from my love for helping our Veterans. I am going to be posting LOTS of research for our Archives. As many of you may kno
  2. I have some questions hopefully someone can help me; here is some back ground info. I retired from the Navy 30Sept2013 after 20 years. I filed a claim 1 Oct2013. I filed for cognitive disorder which the VA put to Organic Brain Syndrome (Non Psychotic) Effective date Oct 1, 2013. On my award letter it states we have assigned a 100 percent evaluation for your organic brain syndrome non psychotic claimed as cognitive disorder based on disorientation to place, time. Disturbances of motivation and mood. Forgetting directions forgetting recent events. Forgetting names, mild memory loss, Occupation
  3. I piggy-backed my diabetes & complications claim on a TDIU claim I filed back in June. The VA awarded the TDIU -- P&T and gave a zero rating for hypertension (reopened) and denied the diabetes contentions. My VSO said I should accept the TDIU and not bother with contesting the claim for diabetes as there is no additional compensation likely. I had considered filing a NOD because I would want my family protected if I died of diabetes complications. Is the VSO's guidance appropriate in a case like this? How likely is it the VA would undo its decision for TDIU if I appealed the d
  4. Finally got a response from my NOD that I sent in on 21 November 2010. I'm working on preparing my NOD for the SOC and would like some feedback on the format before I finish my other contentions. Thanks in advance!! ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ VA FORM-21-0958, Part III – SPECIFIC ISSUES OF DISAGREEMENT, 11A. 1. Hypertension continue 0% Rating. I disagree with the continuation of my service-connected 0 % rating for hypertension and request a higher rating of
  5. Hello everyone. Im new here to the site, hope Im doing this right. But anyhow I got a decision on my claim in just 7 months and totally dont understand the results. Rated Disabilities Disability Rating Decision Related To Effective Date dysthymia Not Service Connected post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), bipolar disorder, dysthymia, (38 USC Section 1702) Active Psychosis/GW Mental left knee condition Not Service Connected
  6. So I'm pretty stoked I finally, after 9 Months, got my Disability Rating back from the VA!! All the below items were service connected and it breaks down as follows: Sleep Apnea: 50% Cardiomyopathy: 30% Degenerative Disc Disease Lumbar Back: 20% Cubital Tunnel Syndrome: 20% with Bilateral Factor= 22% Tinnitus: 10% Hypertension: 10% Plantar Fasciitis (also Fallen Arches): 0% Shin Splints: 0% Allergic Rhinitis w/ Sinusitis: 0% Migraine Headaches: 0% GERD associated w/ Gulf War Syndrome: 0% Hypogonadism: 0% Dermatophytosis (nail fungus): 0% Everything else was not awarded a ra
  7. Just received a final evaluation from the VA. My disability rating went from 40% in 2012 to currently 70% after they received a missing medical questionnaire sent by my doctor. About 10 months ago I filed a NOD for sleep apnea being a secondary condition due to diabetes. There is no mention of the NOD in this final evaluation. It simply states that sleep apnea is still denied. Does this mean the NOD has been decided or do they address the NOD separately? In my preliminary evaluation where they established the 40% rating they had my hypertension as service connected due to diabetes. In
  8. Just wondering if the VA cardiologist is slanting his exams to favor the VA> I had ECHO in 2013 when filed claim for hypertension increase. Measurements were Left Atria enlarged to 4.9 cm/s and noted that this time AFTER I had filed a claim for hypertensive heart disease that measurements were decreased to 4.6cm/s. Similar decrease throughout the readings. Funny thing is had ECHO from my cardio doc and had higher readings less than one month prior to the VA echo and I will have another one next week as well as nuclear stress test and may even get a MUGA scan. It appears that the VA cardiolo
  9. So here is the situation. I'm helping a Marine, who was shot in the ankle in November of 1979. He was boarded out, and currently gets 40 % . He receives SSDI as well, and he recently filed for PTSD only to be denied in December of this year. Here's where it gets interesting, he's trying to pay his child support, so he looked into doing the Ticket to work program through the SS. They told him he was ineligible because of the findings that gave him his SSDI, standing restrictions and different things. But come to find out when he was seen by a private dr. That helped to get the ssdi, it wa
  10. Yesterday I received my 1151 HBP award letter I might have mentioned the RO call I got on this last week but I never pay too much attention to RO phone calls. I LOLed at this: : "Dear Mrs. Simmons, We received a request to reopen a previous claim on March 27th 2015." That was the bogus denial letter I got in late March and I raised Hell right away. "What we decided: "Hypertension for accrued benefits purposes granted 10% EED Aug 9, 1992." They actually read my evidence this time. They state that no additional accrued is due to me..... That would only be true if th
  11. Does anyone have any updated info on this FTL. It is from 2000. I am concerned about the HTN rating I received in 2007. This iks extract from the FTL "Complications of hypertension require separate rating. For example, separately rate hypertensive heart disease, stroke, renal complications or failure, etc. A pending General Counsel opinion re separately rating hypertension and heart disease may change this direction." What was the General Counsel decision? Was there a change as VARO ignored my heart problems and only rated me for aggravated HTN ( had high blood pressure prior
  12. Greetings all: Haven't been on for almost a year. A lot has been going on and large doses of nuerotin are not conducive for effective analysis of VA-ola and remembering all the different facts and nuances necessary to argue with the bureaucrats. my 2008 NOD went to BVA last year and had my hearing last October(in DC represented myself). Decision made January 2015 a continued denial on EED for hypertension (SB talking with a lawyer next week...I know, tick tock) and a remand for SC for Kyphoscoliosis under 6842. They sent it to AMC so it will be a while. Bit irritated that the ALJ d
  13. 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
  14. Recently I sent Ms. Allison Hickey an email on 11 March 2015 on my backlogged NOD and claims. This is part of one email that the Director sent me. My claim has been ongoing since 2003. I am currently rated 30% SC for hypertension. I filed 11 new contentions, including request for increase in my HTN rating in July 2012. The VA rater also added three more contentions to my list. extract from email from St. Pete Director today-13 March 2015 VA examinations were previously requested for the claimed conditions, however, additional information is needed before a Decision Review Office
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. 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!
  19. 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
  20. 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-
  21. 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-
  22. 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
  23. 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:
  24. 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
  25. 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
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