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  1. Do they qualify for a retiree ID? Do they qualify for PX & Commissary privileges? Do they qualify for state benefits for being rated 100% P&T? Even if their DD-214 states Other Than Honorable?
  2. Hello everyone I'm back. How's it going. Good I hope far as my mind set it has changed. After years of counseling and anti psychotics I have realized violence isn't the answer to my problems. I can't lie these past years I have been pretty much in isolation I only leave home to go to the store or fishing. I still have violent thoughts but I don't feed into my thoughts. I'm still having nightmares man if y'all only knew how many CPAP machines I have destroyed in my sleep the number of times my girl have been hit by my in my sleep. I'm still one dizzy camper I guess from tinnitus. Hey after waking up do any of y'all have hallucinations I see a black spider crawling around are a bunch of binary codes all over my room I can't lie all I love about life is fishing I have moved since last July away from friends and family I finally moved I wish I could have moved on the lake like a couple my old buddies on here but I live close to a bunch of lakes and I guess that's good enough. I still have major anxiety around to many people so pretty much all is the same only thing that has changed is my reaction time at first I use to attack first then think now I think before I attack which I don't attack no more I don't fight I don't even look people in the face and I try to tell everyone hello my violent days is over I won't squeeze my years of absence all in this one post but I have more to tell y'all I left I need some buddies who can relate with me ANG guess what I miss y'all kind words so here I am I do have some stressful stuff going on the va sent my tdiu or total disability to my old address so last month out of the blue they tell me that I'm getting paid for 90% and not at 100% total disability well of course I freaked out got dizzy and my thoughts was all over the place sooooo today is the first and guess what they cut my cash by 1200 dollars unexpectedly bills will go unpaid credit will start to deteriorate starting today I went to the office on the 17th of this month hoping that I could fill the right paperwork out that they sent to the wrong address hoping this stop them from cutting my cash noooooooope it didn't I am officially screwed as of today bouncing back from moving my family to the high desert away from the inner city drama into my new quiet place but yup normally I would have a violent reaction and have crazy violent thoughts and threats but nope I am calm I am mad but not violent I will try to solve this situation with niceness and calmness I have realized its no civilian FUALT that this has happened so this is where I'm at happy fourth y'all I'm back for now 😞😞😞
  3. Here's a conversation starter (or not)... https://asknod.org/2017/06/14/tdiu-shulkins-new-albatross/
  4. tdiu

    Hello family today my family and i were fortunate to win our campaign for tdiu 100% and for one know that none of this would be possible with out you guys. I want to say thanks
  5. I've searched for a couple hours and can't find anything related to the difference between a 100% P&T schedular rating and TDIU. Isn't the compensation the same? A couple of people said I should be TDIU due to my 70% PTSD/depression, but I'm already 100% P&T, so what would be the difference/benefit other than reduced income from not working?
  6. I have received TDIU for over twenty years for Brain syndrome what they now call TBI . For first ten years all award letters included P/T checked off in letters. Then started noticing P/T was not checked , went to DAV to get it checked out they said it was a computer glitch with some TDIU folks said they would get that fixed for me. Went to DAV today five years later, still not fixed , was informed I would need a physician's letter to verify I am in fact P/T. Told him the Va docs I have seen over the years are retired. They would be the only ones to verify my Brain syndrome(TBI) for all this time . Any suggestions from some of the members how to proceed? Went back with DAV to original award letter ending, " with no future exams" they had many years of award letters with P/T checked in their system ! I also Have a commissary card for 15 years!!!! They said it did not matter, need letter from doctor??? I know you guys no more then me!
  7. Here is my TBI exam that was ordered in a remand from the BVA. Now I will sit and wait for the decision to be made. Review Evaluation of Residuals of Traumatic Brain Injury (R-TBI) Disability Benefits Questionnaire * Internal VA or DoD Use Only* Name of patient/Veteran: England, Larry Adam Indicate method used to obtain medical information to complete this document: [X] In-person examination Evidence review --------------- Was the Veteran's VA claims file reviewed? [ ] Yes[X] No If no, check all records reviewed: [X] Veterans Health Administration medical records (VA treatment records) [X] Other: VA rating documents as this is a review tbi SECTION I: Diagnosis and medical history ---------------------------------------- 1. Diagnosis ------------ Does the Veteran now have or has he/she ever had a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or any residuals of a TBI? [X] Yes [ ] No [X] Traumatic brain injury (TBI) ICD code: 000 Date of diagnosis: 3/2005 [X] Other diagnosed residuals attributable to TBI, specify: Other diagnosis #1: headaches ICD code: 000 Date of diagnosis: 2005 2. Medical history ------------------ Describe the history (including onset and course) of the Veteran's TBI and residuals attributable to TBI (brief summary): from neuropsych hx 2012: According to medical records intake note from 2nd Medical Group, Barksdale AFB, LA, on 5 MAR 2005, "25-year-old male hit right side of head near temple while cleaning pool on base. Patient hit side of concrete pool. + blurred vision, patient unsure if LOC, + neck and shoulder soreness, - EtOH, + headache at the moment with nausea." Subsequent evaluation that same day by physician revealed: "Mr. England was noted to be in no acute distress, laughing, smiling, alert and oriented x 3, cranial nerves grossly intact, strength 5 x 5." He was diagnosed with a minor head trauma and ordered to return on 7 March 05 for f/u eval prior to being returned to duty. A subsequent medical technician note from 7 March 2005 indicates "patient here for f/ head injury f/u Patient states he's very much better. Still has occ. HA." The subsequent physician note of that same day stated: "?not any worse than any other ou headache. RTD, f/u prn." He was discharged to follow up as needed. There are no other medical records pertaining to this injury. He reported no cognitive difficulties or other residual effects at the time. He also reported an episode of brief loss of consciousness from a MVA during the 9th grade. A CT of the head on MAR 20, 2009 revealed: Study was performed with intravenous contrast. The brain is of normal attenuation. The ventricular system is midline and symmetric. There is no edema or normal enhancement. The globes and orbits appear normal. Impression: Normal brain. rated by neuropsychologist Dr Hughes on 2/8/12 1 memory: mild c/o memory loss without objective findings on testing 2 judgment: normal 3 social interaction: routinely appropriate but with multiple firings from jobs 4 orientation: normal 5 Motor: normal 6 visual-spacial:normal 7 subjective: c/o 3 or more symptoms that mildly affect work or social interactions 8 neurobehavioral: one or more that frequently interfere with work 9 communication: normal 10 Consciousness: normal In summary, based upon this interview, history, and testing, it is clear that the veteran manifests normal organic cognitive capacities but that he has significant emotional/motivational/behavioral difficulties. He likely suffered a mild concussion when he hit his head on the side of the pool; but organic cognitive factors do NOT appear to be involved in a current clinical picture. Indeed, psychiatric factors seem to play an exacerbating role in his symptom picture and are likely responsible for the veteran's reported cognitive and functional difficulties. Diagnostic Impression: Axis I 311 Depression NOS 309.81 PTSD Axis II: 301.83 Borderline personality disorder Axis III: Please see medical record Axis IV: History of volatile interpersonal relationships,lack of coping skills, marital and family problems, unemployment, financial problems Axis V: GAF = 49 Finally, in my professional opinion, the veteran is able to manage his own financial affairs for VA purposes. Please contact me if you have questions concerning this evaluation. states hit head on empty bottom of pool while cleaning it in the service, felt nauseous and vision off, and had headaches without loss of conciousness SECTION II: Assessment of facets of TBI-related cognitive impairment and subjective symptoms of TBI ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Memory, attention, concentration, executive functions -------------------------------------------------------- [X] A complaint of mild memory loss (such as having difficulty following a conversation, recalling recent conversations, remembering names of new acquaintances, or finding words, or often misplacing items), attention, concentration, or executive functions, but without objective evidence on testing If the Veteran has complaints of impairment of memory, attention, concentration or executive functions, describe (brief summary): see previous testing and note that this is as least likely as not related to ptsd, he recalled three things, and oriented to day and year 2. Judgment ----------- [X] Normal 3. Social interaction --------------------- [X] Social interaction is occasionally inappropriate If the Veteran's social interaction is not routinely appropriate, describe (brief summary): he feels uncomfortable in group settings and doesn't leave house much not related to tbi 4. Orientation -------------- [X] Always oriented to person, time, place, and situation 5. Motor activity (with intact motor and sensory system) -------------------------------------------------------- [X] Motor activity is normal most of the time, but mildly slowed at times due to apraxia (inability to perform previously learned motor activities, despite normal motor function) If the Veteran has any abnormal motor activity, describe (brief summary): states baseball not as easy as was in past. However had mild tbi and is not as least as likely related to tbi 6. Visual spatial orientation ----------------------------- [X] Normal 7. Subjective symptoms ---------------------- [X] Three or more subjective symptoms that moderately interfere with work; instrumental activities of daily living; or work, family or other close relationships. Examples of findings that might be seen at this level of impairment are: marked fatigability, blurred or double vision, headaches requiring rest periods during most days If the Veteran has subjective symptoms, describe (brief summary): veteran states occ dizzy, ringing in ears for which is sc, headaches,states completely stop from working. only symptom related to tbi is headaches see headaches exam included 8. Neurobehavioral effects -------------------------- [X] One or more neurobehavioral effects that interfere with or preclude workplace interaction, social interaction, or both on most days or that occasionally require supervision for safety of self or others If the Veteran has any neurobehavioral effects, describe (brief summary): veteran states unable to work due to social interaction difficults which have precluded work for 3 years and he has ssdi for this but please see headache rating exam included 9. Communication ---------------- [X] Able to communicate by spoken and written language (expressive communication) and to comprehend spoken and written language. 10. Consciousness ----------------- [X] Normal SECTION III: Additional residuals, other findings, diagnostic testing, functional impact and remarks ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 1. Residuals ------------ Does the Veteran have any subjective symptoms or any mental, physical or neurological conditions or residuals attributable to a TBI (such as migraine headaches or Meniere's disease)? [X] Yes [ ] No [X] Hearing loss and/or tinnitus [X] Erectile dysfunction [X] Headaches, including Migraine headaches [X] Mental disorder (including emotional, behavioral, or cognitive) [X] Other, describe: tinnitus see previous rating exam, mental heal issues see previous rating exams, erectile dysfunction not related to tbi 2. Other pertinent physical findings, scars, complications, conditions, signs and/or symptoms ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- a. Does the Veteran have any scars (surgical or otherwise) related to any conditions or to the treatment of any conditions listed in the Diagnosis section above? [X] Yes [ ] No b. Does the Veteran have any other pertinent physical findings, complications, conditions, signs and/or symptoms? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, describe (brief summary): cn grossly intact, dtrs = and 2+ bilateral, sensation and movement intact, able to heel and toe stand, rhomberg neg, moves all extemities, sensation intact upper and lower extremities. no dysdiadokinisis 3. Diagnostic testing --------------------- a. Has neuropsychological testing been performed? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, provide date: 2/8/12 Results: I. Memory, attention, concentration, executive functions The veteran has a complaint of mild memory loss (such as having difficulty following a conversation, recalling recent conversations, remembering names of new acquaintances, or finding words, or often misplacing items, attention, concentration, or executive functions, but without objective evidence on testing. II. Judgment The veteran exhibits normal organic judgment capacity but mildly impaired judgment overall as a result of emotional dysfunction. "I get impulsive without worrying about the consequences. I just react to stimuli." For some decision making, he is occasionally unwilling to identify, understand or weigh the alternatives, understand the consequences of choices, or make a reasonable decision due to emotional reasoning. Concerning his judgment, the veteran stated: "On a stable day I have good judgment but on a depressed day I don't. I get impulsive without worrying about the consequences. I just react to stimuli." III. Social interaction The veteran stated his social interaction is routinely appropriate "because I stay reserved." However, he also notes inappropriate reaction to authority resulting in multiple firings from jobs. IV. Orientation The veteran is always oriented to person, time, place, and situation. V. Motor Activity (with intact motor and sensory system) The veteran's motor activity is normal. VI. Visual-Spatial Orientation The veteran's visual-spatial orientation is normal. VII. Subjective symptoms The veteran complains of 3 or more subjective (emotional or pain related) symptoms that mildly interfere with work; instrumental activities of daily living; or work, family, or other close relationships. Examples of findings that might be seen at this level of impairment or: Intermittent dizziness, daily mild-to-moderate headaches, and frequent insomnia. VIII. Neurobehavioral effects The veteran complains of one or more emotional/behavioral symptoms that frequently interfere with work place interaction, social interaction, or both but did not preclude them. "I have had over 15 jobs since I left the military; and I lost them for arguing with coworkers and customers. I'm on Social Security disability for bipolar disorder, PTSD, and depression since May of 2010." IX. Communication The veteran is able to communicate by spoken and written language (expressive communication), and to comprehend spoken and written language. X. Consciousness The veteran's level of consciousness is normal. In summary, based upon this interview, history, and testing, it is clear that the veteran manifests normal organic cognitive capacities but that he has significant emotional/motivational/behavioral difficulties. He likely suffered a mild concussion when he hit his head on the side of the pool; but organic cognitive factors do NOT appear to be involved in a current clinical picture. Indeed, psychiatric factors seem to play an exacerbating role in his symptom picture and are likely responsible for the veteran's reported cognitive and functional difficulties. Diagnostic Impression: Axis I 311 Depression NOS 309.81 PTSD Axis II: 301.83 Borderline personality disorder Axis III: Please see medical record Axis IV: History of volatile interpersonal relationships,lack of coping skills, marital and family problems, unemployment, financial problems Axis V: GAF = 49 Finally, in my professional opinion, the veteran is able to manage his own financial affairs for VA purposes. Please contact me if you have questions concerning this evaluation. b. Have diagnostic imaging studies or other diagnostic procedures been performed? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, check all that apply: [X] Computed tomography (CT) Date: 3/20/2009 Results: normal c. Has laboratory testing been performed? [ ] Yes [X] No d. Are there any other significant diagnostic test findings and/or results? [ ] Yes [X] No 4. Functional impact -------------------- Do any of the Veteran's residual conditions attributable to a traumatic brain injury impact his or her ability to work? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, describe impact of each of the Veteran's residual conditions attributable to a traumatic brain injury, providing one or more examples: see included headache exam 5. Remarks, if any: ------------------- none **************************************************************************** Headaches (including Migraine Headaches) Disability Benefits Questionnaire Name of patient/Veteran: Indicate method used to obtain medical information to complete this document: [ ] Review of available records (without in-person or video telehealth examination) using the Acceptable Clinical Evidence (ACE) process because the existing medical evidence provided sufficient information on which to prepare the DBQ and such an examination will likely provide no additional relevant evidence. [ ] Review of available records in conjunction with a telephone interview with the Veteran (without in-person or telehealth examination) using the ACE process because the existing medical evidence supplemented with a telephone interview provided sufficient information on which to prepare the DBQ and such an examination would likely provide no additional relevant evidence. [ ] Examination via approved video telehealth [X] In-person examination Evidence review --------------- Was the Veteran's VA claims file reviewed? [ ] Yes [X] No If yes, list any records that were reviewed but were not included in the If no, check all records reviewed: [ ] Military service treatment records [ ] Military service personnel records [ ] Military enlistment examination [ ] Military separation examination [ ] Military post-deployment questionnaire [ ] Department of Defense Form 214 Separation Documents [X] Veterans Health Administration medical records (VA treatment records) [ ] Civilian medical records [ ] Interviews with collateral witnesses (family and others who have known the Veteran before and after military service) [ ] No records were reviewed [X] Other: VA rating documents as this is a review tbi 1. Diagnosis ------------ Does the Veteran now have or has he/she ever been diagnosed with a headache condition? [X] Yes [ ] No [X] Other (specify type of headache): unknown type ICD code: 000 Date of diagnosis: 2005 2. Medical History ------------------ a. Describe the history (including onset and course) of the Veteran's headache conditions (brief summary): developed headaches at time of tbi in 2005. Had neurologic consult 3/2009 and diagnosed with headaches of unknown type inially treated with ibuprofen b. Does the Veteran's treatment plan include taking medication for the diagnosed condition? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, describe treatment (list only those medications used for the diagnosed condition): ibuprofen 3. Symptoms ----------- a. Does the Veteran experience headache pain? [X] Yes [ ] No [X] Pulsating or throbbing head pain [X] Pain on both sides of the head [X] Pain worsens with physical activity [X] Other, describe: stress worsens and tinitis increases during headache b. Does the Veteran experience non-headache symptoms associated with headaches? (including symptoms associated with an aura prior to headache pain) [X] Yes [ ] No [X] Nausea [X] Vomiting [X] Sensitivity to light [X] Sensitivity to sound [X] Changes in vision (such as scotoma, flashes of light, tunnel vision) [X] Sensory changes (such as feeling of pins and needles in extremities) [X] Other, describe: headaches vary intensity, frontal headaches on 1-10 7-8 and severe posterior headache 8-9 c. Indicate duration of typical head pain [X] Less than 1 day d. Indicate location of typical head pain [X] Both sides of head [X] Other, describe: both sides of head and back of head 4. Prostrating attacks of headache pain --------------------------------------- a. Migraine / Non-Migraine- Does the Veteran have characteristic prostrating attacks of migraine / non-migraine headache pain? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, indicate frequency, on average, of prostrating attacks over the last several months: [X] Once every month b. Does the veteran have very prostrating and prolonged attacks of migraines/non-migraine pain productive of severe economic inadatability? [X] Yes [ ] No 5. Other pertinent physical findings, complications, conditions, signs and/or symptoms ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- a. Does the Veteran have any scars (surgical or otherwise) related to any conditions or to the treatment of any conditions listed in the Diagnosis section above? [ ] Yes [X] No b. Does the Veteran have any other pertinent physical findings, complications, conditions, signs and/or symptoms related to any ENGLAND, LARRY ADAM CONFIDENTIAL Page 16 of 17conditions listed in the Diagnosis section above? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, describe (brief summary): see included tbi physical 6. Diagnostic testing --------------------- Are there any other significant diagnostic test findings and/or results? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, provide type of test or procedure, date and results (brief summary): ct normal see attached tbi exam 7. Functional impact -------------------- Does the Veteran's headache condition impact his or her ability to work? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, describe the impact of the Veteran's headache condition, providing one or more examples: veteran states headaches cause him to be unable to function in a job seting due to need for no sensory input during headaches. He states that he has up 5 severe headaches a week lasting up to 2 hours that would prevent him from having full or part time work. 8. Remarks, if any: ------------------- none
  8. I have been on 100% TDIU for several years, and now I am coming up on age 65. I have a basic employee provided health insurance plan through Aetna from my Teachers Retirement System of Texas. This TRS-CARE1 program has informed me that after age 65, that they will become a "secondary payer". If I understand this correctly, what was once an 80/20 plan (TRS-CARE1) now becomes a 20/80 plan. I have a number of questions/concerns in how that works with VA 100% TDIU Disability. The VA has been billing Aetna (TRS-CARE1) for services I receive from the VA (contracted rate, 80%, etc). How does this change when I turn 65? I am receiving SS benefits at this time, so I assume that I will be auto-enrolled in Medicare A&B. Correct? Do/Will I need to up-grade my parts A&B? What about part "D"? I currently get all my meds from VA, wonder if having an outside option would be worth the cost? How much of a supplemental insurance plan do I NEED? Can I depend on the VA to continue to cover me at 100%? What if I have an auto accident and am taken to a non-VA hospital room? Do I get stuck with the out-of-pocket expenses? FWIW, hit deer on Harley a year ago, spent 32days in hospital and VA re-hab. Got lucky since I never lost consciousness and was able to direct EMS to take me to the VA designated/contracted hospital... THIS TIME. Bill was over $200k. Everything got covered between VA and Aetna... THIS TIME. Still ride Harley, so what will happen under "Medicare" in an out-of-network emergency in the future? (my biggest concern) I have attempted to talk with Aetna, but all I seem to get are sales-people who refuse/can't give any advise as to options. They only ask WHAT do I want... Not helpful to me at all. And when I watch the news that TrumpCare wants to 5X elder health rates, I get very depressed. BTW my major disability is TBI, so that may be factoring into my panic/depression about this as well. Not having fun... 8-(
  9. I call the 800# they told me they can't tell me anything. The letter was sent out yesterday. I am just wondering about back pay. I stopped working in 2012. First filled for IU in 2010. Back in August I filed for increasing in disabilities. Was approved but don't know where or how much back pay to expect.
  10. I just turned 63. I am rated 100% P&T/TDIU. When I reach 65 and become MEDICARE elegible, will VA benefits based on unemployability automatically end? Would they automatically end at some other retirement point? I don't honestly know for sure, but it seems like if an award is based on unemplloyability, that you'd lose it when you're no longer of working age (not my common sense, but the way the gubment seems to think sometimes :-)
  11. Hey everyone, I was rated at 80% in 2014. My highest rating is for a skin rash that covers about half of my body and requires constant systemic steroids. For this skin rash I am rated at 60% (which is the highest of all my SC issues). This rash initially occurred during active duty in 2012 and for the past five years doctors have just treated the rash and given me all the prednisone I could ever want. In 2015 I developed migraines. I began suffering from chronic fatigue, and I began experiencing muscle pain and weakness. Long story short- I recently saw a rheumatologist and was diagnosed with amyopathic dermatomyositis. The amyopathic dermatomyositis is basically the rash I have displayed for years, except no one ever knew that. The migraines, muscle weakness and fatigue are also common issues in people who have amyopathic dermatomyositis. I have wanted to apply for TDIU since 2015, however I didn't feel I had enough medical information to link all these issues together, and I also didn't have a diagnosis other than a basic rash. Now that I have new information regarding my SC rash, I want to apply for TDIU. I'm a bit nervous as to how these ratings might be combined. For example, my current rating is under DC 7806 and the rating for dermatomyositis is under 7821. I take chronic steroids, so under 7806 and 7821 I'd be 60%. If I file a new claim for the dermatomyositis will the ratings from DC 7806 and 7821 be combined, or will it basically just be the changing of some verbage on my claim (7806 would switch to 7821)? I don't see anything that says 7806 and 7821 cannot be combined. Like a lot of people, I dread opening the flood gates to my VA claims and risking my already 80%. Any info/advice on my questions or TDIU in general are so much appreciated. Thanks!
  12. 1970-74 weighed 130 in and 134 out, I had 4 yrs USAF Jet Engine Mechanic experience – much exposure to JP4, Jet Exhaust, PD-680 degreaser, carbon soot, noise, etc. I don’t have much medical information in my service records package, but I do have several pages of upper respiratory sickness, sore throats and earaches from one USAF base. None of my other medical records from other bases were in my service file. While in-service I married for the 1st time, we lived off base and thanks to my wife I was pretty good at getting to work on time. She would complain that I kept her up half the night with my snoring and would go back to bed after I would leave. She also described the loud outbursts and would try to put a pillow over my head to muffle the sounds – eventually she even bought some earplugs. The marriage didn’t last very long and we divorced in less than a year. After the divorce I moved back into the barracks, I was always tired and difficult to wake up and often fall back asleep. I eventually received an Article 15 for repeatedly being late for rollcall, and a reduction in pay scale for several months. Prior to entering service I had lived with my older sister Kathy and her husband. I did not exhibit the typical SA symptoms, I snored and I physically did not fit the profile. They told me I it got much worse after I got out and that I sometimes scared them when I would quiet down and suddenly let out a loud gasping/snoring sound… which sometimes woke me up too. I remarried in 85 and this was the first time I was told I may have sleep apnea. My wife Laura has a medical background and told my doctor what goes on at night and he made arrangements for me to have a sleep study done. It was confirmed and I received my first CPAP machine and have been using one ever since. My weight then was 203lbs. In 2006 I had this mysterious bout of ITP, of which I was hospitalized and transfused with platelets for several days. Aftercare was 6 months of prednisone, many needle sticks, bone marrow aspiration and finally tapering off they prednisone for 3 more months. In 2010 I had several significantly blocked arteries and underwent CABG dbl bypass at the San Francisco VAMC. During the surgery the urologist came out of the OR and ask my wife if I had any known bladder problems, which I didn’t, but their concern was that I was passing blood through my urine. He advised to follow up with urology once I recover and have it worked up. I had a cystoscopy and everything looked fine. In 2012 I put in a claim for IHD 60%, DMII 10%, MMD 70%, ED $125, Hearing Loss 0% and Tinnitus 10%, I was awarded, using VA funny math it was 90% scheduler with 100% compensation for TDIU plus SMC. At one of my recent psych visit I confided in something I never told anybody, not my wife, nor friends (not that I have many, quite the loner) or anyone else. Back in my last year of service I was sexually assaulted by another male, I was so ashamed I stuffed it for 40 yrs, but it just came out. I have been in several PTSD clinics and they helped me to realize I was a victim, that my assailant was a perpetrator, purposefully got me drunk and assaulted me in my sleep. Dec 2013 my wife gets annoyed with the VA doctors because they are all ignoring that some of my blood work always come back a little under the lower range so they blow it off. Via her pushing I get a Hem/Onc consult and it is discovered that I have an Ultra Rare illness called Paroxysmal Nocturnal Hemoglobinuria (PNH), is a rare acquired (not hereditary), life-threatening disease of the blood. The disease is characterized by destruction of red blood cells (hemolytic anemia), blood clots (thrombosis), and impaired bone marrow function (not making enough of the three blood components). It is closely associated with AA & MDS, all are bone marrow failures diseases. Benzene is known to be a toxic chemical which causes bone marrow failure illnesses. My illness is stable so it is in watch & wait state. I’m followed by Hem/Onc once a month to evaluate blood labs and I was prescribed Folic Acid for now. Jan 2016 it is discovered that I have L/carotid artery blockage at 80%, and R/carotid at 60%. I am supposed to have CEA on the left one but first wanted to consult with a well-known PNH specialist in New York NYU to discuss risks of thrombosis. He wants me on an intravenous medication call eculizumab (Soliris tm $$$,$$$ per year) prior to surgery for the carotid artery. Part of his workup for new patients is to check for venial clots with a Head MRI, Abdomen MRI and Lower extremity Doppler studies. No clots found, but I apparently had a chronic lacunar infarct of the left caudate head (stroke) that apparently was asymptomatic. The report also indicated that Scattered areas of white matter signal abnormality in a configuration most suggestive of chronic small vessel ischemic disease. Not sure what that means but it sounds interesting… Now here are my questions: Should I leave well enough alone with my TDIU award or file some additional claims? PTSD due to MST or should I file for increase in MMD PNH due to toxic chemical exposure (Agent Orange, PD680, Carotid artery due to IHD Chronic small vessel ischemic disease in the brain due to IHD Exacerbated my non-SC Sleep Apnea due to PTSD (central & OSA) previous reports only show OSA I am revisiting this since I saw the post on this site that the VA doctors can no longer hide behind not filling out a DBQ because they were told not to. I’m sure I’ll still need to get IMO for the non-SC items.
  13. Update: My claim status went to prep for notification on Friday, Dec 30 and this morning it disappeared and moved to historical claims as completed. Nothing has changed, disabilities and AB8 letter are still exactly the same. I would assume this means my claim for TDIU was denied, however I also had a dependent claim added in which also closed at the same time (opened as a separate claim when my daughters started college, but the system automatically rolled it into my then open claim)...I would think that at least there would be the addition of my dependents, which should be more administrative than speculative, and added to the award on my AB8 letter? Or will the letter just show the base rate? Or maybe I got denied for that too (under what circumstances would I be denied for ALL 3 of my full time college dependents, all under 20 years old, all my kids)? I know many get to see their updates in their AB8 before they get the BBE or retro, it seems most who don't see the change in ebenefits are denied? Oddly today I am not having a meltdown but almost a sense of relief, even if denied, at least I'm not in purgatory and can take the next steps for appeal or whatever, thanks very much to you all here for helping me maintain some kind of perspective and plan. Tomorrow may be different though, but I'll take that small victory in sanity for the moment. Telling myself to wait for BBE...I wonder if I could submit my ebenefits activity history as evidence for anxiety/OCD
  14. If a veteran receives 100% tdiu and starts work to see if they can handle it but they can't will VA reduce your percentage. I worked for 4 months but had to quit do to the safety of others and myself because of PTSD and I have to take a annually questionnaire. Will my benefits be reduced even tho I can't handle work?
  15. Hi, I am new here, I recently was awarded 70% for mental health issues which is secondary to my service connected disabilities and was previously rated at 40%, now combined rating of 80%. Each of the my service connected disabilities total 40% - 10% each. I won't detail them out, no need. Since I was medically discharged from the Army rated at 10% in 2005, I have had 7 jobs and have more and more issues with each one since I started them. My longest job I have had was my first job out of the Army and it was working for my father-in-law, who retired after 5 years working from him. I had issues there, like I quit and went back to work for him twice because of communication problems and other issues dealing with him treating me like a child. I have difficulty remembering things due to meds and it causes a great deal of issues at work meetings where I have to ask several times to repeat what was said either during the meeting or after the meeting. The other issue i have is being able to be attentive enough to be wary of what is going on since I do not sleep very well due to sleep apnea and I am in the process of filing a claim for that now. Can I claim TDIU in regards to my disability ratings, I am 40% service connected disabilities with an additional 70% secondary mental health rating, combined rating at 80%? Why do some vets call it IU and some call it TDIU? Is this the same thing? Last question - when does a vet qualify for an id card with medical coverage for dependents? If I was granted TDIU at 100% would I be granted medical coverage for my dependents?
  16. Went before a VA review officer on Tuesday, and he awarded me Permanent TDIU(among other things), on the spot. How far back is the award taken to? The last day I worked, or the date I first filed the TDIU? I haven't worked since 1998 by the way. Thanks.
  17. Hello fellow Vets, I am rated at 90% service connected disabled. I am also scheduled for surgery in February 2017, for a service-connected injury. I will have a joint corrected and bone surgery. I will also be in a cast or other therapeutic device for at least 12 weeks. I know that I will not be able to return to work, due to pain and other medical conditions. How do I go about getting my Doctor to give me a letter of unemployability in my behalf ? Thank You all in advance .
  18. I just received my notice from VA. They denied my claim for TDIU. First, they say I meet the schedular qualifications and then they say that I have not been found unable secure or follow substantial gainful employment. They acknowledge that I was accommodated to a reduced work schedule and receive SSDI, but there is no mention of my disability as to my retirement. I was eligible for retirement and took it. No need to mention disability since it is not disability retirement. Further, I declined Independent Living Services. I declined it because I live with my husband and son. If I need help they help me. What does that have to do with unemployability. On the 21-4192 My work record shows that I worked 40 hours a week. It was a bid position of 40 hours and I was allowed to work less. I sent them the pay stubs to show that I never worked 40 hours and sometimes a lot less. They completely ignored a letter from my doctor stating that it was his recommendation that I retire due to my service connected medical condition. Of course there is the C& P exam done by a nurse practioner, licensed for 8 months who stated that I didn't have debilitating fatigue or cognitive impairment during my 10 minute visit with her. I would appreciate your thoughts on the best way to fight this. I can deal with the obvious, but I haven't been successful getting a copy of the c&p because it was done by a private practice. My request for a copy has been in for 4 months now and I am still waiting. Athough this was expected, it is exasperating. I am in it for the long haul and realized most of what I was in for from the beginning. Your thoughts and advice is appreciated. Thank you for your time.
  19. What is the spousal support for a spouse married to a veteran who is 100% service connected and the spousal support for a spouse married to a veteran who has 100% unemployability and the veteran is deceased?
  20. Not sure where this goes and feel free to move it. I just wanted to give hope and good news for my fellow VETS. I am 100% schedular with the VA and sent in for student loan forgiveness. I just got my confirmation today that my Student loans were fully forgiven! YAY......I am NOT P&T or TDIU either. So as long as the VA considers you 100% you qualify for the student loan forgiveness. GOD IS GREAT!!!
  21. ...Or is this another way they would benefit from holding off on making me permanent, besides what my kids aren't getting in College? It seems like I should qualify but, since I reached 100% "naturally", I don't have a TDIU ruling either. Here are my ratings, do you think they are shortchanging me? I almost never leave my house, either, btw. Thanks, SMC is very confusing to me. 70% post-traumatic stress disorder (also claimed as adjustment disorder) 50% obstructive sleep apnea 50% sinusitis (claimed as chronic pansinusitis) 30% headache syndrome to include occipital neuralgia (claimed as migraine headaches and occipital nerve impingement) 20% carpal tunnel syndrome, right upper extremity to include lower radicular group and cubital tunnel syndrome post excision of arteriovenous malformation (also claimed as peripheral nerve injury shoulder, neuritis median nerve right arm) 20% status post cervical vertebral fusion C4-C6 to include myofascial pain syndrome (claimed as herniated disc (c5-c6) left, cervical spondylosis) 10% degenerative arthritis of the spine to include lumbago, lumbar spondylosis and myofascial pain syndrome (claimed as lumbar bulging disc l4-l5) 10% left peroneal neuropathy (claimed as deep peroneal nerve atrophy) 10% varicose veins, right lower extremity (also claimed as venous reflux disease) 10% varicose veins, left lower extremity (also claimed as venous reflux disease) 10% seborrheic dermatitis 0% radiculopathy, left upper extremity 0% carpal metacarpal arthritis, right hand (claimed as osteoarthritis right hand) 0% vasomotor rhinitis (also claimed as nasal polyps)  0% lliotibial band friction syndrome, right thigh 0% ganglion cyst, left wrist (claimed as ganglion left/right wrist) 0% meralgia paresthetica, right lower extremity
  22. So I waited the 7-10 days to call Peggy bc I still haven't received my BBE for my case that completed and closed Jan 4. The surprising thing was they were willing to fax it to me, I have an online fax number so it just goes to my account and I download it. That was a pleasant surprise, since I've read about folks waiting for months. The bad news was that they denied TDIU and my dependency claim. They stated that I didn't complete the application for dependents so it was denied until I provide all of the information (nice to find out 6 months later). Thing is, I completed it online and filled out all the required portions to move on in the application. Thanks ebenefits. So is the dependency portion a matter of just sending in the requested information they said I left out or is that a separate NOD? For the TDIU, my letter states: Entitlement to Individual Unemployability has been denied because you have not been found unable to secure or follow a substantially gainful occupation as a result of service connected disabilities. (Is this standard language when IU is denied? It's unspecific...) Information received from your employer revealed you were on short term disability leave and are now on long term disability leave. There is no ending date of employment. Based on this information, it appears you are considered employed, but on disability leave, such as FMLA. ******** There's no other reasoning listed, but it does show all of my evidence listed. I'm so confused on the second part...yes I have been on disability leave since June 2015 and it transitioned to long term disability in Oct 2015. I sent them all of that FMLA paperwork that shows my short term and long term disability dates. I am still technically with my employer because they cover the LTD insurance, and they haven't fired me since I suppose they fear a lawsuit. But I haven't been working since June 2015 and I sent proof of how my disabilities were affecting my employment prior to going on disability leave as well. I can't go back to that job unless my doctors sign a return to work fitness form which they won't do, I'm pretty sure. My doc just submitted me for a consult for ECT which is reserved for severe, treatment resistant issues. Either way, I've heard of folks getting approved for TDIU while working because it was marginal, or being employed part time. Even if I am technically employed on paper, I obviously haven't worked! Do I file a NOD? Is this a CUE? I'm at a loss... Note: all reference to disabilities are SC
  23. If I graduate from a Voc program I know I'll lose my TDIU? But will I just go back to 90% since its work that isn't strenuous to my TBI residuals? I spend 6 years getting TDIU and now I realize I might not be able to survive on the income alone it could just be my anxiety but I don't want to put my family out of our home so I have to push myself to do something .
  24. First off, I hope everyone had a great New Year. I am not certain that my NOD has been denied yet, but when I called Peggy I was told that a statement of the case was being prepared, so I'm preparing for worst case scenario. Background-I was granted service connection for systemic lupus at 60% and acquired psychiatric condition to account for memory loss at 50% in September 2015, effective date was Jan 7 2010. I submitted a NOD on Nov 4 2015, disputing the rating I received for the lupus, and requested tdiu. My VA doctor has completed a DBQ for me and stated that the lupus does cause severe impairment of my health. I have been found unemployable by Vocational Rehab, and have regular lupus flare treatment records for the past five years, all of which were submitted. I was also terminated from my job September 2015, due to SC disabilities. I completed every form required for tdiu, including the employers form, which my employer stated they could not complete, as well I submitted a statement explaining I had completed the employers form due to the companies refusal and submitted my last pay stub that showed how many sick days I had missed for the year. My question is, if they still deny the tdiu claim, in spite of the letter from Voc Rehab stating that I am permanently and totally disabled due to SC disabilities, would that be a cue? I am currently at 90%, since I was also awarded 20% for fibromyalgia and 10% for gerd on a later claim, so I do meet the criteria, in fact I meet the scheduler criteria for 100% for systemic lupus as well, due to flares occurring every four to six weeks, lasting 9-11 days during which I am mostly bedridden, and causing severe impairment of my health. I will of course file a form 9 as well if denied, but should I also ask them to cue themselves. I apologize because I did try to find the information myself, but I wasnt certain which regulation it would fall under. Thanks in advance, and I will keep everyone updated.