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Hello all, I received my disability decision rating for my initial claim about 2 weeks ago. I would like to submit additional evidence to support my claim and receive a higher rating on some disabilities and service connection on the issues denied. On the VA Form 4107, it says I have two options: Start an appeal by submitting a Notice of Disagreement (NOD) Give us evidence we do not already have that may lead us to change our decision I am interested to learn more about option 2, because I have heard appeals can take longer. It is not clear how to submit additional evidence (who should I send to, can I submit through ebenefits online or do I have to mail?). If anyone has experience with submitting additional evidence instead of submitting a NOD, I would love to get your advice on exactly how to submit and how to track and follow up with the VA after submitting. Thank you!
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NeverGiveUp posted a question in VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims Research ForumI am seeking help on what to do going forward. I retired from the AF in 1999 and recieved Service Connected disability for hearing tinnitus 10%, hiatal hernia gastroesphageal reflux disease 10%, gegenerative changes left knee 10%, degenerative changes right knee 10%, status post left acromioclavicular separation (shoulder) 20%. In April 2014 I apllied for an increase and requestioned evaluation that my conditions have worsened over 15 years. I have severe osteoarthritis in both my hips and am scheduled for surgery this coming Friday to do hip replacement on my left hip which is the source of constant pain and I have fallen several times in recent months. I have been seeing an othopedic doctor for 2 and a half years for that condition and not willing to have surgery until recently. I can hardly walk now and it has been awhile (2 years) since I could even put on my socks and shoes without the help of my wonderful wife who is a registered nurse and works for a different orthopedic doctor but none-the-less she is well versed in ortho medicine. The VA sent me to a QTC doctor who examined me and I wasn't very happy with his exam in which he stated there was no X-ray evidence of any osteoarthritis and when he told me to squat and lifet my legs in the exam I was unable to do those tasks and he reported to the VA I refused to do Range of Motion measurements. I receivedy reponse from the VA Yesterday and they denied any increase and also denied that my bilateral hip condition is secondary to my SC knees. I am quite certain my gait and pain from my knees has aggravated my hips over the 15 years since I was initially awarded bilateral knee degenerative. I have asked for a nexus letter from the surgeon who is going to do my surgery on Friday stating my knee condition has more likely than not aggravated my hip condition. I was told by my VSO we can submit additional information in response to my claim denial. My question or what I need help with is trying to determine if I should also get my wife to submit a nexus letter as a medical professional and close observer of my worsening condition over 15 years. How is it possible to prove my knees have aggravated my hip condition. Does the civilian doctor's letter change anything. I am usually an optimist and I won't give up and I would appreciate any advise anyone out there can provide to help me. I want to know if I will be eleigble for temporary disability since the VA has already denied my hip is not SC to my knees. How could they not be? By the way I wondered if I submitted pictures fo the kind of acitivity my military job as an aircraft crew chief maintenance mechanic would carry any weight. The job (22 years) of repetitive squatting, kneeling, climbing, bending, twisting on hard surfaces such as concrete, aircraft surfaces and pushing and pulling heavy ground equipment and carrying additional weight like tool boxes and test equipment didn't take it's toll on my hips whethre it began to show up as a problem about 4 years ago. I have also had four or five injections for my left hip and both knees over the past 4 years. Thanks you yoou all for your own sacrifices and service to our great nation. NEVER GIVE UP!