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  1. Can you tell me where I can find the va training letters for different disabilities. I have been looking for two hours.
  2. My husband put in a claim for ihd/aortic valve stenosis secondary to diabetes, in 2009. It was denied. I have been doing some research and in 2012, they did test on people with diabetes and aortic stenosis. And they found they produce a protein that enhances inflammation that causes a greater risk of stenosis of the aortic valve much worse and faster, than someone with out diabetes. My husband had surgery to replace the valve in 13. Now his cardio doc says they can hear the murmur again. My question is should we reopen that claim, file a new one etc. I know sometimes the va makes you feel like your trying to dig up everything. And it says it can cause more thrombosis activity. He did have an embolism in the lungs in 2011, which they could not determine where it came from. The doctor did say it went thru the heart. He really had a lot more fainting like spells, dizziness and falling, before he had surgery. He still has them, but I don't think it is as bad. But if the mur mur is back, it worries me. He says he will not be operated on again for his heart. He try's to mow the yard. Our yard has a hill in the back. I think they did this to be able to get more houses in here. He was mowing a small section that can not be mowed with riding mower. I always watch him, when he is doing it. Well he fell and rolled down the hill. Scared me to death. Had to run out help him get up and set in a chair till he felt able to finish it.
  3. Here is a link with the latest proposal w/IU controversy : https://militaryadvantage.military.com/2017/06/va-chief-withdraws-staab-appeal-vows-to-replace-iu-pay-cut-too/ More concise link for specific IU : http://www.military.com/military-report/va-reverses-call-for-iu-benefit-cuts.html?ESRC=mr0619.nl
  4. Good day all. Hopefully I can explain this clearly without confusion. I received my BBE in Sep 16, and immediately filed for a NOD with more evidence (related to neurological issues/damages). However, I am 0% service connected with sleep disturbances/sleep apnea. Recently, as in two weeks ago, I was diagnosed with apnea and required to wear and was given a CPAP. Long story short, my claim is with the DRO for appeal and review, and although I am not contesting/appealing the sleep apnea for increase, I have the necessary medical evidence including the VA form for sleep apnea completed by my sleep physician/dr stating my condition as well as the results of my sleep studies. How should I submit it? Should it be a file for increase, or submit it as I would with additional medical evidence to the evidence intake center to be reviewed by the DRO along with the other evidence submitted for the conditions I am actually appealing? Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks so much. Also, to make sure that I have the correct fax number and address, could you include that as well. That would be greatly appreciated as well. Thanks all.
  5. Hi - Just want to let everyone know there is hope if your claim is stalled. They are working at the Houston RO. I got a call from DRO today, and told me I was granted IU with back pay. (PTSD/MST Rape & ATT Murder) I have my Navy retirement too, so I think this is the end of the road for me as far as claims go. I will continue to pray for adjudication with other claims. This was exhausting. Graduating in 72 days with my BS in Criminology- Thanks Voc Rehab.
  6. Hi Everyone, I am posting on this particular thread because I am trying to determine if CUE is the best course of action for my husbands claim. A Bit of history. My husband is a 3 tour Vietnam vet who is SC'ed 100% for PTSD, 60% IHD, and 20% DMII. His 100% PTSD is since 1988. The CUE "involves" the 100% PTSD rating. His first approved claim was in 1975 at 30% for Anxiety Neurosis with Depressive features (I have previously posted this was in 1979 by mistake). We went to the VA to get a copy of this ratings letter, but they claim it has been lost. My husband recently applied for a discharge upgrade from General to Honorable with Medical Retirement. That is currently in process and we are awaiting a decision. The Department of the Army issued an opinion in the discharge upgrade process stating "more likely than not suffered from PTSD at the time of his discharge". My husband had a suicide attempt in 1974 which lead to him being hospitalized in the county hospital. My husband's non VA doctor had written a letter to a VA psychiatrist stating this. The letter was used in the original claim (we have a copy of the letter) My husband then was admitted (not committed) to the VA psych ward in Waco, TX in 1975 (after concurrent admission in the county hospital again for psych reasons) where he filed his first claim for service connected psychiatric problems. The VA rated him as 30% at that time (Anxiety neurosis). He was also granted several short term 100% ratings while he was in the WACO VA psych facility. The VA psychiatrist during my husbands 1975 WACO admission stated my husband had had at least 12 jobs in the 3 years since he left the military, and could not hold a job and had attempted college but failed. He wrote quotes from my husband that he felt he had a personality change after seeing combat, and had lost the will to live a productive life. That he was depressed and anxious and trembled at times. (We have a copy of the inpatient summary documenting these statements by VA doc) My husband had several more psych ward admissions leading up to 1980. Receiving VA outpatient care and psychiatric medications continuously from 1975 to date. My husbands non VA doctor wrote a letter to the VA in 1977 stating he was totally and completely disabled due to his psychiatric condition and was a "fit candidate for retirement from the service". (we also have a copy of this letter). In a 1994 claim for increase and change of diagnosis, my husband was granted PTSD backdated to 1988 which is the same date Social Security had decided he was no longer able to work. The VA adjudicator stated in a hearing, they wish they could take it back further but they could not. No real explaination about why not. __________________________________ Basically what I am trying to do is get him 100% from 1975, the date of his original psych claim. I understand that he cannot get an earlier effective date for PTSD prior to 1980 due to the diagnosis not existing then. He could try for a new and material evidence claim based on the Army letter his got in the discharge upgrade process, but again PTSD did not exist so I'm not sure this would help. Therefore, my wondering is, Is it worth trying for a CUE based on the low 30% rating for Anxiety because he had proof submitted during the original 1975 claim that he had a suicide attempt, was unable to maintain gainful employment, and had a continuous psychiatric problem from service until date, he was unemployment and was not re-trainable (college failure). He has also had a continuous illness without break in treatment from 1975 to 2016. Does anyone have the CFR regs about the old regs and news regs and using the ones more favorable to the veteran? If we reopen the claim based on CUE these regs would be what we would base the CUE on. The old psych regs indicate 100% service connection is warranted if the veteran is unable to gain or maintain gainful employment, or if the veteran has suicidal tendecies etc. So we would be arguing that the original claim did not establish the correct ratings based on the ratings criteria at the time and the evidence that was supplied was obviously not considered. Even the Army is supporting this claim that it occurred because of service. Also, how does the fact the 1975 VA ratings letter has been lost. (We did not have a copy). I am hoping that this means the VA has no evidence to reject our claim and should give the preponderance of evidence to or favor. They do however have copies of the evidence and letters as this is where we got them. \The VA therefore should not have a copy or the argument justifying the original rating of 30%. Would they to re-rate the claim????? So, next question is how to I do all of this. Any ideas?
  7. Hi Everyone, I am posting on this particular thread because I am trying to determine if CUE is the best course of action for my husbands claim. A Bit of history. My husband is a 3 tour Vietnam vet who is SC'ed 100% for PTSD, 60% IHD, and 20% DMII. His 100% PTSD is since 1988. The CUE "involves" the 100% PTSD rating. His first approved claim was in 1975 at 30% for Anxiety Neurosis with Depressive features (I have previously posted this was in 1979 by mistake). We went to the VA to get a copy of this ratings letter, but they claim it has been lost. My husband recently applied for a discharge upgrade from General to Honorable with Medical Retirement. That is currently in process and we are awaiting a decision. The Department of the Army issued an opinion in the discharge upgrade process stating "more likely than not suffered from PTSD at the time of his discharge". My husband had a suicide attempt in 1974 which lead to him being hospitalized in the county hospital. My husband's non VA doctor had written a letter to a VA psychiatrist stating this. The letter was used in the original claim (we have a copy of the letter) My husband then was admitted (not committed) to the VA psych ward in Waco, TX in 1975 (after concurrent admission in the county hospital again for psych reasons) where he filed his first claim for service connected psychiatric problems. The VA rated him as 30% at that time (Anxiety neurosis). He was also granted several short term 100% ratings while he was in the WACO VA psych facility. The VA psychiatrist during my husbands 1975 WACO admission stated my husband had had at least 12 jobs in the 3 years since he left the military, and could not hold a job and had attempted college but failed. He wrote quotes from my husband that he felt he had a personality change after seeing combat, and had lost the will to live a productive life. That he was depressed and anxious and trembled at times. (We have a copy of the inpatient summary documenting these statements by VA doc) My husband had several more psych ward admissions leading up to 1980. Receiving VA outpatient care and psychiatric medications continuously from 1975 to date. My husbands non VA doctor wrote a letter to the VA in 1977 stating he was totally and completely disabled due to his psychiatric condition and was a "fit candidate for retirement from the service". (we also have a copy of this letter). In a 1994 claim for increase and change of diagnosis, my husband was granted PTSD backdated to 1988 which is the same date Social Security had decided he was no longer able to work. The VA adjudicator stated in a hearing, they wish they could take it back further but they could not. No real explaination about why not. __________________________________ Basically what I am trying to do is get him 100% from 1975, the date of his original psych claim. I understand that he cannot get an earlier effective date for PTSD prior to 1980 due to the diagnosis not existing then. He could try for a new and material evidence claim based on the Army letter his got in the discharge upgrade process, but again PTSD did not exist so I'm not sure this would help. Therefore, my wondering is, Is it worth trying for a CUE based on the low 30% rating for Anxiety because he had proof submitted during the original 1975 claim that he had a suicide attempt, was unable to maintain gainful employment, and had a continuous psychiatric problem from service until date, he was unemployment and was not re-trainable (college failure). He has also had a continuous illness without break in treatment from 1975 to 2016. Does anyone have the CFR regs about the old regs and news regs and using the ones more favorable to the veteran? If we reopen the claim based on CUE these regs apply but I can't find them. The old psych regs indicate 100% service connection is warranted if the veteran is unable to gain or maintain gainful employment, as well as if the veteran is suicidal. Even the Army is supporting this claim that it occurred because of service. So, next question is how to I do all of this. Any ideas?
  8. Need advice

    Ok my husband has Ann appeal in since11/12 for chronic renal failure secondary to diabetes. There is a new claim in ebenifits, which we did not do. It is saying for cornary heart disease RFE. I'm assuming that means renal failur evaluation. So I'm assuming again they are going to try and approve it asso with the heart disease. We put in for the heart disease 7/14. He was diagnosed with diabetic nephropathy by his private nephrologist. What are they trying to do? The appeal is still up. We have not gotten anything from them. No docket no etc. but he would loose a lot of back pay is what I'm thinking. Any thoughts ? From anyone.
  9. Good Evening Everyone! Okay I have a few questions regarding my Disability claim as well as my husband. First let me start off by listing all my service connected disabilities: 1.) PTSD-100% 2.) 60% Asthma 3.) 50% Migraines 4.) 50% Endometrosis with IBS 5.) 10% Eczema 6.) 10% Rt. Knee 7.) 10% Left Knee 8.) 0% scar left breast 9.) 0% hernia 10.) 0% rt breast scar I'm currently rated 100% SMC S and I'm paid at the housebound rate. I'm a little confused. Another veteran told me I should be rated L or L1/2 because I was getting paid the housebound rate prior to Migraines and Asthma being increased from 10% to now 50% and 60%. Is this true? I read on one forum (can't remember where) that I should receive the letter S and 3 K's which ultimately equals L. Just confused. Also, my husband was medically retired due to Lupus. He's currently rated at 100% for Lupus and 100% for Depression. I recently applied for Aid & Attendance because with two kids and my own disabilities (no family within 2 1/2) its extremely hard. When he has flares he can't do anything. He has flares anywhere from 2 to 3 times a month lasting anywhere from5 to 7 days. His civilian dr filled out the Aid & Attendance form and explained how bad he needed this benefit. Well of course the VA denied it. They stated Aid & Attendance is for someone in regular need of assistance. They also stated since he can walk with a cane 25 ft he doesn't need it as well. I'm really at the end of my rope with the VA. To add insult to injury, when I filed a claim for his kidenys (he has stage 3 kidney failure) they said that falls under Lupus. I understand if I opened a claim regarding back, joint or neck pain, but Kidney failure! We have a two young kids and we will make due, but I can't make it to my MST meetings unless I have someone here with my husband. Sorry, folks I had to vent. Please help
  10. The regional office keeps saying "next" week the peer review should be done. They've said it for over 2 months. Should I be concerned with the delays?
  11. I am finishing up copying all pertinent materials to send to Dr. Bash for an IMO for my husband. However, I'm not totally sure what is pertinent. I want to be sure to send what is needed but not inundate the doc with a bunch of unnecessary stuff. Any tips on this and best way to arrange, etc. Thanks, Kate
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