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  1. Good morning, new member here recommended by a fellow shipmate. We were all in the same squad at the same time as our admin @Tbird was. So you know it’s been a while since we were at 34 together. I was an AMS and worked in airframes. I just found out my disability comp was denied. Zero percent service related disabilities. I’m fn numb. My claim included lumbar disc disease, but someone in their infinite wisdom at the VA put cervical spine, not lumbar. I don’t have any concerning issue with my neck. The reams of documentation I submitted all said LUMBAR. It got bad enough to require surgery because of non-existent discs, so a fusion was done S1-L5. My second claim was interstitial lung disease. We all were exposed to so many chemicals - we were dumb enough to douse our skin with freon to cut the hydraulic fluid. When I went for my C&P exam (drove an hour to get there), I get there and the nurse practitioner is conducting the exam 10 feet away from me from behind her desk. I ASKED for her to do a pulmonary function test on me, bet she said she couldn’t because, Covid. She never even listened to my lungs with a stethoscope. I was out of there in under 5 minutes I keep getting worse every day. I had a cardiac catheterization because I bad an 80% blockage on my left ascending coronary artery. I never ever had a cholesterol issue and my lipid profile has always been pristine. Guys and gals, I don’t know what to do. Do I request to open up a new claim? Do I appeal? I assuredly will be dead before the decision. That’s what they wast, I’m sure. Thin that heard. thank you in advance for your recommendations! Disenchanted
  2. I would like to ask Hadit members, most of which had "at least one" or more C and P exams: 1. Do you know the examiner's name? Did the examiner wear a name tag, and identify himself/herself? 2. What was the education level of your examiner? (MD, Nurse, NP, Audiologist, hearing aid specialist, Voc Rehab Specialist with a Bachelors degree, etc. ). 3. Was the examiner a VA employee? Contractor? Did the examiner identify which? I will start: 1. No. I have had at least 5 exams, and can only name 1 examiner because that was my regular doctor. I dont recall any of the others wearing a name tag or identifying themselves. All of mine were at my VAMC. 2. Again, I know only one examiner's level of education: He was a "Psych D". Exception: I had a c and p exam for sleep apnea, who actually admitted she was not involved in sleep medicine. This examiner had an MD, but no experience or training in sleep medicine. Still that did not stop her from opining my sleep apnea was not related to service or secondary to any SC conditions. Later, I read research that linked PTSD to sleep apnea. (I dont have PTSD, but MDD has also been linked to OSA). 3. NONE of my C and P examiners have revealed whether they were a VA employee, or a contractor. While I "assume" my regular Doctor's are VA employees, I really dont know how to verify that. (This matters in the case of malpractice..ask Berta). Veterans have reported VA is "not" always releasing the C and P exams until "after" the VARO decision. I am fairly certain I am "not" the only Veteran who appealed his claim "not knowing" the medical degree (or lack thereof) of the examiner, until I got a copy of my cfile AFTER the BVA decision. I do realize that at least part of this is "on me" as someone suggested. I did not ask the examiner name, whether they were a VA employee or contractor, or their medical degree, or lack therof. Since I did not ask, "none" of the c and p examiners responded. While I did not ask in the past, that was likely because I did not understand "WHY" the level of expertise of the examiner was important.
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