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Greetings all, I served from 1988 to 2009, roughly 18 of those 21 years were as an Army CID Special Agent. In 2001, I was shot in the leg, which destroy the femur. This occurred on a US military installation, however I was taken to a civilian hospital for the surgery and was later transferred to a MEDDAC. The bullet traveled through the femur, so a rod was inserted with two lower and two upper screws. I lost not only length in the leg (2cm) but my hamstring atrophied. Since then, I've encountered continued pain in my knee and hip. All was documented in my military medical records. Often times, the pain would have me seek medical attention about 2 times per year, which again is documented. I underwent surgery last year to remove one of the screws (all are now broken) that was pressing against a tendon causing extreme pain. The surgeon explained the others will need be replaced and I will also need a hip replacement in the coming years. The pain continues. My VA exam was in 2009 and at that time the length difference in my legs was disclosed to me for the first time and as xrays were obtained, the screws were discovered to be broken. The VA Rating Decision gave me 0%. Unknown to me was the appeal process. Last year, I found someone who is helping me with the appeal. I live in a remote part of southern Germany, so connection to other retirees and vets is nil. This week, through my appeal representative, the VA has contacted me. They want all the background information on the shooting. They require the who, what, when, where, why, and how of this incident. I am also to supply them with records I have that they don't. First, they have a copy of my entire medical record. How am I to know what they don't have? Second, the Rating Decision states that this injury was service connected and in the line of duty, so why is the background information required? Had I been shot while in Afghanistan would they be asking the same questions? Perhaps I simply do not know exactly how the VA adjudicates the claims. As this is not a presumptive matter, evidence of the injury must be presented. They have that in the form of my military medical records. Do the circumstances behind the shooting hold weight on determining the extent of either the injury or the level and percentage of my disability? Does the background on an injury play some part of the adjudication process and awarded disability to which I am unaware? Thank you in advance for any insight into this.
I just discovered that a C&P exam was held without me even knowing about it on August 16th. I just happened to see it in my Blue Button VA medical record download today. I have submitted a few claims last year. One in May and another in October. The VA combined my claims and back dated them to May 2018. The estimated completion date has jumped around 4 times. In July it jumped to an estimated completion date of 9 May 2019. At the beginning of August it jumped to 22 May 2019. It's still in the "Evidence gathering, review, and decision" phase. Does anybody know why they did a C&P without notifying me? Does anybody know what this means regarding my increase requests for the following? - VA exam for sleep apnea (Increase) -I'm trying to service connect my sleep apnea- I submitted Statements in Support of claim dating back to 2007. - VA exam for headaches (Increase)- I've been hospitalized twice in the past year diagnosed with hemiplegic migraines. They mimic strokes and can mess you up just like strokes. And exertional headaches. The worst headaches ever. I originally submitted a claim for TIA and stroke and got a 'not service connected'. Got the migraine diagnosis after they denied the claim, after the 2nd "stroke" episode. - 4138 and MTR for esophageal (Increase)- Not sure what this is for., but I di have a disc replacement in my neck....and my GERD is the weapon of demons.