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  1. Folks: I'm so thankful for the advice that I've received via the many experts from this board when I first filed my VA Claim. I learned a lot and the best thing I learned was that no one is going to care more about your claim than you do. At first, I was misguided and I relied on a VSO that was not really engaged, did not really care and seemed to only to want to "submit" the claim to get it on her books? But it was people like Berta, Asknod and several others of you that educated me to produce a solid claim that ended up at 90%. Anyway, now the second phase of my claim is to appeal 3 of
  2. Vets: I appears that the VA is proposing legislation that would require a Vet to first prove an incident occurred in service before a C & P Exam can be granted? I guess this would save the VA a pile of money from limiting CP exams and increasing the evidence standards. But, I can't help from thinking that trying to get the claims service connected would be much more difficult? I know that the American Legion, MOAA and the other Veterans Advocacy Groups are proving position papers today and there is congressional testimony starting today at 2:15 PM EST Today. From what I have seen so f
  3. Vets: I appears that the VA is proposing legislation that would require a Vet to prove an incident occurred in service first before a C & P Exam can be granted? I guess this would save the VA a pile of money from limiting CP exams but I can't help from thinking that trying to get the claims service connected would be much more difficult. I know that the MOAA and the other Veterans Advocacy Groups are providing position papers to congress VA Oversight Committees today and there is congressional testimony starting today at around 2:15 PM EST Today to review the proposed policies. Who k
  4. Vets: Overall, I've had a bit of a frustrating journey as I've tried to ensure that the residual effects from an in service Tank Main Gun explosion early in my Army Tanker Career would at least be recorded and the effects on my body and mind be noted officially-in case I deteriorate more as I age. Back then they just did not have the TBI protocols that we have now over the last 2 wars. I've just turned 55 and have headaches, memory and cognitive issues that I've had every sense the explosion in the mid 1980's. Over the years, I've set up cleaver systems with notes and recording mechanis
  5. Folks: I'm currently in the wait mode now for the outcome of my TBI and Headaches Exams. Frankly, without my wife pushing for years to get treated for my headaches, memory loss and claustrophobia issues, I would not have made the claim in the first place because of the "hassle" on Hadit.com that I've read about. I also did not want to talk to anyone about my issues because I did not want people to think less of me and my abilities? At first I tried to talk to someone at the VA to make an appointment at my local VA Hospital and get assessed for TBI and related issues. But, I pretty much go
  6. Folks I recently learned that I was going to have to do a bunch of new exams just after I got my claim adjudicated at 80%. Today I called the VA because I have not heard anything for about 3 weeks about the exams. Anyway, the VA rep was very nice and said that they were all cancelled except for one. The one was for my right shoulder that was missed during the other regular CP exams. I had a previous exam with my shoulder that was done without regard to my pain and the ROM and the same nurse is now under investigation for bias now. After I complained, I was advised by a senior VA Doctor to wri
  7. Folks: I've come to trust this forum and that's why I'm asking this question? A few days ago I got a new letter form the VA and it says to "Evaluate my "current" level of Disability"? Interestingly, my claim was just adjudicated to 80% last March and a all of my other claims were denied except one low ball for Cardiac Hypertensive Disease 10% which kept the percentage at 80%? Following, that decision, I put in for TBI that I had waited on for sometime. Also, I'll be 55 in January 2016 and I'm wondering if they want to try and lower my ratings before that point? Originally, I was scheduled fo
  8. Folks" Just got a letter form the VA saying that they are scheduling an exam with a contractor to determine my "current" level of disability? My claim was just adjudicated about 5 months ago and was set at 80%? Originally in the claim it said that I was due for a reevaluation during the end of 2017? This seems odd to me since I went thru 2 years of exams to get to were I'm at now. Has anyone received such a letter and if so, what the issue with this type of thing?
  9. Folks: Recently, the first part of my FDC claim was resolved in my favor 80% overall, and on the second part, almost all of the deferred contentions were denied summarily except for 1 Cardiac that was lowballed with missing information. Anyway, I was involved in a well documented & traumatic explosion in my Army career (the VA's words) and have suffered with right ear pain and infections for years. Both ear drums were confirmed blown out, a concussion and occasionally my right ear still bleeds. Fortunately, part of my claim is that I was service connected for bilateral hearing loss and t
  10. Folks: Today I did a sort of "after action" review of my FDC claim. By trade, I'm a business and management analyst that looks at organizational processes and procedures. So, I figure that I would analyze part of the results of my initial FDC claims results and then the deferred contentions that followed and became the phase II - up of my claim. Anyway, Originally, I did 13 DBQ's at a VA facility to speed up my claim but the nurse who did them, did not follow the VA Exam Manual properly? In particular, she did not follow the procedures correctly to the ROM Measurements and guesstimated a
  11. Folks: During my second phase (deferred contentions phase) of my first FDC claim, the rater only service connected me for 1 0f 7 contentions? Most of those denied contentions are going to be challenged with new IME/IMOs anyway. However, the rater also advised me to submit a contention for TBI due to a Tank Main Gun Round explosion I was involved during my Army career. I did not apply for the TBI during the FDC because I did not want it to complicate my claim further at the start. So, I need to know the best way to submit the new contention given the changes in the VA disability system? So, is
  12. Folks: I was earlier rated 0% for Hypertension and 0% for ED during the first part of my claim. Then last week after my Cardiac CP results (deferred claim) finally came in, I was finally rated 10% SC (low balled) for Hypertensive Heart Disease which is a catch all for a lot of heart stuff? Anyway, can anyone tell me what it takes to get 10% of higher for Erectile Dysfunction? I did get SMC -K for loss of a creative organ so is that how VBA generally takes care of ED ratings? The other issue is that I was injured and in a Tank Accident which was service connected for my back which resulted
  13. Folks: I just got notified my result of round 2 of my claim was finished and I saw the results on Ebenefits. Anyway this round, only 1 of 7 contentions was service connected (others denied) which was one 10% SC for Hypertensive Heart Disease as a secondary to Hypertension. My initial claim of 80% has remained at 80% because the extra 10% was not enough to move the ratings up. But, I intend to challenge most the denials anyway with new IMO/IMEs from Dr Ellis over the next few months with my NOD. I'm not getting much traction with claims associated with the explosion that I was in so I cont
  14. Folks: Found out that a couple of QTC Doctors seem to be in disagreement about my Cardiac C & P Exam now which is holding up a second phase of my claim ? They can't seem to come to a decision about my Cardiac results and the QTC rep today said they've had may case for review longer than is usual? Further, I have a Echocardiogram report from Madigan Army Hospital that shows that I have heart valve disease from back in 1998. So, say a Vet is in the same circumstances as me, but gets a clean bill of health from the Cardiac CP Exam despite the smr records showing service connected heart
  15. Folks: I've had Hypertension Issues since my early days in Kuwait and was hospitalized there for several days for a kidney stone and kidney issues. Recently, I was service connected at 0% for hypertension. Anyway, much later, I ended up with 3 large marble sized cysts on my Kidney's. Anyway, so, around 1998, when I was still active in the Army, I started having chest pains that would not go away. So, they gave me an heart echocardiogram back then and found some heart valve regurgitation problems. As a result, from that time on, I've had chest pains and carried around nitro to relieve t
  16. Folks: Thanks again for everyone that helped me with my recent FDC Claim. Frankly, without many of your advice, I would not have had such a solid outcome of 80%. Currently, I've read everything very carefully in the claim decision letter and I'm moving towards the second stage now of my claim and am working on the NOD for areas that I disagreed with. I appreciate the fact that the decision letter spells out exactly what a Vet needs to have to go to the next level with almost any given contention? Anyway, I know that I have to spell out the disagreements in writing, support with facts o
  17. Folks: I'm know that we have Vets on hadit.com that have addressed this before and I could use your expertise. Anyway, I could use some advice how to proceed in terms of the best approach. Had a CP Exam this year in which the VA doctor said that my cervical neck injury was a result of my traumatic Tank Accident in service, but that the condition was a natural progression of the disease? He is a local part time contractor PA and not a regular VA Doctor that did the exam. He wrote on the CP that he concededs that the neck injury happened as a result of action in service and the smr's are c
  18. Folks: I just saw the update on my ebenefits today, that it went from "Gathering of Evidence" to "Prep for a Decision" and it looks like they are still moving it along under the FDC Program for me? Also, we'll see if the 13 DBQ's that I submitted originally, will actually make a difference for me in the process? Interestingly, I've been reporting based upon the VBA Monday Workload Reports to this forum that Disability Claims outcomes are moving along very rapidly now for completion to reduce the backlog for FY 15? It has been reported as a "leadership goal" in the news over the last cou
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