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  1. Seems the VA can on occasion consider obesity merely as a "symptom"* and perhaps even the type of symptom that the VA alleges is caused by the Veteran's own willful misconduct of overeating or being inactive so it can deny the claim. However, since the American Medical Association ( AMA ) recently in June of 2013 has officially declared that "obesity is a disease", might that allow disabled veterans whose service connected condition(s) led to excessive weight gain to now find more success claiming obesity as a ratable secondary medical condition or a disease aggravated by the Veteran's service connected condition(s)? *"Obesity Service connection is not warranted for obesity. Claiming service connection for obesity amounts to claiming service connection for a symptom, rather than for an underlying disease or injury which may have caused the symptom. In this respect, obesity, in and of itself, is not a disability for which service connection may be granted. The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Federal Circuit) has defined "injury" as "damage inflicted on the body by an external force." See Terry v. Principi, 340 F.3d 1378, 1384 (Fed. Cir. 2003), citing Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary 901 (29th Ed. 2000). Thus, obesity caused by overeating or lack of exercise is the result of the veteran's own behavior, and as such is not an "injury" as defined for VA purposes. See Terry v. Principi, 340 F.3d 1378, 1384 (Fed. Cir. 2003) (defining "injury" as "damage inflicted on the body by an external force"). The Federal Circuit also defined "disease" as "any deviation from or interruption of the normal structure or function of a part, organ, or system of the body." Terry, 340 F.3d at 1384, citing Dorland's at 511. Obesity that is not due to an underlying pathology cannot be considered to be due to "disease," defined as "any deviation from or interruption of the normal structure or function of a part, organ or system of the body." Id. The body's normal storage of calories for future use represents the body working at what it is designed to do. It is well settled that symptoms alone, without a finding of an underlying disorder, cannot be service-connected. See Sanchez-Benitez v. Principi, 259 F.3d 1356 (Fed. Cir. 2001)." - from a BVA 2009 Decision ---and--- "Obesity or being overweight, a particularity of body type, alone, is not considered a disability for which service connection may be granted. See generally 38 C.F.R. Part 4 (VA Schedule for Rating Disabilities) (2009) (does not contemplate a separate disability rating for obesity). Rather, applicable VA regulations use the term "disability" to refer to the average impairment in earning capacity resulting from diseases or injuries encountered as a result of or incident to military service. Allen v. Brown, 7 Vet. App. 439, 448 (1995); Hunt v. Derwinski, 1 Vet. App. 292, 296 (1991); 38 C.F.R. § 4.1 (2009). The question is thus whether the current obesity is a disability-i.e. a condition causing impairment in earning capacity. In this case, there is no such evidence. The veteran has not asserted that obesity causes impairment of earning capacity; instead he asserts that his obesity has caused other disabilities to manifest. There is also no other evidence that the claimed obesity is a disability. Inasmuch as the Veteran does not have a disability manifested by obesity and obesity is not a disease or disability for which service connection may be granted, the Board concludes that obesity was not incurred in or aggravated by service and may not be presumed to have been so incurred. This claim is not in relative equipoise; therefore, the Veteran may not be afforded the benefit of the doubt in the resolution thereof. Rather, as a preponderance of the evidence is against the claim, it must be denied. 38 U.S.C.A. § 5107(b) (West 2002)" - from a 2010 BVA Decision But didn't the VA as early as 2006 already characterize obesity as a disease? "Obesity is a complex and chronic disease that develops from an interaction between the individual’s genotype and the environment." - http://www.healthquality.va.gov/obesity/obe06_final1.pdf "The AMA's decision essentially makes diagnosis and treatment of obesity a physician's professional obligation." - Los Angeles Times http://www.today.com/health/obesity-disease-doctors-group-says-6C10371394
  2. I suffered a back injury while in the ARMY years ago. My back has continuously given me problems. I am SC for DDD and was wondering how can i go about service connecting Diabetes 2? Any information or case studies will be of great help.
  3. Hi: I went to a private MD for SA. I'm SC with diabetes II and NP in both hand and legs, 50% SC. He gave me this diagnose: "This patient has severe OSA with hypoxemia (!) and this explains the degree of hypersomnia and dysmtos. Also the onset of diabetes and OSA appear to be concomitant. In any case, he warrants therapy with CPAP. Will begin therapy with close follow up to ensure optimal CPAP compliance". Will this could help me to summit a claim? I need advice. Thx.
  4. From my C&P exam, it looks like I fall under the 100% for Pancreatitis. I also have Anemia and Diabetes. Have anyone on the board been rated for Pancreatitis? Does the Veteran have any of the following symptoms attributable to any pancreas conditions or residuals of treatment for pancreas conditions? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, check all that apply: [X] Abdominal pain, confirmed as resulting from pancreatitis by appropriate laboratory and clinical studies If checked, indicate severity and frequency of attacks (check all that apply): [X] Severe (disabling) Indicate number of attacks of Severe (disabling) abdominal pain in the past 12 months: [ ] 0 [ ] 1 [ ] 2 [ ] 3 [ ] 4 [ ] 5 [ ] 6 [ ] 7 [X] 8 or more [X] Other symptoms, describe: Veteran states he awakens at night he awaken and loses his bowel(defication) . b. Does the Veteran have any of the following signs or findings attributable to any pancreas conditions or residuals of treatment for pancreas conditions? [X] Yes [ ] No If yes, check all that apply: [X] Steatorrhea If checked, describe frequency and severity: Veteran states greacy foul smelling stools 3 times per week. [X] Diarrhea If checked, describe frequency and severity: Veteran states has loose and watery diarrhea. Veteran states his last severe episode was 4 days ago. Below is the Criteria for 100%... Pancreatitis, total pancreatectomy, and partial pancreatectomy: With all of the following ..... 100% Daily or near-daily debilitating attacks of pancreatitis with few pain-free intermissions; Two or more signs of pancreatic insufficiency (such as steatorrhea, diabetes, malabsorption, diarrhea, and malnutrition); and Unresponsive to medical treatment. ~With the following .. 60% Seven or more documented attacks of pancreatitis per year with at least one sign of pancreatic insufficiency (such as steatorrhea, diabetes, malabsorption, diarrhea, or malnutrition) between acute attacks. ~With any of the following .. 30% Three to six documented attacks of pancreatitis per year with at least one sign of pancreatic insufficiency (such as steatorrhea, diabetes, malabsorption, diarrhea, or malnutrition) between acute attacks;
  5. I am looking for anyone who was on Kadena AFB, Okinawa or .Chanute AFB, IL. My dad was there from Oct. 68-April 70. He has ichemic heart disease, diabetes which has resulted in the amputation of his right leg below the knee and peripheral neuropathy. We were denied in 2002 AMVETS filed a claim on his behalf for heart condition, diabetes and back problems. I refiled in December 2011 and have just received the claim statements and medical release forms. I am familiar with filling out this paper work because my husband is a combat veteran of Iraqi Freedom. I have been reading articles from the Japan times and I am a member of the Agent Orange Okinawa facebook page. Another thing that helps make my dad's case is that he was on Chanute AFB, IL and it is on the EPA Superfund list and has PCBs/Pesticides and Dioxins/Furans listed as ground and water contaminants. I welcome any advice, tips or articles that I may have missed in my own research.
  6. jamescripps2

    SMC "M" award

    Previously I was service connected for, 100% p&t for AICD implant. 100% p&t for class III kidney disease, 50% neuropathy right upper extremity, 40% neuropathy left upper extremity, 40% neuropathy right lower extremity,40% neuropathy, 30% for severe anxiety and depression, 20% type II diabetes 0% for chloracne, 0% for ED. I was rated and being paid as a 100% veteran with spouse. I had an "S" award and one "K" award. On a new rating decision dated August 2015, I was awarded Loss of use of upper right extremity and loss of use of right lower extremity. They combined the two loss of use awards at 50% each for a total of 100% for both. The loss of use of two extremities generated an "L" rating. I was given a ( P-1) bump to the next higher rating of "M" on account of the independent 100% rating for the implanted AICD. The "K" award for ED was continued. My question, A "K" award for loss of use of a hand and another for a foot was not mentioned in the decision. From what I read at 38 CFR 3.350 The "K" award is payable in addition to the basic rates. Should my correct rating be at the level of "M", veteran with with spouse, plus one "K" for the ED? Or should my rating be an "M", veteran with spouse, rating with three "K" awards, two for loss of hand and foot and another for ED? I know that a veteran can have a maximum of three "K" awards. From what I read at 38CFR 3.350 a "K" award is payable in addition to the basic rate of "L" through "N" provided the total does not exceed the monthly rate set forth in 38 U.S.C 1114 (o). The only thing that I can think of where I might be missing the point is if using the "K" award in addition to the "M" might be considered by the va as pyramiding? What am I not seeing when I read the first paragraph at 38 C.F.R. 3.350? I was also awarded the automobile grant w/ adaptive equipment and the SAH grant.
  7. I had a C&P last week and talked to the examiner about DMII in relationship to my cateracts, in Fayetteville Arkansas. The examiner explained , Cataracts are not contributed to by DMII?? The National Institute of health states on their website (National Eye Institute) That it is secondary to Diabetes. The examiner asked me if I smoked, and I told her I started in my Late teens (Mliitary Vietnam) and quit in my early thirties. So she didn't even mention it in her report. She informed me that smoking causes Cataracts, and age. This dawned on me today, The Military gave me cigarettes and approved of us smoking! In every pack of Both C and Lrrp Rations were Government Issued Cigarettes, as a matter of fact, that is when I started smoking, along with some other people. So in essence, weren't we encouraged to Smoke??? Cigarette brands issued included Camel, Chelsea, Chesterfield, Craven "A"-Brand, Lucky Strike, Old Gold, Philip Morris, Player's, Raleigh, and Wings. So , when I was 17 in basic, we had C Rations occasionally, and in Vietnam Both Kinds of rations (With Smokes) Saddletramp
  8. My brother's Ischemic Heart Disease as a result of Agent Orange exposure as a Marine Rifleman in Quang Nam Province in 1969-70 was just approved - and rated at 60%. Another AO disability of Diabetes II was also approved at a 40% rating last summer. These, combined with his previous disability of scars/lack of motion from his battle wounds, gives him a total combined disability rating of 80%. I couldn't have done it without the help of HADit. I had no clue about the claims process when I started. I am still going to keep plugging away on getting a schizophrenia nexus. But I wanted to say thank you to everyone out there in the HADit community that has given me guidance. God bless you.
  9. I am attempting to help a veteran with a claim. This without this site I would not be at 100% myself. This individual is a Vietnam agent orange exposed vet with SC diabetes. I remember in doing my claim they added diagnosis I had not claimed and requested documentation. I stated that I was not at that time claiming those particular diagnosis. I was told back then that they are "required" to assist with claims for things they are aware of even if the veteran didn't state it. The example was also given that if a veteran used an incorrect diagnosis and it was obvious that should be brought to the veteran's attention and filed correctly. My question pertains to where in the regulations can I find that? The individual I am helping was denied for several conditions that are clearly complications of his diabetes which is SC. My gut says they should have advised him to change the claim for those denied diagnosis as secondary to his SC diabetes. I have no idea where to find anything that mentions the requirement. Any help???
  10. I filed a claim with the help of my doctor for sleep apnea as secondary connection. Denied. Filed a NOD. Denied. The NOD was denied over a year ago. A doctor for the VA said my sleep apnea was due to being over weight and that I "refused" to use my CPAP. They offered me a hearing, but I never responded. I have tried off and on for 10 years to use a CPAP and just cannot use them. Discouraged by the whole process I just gave up. Read this concerning weight: "Unfortunately, too many people disregard the other risk factors for diabetes and think that weight is the only risk factor that raises the chances of a person developing a disease for type 2 diabetes. Most overweight people never develop type 2 diabetes, and many people with type 2 diabetes are at a normal weight or only moderately overweight." Read this on CPAP machines and surgery in a forum in Thailand: "I went to Bummrumgard here in TH and the doctor told me he didn't dispense them to overweight people they didn't work well enough. He also didn't do the expensive surgery for sleep apnea on older or overweight people." Bummrungrad is a well known and highly respected hospital in Bangkok. I went there for heart disease and diabetes, but not sleep apnea. I'm now thinking about trying again. I have two questions: Do I start over like it is a new claim? Can someone recommend an attorney or doctor with experience in filing claims for sleep apnea? I think I have a case. It most likely will end up having to go to a hearing, so I need expertise in filing the claim. Thanks.
  11. My private Dr. determined I had Diabetes Mellitus Type II October, 2010. I filed a claim for VA disability benefits in January, 2011 and this claim was denied for failiure to prove I was ever in Vietnam. I served in the Security Service and was TDY to Cam RAn Bay, Vietnam but this command had kept sparse records and my claim was denied. I had also followed up at the VA hospital and was taking Metformin until approximately early 2016. In 2016 I was awarded 10% for diabetes finally proving the NEXUS to service in Vietnam through the help of buddy letters that were not available when my original claim was filed. I was actually told I was SOL because of the nature of my command. Things change and the command is now doing an excellent job of providing buddy letters. I have filed a NOD at the behest of my representative because I believe the VA did not do enough to help me prove I was in country and therefore was exposed to AO. My question is how long will it take for the NOD filed October, 2016 to be addressed; and do you think my argument is sound enough to warrant awarding benefits back to January, 2011? Also since I was on Metformin until 2016 which is documented in the VA hospital records is there a chance that my percentage will be raised from 10% to a higher amount?
  12. I posted a question in one section for another condition. But I am interested to know another answer for another claimed condition question. My claim would fall under CFR 3.317. I'm already 80% combined. I went to the WRIISC last April and was given a lot of info on my conditions. All was really only to improve my health, and it has. Now I feel my health has improved as much as possible, I am prepared to file a claim and seek compensation for items that aren't getting any better. I have at least 2 types of headaches - Cluster and migraine. They are occupationally debilitating and I take 2 types of medication and have to carry a high flow oxygen tank in my company vehicle for when they manifest. I was originally denied as there were no complaints in service, and migraines are a diagnosed condition and do not fall under CFR 3.317. However, I was diagnosed with fibromyalgia at 0% and plan on filing an increase as I'm on meds, and have constant pain and it's still no refractory to therapy. The headaches are going to be a secondary condition to the fibromyalgia. Is this the best path to take? My other issue. I was diagnosed with small fiber neuropathy. I do not have diabetes, nor any indications I'm pre-diabetic. There are some studies that show a correlation between neuropathy, gulf war veterans and fibromyalgia. This disease in contrast to the others is very disabling as well so I feel entitled to compensation for it. Especially since there is a strong correlation between neuropathy and toxic exposure. But I'm wondering if anyone else has dealt with a claim on it or not? Thanks for any guidance.
  13. I am 70% with ptsd and lumbar strain. I have sinced been diagnosed with DMII, Hypertention and sleep apnea with a cpap machine. How or can I SC any of my diagnoses. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
  14. I will try to be as quick as possible, I served on active duty onboard ship from 1986-1989. I injured my lower back on a work detail in early 1987. The docs really didn't do too much for me except give me some tylenol or aspirin as they had the attitude that I was bothering them. They did log the incident in my file however. I have been going to the VA for treatment and after a recent MRI, it shows that I have DDD, a bulging / torn disk and facet joint issues. I suffer a great deal of pain and have sciatica that runs down to my left ankle about 90-95% of the time on rare occasions, it travels down to my right ankle as well. Once my pain level goes above a 5 I am usually on a walker and once it gets up to about an 8 I am in a wheel chair. In addition to this, I was recalled to active service for GW1 I got to breath the black snow like the rest of you that were there and also got several shots while enroute to the sandbox that I have no idea what they were. The only one that I knew for sure was, that they gave me my third ever small pox vaccine. About a month after returning home, I noticed that I just didn't feel like myself, like my batteries were only charging up to 99% or like if I had 1% of my soul taken away from me. I started immeadiately with accute stomach pains and diarrhea. I then started noticing every year that my internal battery so to speak was taking less and less of a charge and that I was starting to experience more and more intense joint and muscular pain as well as the back pain and sciatica. In addition to this I started breaking out with skin rashes and bumps. I am the kind of guy who never goes to the doctor unless I was dying and even then I would wait till my stomach pains were so bad I would just go to the ER for treatment. From 1991 to 2014 I probably went to the ER at least a dozen times because of the stomach pains and they would just give me pains meds and send me home. I can't begin to tell you how many nights that I have spent curled up in the fetal position on my shower floor with hot water running over me for relief. I developed a large cancer tumor on my left hand in mid 2013 and due to not working anymore because of my physical condition, I had to go to the VA for treatment. I filed for VA disability in June 2013 and I also signed up for the Gulf War Registry at the same time. My claim was denied in May 2014 because they could not locate my medical records. A week or so after receiving the denial my elderly mother fell and broke her neck in two places. I became her primary care giver and at this time I had already had my tumor removed from my hand and My VA doctor had finally ordered me to have a sonogram on my gall bladder. Finally in late December 2014 I had my gall bladder removed with two 3cm black stones inside of it, one blocking my bile duct. The surgeon told me they had been there a long while. I located my medical records in storage and turned them over to my VSO this mid May and asked the VA to reopen my claim. I am claiming lower back pain, hearing loss, tinnitus, joint/muscle pain, chronic fatigue and irritable bowel. Since reopening my claim, I have already went to a C&P for my lower back and for my digestion / stomach issues. During the stomach issue questioning from the C&P Dr., she asked me if the VA had done any testing as far as this was concerned and I told her no, I just told her all of the issues I was having currently, that my gall bladder had been removed and that I was no longer experiencing accute stomach pain but still had diarrhea for the last 24yrs as well as gas and indigestion issues. I gave her copies of my MRI report of my back and since I was in quite a bit of pain that day, she did not ask me to do much bending or movement. A few days later I went to my C&P for my hearing loss / tinnitus. The Dr. told me I had substantial high frequency hearing loss and that I needed hearing aids for each ear. I went on the benefits site and it showed that the claim was in the gathering of evidence phase and that they were not asking for any paperwork from me, but they were requesting paperwork from someone other than myself and that they had a dedline of 6/28 to get it in. I rechecked the site on 6/29 and it showed that the 1st item had been accepted and number 2-5 were showing no longer required and it had been moved up to preparation for decision status. I find this weird, because while I have complained about these issues and am suffering depression and anxiety from these issues, my VA doctor hasn't diagnosed me with anything for the chronic fatigue, muscle/joint pains or stomach issues or skin issues for that matter. We just haven't time to work through them yet. When I came in for treatment in June 2013 they diagnosed me with type two diabetes and the cancer and began treating that. Then they started my gall bladder issues and just recently began focusing on my back issues. I also recently had an eye infection treated. So I was really figuring that they would want me to have a C&P for these issues that the VA Doctor has not had time to get to yet. As of yet, I still haven't been called in for my GW1 screening yet eventhough I turned my paperwork in in June 2013. My wife had went into the Va reps office with me in February of this year and she still had my paperwork in her desk drawer. She told me that they did not have anyone available to do the screenings. I talked to her a month ago a she said that they had just started doing burn pit veterans at this time so hopefully I will be called in soon. Sorry to be so long winded and scattered brained but I would appreciate your opinions on the matter. Thanks
  15. This article is a WOW. http://www.webmd.com/diabetes/news/20150304/statins-linked-to-raised-risk-of-type-2-diabetes
  16. I had a C&P for rheumatoid arthritis the other day. During the exam the Dr. asked me how my diabetes is going. Told him I do NOT have diabetes, he said yes since 1994, then he showed me the record that said it. I got home and looked and sure enough I have the same record just never noticed. Here is my question, will he add that to my disabilities? Or do I have to open the claim myself? Last year I was diagnosed with Diabetes, but I thought it was medicine induced. I got off the medicine and my blood sugar returned to somewhat normal. Thoughts? I do have a follow up with my civilian Doctor and he is doing diabetes follow up every 6 months. Thanks
  17. Berta

    Overview On Dic For Survivors

    An Overview on DIC for Survivors of Veterans The death of a veteran spouse often brings more unique situations to the surviving spouse then a non veteran's death. Both types of deaths are as equally devastating and there is a lot to do in spite of dealing with the grief. Many veterans here have already established a Death file . We have done SVR shows on this and there is discussion here at hadit as well on that. http://www.svr-radio.com/archives.html (May 5th and May 12th , 2010) This file is a good place for copies of the DD 214/215, info on SGLI Life Insurance and other insurance policies, passwords the veteran uses that the spouse might need for paying online bills, and certainly for their hadit password, after they expire. Also the Marriage license, birth certificates of the children, any divorce decree papers etc etc, VA award letters and SSA award letters, all should be in this special file .Many vets here already have the blank 21-534 form in their death files. I have a large death file that contains my bank info, insurance policies, my will and Health Care proxy, passwords and even photos of where my septic tank lid is, where the well is, and how to turn the main power to the house and the barn off and on, photos of how the TV, and component cables are attached, and even a photo of how I set up my garden hoses to the main water line. As a widow, it also contains my VA Deed to the same plot at the VA Cemetery where my husband is buried. Also my file contains my signed statement that I am an Organ Donor. An advocate friend of mine has literally written a book for his wife when he dies, along with the important documents I mentioned above. Sometimes our spouses really don't know how to shut off water mains right away if a pipe breaks or how to change a blown fuse.The deed to the home should be in the death file too as it is one of many documents a survivor has to get changed,when their spouse has died. If your spouse is an organ donor or has mentioned that in their wishes, if not formally recorded by their PCP or on their driver's license,or in their death file , the Organ Harvest people make that call within hours of death and the survivor needs to be prepared for it. Organ harvests involve an autopsy and this autopsy could end up being the most important evidence a survivor can have, regarding many DIC claims, as it will be far more detailed than the death certificate. Of course an autopsy almost always involves cremation.These are things we all need to consider in our lifetimes. And burial in a National Cemetery,for the surviving spouse, eventually ,means they need to know that if the deceased veteran has been cremated and rests in the Cremains section of the cemetery, then the spouse will need to be cremated too, to fit on top of the veteran's grave. Also the VA as well as SSA (if the veteran receives SSA or SSDI, )should be informed ASAP of the veteran's death. Often the coroner will ask the surviving spouse for any conditions that that veteran had in their lifetime that the coroner can not list as the immediate cause of death. If a service connected disability has contributed substantially to death, that should be put onto the death certificate by the coroner.Also the coroner will ask what medications the veteran was prescribed. A list of them should be put in the death file and updated as needed. Death certificates are usually ten dollars each or maybe a little more. You might need more then you think.Also the Probate Court in your county can help with the various forms needed eventually for Probate and this is often a job you can do yourself,if the veteran died intestate (without a will). When a Funeral Director is contacted , he/she will need the veteran's DD214, and any 215 if one was issued, and since they often prepare the Obit, you will want to think about what it should contain. I wrote my husband's Obituary myself.The funeral director checked it against his 214 and 215 and had it published verbatim. If your spouse is being buried in a National Cemetery, make sure the Funeral Director and the VA knows of your wishes for a Military funeral: http://www.cem.va.gov/military_funeral_honors.asp http://www.cem.va.gov/burial_benefits/ The link to burial benefits does not include this information for surviving spouses of deceased service connected veterans as to burial expense and plot allowances here: http://www.benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets/burials/Burial.pdf DIC: Dependents and Indemnity Compensation The DIC application VA form 21-534 is here: http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/vba-21-534-are.pdf Although the form mentions if the veteran had ever filed a claim with the VA before,I suggest to note under Remarks, if there was a claim pending at time of death and the survivor should also fill out, sign, copy and attach (and refer to under Remarks) the Substitution form: It is explained here: You need to file the 534 and the Substitution form within one year after the veteran's death for any potential accrued benefits to be paid to you. The EZ 534 is here: http://www.veteransaidbenefit.org/forms/21-534EZ.pdf An Accrued benefits claim must be supported with evidence as well as the DIC claim and they are handled as two separate issues with the VA. Also I noticed that VA does not include the REPS application anymore along with the DIC app. REPS Restored Entitlement Program. My vet reps didnt even know what REPS was at all. It can involve a considerable amount of money. Here is the form that states which specific survivors are eligible for REPS: http://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/VBA-21-8924-ARE.pdf After receipt of a DIC application the survivor will receive a VCAA letter that must include the Hupp decision. As Military.com states: "DIC is a monthly benefit paid to eligible survivors of the following: Military service member who died while on active duty, OR Veteran whose death resulted from a service-related injury or disease, OR Veteran whose death resulted from a non service-related injury or disease, and who was receiving, or was entitled to receive, VA Compensation for service-connected disability that was rated as totally disabling for at least 10 years immediately before death, OR since the veteran's release from active duty and for at least five years immediately preceding death, OR for at least one year before death if the veteran was a former prisoner of war who died after September 30, 1999. “ http://www.military.com/benefits/survivor-benefits/dependency-and-indemnity-compensation.html DIC is also paid under a Section 1151 death, as explained below,with a more detailed description of each type of DIC here: 1.. Cause of Death “In order to establish service connection for the cause of a veteran's death, the evidence must show that a disability incurred in or aggravated by active service was the principal or contributory cause of death. 38 U.S.C.A. § 1310; 38 C.F.R. § 3.312(a). In order to constitute the principal cause of death the service-connected disability must be one of the immediate or underlying causes of death or be etiologically related to the cause of death. 38 C.F.R. § 3.312(b). In the case of contributory cause of death, it must be shown that a service- connected disability contributed substantially or materially to cause death. 38 C.F.R. § 3.312(c)(1). Service connection for the cause of a veteran's death may be demonstrated by showing that the veteran's death was caused by a disability for which service connection had been established at the time of death or for which service connection should have been established. Service connection means that the facts, shown by evidence, establish that a particular injury or disease resulting in disability was incurred in the line of duty in the active military service or, if pre-existing such service, was aggravated during service. See 38 U.S.C.A. §§ 1110, 1131; 38 C.F.R. § 3.303(a). Service connection generally requires evidence of a current disability with a relationship or connection to an injury or disease or some other manifestation of the disability during service. Boyer v. West, 210 F.3d 1351, 1353 (Fed. Cir. 2000); Mercado-Martinez v. West , 11 Vet. App. 415, 419 (1998) (citing Cuevas v. Principi, 3 Vet. App. 542, 548 (1992)). Where the determinative issue involves medical causation or a medical diagnosis, there must be competent evidence to the effect that the claim is plausible. Lay evidence can be competent and sufficient to establish a diagnosis of a condition when (1) a layperson is competent to identify the medical condition, (2) the layperson is reporting a contemporaneous medical diagnosis, or (3) lay testimony describing symptoms at the time supports a later diagnosis by a medical professional. Jandreau v. Nicholson, 492 F.3d 1372, 1377 (Fed. Cir. 2007).” This means that either a primary cause of death is listed on the death certificate, as cause of death, or that a service connected condition is listed as a contributing cause of death. http://www.va.gov/vetapp10/files4/1039644.txt For example, a death certificate of a non - AO vet lists NSC heart disease as prime cause of death but with diabetes as a substantially contributing cause. If the diabetes has been service connected, the survivor should succeed with the DIC claim, although it might take an IMO if the veteran had not pursued the heart disease as secondary to the diabetes. DIC Under 38 USC 1318: Governing Laws and Regulations for 38 U.S.C.A. § 1318 Claim: “Under 38 U.S.C.A. § 1318, VA death benefits may be paid to a deceased Veteran's surviving spouse or children in the same manner as if the Veteran's death is service-connected, even though the Veteran died of non-service-connected causes, if the Veteran's death was not the result of his or her own willful misconduct and at the time of death, the Veteran was receiving, or was "entitled to receive," compensation for service-connected disability that (1) was continuously rated as totally disabling for the 10 years immediately preceding death, (2) was continuously rated as totally disabling for a period of not less than 5 years from the date of his discharge or release from active duty or (3) was continuously rated as totally disabling for a period of not less than one year immediately preceding death, and the Veteran was a former prisoner of war (POW) who died after September 30, 1999. 38 U.S.C.A. § 1318 (West 2002 & Supp. 2012); 38 C.F.R. § 3.22(a) (2012). The total rating may be schedular or may be a total disability rating based on unemployability (TDIU).” 38 C.F.R. § 3.22(c). “The term "entitled to receive" means that, at the time of death, the Veteran had filed a claim for disability compensation during his lifetime, and the Veteran had service-connected disability rated totally disabling by VA for the requisite time period, but was not receiving compensation due to six possible circumstances: (1) VA was paying the compensation to the Veteran's dependents; (2) VA was withholding the compensation under authority of 38 U.S.C. § 5314 to offset an indebtedness of the Veteran; (3) the Veteran had not waived retired or retirement pay in order to receive compensation; (4) VA was withholding payments under the provisions of 10 U.S.C. § 1174(h)(2); (5) VA was withholding payments because the Veteran's whereabouts was unknown, but the Veteran was otherwise entitled to continued payments based on a total service-connected disability rating; or (6) VA was withholding payments under 38 U.S.C. § 5308 but determines that benefits were payable under 38 U.S.C. § 5309.” 38 C.F.R. § 3.22(b)(3). In addition, the term "entitled to receive" can mean that the Veteran filed a claim for disability compensation during his lifetime and one of the following two circumstances is met: (1) the Veteran would have received total disability compensation at the time of death for a service-connected disability rated totally disabling for the period specified in paragraph (a)(2) of this section but for clear and unmistakable error (CUE) committed by VA in a decision on a claim filed during the Veteran's lifetime concerning the issues of service connection, disability evaluation, or effective date; or (2) additional evidence submitted to VA before or after the Veteran's death, consisting solely of service department records that existed at the time of a prior VA decision but were not previously considered by VA, provides a basis for reopening a claim finally decided during the Veteran's lifetime and for awarding a total service-connected disability rating retroactively in accordance with §§ 3.156(c) and 3.400(q)(2) of this part for the relevant period specified in paragraph (a)(2) of this section. 38 C.F.R. § 3.22(b)(1) and (2). The Federal Circuit has ruled that § 1318 DIC claims are not subject to a "hypothetical entitlement" analysis. Rodriguez v. Peake, 511 F.3d 1147, 1156 (2008). See also Tarver v. Shinseki, 557 F.3d 1371, 1377 (Fed. Cir. 2009). In essence, under Rodriguez and Tarver, the amended regulation 38 C.F.R. § 3.22 does not have an impermissible retroactive effect, and it may be applied to bar DIC claims filed by survivors under the "hypothetical entitlement" theory, no matter when the § 1318 claim was filed. Simply put, there is no longer "hypothetical entitlement" to DIC benefits under any circumstance. Therefore, the state of the law is such that claims for DIC benefits under 38 U.S.C.A. § 1318 must be adjudicated with specific regard given to decisions made during the Veteran's lifetime and without consideration of hypothetical entitlement for benefits raised for the first time after a Veteran's death. See again Rodriguez v. Peake, 511 F.3d 1147 (2008). http://www.index.va.gov/search/va/view.jsp?FV=http://www.va.gov/vetapp13/Files3/1327019.txt DIC payable under Section 1151,38 USC: Title 38 U.S.C. 1151 Claims “Title 38 U.S.C. Section 1151 allows VA to pay compensation for death or disability "as if service-connected." Don't be confused with this subtle difference. The disability is not considered service-connected. Under Section 1151, benefits may be paid for: Injuries incurred or aggravated while receiving VA-sponsored medical treatment. Injuries incurred or aggravated while pursuing a course of vocational rehabilitation under 38 U.S.C. Chapter 31 or participating in compensated work therapy under 38 U.S.C. 1718. If eligibility is established under Section 1151, the disability is considered service-connected for payment purposes ONLY. Eligibility Requirements You must be a Veteran You must have a disabling condition that is the result of or has been aggravated due to VA sponsored medical treatment or training Evidence Requirements As a result of VA hospitalization, medical or surgical treatment, examination, or training, the evidence must show you have: An additional disability or disabilities, OR An aggravation of an existing injury or disease, AND The disability was: The direct result of VA fault such as carelessness, negligence, lack of proper skill, or error in judgment, OR Not a reasonably expected result or complication of the VA care or treatment OR The direct result of participation in a VA Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment or compensated work therapy program. “ http://www.benefits.va.gov/COMPENSATION/claims-special-1151.asp In the case of a surviving spouse, it should clearly be indicated on the 21-534 form that this is a claim for death of the veteran due to negligence, under Section 38 USC, 1151. This type of claim for VA negligence as the cause of the veteran's death will need probative medical documentation ,almost always in the form of a strong IMO, to support this type of DIC claim ,in order to provide a full medical rationale. FTCA claims can be filed simultaneously with claims under 1151 for DIC, but any favorable FTCA award will be offset to the DIC compensation payable, until the settlement amount from FTCA is recovered by the VA. DIC monthly amounts include that which is for any children under 18. Also there is more info on that here: http://www.benefits.va.gov/compensation/resources_comp03.asp In some cases parents of deceased veterans are eligible for DIC and that info is here: http://benefits.va.gov/BENEFITS/factsheets/survivors/parentsdic.pdf Eligibility Requirements; what is a surviving spouse for VA purposes: A surviving spouse may qualify for pension, compensation or dependency and dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC), if the marriage to the Veteran occurred before or during his service, or after his service if certain requirements are met. 38 U.S.C.A. § 1541; 38 C.F.R. § 3.54. Under the regulations, a "surviving spouse" is defined, in part, as a person of the opposite sex whose marriage to the Veteran meets the requirements of 38 C.F.R. § 3.1(j) and who was the spouse of the Veteran at the time of the Veteran's death. 38 C.F.R. § 3.50. VA defines a "marriage" as a marriage valid under the law of the place where the parties resided at the time of marriage or the laws of the place where the parties resided when the right to benefits accrued. 38 U.S.C.A. § 103©; 38 C.F.R. § 3.1(j). In jurisdictions where marriages other than by ceremony are recognized, marriage is established by the affidavits or certified statements of one or both of the parties to the marriage, if living, setting forth all of the facts and circumstances concerning the alleged marriage, such as the agreement between the parties at the beginning of their cohabitation, the period of cohabitation, places and dates of residences, and whether children were born as the result of the relationship. This evidence should be supplemented by affidavits or certified statements from two or more persons who know as the result of personal observation the reputed relationship which existed between the parties to the alleged marriage including the periods of cohabitation, places of residences, whether the parties held themselves out as married, and whether they were generally accepted as such in the communities in which they lived. Marriage may also be established by any other secondary evidence which reasonably supports a belief by the adjudicating activity that a valid marriage actually occurred. 38 C.F.R. § 3.205(a). In the absence of conflicting information, proof of marriage which meets the requirements of paragraph (a) of this section together with the claimant's certified statement concerning the date, place and circumstances of dissolution of any prior marriage may be accepted as establishing a valid marriage, provided that such facts, if they were to be corroborated by record evidence, would warrant acceptance of the marriage as valid. 38 C.F.R. § 3.205(b) A surviving spouse should always try to find a good vet rep to help with the DIC claim. Regardless of what the rep says they have sent in to the VA, the survivor should keep copies of everything , to include their filled out DIC form, and double check that VA has received everything they send. VA will not allow us survivors to use ebenefits but the ebenefit section ( # 5 I think on the phone pad), after you call 1-800-827-1000 will give you a status from a VA rep if you can hold on the line for a while. Office of Survivors Assistance VA...http://www.va.gov/survivors/ This office is an excellent resources for survivors who have questions that do not regard their DIC claims. For example there is info at this site on bereavment counselling available to survivors through the VA.They have a direct email addy as well at the site. Hadit has had superb discussions here in our DIC forum as to all of the nuances of the DIC benefit and advice to many, as each DIC claim can be either a very simple one or can be actually quite complex. Also Tbird has put an entire Survivors packet here: http://www.hadit.com/veterans_dependent_survivor_package/veterans_dependent_survivor_package.html Surviving spouses of veterans, even if they had been very involved in the spouse's VA issues, find there is a lot to the DIC process and will also learn that our motto here, Knowledge is Power, is what can sustain them and that knowledge can hopefully reverse any DIC denial they might get. If the survivor is age 60 or older, (age 50 if disabled)they can consider receiving an early SSA survivors benefit: http://www.ssa.gov/survivorplan/ifyou2.htm I only wish that some of the above information was available to me long ago when I was widowed of a veteran. Grief can stop us in our tracks and even cause us to put off filling out the many forms and sundry paperwork that the death of a spouse involves. I even had many flashbacks as I prepared this article,because ,when I was newly widowed , I was dealing with a pre -internet VA, whose web site holds a wealth of info now, yet I did have the VBM by NVLSP and that gave me good direction for my initial DIC claim. Also I advise to file for SC death under more than one theory if possible. If one theory fails, than perhaps the next one will succeed. That is good advice for any veteran claimant as well, to raise as many logical theories of entitlement ,as possible, to gain service connection. Meghp0405 has added this important advice: “Submit a VA FM 21-534ez for DIC claims. I've also submitted this form along with a VA FM 21-526ez, FDC. The response times that I've experienced using this process is around 90 days.. The DIC claims have been directed to the Milwaukee VARO. I've always submitted the applications right to that office instead of the local VARO. Saves some time.. hope this helps”
  18. Last Weeks show was such a success that we didnt get all the information in. Join us for Part II. Jbasser View the full article
  19. Last Weeks show was such a success that we didnt get all the information in. Join us for Part II. Jbasser View the full article
  20. Last weeks show was so involved that we didn't get all the information in so we are doing part II. Don't miss this one as our guest Silvia Hinojosa-Price who is a practicing RN and a Diabetes educator explains this aweful life altering disease to the Veterans of Hadit.com and Beyond. If you have any questions for the Guest, please feel free to call in at 347 234 4819 option 1. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2016/10/12/haditcom-radio-show-with-jerrel-john-and-alex-diabetes-special-part-ii Jbasser Co Host and producer.
  21. This will be a very informative show on the grimm subject of Diabetes. We may also have a special guest or two to assist. Basser View the full article
  22. This will be a very informative show on the grimm subject of Diabetes. We may also have a special guest or two to assist. Basser View the full article
  23. This will be a very informative show on the grimm subject of Diabetes. We may also have a special guest or two to assist. Basser View the full article
  24. Sorry, I couldn't post under j basser Hadti Blog talk radio show for Sunday Oct 9th at 7:00pm 6:00 PM Central time(for some unknown reason) so I made my own post here. This is a good Case Ms berta put up for the hadit blog talk radio show Sunday evening Oct 7:00 pm eastern 6:00 pm Central time about Diabetes II & A.O. Presumption claims. Veterans need to read this case/docket it has some good points and some 38 CFR's That could be very beneficial to them in the future...take read this and write those 38 CFR' Down you be glad you did. http://www.index.va.gov/search/va/view.jsp?FV=http://www.va.gov/vetapp14/Files3/1422344.txt I wanted to know this ? since it takes years for this diabetes II to manifest in some veterans that were exposed to the A.O. ...while in Vietnam years ago. My question is is it possible that the Vietnam Veteran can transmit this disease II to his children and later his children come down with Diabetes II or Peripheral Neuropathy. When in the family's blood line no other family members has this Disease
  25. Don't miss this special show. Diabetes is a debilitating disease as it is the worst disease a veteran can have. It causes blindness, loss of limbs, neurological issues, and eventually loss of life, usually from Kidney failure or insulin level drops too low to recover. Alex Graham, aka Asknod will deliver his findings on this issue. Do not miss this one. If you have questions, the all in number is 347 237 4819. Follow this link: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/haditcom/2016/10/09/haditcom-blog-talk-radio-show-diabetes-special-with-john-jerrel-and-alex

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