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  1. My Question is as follows. Can you someone explain to me what the Explantation below means as far as is the Knee Rated 100%? Thank you! Entitled to special monthly compensation under 38 U.S.C. 1114, subsection (s) and 38 CFR 3.350(i) on account of status post patellofemoral arthroplasty with degenerative arthritis, right knee rated 100 percent and additional service-connected disabilities of radiculoapthy, left upper extremity (also claimed as fingers, atrophy and nerves), major depressive disorder to include anxiety (also claimed as posttraumatic stress disorder and panic attacks), impairment of supination and pronation, right (claimed as forearm and arm condition), medial and lateral epicondylitis, right elbow, impairment of supination and pronation, left (claimed as forearm and arm condition), painful scar, right knee, medial and lateral epicondylitis, left elbow, independently ratable at 60 percent or more from 07/29/2014 to 07/01/2015. Rating Date : 07/05/2017
  2. What specifically do I ask of him?
  3. What specifically do I ask of him?
  4. I asked my shrink to write a letter in support of my claim and he said that VA policy is that he can't do that. Is this true? Any way around this? Thanks.
  5. Good day to all. A little background before I get to my questions... I am a 70% disabled veteran and was recently let go from my job as a service technician. Admittedly, the job was hard on me because of my main disability (back condition). The owner of the company gave me a letter that stated I was "laid off" on a permanent basis. Essentially, I was fired. I was "laid off" the day after I came back from a week off for recuperating after aggravating my back condition on the job. I did have a doctor's note and the owner was already aware that I was a disabled vet. During my meeting with the owner I told him that I knew he was letting me go because of my disability issues. He said nothing. I have a good rapport with the office manager. She said she would add something to my "layoff" letter or possibly write a letter for me that I can have for VA purposes. Now, on to my questions: I'm unsure as to how I should phrase the letter. Should I just have the office manager put a sentence in my original layoff letter that states "Unfortunately, due to the nature of this position, no reasonable accommodations can be made" or "Unfortunately, due to the nature of this position and your physical limitations, no reasonable accommodations can be made?" Or should I ask if she would type an entirely new letter for me? If so, what should I have her write? Would this letter hold any weight on my behalf when I go for a re-eval? This leads up to my second question. The 20-year anniversary is coming up on my rating. Which means, if I'm not mistaken, that the VA cannot decrease my rating unless they can prove fraud. Is that correct? I'm waiting for that anniversary because frankly, I do not trust the VA. If I go before that time there's always that small chance that they could find a way to decrease my rating. And I just cannot risk that. If my rating falls below 50% not only would I lose 20% of my VA income, but also my retirement concurrent receipt. That would be a devastating blow, and that's the main reason I'm waiting for the 20-year mark. Should I have an organization like the American Legion or DAV work on my behalf? Or should I look at getting a disability attorney? Not sure which is better. I do know that a caring and knowledgeable representative is hard to find. I do see VA disability attorneys often on YouTube but I'm not sure which one to go with. Any suggestions would be very helpful. Thank you for taking the time to read my post. All replies are very much appreciated!
  6. I had been trying to get copies of a decision letter and due to COVID and distance to VARO kept me from getting those easily. I wrote a few letters to the VARO with no response for months After posting here on HADIT someone said to call the 1800 # I had great luck with this. You will run the gauntlet of standard VA "are you going to hurt yourself" and then they ask you to say what you want. Say "letters" they will confirm that you want forms and letters, say yes. You will then be asked to input your social, date of birth and will be connected with a VA rep. You will need to know the rough month/year of the decision and then they can either mail, fax or email to you. Within 5 minutes of getting off the phone i received the email with the letters.
  7. I am submitting a claim for anxiety. My wife wrote a letter where she has included the following to show my military connection and timeline. I have been retired for 19 years (20yr Marine 0331) and have not submitted a claim for this prior to now. I am rated at 10% for migraines and service connected for back pain but rated at 0% for that. I do not have my military medical records although I requested them back on January 2nd. I know they will take a long time to get. I was seen by a clinical psychologist at the VA clinic and her diagnosis says "Adjustment disorder with mixed emotions r/o Trauma-related stressor". She is sending me to classes and recommended on-line options as well. Any suggestions? My husband served 20 years in the Marine Corp where he was exposed to many conditions that he tries, unsuccessfully, to deal with to this day. He suffers from impaired short and long term memory. He retains only highly learned materials while forgetting to complete simple tasks. This started very early in his military career when he studied long hours for promotion boards. He was trained to memorize and recite. He is suspicious of everyone and everything. Again, this is due to his military training, be aware of your surroundings at all times and be prepared for the worst. He sees the world as a completely dangerous place. He is easy to anger and very irritable. In his military career he was trained to do things at the drop of a hat, always ready to react at a moment's notice. When things don't move at the pace he thinks is appropriate he has difficulty dealing with it. “Little” things easily anger him. He suffers from lack of concentration. If the subject doesn't interest him he zones out. He was taught in the military to focus on the relevant and ignore the irrelevant. This makes it nearly impossible for him to concentrate on learning new things, i.e. new jobs. He served as a drill instructor at both Parris Island and San Diego. During those 4 years he trained many young Marines who later served in combat. He has expressed to me many, many times the feelings of anxiety and guilt he continues to have knowing that some of those young men were either injured or killed. He feels that he should have been there with them instead of on the drill field. His 20 years of training dictate his life to this day. He has a difficult time functioning in the “civilian” world. His nights are restless and his days are frustrating. He sleeps with a CPAP machine to control his breathing. He frequently gets up to check and recheck doors and windows. He is not comfortable in social situations unless he is surrounded by his military buddies. He can not work around other people unless they share the same military background. He believes that if he asks for help it is a sign of weakness. When he was on active duty he did not go to sick call or ever ask for help because he did not want to be labeled a “sick bay commando”. Although most of these conditions have been present since he was on active duty, they have gotten worse over the years. Only recently did he agree to seek help.
  8. Gotta few questions: What does this mean? I have not received any compensation thus far...
  9. doogie

    Ok!

    Today 1 day after getting the bank deposit i recieved the big brown envelope. 100% schedular was the final grant and chapter 35 , CHAMPVA FOR THE WIFE,AND ANYTHING ELSE THAT COMES WITH WAY TO GO HADIT! YOU GUYS NEVER LET ME QUIT.
  10. From time to time I see that buddy letters are used to help develop the continuity and nexus of a claim. I also see recommendations for letters from a spouse, children or other family members. Does the VA really consider this strong probationer lay evidence? I hadn't thought about having my wife write a letter, but if it will put another nail in the claim, maybe I should. Any thoughts or past experiences? Happy Labor Day! Mark
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