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  1. Hello all, I was re evaluated for PTSD this month and was raised to 100% for Combat related PTSD from 70% also made P&T, I have the Following conditions : Tinnitus 10%,Lumbar 10%,Radicuapathy-secondary 10%,Pes Cavus 30%,IBS 30%,Sleep apnea secondary to PTSD 50%, Should I be eligible for SMC-S Housebound ? I was wondering if I should follow a NOD or submit a new Claim? Thank you for any guidance
  2. Thought it best to start a new post since my other one had become so long and probably fairly confusing with all of the twists and turns that my claim has taken. It seems as though the VA is about to deny my NoD for my knees (or has I guess since the DAV rep told me about the Dr opinion). Should have seen this coming a mile away when the nurse practitioner wrote the nexus connecting for my knees to my back. I just called her office this morning explaining that I needed a Doctor to basically endorse what she wrote so I could resubmit it. In short I interpret this as they simply go
  3. This post is about seeking the best advice for my next step(s). I'll try to be as succinct as possible, however, we are talking about the VA compensation process. I received a BVA decision in December 2018, most appeals were denied, however, the important one’s, back increase (40%) and SC for migraine headaches, although zero percent, were granted and the BVA judge also stated: TDIU: VA treatment records have raised the issue of TDIU as part and parcel of the claims for increased rating; the Veteran has submitted several records indicating findings by VA that he is not employable a
  4. I was awarded 30% service connected for sleep apnea when I left the military in 2008. In 2013, I was directed to and took another sleep study. It was found and the VA agreed that I needed to start using the CPAP. VA reviewed the evidence, agreed, paid for and I have been using the CPAP since 2013. In Sep 2019, during a review of my records, my representative informed me that using the CPAP meant that my SA rating should be 50% versus 30%. I filed an increase claim and was increased to 50% with an effective date of Sep 2019. Shouldn't the effective date be April 2013 when the diagnosis was rec
  5. So, as some know I have been having a little war with the VA and my VSO, the American Legion, about getting my DBQ's. So today I went to the VSO's office in the VARO building during their "walk in" hours since I could not get them to give me an appointment. On the door was as sign saying the office was closed for the week for training and left the 800 number for Washington DC office. I knock on the door anyway. Two ladies answer. Tell them what I want and that I need them to do it today. They invite me into the office. I hand them a typed sheet with the Dates and
  6. I was all set to use the 21-0958 for for my NOD when I happened to notice the decision I am disagreeing with said to use 21-0995. I looked up 21-0995 and it said it's the "new and improved" faster response form. If there is such a thing as a "faster response" form, I'd like to use it. The 20-0995 makes it sound as if it can be used for both CUE and NOD. I need to submit multiple of both and I don't want to screw it up. Have any of you use this form? thanks
  7. Hi all, This will be the first NOD I have to file, and I fall into the odd gap between Legacy, RAMP, and AMA processes. As I understand it Since the claim I am NODding was started Aug 2018, with a partial decision dated Oct 2108 and the deferred claim decision dated April 2019, I am supposed to still use the VAB Form 21-0958-ARE, which is the fillable form. The first question I have is about the actual form itself and I have filled out a sample to make sure this is acceptable to the VA. I am trying to make sure that I clearly indicate that attached records support my claim and t
  8. Curious what to do with this piece of information. I was going through my c&p's and the one I had in Aug 2018 that bumped me to 100% has this line in it. "He reports breathing difficulties, diagnosed - Obstructive Sleep Apnea. " I was using my CPAP when my original C&P in 2013 was done. My record has all sorts of references to it, including the VA issuing me on and way. I have the Sleep Study results in my hands. So what paths are open to me? in the 2013 standards being issued a CPAP w/ an SC (PTSD) related condition should have given me a 50% rating. Today's standa
  9. I have had an appeal in for over four years now. In January I was put on financial hardship to expedite my file. I was sent an SOC April 10th detailing why they couldn't fully grant my appeal. I did get two things increased but three other things denied. Also in the SOC they said that they newly granted me service connection for fibromyalgia, mental disorder and sciatica. But they had no rating in the SOC just a note saying "an award letter would come under a separate cover". The 1-800 number says that there has been a rating assigned to the new service connected conditions but they can't tell
  10. When you file a NOD how long does it generally take on the average to hear back from a DRO?. I filed a NOD form last week with Waco, TX. Regional Office and also asked for a DRO Hearing right up front to get that part out of the way without further delays asking me what kind of DRO I wanted... Never done a NOD before so any input on average time frame of initial response is helpful. Just curious. Wayne.
  11. Howdy all. I'm finalizing my NOD to submit. I should have it ready to submit early next month. I have been told that I need to submit in the Supplemental Lane because I have additional support document to rebut the C&P Nurse examiner's exam. But I also plan to submit supplemental claims for the pain, numbness, and tingling in my arms and legs due to my neck and lower back problems. They will be secondary to those two issues. But the arms and legs issues were both listed as problematic in my original claim and even identified in my NEXUS letter and the DBQs I submitted. I did not specifical
  12. I hope you can help me; not sure what I should do. I was rated Service Connected Disable for PTSD on August 21, 2012 @ 70%. I didn't expect this at all. If anything, I thought I would get a low rating for my physical aliments............(neck, back head shoulder). When I applied in 11/2011, I had been out of work for 3 yrs and was totally distraught,confused and disoriented. Needless to say, I finally got a job in 02/12 and it is no where near what I use to do or the money I use to make. I'd like to know what your advice would be for this: I see where I do have serious social and econo
  13. Hello all, I received my disability decision rating for my initial claim about 2 weeks ago. I would like to submit additional evidence to support my claim and receive a higher rating on some disabilities and service connection on the issues denied. On the VA Form 4107, it says I have two options: Start an appeal by submitting a Notice of Disagreement (NOD) Give us evidence we do not already have that may lead us to change our decision I am interested to learn more about option 2, because I have heard appeals can take longer. It is not clear how to submit additional
  14. Hey all i recently put in a claim to reopen a prior decision on bilateral hearing loss and one with dizzines. VA tested but C&P doc only looked at first enlistment. said hearing loss is there but not service connected and did not give a percentage of what that hearing loss is. The hospital itself has ordered me to take a new hearing test but that is not until december 2018 VA deferred claim on dizziness and order new c&p and hearing test the hearing test is on the 13th of November 2018 and C&P is on the14th at QTC facilities. The question I have is should I brin
  15. here is the latest question. I got my decision letter for my ED claim and a copy of the DBQ. The attached award letter says in the writing at the bottom that I can possibly file for a voiding dysfunction by opening a new initial claim. The actual DBQ for ED has several errors in how he documented my answers to the Voiding Dysfunction section of the ED DBQ which is VA Form 21-0960J-2 There is another DBQ VBA-21-0960J-4-ARE for bladder issues. since the doc recorded my answers incorrectly should I NOD that DBQ to keep the earlier Effective Date? Or should I just file new
  16. Hello group - I had a sleep study in 2007 while on active duty and got diagnosed with "mild obstructive sleep apnea." There was no treatment provided/necessary. I retired from the Navy in 2017 after 25 years of active duty and submitted the sleep study in my claim. Unfortunately, I did not have documented proof of hypersomnolence. In May 2018 I had another sleep study with the result being "severe obstructive sleep apnea," and was prescribed a CPAP which I use currently. This particular evidence was not submitted in my claim package. I just received my VA decision letter on 10/
  17. Hello to all the amazing people who are helping more people than you know, Looking for help with a few questions so here is the short (longer than intended*)rundown...My ETS was Mar2016.. While still active in 2010 was on my Sr year finishing premed degree with 4.0 gpa had to stop going to college when my second kid was born and wife was very ill the following years missed alot of work but always made up for it (i had very supportive chain of command that made alot of my own med issues go unnoticed or possibly pitty..not sure but love them all miss them all) fast forward to 2016 after ets
  18. Hi all, As i said in another post I am new here and looking for guidance, opinion, options that may be available to me. Without all the gory and boring details, I am currently rated SC 70% PTSD, 10% Tinnitus with a statement that my bilateral hearing loss is not service connected. This all comes from the same original claim in 2012. I found out last year, 2017, that in making the bilateral determination the doctor only looked at my second enlistment and did not review any records from my first enlistment. I found this out when going through my records which took years
  19. Sorry if this has been addressed before, but I was not able to find an answer anywhere else. After collecting dust for 480 days after filing an NOD with a DRO, my appeal has apparently entered a "Review" phase. According to the VA rep, the electronic system had a new note entered into my file a few weeks back stating that a DRO had begun to review the file. Can anyone offer insight into how long it could take from here to get to a DRO decision? I understand it depends on what else the DRO has going on and how complicated my appeal is, just wanted to see what others' experience has been.
  20. I filed my NOD four years ago, next month. Still waiting for a decision from the DRO. I am wondering how long other Veterans here, have been waiting for an answer on their RO Appeal.
  21. please help soon friends because,,, I NEED TO CALL MY VSO IN DC 2MRW BECAUSE HE JUST EMAILED ME SAYING THAT IF I WANT TO WIN A RECONSIDERATION CUE ABOUT A MISTAKE AT THE LEVEL OF THE AMC BVA LEVEL IM GONNA BE UP THE CREEK ONLY BECAUSE 5 OUT OF THE PAST 30 YEARS HAS BEEN GRANTED. SOME BACK DROP ON THIS IS,,, MY APPEAL WAS GRANTED BY THE AMC IN DC AND I FILED FOR AN INCREASE AT THE RO.... WELL RO CALLS ME AND SAYS ITS THE WRONG JURISDICTION AND THAT HE IS LOOKING IT OVER AND AGREES WITH ME ON WHAT THEY MISSED IN THE RANGE OF MOTION FOR FUNCTIONAL LOSS ... SO HE SAYS HES SENDING IT TO T
  22. Quick question, my appeal was approved at 100% with eed. After having letters updated, how long does retro pay take to hit? I have heard up to 6 months? And seen people saying as little as 2 weeks? Edit: this is a NOD, at my regional office. Edit 2: my NOD was for an increase, and it was granted to 100%. Which, like I said, is reflected in my letters on ebenefits correctly at 100%. The letters updated last Thursday. Not sure what to think. Thank you all for your help
  23. according to 38 C.F.R. §§ 4.40 and 4.45 i believe i should be increased from 10% to 20% please look at these codes then look at the DBQ from Dr i provided you will see the flare up measurements. Code 5252: If the hip is limited in how far forward (flexion) it can move the leg, then it is rated under this code. If it cannot move the leg more than 10°, it is rated 40%. If it cannot raise the leg more than 20°, it is rated 30%. No more than 30° is rated 20%, and no more than 45° is rated 10%. Code 5253: All other limitations of hip motion are rated under this code. If
  24. Hello and good afternoon;I was wondering if anyone else has received this letter regarding the new RAMP program? I spoke to my representative and we are going to Opt-In for my particular appeals situation. We opted for the "higher level" review. Anyone else gotten this letter and Opt-In? Process says 125 days average for a decision. My appeal was submitted back in December 2016 regarding EED's on my awards.We did not opt to have an informal conference either.The letter is worth reading! EDIT: I removed my letter for personal reasons. If you want to know more, message me
  25. I have to say I don’t really have a question YET, but I wanted to share my story as It makes for an interesting read. Feel free to comment… In 1987 I was medically discharged from the Army for Subluxing Bicep tendon Bilateral. I went to the VA and they agreed and issued 10% rating for each shoulder. In 1993 I had a C&P Exam and I was all better so they say and reduced it to 0% in each shoulder. Now keep in mind nothing was on the internet because it didn’t exist and I was young and uninformed so it never occurred to me to get my medical exams. I knew something was still wro
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