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  1. Can't believe that I'm 100% Permanent and Total. With VA jerking me around for all these years, but without the help from Hadit I wouldn't be here. The fight continues at the BVA level to hold on to what I've got, but now I can rest a little easier. The property Tax Exemption and the free Dependent Tuition is what my injuries deserved and that is what I was pushing for. I've seen Rheumatologist, Podiatrist, Vascular Surgeons, General Doctors, VA Doctors Nurse Practitioners, combined, with hundreds of pages of medical evidence along with buddy statements to help solidify my case. If you look at my signature you can see my journey, the good years are the HADIT YEARS. Thanks to everyone that helped me out... FLASHBACK To my first post back in 2013.. WOW, I had no clue I would be here
  2. Hi guys, as the title implies, i have finally received the news that i am 100% P&T no future exams scheduled. I did this without any VSO's or any help other than that of my family writing "buddy statements". I am still involved with my treatment plan, though the depression makes it hard to even do that but i just wanted to say thanks to the people on this forum for all of the help, encouragement, and information. Previously i was at 80% for: left carpal tunnel- 10% Asthma 60% Allergic Rhinitis 10% Cystic Acne (due to jet fumes) 30% My last claimed which i filed on 12/12 and was finalized on 4/4 was for: bipolar 70% Tinnitus 10% For a combined 100% Permanent and Total. It took 7 years, but here we are. This wil definitely help me and me family, actually this will change our lives. I know thats pathetic, but my situation is extremely somber. Thanks guys.
  3. Hello! Long-time lurker, first-time poster. I've gained a lot of valuable information from this site in the past, and I am hoping to gain some insight on my particular issue/question. I went through an MEB in 2013/2014. I was found UNFIT for a neurogenic bladder condition (complication during a total colectomy) and rated at 40%. I had several other conditions claimed and rated as part of the MEB. Ulcerative Colitis (they combined it with GERD and a permanent ileostomy) rated at 20% and many other minor conditions related to my joints and scars at 10% each. This all added up to 80% (a year later, I was summoned for a C&P exam to check on my bladder which resulted in an increase from 40% to 60% which raised my overall rating to 90%). At the time, I was confused as to why my UC was only rated at 20% since it led to me losing my colon completely, but I was urged by a Senior Chief working alongside my PEBLO to accept the findings since it granted me a medical retirement and to appeal anything after I was out of the military. Hindsight 20/20--I probably should have appealed the findings when I was still active duty and made sure things were correct before signing anything. However, I didn't know anything about the Schedule for Rating Disabilities/VASRD/38 CFR, so I didn't know any better back then. Fast forward several months, and I now realize that the VA may have made a mistake in my claim (or that there was important information missing from my medical records). According to the VASRD, ostomies are rated under code 7333 (which is for colostomies) making it look like my permanent ostomy should have been rated at 100% from the start. I met with a DAV rep at the North Chicago VA who helped me submit a claim including a DBQ filled out by a GI noting the reason for my ostomy, the fact that it's permanent, and the date that I had it created. My rep didn't seem interested in hearing about how I felt the original rating was probably incorrect. He kept interrupting me to tell me to just get the DBQ filled out and that we would submit the claim. "Let's keep this simple," he kept saying. He either knows that the VA will see my claim for an ostomy, review my current ratings and see that I have had this ostomy for a while, and will notice the error (is this likely? I'm asking honestly), or he didn't understand what I was saying. I haven't received a return call from him in weeks and he is always out of the office when I make the 45-minute drive up to the VA where he works. I have been following my claim on eBenefits and taking the info with a grain of salt. It's being worked on in the National Work Queue (mostly out of San Diego), and I've been at PFD since the end of June and it's past the ECD of July 15, 2016, with no new ECD listed. It would have surprised me to have a closed claim by July 15th, so I am trying to be patient and see how long this takes. Anyway, my main question is this: since I've had this ostomy since the original award letter, do I have a reason to make sure the results of this current claim has an effective date of that original rating decision from 2014? Or, have I missed that window because I didn't appeal the VA's decision within one year? Also, I'm curious to know if there are any other veterans with ostomies here and how the VA rated theirs. Thanks in advance for any info/discussion on this topic!
  4. I have a Question, I am presently rated at 8o% but being paid at 100% due to I was unemployable since 2008...And a letter from the VA State of Florida stating I was Total & Permanent Disabled and no further exams would be needed. I was recently diagnosed with Lung Cancer also informed it was terminal, I just put in a claim for Agent orange, Vietnam Echo 2/7 1970 0311 The question is am I 80% or 100% according to the VA letter... ( I am presently 66 yrs old) Was wondering because I want to see if my wife would receive DIC if I pass...
  5. I received my compensation letter notifying me that I am 100% disabled, but not permanent. I must have a review 5 years from the date of rating. Why would I get a non-permanent rating when my combined disability percentage equals 310, 280 of which are service connected? I am over 50 years old at the time the rating was given. Should I (How?) pursue getting the status changed to permanent or just wait until the five year period is over.
  6. Based on Ebenefits, they have closed my open claim and awarded me additional ratings. I was already 100% combined; however, when I go to Documents/Records and retrieve a VA benefits summary letter, it shows YES for 'You are considered to be totally and permanently disabled due soley to your service connected disabilities. The commissary letter goes on to say it is permanent and not scheduled for any future exams. Here lies my question......would any of these state unemployable if the VA decision was that I am total, permanent and unemployable? I realize this will be all spelled out when I get the yellow envelope in the mail but thought others with experience might be able to let me know what I should see on these. Thanks!
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