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  1. Hello, Does anyone know how the VA rates keratoconus currently? The diagnostic code is 6035. I am new to all this and have been unsuccessful in finding the specifics using the VASDR. I have been diagnosed with bilateral keratoeonus and would like to better inform myself on how it is rated. I am awaiting a decision back from the VA but my case and evidence is overwhelming. To date, I have found only one article dating back to 2008 that appeared to show the minimum rating use to be 30% but I am unable to gauge the accuracy. Any assistance is helpful.
  2. Just got rated at 80% but 70% is for depression and they say it's temporary. The money every month has allowed me to breathe and is making things a lot better for my family but now I'm worried about the temporary part. Guess my question is what do I do now should I make appointments at the va or not? I use to go quite often but not anymore. Figure what is the point all those doctors do is stair at a computer and pump me full of drugs that I honestly I don't want and can't have due to my job. What should I do, do I have to make appointments to see a doctor? Thank you for any help.
  3. I've seen on a couple of websites where it stated that your VA rating percentage is protected and they cannot reduce your rating once you reach 55 years old. Is this true? If so, where can I find this in the VA regulations for verification? Thank you to all who reply.
  4. hello, i was told to look into something called smc l. i dont know if i qualify or not. i was given a 100% permanent and total rating in 2015. here are my ailments. biploar disorder 70% Asthma due to jet fuel exposure 60% cystic acne due to jet fuel exposure 30% carpal, allergies, tinnitus each at 10% i also get ssdi 100% and they require me to use my sister to manage my finances. my sister also basically serves as my caregiver. without her i dont believe i can function. she does everything for me from finances, to taking me to appts, to reminding me and sometimes
  5. Hello I believe my rating 100 P&T was to high. When I had my exam I explained I believed the medication I was on was making me worse this was three months ago. I got a new psychatrist and he also believes I was on the wrong medication. I truly believe P&T was too high. I rather be rated 100 percent and be reviewed in the future. Is this possible? Would I call or fill out a form? Please just help me with my question I will make my own decision so I do not want to here that this would be a mistake. I truly feel I was over rated and I do not want the P&T I am
  6. I tried looking through forums, but cannot find this answer. I had a GERD claim increase on Jan. 2019. I am *fairly* certain it was previously rated at 0% upon discharge and then finally received an increase in Jan. 2019. I cannot find anywhere online when the GERD was previously rated for 0%-I looked through "historical claims/appeals" and it does not show anywhere on there (there is one claim that I submitted a long time ago that says "administrative review-closed, but, it was so long ago, I honestly do not remember what the administrative review was for or what it was related to). Is t
  7. I recently received a re-exam for my anxiety disorder that I have a 70% rating for. They sent me a packet explaining they want to lower the rating to 30% because of "improvements made". When i told my treating physician about this, he disagreed that any improvements have been made and agrees to write a statement for me to send in as evidence. I'm just curious how much ground his statement can hold against their examiners and if it is likely that they will reduce my rating or leave it as is. Has anyone else submitted doctors statements and had the VA rule in their favor? Is it common?
  8. I received a letter from the BVA dated May 24 , 2018 stating that I had been granted service connection for some issues and a remand for other issues. I am still waiting on an effective date and rating. My question is will the VA implement the grant while waiting on the remand? how long does this process usually take? I was ok while my case was on appeal but since I received my grant I have went crazy. I check e benefits 3 times a day and i cannot stop wondering what my new rating is. How long does this process take? I thought I had won my case but nothing has changed. sooo tired of waiting on
  9. Hi Everyone, In my most recent C&P the examiner noted and measured 2 scars on my neck and jaw. I've read the rating info for scars of the Head/Face/Neck and filled in the chart they had because the first rating option didn't apply. Can someone confirm for me that according to the rating info below, it would qualify me for 30%. There's pain noted in the C&P with each scar in addition to the characteristics noted below. "If there are 6 or more Characteristics, it is rated 80%. If there are 4 or 5 Characteristics, it is rated 50%. If there are 2 or 3 Characteristics, it is rat
  10. I have a rating for 10% for:. right knee patellofemoral syndrome, claimed as gout and iliotibial band syndrome Is it common for VA to group conditions, can these be separated? Thanks for the assist...
  11. Hello, everyone! I've been on this site reading all the valuable information while I waited for my new claims to process. A local VSO initiated my intent to file, back in March of this year, and I brought in all of the requested documents for an appointment on July 11. This is when the file was formally submitted to the VA. I had two new claims. I was given two C&P appointments, for each issue...one in July, and the other in August. I called Peggy to find out the status, last Thursday, and I was told that my file had been updated that very day. It appeared there was a rating decision,
  12. I filed for an increase recently to my 40% rating. In August 2009 my rating was increased from 20% (awarded in 1994) to 1) ankylosing spondylitis /spine thoracolumbar 20%, 2) ankylosing spondylitis/knee 10% 3) ankylosing spondylitis/cervical spine 10%. Since then my range of motion has gotten worse and I have been prescribed prednisone and two years ago Humira. They had rated me under arthritis and range of motion. I went for a C&P in May and saw my new rating on Eben: 1) NEW: (dated 4/27/18) ankylosing spondylitis /spine thoracolumbar spine 10%, 2) UNCHANGED ankylosing s
  13. I was dropped from 100 % to 90%. The reason was that they claimed my lung had improved and rated them down from 60% to 10% even though I was having problem breathing.I filed an appeal as they used the wrong reading to score my rating. They should have used the DELCO which was low. I was using the DVA as my representative but I never heard one word from them and never received any callbacks. I continued to pursue my shortness of breath and the finally did a right heart cath that showed I had moderate to high pulmonary hypertension. I believed that should have answered the question on the short
  14. This is my latest C&P what am I looking at? Can anyone break this down? Neck (Cervical Spine) Conditions Disability Benefits Questionnaire Is this DBQ being completed in conjunction with a VA 21-2507, C&P Examination Request? [X] Yes [ ] No Evidence Comments: BOARD REMAND 1. Diagnosis ------------ Does the Veteran now have or has he/she ever been diagnosed with a cervical spine (neck) condition? [X] Yes [ ] No Cervical Spine Common Diagnose
  15. Hey I'm new to the forum and really need help trying to understand what my last C&P means for my rating.. I have been waiting on this since 2010 on appeal and finally got a C&P after remand to RO. Can anyone tell me what possible rating I might receive Semper Fi. Neck (Cervical Spine) Conditions Disability Benefits Questionnaire Is this DBQ being completed in conjunction with a VA 21-2507, C&P Examination Request? [X] Yes [ ] No Evidence Comments: BOARD REMAND
  16. Hello all. Want to first thank everyone for helping. The information we have received from you all has been incredibly helpful. My dearest husband just received his award letter and the representative forgot to add in two of his disabilities related to his back into the overall rating. He has been recieving these two benefits for several years now and neither of them were mentioned or addressed in his award letter. It simply looks like the VA rep. made a mistake. What should we do and how long does it take to fix a mistake like this? Any ideas?
  17. so during my last c + p exam The Dr. stated that my range of motion has met the criteria for 5251, and 5252, and 5253. now this page says it is lawful to be rated under all these 3 codes. http://www.militarydisabilitymadeeasy.com/hipandthigh.html All three of these codes for limited hip motion CAN be used together. So if the hip is limited in flexion, extension and abduction, then it can be rated three times, once under code 5251, once under code 5252, and once under code 5253. Each code can only be used once, however, so if the hip is limited in abduction and adduction, both ar
  18. Hello all! So the long and short of my story is that I have bipolar disorder. My doctor checked 100% service-connected (diathesis-stress theory and all). I can't drive after 7pm and try not to drive after 6:00pm due to medication side effects (clumsiness from Seroquel and confusion from Lamictal). In the last 2 years, I have probably driven after 7pm about 10-15 times. I tried switching to Vraylar and it was gosh-awful. I mean, you know, people here know. The worst... Anyway, I have failed out of school for the last 4 semesters despite being of average smarts. I have lost 2 very good friend
  19. SECTION I: ---------- 1. Diagnostic Summary --------------------- Does the Veteran have a diagnosis of PTSD that conforms to DSM-5 criteria based on today's evaluation? [X] Yes [ ] No 2. Current Diagnoses -------------------- a. Mental Disorder Diagnosis #1: CH PTSD b. Medical diagnoses relevant to the understanding or management of the Mental Health Disorder (to include TBI): PARKINSON'S, HIGH TRYGLYCERIDE. HEARING LOSS. 3. Differentiation of symptoms ------------------------------ a. Does the Veteran have more than one mental disorder diagnosed? [ ] Yes [X] No c. Does the Veteran
  20. OK, so here's my story. I was in Iraq in 2008-09, and started having chest pain. It was dismissed by the army doctors as probably just a strained muscle. Fast forward a few years, and I was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension and stage one heart failure, both of which are ultimately fatal. I submitted a claim for these conditions, which was denied. I appealed this denied to the DRO in St. Louis, MO. The contention for pulmonary hypertension has a pending rating decision in the system according to my VSO. Here's my issue. I am diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension, as well as other diseases.
  21. Under Explanation his letter informs me of a reduction in my PTSD disability rating from 50% to 30%. It lists the reasoning for this decision. They noted all these items as reasons for the reduction but never explained how they arrived at their decision other than "the overall evidentiary record shows":... No where do any of these terms show up in any evaluation in my medical records. I've appealed it. How do they get away with manufacturing this type of evidence? Of course they did not give me due process, I had no predetermination hearing. In my NOD I stated, "To date I have not
  22. First of all wanted to start this out by saying thank you to all the members on this site. I have been doing all my own research and very often arrived here. Today I decided it might be better to get direct contact instead of lurking in the shadows. The short version is that I have not been able to find work after separating, I'm currently on unemployment to keep myself out of debt while I figure this all out. I was in school for a few months and while I was struggling a bit I did my best to push through which was kind of working out for awhile. Eventually I started getting to the point
  23. Hi everyone, I started voc rehab on October 10th of 2016, my counselor put me in a program extended evaluation because I have gone to school in the past and did not work out for me. I get BAH every month while I attend to this program, I volunteer at a call center and the manager submits the hours that I volunteer to my voc rehab counselor. I am required to complete 32 hours every week. During the month of November I completed half of the hours I was required to work resulting in an over payment from the V.A. I could not attend to my place of duty some days because I had ER visits, v.a. a
  24. Well it is finally my turn to be happy on here!!! I have waited for a long time to get my VICTORY and I just got the call that I had been waiting for. My other thread "Squeaky Wheel Gets Oiled..." has been on going and great thread I started about my journey. The DRO just called me and told me what she was granting me. Now I need to know about calculations of back pay??? May 2013 was my initial claim. She granted me 80% as of May 2013, however, I have had three decisions during this time. June 2014 - 40% (IBS 30%, Tinnitus 10%, Left ankle 10%, Anemia 0%) November 2014 - 60%
  25. My name is Keli and I'm an investigative reporter in Houston, looking to talk with veterans about their experience with the disability claims process. Whether you've had difficulty navigating the system to get the proper percentage or you felt it was easy, let me know. Also, if you're eligible to apply for benefits but have chosen not to, I'm interested in talking with you too. I'm especially looking for Houston-area vets, but anyone in Texas that can help would be great. Hope you can help me learn more about the system and the ways it needs to be improved. Please email me at krabon@khou.
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