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  1. Hey all, I’m in the reconsideration phase of my SSDI claim. The weird thing is SSA hasn’t sent me to an exam, and the adjudicator already notified my attorney stating she will forward my file to the SSA doctors for review/decision. I have plenty of medical history about my mental health disabilities ranging from in-patient hospitalizations to suicidal thoughts and attempts. I’m just wondering has anyone been approved for SSDI for a mental health disability without going to an exam?
  2. Hi all! Just found this site and from the looks of it there are more answers here than with the VA or with my VSO, so here goes. Several months ago I filed for asbestos exposure issues arising from Naval Service (old snipe on an older no longer existing aircraft carrier). Everything I've read and printed out for future use, notes that evidence of asbestos exposure typically doesn't rear it's ugly head for 30- 50 years. Which it has in my case. Lung fibrosis, calcified and non-calcified pleural plaques and a small lung (possibly benign) lung nodule all revealed initially poorly via an
  3. My husband filed for reconsideration several weeks ago. This was through DAV and the Cleveland VA. We got notice from the DAV that it had been filed and sent to VA. Shouldn't the claim be listed on eBenefits by now or do reconsiderations not show up there? Thanks, Kate
  4. I separated from active duty service in the Air Force with in 2010 and had undiagnosed non-combat military connected PTSD with alcohol use in remission (According to my VA disability paperwork which puts me at 50% for ptsd.) This was granted the beginning of last year. I recently put in to have my discharge upgraded to honorable from general and have yet to hear back from them. (E-benefits say maybe I'll hear about it early February 2018.) There were a few selfmedicated incidents with alcohol that happened while I was active duty that resulted in going into a civilian rehabilitation facil
  5. Hello all. I would like to submit a request for reconsideration for a two contentions that were rated at SC at 0% in September 2017. I have everything (new medical evidence, VA Form 21-4138, etc.) loaded into e-benefits ready to send but was not sure requesting a reconsideration through e-benefits was the right process. My question is......can a request for reconsideration be submitted through e-benefits? Thanks again.
  6. My claims were closed on 5 Jun. It was obvious that lot of evidence was completely overlooked so I did a letter to request reconsideration. The claims all opened back up the following week. Does this mean I do not need to worry about a NOD date at this time? In other words, if my claims are not decided by Jun 2018, will I need to file a NOD, or does getting the claim re-opened reset the NOD deadline to one year from the date they are closed out in the future? The new estimated completion dates are Jan - Aug 2018. Thanks, JustGettingStarted
  7. Ok, in Nov '16, I sent in a letter requesting a reconsideration with new material and evidence on a decision that was denied in Dec '15. I sent this information to the Intake Center, well Dec 23, I finally just sent information again on ebenefits so I would not lose my 1 year date, but on Ebennie, I also included new claims that I was told I needed to submit. I completed the NOD form and included it with documents for the claims I disagreed. At the beginning of March claimed moved to prep for decision, then 2 weeks later it was sent back to review of evidence, the next day it moved back to re
  8. In my recent denial for sleep apnea secondary to service-connected asthma, the medical opinions stated that OSA has several primary causes, such as obesity, advancing age, sinus congestion etc... The VA provider referenced the many events of sinus congestion in my medial records and initial sleep apena diagnosis and implied is was more likely sinus congestion than asthma... I am now looking to file a reconsideration and am thinking to service-connect the sinus congestion/post nasal drip with OSA as a residual. Essentially, OSA secondary to Sinus congestion. I would be interested in thou
  9. Hello all, first post here. I have a question about the reconsideration process, and possible outcomes. Ill also post my timeline for reference. I was initially denied TBI due to not being service connected, even though I suffered 5 concussions while in service. I have cognitive effects, memory loss. I found some of the older medical records from before everything went digital, and at the advisement of my VSO, I filed for a reconsideration. Right now Im in the gathering of evidence phase, and my VSO old me that it "needs rating board attention".So my questions are 1,is it a possible positi
  10. Thanks to all of you for being so informative. I read and reread many of the posts and decided to be my own advocate...best advice I learned, and I am a huge advocate of. Submitted 11 conditions on 1DEC14, which was my retirement date as an FDC. Claim completed 11APR15 (just past the 125 day mark). Came out to 92%, rounded down to 90%. I will be appealing/asking for reconsideration for the following: Awarded 20% for degenerative arthritis of the lumbar spine also claimed as spondylolisthesis. Explanation: "Forward flexion of the thoracolumbar spine greater than 30 degrees b
  11. DAV told my husband today that he needs to file his NOD soon as the one year mark is coming up on Sept 19. He currently has a reconsideration in that we had hoped would be decided by now. We were waiting as long as possible so as not to mess up the reconsideration. DAV said that even after filing the NOD, the reconsideration would continue and it wouldn't have to go into that 2 year or so that is common for a DRO. That's not the impression I have gotten from reading here. Is DAV hopefully right about this? There are some contentions that he did not put into the reconsideration due to wait
  12. I am confused about how things were filed on my husband's claim. He got a denial on several contentions in Sept. 2013. Should have been denied, was filed horribly incomplete. Anyway, my husband filed a reconsideration on two of the claims, PTSD and Tinnitus through DAV in May. The original claim was filed as irritability and anxiety. When the reconsideration with new evidence was done, there was a new diagnosis of PTSD and it was included in the claim for anxiety and irritability. DAV sent everything to Cleveland which is the normal VA for our area but, since his claim was original
  13. I filed a claim in Aug 2012 and got the decsion letter in Jun 2013, but 1 of the claims was totolly overlooked. When I when through the QTC the doctor did the DBQ and it was included in my file. I was told by a VARO supervisor that I would need to submit a Reconsideration for the remaining claim. I filed a FDC Reconsideration and elevated to Hardship in Jul 2013 and have not heard anything; still stuck in Decision phase. Any ideas? Thanks for the consideration.
  14. Hello all. I retired from the Army this past February. I've been following this forum since I received my initial compensation letter from the VA in July. I've learned a lot here, but I'd like to throw out a few questions, as well as post a letter for your review. I've been rated at 60%. (30% post hysterectomy, 30% PTSD, 10% right hip tendonitis, 10% thoracic spondylosis with scoliosis, and 10% tinnitus.) I also was SC at 0% for ten other conditions. The VA denied SC for eight more conditions. I do not feel I need to appeal every condition denied, but I would like to appeal some of t
  15. Hope everyone is getting through their week and staying warm. Had yet another rough night followed by an appointment down at the Denver Regional Office. Need some clarification if any of you have the time and would truly be appreciated. 1. Decision on my PTSD from the VA was dated in May of 2011 (Woman I speak with in regards to these issues and daily struggles recommended me around 50-60%) was awarded 10% 2. (please no acronyms, haha, very confused) I am under a year since the decision and very very much so disagree with the decision the system came to. The Woman that conducted my C&
  16. I have a few claims in but my reconsideration is what my concern is. I call that 1-800-827-1000 number to find out what the status of my reconsideration is. A few months ago there was some confusion if I had put in for a appeal or a reconsideration. A NOD was sent to me requesting exactly what system I wanted to go with. I had the choice between a reconsideration, DRO or a traditional appeal. I choose the reconsideration. I had already notified them of that decision months ago. I just excepted the fact it did not happen even though I had already requested reconsideration and had receive
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