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  1. Hello, I have more questions than I can find answers so I thought I would create a post to see if any of these can be answered? I apologize for the length. I have read, read, and read some more on this board for years and I very much appreciate any assistance that can be offered. I will also be donating to support this all-important forum once I can get through this snail-pace of a process! I separated from service almost 6 years ago after 14 years in. I am currently rated at 30% disabled as I received 10% each for tinnitus, hypertension and a metatarsal fracture that occurred in service. I also received 0% connection for chronic thoracic & lumbar strain due to morbid obesity (?!). This grant to service connection dates back to the day after I got out of the service. I am not "morbidly obese" and this really bothers me that they have this described as such. I mean, why would they service connect if it's due to being overweight?? Makes no sense to me. Are they inferring that they are taking responsibility for being so called "obese" as well? We all know that you get kicked out of service if you are outside the physical readiness/weight requirements ... very frustrating and even insulting. The C&P examiner told me that he didn't have time to evaluate everything I had claimed so he didn't even look at some of my claimed issues physically, but I was still denied by the VA regardless as no service connection for some of these unexamined claims. Anyways, the C&P doctor told me to basically push through my discomfort (discomfort was evident) when conducting the range of motion part of my back exam, and he even placed his hand on my back when telling me to push further. I did not know at the time that he was not looking out for my best interests...so my range of motion came back within normal limits. I feel that this was wrong on his part but I did not know at the time, and I am afraid if I did complain about this now that I could risk losing my service connection? My back is in very poor condition from the service. In fact, I was on light duty when I separated because of a back injury I sustained a few months prior to my separation. I do have copies of my STR's and I have numerous complaints of back pain throughout my many years in that nothing was done about as they were just complaints noted, and I do not have the STR from the back injury. I was sent to medical and they shot something into my back and I immediately felt relief but my back has not been the same ever since. My back issues are causing me an excessive amount of lost time at my current job. I just went to the VA at the end of last month as a walk-in because the pain was so much and they took x-rays and named FIVE things wrong with just my lower back. I am now waiting for the VA to send these x-rays to my civilian doctor to have a comprehensive MRI done at the local (non-VA) hospital and then I will go forward from there in deciding how to approach this. The VA doctor "just" said I have facet joint arthritis, but VA radiology noted five things wrong? My first question is how should I proceed with adding these conditions and/or getting an increase from 0%? Does anyone know what "chronic thoracic & lumbar strain" service connection covers? Is it just strains or does it encompass the whole lower and middle back and all associated conditions of these areas? My x-rays from the VA in August of this year report "superior plate wedging at T12, this is age-indeterminate and correlation with physical exam for symptoms of point tenderness would be beneficial (again, I was a walk-in at my local VA clinic that day and the doctor didn't have time to see me...). Multilevel anterior endplate spurring throughout the lumbar spine. Lower lumbar predominant facet anthropathy. Bony neural foraminal narrowing at L5-S1. Mild Vascular Calcification". This was all through x-rays so I am sure an MRI will show more...which I will have done soon. Should I even complain about this C&P doctor at this point almost 6 years later or would I risk losing the service connection? I need to know what they have on my back at the VA that caused the service connection, I do know this. I do not have a copy of the record of my back injury from right before I got out and I am thinking/hoping that they do, but I will not know until I get the C-File. I need my C-File (I know, I should have requested it long ago...I am learning). My main question is, can I request a copy of my C-File while I have an open appeal (on other first year out of service claims -- open since 11/2019) and I also just put in for two new claims at the beginning of this month that are moving fairly quickly. I have heard that requesting your C-File can cause delays and possibly affect open claims and appeals you have on-going...and I of course do not want to cause any kind of a delay. Since my separation I have only filed my initial first year claims and I filed appeal on some of those denials. I have waited all of these years and not done anything more because I was under the presumption that you cannot file any new claims until the appeal is processed and closed. I did though just file two new claims this month once I was informed that presumption was wrong. Lastly, does anyone have any recommendations in how I should proceed with all of these new back findings (and also what becomes of the MRI in a couple of weeks) with regard to my already service connected chronic thoracic & lumbar strain -- due to morbid obesity(!!). New and material evidence to reopen? New individual/separate claims? File for an increase in rating? Secondary's? Or, should I wait until I have my C-File to see what they are basing the back service connection off of? Also, shouldn't thoracic and lumbar be two different conditions/disabilities? Sorry this is an overwhelming amount of information; I am so overwhelmed and discouraged by this whole process...and pushing through constant pain to boot. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!
  2. Hello, Does anyone know if emails I sent to my wife (from my military email while active duty) and communication we had back and forth relating to my in-service health issues/injuries endured/symptoms and sleep issues I was experiencing count as evidence I can submit with my VA claims for disability? There are many emails going back many years while I was in the service. I just have very limited documentation in my service medical records as I only went to medical when I had no other choice so I thought to ask if these could help connect my claims to service? Thank you for any and all assistance. Brian
  3. I have been out of the service for a decade. I claimed tinnitus upon discharge and was denied because I didn't have hearing loss. I gave up on that claim but now the tinnitus is bothering me. I have never gotten any treatment for tinnitus. What is the path to service connection? Note: my MOS is "on the list" for noise exposure.
  4. I was discharged January 29, 2011. During my time in I did not have a sleep study, but some sleep issues were documented. I filed for disability for sleep apnea through the VA January 9th, 2012. By Feb 22 2012, I had a sleep study. I was diagnosed with obstructive sleep apnea and issued a CPAP. After that my life turned into complete chaos with a divorce and losing my house to my wife. I moved probably 8 times between 2012 and 2014. In 2013 I got a call from the VA saying that my claim was about to be closed, and that I don't have evidence of service connection for my sleep apnea. They also told me that I had no medical service records on file. They extended my claim to give me time to get my records in and any other supporting evidence. I never got around to submitting my copy of my medical record (that I had made prior to separation just in case this happened) due to my life being a complete mess. By march 2014, my case was denied and closed. Comments are "STRs unavailable". Now 7 years later I'm working on getting this taken care of. I plan on doing a supplemental claim. The VA website says there's no time limit for doing a supplemental claim, but it's best to do it within a year of the decision. I have 5 buddy statements from fellow service members that were roommates and shared the same bunk room with me on duty for 2 years. I am working on getting a nexus letter from my primary care doctor. I also have email correspondence with a medical officer on my ship in November of 2010, requesting to be seen for possible sleep apnea, due to excessive snoring and stopping breathing in my sleep, to which he responded. I was not able to setup a date before separating that coming january. The email I sent read as follows: Dated 22NOV2010 "Good morning Sir, this is AD3 (my name) in IM-2 on CVN-71. I am having problems logging in to the computer today so I'm doing this from my Gmail if you don't mind. I came to medical today but it was after sick hall hours and the personnel at the desk told me to email you rather than coming in tomorrow. I get out of the navy on Jan 28 and I have recently discovered that I could possibly have sleep apnea. My duty section leader brought it to my attention not too long ago and said I need to get it checked out. I asked my wife if she noticed anything different while I sleep and she said I stop breathing in my sleep quite frequently. I woke up the other day to my wife crying and she had me sitting up while I was sleeping because it scared her so much. I don't know what to do because I have never had any health issues before. Any help would be greatly appreciated, Sir." "I have never had any health issues before" might've screwed me, but I'm not a Doctor, so I don't know. Will a copy of that email conversation between the medical officer and I help my case? Should I submit it as evidence as "seeking treatment" while on active duty? Any other advice/tips?
  5. I am in the 8th year of a very legit toxic claim. Exposures admitted. Finally more exams are coming. I would like to find the instructions given to doctors doing such exams. I hope there are instructions like "if the diagnosis is recognized by a respected minority of physicians you can't disallow just because you disagree" (standard rule in medical litigation) also instructions with how they are to deal with benefit of doubt re: occurrence etc. I can't find on Internet.
  6. I have been following the group for a while. My claim is currently sitting in “Pending Decision Approval”. My question is in regards to my C&P exam. In the notes section of the C&P under GW, the doctor states, “...is less likely than not”. However, directly below that under medical opinion, he states “...is at least as likely as not occurred in service”. Why would he have this distinction? All of my claims were for Gulf War syndrome. The C&P looks favorable for service connection, but not Gulf war. Am I missing something? Are there any thoughts on why he separated these items?
  7. So I went to release of records and I got my c n p exam notes . it's States. Based upon direct evaluation and review of the veterans service treatment records DSM-5 diagnosis of other specified trauma or stressor related disorder is provided. The trauma is.....(goes into my specific trauma) this diagnosis is a clarification of the adjustment disorder with mixed anxiety and depressed mood assigned in service My questions is what diagnosis will I be service connected for?/ did the examiner provide the diagnosis for the OSTRD? I know ultimately the raters decide but from the examiners opinion do you think she's implying service connection.
  8. ALCON: please excuse any unintended etiquette breaking on my post. I stumbled on this forum yesterday while googling about a problem with UPS the VA and medication delivery (different issue, still angry, don't get me started). This forum is massive! I some difficulty navigating it but attempted to read pinned posts and follow rules. BLUF: I incurred an injury during service, I've been fighting to get it added to my claim. I'm currently at 90% and the injury is so significant it will push this to 100% (yes, I've done the VA math on this). What do you do when it keeps coming back "cannot find evidence in medical history of injury incurred during service." It took me 4 years to find the RIGHT diagnosis, it was documented during the medical trauma that I had difficulty with walking, pain in the area where the damage was eventually known to have occurred...2 years of Army docs commenting on my back (clear radiological findings there...no argument about the 8 herniated discs) and ALSO commenting that 'other processes or injury' may have occurred because where some of the dysfunction was, did not match the nerve paths. I have two independent letters from two civilian specialists and my own VA primary care doc (also a Veteran) has written his opinion in the medical chart. I have the correct DBQ filled out from a specialist and the initial letter I got I asked her to write the words "it is more likely than not that this occurred during her medical treatment as it can only occur in traumatic injury GOOD LORD...what do I have to do...print it out, highlight it and walk it down to regional and shove it at them? (not really, I will not do that, this is internet frustration and hyperbole)
  9. Good Morning community- Earlier this month I recieved 100% service connection, a surprizing 2 1/2 months after submitting my claim on e-benefits. After living off of a few hundred bucks a month for the past 3 years I woke up to $6k in my bank account, so life feels great right now. A friend of mine is telling me to file my NOD anyways, for the other disabilities they didn't connect, and also to get my SC backdated to the onset of condition - which would be considered starting in the last 2 months of service before recieving my honorable discharge, 9 years ago. Who has experience with this? Is there a legitimate route I can take to get my 100% backdated to the diagnosis of my PTSD, and without a lawyer? Thanks and happy Sunday.
  10. Hello everyone. What I want to know is if I am getting an adequate service connection percentage. I am currently getting 30% for Bi-Polar disorder. I was originally at 10% and then applied for an increase in my percentage in 2011 and it was raised to 30%. I keep seeing and hearing about vets getting higher percentages than me and it confuses me. Like my brother in law gets 20% for a bad knee and when in my mind I compare a bad knee to constant mood swings, bouts of depression, never ending anxiety, paranoid thoughts especially in social situations whether it be at work or in social gatherings, the occasional psychotic break, and constantly feeling like I'm weird or crazy, that comes with Bi-Polar Disorder, I think to myself, "Now is being 10% higher then someone with a bad knee necessarily right?" I just have problems with understanding how the compensation works and I am wondering if I am getting screwed. Some history about me is that Bi-Polar runs in my family but I did not have any signs of it before I went to Iraq in 2003 and then I had a psychotic break while in Iraq and the V.A. determined that my Illness was already there through genes and that military service exacerbated my Illness. As you probably know Bi-Polar illness is a lifelong condition and it feels to me that it is steadily getting worse as I get older. I have been able to hold down a janitor job for almost 3 years full time but have had to take several sick days because of the stress of working and being around people all day. I'm actually worried that having a stable job for that long would actually screw me if I applied for another increase to my SD of all things. It's not like a Janitor job is a high stress environment for most people but it is the max that I can handle. So, I will be stuck in this job and pay level possibly for the rest of my life or possibly get fired for calling in sick to much and I could never be able to make a higher income even though my I.Q. is 131 and I am a hard worker. So with that all being said should I apply for an increase again to my SD?
  11. A veteran's story... after service. A difficult, but true story with a warning to Veterans. Fore-warned is forearmed. Like many others, I enlisted in the military, to do my part. It never occurred to me, beforehand, that such as this story would occur. I find most veterans are reluctant to discuss their ‘stressors’. After years of experience with VA hospitals, I don’t remember anyone ever telling me what happened to them. Those painful events are personal, private and burdensome. I don’t want to discuss my ‘stressors’ either; suffice to say they occurred and I struggled with them for years, before I sought help at Fort Harrison, MT. The process being what it is, I received many demands for information and ordered to numerous examinations. At the end of each communication, VA threatened to dismiss my claim, if I did not comply. With each new demand I spent days or weeks struggling with my memories and flashbacks, trying to meet VA’s requirements of the moment. For those fortunate enough not to understand that struggle, hours and sometimes days are lost to thoughts and overwhelming states of mind. Staying on task is usually very difficult, if not impossible. Each new brief submitted by VA was rife with errors. Often it required eight to ten pages to correct the critical errors made by VA’s claim of the “facts”. The true facts were in the record and the errors were always skewed to my disadvantage. VA’s inability to get it right has made for me some very dark years. I submitted to numerous Compensation & Pension (C&P) examinations. The consensus was: “chronic & severe PTSD”. Unsatisfied with these diagnoses, VA requested some of the doctor’s change their diagnoses. These requests were illegal and fraudulent, they are also in the record, much to VA’s chagrin and I suspect that of the doctors involved. Once the first examiners had reversed their diagnoses per request, VA set about having the record and examinations reviewed by numerous other doctors, who expanded on the fraudulent opinions with even more fraud. At one point an examiner stated I was not credible because I had “requested” so many C&P exams. Fortunately there was an honest physician that pointed out I had not requested the examinations, but had been ordered by VA to comply or have my claim dismissed. After several years of treatment, a doctor recommended I seek representation by a service organization. Up to that point I had merely jumped through the hoops required by VA. I did not understand the process. In hindsight, a veteran should not need to understand the process or deal with a predatory VA. Their service should be honored by an honest and forthright Veterans Administration, as promised and as required by law. Disabled American Veterans (DAV) was recommended to me and I made numerous efforts to enlist the help of DAV, only to be rejected by Mr. K.G. in his condescending manner. His reason… I had begun by talking with someone else. This seems absurd, but nonetheless true. After seven years of submitting to VA’s process, my claim made it to the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC), in 2006. I retained representation by B&M, a veteran’s law firm in Bethesda, MD. During that time, the Court decided I also needed to be represented by a service organization. My attorney informed me of this and asked whom I wanted to give Power of Attorney (POA), for my claim. I explained to the attorney that I had tried to enlist DAV’s help, but Mr. K.G. had refused to accept my POA. The Court assigned DAV to my claim and my attorney and VA jointly agreed to remand the matter. My attorney told me remand was "the best I could hope for". Although in the end, the facts that won the Court’s reversal and my service connection were of record and in his possession, when he said remand was "the best I could hope for". When I approached Mr. K.G., expecting help with the next step, he made it plain that he resented being assigned by the Court. He accused me of “some underhanded dealings” and said “Go home… don’t do anything… don’t call anybody, don’t write anybody… and don’t come back to this office”. I have not gone back and I will never forget his words. Eight years later, my claim made it back to CAVC, with B&M representing me again. My attorneys began again saying remand was "the best I could hope for", but this time I refused, up front, to accept a remand and insisted they read my statements concerning VA’s fraudulent prosecution of my claim and seek reversal of VA’s denial of benefits. With a small and insignificant exception, B&M’s brief to CAVC in 2014 was a reiteration of my statements. While I am grateful for B&M’s assistance and the Court’s reversal of VA’s denial, granting me service connection, I have to wonder why the facts were not viewed the first time, eight years prior. The facts used by CAVC in 2014 were present in the record in 2006 when my “best hope” was remand. My attorneys were well paid for their service. With the Court’s reversal in hand, they correctly predicted that VA would “drag their feet and low-ball my rating”. Then they offered to prevent this continued injustice and see that the Court’s orders were carried out… for a 1/3 share… which was over 5 years of benefits. I declined their offer, believing that the Court’s orders must be carried out… period. Shouldn’t they? I’m beginning to wonder! In a few days, it will be a year since the Court granted my service connection. To date, I have received a form letter from Fort Harrison, MT confirming receipt of my claim from CAVC and the Court’s decision, but nothing else. Not a word. In the Court’s decision, the law requiring expedited handling is quoted and ordered. After months of nothing, I inquired about the required expediting only to be told they “only pay lip-service to that law”. Lip-service only… to the law? That’s outrageous. About that time, a public relations person from B&M’s office contacted me, wanting to use my name & picture in their professional advertisements, because “reversals are rare”. I expressed my desire to remain private and again explained that their desire for 1/3 of my benefits was unwarranted. The PR person stated maybe one of the attorneys could make a phone call on my behalf. That was many months ago and I have not heard from them again. In desperation (I’m about to lose my home), I recently sought ‘un-official’ advice from another service organization, since DAV still refuses to assist me. The other organization found that CAVC’s decision has “not been entered into the computer”. The reason and remedy were unknown. Their advice: be patient. At this point, I have been patient for 16 years. This other person sent a note to Mr. K.G. at DAV, about our conversation. A few days later, I received a call from DAV, the first since 2006. The woman that called was very smug and reminded me that DAV has my POA. I explained that Mr. K.G. refuses to assist me and I am about to lose my home, to which she said I’d “just have to wait”. Why am I writing this? I hope it will find the eyes of someone that gives a damn about the law and injustice. And I hope veterans that find themselves in need of assistance will read this and not be hoodwinked as I have been, for years upon years. Too… I wonder how CAVC Judge S. would feel about “lip-service” to the law and his order. Sincerely,
  12. Here is my situation: I am currently 0% S/C for Anorexia Nervosa. I have a laxative abuse history for over two decades. I am currently in out patient therapy weekly through Tri-West paid for by the VA. It is helping to a point....I have my days... In November of last year I fainted due to my ED and was rushed to the VA ER. I damaged my lower face to include my two upper teeth. I reported this incident to my outside therapist, Chief MH Director of my VA team, and my PCP doctor. Both the MH/PCP doctor's provided consults for me to go to VA dental but Chief Dental Doctor denied all request stating I was not S/C for my teeth...Yes I knew that...So....I had to seek outside dental help and went to my dental doctor and specialist - $4,500 later I got my teeth fixed! Both dentists provided DBQ's on my behalf and I submitted them along with all my documentation to include ER visit to the VA for an FDC claim. I sit waiting now.... Last month I get a letter (Redacted letter.pdf) from the RO office stating: Due to your dental trauma and passing out from your service connected anorexia nervosa, if you would like to file a claim for increase for anorexia nervosa, please submit your application". Well I did some digging and the Anorexia Nervosa disability ratings are TOUGH: 9520 Anorexia nervosa 9521 Bulimia nervosa Rating Formula for Eating Disorders: Self-induced weight loss to less than 80 percent of expected minimum weight, with incapacitating episodes of at least six weeks total duration per year, and requiring hospitalization more than twice a year for parenteral nutrition or tube feeding.................................................................. 100 Self-induced weight loss to less than 85 percent of expected minimum weight with incapacitating episodes of six or more weeks total duration per year ............................................................................................... 60 Self-induced weight loss to less than 85 percent of expected minimum weight with incapacitating episodes of more than two but less than six weeks total duration per year ....................................................................... 30 Binge eating followed by self-induced vomiting or other measures to prevent weight gain, or resistance to weight gain even when below expected minimum weight, with diagnosis of an eating disorder and incapacitating episodes of up to two weeks total duration per year ................. 10 Binge eating followed by self-induced vomiting or other measures to prevent weight gain, or resistance to weight gain even when below expected minimum weight, with diagnosis of an eating disorder but without incapacitating episodes..................................................................... 0 Note: An incapacitating episode is a period during which bed rest and treatment by a physician are required. (Authority: 38 U.S.C. 1155) I spoke to my rep at the RO rating office and she indicated that just b/c the rating guidelines state certain "wording" doesn't mean I shouldn't get an increase. I think I should be at least 10% but I DO NOT have "incapacitating episodes" of two weeks...Look at the above NOTE for incapacitating episodes. She advised me to consider discussing with both my therapist and my chief MH doctor about writing a letter attesting to my therapy as "incapacitating episodes". Meaning the therapy I am in weekly should be considered... I am really not sure what to do here??? QUESTIONS: 1) Should I attempt to file an FDC for an increase on Anorexia Nervosa? 2) If so, should I wait until the FDC that is pending for S/C dental (secondary to Anorexia Nervosa) be completed? 3) Is there such a way to get this accomplished? Thank You!
  13. i do have another post titled prepair for bva but this is a question that is specific and i hope someone can point out some things. i see after scanning many different previous BVA decisions that i have 3 different ways to gain service connection but im not sure of the easiest for me or do i just overwhelm my self with all 3 I believe that my claim should be granted I believe that my claim falls into 3 different ways to achieve a grant of service connection 1. Presumption of soundness….. induction exam passed me with flying colors and so did the 30th AG reception. The VA can rebut the presumption of soundness, but they have to prove 2 things to do it. First, they have to produce clear and unmistakeable evidence that the entrance physical is incorrect - and that the Veteran's condition pre-existed service. Second, the VA has to prove - by clear and unmistakeable evidence - that the condition was NOT aggravated by military service before they move on to The presumption of aggravation type of claim because this is a wholly different presumption and, in those cases, 38 USC 1153 and 38 CFR 3.306 would clearly apply. (a) In my service treatment records I have phules that show an increase in the stated L of 1 then goes to a 4 then to a 3 but permanent. Also I was prescribed medication. (b) The EPSB/MEB is the only person in service that said that there was no aggravation but didn’t express why there wasn’t. they put no narrative and no explanation. © A c+p exam held 6 months after discharge diagnosed me with bilateral hip strain and stated that my childhood disease was apparently cured. Though the va said he didn’t have my service treatment records (d) A second c+p exam was done and he stated that it had to be natural progression because absence of anything in record that shows specific trauma and injury. ( courts have always said this isn’t good enough ) (e) I have a primary care dr opin that states it is of course possible the rigors of service contributed to my degree of disability and after viewing certain records that show pain in hips after running and jumping and physical fitness that it is more likely than not do to my time in service. 2) Direct Service connection… diagnoses of bilateral hip strain in service, diagnosis after service within 7 months of discharge. Present diagnosis of bilateral hip strain.//// medical nexus is the effects of military training on my weight barring joints ( hips ) has created this strain. A) 3 different reports to sick call, 3 different profiles written up stating the PT is what did this, 1 evaluation showing pain on movement and diagnosis for bilateral hip strain B) current diagnosis from C+P exams and a SS exam. Evaluations from ss exam and varius vamc showing issues… c) I never had a bilateral problem before I joined service it was only a 1 hip issue and nothing in the records shows this to be anything different. Also child hood disease is a fixable one if treated before age 6 and mine was. Hip strain is a new issue not an issue about leg perthes. D) varius articles, my own statement, medical definitions sports injuries , Dr. letter, Director of nursing letter all show my nexus. 3 Secondary service… 3 issues came to light in the service. Lumbar djd and bilateral hip strain. All 3 happened at the same time. I have beed granted service connection for my lumbar djd and all 3 issues are major weight bearing joints. It is im sure possible to a medical logic that the lower back issue created some of the issues im experiencing with my hips. The same medical nexus would be that the running and jumping that was affecting my lower back then led to my other weight bearing joints the hips that are so closely related in the body.
  14. Hello, Thanks you all for great help and advice so far in our adventure with the VA. I am helping my father with most of the grunt work for this process and he is represented by the American Legion. The backstory: Claim filed in 2005. Finally awarded in 2012 @ 50%, but they failed to infer the claim for TDIU, even though he has been on SSD since 2003, and the VA mentioned SSD with service connected symptoms in his VA award letter. His doctor letters also declare him permanently disabled from working (VA doctor). He filed a NOD 2013 stating that his claim should have been inferred automatically for TDIU (including back pay) and that his rating should have been higher and considered permanent due to the evidence they were already aware of. Where we're at: We received a letter this week from the VA notifying us that they received the NOD and that our appeal is for entitlement to service connection for anxiety, nos and depression, nos (claimed as PTSD). It states that we have a choice between" traditional appeal process" or DRO. Here is the problem. We are not appealing entitlement to service connection! (Why would we NOT want service connection?) We are arguing that our claim should have been inferred for TDIU since he has not worked since 2003, has been on SSD since 2003 and the VA has acknowledged SSD for "anxiety and depression" in the award for disability which was in fact granted for "anxiety and depression". By two questions are: 1. Why are they claiming we're appealing our service connection when its already been granted? 2. We want to argue that we should have been inferred for TDIU in our original award. Should we pursue the DRO or "traditional appeal process" route? Thank you all so much. I'm sorry I went inactive on my last post, but we are again in the process of moving as indicated in that post. More information about this case can be found here:
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