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  1. Jbo

    Bone Cancer

    I'm 100% disabled for prostate cancer and filing for SMC for stage 4 bone cancer. I can't find what percentage it would be ratebale for and I have not been scheduled for a C&P exam. I've submitted all CT scans & MRI scans with letters from my doctors. In addition I've also filed for diabetes 2, neuropathy, sleep apnea and tinnitus. I've had a C&P exam for the diabetes & neuropathy with no decision yet also no C&P scheduled for the bone cancer. My question..what is the secondary rate for stage 4 bone cancer would it be SMC-S or somthing else? Will I receive SMC-K compensation for all the additional issues ? thank you for any help
  2. I filed my 21-2680 aid/attendance form filled out by my PCP at the VA.I also submitted parts of my VA records that I thought would apply to my claim for aid/attendance. I just noticed that under "What You've Claimed" on-line it says the following: What you’ve claimed SMC - L Aid and Attendance (New) degenerative arthritis left hip (Increase) lumbar spine degenerative disease (Increase) plantar fasciitis right foot (Increase) right lower extremity radiculopathy (claimed as neuritis or radiculopathy bilateral legs/toes) (Increase) All I claimed is the SMC. It is listing most of my s/c disabilities and looks like I am filing for increases. All of those are already adjudicated nd I am at 100% schedular/permaent and have been for a few years. Are they trying to redo all my settled disabilities because I am claiming aid and attendance??
  3. Currently SMC-S. Expecting to win another separate 100% rating for an unrelated single disability. Already have a single disability that is 100% rating + 60% combined other disabilities. Does two distinctly separate 100% ratings entitle one to an increase in SMC? *Seems like I read a thread on here somewhere stating it does.
  4. I guess I need to know how to go forward. I am 100%P&T schedular AND TDIU. I intend on filing a SMC-L claim for aid/attendance. I became aware of the form 21-2680 (Exam for permanent need for aid and attendance). My Primary doctor is a VA doctor and will most likely not fill out the form. I have no doctor that I know of that can fill out the form for me. I know I can file for SMC-L online at E-Benefits but is the 21-2680 a NECESSITY for filing the claim? I have gathered the appropriate VA Medical notes which clearly show my need for assistance in adl's such as shoes/socks/bathing/trimming toenails as well as statements such as "Unable to perform ADL's" that are included in most notes by my primary. All of the evidence I will be submitting is contained in my C-File with the exception of a "layperson's statement" from my girlfriend who will attest to my needs. I know the SMC should've been considered automatically at the time of my appeal decisions so I worry that they already looked and decided against it which leads me to the problem of opening a new claim (time for appealing is long gone) without the 21-2680. Can a FDC be decided based on the above or will it be kicked back because I failed to submit the 21-2680? Or will they move forward if not decided immediately with a C&P?
  5. Good Afternoon, Could you please direct me in the following. I have 2 A&As that the VA grouped together under A&A. My wife is a physician that takes care of me for PTSD keeping me safe from hurting myself/others (also states that I am in danger of hurting myself/other in my psych evaluation from VA that awarded me 100% PTSD Rating and for total loss of both feet and spinal issues where my wife injects me daily, provides physical therapy for me and changes and addresses my wound care, not to mention all Acts of Daily Living. So, my question is do I file for a higher level of increase for SMC O because of 2 A&As (Or even on A&A and Loss of use SMC-O, or do I file for a Higher Level of Care based on the additional things only a medical professional can provide? Should I really get a lawyer? Thank you very much
  6. Hello Everyone, I received my claim back today. The VA awarded me Aid and Attendance SMC L1 based on every condition I have from 100% Rated Loss of use of feet, 100% Rated PTSD, 100% rated Stroke and even 50% rated sleep Apnea. I have ratings totaling 650%. Can the VA lump everything together? loss of use and being kept safe because of PTSD are 2 additional and separate listed items under SMC. I’m so confused. Thank you for answering and giving me advise!
  7. Good Morning , Once you receive SMC L, can you keep getting awarded for half bumps for every 50% unrelated disabilities? Thank You Very Much! Mark
  8. Hello everyone, (LONG POST BUT PLEASE READ AND HELP) So I've been browsing this forum for a while and see that there is a lot of knowledge and really good advice so am hoping I can get some insight as well as some advice. My brother is a disabled veteran I help care for him. He retired from the Army 2016, 5 years ago in June. Served 3 tours, 2 tours in Iraq, and 1 in Afghanistan. While deployed his job was in mortuary affairs processing of remains so am sure you can only imagine the things on his mind and what he still lives with daily. The military in 2003, 2004, 2009 was not the military it currently is if you mentioned you had issues, like PTSD your career was over. My brother made it in the Army for 17 years he should have been in my eyes, retired medically. Once he returned from his tours he was always getting himself trouble or just having issues with his command. His wife at the time tried so many times to let those in charge of him that he was not right, suffering in silence. Before he retired his command took him to a mental hospital because of statements that he made. Basically he made homicidal statements. He spent 2 weeks in the mental ward. At that time my brother could barely even walk, he would go to work and go see someone in medical and they would send him home to rest. When he finally retired after 6 months he got a VA rating of 70% I worked with his wife to help with the kids and his care. In 2018 we finally got him approved for 100% with TDIU VA benefits and SSDI. At that time of his approval of 100% he only had PTSD at 70% and a bunch of other ratings at different percentages getting him SMC-S. Fast forward because I want to provide the information needed but also do not want to make this long. So while my brother was in Iraq he suffered a TBI he has a rating for TBI which was at 0% with a couple of other ratings for his residuals of TBI. So in 2019, his neurologists recommended I open a claim for sleep apnea secondary to both his TBI and PTSD. I did, and I requested that his TBI and PTSD also be looked at by submitting a claim to have the percentages raised. Well, after 5 CP exams> which were for the following. TBI, Headaches, PTSD, Central Nerve System, TBI Resduials, Sleep Apnea, Gerd, all of his ratings were looked at. At our first CP exam, the cp examiner asked why I was not getting SMC for Aid attendance, which to be totally honest I did not know about. My brother wife did try to get approved for the caregiver program and she was denied stating that the program was for Vets that would show improvement over time and that my brother first needed to start seeing a VA therapist for mental problems at the VA. He was already being seen by the local Vet center by a therapist so he did not want to change and she was trying to manage him and the kids and did not have the fight to keep fighting the system. Yesterday I looked on healthevet and ebenefits to check the claim and what I saw was the following the claim actually went into Gathering Evidence after it was in Pending decision approval about a week half ago but the RATED Disability have changed some of having new date of 7/2019 when I put the claim in: 20% radiculopathy right lower extremity (femoral) 20% radiculopathy left lower extremity (sciatic) 0% residual Head scar 10% painful head scar 20% radiculopathy left upper extremity (ulnar nerve) 0% TBI ("This was his rating for TBI when he retired") 100% PSTD with TBI ( " PTSD was by itself and at 70% but now it is combined with TBI and at 100% but then my question is why is TBI still listed showing 0%) 30% radiculopathy right upper extremity (ulnar nerve) 20 % radiculopathy left lower extremity (femoral) 10% Tinnitus 10% Gerd 0% right forearm scar 50% migraines and Vertigo 0% right hip femoral acetabular limitation of extension 10% left hip femoral acetabular limitation of extension 20% Lumbar spine degenerative arthritis 20% Cervical spine degenerative arthritis 10% painful right knee scar 10% right hip femoral acetabular impingement syndrome with thigh impairment sleep Apnea looks like it was denied (" I do not know why as I have not received the packet") All the Nerve ratings went up! Also in March of this year, we submitted the aid and attendance form 21-2680 we submitted because we did even know about aid attendance was possible and also because when we went to our first CP exam the cp examiner suggested we look into SMC T for aid and attendance. When we submitted the form my brother's wife and myself wrote letters explaining what we do daily for him, this is what cp examiner recommended. So my brother wife actually left her job to care for him because when he first retired she would come home from work and either her or the kids would find him on the floor he would fall and just stay there until someone arrived home, he almost burned the kitchen once because he put bread in the toaster and then went to sleep and forget about it, he has been arrested for driving at top speeds of 125 trying to get away from what he says are terrorist. So he no longer drives, she drives him everywhere, but everywhere is his appointments he barely goes out, he has severe rage and anger just can not think properly and even appropriately. Really bad memory problems She helps him out of bed every morning because his legs are pins and needles she makes sure he brushes his teeth, she showers him and dresses him, makes his meals, he decided he would not eat after the burning of the kitchen toaster, so if she or the kids or me do not give him food he just will not eat he saw allot of burned bodies so the toaster burning surely triggered something. she manages his meds because at first he was over medicating or just not taking them. When he wakes up with nightmares talking about the dead bodies he sees she calms him down, he becomes suicidal at times and even makes a lot of homicidal statements. He wants nothing to do with our family other than his wife and kids and me,,,,, he pretty much keeps to himself. A lot of the guys he served with in Iraq doing the same job as him have committed suicide. My dad and me try to help him and his wife and the kids as much as we can, if I can give her a break here and there I try to. We are all in agreement that the man who left for Iraq on his first deployment is no longer the same person. So to my questions?? 1. Yesterday I got a call from LHI that they need to schedule him for AID and Attendance CP exam? I have no idea what this is and how to prepare him for this exam he likes to have knowledge of what his appointments are for? And actually gets very angry when he does not and starts saying he wants to go home!!! 2. If he has one rating at 100% which be PTSD and TBI would the VA consider him for SMC L? If so why do they need an exam if the VA form from his Va dr was provided? 3. Based on the Ratings above what would his SMC rate be if any? 4. Any advice on how to get his sleep apnea service-connected secondary to his PTSD or TBI or both? 5. Also he has ED it's in his medical record and it was asked about that when they did the exams for TBI residuals and Central nerve system, but I see nothing on his ratings ? I know that how that claim is back to gathering Evidence is not final but if ED is not listed is that something I should fight for him? Any advice and help would be greatly appreciated.
  9. I'm 100%P&T schedular AND TDIU. Prior to receiving my 100%, I had a THR in 2017 and received SMC for a year, which is standard. They then cut me off the SMC in Dec, 2018. When I won my appeal for numerous disabilities and was awarded the final rating in 2019, I did not receive SMC (aid/attendance). Three questions: 1- It is my understanding that when awarded 100%, the VA is obligated to consider SMC for aid/attendance regardless of whether or not it was included in the claim. Because I did not get it, does that mean they looked at it and decided against it? I was going to write an "informal" letter to my Regional Office asking them to look but don't know if that's the proper avenue to take. If not, I am assuming I need to file a claim for SMC-L and I have read that I need to start by filing a form 21-2680. Isn't a formal disability claim necessary first and then it would begin the whole forever process of a normal claim and C&P exam where the 21-2680 would be filled out by the examiner? 2- My need for aid/attendance is primarily related to bending over problems such as tying shoes, putting on socks, washing feet, and clipping nails, or picking up items off the floor. Is this enough to get aid/attendance? I found this case (https://www.va.gov/vetapp12/files2/1213019.txt) and it very similar to mine (with the exception of the guy faking the severity of his conditions) and it leads me to believe I would be wasting my time. 3- Extra Credit Question : My individual ratings add up to 270%, thus the 100% schedular rating, and my TDIU was won on appeal AFTER the 100% was awarded. So, am I restricted for work under TDIU? Show less
  10. Retired MP


    I was at 100% for, 60% back, 20% left and right sciatic and femoral nerve impairment, 60% neck with left ulnar nerve impairment, 10% left knee strain, 10% Tinitis, 40% bilateral hearing and 30% PTSD. Also loss use for left foot that was part of back claim. I asked for review for all disabilities. They came back with 100% PTSD. They took away separate nerve rating of lower legs and added it to back claim. They then moved me to SMC-S. In appeal in DC is right foot drop which I was first diagnosed in 2006 by private doctor. Also loss of use for left snd right hand snd left and right shoulder and bilateral buttocks all on appeal at regional level. We are waiting for decision on bilateral foot drop which should have been automatic since I have left. Then how I understand the ankles and the AandA would be two SMC L’s which would move to SMC-O then with AandA would move to R1. Is this correct ? I’m using a private VA certified attorney because my county rep would not assist anymore.
  11. 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 helping me clean. and more. would i be able to apply for smc-l and if so how would i go about doing it. i overheard a family member discussing it with my sister and mom the other day. and it sounds very helpful. thank you
  12. Can anyone lead me to the SMC S HOUSEBOUND Criteria? NOT JUST THE SMC CRITERIA BUT THE HOUEBOUND CRITERIA. I understand this SMC S H.B. NEEDS TO BE UNIFORMALLY SUITED TO THE DISABILITY UNDER CFR 3.350 (i) What I mean about uniformly suited to the disability is like for PARALYZED VETERANS THEY ARE SUITED FOR HOUSEBOUND ITS OBVIOUSLY HE CAN'T LEAVE HIS HOUSE ANY TIME HE FEELS LIKE ON HIS OWN MAKING HIM HOUSBOUND. Does a Veteran need to have his disability uniformly mention as a criteria? TO MEET THE HOUSEBOUND CRITERIA? Meaning the Veterans disability needs to be as he can't leave his house because of his S.C. Disabilities the disability needs to be chronic static and of nature example veteran with severe hearing loss and is S.C. For it at 80% they award him TDIU BECAUSE HE CAN'T DO ANY TYPE WORK DUE TO THIS DISABILITY, OK UNIFORMLLY HE CAN WORK AND DO SOMETHING HE ALSO CAN LEAVE HIS HOUSE IF HE DECIDES TO SMC s house bound is define as a veteran with one rated disability 100% and another sc disability at 60% this meets the SMC S CRITERIA ....>BUT EXACTELY IS IT HOUSEBOUND? Can anyone tell me the criteria for housebound? AND NOT JUST THE CFR 38. 3.350. - (a) -(z)
  13. My current VA rating for veteran w/spouse is being paid SMC L1 since 2018. Last month I won my BVA appeal for CRPS both upper extremities but my rating did not change. The board granted the appeal but sent it back to the Houston RO to rate. Should I be rated "R" for having two separate L1 ratings or do you think I should be rated higher (at least O)? Can you become an HadIt patron with a 1 time donation? Be happy too. Current rated disabilities: L1 - Loss of use both feet rated on 8/24/2020 effective date 1/26/2018 (7-foot surgeries resulting in permanent use of mobility devices) L1 - (A&A) permanent need for Aid and Attendance rated on 8/24/2020 effective date 8/21/2019 (on account of being so helpless due to complex regional pain syndrome & lumbar degenerative arthritis with intervertebral disc syndrome) 100% - 8/24/2020 effective date 1/26/2018 loss of use of both feet 30% - 4/10/2014 lumbar degenerative arthritis with intervertebral disc syndrome (CRPS in all four extremities) 20% - 06/05/2015 complex regional pain syndrome left upper extremity 30% - 02/05/2020 complex regional pain syndrome right upper extremity 20% - 04/10/2014 left lower extremity complex regional pain syndrome with tibial nerve impairment 20% - 04/10/2014 right lower extremity posterior complex regional pain syndrome with tibial nerve impairment 10% - 10/09/2014 tinnitus 00% - 10/09/2014 bilateral hearing loss 20% - 05/25/2016 left ankle tendonitis and chronic regional pain syndrome 20% - 05/25/2016 right ankle tendonitis 10% - 04/12/2012 scar, s/p right plantar fasciectomy, thigh graph, fibromatosis 20% - 04/12/2012 scars, s/p left plantar fasciectomy, thigh graph, fibromatosis 10% - 04/12/2012 s/p left plantar fasciectomy, thigh graph, fibromatosis (now rated as bilateral) thank you, Steve
  14. What are the easiest claims to claim for besides Erectile Dysfunction thats also hard to prove for SMC? Asking for a friend.
  15. Here's a great story to start Spring. Janet and Donald are my oldest customers. Janet found me here in 2014 before I was accredited. She waited and bided her time waiting for me to get my license to kill. https://asknod.org/2020/03/09/bva-r2-you-cant-always-get-what-you-want/ Nothing, I mean nothing, could keep this woman from winning. She also snagged all the goodies on SHA and the auto grant without me. I do hope Cupcake will be that aggressive on my account if I get this ill.
  16. This was a big week at asknod. I just wish my neighbor John had gotten R2 out of the gate. It ain't over until Secretary Bob weighs in when he reads my email Monday morning. One of the Vets, Andrew, is a member here- or should I say- his wife is. She found me here and I'm honored to have helped her. https://asknod.org/2020/02/22/va-baby-you-can-drive-my-car/ When I came home from Vietnam, I never ever thought there would be a day when I'd say I was proud to have served my country. It was ugly in 1972. Now, I'm overjoyed at the ability to pay it forward. Thank you Lord for the Internet. It's a Godsend to so many who are clueless. Leave no one behind. I still wish I could have named my site What would a Veteran Do? (WWVD). That's what wives are for. a
  17. Good evening, I have been rated 100% for severe and chronic ptsd since 2007 along with 8 other ratings ranging from 10% to 60% and recently was diagnosed and service connected for Parkinson's disease from my TBI sustained in combat in 2005. The VA sent me paperwork and ratings for my Parkinson"s diagnosis and awarded me an additional 100% disability rating on top of my multiple other ratings as well as my 100% ptsd rating. I have been drawing additional SMC pay on top of my normal disability VA pay at the S or what is referred to the home bound rate ( around $300.00 ) extra a month. I was at a veterans session this past week and a former VA service officer was there explaining our pay and medical benefits and one of the questions asked by another vet was if anyone like himself had two separate 100% VA rated disabilities. I raised my hand and he asked the former VA rep why he wasn't getting paid smc on top of his 100% rating and that's when it got confusing for me with my TBI. Apparently to my understanding if a veteran had two separate 100% service connected VA disability ratings, their SMC pay should be much higher than the household amount in the $300.00 range. Can anyone verify or confirm this. The former VA rep stated that the two combined 100% ratings should place additional SMC pay to around an additional 12 to 13 hundred extra dollars a month. Is this in any way accurate or Am I misunderstanding all this because of my TBI? Thank you in advance and thank you God for Spell correct.
  18. This is an amazing story. I got a Vietnam Swift Boater (Dan) R1 last year. Sadly, he passed in early January. They got almost a year of R1- $93,600 -before he passed.. This Vet's wife (Dan's daughter) came to me in early December and asked me to help her. Seems the VFW in Arkansas doesn't understand SMC very well. They said her husband was maxed out at SMC M. But of course, they said that before he finally got SMC L. I was honored to represent this 11 Bravo 20 w/ CIB. Two R1s and two Vietnam Vets in the same family. That will probably stand as my personal best. Hoooooo, doggies I do love to litigate. Leave no one behind fellow members. Never. This is precisely why I chose to become a VA agent. I wanted to make a difference in a few Vet's lives before I punch out. Some of you will ask how much money I made. $36.75 for USPS Priority mail postage. The Arkansas Puzzle Palace didn't fight my Vet on it nor did I expect them to. Cool beans, huh? redact R 1.pdf
  19. I was just wondering if my conditions qualified me for smc. I believe i could end up getting am extra 100% rating. Disabilities 100% Total Combined Disability You have a 100% final degree of disability. This percentage determines the amount of benefit pay you will receive. How is this calculated Rated Disabilities Disability Rating Decision Related To Effective Date left (non-dominant) shoulder condition (claimed as left shoulder) Not Service Connected trunk injury Not Service Connected abdominal muscle Not Service Connected degenerative disc disease/arthritis of the thoracolumbar spine with intervertebral disc syndrome and history of lumbar strain (previously rated as lumbar strain, claimed as lumbago, upper and lower back, spasming muscles and bulging disc) 20% Service Connected 06/05/2017 radiculopathy, left lower extremity, sciatic nerve 40% Service Connected 06/05/2017 radiculopathy, right lower extremity, sciatic nerve 40% Service Connected 06/05/2017 radiculopathy, right lower extremity, femoral nerve 10% Service Connected 06/05/2017 left knee chondromalacia (claimed as severe bilateral knee chondromalacia) 0% Service Connected 04/15/2014 limitation of flexion, chondromalacia and osteoarthritis, right knee 0% Service Connected 06/05/2017 migraines Not Service Connected carpal tunnel syndrome, left hand Not Service Connected carpal tunnel syndrome, right hand Not Service Connected pseudofolliculitis barbae (also claimed as skin condition) 0% Service Connected 04/15/2014 limitation of extension, chondromalacia and osteoarthritis, right knee (previously rated under DC 5003-5260) 40% Service Connected 06/05/2017 major depressive disorder (also claimed as adjustment disorder with depressed mood; nightmare disorder; depression; and trouble sleeping) 50% Service Connected 04/15/2014 right (dominant) shoulder labral tear, including superior labral anterior-posterior lesion 20% Service Connected 05/02/2015 degenerative disc disease/arthritis of the cervical spine with intervertebral disc syndrome and history of cervical strain (previously rated as cervical strain, claimed as neck) 20% Service Connected 06/05/2017 radiculopathy, right upper extremity, middle and lower radicular group 40% Service Connected 06/05/2017 radiculopathy, left upper extremity, middle and lower radicular group 30% Service Connected 06/05/2017 right knee scars 0% Service Connected 04/15/2014 Pending Disabilities Disability Submitted Type Actions Lumbar Spine 05/08/2018 INC View Pending Claim Right Knee 05/08/2018 INC View Pending Claim Cervical Spine 05/08/2018 INC View Pending Claim Right Upper Nerves 05/08/2018 NEW View Pending Claim Left Upper Nerves 05/08/2018 NEW View Pending Claim Left Lower Nerve 05/08/2018 NEW View Pending Claim Right Lower Nerve 05/08/2018 NEW View Pending Claim Skin Condition 05/08/2018 INC View Pending Claim
  20. As promised, I attach a big winner. I've never found so many CUEs under one rock. Kev's DRO reviewer called him up to tell him he knew more about SMC than she did. My name never came up fortunately. Redacted DRO for R2 for Kevin.pdf
  21. Preexisting facts: - 100% P&T ( to include 100% PTSD, 70% TBI ) since 2011 - SMC-K - SMC-S with two children. - two documented neuropsych & forensic workups: TBI residuals well documented, aquired ADHD due to mTBI x3; cognative and social imparements compounded by PTSD. - purple heart Hello all I need guidence. I am having a harder time maintining basic tasks. I am relying more on my relatives and children to help me with items such as laundry, house cleaning and such. The wife split and and left me and the children. I have contacted my MOPH service officer and am waiting to hear back from him. I am trying to figuire out if I should file for A&A or other SMC. I feel like I am barely treading water. I have read but tired to figuire out SMC -R1 or SMC-T applies... Please advise. Fury 1-9 out
  22. I uploaded (last week) some of the decisions my late husband had gotten and Berta spotted a couple CUEs and gave me some help in drafting them. Berta if you are able to help with a few more questions Please? I have only 2 more days till my year is up from the DIC/Accrued benefits claim where DIC was awarded and Accrued denied saying there aren't any. At that time also, I intended Substitution but the VA form got separated (my fault) and didn't get submitted. I, however, wrote it into the 21-534EZ form and checked it. I also included a cover letter that said explicitly I was substituting for any and all accrued benefits... They didn't address substitution in their decision. Now with the CUEs which aren't an accrued yet, do I need to address those 2 forms immediately before the deadline? Here are some questions I still have if you could clarify these for me please: A. Is a NOD for accrued benefits claimed with DIC a year ago needed – to appeal their conclusion that there are no accrued benefits? Would any backpay from these CUEs be considered accrued benefits that I would have to NOD the decision now for? B. Is Substitution needed to do CUE claims or to receive any backpay on them? C. What happens when future presumptions of ao are added to the list going forward (as a surviving spouse) does it affect anything I can act on? 1. Conditions claimed before – either rated or denied sc 2. Would conditions listed in the C-File but never claimed come into play ever as a presumptive? D. If CUE is successful: 1. then qualifying for housebound or A&A will need to be judged and evidence has never been presented before… a. does the judgement come only from the C-File? And if so, should I include printouts from C-File to bring attention to issues pertaining to them? b. Can any evidence be added (from that date and before) since it was never considered before? And if so, do I include it with the CUE claim? E. IHD was first decided as 30% and went back to one year prior to our first claim – effective 2004…the bump up to 60% was effective . But the 100% was effective 2006…Should any of those effective dates be different because: 1. SSDI was in place for IHD qualification date of 12/2000 2. TDIU decision being effective 2006 (but he was unemployable per SSDI in 2000?) 3. 100% decision? 4. 100% effective date adjusted back due to Nehmer 2010 addition listing it as a presumptive 5. Combination of all the above? F. Many of the evidence documents we submitted are not in the C-File and none of the forms we submitted are there to prove what we submitted or said. Is that normal? G. Also, the only SS docs in the C-File are the ones where I outline his conditions and behaviors in answer to the many questions on the intake paperwork for that SS claim. There’s 4 pages of handwritten (including along margins due to space shortage) that I doubt anyone is going to wade through but it’s filled with problems he was having. Should I type it all out and attach it to the handwritten forms? H. We submitted the whole SS file but can’t prove it. We even wrote a letter to our Congressman to help us get a particular letter sent to us by SS along with their decision listing a myriad of restrictions to employment they concluded for him. I couldn’t find it and neither could SS but the Congressman did try for us. I have those communications too, but don’t want to drown them in paperwork with this claim. Any thoughts? Again, thank you Berta. I did try the other people you suggested without success. And thank you to everyone here who has helped me or does going forward!
  23. can anyone tell me how get smc with 10% service connection for chronic epididymitis .
  24. can anyone tell me how get smc with 10% service connection for chronic epididymitis
  25. I am trying to figure out some information. Is it possible to have Special Monthly Compensation WITHOUT Disability pay? I was under the impression that you got both or you just got disability pay, but never SMC by itself.
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