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  1. Hello everyone, I have a question on whether I should submit, or even mention, certain paperwork for my claim. I have recently been awarded Social Security Disability (SSDI) based on my service-connected back condition. As I'm pretty sure that would help me with my VA TDIU claim, there were things the two examining doctors put in their reports that are incorrect and could go against me with my other secondary claims. Therein lies the issue. For example; Social Security (SS) sent me to a doctor to examine my back, and a psychologist for depression and PTSD. The psychologist may have spent 30 minutes with me and put in his report to SS that I had a "mild" mood disorder due to chronic pain and that my mental health condition is "fair." This is something that my wife and daughter strongly disagrees with since they have to put up with me every day. The therapist I talk to every week diagnosed me with major depression and PTSD. MY QUESTION: Since I will be claiming depression and PTSD as secondary claims, should I even submit this psychologists report to the VA? Should I even mention this in my veterans statement? Will the VA have access to my SS file whether I mention it or not? Or if there is a chance the VA will find this report in their search, should I be proactive and rebuke the information in my veteran statement? The report from the doctor that examined my back was full of misinformation. He stated I began having mild back pain in 1975 to 1980. When in fact my back pain started in the mid-1980s while in the military. This is well-documented. He also stated that I have had hypertension for approximately 3 to 4 years and is usually well controlled on medication. I have had hypertension documented for 20 years, and it is NOT well controlled on medication. It often spikes. In fact, my blood pressure at his office visit, documented in his report, was 170/88. This doctor also stated in his report that I have had sleep apnea 5 years, when in fact I have had sleep apnea documented for 18 years. I'm not sure where he got his information, but it certainly didn't come from me. SECOND QUESTION: Even though his report on my back obviously helped me get SS disability, will it hinder me on my hypertension and sleep apnea secondary VA claims? My medical records can definitely back up the dates when these issues started, but am just wondering if I should submit his report and even mention my SSDI approval in my veteran's statement for my TDIU claim? I know this was a little long and I appreciate anybody that took the time to read it. I'm not sure how to proceed and I really appreciate any replies. Thank you!
  2. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/social-security-cola-2022-increase-biggest-nearly-40-years/ Enjoy, Hamslice
  3. I am 100% P&T and I applied for and was granted Helpless Child for my stepson before his 18th birthday with little or no problems from the VA. He is now over 18 and eligible for Social Security benefits, but we are having issues with the SSA and the VA. Social Security is docking my son's SSI payments and counting the helpless child payment as income for him because I am getting the helpless child payment on my VA disability. After lots of calls and back and forth, we have finally got SSA to say that we need a letter from the VA showing the break out of the payments and that the payments from the VA is only for me. However, when I looked on EBenefits I could not find a letter or link that shows the breakdown /stack up of how my payment is determined. I tried showing the SSA the chart from the VA website, but that is not good enough for that side of the government. So my questions are: 1) Has anyone else fought this fight with 2 of the most obtuse government agencies before? 2)Is there anyway to get or generate a letter or some other documentation close to what he SSA is requiring? 3) Is there somewhere on the VA site that shows our payment breakdown, not just the total award, i.e. $xxxxx for 100%, $xxxx for SMC, $xxx for dependents, etc.?
  4. My husband is rated 70% for PTSD. In January of 2020, he was finally marked unemployable and paid at the 100% rate. A couple months later, he applied for SSI disability since the VA has said that he isn't employable. He was instantly denied, so he sought out the advice of an attorney that specializes in SSI. The lawyer told him his case was a no brainer and he would be awarded social security disability. He had his telephone appeal at the beginning of this month and we just received the denial (attached here) in the mail. Based on what he received in the mail, should he even try to appeal again? The military says he cannot work. Shouldn't SSI take that into account? He's been working on this for almost a year and I would hate for all that hard work to go out the window. His lawyer mentioned trying again in a year, but that doesn't make sense to me. Has anyone been in this position? Should he appeal again? SSA Decision.pdf
  5. Hi, I have been awarded 100% P&T by the VA. So i applied for social security, they recently sent me a letter saying that it was approved. But here is where things get tricky, I first filed on 9/27/2017. But on my award letter it only talks about 2016, it also says that my benefits were suspended in 2016... But why? at that point i hadnt even filed for ssdi. here is a timeline of events and my award letter. 02/08/2018 A Decision Has Been Made On Your Appeal Your claim for Disability benefits has been approved. A detailed notice has been sent to you with your benefit information. 02/01/2018 We started reviewing the decision made by the Disability Determination Service for accurate processing of your appeal. 10/03/2017 The Disability Determination Service for your state started processing the medical portion of your appeal. 10/02/2017 We started reviewing your request for an appeal. 10/02/2017 Your request for an appeal was submitted. 09/27/2017 Your online appeal was started. =======HERE IS A COPY OF MY AWARD LETTER. CAN SOMEONE GIVE ME SOME INSIGHT AS TO WHATS GOING ON??======= Information About Current Social Security Benefits Beginning September 2016, the full monthly Social Security benefit before any deductions is $0.00. We deduct $0.00 for medical insurance premiums each month. The regular monthly Social Security payment is $0.00. (We must round down to the whole dollar.) Social Security benefits for a given month are paid the following month. (For example, Social Security benefits for March are paid in April.) Your Social Security benefits are paid on or about the second Wednesday of each month. Benefits were suspended beginning September 2016. Type of Social Security Benefit Information You are entitled to monthly disability benefits.
  6. Hello all...I just wanted to post a couple successes that just recently came through. The first is on the social security front. As soon as I became entitled to TDIU I applied for SSDI. at process took 4 months and required absolutely no medical or physical appointment in person. I just printed out the TDIU letter from ebenefits, downloaded my medical history from myhealthevet and printed it off, which was subsequently sent to Social Security. That process took 4 months and required absolutely no medical or physical appointment in person. Just a quick 10-15 minute phone call with a representative. I was awarded yesterday and applied initially February 24th. The other is the Total and Permanent Disability discharge for student loans. Again, I applied the second I was awarded TDIU and that, as well, came back as being discharged yesterday. My loans totaled $64,000! I feel very fortunate to have some of the resources that have been made available to me by this website. The joy I experienced yesterday was like Christmas, my birthday, and coming home from both of my deployments wrapped all into one! I wish you all the same amount of fortune.
  7. I'll try to make this short, but my blood is boiling after receiving this bill, so excuse me if I go off on a rant. . 09/27/13 - Social Security makes a decision that I'm 100% disabled. They give me a lump sum check for time they said I should have received from SSDI, and I start getting a check each month. Of course, immediately upon receiving the check, every city, county, state, and federal agency/office/what-have-you wants part of it. I do my duty and pay all my "debts." I have been receiving VA medical care since about 2008. Before then, I didn't even know I was eligible, or that there was such a thing, until I needed a medication I could afford, applied through the pharmaceutical company for help, and they told me I was eligible for VA medical and needed to apply to VA to get it. I didn't believe them and thought they were wasting time. Turns out I was eligible, and had been since 1982, but was never told that. When I got out, I got my honorable discharge papers, a certificate for a VA home loan, and a swift kick in the butt. Since I've been getting VA medical care, I had never received a bill for medication nor for outpatient visits, etc., until about 6 months ago. That's when they started sending me outrageous bills for prescriptions. When I couldn't afford to pay the bills, they went to the Treasury Department and had them take it out of my SSDI checks, to the tune of over $100 a month! (If all you have is SSDI, you already know that you're only one step away from being homeless.) I told my doctor to cut off all my meds; that I wasn't going to take any of them anymore, because it was going to drive me into homelessness! Of course, he freaked out, but I meant it. So, he sends me to a VA Social Worker who helps me fill out another Means Test and a request for a waiver of the prescription bill. VA only waived part of the prescription bill, and I can't pay it. If I don't pay it, they will have the Treasury take it from me again, and I'll have other things that don't get paid because of it. While I had a phone, and was talking to VA about the Means Test, they wanted to re-visit the onset of my SSDI checks, and that lump sum everybody had been chipping away at. One lady, very rudely told me that they were going to take another look at my means tests and may, in fact, charge me for all of the services I had gotten from VA because of that lump sum. I told the lady that I had put everything, truthfully, on every means test I have ever done, and that all my SSDI payments were on the Means Tests. Not only that, but they get reports from the IRS about all of our tax returns! So where is the problem? Is there a problem? It's not like this lump sum from SSDI was a million dollars or anything even remotely close to that! Not only that, but part of the reason I am so FUBAR'd now is because VA messed me around for 7 years on getting a knee replacement that they admitted I needed, back in 2008! 7 years, I fought with anybody and everybody at the Cheyenne VAMC and the Fort Collins and Greeley clinics! I even got my Congressman involved (though that didn't do much good). The only thing that got the VA moving on my knee, was when they got exposed for letting all those people die down in Arizona, because of lying about patient appointment times, waitlists, and waitlists for waitlists, WHICH, I was subjected to -- the "radar" or the "waitlist for the waitlist" as I was told. Only when VA got exposed nationally, and in the media, did the suddenly decide I could get my knee replaced at a civilian hospital -- so, on 9/16/2014, I finally got my knee replaced. Now, I also applied for VA Disability (they call it compensation, I think). I didn't think I qualified to do that either, so you see, I am not trying to take advantage. I always assume that I'm not qualified for anything, or I don't even know about it, and no one cares, so I should just shut up. But while the Vet's office at the local workforce center was trying to help me find a job (while I was all crippled up, and had been on crutches for years), they started talking to me about the physical things that are wrong with me and when those happened. They decided that I should file a Disability Claim through VA. They even helped with navigate through it and filled it out for me, while I was sitting there. A year and a half, or so, later, of course, VA denied everything in my claim. They said that, since I couldn't show a "continuity of care" for any of my claim items, they didn't exist, I guess. Of course, that's a bunch of bull-oney, because if your younger, have no health care for a period of time, and something is physically bothering you, you just tough it out because you can't afford to go to the doctor. That's what really happened. It didn't go away, I just couldn't afford to get medical attention. And, surprise! That's why I am disabled today! When you don't, or can't take care of yourself when you need to, it catches up to you when you get old. Go figure! So, my response to the rejection of the claim was to feel like my time in the service didn't matter to them, and that their lawyers were going to eat me alive if I even attempted to appeal. (Obviously, I can't afford a lawyer... I'm on SSDI!) So, even though I know, and VA knows for a fact that I was injured while on active duty (I kept copies of my active duty medical file), VA insists that those things never happened. So, VA is denying that I got hurt while on active duty, never notified me that I was eligible for VA healthcare until I found out by accident in 2008, I've been living below the poverty level since 2005, I'm 100% disabled, and the first time I get any extra money, VA decides to, retroactively charge me for all my doctor's visits for a whole year, and the hospitalization for my knee replacement, oh, and my prescriptions! I can't make ends meet now, and have to sell my plasma twice a week, to try to make ends meet, and each month, fall short. It's a never-ending cycle of stress, and now, VA wants me to pay them about $2,000??? Where in the world am I going to get the money to pay for that? I rarely leave my house as it is now, because I have no money... what do they want? My left arm? They say you can't squeeze blood out of a turnip, but the VA can and will! They will go through the Treasury and take it out of my SSDI and make me fall short on all my other bills. What am I supposed to do about this? It's not like I can go get a 2nd or 3rd job, like I used to! Can someone please help with me some information about this? I don't even have a phone to call them! I can't even afford that!
  8. Starting on March 17, 2014 for VA compensation rated 100% P&T veterans. link: http://www.socialsecurity.gov/pgm/disability-pt.htm
  9. http://www.ssa.gov/pressoffice/shutdown2013.pdf For you guys on SSD or plain ole social security, or even SSI, check out this link which is the official version of how Social Security Administration is going to handle a govt shutdown.
  10. 11 years ago I was awarded 100% t&p. Since I was 60 I applied for ss disability and was denied. The judge I had was a terrible person, almost called me and my wife a liar. He did not like the va and did not feel that because I was 100% disabled in the eyes of the va that I deserved the ss disability. My lawyer was not a very good one but we appealed it all the way to the 8th cir. court and was denied. I do not know how but the first judge placed all of his hearing with me on the internet via google. He also lied and added quite a bit that was not true on this report. He has since passed away. I know this is a tough question but is it possible to have something about yourself taken off of google? It is not something I want my kids or grand kids to see about me. I would not care if he had not added to it with his lies. I hope this is the right place to post this . I could not find a misc topic section. Thanks
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