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Email From My Rep



I got an email from my AMVET rep. He told me the following

"have received your VA file folder and will tell you that there is little that I can do in the way of helping. After reading your presentations and your development of evidence, you could be doing my job.

I will tell you that the appeal that you had denied is now closed because the VA Form 9 needed to formalize the claim was not sent in by April 23, 2007.

You do have a claim currently pending for evaluation of the right knee, left knee, right ankle, L2-3/L3-4 Disc herniation,

Lumbar Degenerative Disc Disease L5-S1 and medical evidence from the VA exam dated 3-8-07 is a part of the file folder. The increase will be made strictly on the severity of the current residuals for these conditions.

You have new issues for Anxiety/Depression which has been established with the opinion of the doctor showing it as secondary to the back and knees.

You also have a request for sleep apnea with frequent urination and weight gain and hypertension with your note dated 2-9-07 explaining your reasons and basis for this claim. This will continue to be developed to show that the onset was in the military and then consideration given to the medical severity of the current residuals.

The hypertension is already service connected and this will be considered only for an increase separate from the sleep apnea."

I just want to thank everyone on this site for all the information adn suggestions. I knwo I have a while to wait, but it looks like I am on the right track

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I thought the failure to submit the Form 9 in response to a SOC was from your back claim (your post on Feb. 26) in which you had thought the VA decided properly and didn't want to appeal further. I say this because I noticed your rep stated your lower back was still pending? Did I miss something?

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Vike 17,

You did not miss anything. I filed the NOD on the origninal decision and C&P. Based on the finingings of that C&P the rating was correct. My back has gotten worse since that C&P, so I filed for an increase

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