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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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Alb

Should I Continue The Fight?

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I was told by a service officer, that I should not fight for any other claims, since I am already rated at 100% PTSD. He said I would not get any more money. I have a claim in for neck and back (recurrent) sprains. My ROM is bad, but the VA states my condition has cleared up and it is now degenerative disc disease. I appealed this because no x-rays were taken at the time of the injury. I was in a moving vehicle accident. I have been seeing a private neurologist and pain management doctor for years. These medical notes were part of the evidence I sent in for my claim. Still was denined. Also have a claim in for secondary medical to a rhinoplasty (nose) that had been operated on twice while in the service, and now the VA docs say I need another operation so I can breath through my nose, less crustation /congestion and sinus problems. I also have a disfigurement of my nostrils from this surgery. Should I continue to fight for compensation, when I am already at 100% for PTSD? :lol:

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I've heard many question why a 100% schedular vet would want to rock the boat. I've heard that if you file new claims after getting the 100% rating it will cause them to call you back in for a new C&P ans possibly cost you your rating. What these folks don't seem to recognize is that you're going to get called in for another C&P at some point anyway. If your disability still reflects the 100% criteria, then you'll keep that rating, if not you'll get lowered. If you get lowered, it sure would be nice to have a few more ratings in there to boost it back up to a combined 100% rating, right? File the claims, but know all of your conditions inside and out, and know all of the rating criteria for each condition inside and out.

I agree with rentalguy. My thinking is the same, they lower one than the other one pops back up.

I won't stop fighting until all my claims are properly dealt with and the longer I wait the stronger my resolve. Jim Strickland's last post was saying that TDIU might be better off not rocking the boat.

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Alb,

Since you are schedular 100%, you know that they will re-evaluate you before the 20 year mark. I think you are safer goning forward with the other claims. Should they ever re-evaluate you and try to lower the rate, they may be what saves your income later in life when you need it most.

Mark

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I agree with Jim's remarks on TDIU. It is harder for them to remove you from that roll, unless you return to work. I still say that you should get as high a rating as possible before and during the TDIU claim process, though.

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Alb- Generally, for someone in your situation I would say gather and document evidence instead of filing a claim, because you can file a claim at any time. But seeing that you already started the process you are into it for the better or worst now. Don't stop now no matter what happens.

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