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Wife of vet here, claim at DRO desk awaiting SOC they say when we call VSO office at regional VAMC. . Went online seeking help a couple years ago:

March 27, 2003

Dear Sir:

Many vets are STILL battling for compensation (even just pension for

survival as disabilities remove work/income capability), as I have come to

learn over the years. I am one of them.

CONTACT INFORMATION:

>Gary Bourne II

>345 Copper Creek Road

>Crab Orchard, KY 40419

>Home Phone:

>Work Phone:

>Fax:

>E-Mail: artie114@hotmail.com

>

> INCIDENT INFORMATION:

>Date of Incident: 3/10/1991 or w/in the week of

>Location of Incident: w/in 5 kilometer of Khamisiyah

>

>DESCRIPTION OF INCIDENT: I am Gulf War vet. I was in the HHC 197th Inf Bde

>(mech) (sep) MP platoon.

>I was also attached to the 299th eng bn, we provided security for the crew

>marking the combat route, a part of Operation Flasher.

. We had chemical alarms go off,

>but saw no one writhing or convulsing. The alarms were dismissed as

>defective and all

>was called clear. After a couple of 'false' alarms', they were shut off

>(attributed to diesel smoke=false alarm).

They may have been working fine??

>*Although 2 of the units I was associated with, are listed by DoD as

>potentially exposed to toxic chemicals (within a 5 kilometer radius of

>chemical demolition), I was mailed a letter from Bernard Rostker that

>assured of NO exposure even a low level unlikely. Was also informed thru

>VA, DoD, studies and the media, that the vaccines we took, anthrax and PB,

>as well as depleted uranium and oil well fires, not to mention, pesticides

>and diesel fumes, could be toxic hazards.

>

>INJURY DESCRIPTION: Have 10 years or so, medical records from VA, with

>Gulf War specialist as my primary physician. But results of many tests with

>many different examiners on record. Diagnosed with basal ganglia and

>thalamus damage due to toxic exposure during my service. As well as chronic

>pain, fatigue, IBS, GERD, sleep disorder, memory problems, etc.I think it

>could be Gulf War Illness, as my symptoms are matching so closely. I have

>an appeal and a 2nd claim (or 3rd-need to ask VFW rep), it seems the

>decision makers are ignoring and dismissing facts. I need help. I am no

>lawyer and don't know the 'magic words'. I have cognitive degeneration-I

>lost 24 IQ points we know of so far, my memory , I take drugs for (when I

>remember too, lol). A real concern for LONG drawn out decision making and

>appeals.

>

>INJURY TREATMENT: I am 31 years old. I have been diagnosed with or treated

>for: arithrialgias, IBS, GERD, fatigue (no eitiology says C&P Final exam

>board)(stemming from anxiety says the rating board), weight loss, rash,

>respiratory (cold like symptoms), memory (now taking an Alzheimer‘s

>treatment for it), muscle/joint pain, lost ALL teeth, sleep disorder, 10%

>VA rating for high arched feet. , since my first complaint of fatigue in

>1991. I was declared 100% disabled by primary doctor in Dec. 2002.

I feel like a mouse in a maze, when I read the letters from VA "you have not

submitted new and material evidence", I thought a new dignosis of a disorder

and the test results proving it was pretty new and material, but where I am

not trained in law, I may be misunderstanding this.

Am I reading correctly, when I am reading that even though no specific cause

for the illness is proven, the VA will presume the association of illness

and toxic exposures, when vet served during specified time, in specified

area, and had certain (listed/named) signs and/or symptoms, for reason of

service connected compensation? I was there, an MP, in units listed as

potentially exposed to sarin or other toxins, I have suffered the listed

symptoms over the past 10 years or so (chronically and medically recorded).

I am disabled and seeking compensation relating to service connection due to

Gulf War Illness.

Every time I read the laws passed for Gulf War vets, I see clearly how one

would surmise I was afflicted with the mysterious illness. I have test after

test and x-rays and all medical proof of the illnesses, symptoms, disorders,

and signs my doctors have observed and noted. How can I illustrate this fact

to the rating board? That I AM one of the vets these laws were passed for.

Thank you,

Gary Bourne II (by wife)

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THEN I heard from THIS SITE!! :P Praise God!! And Bless Jim!!:

Jim-

Thank you so much for reply (both of them). B)

I am in rural KY. The VFW Service Officer is kind, but seems overworked and not as knowledgeable as I would like to see. We have not been notified that we will have to pay him anything.

Generally, the VA SO's are paid by the organization that supports them. VFW people are just as good as any, as a whole. You can switch service officers at any time you feel it would benefit your cause. DAV, VFW, STATE VETERANS, AMERICAN LEGION and lots more have people that can help you if you feel like you need more attention.

I have been diagnosed with 12 symptoms of Gulf War Illness, I am presently taking Alzheimer's medication due to the brain damage.

right here, you should be examined for C&P. If they haven't scheduled an exam then you DO need to find a Service officer that is more than nice. One that 'dogs' that until you get what you need.

I have applied for social security, and heard positive comments from the examiner of the claim's potential for acceptance.

If you can't work and have the degenerative disorders you do, you should get SSDI and you should get it soon.

I saw the law where I can also qualify for non-service connected pension once ss finds me eligible (a law my SO was not familiar with-he just knew that 'usually' if ss paid, then the military pension would.) I have sought atty, but no luck yet. I have no money, so I am not sure if representation is even available for me.

You should have the S/O check and make sure that you have applied for both Comp and Pension. Comp is for compensation of a service connected ailment while Pension gets you help from non service connected. You should be able to get your Pen benefits hurried along if you are destitute by, again, your Service officer. If he doesn't know how, shoot him (just kidding, just beat him).

REPRESENTATION IS YOUR RIGHT, you deserve that and more. If nobody has thanked you for your service, let me be the first. You deserve everything that you will get from your tour. Just don't give up and quit, because then, they win. The enemy is .GOV. All of it.

Yes, I lost all of my teeth before age 30. All close family have healthy smiles into retirement age. I had noticed the tooth deterioration on ngwrc website. They just turned to powder over a 5 yr period.

No matter what anyone says, this is NOT normal. It is all connected.

I was examined for ptsd, I sought treatment while in service, it was close to my separation date and they referred me to VA when I got home. Was found with no disorder initially, then, anxiety, personality, fatigue, etc. But no ptsd.

with one question: did you receive a combat ribbon (Combat infantryman or anything such as combat medic?) if you say yes, I would say go immediately to the next paragraph and even if you didn't you should consider that next one.

From this point, I will ask you to do me a favor. Call the Vet Center in your city. They will be in the white pages either as Vet Center or Veterans Center. Call them and schedule a meeting with one of their trained therapists. They can do what I can't do and that is to diagnose. I'm a former medic and I think I know more than I probably do know, but from where I am sitting, you have raging PTSD. I would guess that all this Iraqi Freedom bullshi* has you 'pinned down'. Do you isolate a lot just to stay away from people, always aware of the perimeter, are you mad as hell and screaming at everyone?

Your other choice is the VA Hospital and I think that there is an in house ptsd program in a facility somewhere close to you. They are great. The VA understands PTSD and their program is great.

lol I saw no war horror. Was never under fire. I was MP, well armed, felt rather safe. There were explosions within my line of sight, as tanks and trucks were bombed. I saw a bit of aftermath close-up, exploded equpment, enemy corpses, etc. Our M8's went off here and > there

I personally don't think you needed see much that would shock you. I suspect that what you saw was probably enough to give you some raging nightmares and intrusive thoughts while you are struggling to get through your day.

One passing note. HADIT.COM.

I won't be going anywhere so you can always get ahold of me.

Hope it is helpful. Thats one of my new 'missions' in life.

Later

Jim ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hubby DID have C&P exam at one time - can we get another? How?

Should I get him tested (If possible) for mycolpasma infection? He has many symptoms. As well as PSTD (he has DR appt next month).

I don't know if his Doc ever used the words 'In my medical opinion...' yet (am checking now).

If I didn't fill out a form for TDIU, or not mentioned the words exactly - will they ignore that truth - that is IS completely disabled? (SS awarded full compensation w/i 2 mos of his application for total disability w/VA medical records.

Same VSO as back then- still no word - says he 'does his thing' when he goes in front of board. So far, only argues w/us about presumption, etc. He DID make note where I (the wife) hollered and fussed at him over the phone though for not helping hubby. He sent us part of the paperwork for non service connected pension, we filled out what they asked plus I put income info in margins, he told us not to file for it because it delays S/C claim and would not help if SS disability paid off. So we quit that claim, only to find a blank page or 2 in the application when we got copy of complete 'official record of file of claim'. I (the wife) WENT off on VSO. I am sorry - I know I shouldn't have - maybe I have PSTD too now??

S/C claim on DRO desk facing SOC the VSO office tells me, we expect to be denied on anything we have tried. If he were to get a VSO that DOES something - do we start over? It has been 15 years since his service, he let claim lapse over the 1 year limit until we married 8 yrs ago and I went and filed again for him. I dunno how long we can hold on. Please pray for us. Thank you to anyone who reads this. -Sonya

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Hi Belle. Do you Know Randy Fisher? HE is the American Legion VET Rep and he will be at Lexington VA Leestown this Friday. His office is next door to the VARO in Louisville. You and your Husband may want to pay him a Visit. You can also ask the VA to expedite the claim because of severe financial hardship. You can write up a Statement of case and hand it to Randy ( Make a COPY) and he can turn it in directly to who has the claim on Monday AM. Is your Husband treated at VAMC Lexington. It can be difficult to wait for Louisville VARO because they specialize in tap dancing around claims. They also change Ro managers way too often.

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Nope we don't know him, but we will certainly try to know him soon. I do not know how to write a statement of case. Yes, my husband goes to Lexington for DR appts and testing, treatments and meds. Oh thank you for reply! Definite plans to visit VA Fri tho! Thank you thank you!

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I have attached the form for the Statement in support of claim. Print it and fill it out. You can call Randy at 859-233-4511 Friday morning. I suggest you get there early at Leestown. Before 9am. He is also a retired RN from the VA.

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Dear Belle,

Welcome to the Hadit Family! Sounds like your husband has several Issues on Appeal - good on him for fighting the good fight!

How long have you been waiting for the VA to issue the SOC?!

Your husband seems to be in a world of hurt, and I'm sorry that he and his family are suffering along with his illnesses. God Bless you for hanging in there with him, I'm sure it has not been a walk in the park! Is the VA providing your family with any Counseling or supportive services?

At first glance, it does appears he has covered all possible bases with 10 years of diagnosis and treatment from the VA - as well as being "declared 100% disabled by primary doctor in Dec. 2002".

What was the primary reason for the VA to deny his "Gulf War Syndrome" in the first instance?

I am not a GW Vet, but I am certain others will contribute as they are able.

~Wings

P.S. It might be a good idea to search the BVA and veteran's Court for winning cases - always good to pump yourself up and stay hopeful - - never give up!!

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Search PubMed http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=PubMed

Brain abnormalities in Gulf War syndrome: evaluation with 1H MR spectroscopy.

Haley RW, Marshall WW, McDonald GG, Daugherty MA, Petty F, Fleckenstein JL.

Dept. of Internal Medicine, Section of Epidemiology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, 75390-8874, USA.

PURPOSE: To test for neuronal brain damage in the basal ganglia and brainstem in Gulf War veterans by using magnetic resonance (MR) spectroscopy.

MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-two Gulf War veterans with one of three factor analysis-derived syndromes (case patients); 18 well veterans matched for age, sex, and education level (control subjects); and six Gulf War veterans with syndrome 2 from a different population (replication sample) underwent long echo time (272 msec) proton (hydrogen 1) MR spectroscopy on a 4 x 2 x 2-cm voxel in the basal ganglia bilaterally and a 2 x 2 x 2-cm voxel in the pons. Syndromes 1-3 are described as "impaired cognition," "confusion-ataxia," and "central pain," respectively.

RESULTS: The N-acetylaspartate-to-creatine (NAA/Cr) ratio, which reflects functional neuronal mass, was significantly lower in the basal ganglia and brainstem of Gulf War veterans with the three syndromes than in those structures of the control subjects (P =.007). The finding was corroborated in the replication sample (P =.002). Veterans with syndrome 2 (the most severe clinically) had evidence of decreased NAA/Cr in both the basal ganglia and the brainstem; those with syndrome 1, in the basal ganglia only; and those with syndrome 3, in the brainstem only.

CONCLUSION: Veterans with different Gulf War syndromes have biochemical evidence of neuronal damage in different distributions in the basal ganglia and brainstem.

See Full Text http://radiology.rsnajnls.org/cgi/content/full/215/3/807

Related Article

Effect of basal ganglia injury on central dopamine activity in Gulf War syndrome: correlation of proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy and plasma homovanillic acid levels.

Haley RW, Fleckenstein JL, Marshall WW, McDonald GG, Kramer GL, Petty F.

Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX 75390-8874, USA. robert.haley@mednet.swmed.edu

BACKGROUND: Many complaints of Gulf War veterans are compatible with a neurologic illness involving the basal ganglia.

METHODS: In 12 veterans with Haley Gulf War syndrome 2 and in 15 healthy control veterans of similar age, sex, and educational level, we assessed functioning neuronal mass in both basal ganglia by measuring the ratio of N-acetyl-aspartate to creatine with proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy. Central dopamine activity was assessed by measuring the ratio of plasma homovanillic acid (HVA) and 3-methoxy-4-hydroxyphenlyglycol (MHPG).

RESULTS: The logarithm of the age-standardized HVA/MHPG ratio was inversely associated with functioning neuronal mass in the left basal ganglia (R(2) = 0.56; F(1,27) = 33.82; P<.001) but not with that in the right (R(2) = 0. 04; F(1,26) = 1.09; P =.30). Controlling for age, renal clearances of creatinine and weak organic anions, handedness, and smoking did not substantially alter the associations.

CONCLUSIONS: The reduction in functioning neuronal mass in the left basal ganglia of these veterans with Gulf War syndrome seems to have altered central dopamine production in a lateralized pattern. This finding supports the theory that Gulf War syndrome is a neurologic illness, in part related to injury to dopaminergic neurons in the basal ganglia.

*CONTACT

Dr. Robert Haley, Professor, University of Texas in Dallas

robert.haley@mednet.swmed.edu

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Welcome to Hadit and thanks for standing with your Veteran.

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Nope we don't know him, but we will certainly try to know him soon. I do not know how to write a statement of case. Yes, my husband goes to Lexington for DR appts and testing, treatments and meds. Oh thank you for reply! Definite plans to visit VA Fri tho! Thank you thank you!

You stated " Diagnosed with basal ganglia and

>thalamus damage due to toxic exposure during my service."

If this is a documented statement from a doctor- VA or private doctor-

did the doctor themselves have expertise to link this disorder to toxicity?

That statement is very powerful- what do you have to back it up-

as far as the doctor's credentials or ability to say this?

I am just looking ahead as to how the VA could possibly question that---

Also I suggest that your husband file the formal TDIU form for Total Disability due to Unemployability

unless he has already- I will attach it here-

Have you accessed any treatices or studies on the net that support his exposure and it's link to his problems?

These can often be invaluable if you need an Independent Medical Opinion-

ooops- just caught Wings' post ----EXCELLENT-

This can help a Neurologist shape an opin that "it is more than likely" his exposure to chemicals inservice caused this specific disorder.

"more than likely' is good enough for a proper award-well it should be !

More more thing- the DRO- they can call you directly and/or talk one to one with your rep- does he have an office at this VARO or a VFW contact person there?

The DRO has to consider all of the evidence-

Dont depend on the SO to give them or send them anything- they should get copies but you should mail everything to them yourself- mark it attention DRO- and the DRO's name and send it Priority or Certified with proof of mailing.

The SOC- we can help with a response when you get that-

It is important to argue with everything in it that you disagree with-

You can expand the evidence within the response.

It will also show you what they are using as evidence and you will be able to determine what they are not considering yet-

some here will disagree with me on this-

I say ALWAYS respond to an SOC- and then to any more SSOCs-

these draw them out-

Many NSOs say- send it to the BVA-(it gets the claim out of their hair for years)

at this point-(receipt of SOC)

I say-sure get the I-9 docketed when they send that form to you- but continue to expand the claim-

The Reason and Basis for any VA statement of denial will tell you exactly what you need to succeed.

I always type in bold type RESPONSE TO STATEMENT OF THE CASE

And then argue-with attached documentation,(medical evidence etc) each point in the SOC that is incorrect.

If this involves a VA doctor's C & P results make sure you have the actual C & P report -it might be much different than the SOC narrative.

Use a common sense approach to any VA medical statements that go against the claim-

You will have 60 days- read it over many times-

Attach the actual C & P results if that favors the claim more than the VA's interpretation of it-

State clearly what the C & P does support.

Like I have said here before -I have received so many denials and SSOCs I could wallpaper a room with them-in the late 1990s- but those claims were resolved at the VARO level anyhow-and an actual VA expert opinion= parced in two SSOCs-to continually go against the claim- well------I save everything and

I am using this VA "Expert" medical opinion ten years later in support of two of my present claims-

if a VA doctor said it- they have to accept it-

Dont get discouraged-

By the way- VFW is chartered by Congress- they are there to serve this vet.no charge.

Their SOs are well paid by the VFW.

I assume you have all this but just checking-

the veteran's complete SMRs, the veteran's VA and private medical records,

a copy of the veteran's c file-

Berta

TDIU_form.pdf

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You stated " Diagnosed with basal ganglia and

>thalamus damage due to toxic exposure during my service."

If this is a documented statement from a doctor- VA or private doctor-

did the doctor themselves have expertise to link this disorder to toxicity?

That statement is very powerful- what do you have to back it up-

as far as the doctor's credentials or ability to say this?

I am just looking ahead as to how the VA could possibly question that---

Also I suggest that your husband file the formal TDIU form for Total Disability due to Unemployability

unless he has already- I will attach it here-

Have you accessed any treatices or studies on the net that support his exposure and it's link to his problems?

These can often be invaluable if you need an Independent Medical Opinion-

Berta -

Thanks for reply. The Doctor who stated this is the one that is head of the Gulf War Clinic at VA in Lexington. He si also Assistant Professor of Medicine at Univ KY. He backs his opinions on our documents with arguments that he has so many other veterans fr so many years with similar symptoms/illnesses. We have no medical research articles to back up our claims. Over the years along with the disillusionment and disheartenment of failed attempts to get them to hear, I, too, feel as though I am losing my cognitive ability, memory and focus. I read the posted studies here in this thread and got lost with the medical terminology. I am so not prepared for this fight. I have had wonderful people like you look at the paperwork and hear me, but I have not turned in the right forms, papers, studies, or contacted the right 'authorities that be' to get them to hear. Mr. Woods from NGWRC even went as far as taking my husbands claim with him to Principi in front of congress. Used his claim as one of the 'classic cases' for vets not being heard. We have contacted congressmen - received form letters. etc. Hubby feels like the poster boy for PGW Illness. I used to have a great attitude with hope and perserverance. Now the desperation has eaten away at me and I am lost in the paperwork. I do want to keep on trying. But now most strength is daily survival.

Almost all records are from VA and VA testing, VA doctors. We thought we almost had a connection when an early C&P exam stated the fatigue had no etiology and was not associated with other symptoms, but along came the rating board, with another doctor opinion (a doctor who had never seen hubby - only the med report), and this other doc stated that the fatigue COULD BE associated with anxiety disorder - so rating board went with that - that it WAS associated with anxiety and we were denied again.

Today I am sitting down with the box of files and looking for these papers again, along with the decisions. So I can pinpoint what we have done and where we are at. I have in past attempted to list the papers that were in the file and then try to put in chronological order they like the dates to be bass ackwards and all mixed up. I just stay confused.

It took us close to a year to have the ppl at the 800# and at VSO to recognize what a D.R.O. was. They claimed no knowledge until one day - a person on the other end of the line said 'OH, YOU MEAN A DROW!!!' I about fell outta my chair. I had been pronouncing 'DEE ARE OH'.

I am so sorry to be so ignorant. I realize you guys are advanced and it could frustrate you that I have been involved so long and still understand so little. Today I continue my study and I will continue to come here for tips and leads to hunt info. The help you have given by replying has lifted my hope. I thank you greatly.

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Veteran- and wife- (not sure who I am replying to-----)

The VA is depending on you to crumble under their legalise and medical rigamorale---

I know the feeling well - I swear that the VA gave me PTSD throughout my 3-4 years past claims process-I am a civilian.

When you get the SOC- (hope you could scan it and cover the c file number etc) and attach it here or type what they said- we will better understand what approach you could take---

There is no such thing as a dumb question and many of us can understand the feeling of being absolutely overwhelmed by it all---

The best thing you can do at this point is begin to start a filing system of manila folders to separate some of the evidence you have-or separate it as to disability and condition, and put the specific medical records with this in each folder-

I suggest numbering them first if you need to take them out of order- maybe VA does number them now-you can label them and I also write on the front exactly what is in the file.

my husband's records are the old handwritten ones, from numerous doctors. My kid was a cryptology /linquist for the military and she was a big help in decifering them.

Label one folder for all VA mail such as the SOCs etc-

You might need to make additional copies of some stuff to put into two separate files-I also suggest when that SOC comes- to have a packet of colored labels or those little round yard sale stickers- I use them alot- I can color coordinate a specific statement in any NOD or SOC response with the sticker in the margin and then I use the same color sticker on the attached evidence.

I list them in and at the bottom of the response as Exhibit A-----decription, Exhibit B, and so forth----

Magic Markers are great too- I use them to underline specific statements in the SOC (often attach a copy of that too) and also to statements within any studies or treatices that help the claim-

magic markers call their attention to the most important stuff.

And -if you get those address labels from vet orgs and charities- they are invaluable to put on each piece of

evidence you send them, along with the veteran's c file number.

Getting a little bit organized helps alleviate a lot of stress and claims themselves are very stressful.

We have here somewhere a Phone log- GREAT idea too-

to date and record whatever the vet rep from VFW or the 800# people say.

I guess I sound organized-I try to be but we all know how quickly things can get messed up when we attempt to work on our claim-I have 4 copies of my husband's autopsy and I could not find even one copy yesterday-PTSD from the VA- it was all right in front of me of course.

We will help you with the SOC response-and dont let these VA B-----ds get you down!

Veteran -your service has a value that we all respect highly and we will certainly try to help you more.

I thought Principi was great---- was there ever any follow up at all from his office?

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Nope. No response from Principi, but we never contacted him directly. We were one of many cases shown to him by Mr. Woods, we didn't expect a response.

It is me (the wife) that is typing, hubby just reads along - loving the replies. The wait is so long between submissions of evidence and NODs that we just go to appts and tests and call monthly to 800# and VSO, and forget about what was last said or done on claim.

So, officially, until I am in the pool of paperwork, I cannot say for sure what claim is on DRO desk awaiting SOC. I am in my pile, and will type the latest info. WINGS asked ofr reason of original claim and denial. I will post that, as well as the latest and what we await.

This site and you guys are a boon to us have have all but given up!

I am gathering my info for typing in here and collecting the papers to copy for our visit to VA Fri at this very minute. :P -Sonya

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The original claim (since I have been involved with it) was for rash, weight loss, diarrhea, fatigue, joint pain, memory loss. Denied -not shown in service, not manifested to a compensable degree within 1 year of separation. Evidence of an illness is not shown by evidence of record.

We NOD'd with every denial, sent in more medical records, letters, test results. They always request more 'new and substantial evidence.' And send letters saying they need more info, testing, etc.

The 2nd claim is for organic brain syndrome and anxiety disorder.

-Hubby was in fender bender today (totalled truck) I dunno if we are gonna be able to get a SOC together by Fri. I still need to find a copy of works so I can read the file that has the form on it.

I do think I will try to fill out the TDIU form tho. If I send it in, will it just postphone the claim more? We are waiting for DRO to send the SOC (since about 2003 I think).

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Go to www.adobe.com and download Acrobat reader. Match the version to your operating system. That will open the file. If not I can attach a copy in another format.

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Go to www.adobe.com and download Acrobat reader. Match the version to your operating system. That will open the file. If not I can attach a copy in another format.

Yes. thanks. I did get the TDIU form. It was the file for the SOC that I needed Works for. I do have the program, just gotta find it! :P You guys are super!

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Belle, this may be a long shot but I would also consider contacting Ben Chandler on this one. He is in Congress and he is an attorney by trade. He also has an office in Lexington and he can help you in dealing with Louisville RO. Like your husband, I also have had a DRO claim in the works for over a year and a half. I have a good C and P doctor, Evidence in the service record and they still jerk me around. There is a link to Chandler through this web site: http://chandler.house.gov/hor/ky06/ . Use the contact feature on this site and somneone will be in contact with you.

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Belle, this may be a long shot but I would also consider contacting Ben Chandler on this one. He is in Congress and he is an attorney by trade. He also has an office in Lexington and he can help you in dealing with Louisville RO. Like your husband, I also have had a DRO claim in the works for over a year and a half. I have a good C and P doctor, Evidence in the service record and they still jerk me around. There is a link to Chandler through this web site: http://chandler.house.gov/hor/ky06/ . Use the contact feature on this site and somneone will be in contact with you.

Will do! Contacted his office before, received form letters like from Fletcher's office. But Patrick Justice still calls us every now and again (maybe from Chandler's office? I don't remember). Anyway, he seems less informed than we are. Our VSO's receptionist gets on computer and lets some info slip at times and admits that she not supposed to give. But is closest we have to ANY real life help til you guys. Thanks so much for any offerings you have. :P It IS SO appreciated. From bottom of my heart! -Sonya

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