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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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I am already 100% for PTSD my coronary artery disease should be rated at 100% also now since I have en ejection fraction of 25% and 2 failed bypasses, and I have no idea what they will rate my hypertension at.

Will I get the SMC S rate or will it be a different one does anyone know?

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With 100% for one SC- and 60% and over for additional separate SC-they should award "S" Mike and you could read over 38 CFR 1114 to see if your evidence should award higher that the "S" award.

The higher SMC levels often depend of Loss of something or loss of use of something.or sight loss or aphonia, etc.

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With 100% for one SC- and 60% and over for additional separate SC-they should award "S" Mike and you could read over 38 CFR 1114 to see if your evidence should award higher that the "S" award.

The higher SMC levels often depend of Loss of something or loss of use of something.or sight loss or aphonia, etc.

Berta they gave me that power chair back in Sep 2003 because I can't walk more than 100 feet without exerting myself and my heart races and I lose my wind so if I don't use the chair I can;t get around it's easier to stay home I usually have to use a walker when I leave the house like to go to the VA or even Wal Mart if I get the auto grant I will get a pick up and have a chair lift added to it. I should be eligible for A&A also oh and the K award let's not forget that little bugger rofl

I have found the rating criteria and I meet the rules for 100% for coronary artery disease for the less than 30% ejection fraction and my Hypertension numbers make me eligible for the higher 20% rating not that it makes a difference I will get paid at the SMC level S about a 300 dollar a month increase after that gets done I will file the claim for A&A and the K award and the house & auto grants I am a glutton for punishment lol

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You could be eligible for much higher than S or regular AA Mike-

You appear to have loss of use of your legs- if one cannot propel for a reasonable distance on their legs-to me that is loss of use of-

the medical rationale could involve discussion of how peripheral arterial disease has (directly due to your CAD) -now sced- has caused this "loss of use of" both extremities.

Your ECHO would reveal th extent of arterial involvement.

I am not a doctor but I would believe that you have a bilateral loss of use of your legs directly due to the SC CAD.

If you access some BVA cases on loss of use of or the regs themselves- you can shape your evidence into a higher than "S" rating I think. Hard for me to be sure- as this involves your exact disabilities in your med recs.

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