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This Is My Nod Filed By The Dav .vso


Hello. I am new to this fine forum and I need some help. I was hurt in the forgotten

war in 66-67. I lived and worked with my back injury until 02. Then I had to quit.

Filed for a rating last year and was awarded 10 for tinnitus and 20 for back. I had a

C&P exam by a 100+ YO doc who spent 15 minutes with me. I am 100 SSDI since 06. I started went to my county VA which was a mistake, so when I got my award I went to the DAV for representation. The VSO has a great record and 25+ years. We

filed the NOD as follows: Entitlement to increase initial evaluation of multilevel DDD.

multilevel neural foraminal stenosis with failed back surgery syndrome. Entitlement

to service connection for intermitten lumbar radiculopathy, right side. A new claim

for service connected depression secondary to chronic pain and Emtitlement to

Total disability benefits based on Individual Unemployability (TDIU) . That is what

is on the NOD. I also included with that a Letter from my Ortho and Nero surgeons

stating that in there opinion I was totally disabled. A letter from my primary MD

that he has been treating me for depression resulting from my severe back pain.

I received a letter from the VA about a month after the NOD that they were work

ing on a claim for Depression and Individual unemployability. They enclosed form

21-4292 ( request for employment info)Form 4142 reliese info and form 21-8940

Vet application for increased Comp based on unemployability. I had all those filled and sent. I got appts for C&P exams which I had 2 weeks ago for back and depression. I have been going to the VA for appts with a DR. for depression for 2

mos. I am on hydromorphone, durigesic, celebres, ultram to name a few. Thats

it. Sorry so long but wanted to tell it all. What do you think I might get. I need

IU. I am going down the tubes and that is killing me. I have a lovely wife who has

suffered with me for 46 years and she deserves better. I would appreciate any thoughts you might have. God bless all my Brothers and sisters who served. RIPcord.

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