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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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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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JHawks

Va Beat Me Down, Time To Limp Away And Move On

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Thanks you to everyone for their support and ideas. The time has come to stop the addiction to the forums. My review claim was denied when I know it should have been approved. Good Grief, it should have been a no brainer. I have been prescribed a brace to support a malunion of my tib-fib on a SC ankle. I had all the medical records to support the claim. They say my ankle is stable enough not to need a brace even though it was prescribed by both a pediotrist and Ortho Dr. I don't have it in me to file an appeal and let this drag on for years and years. They beat me down and I need to limp away before I go nuts. Thanks everyone.

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Most all of us have been where you are. I would venture a guess that less than 5% of Veterans get their full benefits from the RO on the first time without an appeal. If you are a Vet, and you got your full benefits on your first RO decision, please dont overwhelm my email with messages, either one of you.

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Bronco is right about VA low b all decision but ask this question instead. How many appealed first decision and got a higher rating? Look at it this way the most important thing you can do is get service connected. From than on its the evidence that wins claims.

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Would this be a good idea to try or am I beating a dead horse? Obviously the VA did not consider the fact I was prescribed a brace for my ankle even though I submitted all the medical records and the prescription itself. Would it be to my advantage to just submit a new claim based on just the requirements to wear the brace and use a cane to walk? Or, am I stuck waiting the 12 months to file a new claim for it?

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In my humble opinion - resend your evidence with a NOD or a request for reconsideration in the existing claim that shows you deserve a higher disability than you are rated at, and send it certified mail return receipt, or hand carry it to the RO and ask for your copy to be date stamped at the time they receive their copy.

Forum members, please tell me if I am wrong~

Baby steps may be small, but they get you there if the evidence warrants it.

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I agree with AKWidow thanks for your input

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