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Hello, I have a question I have a service connected injury from active duty for my knee back in 2001. I receive 10% from the VA, on 2010 I had to have surgery again on my service connected injury. I wanted to know am I eligible for an increase on the same injury since the VA had to go back in and fix what the militay did not? I had an orthroscopic surgery and this time the VA Dr. Told me he had to shave some areas on my knee (bone) to clean it up. So I'm now wearing a knee brace issued by the VA Dr. So what would be a good opening line to use as for a increase for disibility? when requesting it. thanks for any input

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Hello, I have a question I have a service connected injury from active duty for my knee back in 2001. I receive 10% from the VA, on 2010 I had to have surgery again on my service connected injury. I wanted to know am I eligible for an increase on the same injury since the VA had to go back in and fix what the militay did not? I had an orthroscopic surgery and this time the VA Dr. Told me he had to shave some areas on my knee (bone) to clean it up. So I'm now wearing a knee brace issued by the VA Dr. So what would be a good opening line to use as for a increase for disibility? when requesting it. thanks for any input

Yes, you are eligible for an increase. Just state the facts, that should be fine and provide the documentation. Also did you apply for convalescent increase to 100% that you are eligible for during your recovery.

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Bergie

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What was the diagnosis of the original knee problem, and what was the diagnosis of this problem that required surgery again. Bergie is right at the very least you should receive 100% for convelescense.

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well the VA told me I have to be in the VA hospital for more than 24 hours in orer to receive 100% for convelescense. I was in short stay for about 12 hours. Yes this was a required surgery again for Torn Medial Meniscus. The military did not do a very good job so the VA had to go back in there and fix some torn menicus. somehow I had some debree still left in my knee and 9 years later it ended up with my knee rubbing bone to bone so he had to repair the torn areas, do some cutting and scrape about 30% of old debree from the knee bone area.

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What was the diagnosis of the original knee problem, and what was the diagnosis of this problem that required surgery again. Bergie is right at the very least you should receive 100% for convelescense.

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The VA told me I have to be in the VA hospital for more than 24 hours in orer to receive 100% for convelescense. I was in short stay for about 12 hours. Yes this was a required surgery again for Torn Medial Meniscus. The military did not do a very good job so the VA had to go back in there and fix some torn menicus. somehow I had some debree still left in my knee and 9 years later it ended up with my knee rubbing bone to bone so he had to repair the torn areas, do some cutting and scrape about 30% of old debree from the knee bone area.

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The VA told me I have to be in the VA hospital for more than 24 hours in orer to receive 100% for convelescense. I was in short stay for about 12 hours. Yes this was a required surgery again for Torn Medial Meniscus. The military did not do a very good job so the VA had to go back in there and fix some torn menicus. somehow I had some debree still left in my knee and 9 years later it ended up with my knee rubbing bone to bone so he had to repair the torn areas, do some cutting and scrape about 30% of old debree from the knee bone area.

Rhodesia, I have surgery on both knees in 03,05 both were done on an outpatient basis. I received 100% convelescense both times from the VA. I didn't even have the surgeries at a VA facility and received 100%. Someone at the VA is not telling you the truth. I would apply for convelescense. Good luck

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