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    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
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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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tami

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Good afternoon. I am hoping some of the wise members here can help me :D I was recently diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I had my C&P exam two weeks ago, and the VA Doc stated that since it is in my military medical records that i first sought treatment in 2004 for numbness that he was going to say that I've had MS since then. My question is, will I be compensated from that point or from the time I applied?

Also, does anyone know how they rate the "degrees" of MS? I know it starts at 30% but I've searched and can't find any info.

Thank you in advance for your time and help

Tami

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Tami:

Sorry that you have MS but glad it will be service connected. Your effective date is probably going to be the date you applied. With few exceptions that is what it is for most of us.

Pete

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http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/cfr_2008/jul...38cfr4.124a.htm

This shows the minimal rating of MS at 30% but there is a caveat further down the page as they must rate residuals and also-if the MS prevents you from working they must rate at 100% or TDIU (100% comp rate)

If you go to the BVA site via the VA.gov site- then you could search MS in the BVA decisions to see how they rate various residuals of MS.

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Thank you for your help! I will check that site.

Tami

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This is just my opinion but you may have a claim dating back to service . . . at least "I'd" pursue it. If I recall correctly MS can be service connected, by presumption, for a 7 yr period. As the saying goes nothing ventured, nothing gained.

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I guess I am "lucky" in that the VA Dr I have is very pro veteran and seems to be very against the bigwigs in the VA system. He wrote based on what I presented that I have had MS since 04 (retired in 06) I'll just have to wait until I get that envelope to see what my next steps are! Again, thank you all for your input

Tami

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