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Good day all. I have been a lurker for some time now and have really enjoyed this informative site. I am 40 % SC for a back injury when I got hit by a rocket in vietnam. I applied for IHD due to AO exposure and like everyone else I am waiting for my claim to go through the bureaucracy. Yesterday I got a call from someone in development. He read a letter from my VA doc about my IHD and also part of that record had some progress notes discussing by back issues. He called to see if I wanted to apply for an increase in my rating since it appears my condition has worsen since my last claim 18 years ago. So it seemed reasonable to due that and he put the claim in for me and I should be getting a letter in the near future. I was absolutely amazed that they asked me if I wanted to apply for an increase. Then I got to thinking since I am only 2 years away from the 20 year mark where they can't reduce may rating maybe they are trying to get me in for a C&P so they can reduce my rating. If I get my 60% for IHD which I should since my treadmill exam was a METS of 4.2 and combined with my present 40% gives me a rating of 80 % So even if I got an increase to 60% for my back according to the combined rate table I would still only be rated at 80% So what say you all should I go for it or withdraw my back claim. VA diagnosis is lumbar strain physician diagnosis is Lumbosacral spondylosis with myelopathy spinal stenosis and right leg radiculopathy

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CAptain SOggy what are you rated under. Traumatic Arthrisis or Invertabral Disk Syndrome?

The rateings are based on Range of motion for TA and ROM and Incapicitating episodes for IVDS.

Do you have any neorological deficits resulting from the back. If so you can file for radiculpathy secondsry to the Back.

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I am amazed also. Only 40 years and the VA decides to act responsibly to a Vietnam Vet. What next? Get every dime you can out of these guys while they are in the mood. If you get 80% you can apply for TDIU if you have to retire from your job. The VA is handing you a gift. Get the increase for your back if you can and get rated for the IHD. Why did you never claim PTSD after being blown up by the rocket? You could easily get it. You should have gotten it 30 years ago. You have a PH right? Just from a cynical point of view you have left thousands of bucks in the VA's pockets. Didn't you feel just a bit nervous after being blown up by a rocket not to mention all the pain you have suffered over the years. You never got compensated for that. Did you ever make any claim for a nervous condition at any time in the last 40 years?

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Capt. soggy,

Being that you have applied for IHD - that also is considered a claim for increase.

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Dogs and Cats living together what's next

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The VA calling a Veteran and asking if they want an increase. I am dumbfounded this is what I thought should happen for 19 years

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I think you're fairly safe. Under the 5 yr rule and the 10 yr rule, I think you're protected. Can't remember off hand which is which but one protects SC and the other protects the rating. I think the 5 yr protects the rating percentage, in that it can't be reduced less than the previous rating. jmo

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Good day all. I have been a lurker for some time now and have really enjoyed this informative site. I am 40 % SC for a back injury when I got hit by a rocket in vietnam. I applied for IHD due to AO exposure and like everyone else I am waiting for my claim to go through the bureaucracy. Yesterday I got a call from someone in development. He read a letter from my VA doc about my IHD and also part of that record had some progress notes discussing by back issues. He called to see if I wanted to apply for an increase in my rating since it appears my condition has worsen since my last claim 18 years ago. So it seemed reasonable to due that and he put the claim in for me and I should be getting a letter in the near future. I was absolutely amazed that they asked me if I wanted to apply for an increase. Then I got to thinking since I am only 2 years away from the 20 year mark where they can't reduce may rating maybe they are trying to get me in for a C&P so they can reduce my rating. If I get my 60% for IHD which I should since my treadmill exam was a METS of 4.2 and combined with my present 40% gives me a rating of 80 % So even if I got an increase to 60% for my back according to the combined rate table I would still only be rated at 80% So what say you all should I go for it or withdraw my back claim. VA diagnosis is lumbar strain physician diagnosis is Lumbosacral spondylosis with myelopathy spinal stenosis and right leg radiculopathy

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