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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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Guest Schreldia

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After 30 years out of Service, finally got 70% 3 years ago (they back dated 8 years only altho SS began in 1976). Now thru HADIT forums we found out about TDIU and now filed in May 2010. Have had 2 letters 'sorry about the delay' and now nothing for a while. I called 800- number & got the recorded messages but I mut be doing something wrong because I cant find how to call St Louis VARO for status. I know I saw that number posted once on HADIT but searched today with no results! Anybody know the number?

I am the wife writing in my Vet husband's behalf (with his approval) who is blind since 1977. He was practically abandoned after medical discharge because family, etc, could not 'handle' him. After many years, a VIST cordinator in St Louis started guiding him, beginning with schools, Mo School for the blind, and many courses with the VA. Meanwhile, his medications finally leveled off and he was a 'real' person again with very few episodes. He had filed for SC in 1975, but was denied because despite med records, VA said it never happened. He was so despondent he never persued it. I met & married this wonderful man in 2002; a few months later he told me about his VA claim process & denial. I started the ball rolling and it took 8 years to finally get 70%. His SC is not for being blind, but for a serious personality disorder which is medicated under control now. He was given Valium over & over in the service when he had episodes, just to make him quiet. This was all recorded though.

There is no way any employer would take him on. His early on employment record was erratic & short lived, proof submitted from Social Sec records; VA psych records & letted submitted; VA ER records from the past 8 years for episodes, personal letters submitted, all material from the first claim is there. Whaddaya think?

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Hello everyone, thanks for helping us. Carlie I am the same as Schreldia ('some' objected to my using grandmother's name- that kind of cousins duh).

Omg-Sue,

I am going to close the Hadit.com account that you have under the member name Schreldia

and will leave your member account under Omg-Sue open.

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Thanks Carlie you're always so helpful! Thats what it's about.

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Our expected Dec 30 letter came to say they are still working on it. (we have 6 of those form letters on hand) My Dr faxed a letter to K's DAV rep that stated that K's wife, his sole caregiver, has been diagnosed with Alzheimers. Due to this, there is a hardship on K . Please expedite this claim. So DAV was going to write his own letter & submit both. No guarantees they will expedite anyway, he said.

Thanks Tbird, every suggestion helps. He filed about 8 months ago. After 2 C&P exams, both with a report positive in his behalf, we were hoping for some answer a bit faster than the snail. We were happy to see such a bunch of winners right before Jan 01. Imagine their feeling of relief!

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