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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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    • So, my lawyer sent an IME w/ IMO and filed a supplemental claim solely for IU on March 20.

      It was closed on March 25, and va.gov just states claim closed and nothing more.

      Hopefully, I get good news.
    • Thanks for the responses. I am filing a new claim but will continue pushing the NOD. My new question is it stated in law or statute that if during the claims process the VA finds conditions that could possibly rate service connection that was not originally filed for, the VA will “invite” the veteran to file the claim on the claims form. Reason I ask is that my private DBQs, NEXUS letter, and even the VA nurse examiner's DBQs lists bilateral upper radiculopathy as present. If it is written in statute or official guidance it might qualify as a CUE. Just looking at all angles. 
    • Everyone needs to read our stories so they can try to avoid these screws by the va...
      Thank you, everyone contributes, good or bad, all of our stories will help others, and yes, they have been stated by others for ages, over and over, but we just get depressed, and the time turns into years as they screw us..

      Welcome to the department of Veterans Affairs!  I can honestly say, "been there, done that".  

      Even after winning my tdiu in 2017, it was back to the drawing board as VA hornswaggeld my effective date.  (but of course).  

      I finally won my tdiu effective date in Feb. 2020, 18 years after I first applied!!!  

      Here is how they managed to drag mine out 18 years:

      1.  They never adjuticated my decison until 2009, where they called it "moot".  

      2.  I appealed, said it was not moot because it could result in an earlier effective date and SMC S under Bradley vs Peake.  The judge agreed with me, and ordered VARO consider me for extra schedular TDIU, under 4.16 b.  

      3.  The VARO piddles with  the remand for 3 years, and hoped I wouldnt notice.  I noticed and raised cane until they adjuticated it.  (denied of course).  

      4.  Finally, after the baord denied again, I hired a lawyer, in 2014, and appealed to CAVC.   

      5.  The lawyer won a remand, got an IMO and I won tdiu in 2017.  But at the wrong effective date, even after 15 years.  

      6.  I hired another lawyer, Chris Attig, and appealed the effective date, and he won a remand for effective date.  Trip 2 to CAVC.  

      7.  Mr. Attig won a remand, and advised me to get another IMO.  

      8.  The board awarded my earlier effective date in Feb. 2020.  

           So, I do have advice fighting VA for TDIU, they fought and fought and I hung in there and won it all.  

      ADVICE:  Dont count on VA, they could easily throw your fax in the trash.  Follow up!  
    • "Keep in mind that due to the nature of the digestive system, VA would most likely combined your conditions and pay you at the higher rate to avoid pyramiding".    That is one of my main gripes.  They are only listing the GERD with hiatal hernia and ignoring the rest of my gastric issues such as the gastritis which I also had in service.  I included it in my 2007 request for increase and again in 2019.  The info from the civilian dr that stated I had the gastritis with H pylori was not even provided to the examiner in 2007, nor did he have my VA health records. The 2019 request was based on an EGD I had AT THE VA in Jan 2019.   I filed for an increase 6 Mar and they did an ACE on 27 Mar and downgraded to noncompensable on that date.  The only reason I was thinking CUE:  38 CFR § 3.326 - Under Examinations  it states (c) Provided that it is otherwise adequate for rating purposes, a statement from a private physician may be accepted for rating a claim without further examination".  
    • Enough has been said on this topic. This forum is not the proper forum for an attorney and former client to hash out their problems. Please take this offline
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This is very interesting. I am a case sensitive seven and I have had one hell of a time with the VA and my claims. I have been told that no one at the RO I work with has a security clearance that high, BUT SOMEONE WILL GET BACK WITH ME. The ten or so times I have been told this someone from another State called me back once, and then I was told nothing.

I have been able to work around the edges and get 100% meniere's 50% PTSD 10% right knee (I HAD A BAD FALL THAT WAS IN MY SMC'S, BUT NO ONE HAS BEEN ABLE TO EXPLAIN THE SHRAPNEL IN THE RIGHT KNEE.), and 10% left knee. with claims still pending. , and 10% left knee.

All of us who went on special missions are aware of our security clearance's and the terms of the security agreements we signed. Most missions have been declassified but some will never be. Ask me how I know, in my case it has been nearly fifty years.

I served during the cold war period from late 1960 to late 1963. It was a world in turmoil. The Bay of Pigs, Laos, East Berlin, the u-2 incidence the Cuban missile crisis The Bay of Pigs, Laos, East Berlin, the u-2 incidence the Cuban missile crisis,and the one no one knows about ( the integration of OLE MISS where we had 30 000 federal troops and lots of blood. We in the 101st lived out of a duffel bags for three years.

Knowing what I know about the Kennedy era I would be very cautious about filling out a form on the internet about a mission that is still classified from that era

That being said I hope the sight you post is ligitimate as it could aide many veteran's who are cought in the VA web with special op mission injuries, however I would also be sure they have been declassified. Just my opinion.

Jim 501st

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This is very interesting. I am a case sensitive seven and I have had one hell of a time with the VA and my claims. I have been told that no one at the RO I work with has a security clearance that high, BUT SOMEONE WILL GET BACK WITH ME. The ten or so times I have been told this someone from another State called me back once, and then I was told nothing.

I have been able to work around the edges and get 100% meniere's 50% PTSD 10% right knee (I HAD A BAD FALL THAT WAS IN MY SMC'S, BUT NO ONE HAS BEEN ABLE TO EXPLAIN THE SHRAPNEL IN THE RIGHT KNEE.), and 10% left knee. with claims still pending. , and 10% left knee.

All of us who went on special missions are aware of our security clearance's and the terms of the security agreements we signed. Most missions have been declassified but some will never be. Ask me how I know, in my case it has been nearly fifty years.

I served during the cold war period from late 1960 to late 1963. It was a world in turmoil. The Bay of Pigs, Laos, East Berlin, the u-2 incidence the Cuban missile crisis The Bay of Pigs, Laos, East Berlin, the u-2 incidence the Cuban missile crisis,and the one no one knows about ( the integration of OLE MISS where we had 30 000 federal troops and lots of blood. We in the 101st lived out of a duffel bags for three years.

Knowing what I know about the Kennedy era I would be very cautious about filling out a form on the internet about a mission that is still classified from that era

That being said I hope the sight you post is ligitimate as it could aide many veteran's who are cought in the VA web with special op mission injuries, however I would also be sure they have been declassified. Just my opinion.

Jim 501st

Yup, I know.

I joined the Marine Corps and wound up working for an airline COMPANY.

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Larry

Did you work for a CIA front airline company? I have pictures of CIA agents in the field in Vietnam. I wonder if anyone who did special ops missions into Laos would have volunteered if they knew their government would deny their claims for disability?

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Jim asked if the site was legit-he is sure right to ask----

The site is run by Lavan and Neidenberg, Disability attorneys.

http://www.disabilitylawclaims.com/

They recently posted a new security breech that occurred at VA:

http://www.theveteransblog.org/blog/http://www.disabilitylawclaims.com/

We do have to be VERY careful-

Someone sent me email regarding a VAS site -I cant find the email but I know the VA lawyer who commented on the site-in the email-

he said the VAS could denote that a vet might think they were directly dealing with the VA and yet this is one of many sites that might have no real track record in helping vets with claims.

I have gotten many calls from so called vet orgs lately asking for cash-they are not valid organizations in my opinion-

even worse is the Sheriff's orgs- I know many Sheriffs around here and they say these are not legit at all.I even got a call for money for the Sheriff's police dog association.No such thing here.

The DAV and the main vet orgs send letters asking for donations-they usually give you something in the envelope- those address stickers I always get from DAV are used for the many pieces of evidence I send to VA.They save time .

we have to be wary of anyone asking us for cash by phone or any info at all on our credit cards or bank accounts.

Tis the season to be cautious.

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Some group calling themselves Navy Veterans ripped off the public and government for 100 million dollars. This group consisted of some P.O. Boxes and a website. They operated out of Tampa,Florida from a P.O. Box. The guy who ran the group is probably in Argentina by now, or Outer Mongolia with all that money he stole. No one even knows his real name or identity. Even the Salvation Army was giving some crooked politician here 90,000 bucks a year as a make work job for favors of some sort. Who can you trust?

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    • So, my lawyer sent an IME w/ IMO and filed a supplemental claim solely for IU on March 20.

      It was closed on March 25, and va.gov just states claim closed and nothing more.

      Hopefully, I get good news.
    • Thanks for the responses. I am filing a new claim but will continue pushing the NOD. My new question is it stated in law or statute that if during the claims process the VA finds conditions that could possibly rate service connection that was not originally filed for, the VA will “invite” the veteran to file the claim on the claims form. Reason I ask is that my private DBQs, NEXUS letter, and even the VA nurse examiner's DBQs lists bilateral upper radiculopathy as present. If it is written in statute or official guidance it might qualify as a CUE. Just looking at all angles. 
    • Everyone needs to read our stories so they can try to avoid these screws by the va...
      Thank you, everyone contributes, good or bad, all of our stories will help others, and yes, they have been stated by others for ages, over and over, but we just get depressed, and the time turns into years as they screw us..

      Welcome to the department of Veterans Affairs!  I can honestly say, "been there, done that".  

      Even after winning my tdiu in 2017, it was back to the drawing board as VA hornswaggeld my effective date.  (but of course).  

      I finally won my tdiu effective date in Feb. 2020, 18 years after I first applied!!!  

      Here is how they managed to drag mine out 18 years:

      1.  They never adjuticated my decison until 2009, where they called it "moot".  

      2.  I appealed, said it was not moot because it could result in an earlier effective date and SMC S under Bradley vs Peake.  The judge agreed with me, and ordered VARO consider me for extra schedular TDIU, under 4.16 b.  

      3.  The VARO piddles with  the remand for 3 years, and hoped I wouldnt notice.  I noticed and raised cane until they adjuticated it.  (denied of course).  

      4.  Finally, after the baord denied again, I hired a lawyer, in 2014, and appealed to CAVC.   

      5.  The lawyer won a remand, got an IMO and I won tdiu in 2017.  But at the wrong effective date, even after 15 years.  

      6.  I hired another lawyer, Chris Attig, and appealed the effective date, and he won a remand for effective date.  Trip 2 to CAVC.  

      7.  Mr. Attig won a remand, and advised me to get another IMO.  

      8.  The board awarded my earlier effective date in Feb. 2020.  

           So, I do have advice fighting VA for TDIU, they fought and fought and I hung in there and won it all.  

      ADVICE:  Dont count on VA, they could easily throw your fax in the trash.  Follow up!  
    • "Keep in mind that due to the nature of the digestive system, VA would most likely combined your conditions and pay you at the higher rate to avoid pyramiding".    That is one of my main gripes.  They are only listing the GERD with hiatal hernia and ignoring the rest of my gastric issues such as the gastritis which I also had in service.  I included it in my 2007 request for increase and again in 2019.  The info from the civilian dr that stated I had the gastritis with H pylori was not even provided to the examiner in 2007, nor did he have my VA health records. The 2019 request was based on an EGD I had AT THE VA in Jan 2019.   I filed for an increase 6 Mar and they did an ACE on 27 Mar and downgraded to noncompensable on that date.  The only reason I was thinking CUE:  38 CFR § 3.326 - Under Examinations  it states (c) Provided that it is otherwise adequate for rating purposes, a statement from a private physician may be accepted for rating a claim without further examination".  
    • Enough has been said on this topic. This forum is not the proper forum for an attorney and former client to hash out their problems. Please take this offline
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