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Re-Opened My Claim


Stu Pidasso
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Hello,

Recently I decided that I wanted to get my compensation claim re-evaluated (September 14th 2010) after over 5 years of being rated at 20%. I was able to get a man that works in the OEF/OIF clinic here in Durham North Carolina to help me. I already had my own copies of my SMR's as well as my entire 201 file complete with my dd 214. We went through my papers to get out the silly stuff like leave forms and immunization records. We typed a statement letter and sent it in to the Winston Salem regional VA office. So far so good. They got my information and sent me a packet of papers telling me that I could fill out some release of information forms and explaining some of what would be needed for them to determine what if any additional compensation I am entitled too. I had tried to get in contact with my county's VSO but never heard back from him because he did not call me. It turns out he emailed me, but his email ended up in the junk folder. So anyway, I am currently rated at 10% for aquired flatfoot on my left foot, and 10% for Tinnitus. I have been being treated by VA since 2007, and first was awarded 20% compensation in 2005 after being medicaly seperated from the US Army. I was a Sergeant in the Army and was promotable to Staff Sergeant after my 5 and a half year career. I wanted to have my claim appealed then, but I knew nothing and nobody to help me, and I had a great job at the time so I figured there was other people who deserved help more than me. Over the last 5 years my condition has gotten worse. I have been taking medicine for chronic pain since 2007 and have been seen by VA for problems with my left knee, ankle, foot, a torn leg muscle in my left leg, deppresion, and recently I have been getting evaluated for PTSD, TBI, and deppresion. I was diagnosed with ADHD in the United States Army and VA is now medicating me for that. My tinnitus has gotten worse, and my hearing in my right hear has started to get worse. It is now not possible for me to continue the career I started after seperating from the Army. My frustration and inability to cope as I once did has lead me to make bad desciscions that lead to a divorce and loss of a great job. Followed by a now deminished ability to perform. I realized I needed help so I am now enrolled in school using the post 9/11 GI bill. The man who helped me set up my educational benefits encouraged me to re-open my claim and to add the other conditions I have that I have been getting treated for since 2007, and to ensure that I had my old disabilities re-evaluated and that VA recieve the treatment records from my local VA office. I could use some advice and would love to hear what you guys think about what I am doing to help myself or hurt myself. I am very excited that I found you all and hopefully I may be able to help you guys out too. I do know that when I get my compensation straightened out, and I get what ever back pay I am owed, I am going to contribute heavily to this board. I have already told 6 people about this forum so that they could get help too.

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"We typed a statement letter and sent it in to the Winston Salem regional VA office. So far so good. They got my information and sent me a packet of papers telling me that I could fill out some release of information forms and explaining some of what would be needed for them to determine what if any additional compensation I am entitled too"

Sounds like the VCAA letter-and they need a response. Did they send you a response form?

The best thing you can do is try to comply with obtaining the evidence they have asked for.

Every condition you have now that could have a possible nexus (link) to your service should be claimed.

Welcome to hadit.

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