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I hope that I finally found a forum that focuses on veteran affairs. I applied, for compensation, way back in 2009, when the VA first announced that they were going to compensate veterans that were in Vietnam and had one of their new presumptive diseases with exposure to Agent Orange. I have Ischemic heart disease. My first heart attack was at 47 yrs. old. Back to the point. I submitted my claim again through the new "Fast track" web site, (http://fasttrack.va.gov) everyone was raving about. Unprecedented quickness of claims being processed. Yea, right. Well, I called the fast track group to check on my claim and they told me that the VA has not yet determined what amount they would pay for compensation. What's up with that? Is it going to be another year or two before anyone gets any type of compensation at all? It just seems like another hurry up and wait kind of thing. The feeling I got when I first heard of the new compensation rules was of joy for a better tomorrow for me and my family. Now that bubble has been popped. They already deemed me 100% disabled way back in 2003, and I received disability for my Ischemic heart disease, until Social Security Disability took over. At that time I had 4 bypasses. Since then, I've had half a dozen stints, also. Has anyone ever heard of anyone getting any type of compensation yet for these new presumptive diseases? This just seems crazy to me.

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I dont understand your claim

You filed in 09. These regs werent in effect until last month.

You were compensated for IHD years ago? Was that a Pension, Since SSA took over????

If that is the case, you may be a Nehmer member and the VA also has to back up and pay you to the original claim or at least til the Nehmer decision date.

Please help me to understand this.

John

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I am confused too.

"They already deemed me 100% disabled way back in 2003, and I received disability for my Ischemic heart disease, until Social Security Disability took over."

You mean the VA compensated you at 100% - is part or all of that SC% due to a past claim for direct service connection IHD?

"At that time I had 4 bypasses. Since then, I've had half a dozen stints, also. Has anyone ever heard of anyone getting any type of compensation yet for these new presumptive diseases? This just seems crazy to me."

Yes, there are vets here who have succeeded under the AO IHD regs already.

The VA isnt going to compensate a vet with SC IHD already -for a new SC IHD claim under AO regs.Unless the past rating can be

changed to a higher % with evidence ( a re- open for higher rating)

Or if the new regulations have generated some retro under Nehmer.

Can you clarify this?

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PAPAW,

Hope you get back to the folks that responded to your message because once they understand your claim and have more facts, they'll be able to help you. Since you are new to the site, I suggest you go the information on abbreviations, make a copy and have it on hand when you are reading posts. It will help a lot until you learn the "language" of Hadit :-) I joined a year ago and I'm still using that cheat sheet!

My husband filed in Nov 09 and he just got notification of his award this past week and the check has been deposited for retro back to last Nov., so we know first hand that they are sending out notifications of awards. It seems like and incredible amount of time to wait, but since the Regs were just finalized in Oct '10, they actaully are getting awards quickly(at least for the VA) Go the "Success Stories" and read back through the messages.

Best of luck to you - you landed at the right place to get your answers.

Lorraine

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I dont understand your claim

You filed in 09. These regs werent in effect until last month.

You were compensated for IHD years ago? Was that a Pension, Since SSA took over????

If that is the case, you may be a Nehmer member and the VA also has to back up and pay you to the original claim or at least til the Nehmer decision date.

Please help me to understand this.

Sure John, no problem. I was told when I received disability from the VA in 2003, that it was not service connected at that time and that it was a disability for those in need. I received $1000.00 from them until Social Security took over. The VA said that the disability that they gave me would be stop if SSD was more. Needless to say the SSD was $1600.00 so the VA stopped my disability from them. It didn't become service connected until this past November. Does this help?

Papaw

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I am confused too.

"They already deemed me 100% disabled way back in 2003, and I received disability for my Ischemic heart disease, until Social Security Disability took over."

You mean the VA compensated you at 100% - is part or all of that SC% due to a past claim for direct service connection IHD?

None of it was SC, at the time. It wasn't deemed SC until this past November. I hope this clarifies things for you. It does get kinda complicated sometimes.

Papaw

"At that time I had 4 bypasses. Since then, I've had half a dozen stints, also. Has anyone ever heard of anyone getting any type of compensation yet for these new presumptive diseases? This just seems crazy to me."

Yes, there are vets here who have succeeded under the AO IHD regs already.

The VA isnt going to compensate a vet with SC IHD already -for a new SC IHD claim under AO regs.Unless the past rating can be

changed to a higher % with evidence ( a re- open for higher rating)

Or if the new regulations have generated some retro under Nehmer. Since I was receiving 100% in 2003, I think that it should come under the Nehmer policey.

Papaw

Can you clarify this?

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