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Agent Orange & Ihd


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Hi,

I have a question on Agent Orange and Retro.

If you filed a claim in the year 2000 and they requested additional information , but never provided you with an answer on the claim,is this claim still pending?

My wife file for disability and treatment for my heart to the VA and I was being treated for the heart from 2000 to current. We got a copy of my medical records and it showed she filed the consent to release information form for the CAD & heart. It was not filed as Agent Orange,but tied to service in Vietnam.

No responds was received and a letter was sent the next year. Still there was no responds.

We are trying to get this claim review under Nehmer and IHD and they say there is not a valid claim.

Any advice on where to go from here and if this is a valid claim.

I received 10% disability for my heart and it was stated: Coronary artery disease,staus post coronary artery bypass graft associated with PTSD now claim as depression and sleep disorder in 2009

Do I still have a valid claim for IHD back to the years 2000 when we filed for my heart after my open heart surgery?

They say I am receiving the 10% compensation and Nehmer retro is not valid.

Any help would be great in figuring this out

RDT

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"I received 10% disability for my heart and it was stated: Coronary artery disease,staus post coronary artery bypass graft associated with PTSD now claim as depression and sleep disorder in 2009."

Was this decision regarding the 2000 claim?

If not what claim was the award for?

"Do I still have a valid claim for IHD back to the years 2000 when we filed for my heart after my open heart surgery?

They say I am receiving the 10% compensation and Nehmer retro is not valid."

That is correct. Nehmer would have been applied if the heart disease had been denied in the past.I am generalizing the Nehmer stipulation here- The full Nehmer regs are in our AO forum here.

10% is WAY too low in my opinion-did you file NOD on that within one year after getting that award? Have you requested an increase in the CAD rating?

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