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Philip Rogers

I Just Found Out Have Additional Disabilities That Should Qualify Me For Smc "s" Award

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Here's a listing of my disabilities from the "blue" ratings sheet:

9411 PTSD 100%

9411 PTSD w/alcoholism 100%

7913 Type II Diabetes 20%

6260 Tinnitus 10%

7101 Hypertension associated w/PTSD w/alcoholism 10%

8520 L leg PN associated w/diabetes 10%

8520 R leg PN associated w/diabetes 10%

bilateral factor of 1.9% for diagnostic codes 8520.

Any thoughts on SMC??

pr

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Flip, you have got me thinking also.

There ought to be a higher level of SMC paid for a person who has more than 1 100 % disabilities. SMC S doesnt seem to cut it.

The SMC regs are so complex it can confuse even the VA employees.

Keep me posted on what you find out.

John

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John, I know what you mean. What has me puzzled is that they listed PTSD twice?? If they are each considered a separate rating then they owe me 10 yrs retro, cuz the 2nd 100% covers the 60% requirement for "S" SMC. I originally thought the two 8520 PN ratings were an error until I found out they were each for a different leg. I'll keep you posted with whatever shakes out.

pr

Flip, you have got me thinking also.

There ought to be a higher level of SMC paid for a person who has more than 1 100 % disabilities. SMC S doesnt seem to cut it.

The SMC regs are so complex it can confuse even the VA employees.

Keep me posted on what you find out.

John

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Here's a listing of my disabilities from the "blue" ratings sheet:

9411 PTSD 100%

9411 PTSD w/alcoholism 100%

Any thoughts on SMC??

pr

pr,

Not to pry but has the alcoholism caused any residual additional disability's,

like liver problems, seizures, tremors or anything like that ?

This would be the reason I could see for it being listed twice on the blue sheet.

Seems to me like you should be eligible for SMC "S"

I believe the regs for it actually read - Total plus 60% versus 100% plus 60%.

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This is interesting, in that code 9411 is listed twice. I'd almost bet that this, according to the VA, will be considered a duplication, and not considered as separate items.

(Bi-laterals, on the other hand, get the additional factor added.) I'd look at the alcoholism as secondary to PTSD, with it's own code.

Here's a listing of my disabilities from the "blue" ratings sheet:

9411 PTSD 100%

9411 PTSD w/alcoholism 100%

7913 Type II Diabetes 20%

6260 Tinnitus 10%

7101 Hypertension associated w/PTSD w/alcoholism 10%

8520 L leg PN associated w/diabetes 10%

8520 R leg PN associated w/diabetes 10%

bilateral factor of 1.9% for diagnostic codes 8520.

Any thoughts on SMC??

pr

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