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    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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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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Currently have an overall rating of 80% for Lumber Spine Herniated nucleus pulposus (10%), Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, PTSD (50%)

Left knee Patellar chondromalacia (10%), Osteopenia(10%), Recurrent dislocation of left shoulder (20%). I also just had arthroscopic left shoulder surgery with relation to the service connected left shoulder in April 2011. Will receiving 100% hard from here? I heard that receiving the surgery should increase my 20% to maybe 50%. Also my VA Mental Health got me a Sleep Apnea machine last month - which I believe is secondary to my PTSD.

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With 80% now this could bring you TDIU award. Could- one never knows what the VA will do.

Did you formally claim the sleep apnea as due to PTSD?

That will take a supporting statement from the VA doc or from a private doctor with a full medical rationale.

Did you list any side affects from your SC meds that would prohibit employment-on the TDIU form? Or in an attached response to Question # 25 (Remarks)

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@Berta - Thanks for the follow-up - I did not do a formal claim for the sleep Apnea (secondary to PTSD) but I did have a claim in for sleep apnea before the VA Mental Health gave me a sleep apnea machine - I was dx with sleep apnea from a civilian Dr and turned that paperwork to the VA and am waiting to hear back from them on that claim. I was waiting to hear what the claim will bring in before putting a claim for sleep apnea secondary to ptsd - I'm sure I can get my mental health Dr to state that I have sleep apnea due to secondary to ptsd because he suggested and put in the referral for the sleep apnea test but I told him I already have 2 done and both stated I needed a machine so he got me a machine from the VA. I did list a number of side affects from the meds, depression, etc on the TDIU form. plus with the shoulder surgery I should be going from 20% to 40 or even 50% - but like you said the VA are in their own world lol

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but I did have a claim in for sleep apnea before the VA Mental Health gave me a sleep apnea machine

You should get a copy of this record and have it added to your c:file so they can consider it for evidence. Other wise, their not going to know they gave you the cpap.

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@Cooter - Thanks - I'll do that on Tuesday

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