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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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When in the process filing out a claim, and trying to explain how a secondary is related to a SC issue, would it be reasonable to state all the factors that contributed to the making of the secondary to form?

The reason I ask, concerns the credibility and the amount of evidence the rater is going to need to justify his/her decision. For example;

>>>>>>"Due to the aggravation from my SC knee, has contributed to me falling and ambulating with an abnormal gait thru out the years, which has resulted in the injuries of my lower back"<<<<<<

Since it's already proven that abnormal gaits do aggravate other parts of the body, and falling could injure any part of the body, would it be more advantageous to just state the abnormal gait, with evidence in the claim, due to the fact I don.t have any evidence relating a back injury to a fall, even tho I do have medical evidence of falling due to the SC knee?

I apologize for this post being longer than it should, but I wanted to make sure everything is covered so hopefully there wouldn't any doubts when responding.

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I believe that if you don't ask and don't spell out your claim to the VARO you will get nothing from them except denial.

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Often, the RO needs to be led by the nose through the claim. Besides that, in general, your statements should be backed up with medical evidence and a medical opinion from a well qualified doctor, preferably one "board certified" as a specialist in the area of concern. RO's often just "blow off" veteran's and "lay" statements. It may take a BVA appeal to get them given the level of importance required by law. Virtually nothing is "already proven", from the RO's viewpoint.

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Virtually nothing is "already proven", from the RO's viewpoint.

You defiantly have a point there!

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I believe that if you don't ask and don't spell out your claim to the VARO you will get nothing from them except denial.

I take it then, go ahead with every bit of evidence and go with it?

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