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Disability Claim Since Nov 10, 2010 And Call From Va Satellite Office

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This is my first post here so please forgive my most likely many errors in writing this and being long winded:) Have used the great information provided here on many occasions to assist. Thank you for all the vets on this site for making his happen, bravo zulu!!

At present, I am in a sweet spot in providing VA with the last "evidence" they need for my service connected eczema increase which got rated in 2009 at 10% and received another 10% for tinnitus. My Background in brief... I was a Aviation Boatwains Mate handler ( ABH ) 1st class, worked on the flight deck with helos and jets on carriers and last station before leaving the Navy in 1995 was Camp David in Thurmont Maryland for the Pres. While stationed there, had some eczema noted on my service record on my left hand. Which has now spread to my right hand knuckles. VA granted me Tinnitus but denied me hearing loss for both ears even though the C&P examiner noted loss in my left ear but VA stated "There was no objective medical evidence to associate hearing loss to my military service, so they denied service connection. I understand that my MOS, was on a fast letter with a "high probability" of connection. ( I learned this from this great forum later ). So I let 1 year pass as I not the type of person to complain and moved on.

Keep in mind, I can been out of the Navy since 1997, I claimed eczema and hearing loss with tinnitus 14 years later as these things are getting worse. My wife drives me nuts about the tv too loud, whatever.:)

So in Nov. 2010, I requested an increase in my eczema due to spreading and getting worse. I come to find out thru Had it the WARMS info that there is criteria that must be met.

So I have been using "topical" corticosteriods creams daily for about 2 years now wrapped in bandaids over noght to keep the redness down. By the way, my current occupation is a BMW Fleet manager who works with clientele. This eczema bugs me to death with constant intching and super redness and image is everything in my business, so I am very embarressed about this issue.

I understand that in order for me to get increase, I need to be on either a pill/injections systemic corticosteriods, or imunosuppressant for at least 6 weeks. Wish I had knew this info long ago...

Let me back up. When I first submitted for my first claim with VA in 2009, had AMVETS represent me or have power of Attorney. Well, the guy was very nice but retires without contacting anyone. I basically had no guidence what so ever. I call and call for help but no one calls me back. I send emails but no answer to AMVETS regional. No guideance at all. Maybe they are busy, who knows. SO I find a County VSO guy, he says, dude, you need to do this and your original denial was a mistake and you need to get that "reopened" as they made a mistake. Alright!!! Now we have a guy that knows what is happening! So he has me sign a form to re-open the file without a Notice of disagreement because at this stage with VA it will take about 4 years to get this done.

So Feb 2012 rolls around, received a call from Satellite office in Sacramento Cali, very nice guy and he says, you will have your case worked next in line and will have everything done in 1-2 days.... Wow!!! Okay...

Three days later on 2-28-2012, letter in mail from VA, stating need additional evidence...They say, no objective medical evidence to associate my left/right hearing loss to miliary service. Even though I have service entry ear exam, and three ear test from Navy ships showing loss of hearing and threshold shifts. Hmmm.

Commuicated this is my new VSR and he said it means VA wants new hearing tests. So I just finished a hearing test with Kaiser and then this past Friday a VA hearing test with the same C&P examiner back in 2009. I told him VA denied my hearing loss and he said it was most likely due to loud noises on the flight deck in the military.

So hopefully I am set to send both tests to VA with explanations on there 21-4138 forms.

Any suggestions before i send the final info?

Apologize for sounding like an idiot to everybody.

Back to Service connected eczema:

I have for the last two years been using daily all topical corticosteroids provided by Kaiser and VA. Have been seeing the VA since 2009 and all they give me with little result is creams.

I finally went to Kasier in December 2011 and saw a Certified Dermatoligist and he gave me injections in my hands, Kenalog 10, a corticosteriod. He also filled out for me a VA form "skin diseases disability benefits questionnaire" which stated that I have been using corticosteroids by injection and topical therapy "constantly" for the last 12 months. he signed it and I sent to VA at end of December 2011.

VA came back and said, they want treatment records now, which I have now in hand to send. I also went to same Derma on 2-27-2012 and received another injections on my hands. This by the way has helped BIG TIME.

Okay, now I am ready to send everything to Oakland Regional office via my VSR.

Question, should I do anything else at this point? Any additional input I should say on evidence forms they provided? Am I missing anything?

I received a call from VA saying they have a bad mark on the National list due to my length of claim since Nov 2010. This seems hard to believe as I have heard that many people wait years and years for info.

Thank you fellow vets for your valued input!



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Thanks! Have a copy of every record from my military service, including all medical/dental records. Is this what you are referring Pete?

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I found calling the 1-800 # every once in while help. If you don't squeak you don't get grease! Once or twice a month will be find!

All ways be very, very nice. even if they are bull in you!

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The VA Schedule of Ratings is here at hadit. In the middle of the main forum page.

It not only helps to see exactly how they determine how to rate disabilties, it also gives us an idea if we need to send them more info.

The entire audio stuff is there too with the decibels stuff and I,II,III IV stuff -hard to figure out at first but worth the trouble for anyone with a hearing loss claim and a copy of their audio reports.

It is always a good idea to make a request,in person or written, for copies of any C & P results too.

"Apologize for sounding like an idiot to everybody." In no way at all do you sound like that to us!

The world of VAOLA is complex and even requires practically learning a new language.

My daughter, a veteran , was home on leave once while I spoke to another vet's advocate and she said we spoke almost entirely in acronyms,completely different from Mil talk.

We have an acronym list here if needed.

GRADUATE ! Nov 2nd 2007 American Military University !

When thousands of Americans faced annihilation in the 1800s Chief

Osceola's response to his people, the Seminoles, was

simply "They(the US Army)have guns, but so do we."

Sameo to us -They (VA) have 38 CFR ,38 USC, and M21-1- but so do we.

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Update my fellow vets:

Still waiting for RO in Oakland to complete the "review of evidence" per the ebenefits website. Since then, have been to the VA hospital for treatment 8 more times. I asked my VSO if I should send in additional evidence for my SC eczema but he says they will automatically investigate. Is this true???

Question I have: Been receiving corticosteroid intralesional injections under my skin in my hands since December of last year. Does this constitute "systemic" therapy for VA standards? Received injections once per month with "kenalog 10", a corticosteroid.

Do you recommend me stepping over my VSO and go direct to regional office and request my "C" file copy?

The ebenefits website displays in the header:

Claim Received: 11/10/2010

Claim Type: Compensation

Original Estimated Claim Completion Date: 12/13/2011 to 07/03/2012 Your claim is being processed by the Regional Office. We generally process claims in the order received. We recognize that your claim has exceeded the projected completion date and remain committed to completing our review as quickly and accurately as possible. Thank you for your patience.

Any help is always appreciated:)



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