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New Guy With A Question About Tdiu Claim


RichSal2451

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Hello. This my first post, so please excuse me if I goof this up. I am a Vietnam vet currently rated at 90% disabled. 60% CAD, 40% lumbar back, 20% DMII, 10% left knee, 10% right knee, 10% hypertension, 10% hearing, and 10% tinnitus.

My back has been getting increasingly worse, and on March 22nd while at work I got spasms of pain that sent me to my knees. I went to the VAMC here in Minneapolis and they took x-rays, gave me a shot for pain, and said no prolonged sitting or standing, no standing on concrete. The next day, the firm I was working with immediately let me go, and the temp agency I worked thru laid me off.

The VA has since done an MRI and an EMG and has scheduled me for back surgery in August. Soooo, I filed a claim for TDIU to the Minneapolis VARO and received a letter acknowledging receipt. Nine days later I received the identical letter from the VARO in Washington D.C. Then a week after that I received a letter from the claims processing center in London, Ky. asking if I had any further evidence to send. (I sent the results of the tests).

My question is why the shuffling between offices, and does this bode well or not for my claim?

Thanks for any opinions or help.

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Sir, I don't mean to argue, but I am looking at the letter and it is headed:

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS

Veterans Claims Processing Center

PO Box 6513

London, KY 40742

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I know London, KY is where I had to send all my SSDI questionaire papers to.

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RichSal, I strongly suggest that you file for SSDI as well as the TDIU claim.

If any SSA award comes before the TDIU issue is resolved, make sure VA knows about the SSA award right away.

When SSA awards SSDI solely for SC conditions, the VA is hard pressed to attempt to deny TDIU.

Lots of TDIU info here at hadit.

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