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Proposal To Reduce-Request A Hearing Before Sending Evidence?


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Good morning everyone,

First off, I'm completely new here, but I've spent the last couple of weeks combing this great site and found a bunch of really helpful information. Though there's something regarding my situation I haven't seen anyone else ask yet, as far as a Proposed Reduction goes:

Can I send in a letter requesting a hearing before I send in another letter stating I disagree with their decision with the evidence to support why?

They're proposing to reduce my service connection for PTSD due to MST from 100% down to 30%.

The reason I ask is because I read in the decision letter that I have 30 days to request a hearing, where theyll continue my scheduled payments until they schedule a hearing and make a decision at that hearing. If I don't make it in within 30 days, I can still ask for a hearing, but they will reduce the payments to the proposed rate......

I would send it all at once, but I could use some more time to compile my evidence, being that I have 60 days to send in evidence.

Also, would anyone happen to know of or have a sample of what those letters should look like?

Any advice or insight is welcomed and very much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

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Phillip is on the money and usually it is very uncommon to lower Mental conditions that are rated 100%. Vets that have their %s reduced, either have a condition that is cured or they no longer seek treatment thru the VA. Therefore the VA assumes that a Vet is all of a sudden better or cured in their eyes. As Phillip stated what is your history on the 100%, and what has been the treatment.

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Good morning everyone,

First off, I'm completely new here, but I've spent the last couple of weeks combing this great site and found a bunch of really helpful information. Though there's something regarding my situation I haven't seen anyone else ask yet, as far as a Proposed Reduction goes:

Can I send in a letter requesting a hearing before I send in another letter stating I disagree with their decision with the evidence to support why?

They're proposing to reduce my service connection for PTSD due to MST from 100% down to 30%.

The reason I ask is because I read in the decision letter that I have 30 days to request a hearing, where theyll continue my scheduled payments until they schedule a hearing and make a decision at that hearing. If I don't make it in within 30 days, I can still ask for a hearing, but they will reduce the payments to the proposed rate......

I would send it all at once, but I could use some more time to compile my evidence, being that I have 60 days to send in evidence.

Also, would anyone happen to know of or have a sample of what those letters should look like?

Any advice or insight is welcomed and very much appreciated. Thanks in advance!

I would get my copy of the rating decision that granted SC for PTSD at 100%.

I would gather all of my medical evidence to date that shows 100% for PTSD

continues to be warranted.

I would bring copies of all of this to the hearing, submit it to the hearing officer

and ask them if there is anything else needed to support a continued evaluation

for my 100 % due to PTSD.

If you have medical evidence that supports the 100% for PTSD for a minimum of

five years, I would also request in writing and verbally during the hearing, that

P&T status be applied to my 100% SC for PTSD.

If I had additional conditions that are SC'd that are 60% or more, I would also request SMC/S,

or housebound, in fact.

Good luck - and be darned sure to get a copy or proof of requesting your hearing !

jmho

Editing to add -

What is and all of, stated in the proposal to reduce.

That alone will give lots of information.

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