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Hello All!

It is an honor to be a part of yet another group that understands what it means to be a veteran.

I am a veteran of 12.8 years of the US Navy, SC @ 60% with a whole host of issues, as I'm sure most of you have, however, chief among my ailments is ESRD (Stage 4), coupled with Diabetes II (mellitis). I have had a terrible time adjusting to getting ready to be on dialysis, though I have had plenty of time to think about it (diagnosis in 1998), it still remains an emotional battle for me and my family. Neurapathy, along with the other issues that come along with ESRD, like chronic fatigue, malaise, zero energy, have made it challenging for me to work. This is extremely tough for me as I HATE sitting around waiting for stuff to get done!

I was advised to file for SSD, as I am headed for dialysis soon. I did, and was awarded SSD without a hearing, and within approximately 4 months. (That was unbelievable, and quite surprising)

I was also advised (AMVETS) to apply for Individual Unemployability (IU), as my PCP has cited (in record) that I am unemployable for a variety of reasons, mainly because of the ESRD, though.

I made, what I consider, a feable attempt at understanding the ratings table and how to calculate increases, and became sick to my stomach after about 30 minutes of that 'crap'.

Old Medical Status and Current Disability Rating %:




Total 60%

I am currently hoping the VA sees it clear to grant me an increase in disability comp, as I have introduced new evidence via the Fully Developed Claim system, that clearly shows what the claim proposes. Based off of new (4 month old) labs, I now fall into another category (my Creatnine is 4.67), which says if Creatnine is between 4-8 mg, that qualifies for 80% on its own. (CFR)

Current Medical Status and Current Disability Rating %:




Total ???

Other than that, I am working hard to follow a strict diet (low animal protein), excrcising everyday, and following Nephrologist's advice tot he 'T'. My hope is to stave off dialysis for as long as it takes to receive a transplanted kidney. In the meanwhile, I also hope the 'powers that be', are able to get the process done quickly, and fairly.

That's all for now!

Thanks for allowing me to share a little.


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thanks for joining us!

The best piece of evidence to win a TDIU claim is a letter from a doctor or vocational rehabilitation counselor stating, "your service connected disabilities make you unemployable."

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Welcome to Hadit. Sounds like you have good grasp on the VA disability claims process.

Good advice given by NavyWife. There is a lot of help available on hadit.

Good luck and good health.

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