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Tdiu Pt 90% And Sheltered Employment At The Va As Medical Records Technician


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I am 90 SC% I was awarded TDIU in 2009 5 years ago. I was just recently awarded SC for a severe stroke that I suffered on active duty but was not diagnosed as such until 2010. The VA has lumped the Stroke in with my Sarcoidosis SC from being in Desert Storm the VA says that I do not have any symptoms from the stroke though I do, with dizziness, vertigo, some sort of seizures, anxiety, depression, forgetting, word searching,sometimes misspronounce words ect ect. bad tinnitus which I have 20% SC and have been told I have PTSD from military experiences by VA psychiatrists and am on Prazosin, Propranolo. Trazodone..but they keep denying SC for PTSD but anyway my point is I have residuals from a stroke but the VA c/p wil not give me credit.

I was declared disabled by SSA in 2010 diagnosed with cognitive disorder and other things...but the VA will not acknowledge any of the SSA diagnosisis

In the years following retiring from active duty I attended community college and with hard word and extra studying I completed an AAS Degree in Health Information Technology HIM and later pased the RHIT Exam. So, I was stuck in cleaveland ohio alone, divorced living like a hermit except for when I would go to the bars and drink several times a week. I was divorced from my Cental American Wife in 2008 due to PTSD and sleep disorders, I accidentally struck her with my elbow while I was having one of my nightly nightmares....I was deploying constantly to all parts of the world constantly. In my 40s I found myself totally and completely alone passing holidays, birthdays, summers, alone litterally not having any contact with other human beings except for people in the bars and Mexican restaurants so, I had to do something. I could no longer perform the work I did while on active duty due to problems with past back surgery, 2 herniated discs in my neck and a limp from sciatica..

So, I applied for a job at the VA as a Medical Coder reading electronic health records seated at computer all day which is sedentary, no lifting, but is hard on the back and neck....it is pretty high stress sitting at a very small cubicle on a productivy schedule.

I was hired at the VA in 2013 and I sent notice to the RO and was told I would have a 12 month trial period....during that time I suffered several severe anxiety attacks and was hospialized for a possible TIA/stroke. The environment at the VA is very dry, stressful and co workers are not nice almost seem like people from he movie Chidren of the Corn......many do not acknowlede fellow Veteran employees wih SC conditions and some even act as if they do not like Veterans working there....when I was still new some of my co-workers would not talk to me, I would ask questions about simple issues and would be totally ignored......so, not a warm place to work at all. But I needed to do something wih my life other than drinking in dark, gloomy bars all day.

During this time I had a C/p Claim in progress and it was completed this past August I was awarded SC for my stroke but it was combined with my already existing Sarcoidis SC diagnosis so no change in that raing I was also awarded 30 % increased for radiculopathy from neck/arms but my overalll combined rating remained at 90%.

The statement says "Your monthly benefit payment amount will continue unchanged" which I recieve amount for 100% TDIU P/T since 2009. The VA said in the SOC that they reviewed all of my statements that I sent about my TDIU but makes no mention of that issue. only that "Your monthly benefit payment amount will continue unchanged" It is possible that I am working in a Sheltered Environment. My case workload at work is adjusted due to me I belive not being able to concenrate, I have severe tinnitus and it is hard for me to read and focus especially if here is any noise from the disruptive employees.

I sent a question to the VA last week via IRIS in regards to my TDIU but have not heard back.

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OK long stort:

I am 90 SC% I was awarded TDIU in 2009 5 years ago. I was just recently awarded SC for a severe stroke thatI suffered on active duty but was not diasnosed as such until 2010. The VA has lumped the Stroke in with my Sarcoidosis SC from being in Desert Storm he VA says that I do not have any symptoms from the stroke thought I do, with dizziness, vertigo, some sort of seizures, anxiety, depression and have been told I have PTSD from military experiences by VA psychiatris and am on Prazosin, Propanolo....but they keep denying SC for PTSD but anyway my poin is I have residuals from a stroke but the VA c/p wil not give me credit.

I was declared disabled by SSA in 2010 diagnosed with cognitive disorder and other things...but the VA will not acknolede any of the SSA diagnosis.

In the years following retiring from active duty I attended community college and with hardword and extra studying I compeed a AAS Degree in Health Inforamtion Technology HIM and later pased the RHIT Exam. So, I am stuck in cleaveland ohio alone, divorced living like a hermit except for when I would to the bars and drink several times a week. I was divorced from my Cental American Wife in 2008 due to PTSD and sleep disorders, I accidentally stuck her with my elbow while I was having one of my nightly nightmares....I was deploying constanting to all parts of the world constantly. In my 40s I found myself totally and completely alone passing holidays, birhtdays, summers, alone litterally not having any contact with anoher human beings expect for people in the bars and Mexican restauantes so, I had to do something. I could no longer perform the work I while on active duty due to problems with past back surgery, 2 herniated discs in my neck and limp from sciatica..

So, I applied for a job at the VA as a Medical Coder reading electronic health records seated a computer all day which is sedentary, no lifting, but is hard on the back and neck....it is pretty high stress sitting at a very small cubicle on a productivy schedule.

I was hired at the VA in 2013 and I sent notice to the RO and was told I would have a 12 month trial period....during that time I suffered several severe anxiety attacks and was hospialized for a possible TIA/stroke. The environment at the VA is very dry,stressful and co workers are not nice almost seem like people from he movie Chidren of the Corn......they do not acknowlede fellow Veteran employees wih SC conditions and some act as if they do not like Veterans working there....when I was new some of my co-workers would not talk o me, I would ask questions about simple issues and would be totally ignored......so, not a warm place to work at all. But I needed to do something wih my life other than drinking in dark, gloomy bars all day.

During this time I had a C/p Claim in progress and it was completed this past August I was awarded SC for my stroke but it was combined with my already Sarcoidis SC diagnosis so no change in that raring. I was also awarded 30 % increased for radiculopathy from neck/arms but my overalll combined rating remained at 90%.

The statement says "Your monthly benefit payment amount will continue unchanged" which I recieve amount for 100% TDIU P/T since 2009. The VA said in the SOC that they reviewed all of my statements that I sent about my TDIU but makes no mention of that issue. only that "Your monthly benefit payment amount will continue unchanged" It is possible that I am working in a Sheltered Enviroment. My case workload at work is adjusted due for me I belive for not being able to concenrate, I have severe tinnitus and it is hard for me to read and focus especially if here is any noise.

I sent a question to the VA last week via IRIS in regards to my TDIU but have not heard back.

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If you make more than poverty wage from VA I think you could have a problem with SSA and VA. When on TDIU you must tread carefully. Total Disability due to Individual Unemployability........! You are employed. You need advice from a VA/SSA lawyer on this before the VA wakes up. I don't think being a civil servant is "protected environment". The VA is really stupid but they may catch this eventually and if you pay taxes and SSA/Medicare do you send in Employment Questionnaire every year telling the VA you are working? This is required and mandatoy. I also am on TDIU and SSDI for last 13 years. I don't work at all.

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Thanks for the reply. I actually notifed them in a letter and it was recieved and acknowledged...the statements were referenced in my SOC this past August. Sheltered has a definiton of having different work requiremens that others doing the same work. and I did notiify SSA as well. I sent VA a message via Iris last week. I have been tottally honest and upfront about everything all along..and initially I flat out requested that my TDIU be terminated last year so, that I would not be overpaid. I was hospitalized once during the trial period and eveyday is a challenge.

I read a case where veteran on TDIU worked as County Comissioner for several years in Carolina.

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I concur with john999. The VA is full of idiots and I believe it's a matter of time before your situation backfires. If you're a recipient of a 90% Service Connection with TDIU. I would be incline to believe you couldn't go to school and much less work. I'm not a recipient of TDIU but, I strongly suggest you never mess the TDIU once it's awarded. Asking for increases in rating or adding new disabilities. Allows the VA to review all your previous Service Connections. They will seeking to drop TDIU and possibly your 90% rating. I further believe after being a recipient of TDIU for ten years. The TDIU rating is protected. Meaning the VA won't "target" you for reduction. Other more experienced individuals on Hadit may chime in for corrections. I suggest you find something in a "volunteer" capacity to occupy your time. Maybe a local Veterans Organization, where you can dictate a schedule and accomplish some self fulfillment. IMO...I'm very concerned with your current situation.

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