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    • So, my lawyer sent an IME w/ IMO and filed a supplemental claim solely for IU on March 20.

      It was closed on March 25, and va.gov just states claim closed and nothing more.

      Hopefully, I get good news.
    • Thanks for the responses. I am filing a new claim but will continue pushing the NOD. My new question is it stated in law or statute that if during the claims process the VA finds conditions that could possibly rate service connection that was not originally filed for, the VA will “invite” the veteran to file the claim on the claims form. Reason I ask is that my private DBQs, NEXUS letter, and even the VA nurse examiner's DBQs lists bilateral upper radiculopathy as present. If it is written in statute or official guidance it might qualify as a CUE. Just looking at all angles. 
    • Everyone needs to read our stories so they can try to avoid these screws by the va...
      Thank you, everyone contributes, good or bad, all of our stories will help others, and yes, they have been stated by others for ages, over and over, but we just get depressed, and the time turns into years as they screw us..

      Welcome to the department of Veterans Affairs!  I can honestly say, "been there, done that".  

      Even after winning my tdiu in 2017, it was back to the drawing board as VA hornswaggeld my effective date.  (but of course).  

      I finally won my tdiu effective date in Feb. 2020, 18 years after I first applied!!!  

      Here is how they managed to drag mine out 18 years:

      1.  They never adjuticated my decison until 2009, where they called it "moot".  

      2.  I appealed, said it was not moot because it could result in an earlier effective date and SMC S under Bradley vs Peake.  The judge agreed with me, and ordered VARO consider me for extra schedular TDIU, under 4.16 b.  

      3.  The VARO piddles with  the remand for 3 years, and hoped I wouldnt notice.  I noticed and raised cane until they adjuticated it.  (denied of course).  

      4.  Finally, after the baord denied again, I hired a lawyer, in 2014, and appealed to CAVC.   

      5.  The lawyer won a remand, got an IMO and I won tdiu in 2017.  But at the wrong effective date, even after 15 years.  

      6.  I hired another lawyer, Chris Attig, and appealed the effective date, and he won a remand for effective date.  Trip 2 to CAVC.  

      7.  Mr. Attig won a remand, and advised me to get another IMO.  

      8.  The board awarded my earlier effective date in Feb. 2020.  

           So, I do have advice fighting VA for TDIU, they fought and fought and I hung in there and won it all.  

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    • "Keep in mind that due to the nature of the digestive system, VA would most likely combined your conditions and pay you at the higher rate to avoid pyramiding".    That is one of my main gripes.  They are only listing the GERD with hiatal hernia and ignoring the rest of my gastric issues such as the gastritis which I also had in service.  I included it in my 2007 request for increase and again in 2019.  The info from the civilian dr that stated I had the gastritis with H pylori was not even provided to the examiner in 2007, nor did he have my VA health records. The 2019 request was based on an EGD I had AT THE VA in Jan 2019.   I filed for an increase 6 Mar and they did an ACE on 27 Mar and downgraded to noncompensable on that date.  The only reason I was thinking CUE:  38 CFR § 3.326 - Under Examinations  it states (c) Provided that it is otherwise adequate for rating purposes, a statement from a private physician may be accepted for rating a claim without further examination".  
    • Enough has been said on this topic. This forum is not the proper forum for an attorney and former client to hash out their problems. Please take this offline
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100% Permament & Total, Smc Housebound--Can I Work? Confused!

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Hello, I have been rated service connected 100% Permanent and Total Disabled with a SMC Special Monthly Compensation-S and that I have been found to meet the housebound criteria. I also receive SSDI. The 100% is based on one claim--others follow with an accumulated 165% service connected disablement. Retirement date: Jan 2006

I recently received a Bachelor's degree under the Post 9/11 program.

I'm cautiously seeking some extra income as a trial, however, I am confused with all of the information I have sought over the internet to include the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 38 in particular section 4.15.

My regional VA Officer said that it shows that I am 100% service connected P&T and that I can make any amount I choose without penalty.

Can anyone help unconfuse me on all of this information? and/or Am I risking much too much?

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As long as your not 100 percent for PTSD you should be able to work under schedular rating.

SSDI may think differently.

J

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The following is from my understanding, I could be mistaken, so getting information from here, while thought provoking and good for discussion, should be back up with verification from professionals - VSO, attorney, etc.

If You receive SSDI and are able to find gainful employment, the SSA would consider that a contradiction and probably stop SSDI and possibly attempt to recoup fund administered.

A veteran rated at 100% disability for PTSD with or without other disabilities is considered unemployable. Gainful employment would be a problem. As long as you are not rated as TDIU (Totally disabled due to individual unemployability) and you are not rated at 100% for PTSD, the VA has no regulation preventing from obtaining gainful employment.

JMHO

Chuck.

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Hello everyone and thanks for your inputs--I need to add some clarity. I'm not worried about losing SSDI. Also, my rating is based on a rare disease of my lungs and midsection for breathing in spores while doing my military duties (job). The disease is called Mediastinal Fibrosis and deadly--it is not in the ratings schedules--I had to fight for it. I once needed a lungs and heart transplant, but a Surgical doctor put stents inside my lungs because my pulmonary arteries were closing with some already closed.

So, in short, 1) I'm not worried about losing my SSDI and 2) My condition will never change, but worsen.

Again, thanks for your inputs. I believe jbasser is correct; however, hopefully, I can get a "complete" answer quickly for Thursday, there is a huge job fair, mainly for Veterans--the jobs are with Government contractors.

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If you are working in general, you are not entitled to SSDI. There may be exceptions, due to such things as

return to work programs, etc. Remember that the government sees SSA payments from you,

and any withholding tax payments. They can decide that you were paid SSDI in error, and claw it back.

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Go ahead and also try the SSA's ticket to work program.

That way if it dont work out then yiou have a chance of keeping it.

J

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