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I just started working at the VA as a VSR in the Pension Management Center. Fortunately I have nothing to do with Compensation. That also means I'm left with a few questions about comp. Since I'm an employee, my records are pretty much locked from my viewing. I can basically only see service information. I got out of the Marine Corps Aug 31, 2013. As of yesterday, I'm rated a combined 90% as follows:

50% Post Traumatic stress disorder
30% Colitis, nonspecified
10% Chronic strain, right hip
0% External hemorrhoids
20% Lumbar L5-S1 herniated disc status post lumbar spine surgery
0% Chronic left knee strain
0% Chronic right knee strain

10% Cervical sprain/strain referred as cervicalgia
20% Secondary to Cervicalgia: Radiculopathy right upper extremity middle radicular nerve
20% Mid right lumbar radiculopathy L5-S1
0% Linear scars of the right leg, left arm and back
30% Migraines claimed as migraine headaches

Not Service-Connected:
Right wrist pain
Left shoulder tendonitis

Hearing loss
Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

I claimed spinal stenosis but I wasn't given a rating yet. I haven't received my letter from the VA yet. The VA C&P Exam for Hearing Loss stated I had hearing loss in left ear but not enough for VA purposes and that I did have Tinnitus but no rating was given for Tinnitus. I also believe I can file a claim for Sinusitis, Anxiety, Degenerative Disc Disease. Hoping that would put me at least at 95% so it gets rounded up. I'd still like to work, but I am having these issues.

I'm not sure what these percentages add up to using "VA Math." Can anyone provide some insight on this? Would like to know where I stand. Thanks and hope to get to know some of you and help if I can with the little knowledge I have so far.

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How long did it take to obtain your rating on your first claim?

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"Would like to know where I stand"

50,30,30,20,20,10,10

According to the calculator, that's 87%, and is then rounded to 90%.

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PEB/Medical Discharge August 30, 2013

Filed claim October 2013 for increase and additional claimed illnesses

Rated 70% October 2014 with 4 deferred ratings, C&P exams scheduled

Rated 90% December 2014

I continue to get a non-service connected rating for GERD. I'm under the assumption that this is a presumptive illness for OIF/OEF. Correct me if I'm wrong. It's in my VA medical record that I take medication for GERD.

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"Would like to know where I stand"

50,30,30,20,20,10,10

According to the calculator, that's 87%, and is then rounded to 90%.

Thank you. I have an additional 20% that is secondary. Does that get added?

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SGT: The fact that they rounded up to 90% and it would take a SC of a new or current 0% being rated at 50% to get movement to 95 and rounded to 100%, a very difficult maneuver, is all that matters right now. You can always Appeal or request an increase but I'd advise packing a lunch, long and drawn out if nothing has actually change regarding your current SC conditions. Use the VA Comp calculator here at Hadit and you'll see that every SC % is calculated against your remaining NON Disabled remainder of your initial 100% Non Disabled Vet. The VA only rounds your rating after the last SC calculation.

You said your working for the VA, at this time your not eligable for IU because of your income if it is avove the $12,???.00 per year Gainful Employment for (1) person. This figure can change yearly and is based on the US Census Poverty Level for (1) person. If at any time in the future your SC conditions make you unable to work, get the IU Application filed ASAP.

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