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Wife Denied On Everything...


lysol

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My wife was recently denied for every medical issue she applied for... She was enlisted in the Air Force for 4 years and then completed 2 years of Reserves. Her medical paper stack was thicker than mine and the VA sent us a letter stating that they could not make a single connection for anything. One issue that stands out in my mind is that she actually just went through foot surgery for a running injury she received in the Reserves. All paperwork documented.

We went through a guy downtown DC who put together her package for her. He seemed very knowledgeable. What do we do now? I mean, I got denied for my bad knees even though I had went through physical therapy in active duty, but this seems like a big old slap in the face...

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Well not uncommon at all, sad to say. Without you posting the denial letter with the actual regs that the VA used, we will just be speculating. I had 2 knee surgeries while active, and yet I was denied the first time too. Good luck and keep us posted

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Lysol,

Please post a list of the evidence submitted showing diagnosis of her medical conditions and how each of the claimed medical conditions are connected to your wife's military service. Post as much info as possible and Hadit members will be in a better position to offer opinions and suggestions. Leave out personal identifying info.

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GP

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Wow:

So sorry to hear this but I've heard of this before. You just have to go back and fight and then fight again for what you deserve! I've been saying this for over a year after looking at the enitre process and looking at the Hadit.com Forum. Most of it seems to come down to the basics of the right evidence and the linkage to the service career...but in the end, equally, it also comes down to whom the rater is that handles your claims file and what their level of expertise is? Most files are handled by several people but usually there is someone assigned to your specific file? Unfortunatley, this happens (getting "0") and is discourageing but you need to figure out why the denied you by the regulation and attack it from that specuific angle of attack. You'll need to get your ammunition together to be able to state your case and then do it. Frankly, at one point, I thought that I had a good VSO that would be my advocate but in the end she was just a "clerk" that passed my paperwork up to the Regional Office. As a matter of fact, I'm still having issues with how the VSO named the contentions for my claim- because I did not know any better? As an example, she named prostratitis as a "groin injury" which did me no good whatsoever? Anyway, you are your own best advocate, so follow this forum and learn as much as possible to work your claim again. I'm sure there are people on this forum that got "0"% at first and then ended up in the high 50's% and 60"% for SC and it's really possble. Just use this forum and ask the right questions because the people on this forum have been a great help to me and in many cases and inspiration...good luck...

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If you two didn't get the exam than something was probably missing. Physical therapy was your link to service, did you have a current diagnosis/treatment? Was the running injury during drill or AT? Did she have a LOD or proof that it happened during drill or AT? Did she have a current dx/tx? Did you both write any statements describing the incidents? Do any of you have any GW Service?

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You need to file a NOD (Notice of Disagreement ) file it ASAP. (green card sign return receipt)

then basically your wife needs to get Independent Medical Opinion or IME Independent medical examination be examined by a specialist on her most severe disability. and notarized statements from family and friends stating what they witness as to her disability.

VA is getting picky about veterans ''not'' sending in the correct forms they use that as an excuse to be denied.

The VA obviously for some reason did not read the medical reports or didn't believe the Dr.

Just make sure you send in any evidence and make copies.

This may turn out big in your wife's favor if VA CUE'd themselves by not using your wife's evidence. to rate her claim.

Is your wife SC for any of these conditions?

As stated above post the reasons and bases of her denial. (block out SS number and Name)

I know you guys are pissed and I don't blame ya one bit but this happens to a lot of us, we just keep on there ass until they do what's right!

Hang in there

.............Buck

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I also served AD AF, was injured and nearly killed with morphine on another occasion etc, also did Reserve time and my claim was promptly closed in March 2015 after 4 months. Never got to C&P either. VARO kept saying, no medical evidence. Have DAV and Congressman involved. Managed to get CD of med. records from current base which only covers 04-present and got disc from Archive which only provided clerical type documents. Natl. archives doesn't have anything, sent me to VA archive in 2014.

Have had to fall back on family/friends to complete VA form 21-4138 to back up the missing AD medical records and subsequent dependent medical records from 86-03. I am finding that female Veterans seem to have a harder time claiming mainly because our records are not stored under our SSN after we separate. They go under the sponsor which causes a mess when we try to file. 

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