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  • 14 Questions about VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims

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    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
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  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

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    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

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Welcome aboard and sorry to hear of your hard times, but happy for your 70%. Good luck and God Bless!!!

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Good day to all...I am so glad I came across this website. I also have learned a lot in the past 3 months and wish I would have done my own homework before I submitted my claim in Jun 29 2014. VSO hel

Welcome aboard and sorry to hear of your hard times, but happy for your 70%. Good luck and God Bless!!!

Welcome to the grind, or the rat cage. We have a nice hamster wheel reserved with your name on it.

Welcome to the grind, or the rat cage. We have a nice hamster wheel reserved with your name on it.

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All-American Airman,

Congratulations on your award.

For future claims, I would never depend on the VA to gather any evidence for you including your STRs. If I was you, I would request a copy of your c-file from the VA so you can see exactly what the VA has in your file. If the VA does not have your STRs, you can request copies of your STRs by going to Archives.org

You stated the VA "overlooked or just plain ignored other things in my STR's or perhaps just didn't have those records in my STR's from what should have been there from AD service." Did you have claims in for other issues that were denied? What were the other things in your STRs that were overlooked or ignored?

Good luck to you and thank you for your service.

GP

Hello Georgiapapa,

I had other claims/ issues that were denied. Compensation for depression, was deemed not service connected. Hearing loss was granted 0% for left ear and denied for the right. Right and left wrist pain, breathing difficulty, allergic rhinitis, right hip, left knee, neck pain, upper back cervical condition, pain numbness tingling in both right and left upper extremeties.... all denied for service connection

When my claim was in the gathering evidence stage they asked me send a statement of support letter 4138 to clarify what I was claiming because bilateral wrist pain, breathing difficulty, right hip pain, left knee pain, neck pain etc were not legitimate claims...they had to be more specific. You can thank my VSO who helped me fill out the claims forms. I sent in a 4138 naming those specific disabilities and what they should have been claimed as...such as breathing difficulties should have been claimed as sinustis, shorthess of breath. etc. But they must have not considered the 4138 and ruled on the case anyways and it went into a FDC.

V/R,

David

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I am in the opposite boat; my Rep had me pull chronic and ongoing issues from my "problem list" in my records and they may have been too specific, which may be slowing my claim. My claim just keeps getting pushed back and keeps going back and forth as a hardship or not, depending on who answers the 800#. They can't say they didn't get my service records; I sent that $180 print job in with the claim, even though my Rep thought I was nuts bc "the VA already has those".

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