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seminoles

increase for a sc when already TDIU?

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I was awarded IU permanent and total about 2 years ago.  I was already rated at 70% and they didn't send me for a C & P, which probably would have increased my mental health sc issue from 30% to at least 70%.  My husband is not eligible for the caregiver program but I may qualify for Aid and Attendance or housebound if I applied but keep hoping that all disabled veterans will have their caregivers eligible for the caregiver program.  Have any of you opened a claim when already TDIU to get your rating higher (there is a reason that having 90-100% schedular would  be beneficial for my children).  My VSO pretty much told me when I received my TDIU not to rock the boat.  Opinions, personal experience would be great!!

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2 hours ago, seminoles said:

I was awarded IU permanent and total about 2 years ago.  I was already rated at 70% and they didn't send me for a C & P, which probably would have increased my mental health sc issue from 30% to at least 70%.  My husband is not eligible for the caregiver program but I may qualify for Aid and Attendance or housebound if I applied but keep hoping that all disabled veterans will have their caregivers eligible for the caregiver program.  Have any of you opened a claim when already TDIU to get your rating higher (there is a reason that having 90-100% schedular would  be beneficial for my children).  My VSO pretty much told me when I received my TDIU not to rock the boat.  Opinions, personal experience would be great!!

I agree 100% with your VSO and his/her opinion.  The VA will look into all your service connected disabilites and would very likely move to reduce.  I know this to be a fact.

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I was called in by the VA for a C and P....I was so nervous...I was receiving 70 percent SC with unemployability at the rate of 100%.  I thought for sure they were looking to get me down to 60 percent which would end  my unemployability benefits too.  When it was all over, they raised me from 70 to 80 and made it permanent and total and said I would now be eligible for CHAMP VA and schooling for my wife.  It is unreal great!!!!!!  However, I let them call me in;  I would have never rocked the boat and tried to raise my percentage ... NOT A GOOD REASON TO DO IT

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Please give some thought, to taking "HOPE" out of all your VA Comp Claims filing considerations. Old saying, "Put Hope in your 1 hand, Pxxx in the other, see which fills up 1st."

You would be well served, giving VA Attorney Chris Attig's Vet Law Blog a good read, especially the article pertaining to the wisdom of filing add New or Secondary issue claims, when rated IU or Scheduler 100% SA.

Way old TV show, The Big City, always had the lead in "There's a Million stories, in the Big City." Same thing holds true for VA Comp Claims experiences. Another Hollywood reference, there's "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly," experience wise.

Quite often, you'll discover that there is a significant back story, to the BAD & Ugly experiences. When I look at my early years of claims filings, most problems were of my own creation but I finally got serious and squared away. IU @ 90% Awarded T & P NFE 06/29/14. FDC Secondary Filed 02/14 & 02/15. Awarded as SC @ 0% 07/15, VA Phantom SR Rater increased me to 100% Sched 12/15 with SMC S (1), based on my FDC Award for the Secondary issue.

The take away is, if you have the DX, file for it. Beware of the Nay Sayers. At the very least have your PCP or VA Specialist complete a Housebound Claim on your behalf. Extra $345 Comp would take the edge off.

Semper Fi

 

 

 

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Just my opinion here

If you have any service contentions that can be service connected  by all means file a claim for them.

matter of fact  if you have already been service connected and was put on IU even if you were not 100%  they add the IU for you because your sc disability kept you from being employed  and used the extra schedular to get you the 100% pay rate.

having another claim will not effect this S.C. Rating that you have been assigned....so if you have another disability that you feel was from your military service or  secondary from an already S.C. Disability   file for it   

IF they approve your claim and the rating with it meets the SMC Criteria  VA will infer this and  it will boost you up to the SMC's  (special monthly compensation)

also its statutory they do.

I do not believe in rocking the boat eh!

if a veteran has  another disability that arises later on   definitely file for it.

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