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Athena2

NOD - VA Form 9

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Hi All,

I am a veteran that served for over seven years active duty in the ARMY.  From FEB 1992-OCT 1999. I am hoping someone can help me further with my NOD process.  Here is a bit of history in dealing with VA.

I currently have a combined rating of 40 percent for Retropatellar pain sydrome of both knees, tendonitis status post-surgical of first dorsal compartment of left wrist and tendonitis right wrist (major).  I had filed for an increase for several conditions (over 17) for which I was denied back on August 2012.  So after speaking to a rep at a VA hospital I go to, I filed a NOD.  In my NOD I listed all the conditions currently plaguing me.  They range from 1) Obstructive Sleep Apnea, 2) Sjogrens, Dry eye syndrome (secondary to Sjogrens), 3) Raynuds syndrome, 4) Chronic Cholecystitis which required an open gall bladder removal with severe symptoms that required hospitalization of over 3 week and to make matters worse they (va doctors) had left a remnant of my gall bladder which grew back and required further surgery to remove, which I had over two years later because they did not believe me and the pain I was still experiencing. They went as far as to send me to a psychiatrist because they thought it was all in my head.  By the way I still suffer from abdominal pain daily  5)  Insomnia and sleep disturbances 6) migraines and headaches 7) Bursitis of Left Hip 8) PTSD for which I was seen by a therapist while on active duty but they conveniently lost my medical records and VA told me is not service connected- which makes me go huh??? 9) Depression 10)  Menstrual disorders 11) Unspecified Diffuse Connective Tissue Disease which is an immune condition which could develop into lupus or Rheumatoid arthritis.  All of this conditions are in my medical records as I get seen by by VA specialist.  By the way I probably should mention that I never received a C & P exam for any of the above.   I am also on immune suppressant medications, anti depressants and over 12 medications that are truly hard for me to afford (even at $8.00/monthly prescription of each),since this conditions are not service connected. 

Now, VA send me a letter dated April 7, 2016 stating that I needed to file a VA form 21-526EZ for the above conditions which I did file with my local VSO.  At the same time I received a statement of the case stating I need to file a VA form 9.  And this is where I am stumped.  There is so much legal jargon I am at loss.  Please help I am so close to finally getting somewhere, I know time is of the essence.  Who do I filed this Form 9 with?  my local VSO office?  What do I reiterate or state that I probably did not in my nod.?  I am truly feeling lost in the legal sea of paperwork.  Needless to say I do not trust VA or my local VSO to do this for me.  Any guidance is really appreciated.

Thanks....

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2 hours ago, Athena2 said:

Now, VA send me a letter dated April 7, 2016 stating that I needed to file a VA form 21-526EZ for the above conditions which I did file with my local VSO

IF YOUR LOCAL VSO DID NOT FAX OR SEND THE FORM TO JANESVILLE, WI.,  THATS THE PROBLEM..

YOU DO NEED TO FILL OUT THE 21-526EZ AND FORM 9 .  YOU CAN DO THIS THRU EBENEFITS OR FAX IT TO: 

844 822 5246.  (PERSONALLY I USE THE FAX METHOD)

   VA HAS A NEW PROCESS WHEREIN ALL DOCUMENTS GO THRU JANESVILL..SEND IT TO THEM ASAP...

BOTH OF THESE FORMS CAN BE FILLED OUT AT THE VA WEBSITE  WWW.VA.GOV

AND THEN PRINTED/SAVED

PLEASE POST YOUR SOC SO OTHERS CAN CHIME IN.....

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