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I thought I should finally share my story... I separated from the Navy in June of 2014. I started my first VA claim as a quick start ( I was still active duty) claim but it was anything but quick. I went through a rep at MCRD in San Diego who helped people separating the military file initial claims. I claimed/filed for migraines, TMJ, neck scar, lower back pain and shooting pains down left and right leg. I submitted copies of my AD medical records and went to all my CP exams. After waiting close to a year, I got my BBE that contained my claim award that I very much needed and expected a good outcome. I got a big fat 0%. Migraines- 0%, scar- 0%, Tmj 0% and denied completely on my lower back pain condition and shooting pains down left/right leg. I was so angered by my outcome that I lost all faith in the VA and threw my BBE in a drawer and decided to forget the VA and move on with my life.

 

Fast forward to two years later something got me fired up again about the process/original outcome I received from the VA. I began to do my homework and stumbled across this site. The stories I read gave me hope and personal insight into others who had filed for the same conditions I did. I got smart and marched straight into the San Diego Regional office and joined a Veteran's Organization. I personally went with AMVETS as they were the first group to reach out to me and I like what the rep had to say. I could tell he was really there to help me with my claim. I filed for increases on Migraines, scar and TMJ. I also started a new claim for my lower back pain and shooting pains down left/right leg since I was past the one year mark to file an appeal. We also filed new claims for depression/anxiety, acne and tinnitus. I gave him all my medical records from AD and my separation physical that was missing from my original claim. To better my claim outcome my VO suggested I get DBQs filled out by my personal doctor and dentist for my Migraines and TMJ. I once again attended all CP exams the VA requested. My outcome this time was a small victory. I received: Migraines- 0%, Scar- 10% and TMJ 10% conditions for acne and my back had been deferred. From doing my homework I knew I was being low balled on my migraines and TMJ. My rep filed for a reconsideration on my Migraines and TMJ and resubmitted the DBQs from my personal doctors that had been overlooked by the VA ( they only considered the cp exam results).

 

I then went for my next round of CP exams for my acne and lower back condition. My new rating came shortly after:

 

Migraines: 50%

TMJ- 20%

Neck Scar- 10%

Lower Back Pain- 10%

Sciatica Left Leg- 20%

Sciatica Right Leg- 10%

Acne- 0%

Allergic Rhintis- 0%

Depression/Anxiety- Denied because doctor had stated it "resolved" in service. 

Tinnitus- Denied 

Combined Rating- 80%

 

Without the help of Hadit.com I would have never been able to go through this process again and get this outcome! I went from 0% to 80% within 6 months. I'm so thankful to everyone who has posted here and I'm hoping I can help out another Vet by contributing! My fight with the VA is not over! I'm beginning the process to file a CUE claim on my lower back pain and left/right shooting pains down leg to get my effective date pushed back to my separation date. The VA originally denied my back claim stating that there was no medical evidence in my file. They were wrong. Best wishes to everyone and keep fighting!!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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I thought I should finally share my story... I separated from the Navy in June of 2014. I started my first VA claim as a quick start ( I was still active duty) claim but it was anything but quick. I w

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@LT Haylo Thank you so much for sharing this success story with us. I'm glad we were there for you. Stories like yours are important for others to read so they can be encouraged by your success and appreciated for the dedication they've shown to their brothers and sisters.

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Yes, this is truly a very inspirational posts and as you said, you got Smart! and you have done very well so far.

Are you still employed? if not have you applied for TDIU?

"I'm beginning the process to file a CUE claim on my lower back pain and left/right shooting pains down leg to get my effective date pushed back to my separation date. The VA originally denied my back claim stating that there was no medical evidence in my file. They were wrong. Best wishes to everyone and keep fighting!!!" 

Did you file that claim within one year after your discharge?

Lots of CUE info in our CUE forum and you sound very willing to read much of it.

And that sure sounds like a viable CUE to me......because they ultimately granted:

"Lower Back Pain- 10%

Sciatica Left Leg- 20%

Sciatica Right Leg- 10%"

"I went from 0% to 80% within 6 months"  Yippee for you and no soup for them.:rolleyes:

 

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Thank you TBird and Berta for the nice replies!!

Berta- To answer your question, yes I'm currently still working. I'm not ready to file for TDIU. I've worked extremely hard for my career and I'm very passionate for it. If in the future I feel like it's necessary for me to apply for TDIU I will without hesitation. Thank you again for the very sweet message! 

Wish me luck tomorrow as I will be meeting with my VO to start my CUE claim! I will do my best to keep a timeline etc... To share with others! 

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