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The VA is still adjudicating this disability wrong. In this recent case the  BVA SCed the veteran’s sleep apnea to his IVDS.

They remanded  as well for a proper IVDS rating .

In 2017 there are 4298 decisions under IVDS DC 5243

Here is one of them:

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"Based on all the evidence of record, and resolving all doubt in favor of the Veteran, the Board finds that the Veteran is precluded from securing and following substantially gainful employment due to the effects of his service-connected disabilities, specifically his low back condition, right knee, and right ankle disabilities.  The Board finds that the evidence supports that he would be unable to perform labor akin to that which he is educated and trained to perform.  Therefore, the Board concludes that TDIU is warranted.




Entitlement to an evaluation of greater than 20 percent for service-connected multi-level degenerative disc disease is denied.


Entitlement to a total rating for compensation purposes based on individual unemployability due to service-connected disabilities (TDIU) is granted."



There are 4,298 IVDS decisions at the BVA.


In this above case, the VA actually had tried to reduce the 20% at one point ! We deal with idiots at ROs who have caused the backlog and have been the biggest detriment to veterans along with the VA paid C & P examiners.

This award was an extraschedular grant.

Maybe Jerrel Cook do a radio show sometime on Extraschedular.

here is the link to the BVA search feature IVDS DC 5243 for 2017..only 102 2017 decisions.


I learned a lot by reading BVA decisions.....They helped me win my claims.



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