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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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Hi Guys, I wan to thank you for all the help you have provided, it has been  great for me!  I have a question.  I will try to make this brief, as possible.  About three years ago, I felt the V.A. was "stonewalling" me on a couple of issues, my back and my lungs.  I call the V.A  line to MacDonald and Hinkley , and within a week, I was contacted by a RO from Phoenix, Az.  She was handling my case, and just need completed DBQ's and Nexus letters, and any recent tests pertaining to my back and lungs.  She said no C&P exam was necessary.  I provided her all the documentation, and she said this was want she needed to finalize everything.  I get a letter for a C& P exam.  I tried contacting the V.A. in Phoenix ,Az,  but no success.  I tried contacting the RO but I found out later she was transferred from Phoenix to San Diego.  I went to the C&P exam, because I know what happens when you don't go.  This is the doctor I think I told you, told me, "wow your in bad shape".  You back is really bad, and you have bad lungs.  The he said "I am probably going to deny you, because that's what I do.  But appeal, and you should win".  He denied, and I sent a NOD.  I had a DRO hearing March 2016.  I provided all the information.  But I neglected to provided the e-mails that I had, documenting from the RO that I did NOT need a C&P exam.  I didn't bring it up in the hearing, because I couldn't fine them. and I thought they might have it in their files. (I know stupid me).  I haven't received a decision yet.  Do I wait until, if I am denied and provide the e-mails, or should I send them now, before a decision is made?  I don't know what to do.  Thanks again,   Jimmer

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One other thing.  I do feel that not having to go to the C&P exam would have a significant effect on my case. The RO was basing everything on the information, I sent her.     Jimmer

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When you were you denied and you then sent a NOD.........how long was it from then to March 2016?   Just curious if that VA phone line call made any difference time-wise to be seen quicker?  

 

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Wayne TX, It was five months.   When I contacted MacDonald and Hinkley, things seemed to move fast.  I was denied in October 2015, and had my DRO hearing March 2106.

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What did you tell VA to make your Appeal move that fast?    That is really fast from a NOD filing to a Hearing Date.  All I keep hearing is it takes 18-24 months and in some cases even longer to get a Hearing.

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Wayne Tx, I had called MacDonald's office, and Hinkley's office, (They were in charge at the time)  and told them I was being "stonewalled", that nothing was being done.  I felt like the V.A. just wanted my situation to disappear.  I told them I had been waiting over 2 years and nothing.  That got things moving.  However it has been 16 months since the DRO hearing, and I haven't had a decision yet.

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