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If you have an illness or injury that's aggravated does the pay scale change? I was told the rating of your condition upon entry  subtracted from the final rating of your condition?/any truth to this

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14 hours ago, Bohnamvet26 said:

If you have an illness or injury that's aggravated does the pay scale change? I was told the rating of your condition upon entry  subtracted from the final rating of your condition?/any truth to this

If you are SC due to aggravation, they are supposed to try and determine the level/percentage of disability present upon entry into the service and deduct that from the rating given after you got out.

 

Example

10% = Pre-service rating estimate

30% = Post-service rating

30% - 10% = 20% rating adjusted for aggravation

 

In my opinion, there is a problem with the way these ratings can be calculated. Sometimes the rater will apply a pre-service rating estimate of 10% or more even though the medical evidence at time of entry does not back it up. I suspect they do this in cases where the rating code does not contain criteria for 0%. I recommend researching the regulations to ensure the raters handled it properly.

Regardless, if you are not currently service-connected (SC), being SC is better and not being SC because you can receive VA treatment of the condition and travel pay (if you qualify).

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Vync is correct.  The VA wants to seperate the percentage caused by military service from the part you had before service.  This is why I suggested you stay away from "aggravation" unless your condition was diagnosed prior to service.  

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