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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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Carotid Artery Disease and 38CFR Part 4


Today I claimed Carotid Artery Disease wherein my left Carotid Artery is 100% occlusion (Blocked) and it is listed in my VA records Problem Items and my recent Carotid Artery Disease Report recently in VA Notes of 27 July, 2017.  It states in that report that I had Neck Radiotherapy due to Larynx Cancer.  I have looked at the 38CFR4 and found Cardiovascular and the conditions underneath it, but can't find the disease in there.  Does Anyone know what it falls under and what the code would be for rating it?

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Ok.  I dont recommend applying for benefits that wont potentially result in additional compensation.  To me, that is like going shopping for a car when you have no ability or need to buy a car, just to give you something to do.  If you need something to occupy your time with, then I would humbly suggest something more productive...visiting grandchildren, reconnecting with old friends, reading or writing a book, playing chess or even going fishing.  

It would appear to serve no purpose except perhaps to "ease your fear" of a reduction, and I doubt it will really accomplish that either.  Why, well of course its possible for VA to reduce both of your disabilities, not just one.    If I have mischaracterized or misread you to be a "worrier", then please accept my apologies in advance.  Its pure speculation on my part..you may have other reasons for wanting to increase your rating, even tho I can quite understand why else you would do so right now.  

My experience with "worriers"  is that when one worry is taken care of, they replace that worry with another one.    

If you do fear a reduction and are giving your self "breathing room" by getting more disabilities rated, then I suggest you read up on reductions, as knowledge is empowering.  

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I'm sure you mean well Broncovet in your own way.....God Bless you Buddy:biggrin:  It amazes me how you come up with this stuff.  As I have stated my ratings will not be increased, I am P&T with SMC-S and it goes back past 10 years and I still have issues with my throat and vocal chords so no chance of any reduction......Why you don't get it that service connected disabilities should be documented as service connected is beyond my understanding.  Ever heard of Hearing Loss being service connected with 0% compensation? There are hundreds of thousands of vets that have that.  Or Sleep Apnea service connected with 0% compensation?  There are lost of service connected disabilities that are 0% compensation and the vets get hearing aids, CPAP machines, etc at no cost.

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Yes, Im an "expert" at 0 percent ratings..I was rated zero percent for hearing loss after a lengthy appeal and win at BVA.  Since I have "been there, done that", I wouldnt go through that again for what Alex succintly refers to as an "empty lollipop stick".  I took the money from my zero percent hearing loss rating and sent a check to my bank for the full amount, $0.00 each month, and they were not impressed and took my home away.  I can not even imagine why anyone would want to go through all that for hearing aids..(which I already got from VA even before the zero percent rating).  

If you want to go through all that stress for no additional compensation, by all means feel free to do so, so there is "documentation".  I have had VA's "documentation requirements" up to here (points to my neck) for the past 15 years when I first applied in 2002.  I would rather put my right hand in a meat grinder than to deal with VA's hamster wheel again for zero compensation.    I really dont care about dotting the i's and crossing the t's for VA except to the extent of the benefits provided.  You and I are already at the max, and absent an EED or SMC's, I have "zero" interest in documenting any additional disabiilites that are not "productive", that is, where I can actually see the benefits.  

For me, I would much rather Va work claims on Vets who ARE due compensation, and I dont even like my paperwork in there, if I feel like Im taking the place of a more deserving Vet.  That is, there are only so many people to work  claims and if they are working mine just to put a feather in my cap, then I will gladly surrender my "documentation of an additional disability" for that.  

A few years ago, when Va awarded me 100 percent, they adjuticated TDIU as "moot".  I appealed this, because   I alleged IU was "not moot" because it meant a) I could get an EED and b) I could get SMC S via Bradley vs Peake.  Other than those things, I agreed that an award of TDIU would be moot for a 100 percent Vet.  The board agreed with me, that there WAS additonal compensation potential because of IU, but if there were no additional benefits they would have said it was "moot".  

Im not trying to be a pain, here..you dont have to take my advice.  Im just saying I would not jump through all VA hoops for a zero percent rating or at least some potential compensation for my self or my family, with the family being more important.    I could care less about the additional "documented" disability.  

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I believe you asked a question and it was answered.  There is no code.  You can take the advice or leave it.  That said, go for it, if you have the time and energy.  The only thing that eludes me is your end game.  100% permanent etc., and no need for DIC condition.  I do have about 6 conditions rated 0% which could be increased in the future, but can contribute to DIC and I am married.  And I am currently rated 80%.  So room to improve.

I did ask for, and followed broncovet's advice on my last claims and it paid off.  I was prescribed a left ankle brace for left ankle pain related to my service connected right foot plantar fasciitis.  I claimed left foot problem.  I was denied left ankle (because it was stable?), but was service connected for left achiles tendonitis.  They also shot a picture of my right foot-ankle for comparison and made comment with opine "greater than 50" connected for right ankle arthritis.  Which I will be claiming soon.  I believe if I would have claim left ankle pain, it would have been denied and the other issues would not have been found or discussed.  I required them to look at a lot more by saying left foot problem instead of left ankle pain.  I did tell the examiner, everything that ailed me related to my left foot which probably generated the comparison x-rays etc.

Again, if you think it is owed to you and you deserve it, go for it, 

And good luck,




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