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SueEdel

DIC/IU/P&T

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I've been a SC vet since 1977 with usual claims and such over the years. I was recently awarded on appeal 90% combined and 100% IU. I don't consider my disabilities to be life threatening although they have been seriously life altering due to MST event. I am rated for fibro, agoraphobia, colitis, vertigo going back to 2012. The condition that was turned down twice on claim and appeal is for hypertension. They agree I have it but refuse service connection. 

1) Will my spouse still be eligible for DIC since I am at 90% with 100% IU P&T?

2) Attorney did file papers for the hypertension after denial of that appeal. My rational for continuing the fight is that I am more likely to die of something connected to Hypertension than from my other conditions. 

3)If spouse is not eligible with my 100%  IU, I think I need to fight for SC. If he is eligible it is probably not worth the headache of the fight.

4)If I fight for it I need an IMO to rebut the ludicrous statements of the VA doctor regarding only the hypertension section of the appeal. 

Thoughts?

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Sue- I feel a veteran should seek service connection for anything that could possibly contribute to their death.

I commend all of you vets as you think more of your potentially surviving spouses  than most civilians seem to. 

I am glad you have an attorney who wants to fight the HBP  denial.

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