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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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Initiating re-evaluation for SC issues

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I have just started the process to re-evaluate my disabilities and am seeking advice.  I claimed issues with knee after ACL reconstruction, and got 0%...I understand that my ROM might have been fine, but not without pain...they also said I could walk with normal gait.  I got 10% for lumbar strain with degenerative changes, and got 0% for bone spur with degenerative changes.  The problem is that I did not have enough pain for them to rate higher than 0 for several of my issues.  They did however do x-rays and noted that there were a few issues that I did not claim that I should get service connected....most of them are the other appendage (ie. I claimed left knee, they noted similar issues with right, etc).  Well long story short, things have worsened and walking and doing day to day activities are not so pain free.  I am starting the reevaluation process and would like to get any advice for when the C&P evals take place.

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do your homework look at the DBQ remember the pain you experience I started keeping a log that my wifekeeps me from misplacing that I keep my TBI occurances  or my PTSD nightmares and write what I remember which also helps with your treatment at the VA hospital. I cant remember from one day to the next but my wife helps me wth the lagging memory and what I write down sparks the memory sometimes....

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Thanks for the input jfrei.....most of my issues are musculoskeletal and degenerative.  Things have gotten worse over the last 7 or so years since getting out...knees, feet, hips, back, shoulders.  I cant believe they only rated me at 10% for my lumbar problems and 0% for knees, feet, hips, and such.  Things have really degraded over the years and I'm sure they should have a higher disability rating.  I guess when I get to the next C & P I need to ensure the doctor knows what level of pain I do have and not just suck it up and push through any pain.

 

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Start up your log everything now related to those issues 

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