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They gave hubby 20% increase in diabetes.  Which he was at 80, so it brings him to 90, so how long does it usually take ebenefits to catch up and show on the AB8?  They made decision on the 30th of May.  They are only paying it for tw yrs.  it is not going back to the Jan of 12 when we filed it.  Their reasoning was that in 2012 the our doctor put down that , he was on insulin, restricted diet, and limited mobility.  And theva dr said he was not on a diet.  Spouse he could tell that from just looking.?  And then when it went to bva we had our drs. Write up a letter, that said hubby was on restricted diet, insulin, and restricted activities.  So as not to drop his sugar too low.  And that was sent in 2016.  So that is why they chose to only give him the increase from 2016.  The dr also put down he was unable to work due to his service connected disabilities.  And that is why they are telling hubby to put in for iu.  That along with ckd has been remanded back to amc or original ro that made the initial decision.  So we are not sure who has it yet.  We are waiting on someone to contact us.  And send us forms for iu.  Does that necessarily mean they will approve iu.  But the two yrs retro should not be that hard to figure out.  10% for 2 yrs.    and we will ask for reconsideration for the increase to go back to 2012.  What do you guys think?

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When the decsion arrives, you want to file a nod disputing pretty much all issues:

Dispute the disability percentage(s) and the effective dates.  Submit evidence, not your opinions.    Medical evidence.  Order your cfile if you have not already.  Read it to see what evidence the VA has, and compare it to what you know to be true.  If there is missing evidence, say for a medical exam that is important/relevant, then submit that as new and material evidence under 38 cfr 3.156 b, or if missing service records, 3.156 c.  

A "pending claim" means that your effective date will go back to the date first filed and you dont need to raise the standard of review to CUE level.  Read 3.156 b "pending claims".  Pending means that, well, its pending in appeals or initial evaluation.  

It does not become final until a year after your VARO decsion AND you dont file a nod.  

If you file a nod within a year, then your claim iremains pending until The BVA decides.  

If you appeal the BVA decision to the CAVC, its still pending.  Only after you have either exhausted all appeals, or let the appeal period laps by not appealing does your claim become final.  

You are on to the VA's Thrid favorite thing:

1.  Denials.

2.  Delays

3.  Lowballing.  They lowball your disability percentge and lowball  you again on the effective date.  

      These are the 3 things VA does best.  You have to fight them at every step.  

Download the TDIU form and send it in, if you are not working.  https://www.vba.va.gov/pubs/forms/vba-21-8940-are.pdf

     With TDIU you need to show:

You are unable to maintain SGE (substantial Gainfull employment) because of sc conditions.  SGE means the poverty level for your number of dependents, something a bit over 10,000 per year.  

     Your doctor needs to opine that your service connected condtions prevent you from maintaining SGE.  A voc rehab assessment is sometimes also needed.  

      Remember, VA employees, (and, indireectly VSO's) get paid by your opponent at law (VA), so their advice is tainted for that reason.  

     VA loves to "poison" your claim by doing stuff like saying, "Naw, dont appeal this, if you do, you will be reduced instead."  This is poison, so dont eat poison!. 

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Thee thing I feel the va is totally ignoring, is we submitted this claim for ckd/renal insuffiency, as secondary to sc diabetes. They are trying to relate it to cads.  Hubby has had diabetes since 1998.  They say and it was granted in 2001.  I need to get that corrected, by callin Little Rock Ro.   But he was diagnosised with ckd in 2011.  He was diagnosised with cads in 2013.  Now he had the aortic valve problem since 2008, and we did put a claim in for that as secondary to diabetes.  It was denied.  I’m wondering if the surgeon would have different opinion on wether the valve problem and cad are linked together.  But I don’t know if this needs to be brought up that he had diabetes yrs to do this damage, but was diagnosised with the cads after he was diagnosised with ckd.  I’m confused here.

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