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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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      Five Year Rule) If you have had the same rating for five or more years, the VA cannot reduce your rating unless your condition has improved on a sustained basis. All the medical evidence, not just the reexamination report, must support the conclusion that your improvement is more than temporary.



      Ten Year Rule) The 10 year rule is after 10 years, the service connection is protected from being dropped.



      Twenty Year Rule) If your disability has been continuously rated at or above a certain rating level for 20 or more years, the VA cannot reduce your rating unless it finds the rating was based on fraud. This is a very high standard and it's unlikely the rating would get reduced.



      If you are 100% for 20 years (Either 100% schedular or 100% TDIU - Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability or IU), you are automatically Permanent & Total (P&T). And, that after 20 years the total disability (100% or IU) is protected from reduction for the remainder of the person's life. "M-21-1-IX.ii.2.1.j. When a P&T Disability Exists"



      At 55, P&T (Permanent & Total) or a few other reasons the VBA will not initiate a review. Here is the graphic below for that. However if the Veteran files a new compensation claim or files for an increase, then it is YOU that initiated to possible review.



      NOTE: Until a percentage is in place for 10 years, the service connection can be removed. After that, the service connection is protected.



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      Example for 2020 using the same disability rating



      1998 - Initially Service Connected @ 10%



      RESULT: Service Connection Protected in 2008



      RESULT: 10% Protected from reduction in 2018 (20 years)



      2020 - Service Connection Increased @ 30%



      RESULT: 30% is Protected from reduction in 2040 (20 years)
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    • How to get your questions answered...


      All VA Claims questions should be posted on our forums. Read the forums without registering, to post you must register it’s free. Register for a free account.

      Tips on posting on the forums.

      Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery” instead of ‘I have a question’.


      Knowledgable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title. I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.


      Use paragraphs instead of one huge, rambling introduction or story. Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.


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      Post clear questions and then give background info on them.

      Examples:

      A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?


      I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine but claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?



      B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?

      I was involved in traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?



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Sgt. Wilky

Proposal to Sever Service-Connection

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So I received the dreaded envelope that I had been expecting from my fiasco of a C&P exam. They're proposing to sever-not reduce-but sever my service connection on three issues, all related to radiculopathy and neuropathy. I found an office that doesn't mind filling out the paper work, it's just they're booked 6 weeks out. 

I requested a hearing with the hope that it'll take more than 60 days to schedule it, and with the hopes that I can get a diagnoses and a DBQ form filled out with the proper information. I'm also gathering letters, and writing my own, referencing the BVA's decision on my behalf for these issues back in 2015. It's psychologically draining and going through this, I can begin to see why so many veterans live with no optimism and feel like they have no hope. The constant harassing of the VA is tiresome. In my opinion, the system is severely jacked up when a C&P exam can take place on May 18, and 26 days later, they have a decision, but then wait a week to mail it to you, thereby giving you only 50 days to submit evidence. But submit a claim or two, and it takes them almost a decade to sort through their crap in order for you to win a case. I will be writing my Congressperson and Senators about this problem (not that I expect a fix).

 Just venting, but I'm not giving up.

Semper Fi,

Sgt. Wilky

 

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1 hour ago, Sgt. Wilky said:

referencing the BVA's decision on my behalf for these issues back in 2015. It's psychologically draining and going through this, I can begin to see why so many veterans live with no optimism and feel like they have no hope. The constant harassing of the VA is tiresome

It must have taken years to get to BVA. I know M21 has info about when to do C&P's but I am unsure exactly what it is. Sounds to me like you are getting a good defense set up. 

As far as writing your congressman, I have written mine and he told me he would keep my feelings in mind, but as he wasn't on the oversight committee he couldn't do much. So I suggest that if your congressman is not on the House or Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs to include writing at least the Chairman of each committee. I think I would write to all members of both House and Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs. Maybe one of these days someone will start to listen. Don't give up. Remember Win or Die poker. I think you are holding some aces in the hole!! 

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My understanding of the Law.... The VA cannot reduce a veteran's disability based on one examination. I could be wrong, but I doubt it.

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After 10 years VA cannot reduce based on one exam. You ned an IMO. after 20 years VA cannot reduce of sever unless fraud was committed. 

 

 

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I to have had a reduction.  Went for a C&P, and came out with a reduction on something entirely different, on a different part of my body.  I wrote to the Regional office (San Diego), and asked how this could be, and explain the situation.  My question to them was, it took 2 1/2 year to finally get a Disability Rating, and 15 min, to get a denial, and to top it off a reduction on another Disability.  The Dr. stood in the corner and had me sit down and he asked questions, sorry, he touch my left foot with a pin for I guess a Diabetes test. Surprisingly the Regional office replied less than a week later and set me up for another exam.  My question is with all the monies spent by the VA, for Drs, equipment, why are they farming C&P/QTCs out to other private vendors.  They could keep the money in-house and have the Vet, seen by VA Dr.  STUPID! STUPID!  Guess they figure it's not their money. 

 

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A service connection that has been in force 10 years cannot be severed.  A service rating that has been in effect more than 5 years requires two exams to reduce.  In my experience the VA one time tried to sever a protected service connection and reduce a rating that was 20 years old.  Fight this.  I hope this might help.

 

      When implementing a rating reduction, the RO must comply with certain procedural requirements.  In cases where a disability rating is especially longstanding, the appellant has been provided with safeguards prior to a reduction in rating.  These safeguards are codified at 38 C.F.R. § 3.344 (2003). When the originating agency fails to consider these criteria, the rating reduction is deemed void ab initio.  See Dofflemyer v. Derwinski, 2 Vet. App. 277 (1992);  Brown v. Brown, 5 Vet. App. 413 (1993).  The provisions apply to rating disabilities which have continued at the same level for a period of 5 years or more. 38 C.F.R. § 3.344(c) (2003).

 

      A claim as to whether a rating reduction was proper "must be resolved in the appellant's favor unless 'the Board concludes that a fair preponderance of evidence weighs against the claim.'"  Brown, 5 Vet. App. at       421 (citing Gilbert v. Derwinski, 1 Vet. App. 49, 58 (1990)).  The Board emphasizes that a rating reduction case focuses on the propriety of a rating reduction, and is not the same as an increased rating issue.             Peyton v. Derwinski, 1 Vet. App. 282, 286 (1991).

     Service connection for any disability or death granted or continued under 38 U.S.C. which has been in effect for 10 or more years will not be severed except on showing that the original grant was based       on fraud or it is clearly shown from military records that the person concerned did not have the requisite service or character of discharge. 38 C.F.R. § 3.957.

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    • The 5, 10, 20 year rules...



      Five Year Rule) If you have had the same rating for five or more years, the VA cannot reduce your rating unless your condition has improved on a sustained basis. All the medical evidence, not just the reexamination report, must support the conclusion that your improvement is more than temporary.



      Ten Year Rule) The 10 year rule is after 10 years, the service connection is protected from being dropped.



      Twenty Year Rule) If your disability has been continuously rated at or above a certain rating level for 20 or more years, the VA cannot reduce your rating unless it finds the rating was based on fraud. This is a very high standard and it's unlikely the rating would get reduced.



      If you are 100% for 20 years (Either 100% schedular or 100% TDIU - Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability or IU), you are automatically Permanent & Total (P&T). And, that after 20 years the total disability (100% or IU) is protected from reduction for the remainder of the person's life. "M-21-1-IX.ii.2.1.j. When a P&T Disability Exists"



      At 55, P&T (Permanent & Total) or a few other reasons the VBA will not initiate a review. Here is the graphic below for that. However if the Veteran files a new compensation claim or files for an increase, then it is YOU that initiated to possible review.



      NOTE: Until a percentage is in place for 10 years, the service connection can be removed. After that, the service connection is protected.



      ------



      Example for 2020 using the same disability rating



      1998 - Initially Service Connected @ 10%



      RESULT: Service Connection Protected in 2008



      RESULT: 10% Protected from reduction in 2018 (20 years)



      2020 - Service Connection Increased @ 30%



      RESULT: 30% is Protected from reduction in 2040 (20 years)
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      Our traffic is going up and so are our expenses, however revenues have gone down and so I am reaching out to you to see if you can help me keep Hadit.com up and running.
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      Your question has probably been asked before so the fastest way to find the information you need is to search for it.
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    • How to get your questions answered...


      All VA Claims questions should be posted on our forums. Read the forums without registering, to post you must register it’s free. Register for a free account.

      Tips on posting on the forums.

      Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery” instead of ‘I have a question’.


      Knowledgable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title. I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.


      Use paragraphs instead of one huge, rambling introduction or story. Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.


      Leading to:

      Post clear questions and then give background info on them.

      Examples:

      A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?


      I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine but claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?



      B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?

      I was involved in traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?



      This gives members a starting point to ask clarifying questions like “Can you post the Reasons for Denial from your claim?” etc.

      Note:

      Your firsts posts on the board may be delayed before they show up, as they are reviewed, this process does not take long and the review requirement will be removed usually by the 6th post, though we reserve the right to keep anyone on moderator preview.

      This process allows us to remove spam and other junk posts before they hit the board. We want to keep the focus on VA Claims and this helps us do that.
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