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On 4/20/2019 at 2:08 PM, vetquest said:

As for SS do you have another lane of appeal? 

I love the guys who say thank-you for your service when getting ready to twist the knife, been there.  Broncovet and Buck give you some good advice.  My mortgage is paid off but I have to keep two grandkids in daycare right now.  I know what it is like to watch the savings drain, at least this year we have custody and will get the childcare credit.  It costs a lot for diapers, I can empathize.  

The biggest concern I had about children was "why doesn't daddy work?"  I talked to my kids when they were old enough about that.  Even my daughter works, the rest of her life is a mess but she still works.  

Keep us posted on how the appeal is going.  Do you qualify for SMC?

Ive since switched lawyers to someone I can work with face-to-face and he has a lot of experience working with vets both on the SSA side and the VA side. He also actually seems to care, which surprisingly, helps immensely. So often I feel like Im fighting these battles all alone. Trying to shield my wife and kids from the stress and struggle. 

We filed the appeal yesterday. The judge broke so many rules it seems. He completely ignored my PTSD, that if you read my VA description of it, almost perfectly mirrors word-for-word what the SSA's Blue Book description is. Its like he just decided to completely pretend it did not exist. Tried to bring up a bunch of stuff I used to do from a few years back, out of context and also out of the time frame of my claim. Tried to say I was basically "exaggerating" my symptoms during the hearing. I was very amped up and on the verge of a damn panic attack, so I was shaking pretty bad, but I held it together. Serious business, you know? All sorts of things he put in his decision. I felt like he was questioning my integrity and character and that pissed me off the most.

Hoping at least for a remand of the decision, plus, no matter what we are switching the case over to the city where I should ACTUALLY be going so hopefully I wont have to see this jackass ever again. They sent me 8 hours away for the first one, fully knowing that I moved. They sent me mail at my new address for crying out loud!

So, we'll see how it all goes. The weight of this and other life issues are crushing my soul. I feel like I just walked 1000 miles with a 125lb ruck... and I still have to take the objective.

I totally hear you on "why doesnt daddy work". Its a sore spot for me. Bad enough that Im always bumbling around and dragging my rear-end trying to keep up with things around here.

SMC? I dont think so. I dont have 100% in any single catagory.

 

 

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