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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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Who requests secondary claims?

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My fuzzy memory recalls something about the VA being required to develop claims to maximize benefits (i.e. explore potential secondary claims).

My recent claim was for "Heart condition due to medications for TMJ, upper and lower spine". Is the VA required to fully explore side effects of medications to treat all SC disabilities or just the specific scope requested?

I ask because I found many medications used to treat other SC disabilities may cause risk factors  (i.e. hypertension, weight gain, high cholesterol). I'm hoping to be able to tie these in as secondary conditions which contributed to my heart attack.

 

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The VA might be supposed to be working in the veteran's best interests and applied SMC to my case without my asking but I do not see them looking into the side effects of medication.  One of my medications that I used to take caused cognitive dysfunction but they never looked at that.  I would spell it out for them if it was me.

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Take it to the Barney level so they can’t miss it. 

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I filed for sleep apnea based on obesity as a secondary condition to medication and reduced inactivity due to chronic pain and physical therapy notes that said I can't lift more than about 15 lbs. I had to appeal, but I did win it. They didnt file it, I did. 

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1 hour ago, shrekthetank1 said:

Take it to the Barney level so they can’t miss it. 

Maybe I should write my response to them in crayon

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Only in blue or black, they do not accept red.

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