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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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    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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AO IHD . Do I have what I need to file ?


I have had a recent CT scan (at the VA ) of my chest , and the report says:

"Thoracic aorta and great vessels : Atherosclerosis "

also "Heart and pericardium : Severe coronary artery calcification".

also "Patent major vasculature, with atherosclerotic disease".

And a CT scan of my head  (at the VA ), and the report says :

"There is deep and periventricular white matter hypodensity suggestive of chronic microvascular disease".

So what if anything do I file for and what other medical information do I need before I file ? Do I file now ?I appreciate any and all advice . I am 50% SC for hearing (40%) and tinnitus (10%) . I have ulcerative colitis and severe COPD and on oxygen .I am "boots on the ground ". 





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Geez I type too fast, That is NVLSP . sorry-I am not a doctor but assumed maybe you had a TIA-

why did the VA give you a CT scan of your brain?

A loss of white matter of the brain often comes with age and even chronic microvascular disease is common in many people with no disabling symptoms. With the atherosclerosis involvement to your heart, I think maybe VA gave you the CT just to make sure nothing serious was developing in your brain.

If I were you, GBArmy is correct, claim the HBP too.





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Yes I agree claim all that IS RELATED TO YOUR HEART CONDITION!!

And any other conditions you may have that were caused by your military days Conditions such as =  ..asthma  or sleep apnea,  sleep apnea can be a secondary condition caused from any other conditions that you have service connected already,  also if you have not yet? request your complete upgraded C-File You will need that to look for medical records and notes and you maybe surprised at what you find , these Medical Records can be used as crucial evidence in all your claims. 

if your a Vietnam Veteran and was in combat  you should have a CIB on your DD 214 and any medals /unit ribbons awards of bravery  ect,,ect,, if your depressed or  just  seem alone ..if you have not yet  you may want to be screened for PTSD,  Unless you already service connected for it.?..this is just to give you a few tips when you do file &   try to file for everything  do not wait to file on other conditions  even if they are secondary conditions to a already service connected condition   filing starts your early effective date   so if your denied on some and later win they go back to when you first filed.

The A.O. is what I was thinking they may go back to your Vietnam days  or when you first started haver IHD problems   you need that S.C. under the Nehmer ruling  as Ms berta mention   ask around for a VSO that has worked Nehmer Claims.

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We helped many vets here Buck, when the 2010 AO Nehmer regulations came out.

I consider myself an expert on Nehmer but many of us here should also be experts on this class action case by now.

I have asked quite a few Blue Waters to join us and helped some already, by finding their ships on the VA AO ship's list. The most recent list ( July 2019) is in the AO forum.

These ships have been exposed to AO , conceded by VA, and if a sailor served on or after the dates in the list, they too have been conceded as exposed to AO.

Also the sea co ordinates on deck logs are posted in the AO forum as well, for those vets whose ships are not on the VA list, yet their deck logs reveal they were within the 12 mile limit.



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On 7/7/2019 at 10:53 AM, GBArmy said:

To build on what Buck said, you didn't include a lot in your initial post, so we have to assume some things. First, assume you are either 1) going to get denied, or 2) you are going to get low-balled. If you win out, great. But you are dealing with the VA here, so if you go with the percentages, its probably going to be either one. So expect that. You already are rated at 50% (or so); they aren't going make it easy for you to increase your ratings. A lot of your conditions are heart and CAD, so that that is what you put in for. In all likelyhood, you probably have HTN hi blood pressure also. I would put in for that also. There is several comments talking about it here, and it possibly will be added to the AO presumptive list soon. Put in for that as well. Do your research on your medical file; look at the medical terms that are diagnosed; look up diagnostic codes and see if there are VA ratings for them. If you have those symptoms, put in for those as well. If you don't feel comfortable about doing it yourself, try to get a COMPETENT VSO to help you. I'm not talking about the local yocal who does it for the local VFW maybea half a dozen times a year. They are fine for a simple things, but if you aren't confident, he or she isn't going to be very helpful based on their past experience. Ask your buddies if they put in claims and who did they use, how complicated was their disability claim, and if they recommended someone. Interview them yourself before you decide. The important thing based on what I stated originally is to get your claim in quickly so you can lock in the date. Do it now.

Thank You 

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