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Requesting your records is usual whenever you request an increase or apply for new benefits.  You have nothing to worry about, unless you have actually improved. 

https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/38/3.344

But, yes, you do have to agree to let VA see your records.  

When you apply for SMC L (aid and attendance) its almost always a C and P exam, and the c and p examiner has to "review your records".  

After all, you have told VA you need help with basic needs, and it sounds like you do.  Criteria for A and A:

https://www.law.cornell.edu/cfr/text/38/3.352

Based on your post, you have someone coming to help you several days a week.  Why would they order that if you did not need it??

 

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Ms T, Bronc makes a lot of sense (usually does.) If we put in for an increase, the VA has to see if conditions have changed. If we request an increase, we are saying that things have changed FOR THE WORSE. Sounds to me like things aren't getting better for you physically. You are going to be fine. Chin up!

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Ms T did you apply for the SMC  A&A?

Some times when the VA comes out to see how your living and what you would benefit from  that person that comes out may go back to the office and fill out the necessary forms rather that be making your doorways bigger or installing an outside ramp if you have a porch  they look for all things that will make your life more comfortable for you at home and that VA Official knows what SMC you should be getting  from how they see you and your disability and what you are coping with at present

I know they did this to a good friend of ours  her hubby was eat up with A.O. Diseases and  was totally bed ridden and it took his mind away from him, she got extra $$ and they made them a porch ramp   he already had the A&A but was scooted on up the SMC Latter....he never had to attend a C&P   they did it via tella-conference  on the computer  sorta like skype is he just lay in bed and answer the questions, I think when the VA OFFICIALS see a Veterans disability up close and see how real and bad the Veteran is  then no C&P will be ordered.

I can only imagine they want to see some of your records and look at your s.c. disabilities for an increase in your conditions.  that's not a bad thing  its a good thing..if it makes your life a bit more comfortable.

Remember you have the 20 year rule in effect  so they can't reduce your benefits they only give more of them benefits to you to make your life somewhat more comfortable.

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6 hours ago, broncovet said:

When you apply for SMC L (aid and attendance) its almost always a C and P exam, and the c and p examiner has to "review your records".  

Not necessarily, In my case, my doctor completed the application form ( examination form if you will)  and wrote a letter indicating the issues I have. I did not need a C/P examination.  Now a letter is not required but the application  is... and like any DBQ any  doctor can complete this.

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