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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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100%TDIU made T&P but...

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I’ve  been here for several years, rarely post but always lurk to see if I can ever offer any help. 5 years ago I was placed at 80% Scheduler and TDIU. Last month I was scheduled for a Comp and Pen re-evaluation and I had this appointment this Past Monday. It Lasted about 40 min, she was kind and understanding. I was still afraid the VA was going to lower my rating even though I’ve been terribly ill for 5 years.

Two days later my VSO called and said my rating is now Total and Permanent and my official letter and package would be in the mail on Friday. 2 days for a decision on T&P?! I’ve never seen the VA move that fast. 

My question is: is it worth it to try now to get my rating to 100% Scheduler or just leave it as is, because I am paid at the 100% rate and it’s now T&P. I think I should just leave it, stop worrying over this stuff and live my life of Drs, specialists and hospitals. Because that’s mostly what my life is. I just turned 40 last month and 10 months ago SSDI approved my social security disability. So this rating is bittersweet. On the one hand my family and I are taken care of, on the other....I will never work again.

Thank you for any advice and I hope this question is in the correct forum. 

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Hi AJ. Congrats! That is super; and SSI as well. Supper again! Sometimes offering advise  here is kinda cookie-cutter. Facts are x, answer should be Y. Sometimes, not so much. Sometimes these decisions are really hard because we don't know how well your personality can take the stress a recommendation will result in for the veteran. I'm thinking let it ride; stay on TDIU. You have been on this road for 5 years; just had a review that bumps you to 100% and, unless things really better for you you will be on this road for a while. Sure, they will require other C&P's; so what. Do you really expect marked improvement soon? Let it ride. When you are 50 or better and have a C&P, go and ask the examiner what he/she things your prospects for improvement are. If he says, status quo, ask him/her to please put his opinion in his notes. You certainly want to do this if you go to age 55 or more. Relax and enjoy your good fortune; you have earned it. IMO

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Thank you for your reply. The letter states no more reviews, 100% TDIU Total and Permanent. So I’m not sure if I will be called for more comp and pen evals. Since I’m paid at the 100% rate and with the T&P I get the same benefits I think I’m just going to leave it be. Nothing really changes, my pay is the same but my VSO says my wife, whom is my caregiver, now qualifies for health insurance and my daughters can use Ch 35(I think) for college. So these are good things.

thank you again!

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Go Packers!

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Nahhhh, not a Packer fan😂🤣 I thank you for your time and advice. Oh, and I sure I hope I make it to 50+😳 but then again the VA makes care difficult on a good day. But that’s a different post for a different forum. Have a great day☺️

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