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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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Greetings family. Maybe some can answer my question about claims with a 0 rating. These are my rated claims from bennies.

PTSD-70 with anxiety depression

Bilateral pes Planus-50

left shoulder-20

Tinnitus-10

eczema-0

dyssomnia otherwise claimed as insomnia- 0

I am planning on asking for an increase on all of the 0 rated disabilities and my question is for the insomnia, will it be rated under PTSD or since I have a separate rating of 0, can that be increased.

My intentions are and increase on insomnia as well, and also I am adding migraines secondary since that I have been diagnosed and is receiving treatment from the VA and also in the VA notes, its states that my migraines can be caused by the lack of sleep. 

Any advice?

 

Thank you 

 

 

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I agree with Bronc 100%. There are plenty of resources, doctors, that could possibly connect your in-service event. Even if they didn't diagnose the head trauma after your accident, it WAS an inservic

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If you could remove/redact your name, ssn, etc and post your decision letter, it would make things clearer. What is your total combined rating, 70%?

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@GBArmy.  I do not have a decision letter just yet.  I have not pushed the button to file that claim but I do have an intent to file.

My combined rating is 89 which we all know it rounds up to 90. I was trying to work on my 0 ratings right now and insomnia is one of my 0 ratings. It is not listed as secondary, just sc. I was thinking of trying to get an increase on insomnia and claim migraines as a secondary to insomnia and other service connected conditions. Not sure if this would work.

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AllTheWay, I think you are getting a little ahead of yourself. We say it over and over here on Hadit. Ebenies is just too unreliable, or incomplete, or inaccurate, etc. You need to see your decision letter. I understand what you are trying to do and I applaud it. Get ahead of the curve; what's next you can s-c. Great. Yes, headaches can be secondary to migraines. Just research it just like that. But, you know, you aren't a doc, so your medical opinion isn't going to carry much weight. So if you don't have nexus from a VA doc, your going to have to get a IMO and a dbq from an outside specialist. Maybe you could start sourcing that while your letter is stuck in snail mail.(Just to keep you ahead of the curve:)

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I think you should apply for an increase "for any disability that has worsened", not just those at zero percent.  

Are you working?  If not, you may consider filing for tdiu.  

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You guys are right. Ebennies is unreliable. I should just stay away from that site. But VA.gov do not give us our disability page like ebennies does.Thats the only reason I go to that site.

As far as a decision letter, I do not have that decision letter being that it was 2009 when I had filed that claim, many moves after that and I have missed placed it so therefore I am awaiting for my c-files to actually read and study it.

Some things that I should have done better but I do learned from mistakes. My VA PCP did diagnosed me with migraines but like you all said, I need a medical opinion as to why I get them. No doctor in the great state of Michigan is willing to provide such Imo/ime.

I did have an incident in service that could have caused TBI. I had a vehicle rollover while in service. I did have to go to the ER, but unfortunately the trauma team did not check me for head injuries. A rollover, imagine that. My rep told me to file for that and add the migraines as secondary. That did not work out too well. I did even get offered a C&P exam. 

I was told to try and connected it to tinnitus, that didn't go well either. The examiner which was a Neuro did state that I had head trauma and also did a good write up for migraines but the opinion killed it. Tinnitus is sensory and migraines are not.

So now my rep see that I have a 0 for insomnia and wants me to try to connect it that way. I am a little hesitant being that I have been denied a few times.

I do have MRI's and test that confirms migraines. But getting it SC'd is the hardest part.

I am currently employed but all of that is going to change soon by al of the pain that my body have and all of the days missed from work.

 

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