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Holllie Greene

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Hi,

I am really, really, really trying to have a good month.  I "lost" my request for an increase although someone saw fit to restore the rating for which I am grateful.  But waiting for 2 and a half years?  It makes no sense.  I have gone over the situation time and time again...all to no avail.  This makes zero sense to my husband as well.

The numbers do not add up and I am at a standstill.

On a positive note: it is a warm-ish day and the sun is out,

Thanks for the "listen".

Take care.

 I have asked myself what lesson is to be learned from this and the only thing I can think ,of is to NEVER GIVE UP even if you are not enjoy victory.

Several intense situations were going on, one is my best friend died.  Too damn young.  She passed out at her job and landed on her face.  Co-workers called 911 and she was in hospital.  The doctor told her she had pulmonary edema.  But, those rat bas%$#RD doctors missed KIDNEY CANCER which then spread to her lungs. It has been difficult to accept her death.  I can still see her at my dinner table eating her fave pizza.  My husband and I made her a special dessert which she loved.

She had a great diet (except for an occasional sweet treat), no smoke, no drugs, no alcohol.  She was a wonderful person and I miss her.

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more info---sorry

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Do you mean your request for increase was denied?  If so, did you appeal?  Did your doctor's report suggest you meet the criteria for the next higher level?

Is that the 2.5 years you are waiting for..an appeal to your request for increase?  

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I agree with broncovet

If your request for increase was denied and you have the medIcal records to prove his Service Connected Disability/Condition as got worse since his last rating  and you had the evidence sent in with this request for increase and was kept at his rating he was rated for?... then Appeal A.S.A.P.

Research the rating criteria for his condition /symptoms   ect,,ect,, and read the 

%  # For what he should be rated for.    

Did you ask to be rated to the full extent of the law  when you filed for this increase?  some times that don't matter but some veterans put that in with their request for increase  especially with medical records as evidence to prove he has got worse.

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Hi Hollie Sorry for the loss of your friend; it's always tuff when the person is young and not had a chance to live life to the fullest. I agree with the advise given. If you seem to have all the evidence to prove your husband's condition has gotten worse, definitely appeal. Realize that in all likelihood he will need to do another C&P to verify his current condition. But as you have learned, never give up.

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Hello Gentlemen,

Thank you all for your advice and empathy over the death of my friend, I am much appreciative.

Broncovet: yes, this was the 2.5 year appeal I was waiting on.  Increase for one contention was denied.

But the 60% was restored.

The numbers still do not add up and I am OH SO VERY WARY off dipping my toe (so to speak) back into the appeal pool again.

No pun intended but I have HAD IT.

Hamslice said it best: "you will get nothing and like it"

 

 

 

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