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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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  • 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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    • The 5, 10, 20 year rules...



      Five Year Rule) If you have had the same rating for five or more years, the VA cannot reduce your rating unless your condition has improved on a sustained basis. All the medical evidence, not just the reexamination report, must support the conclusion that your improvement is more than temporary.



      Ten Year Rule) The 10 year rule is after 10 years, the service connection is protected from being dropped.



      Twenty Year Rule) If your disability has been continuously rated at or above a certain rating level for 20 or more years, the VA cannot reduce your rating unless it finds the rating was based on fraud. This is a very high standard and it's unlikely the rating would get reduced.



      If you are 100% for 20 years (Either 100% schedular or 100% TDIU - Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability or IU), you are automatically Permanent & Total (P&T). And, that after 20 years the total disability (100% or IU) is protected from reduction for the remainder of the person's life. "M-21-1-IX.ii.2.1.j. When a P&T Disability Exists"



      At 55, P&T (Permanent & Total) or a few other reasons the VBA will not initiate a review. Here is the graphic below for that. However if the Veteran files a new compensation claim or files for an increase, then it is YOU that initiated to possible review.



      NOTE: Until a percentage is in place for 10 years, the service connection can be removed. After that, the service connection is protected.



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      Example for 2020 using the same disability rating



      1998 - Initially Service Connected @ 10%



      RESULT: Service Connection Protected in 2008



      RESULT: 10% Protected from reduction in 2018 (20 years)



      2020 - Service Connection Increased @ 30%



      RESULT: 30% is Protected from reduction in 2040 (20 years)
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    • How to get your questions answered...


      All VA Claims questions should be posted on our forums. Read the forums without registering, to post you must register it’s free. Register for a free account.

      Tips on posting on the forums.

      Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery” instead of ‘I have a question’.


      Knowledgable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title. I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.


      Use paragraphs instead of one huge, rambling introduction or story. Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.


      Leading to:

      Post clear questions and then give background info on them.

      Examples:

      A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?


      I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine but claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?



      B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?

      I was involved in traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?



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VSO or ATTORNEY?

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We are applying for the third time and have no idea how to find a VSO.  The last one was through the hospital.  I don't know if we need an attorney or a VSO..  And how to find a very good one..  Thanks..

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Has it been denied 2 times? If its a condition that you have already filed for and its been denied, then you have to either do a supplemental claim or a full appeal. If its just an increase and youve been denied before, then you need better evidence than whatever your denial letter stated. Finding VSO's, just google VSO- the main ones usually have reps either at most RO's, or in most major cities. There is no 'rating system' for VSOs that im aware of, though. 

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Find  your local CVSO, (County Veterans Service Officer).  He/she usually has an office in the County Court House.  If you have lived in that county your whole life or most of it, they probably have a file on you already.

Ask them which VSO they would recommend.  They have first hand knowledge of who works best in their county. 

All of the Service Organizations have VSO's that can help you or your CVSO will route your claim through them.

I have actually never met or corresponded with my VSO, Veterans of Foreign Wars, VFW, but that is who is my POA, and my local CVSO sends my claims to them, and it's worked out OK so-far.

The Service Organizations VSO's actually work in the same location as the VA raters sometimes.  For which I have a problem with, but that's an other story all-together.

Good Luck,

Hamslice

 

 

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2 minutes ago, Hamslice said:

Find  your local CVSO, (County Veterans Service Officer).  He/she usually has an office in the County Court House.  If you have lived in that county your whole life or most of it, they probably have a file on you already.

Ask them which VSO they would recommend.  They have first hand knowledge of who works best in their county. 

All of the Service Organizations have VSO's that can help you or your CVSO will route your claim through them.

I have actually never met or corresponded with my VSO, Veterans of Foreign Wars, VFW, but that is who is my POA, and my local CVSO sends my claims to them, and it's worked out OK so-far.

The Service Organizations VSO's actually work in the same location as the VA raters sometimes.  For which I have a problem with, but that's an other story all-together.

Good Luck,

Hamslice

 

 

They don’t get paid by the va, so what’s the issue? The few times I had to work with mine before I started doing things myself if they had a question ofttimes they could just go ask the vsr or rater because they were right there, rather than calling, leaving messages, or emailing. 

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21 minutes ago, brokensoldier244th said:

They don’t get paid by the va, so what’s the issue? The few times I had to work with mine before I started doing things myself if they had a question ofttimes they could just go ask the vsr or rater because they were right there, rather than calling, leaving messages, or emailing. 

You and I have had this conversation before;

My view has not changed,

Hamslice

 

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I think I can help with the VSO/attorney question and its a good one, by the way!!!

Sometimes you need the experience and expertise of an attorney while at others a VSO will suffice.  

Some examples:

1.  You have been denied multiple times, appealed multiple times, without success using a VSO.  Now try an attorney.  This is when most Vets hire an attorney..AFTER the VSO failed them. 

2.  Your case is very old or complex.  I just dont expect a VSO to do "great effort" when they get the same pay if they dont bother to return your call.  

3.  If you just applied, and got a VARO denial in 2019 (your claim is "fresh", under a couple years old), then its okay to stick with a VSO at least until/unless he fails you.  

4.  If you have a computer, good communication and research skills, are at least somewhat orgainized you may be able to represent yourself or with a VSO.  

5.  If your original denied claim is over 10 years ago, time to get an attorney.

6.  If you have a recent (within 60 days) BVA denial.    Pick an attorney from THIS list:

https://www.vetadvocates.org/directory/widget_search?current_page=1&sort_type=featured&filter={"additional_info.show-profile-on-sustaining-membership-directory"%3A+"yes"}&asset_type=company_user&display_type=default

     I am familiar with or have used the following experienced attorneys with good results:

1.  Chris Attig

2.  CCK law (the biggest, probably)

3.  Carpenter Chartered.  (Ken Carpenter out of Kansas).  The BEST , but old school and he didnt permit me to send my evidence via email.  

4.  Some other names also good:  Doug Rosinski, Hill and Pontoon, Bergman and Moore, Woods and Woods, Katrina Eagle.  

5.  Dont forget NVLSP, they work without charge "if" you meet their criteria.  Examples of their criteria are Nehmer Vets,  Vets with a recent BVA denial where NVLSP thinks you have an "issue of merit".  

 

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    • The 5, 10, 20 year rules...



      Five Year Rule) If you have had the same rating for five or more years, the VA cannot reduce your rating unless your condition has improved on a sustained basis. All the medical evidence, not just the reexamination report, must support the conclusion that your improvement is more than temporary.



      Ten Year Rule) The 10 year rule is after 10 years, the service connection is protected from being dropped.



      Twenty Year Rule) If your disability has been continuously rated at or above a certain rating level for 20 or more years, the VA cannot reduce your rating unless it finds the rating was based on fraud. This is a very high standard and it's unlikely the rating would get reduced.



      If you are 100% for 20 years (Either 100% schedular or 100% TDIU - Total Disability based on Individual Unemployability or IU), you are automatically Permanent & Total (P&T). And, that after 20 years the total disability (100% or IU) is protected from reduction for the remainder of the person's life. "M-21-1-IX.ii.2.1.j. When a P&T Disability Exists"



      At 55, P&T (Permanent & Total) or a few other reasons the VBA will not initiate a review. Here is the graphic below for that. However if the Veteran files a new compensation claim or files for an increase, then it is YOU that initiated to possible review.



      NOTE: Until a percentage is in place for 10 years, the service connection can be removed. After that, the service connection is protected.



      ------



      Example for 2020 using the same disability rating



      1998 - Initially Service Connected @ 10%



      RESULT: Service Connection Protected in 2008



      RESULT: 10% Protected from reduction in 2018 (20 years)



      2020 - Service Connection Increased @ 30%



      RESULT: 30% is Protected from reduction in 2040 (20 years)
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      Our traffic is going up and so are our expenses, however revenues have gone down and so I am reaching out to you to see if you can help me keep Hadit.com up and running.
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    • https://community.hadit.com/searching-for-va-claims-information-on-hadit.com/

       

      Your question has probably been asked before so the fastest way to find the information you need is to search for it.
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    • How to get your questions answered...


      All VA Claims questions should be posted on our forums. Read the forums without registering, to post you must register it’s free. Register for a free account.

      Tips on posting on the forums.

      Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery” instead of ‘I have a question’.


      Knowledgable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title. I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.


      Use paragraphs instead of one huge, rambling introduction or story. Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.


      Leading to:

      Post clear questions and then give background info on them.

      Examples:

      A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?


      I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine but claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?



      B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?

      I was involved in traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?



      This gives members a starting point to ask clarifying questions like “Can you post the Reasons for Denial from your claim?” etc.

      Note:

      Your firsts posts on the board may be delayed before they show up, as they are reviewed, this process does not take long and the review requirement will be removed usually by the 6th post, though we reserve the right to keep anyone on moderator preview.

      This process allows us to remove spam and other junk posts before they hit the board. We want to keep the focus on VA Claims and this helps us do that.
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