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.
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Use paragraphs instead of one massive, rambling introduction or story.
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Post straightforward questions and then post background information.
Question A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?
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Rephrase the question: I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine, but the claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?
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Rephrase the question: I was involved in a 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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I guess I need to know how to go forward. I am 100%P&T schedular AND TDIU.
I intend on filing a SMC-L claim for aid/attendance. I became aware of the form 21-2680 (Exam for permanent need for aid and attendance). My Primary doctor is a VA doctor and will most likely not fill out the form. I have no doctor that I know of that can fill out the form for me. I know I can file for SMC-L online at E-Benefits but is the 21-2680 a NECESSITY for filing the claim?
I have gathered the appropriate VA Medical notes which clearly show my need for assistance in adl's such as shoes/socks/bathing/trimming toenails as well as statements such as "Unable to perform ADL's" that are included in most notes by my primary. All of the evidence I will be submitting is contained in my C-File with the exception of a "layperson's statement" from my girlfriend who will attest to my needs. I know the SMC should've been considered automatically at the time of my appeal decisions so I worry that they already looked and decided against it which leads me to the problem of opening a new claim (time for appealing is long gone) without the 21-2680.
Can a FDC be decided based on the above or will it be kicked back because I failed to submit the 21-2680? Or will they move forward if not decided immediately with a C&P?
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First let's clear up your status, sir. You are TDIU permanent and total and being paid at the 100% rate for your compensation. Unless you have a rating of 100% for a single disability, your schedular
Here's a good link to understand some of the changes to SMC most recently. https://department-of-veteran-affairs-warms.fandom.com/wiki/Section_H_-_Special_Monthly_Compensation_(SMC)_-_Updated_12
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