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One afternoon a few years ago, I Googled "I've had it with the VA." That simple "search" born out of utter frustration led me to "Hadit.com." And there it all started! As of two weeks ago, I'm rated 100% (long overdue). And I am still NOT done with the VA.
 
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Greetings: I am grateful that one afternoon a few years ago, I Googled “I’ve had it with the VA.” That simple “search” born out of utter frustration led me to “Hadit.com.” And there it all started! As of two weeks ago, I’m rated 100% (long overdue). And I am still NOT done with the VA.

For those looking to do their research, I offer this process:

  1. Obtain your Military Service and Medical Records by mailing (certified, return receipt requested) an SF-180, found here: Download SF-180
  2. You can obtain your full VA treatment records from the “release of information” window at the center where you receive treatment.
  3. Please review the CD-ROM (PDF file) for all chronic medical conditions, treatments, and diagnoses—chronicity is critical!
  4. Identify the incident, event, or situation in service that “caused” this condition. If it’s in your active duty medical records, that’s extremely valuable. If it manifests after service, you’ll need to find a way to “connect” it to service – the “nexus”.
  5. Next, search USC 38 part 4 for your CHRONIC DIAGNOSIS, found here: 38 CFR 4 Schedule for Rating Disabilities
  6. Match the conditions and rating percentage to the CHRONIC diagnosis in your medical records.
  7. Review the DBQ the C&P examiner “must” use to rate your current condition, found here: List By DBQ Form Name.
  8. Search for VA court cases on your condition(s) to understand how the VA Regional Offices will likely “rule and rate” your claim. HINT: the cases tell you what evidence supports a claim.
  9. For example, here’s a search for Sleep Apnea secondary to chronic Sinusitis: Google sleep apnea secondary to chronic sinusitis
  10. Look for evidence in these cases that would support your claim, and THEN match and find your evidence – NEVER, EVER lie!
  11. Gather all your evidence, write up a Statement in Support of Claim, found here:  Veterans Affairs Statement in Support of Claim and mail it certified return receipt requested.
  12. NUMBER every single page, make copies, and wait.
  13. Make someone sign for your mailed package – VA has NEVER lost my packages!
  14. Before you go to a C&P, review your evidence, especially the questions the Dr. will ask from the DBQ. I usually handwrite a list of the 6-7 items that support my claim. I make sure the examiner sees this. I’m so done with the VA, I walked into my last C&P with my 4″ binder and the Dr. understood I knew what is going on. A C&P exam is a LEGAL MEETING, not medical treatment. :smile:
 

I submitted my last three claims in July, which were fully decided correctly in six months. Help the VA help YOU! And, most importantly, never, never, never, ever give up. Be relentless! Most grateful, PJ 

I got a request to see how I wrote Claims, so here they are:

  1. Hearing loss, Peripheral Vestibular Disorder, and Tinnitus.
  2. Digestive disorder.
  3. Skin disorder.

VA’s 2015 Decision on these three Claims.

  1. STMT IN SUPPORT OF CLAIM – PERIPHERAL VEST DIS – PG-1- redacted.pdf
  2. STMT IN SUPPORT OF CLAIM – PERIPHERAL VEST DIS – PG-2 – redacted.pdf
  3. STMT IN SUPPORT OF CLAIM – PERIPHERAL VEST DIS FOLLOWED BY TINNITUS – PG-3 – redacted.pdf
  4. DBQ WITH TINNITUS – HEARING LOSS & PERIPHERAL VEST DIS – AMENDMENTS_Redacted.pdf
  5. C&P EXAMINER’S DBQ FOR EAR CONDITIONS.pdf
  6. STMT SUPPORT CLAIM – RHIODS 2014 – redacted.pdf
  7. DBQ FOR RHOIDS – FOR C&P.pdf
  8. STMT SUPP CLAIM – ECZEMA 60% – PG 1-2.pdf
  9. STMT SUPP CLAIM – ECZEMA 60% – PG 3.pdf
  10. STMT SUPP CLAIM – ECZEMA 60% – PG 4.pdf
  11. 2015 DX REDACTED FOR HADIT_Redacted.pdf

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