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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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Good Morning Everyone

Now that John is 100% I can now help Emak with her Husband & Son.

Son we have already in action

Husband is another Story. And really need some help!

Emak's husband is my Brother and I am affraid we are going to lose him sooner than we want.

Leroy was in the Army for 9 yrs. He served in Vietnam, something to do with the Berlin wall not sure on all of this. Ok here it goes.

Leroy has had many medical problems, but like John and I did not know about compensation till last year. He is border line diabedic, has osteoarthritis, heart problems, and now found out that he could have an anurisom ( spelled wrong ) at anytime and nothing they can do about it. When he first filed his VA Rep had him file for PTSD and nothing else, 6 months later he was awarded 50% now he has to wait for everything else. I called Emak and told her to file for A&A. How can we get this to go faster than it is and if we should lose Leroy will Emak still be able to continue his caim? And if he gets 100% will Emak beable to get DCI and Champva if he should die before the award ? I personally believe after all is said and done he will recieve 100% evidence is there but for now it is putting a strain on the family and his health

Thanks in advance for any help you can give us.

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Good Morning Everyone

Now that John is 100% I can now help Emak with her Husband & Son.

Son we have already in action

Husband is another Story. And really need some help!

Emak's husband is my Brother and I am affraid we are going to lose him sooner than we want.

Leroy was in the Army for 9 yrs. He served in Vietnam, something to do with the Berlin wall not sure on all of this. Ok here it goes.

Leroy has had many medical problems, but like John and I did not know about compensation till last year. He is border line diabedic, has osteoarthritis, heart problems, and now found out that he could have an anurisom ( spelled wrong ) at anytime and nothing they can do about it. When he first filed his VA Rep had him file for PTSD and nothing else, 6 months later he was awarded 50% now he has to wait for everything else. I called Emak and told her to file for A&A. How can we get this to go faster than it is and if we should lose Leroy will Emak still be able to continue his caim? And if he gets 100% will Emak beable to get DCI and Champva if he should die before the award ? I personally believe after all is said and done he will recieve 100% evidence is there but for now it is putting a strain on the family and his health

Thanks in advance for any help you can give us.

Based on the medical conditions you specified and the time that has elasped since he served I doubt that he will ever be rated 100% unless he gets an increase for PTSD. You are going to have to show a Nexus for the other medical conditions before service connection is established. Service connection is not awarded for border line diabedic and I do not see how serving in Nam would have caused heart problems years later. Anyone can have an anurisim at any time, it is doubtful that would be service connected. I do not think he will be awarded A&A because I don't see that he has the service connected disability to even be considered for it.( Remember, He must be 100% before the va will even consider an award for A&A.) If ehe were to pass before his claims have been adjudicated his claims will die with him. If this happends then his wife can request service connection for his cause of death. If the cause of death is a cause of service connected disability then his family will be awarded benefits. I could be wrong but based on what you have stated I think you have false hopes about htis claim. Without knowing more about the case, I see no way at all that this veteran will be rated 100%(unless he gets an increase for PTSD to 100%) or that his death would even be service connected. You asked if his claim could be speed up well not really, that is unless you request hard ship based on an failing health, but that would require a doctor's statement and even then the va might not honor the request.

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Good Morning Everyone

Now that John is 100% I can now help Emak with her Husband & Son.

Son we have already in action

Husband is another Story. And really need some help!

Emak's husband is my Brother and I am affraid we are going to lose him sooner than we want.

Leroy was in the Army for 9 yrs. He served in Vietnam, something to do with the Berlin wall not sure on all of this. Ok here it goes.

Leroy has had many medical problems, but like John and I did not know about compensation till last year. He is border line diabedic, has osteoarthritis, heart problems, and now found out that he could have an anurisom ( spelled wrong ) at anytime and nothing they can do about it. When he first filed his VA Rep had him file for PTSD and nothing else, 6 months later he was awarded 50% now he has to wait for everything else. I called Emak and told her to file for A&A. How can we get this to go faster than it is and if we should lose Leroy will Emak still be able to continue his caim? And if he gets 100% will Emak beable to get DCI and Champva if he should die before the award ? I personally believe after all is said and done he will recieve 100% evidence is there but for now it is putting a strain on the family and his health

Thanks in advance for any help you can give us.

If it's been less than 2 years since he was SC don't forget to get free llife insurance

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While reading the original post, my thought were pretty much the same as Rick's. The insurance is a good idea, here's the web page http://www.insurance.va.gov/inForceGliSite/buying/SDVI.htm . If he hasn't filed for SSDI, SSI, or NSC (VA); then he should do that as well. The NSC, I believe is inferred with a S/C application. I do not have any experience in that field. Good luck to you, and be sure to look at some of the posts about cancelled mortgages, car loans etc. due to disability.

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:angry: This is Emmak. The question of heart disease with our Vietnam vets suffering from PTSD is very real. The nexus is years of stress which the Vets know is true is the concern. There are many.many articles on PTSD uping the heart disease.For the older Vietnam vets there are also studies that addresses Vets 60 and older. My husband has multipal medical problems and we have not filed on all of them.Didn't have a good VA rep.The thinking was that LeRoy had enough to get a 100% award. He quit working and went on SSD 6 years ago because of multipal knee surgeries. We have not filed for the knees and arms yet but will if need be. When this application process started and I had to help LeRoy fill out the forms,and of course I had to ask about Vietnam. He was standing beside me while I typed and suddenly he put his hand on his chest and said" I have to go sit down" he turned a gray white in color.My first thought was that he was going to have a heart attack. Now take 39 years of PTSD and tell me that it is not a nexus for heart disease.
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Based on the medical conditions you specified and the time that has elasped since he served I doubt that he will ever be rated 100% unless he gets an increase for PTSD. You are going to have to show a Nexus for the other medical conditions before service connection is established. Service connection is not awarded for border line diabedic and I do not see how serving in Nam would have caused heart problems years later. Anyone can have an anurisim at any time, it is doubtful that would be service connected. I do not think he will be awarded A&A because I don't see that he has the service connected disability to even be considered for it.( Remember, He must be 100% before the va will even consider an award for A&A.) If ehe were to pass before his claims have been adjudicated his claims will die with him. If this happends then his wife can request service connection for his cause of death. If the cause of death is a cause of service connected disability then his family will be awarded benefits. I could be wrong but based on what you have stated I think you have false hopes about htis claim. Without knowing more about the case, I see no way at all that this veteran will be rated 100%(unless he gets an increase for PTSD to 100%) or that his death would even be service connected. You asked if his claim could be speed up well not really, that is unless you request hard ship based on an failing health, but that would require a doctor's statement and even then the va might not honor the request.
RickB54

Thanks for your responds,although we can connect and will connect his disabilities to SC, Its just a matter of getting it down correctly and there is a lot to get down, I know I haven't given to much info on his case but right now it is to much to write down. As far as DMII that's a given if in Vietnam it has been controlled by diet until lately. As far as heart that can be connected to DMII also. And let me remind you and anyone else that may have problems like my brother STRESS puts a lot of strain on the HEART also as for PTSD, You can link heart problems to the PTSD also due to STRESS.

At this point he has 50% PTSD so as far as insurance goes we know that he has to be 100%, AS for hardship Case well I am not sure if this is a hardship case although an anuryism good go at anytime today or maybe 3 years from now. He needs to have someone around him to care for him because of this and who knows what and when it will happen, he should no longer drive because of it, no longer be alone. Any other help for anyone will be appreciated. Thanks

JohnM's Wife

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