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This is a discussion on for those who receive disability within the Veterans Affairs forums, part of the Armed Services category; as a trained and very active dav service officer, i fully endorse the utilizing of the dav to have power of attorny to handle your ...

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Old March 25th, 2011, 04:07 PM   #16
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as a trained and very active dav service officer, i fully endorse the utilizing of the dav to have power of attorny to handle your case.
i higly recommend getting a trained (nso) thats short for national service officer to run with your case.
each and every case is unique so, you need someone very well versed in the va systems of operations as per title 38 cfr.
also its imperitive for you to make very clear your case and show as much documentation as you can provide the nso.
that and following up on everything as well as keeping every bit of correspondance about your case. make copius amounts of copies of everything, as va tends to lose stuff with some of the pin head bureucrats at the regional hq's being proven jerks.
the dav helps reign these clowns in.
also there is the appeals process and finally the coup de gras for va regions is a full blown congressional investigation. they extremely fear just speaking the word congressman, especially if they are belligerant to your case and have jerked you around.
regards jeff hueygunner dav chapter 144 dept of new york.

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Old March 25th, 2011, 07:22 PM   #17
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Why do these things pop up right when I need them? Great thread. Im in WNY and I am waiting for my rating now. I hope I dont have to go through all this but I thinks its enivitable.

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Old August 22nd, 2011, 02:33 AM   #18
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Lots of good information here. I retired from the army 17 years ago with 10% and have started the ball rolling to get it upgraded.

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Old July 18th, 2012, 02:37 PM   #19
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CRSC = Combat Related Special Compensation
get some! ... I did ... I do!
an extra tax free payment in addition to VA disability
for combat retirees, paid by your former service branch
every month and retroactive under certain conditions (was for me)
ride the link, follow directions!

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Old July 18th, 2012, 07:25 PM   #20
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Do I understand this correctly, you must be recieving retirement pay or be eligible for retirement pay?? I only get a VA disability, I'm assuming I'm not eligible for this.

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Old January 7th, 2013, 11:14 AM   #21
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If no one minds, I'll post up the Monday VA notes I get from a bud at USSOCOM. Sometimes they're general, but there is such a wide slice of vets here, someone might be able to use it.

VA Training Notes -

VA, SSA and IRS Cut Red Tape for Veterans and Survivors (VA News Release December 20, 2012) WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs announced today it is cutting red tape for Veterans by eliminating the need for them to complete an annual Eligibility Verification Report (EVR). VA will implement a new process for confirming eligibility for benefits, and staff that had been responsible for processing the old form will instead focus on eliminating the compensation claims backlog.

Historically, beneficiaries have been required to complete an EVR each year to ensure their pension benefits continued. Under the new initiative, VA will work with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) and the Social Security Administration (SSA) to verify continued eligibility for pension benefits.

VA estimates it would have sent nearly 150,000 EVRs to beneficiaries in January 2013. Eliminating these annual reports reduces the burden on Veterans, their families, and survivors because they will not have to return these routine reports to VA each year in order to avoid suspension of benefits. It also allows VA to redirect more than 100 employees that usually process EVRs to work on eliminating the claims backlog.

All beneficiaries currently receiving VA pension benefits will receive a letter from VA explaining these changes and providing instructions on how to continue to submit their unreimbursed medical expenses.

More information about VA pension benefits is available at <> and other VA benefit programs on the joint Department of Defense-VA web portal eBenefits at <file://> .

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Under 38 C.F.R. 3.309(a): In a frequently asked question (FAQ) dated October 4, 2000, we provided guidance that carpal tunnel syndrome should be considered as an organic disease of the nervous system; thereby, establishing eligibility for the condition as a presumptive condition under 38 C.F.R. 3.309(a) if manifested to a compensable level within a year after the date of separation from service. Because that FAQ was rescinded, we are clarifying the issue here.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is an entrapment of the median nerve at the wrist that is most commonly associated with repetitive motion. However, carpal tunnel syndrome may be idiopathic or caused by such diseases as diabetes, hypothyroidism, autoimmune diseases, or tumors. Carpal tunnel syndrome, whatever the etiology, is considered to be a type of mononeuropathy called a pressure neuropathy that results in neurologic signs and symptoms that, if untreated, or treated too late, may lead to permanent weakness and sensory loss in the hand. As such, it is clearly an organic disease of the nervous system, since peripheral nerves are part of the nervous system, and there is objective evidence of nerve damage. Therefore, carpal tunnel syndrome is considered a presumptive condition under 3.309(a) subject to the rebuttable presumption provisions of 3.307(d).

Section 202 of Public Law 112-154 provides that in addition to those Veterans currently eligible for Specially Adaptive Housing under 38 U.S.C. 2101(a), Veterans who served on or after September 11, 2001, and incurred a permanent disability that is "due to the loss or loss of use of one or more lower extremities which so affects the functions of balance or propulsion as to preclude ambulating without the aid of braces, crutches, canes, or a wheelchair" are eligible for the SAH benefit. The amendment, which is temporary, provides that the SAH benefit may be awarded for claims pending on or after October 1, 2012, as long as the application is approved on or before September 30, 2013.

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Old January 23rd, 2013, 06:16 AM   #22
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Since no one objected:

National Deployment of Paperless Claims Processing System Underway (VA
News Release January 14, 2013) WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans
Affairs announced today the nationwide transition to paperless
processing of Veterans' disability claims at its regional benefits
processing offices is underway. VA is aggressively building a strong
foundation for its new electronic claims processing system, called
Veterans Benefits Management System (VBMS) - a lasting solution that
will transform how VA eliminates the backlog in 2015.

As of December 2012, 18 VA regional offices have implemented the new
system and are beginning to process newly received compensation claims
in an entirely digital format. The VA is on track for full deployment of
the system to the remaining 38 regional offices in 2013.

This marks a major milestone in VA's transformation of the processes and
systems used to deliver benefits to Veterans, their families, and
survivors, even while the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) has
completed a record-breaking 1 million claims per year the last three
fiscal years. Critical to VA's transformation is ending the reliance on
the outmoded paper-intensive processes which prevent timely and accurate
claims processing. VA is deploying technology solutions which improve
access, drive automation, reduce variance, and enable faster and more
efficient operations to eliminate the backlog.

The current backlog of claims is the result of increased demand, over a
decade of war with many Veterans returning with severe, complex
injuries, and increased outreach to Veterans informing them of their
benefits. Secretary Shinseki also made important decisions to recognize
medical conditions related to Agent Orange service in Southeast Asia,
and to simplify the process to file claims for combat PTSD. These
decisions expanded access to benefits for hundreds of thousands of
Veterans and brought significantly more claims into the system.

VBMS was pilot-tested at select regional offices between 2010 and 2012,
with improvements and greater functionality added to system software
releases throughout the testing period. In pilot programs, the new
system cut the time to process claims nearly in half. The most recent
version of VBMS software allows VA claims representatives to establish
Veterans' claims entirely in a digital environment as "e-folders,"
receive, store, and view Veterans' submitted claim documents
electronically, identify and track the evidence VA needs from
beneficiaries and other outside sources, and quickly direct claims
electronically among regional offices to better match VA's workload with
available workforce capacity.

The system also enables VA claims processors to access online
rules-based calculators and drop-down menus to enhance standardization
and accuracy of decisions, for both electronic claims and those received
by VA in paper form and uploaded into VBMS. Processors will also use
VBMS to generate letters to Veterans concerning their claim status and
send requests to private physicians for medical records needed to
evaluate claims.

When VBMS is combined with VA's other Transformation
initiatives-including improved claims rater training, cross-functional
claims handling teams, and prioritized lanes to speed processing based
on type of claim-VA will be positioned to meet Secretary Eric K.
Shinseki's priority goal of processing Veterans' claims in 125 days or
less, at 98 percent accuracy, by the end of 2015.

For more information on VA's transformation go to

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Old January 24th, 2013, 07:53 PM   #23
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is it funny or just crap that all there stuff will work some where over the rainbow they never get it done just kick the can down the road I have been waiting on claims that are ready for kindergarten there that old it is the tree Ds with these guys delay denie die

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Old February 1st, 2013, 02:38 PM   #24
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VA/DoD Continue to Improve Online Access to Benefits Information (VA
News Release January 28, 2013) WASHINGTON - The Departments of Veterans
Affairs and Defense (DoD) just released improvements to the
functionality of eBenefits, a joint self-service web portal that
provides registered users with secure online information and access to a
variety of military and Veterans benefits resources.

The latest release, eBenefits 4.3, allows for easy navigation of the
online disability compensation claim submission process using
interview-style questions and drop-down menus similar to tax-preparation
software, instead of a traditional fill-in-the-blank form. The latest
release also pre-populates the application with information from a
Veteran's record in VA's secure database. Veterans can view processing
times for each phase of their claim.

Other site improvements include a tool to help determine if a Veteran
has eligibility for Vocational Rehabilitation and Employment benefits, a
calculator for military reservists to determine retirement benefits, and
a search function that identifies a claimant's appointed Veterans
service representative, with links to Google Maps indicating the
location of their nearest representative's office. Service members and
Veterans can also access records like Post-9/11 GI Bill enrollment
status, VA payment history, and DoD TRICARE health insurance status.

The eBenefits application is a key component of VA's ongoing
transformation to a digital environment for Veterans' benefits delivery
and fully supports VA's Veterans Relationship Management initiative that
provides Veterans with the ability to access information about their
benefits anywhere, anytime and empowers them to manage those benefits
through self-service capabilities. Additional functionality and features
will continue to be added to the site throughout the coming months.

To access eBenefits, Veterans and Service members must obtain a DoD
Self-Service Logon (DS Logon), which provides access to several Veterans
and military benefits resources using a single username and password.
The service is free and may be obtained in person at a VA Regional
Office, DoD ID Card station or online at
<> .

There are currently 2.2 million users with access to eBenefits, and VA
is on track to meet the 2013 agency priority goal of 2.5 million users,
as outlined for VA on <> .

With the most-recent release, eBenefits has successfully completed 13
consecutive quarterly releases since October 2009 with 47 self-service
features enabling Service members and Veterans the ability to download
copies of their official VA and military correspondence-to include
Veterans civil service preference, service verification, and benefits
verification letters; military records; and VA home loan certificates of
eligibility, just to name a few.

For more information about VA benefits go to
<> and eBenefits at
<> .

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Old February 1st, 2013, 04:19 PM   #25
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After battling the VA numerous times myself (I used the local VSO as well), a friend of mine that actually works for the VA first suggested to me that I use the local VSO to handle all my claims. The only time that I will ever need to talk with a VA member is for yearly follow ups and the C&P exam. Other than that, no direct link. The last C&P I had, I took all (and I mean all) medical records that I could get my hands on to that exam. When the lady asked for my supporting documents I dropped the 4 manila envelopes down on her desk and sat back down. She thumbed through the first few pages and said "this is what I needed". Told her that was their copy and was done with it. 8 months later, the VA gave me my ruling. Everything I claimed was given a denials, no low balls. When you're dealing with these goofs, my advice...get all ducks in row and give them no reason to deny anything.

Thanks from RandyB45 and GoonMan
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Old June 8th, 2017, 07:05 AM   #26
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You never really know what is happening wrt VA. I have been in an appeal process since 2013 and have documentation from my orthopedic surgeon that quotes VA regulations wrt increased disability for one of my knees. VA has continuously ignored that written documentation and once rejected the claim because the C&P doctor said that he had read all of my medical records (military and civilian) and thus his review trumped the written evidence on file with VA. BTW, I am curious as to how he looked at all my records in the 10-15 minutes that he saw me. I then trumped his statement by going back to my surgeon and getting him to rewrite the initial statement to say that he had reviewed all relevant civilian and military records and that I still had the stated issues/conditions that warranted increased compensation.

I have even been twice denied compensation for scaring even though I never requested any compensation for scars. The documentation that I supplied to support my claim for a knee that buckled randomly ( knee buckled at 4:00 AM and I went down to the floor). While falling I hit my head against a cabinet door with sharp decorative cuts and ended up in the ER with six stitches and 14 staples in my head. This same knee has significant instability after a knee replacement and causes a fair amount of pain as well as an altered gait and lower back pain. VA's response was to deny the claim for scaring on my knee instead of addressing the issue.

Approaching 400 days since the last VA correspondence/appeal documentation and nobody can even tell me when the claim will be looked at. If this is the new, improved VA we are really in trouble.


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