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I'm Cured!

posted Jul 9, 2017, 11:59 PM by Neslo Ventures

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Randy Hamme
VA Disability Review

I recently found out that evidently I am cured! I was called in to the VA to do a review of my disability status, and after a five minute conversation with the reviewer (not even sure he was a doctor), it was determined that I no longer have any issues. I have already lost two jobs because of my injuries, but I am now told that they are not affecting my life. From the paperwork I was sent, it looks like this decision was due to the fact that I was not popping in to the VA clinic every few weeks to complain about the pain and other issues. They have already told me they can't do anything, so what reason would I have to waste the doc's time as well as mine? My question is this: how often is enough? How often should you be going in to remind the VA that you are still having the same issues?

John Hume I have heard that if a Vet doesn't make all appointments or doesn't show up at least every other month or so that the VA will drop the Vet . My advice be a pain in their ass. Set up appointments for everything your eligible for.

Harvey Keith Carden Were you rated "permanent" on your yearly VA awards letter?

Cheryl Cavalier So sad, call an schedule another appointment and go every month and complain of the pain. Let them know you are in pain and they said they can't do anything for you, so why waste their time! You served our country you deserve treatment and to collect a disability check!

Randy Hamme I was not rated as 'permanent' when awarded, so periodic reviews are not unexpected, but the results of this one definitely were.

Heatherlee Madden That makes no sense! My husband is 90% SC, 100% IU P&T. He doesn't go to the VA all the time, like 3-4 times a year, with each of his 3 providers! Something doesn't sound right! What was your percentage? Plus you.can appeal any decision they make to change your percentage of disability! If you submit an appeal, it will put the change on hold until your appeal is ruled on!

Dean McAllister Brother, I get it. You don't have to use the VA, you can see outside providers and just scan up your medical records to ebenefits.

Brian Conwell It's all about documenting to them. Plus we haft to realize that they have a lot of us to take care of. My pcp has 1100 vets. It sucks yes. But keep going and if u can see a local doc see them to. It's all about the paperwork it's the only way they see us sad to say.

Paul Bastaich Randy, if you are enrolled in the VA Health Care system (VHA) I highly encourage you to at least make your once a year annual physical with them. Even if you have other health care options, the once a year physical is a good opportunity to explain to VHA you still have the same issues, or worse. If the VBA (Veterans Benefits) does propose a reduction, it's normally because they see no current medical evidence and they only have direct access to the VHA notes. If there is nothing in the notes, then a proposal to reduce is sent. A proposal is sent to Veterans and normally the proposed reduction comes with a 90 day to reply before decision. If you have private medical evidence to support the current rating, or increase, this is the time to submit. Do not hesitate to seek a Veteran Service Officer (VSO) to assist in the process. VBA is applying the CFR more adamantly to claims. A portion of claims are awarded with a date for future evaluations, get with your VSO to learn more.

Richard A. Williams Randy, I would recommend that you appeal your case . Get another doctor's opinion and seek assistance from a veterans organisation to support your case. The VA will seek continually to reduce/eliminate your benefits if you do not take the necessary action to prevent it. Good luck!

Stuart Smith Master Facilitator Randy, first thing to do is to find a VSO. Work with one from the Legion or VFW as they are both trained in the appeal process and are "outside" the VA health care/disability system. They are your best advocate and know how to navigate the maze to get problems solved; without a VSO working on your specific case, all other advice is "barracks lawyering." My wife had a review with a reduction in rating, we appealed and the 10% was reinstated. So, decisions like this can be reversed.

Randall Sands Gone 5 years only last year did I get botox shots started an last month first nerve block shot, few times 3 pain 💊, TBI been claims nearly five years. Thing is you don't give in don't stop till they say meaning VA. Monkeys Uncle!

Stephen Spencer, Ed.D. Perhaps I should do the same. There was a time during an attack on our base where after sappers fired on us and threw satchel charges, I saw my right leg was bleeding somewhat, but felt no pain. There were a few tears in my drab greens on that leg area, but I thought I scraped it on a barrel used in a trench when I entered it when ordered to take position. I didn't feel myself scraping anything, but thought that was all it was. Fast forward to 42 years later, the first time ever I go through a metal detector, and I set it off - twice. The wand the guard uses pinpoints it to that lower part of my right leg. I went to the VA to have it checked out, and although they find no shrapnel (xrays can't detect shrapnel below 2.5 ml), they find there was a force that hit my leg similar to an explosion, evidence of a fractured tibia, and a hole in the side of that bone as well, as if in the past, something went right through it. There is pain today. Can this be considered disability?

Stephen Spencer, Ed.D. I have to add, though, my VA Clinic has been pretty good about this so far. But no disability eyt, I haven't applied because I'm not sure I could get it. What do men do after they figure out the injury that happened over forty years before - was related to war?

Joyce Burnette Good morning everyone. I am a DSO in DC at the VAMC on Fridays. One thing I do know if you don't keep a paper trail, keep appointments and continue to get treatments for you SC disabilities, although you have 100% total and permanent Veteran Affairs can still call a review on your condition and decrease your rating. Sometimes what happens if your Doctors say that you are better, or the condition no longer exist than to VA that's a means to decrease you benefits. So keep all appointments, make appointments and talk to your doc tor about your conditions/injuries/diagnosis. I notice someone in this discussion said appeal. If you appeal make sure you have NEW EVIDENCE to support your claim. Please don't send in the old stuff because you will get shot down. Have a blessed and productive day!

Joyce Burnette Randy Hamme, email me and I'll send you my phone number to assist you with this issue, joyce_burnette@yahoo.com.

Gregory G. Petersen Make sure you request an appeal before they treat this as a waiver.

Antonio Covino No one can tell you feel. If you're in pain tell them. Get seen often and explain every little problem.

Randy Hamme Oh, I have definitely filed an appeal. I have asked for a hearing, but have been told that it will be a few years before that happens. I have gone to the DAV rep, as well as the local State of Texas Veterans rep, and both have pretty much just expressed their sympathy and sent me on my way. I even experienced a new injury related to the service-connected injury and tried to file for that one, but the VA rejected it because of the outstanding appeal.

Michael Leuta The VA Director would love to hear stories like yours. Also, get you Congressman/Congresswoman office involve.

Blaze Lipowski I know exactly what you went through. The VA compensation "Dr." that did my exam took only 10-15 mins tops to go over 13 things wrong with me, just over a minute for injury. my VA regular Dr, had a full body x-ray done on me and found some pretty specific injuries that were not mentioned in my report either time that I complained about it. HOW TO SOLVE IT? I personally went through the VFW Disabilities benefits and had my appointments go through "Veterans Evaluation Service" (VES), a disabled veteran business that helps with the overflow of disability claims from the VA, and they send you out to the civilian sector to complete the exams. Let's just say, the civilian sector is a helluva more empathetic than VA disability Drs. Best of luck to your future endeavors!

William Mark I am a former VA therapist and chaplain for 30+ years and served as an infantry advisor in Vietnam. My experience with the VA claims office is keep the paperwork and keep copies. I have had a quad bypass, still have cancer and diabetes. Keep fighting the VA. Get a good therapist to help you. Get into a good group therapy at the VA that makes notes. Don't focus on the combat experiences as much as its affects on your life, i.e. broken marriages, failed jobs, failed family relations, legal problems, living moves, alcohol/drug issues, isolation issues, constant depression, suicide attempts, etc. Always tell the truth. If they catch you lying or exaggerating, you are screwed. Let's face it, the truth is bad enough... Vets organizations can help a lot. If one doesn't fit try another. You can also get an private attorney, who specializes in vet claims... DON'T QUIT! 🇺🇸👍😀 

Can I lose my benefits?

posted Aug 30, 2011, 7:37 PM by Info @NesloVentures   [ updated Jul 10, 2017, 12:06 AM by Neslo Ventures ]

If you are a disabled retired Veteran with an unemployable rating, READ THIS FIRST before you decide to volunteer at the VA.

Loss of VA Benefits: Is It True?

Unfortunately...it is true.

By Terry Bowman June 28, 2011 at 12:44 pm

In April of this year I was reading the minutes of the National Veterans Mental Health Council Conference Call (April 13, 2011) and noted a comment by one of the participants. It seems that a Veteran who was a volunteer on the Veterans Mental Health Council at one of the VA Medical Centers had been downgraded on his Service Connected mental health disability because the volunteer work he was doing “showed that he could work.” I began to investigate this issue and discovered more than one Veteran at more than one VA Medical Center location who allegedly had experienced the same. The issue, for a few Veterans, seems to be that they had volunteered in one capacity or another at their VA Medical Center; VA likes for Volunteers to log their volunteer hours and uses the logged hours to give credit to Veterans Service Organizations and when recognizing Veteran volunteers; the affected Veterans were Service Connected with a 100% Unemployable rating for a mental health disability; and,  after performing Volunteer work at their VA Medical Center and logging their volunteer hours, these few Veterans were notified by the Veterans Benefits Administration that their 100% Unemployable status was revoked because their volunteer work was evidence that they were employable.

I have written quite a few letters and sent numerous emails in an attempt to determine if this is a true issue or if it is a bad rumor. Unfortunately, no one in VA has responded. In the meantime, word of this issue has spread to Veterans across the Country. Some Veterans who were serving in VA volunteer positions resigned because they feared their Unemployable rating was in jeopardy.

It would help both VA and Veterans if the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) would issue a response to this issue from a VBA office that is high up in the chain-of-command; a position above the VA Regional Offices. A response from a position above VA Regional Offices is needed so that Veterans can rely on whatever the response is and not be concerned that individual VA Regional Offices might have different interpretations of the issue. A full explanation of the truth or non-truth of the issue, more than just a quote from the applicable law, and one that addresses the specific issue would be most helpful. (I and others have researched and read the applicable law. However, we all know that the law is subject to interpretation).

To clarify, the issue that needs to be addressed by VBA is, “If a Veteran who is 100% Unemployable due to a mental health disability performs volunteer services at a VA facility and logs those volunteer hours, is there any chance at all that VBA would recognize the Veteran’s volunteer service as evidence that the Veteran is employable and would revoke the Veteran’s Unemployable status.”

Terry S. Bowman is a retired Air Force Air Traffic Controller (SMSgt) who served in the U.S. Air Force from September 1960 to October 1981. He served as a Professor in Aviation Management at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale, Illinois (SIUC). Bowman completed a Doctorate in Administration of Higher Education and, from 1993 to his retirement in 2001, he served as the College of Applied Sciences and Arts’ Director of Off-Campus Academic Programs. He is now fully retired and enjoys working around his land he has established as a National Wildlife Refuge. He also volunteers at his local VA medical center.

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