Laura

United States

#1793 Nov 29, 2010
liberty wrote:
Will you get the retroactive back pay, and your disibility check during the time the VA is working on your Notice Of Disagreement? I thought under Nehmer the VA would payretroactive pay to the original date that you applied for IHD?
Yes, you will continue to get your disability pay while the NOD is pending - and then if your rating is increased you will get a retro check for the increased amount. And, yes, you are correct on the other point as well.
Laura

United States

#1794 Nov 29, 2010
Need a phone number wrote:
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Do you have a telephone number other than the 1-800-827-1000 number for VA Regional Office in Columbia SC? I would appreciate it if you could give me that. Thanks.
Sorry - they don't give those numbers out. Otherwise, we'd all be driving them nuts!!
Laura

United States

#1795 Nov 29, 2010
rob wrote:
laura just got off the phone with national DAV in indiana suggesting that they put on their website by region the number of claims processed and do this weekly. woman said you have to call the national service officer in washington,d.c. who gave me the number to call pittsburgh region to suggest this. so i did and someone named scott said why you calling me your not in my district and got mouthy with me so i told him to get screwed . national just called me back and said call washington,d.c. i told them have a nice day i will go over friday and revoke by power of attorney from the DAV and represent myself if i need to appealwhich i did in 1983. not that all reps are bad but philly just wants to do recruiting of new members.
rob,
I have heard that complaint about DAV down here, too. There are lots of good VSOs out there, but the problem is finding the right one. I'm partial to VFW, but that's only because we have a good guy down here - don't know any VFW VSOs from Philly/S Jersey.

Anyway, hang in there. We're with you!
rob

Philadelphia, PA

#1796 Nov 29, 2010
laura i abologize to you and everyone for my previous comments had bad day should of stayed off the computer. good night all god bless also you to rocky for seving our great country.
liberty

United States

#1797 Nov 29, 2010
Laura, welcome back! We are so sorry for your loss. You are truly an Angel. You always try to make sure questions are answered. Please know how much we appreciate your kindess. Terry
rock74

United States

#1798 Nov 29, 2010
Laura wrote:
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Rock74,
Since this is a forum for/about Agent Orange presumptive diseases and pending disability cases - Do you have a case pending you would like to discuss or are you just here to whine?
We are here to support each other - and if that means my sharing news of a recent death in my family, or someone else sharing their frustration with Lowe's, well, so be it. We are in this together.
The fact is that we'll all be happy to listen if you have someting legitimate to discuss, but please don't waste our time by acting foolish. There are plenty of other internet sites available for that.
Oh, I'm sorry, I thought the same thing but all I seem to hear is a
lot of whining and alot of people who cannot read or think that they are the only one. Yes, I am a RVN Vet,'67\'68 with 196th LIB with a Purple Heart and 2 Bronze Stars with V. I haven't approached the VA until Oct 2010. One massive MI in '93, Cardiac Arrest in 94 and 4 AICDs up until transplant in 2007, DMII and advanced Neurophy in all limbs, tinitis, and hearing loss. I only approached the VA for hearing aids and my VSO has me up to my ears in claims. I also have bad reflux and bronkiosis (sp) from the transplant. I get my info off this site by reading. I don't complain. I want to hear the results of claims. From what i read, some of you would sabatage their health for a higher percentage. You only go around once. Be the best you can be.
Laura

United States

#1799 Nov 29, 2010
rock74 wrote:
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Oh, I'm sorry, I thought the same thing but all I seem to hear is a
lot of whining and alot of people who cannot read or think that they are the only one. Yes, I am a RVN Vet,'67\'68 with 196th LIB with a Purple Heart and 2 Bronze Stars with V. I haven't approached the VA until Oct 2010. One massive MI in '93, Cardiac Arrest in 94 and 4 AICDs up until transplant in 2007, DMII and advanced Neurophy in all limbs, tinitis, and hearing loss. I only approached the VA for hearing aids and my VSO has me up to my ears in claims. I also have bad reflux and bronkiosis (sp) from the transplant. I get my info off this site by reading. I don't complain. I want to hear the results of claims. From what i read, some of you would sabatage their health for a higher percentage. You only go around once. Be the best you can be.
Thanks for coming back and telling us your story. I can see why you're up to your ears in claims - but it's great you have found a VSO who is working for you.

We ALL want to hear the results of these claims, and we're all getting a little testy and impatient the longer this drags on. Hope we hear some good news soon!
Ex-spouse

Hummelstown, PA

#1800 Nov 29, 2010
My son just spoke with the 800 number and was told that the claim is "in the 2nd phase of decision". I haven't seen this terminology before on this forum. Can anyone tell me what it means. Thanks for your help.
rich

Orange Park, FL

#1801 Nov 29, 2010
well hello to everyone tonight. Since Rock is averse to hearing whining, let me just go POSTAL ( no insult to Rob intended). Today i went to Gainesville for an appt. Stopped in an got all of my past VA records. Found the C&P notes for my PTSD claim and basically they said I was malingering. OK! Then found the initial? questionaire (sp) for my IHD and it said no problems, on meds but no other issues, said METS was>7-10 but no other info was needed (just had a stress EKG and Echo that said my LVEF was 40-44).
However, the final comment was that a C&P was not needed. Before I started reading stopped by the VSO office and showed the letter from the IRIS questions about Nemer claim because heart issue was previously filed in '07. They told me because the claim was filed as "Heart condition", not IHD it would not be recognized as a Nehmer claim. Don't know if this is whining or not but I recommend that everyone get copies of all of their VA medical records if they do not already have them. I won't go into all of the details but if either individual who signed off on the above two mentioned claims had taken the time check they would see a totally different picture. This time I don't throw up my hands and say screw it. This will go all the way to the nth degree. I know this is an AO forum but the events of today were certinly a "trigger" event for me. Laura, you have a safe trip and sincere condolances for your loss.
And Rock, freedom of speech was one of the things we were fighting to protect. I know exactly where you are coming from, my 4XCABG was in '93 and my MI was silent prior. Never once thought that it was related to military service but that was the way all of us from that era were brought up. "Suck it up and keep on keeping on". Thank god for the ladies who put up with our BS for all of those years and researchers who kept trying to find the answers. It's not whining, begging or anything other than getting back just a little for the trauma and exposures we went through to do the right thing for God and Country.
Paul

Ashland, KY

#1802 Nov 29, 2010
Laura wrote:
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Hmmm... that's the first I have heard of that. I never recommend this course of action, but have you considered calling the 800 # or sending an IRIS email to ask whether you still have a Nehmer claim pending?
Please let us know what you find out - if that IS the case, we will start hearing it more often. But - it sounds odd. I thought the whole point of the delay was that they need to go through your whole history to figure out your retro pay. Doesn't make sense they would pay you in chunks.
I have not called the 800 number but will do that tomorrow and will report to you my findings. Thanks for your help. Paul
Teresa

Winnsboro, SC

#1803 Nov 29, 2010
Need a phone number wrote:
<quoted text>
Do you have a telephone number other than the 1-800-827-1000 number for VA Regional Office in Columbia SC? I would appreciate it if you could give me that. Thanks.
Sorry, I don"t have one.
rob

Philadelphia, PA

#1806 Nov 30, 2010
sorry teresa that number is for the legion rep call them and maybe they can give you the number besides the national number. the one for philly is correct because i used it several times. sorry i didn't read small print withoout my glasses i doubled check so i didn't want to give you bogus info. call elgion rep he has to have their number.
HAROLD MOORE

Arlington, TX

#1807 Nov 30, 2010
rock74 wrote:
<quoted text>
Oh, I'm sorry, I thought the same thing but all I seem to hear is a
lot of whining and alot of people who cannot read or think that they are the only one. Yes, I am a RVN Vet,'67\'68 with 196th LIB with a Purple Heart and 2 Bronze Stars with V. I haven't approached the VA until Oct 2010. One massive MI in '93, Cardiac Arrest in 94 and 4 AICDs up until transplant in 2007, DMII and advanced Neurophy in all limbs, tinitis, and hearing loss. I only approached the VA for hearing aids and my VSO has me up to my ears in claims. I also have bad reflux and bronkiosis (sp) from the transplant. I get my info off this site by reading. I don't complain. I want to hear the results of claims. From what i read, some of you would sabatage their health for a higher percentage. You only go around once. Be the best you can be.
Most of the Vets I know just did their jobs and are proud of that fact. It's unusual to hear a real hero tell about himself and his medals.Should we all stand and salute?
Buck

Gardner, MA

#1808 Nov 30, 2010
I see this MET's figure so commonly referred to in the questions and replys, so here goes what is METS and how is this number 1-10 obtained during the stress test? Thanks
Laura

United States

#1809 Nov 30, 2010
Buck wrote:
I see this MET's figure so commonly referred to in the questions and replys, so here goes what is METS and how is this number 1-10 obtained during the stress test? Thanks
Hi, Buck!

Thanks for the question. Here is the official information listed in the VA ratings book:

One MET (metabolic equivalent) is the energy cost of standing quietly at rest and represents an oxygen uptake of 3.5 milliliters per kilogram of body weight per minute.

When the level of METs at which dyspnea, fatigue, angina, dizziness, or syncope develops is required for evaluation, and a laboratory determination of METs by exercise testing cannot be done for medical reasons, an estimation by a medical examiner of the level of activity (expressed in METs and supported by specific examples, such as slow stair climbing or shoveling snow) that results in dyspnea, fatigue, angina, dizziness, or syncope may be used.

(I have no idea how they translate your stress test numbers to a METs reading.) Hope this clears things up a little for you!
rose

Allentown, PA

#1810 Nov 30, 2010
Hi Laura, and friends. Just got off the phone with our regional director. He said things are moving,and they are working on all the Nehmer cases first which are more complicated. He also said do not bother to call the 800 number. Alot of disparity with answers. He told my husband there is no other info needed right now. He filed for ihd in May of this year. His claim is in Philadelphia. He said it's a waiting game and be patient. So that's all for now. Hope you had a nice trip, considering the circumstance. My husband said I should have invited you to stop in since you were in the area. I should have. Later.
nowhereman

United States

#1811 Nov 30, 2010
I just got of the phone with VA, 1-800-827-1000, I had previously called in on Nov 12 and didn't get much info then but was told that I would be receiving a call in about 10 days, so I waited, and after 18 days I decieded, what the heck I'll call them and remind them. My claim is out of Philadelphia. Fast Track has turned out to be more like "halfastrack" but it appears that my previous call didn't hurt because I was told my claim was decieded Nov 29th (yesterday) he couldn't & wouldn't tell me the amount but said I would receive it in the mail in 10 to 40 days, which I thought to be a strange span of time but I didn't complain and was grateful to hear something positive from the VA after forty years of basically neglect & contempt.
If calling them will make you feel better than just sitting there stewing, then my advice is to call once a month until you get someone info.
I'm originally from NJ and unfortunatally there the "biggest squeaks always got the most oil" and a lot of nice people finished last.
I don't live there or that way now but I remember the rules and the VA ain't any pushover.
I hope this helps more than ruffles anybody's feathers.
I'll keep this site posted & Best Wishes for a speedy claim response to my fellow vets.
alexy

Sacramento, CA

#1812 Nov 30, 2010
Heres a good question to think about? If a veteran is already rated 100% TDIU and is given retro for IHD at 60%, Will veteran be elgible for SMC, for examble Veteran gets TDIU at 100% since 05/01/2010, for PTSD and hearing, Then becomes elgible for a Nehmer rating under IHD at 60% for an award claimed since 1997. I picked up this info from a different forum, anyone verify.
Been there etc

Mineola, NY

#1813 Nov 30, 2010
Tuesday 11/30/2010

The VA at the Northport NY facility called to advise of appointments for examinations re: "stress disorder" and "IHD". In about two weeks.-- My initial claims were filed in January of 2010. There was no mention of the Diabetes or PAD.(PAD is close to no arterial flow in legs, just peripheral flow.)

I believe my controlling regional office is Manhattan NY.

Been there, done that to me!

God bless us all. God preserve us all.
Laura

United States

#1814 Nov 30, 2010
nowhereman wrote:
I just got of the phone with VA, 1-800-827-1000, I had previously called in on Nov 12 and didn't get much info then but was told that I would be receiving a call in about 10 days, so I waited, and after 18 days I decieded, what the heck I'll call them and remind them. My claim is out of Philadelphia. Fast Track has turned out to be more like "halfastrack" but it appears that my previous call didn't hurt because I was told my claim was decieded Nov 29th (yesterday) he couldn't & wouldn't tell me the amount but said I would receive it in the mail in 10 to 40 days, which I thought to be a strange span of time but I didn't complain and was grateful to hear something positive from the VA after forty years of basically neglect & contempt.
If calling them will make you feel better than just sitting there stewing, then my advice is to call once a month until you get someone info.
I'm originally from NJ and unfortunatally there the "biggest squeaks always got the most oil" and a lot of nice people finished last.
I don't live there or that way now but I remember the rules and the VA ain't any pushover.
I hope this helps more than ruffles anybody's feathers.
I'll keep this site posted & Best Wishes for a speedy claim response to my fellow vets.
Congratulations - please keep us posted!!

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