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Old 27 March 2017, 21:04
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VA comp and pen exam for IBS and tinnitus

I deployed to Iraq 07-08 and multiple short times to Bahrain 10-13

So kind of embarrassing but I applied for disability compensation because of irritable bowel syndrome which come to find out is a gulf war illness presumptive connected. I didn't know about until looking at the VA website. I uploaded my medical treatment records that showed I was having abdominal pain and alternating bouts of diarrhea and constipation, still do. I have ringing in my ears which has gotten worse since I got out (infantry).

Anyways I submitted through ebenefits last month and already had the hearing test and on Wednesday go in for the IBS exam. The VA here in Tampa FL has actually been pretty fast in the claims process. If anyone has questions about it I'll try to help.
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Old 28 March 2017, 19:41
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If you have been followed by or treated (by civilian doctors) for the IBS or tinnitus post-service, make sure you get those medical treatment records added to your claims file before VA decides.

Hopefully you said "huh" multiple times at the audiologist?


Never underestimate the VA's ability to bone up a meritorious claim. Get your file ready for the appeal, if necessary.
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Old 28 March 2017, 20:26
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I uploaded all STR and private medical records when I filed the claim. The only thing I didn't have was tinnitus recorded in my STR, but they did the hearing test anyways. I did have trouble hearing the higher frequency tones. The Dr. annotated the ringing in both ears.

Thanks for the heads up. Unfortunately I will be overseas by the time I get my decision.
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Old 29 March 2017, 06:47
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I uploaded all STR and private medical records when I filed the claim. The only thing I didn't have was tinnitus recorded in my STR, but they did the hearing test anyways. I did have trouble hearing the higher frequency tones. The Dr. annotated the ringing in both ears.

Thanks for the heads up. Unfortunately I will be overseas by the time I get my decision.
My tinnitus claim took a year and a half after my hearing test before being awarded 10%. The VA moves in slow and mysterious ways. Don't think that just because you got the test done that a decision is just around the corner.
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Old 29 March 2017, 07:22
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The VA moves in slow and mysterious ways.
Understatement of the week.

Get an eBenefits account so you can monitor progress while you're overseas and provide any additional documents they require remotely.
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Old 29 March 2017, 07:56
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An error with private medical is that sometimes the paper work does not load correctly and pages will be missing or illegible. It can slow down your claim if they have to develop for it. Going forward, I recommended also turning in a 4142(only one) and 4142a(1 for each medical provider you have seen) to aid in fixing the problem before it becomes one....if it becomes a problem are the operative words
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Old 29 March 2017, 09:35
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So just got done with the exam with the PA.

He noted service in southwest Asia service and that IBS doesn't have a specific cause, maybe diet and stress. He also noted the alternating diarrhea and constipation. Said he would review my service/medical file and write his report and forward to RO. I guess I just wait now until they make a decision.
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Old 29 March 2017, 10:23
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I guess I just wait now until they make a decision.
Yup. Look on the bright side...if you are awarded a disability rating, you'll receive retroactive payment all the way back to the date you filed the claim. So if you have an 18 month wait, you'll get paid for those 18 months x percentage of claim in a lump sum and then start getting your payment every month from there on out. Tinnitus used to rate 10%, so if you're proven to have it you've got that going for you at least. I'd trade my 10% in tomorrow to have normal hearing again though, but that's just me. Best of luck.
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Old 29 March 2017, 10:28
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Yea I can wait I'm already SC 10% for my lower back. The ringing does suck when it's quiet and I'm trying to go to sleep.
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Old 29 March 2017, 11:10
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Yea I can wait I'm already SC 10% for my lower back. The ringing does suck when it's quiet and I'm trying to go to sleep.
That's why God invented Televisions, just turn that shit up...
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Old 29 March 2017, 13:41
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Tinitus is basically automatic. They cannot hear what you hear so they must take your word for it. No preparation needed. Many MOS's also give automatic 10% rating due to inherrent noise. Gen operators, EOD, flight deck workers, and any one using explosives as part of their MOS, ad many more. Hearing loss is much more difficult to get rated for.

My main advice would be to us a VA/VSO certified private agent rather than a VSO. The one I use is a bulldog and will do everything he can to get you properly rated. He takes 20% ONLY off the back pay. If there is no rating or back pay, you pay nothing. He is a retired 1SG and is 100% himself, starting out at only 20%.

My experience is that many VSOs are more loyal to the VA then the Vet. Not all of them, but many. I would definitely stay away from VSO that works physically at the VA.

If you or anyone else would like the contact info for this guy just PM me and I'll it to you right away.

Good luck!
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Old 29 March 2017, 19:56
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Do not pay anyone for your help in your VA Claim. There are too many Veteran Organizations out there to assist you for no fee at all. VFW, DAV, American Legion...... They all have good people working for them to help in filing your claim. Spend a few minutes and ask at your VA RO who has the best record in filing claims.
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Old 29 March 2017, 20:26
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I didn't have anyone help me with my claim, I just uploaded all the medical documentation and my DD-214 in Ebenefits when I submitted my claim. I haven't had any denials or problems yet doing it that way.
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Old 29 March 2017, 20:41
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Tinnitus sucks. One ear goes deaf as one rings, then it shifts..
Supposedly the USMC base in Parris Island can treat you for it.. havent been there or inquired since I moved to Charleston. But, it sure would be nice to get rid of it.
I had an exam on Oct 22, 2012,(retired 10/31/12) and was approved for 10% Dec 7, 2012
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Old 29 March 2017, 21:21
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Tinitus is basically automatic. They cannot hear what you hear so they must take your word for it. No preparation needed. Many MOS's also give automatic 10% rating due to inherrent noise. Gen operators, EOD, flight deck workers, and any one using explosives as part of their MOS, ad many more. Hearing loss is much more difficult to get rated for.

My main advice would be to us a VA/VSO certified private agent rather than a VSO. The one I use is a bulldog and will do everything he can to get you properly rated. He takes 20% ONLY off the back pay. If there is no rating or back pay, you pay nothing. He is a retired 1SG and is 100% himself, starting out at only 20%.

My experience is that many VSOs are more loyal to the VA then the Vet. Not all of them, but many. I would definitely stay away from VSO that works physically at the VA.

If you or anyone else would like the contact info for this guy just PM me and I'll it to you right away.

Good luck!
There are no official VA/VSO certified private agent rather than a VSO. It is just someone that has a business to SCREW a Veteran out of there money.

I had one bring a man & his wife in my office at the V.A. stating he was A official VA/VSO certified private agent or words to that effect an representing the man & his wife to file a claim. After talking to them. I found out that he was getting paid for helping them. I told them that they did not have to pay any one to help them That the V.A. did not charge them. They can not do any more than a Official VSO. All they do is take, all your paper work to the V.A. an file it for you as your agent an get paid for it.

After explaining this to the man & his wife that it is a Scam just to get part of his money that he was in tiled to. I call the V. A. Cops an had his removed from the V.A. because he made the mistake of telling to mine my own business an told me what he was going to do to me if I didn't. Any time he comes to the V.A. now he has to report to the V. A. Police an have an escort, by a V.A. Cop.

Just a question ramzmedic what type of business lic. does this individual have an what does it state on it. 20% that could be thousands of dollars, also read the fine print on any thing you signed for him to do this work for you.

They just RIP off Veterans for there money.

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Old 29 March 2017, 21:56
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Tinitus is basically automatic. They cannot hear what you hear so they must take your word for it. No preparation needed. Many MOS's also give automatic 10% rating due to inherent noise. Gen operators, EOD, flight deck workers, and anyone using explosives as part of their MOS, ad many more. Hearing loss is much more difficult to get rated for.
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Old 29 March 2017, 22:10
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I can top that, they service connected my hearing loss in one ear, but not the other. Guess my left ear took a lot more leave or something. But let's not turn this into a VA bash.
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Old 29 March 2017, 22:34
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There are no official VA/VSO certified private agent rather than a VSO. It is just someone that has a business to SCREW a Veteran out of there money.

I had one bring a man & his wife in my office at the V.A. stating he was A official VA/VSO certified private agent or words to that effect an representing the man & his wife to file a claim. After talking to them. I found out that he was getting paid for helping them. I told them that they did not have to pay any one to help them That the V.A. did not charge them. They can not do any more than a Official VSO. All they do is take, all your paper work to the V.A. an file it for you as your agent an get paid for it.

After explaining this to the man & his wife that it is a Scam just to get part of his money that he was in tiled to. I call the V. A. Cops an had his removed from the V.A. because he made the mistake of telling to mine my own business an told me what he was going to do to me if I didn't. Any time he comes to the V.A. now he has to report to the V. A. Police an have an escort, by a V.A. Cop.

Just a question ramzmedic what type of business lic. does this individual have an what does it state on it. 20% that could be thousands of dollars, also read the fine print on any thing you signed for him to do this work for you.

They just RIP off Veterans for there money.

I disagree. The Purple Heart association didn't do shit for me. My VSO in Hennepin County, MN was a complete disaster. My claim, appeal and DRO process all failed. Not a single %. But if I was to go with a VSO again it would be the DAV.

Wildman you are wrong about Accredited agents. Not sure where your info comes from but the VA lists all Accredited Agents in a spreadsheet available online. It may be a little out of date, but there absolutely non-VA agents. 20% is the amount approved by the VA for accredited agents. It may be a lot, but him getting 20% of my huge back-pay check was worth it to me.

You can also download VA Fast Letter 10-35. It lists all of the MOS's the VA has conceded to. Tried to load it but couldn't. Just Google fu VA Fast Letter 10-35.

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Old 30 March 2017, 00:05
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I disagree. The Purple Heart association didn't do shit for me. My VSO in Hennepin County, MN was a complete disaster. My claim, appeal and DRO process all failed. Not a single %. But if I was to go with a VSO again it would be the DAV.

Wildman you are wrong about Accredited agents. Not sure where your info comes from but the VA lists all Accredited Agents in a spreadsheet available online. It may be a little out of date, but there absolutely non-VA agents. 20% is the amount approved by the VA for accredited agents. It may be a lot, but him getting 20% of my huge back-pay check was worth it to me.

You can also download VA Fast Letter 10-35. It lists all of the MOS's the VA has conceded to. Tried to load it but couldn't. Just Google fu VA Fast Letter 10-35.
I will agree with you as there some VSO that don't know what they are doing, DAV, VFW, American Legion an others have VSO, There are a few bad ones, I will agree with you. Also there are some that never got any training in the Job.

I will try an find that letter.
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Old 30 March 2017, 09:07
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I uploaded the FAST MOS letter when I filed the claim, my dd-214 and STR/MTR. They called me a couple weeks after for the hearing test and I just had the other exam yesterday. I went online in ebenefits and asked them to decide my claim since they have everything now.
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