I am a retired MSgt. I was diagnosed with Degenerative Disc Disease (DDD) while on active duty. I had disc decompression surgery on my lower back in the fall of 2005 shortly after I retired. The VA has acknowledged my Disability but when they made a percentage decision (20%) it did not change my total allowance which is currently 60%.
Since my surgery in 2005 I have been diagnosed with the same issue in my entire spine and am currently receiving shots there and in my neck due to the spread of the disease. This has been confirmed by civilian doctors after an MRI was performed late in 2012. I wanted to go to the VA for medical treatment but their process and procedures take so long that I wasn't receiving timely treatment. What is the best way to address this issue with the VA and engage in an increase request for my DDD.