• Reply to: Difference in Benefits - 100% schedular disabled veteran vs. 100% TDIU disabled   1 month 4 days ago

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    Please check out my Caregiver Benefits page on VA Watchdog here: https://www.vawatchdog.org/caregiver-benefits.html Also, Stateside Legal offers information relevant to your question here: http://statesidelegal.org/special-programs-families-0

    Jim

  • Reply to: Difference in Benefits - 100% schedular disabled veteran vs. 100% TDIU disabled   1 month 1 week ago

    I have stage V renal failure and I'm on dialysis, prior to that I was rated as ESRF(end stage renal failure and was given 10% for my tinnitus and 60% for my ESRF but this was before I was on dialysis, when it was all said and done, I was rated 100% with a IU rating(unemployable), you just have to keep pushing it. I started this back in 2008 when my kidneys started to fail because of Agent Orange which was due to diabetes type II, I live in Florida and St. Petersburg kept denying me and I finally ended up with the BVA in Washington, D.C and won only because the Vet gets the benefit of the doubt so keep at, I wish you and your husband luck, oh by the way, get a good Representative. Joel

  • Reply to: Difference in Benefits - 100% schedular disabled veteran vs. 100% TDIU disabled   1 month 1 week ago

    I'm 100% service connected due to my kidney loss because of Agent Orange while in Vietnam, my question is, my wife does most everything for me, setting the machine up and connecting me, with that being said, isn't there some form that I can fill out to compensate her for doing all that for me?

  • Reply to: How temporary 100% disability is reviewed   1 month 1 week ago

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    The VA will not consider your prostate cancer as permanent and total for purposes of rating.

    As in all service connected cancers, the VA rules and regs were written with the belief that everyone would choose treatment to "cure"
    any cancer. Thus, all cancer ratings are temporary and there isn't any regulatory path to rate a cancer as P & T.

    The trend towards "watchful waiting" as a way of treating (or not treating) prostate cancer is relatively new on the scene. In the past prostate cancer has mostly been aggressively treated by radical surgery and radiation therapy. Many studies over the years since have demonstrated that those radical treatments make very little difference in the numbers of us who die from prostate cancer.

    But as usual, the VA is years behind in recognizing the modern trends of treatment of prostate cancer. Many men are choosing watchful waiting and that confuses the VA regulations. Far too many veterans who choose watchful waiting are called in for the "future exam" and VA will try to lower their rating based on some obscure treatment. The alleged treatment may be as simple as the vet taking medicine for prostate enlargement that has nothing to do with the cancer.

    The best you'll be able to do is to continue to maintain the temporary 100% rating for the rest of your life. It's doubtful that the law will change any time soon.

    Jim

  • Reply to: Difference in Benefits - 100% schedular disabled veteran vs. 100% TDIU disabled   1 month 1 week ago

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    The terms 100% IU and 100% TDIU are the same. The IU is simply a shortened version. I'd guess that you really wanted to ask if there were a difference between a 100% TDIU and 100% schedular rating and if so, how does that affect spousal benefits?

    There is no difference between the 2 ratings so far as any dependent benefit goes. If the veteran is permanently and totally (P & T) disabled, any eligible dependent will be qualified to apply for such things as CHAMPVA and Chapter 35 DEA.

    Jim