Jim,

I’m applying for 70% TDIU. Once I’ve received my award, how can I get the TDIU benefit to become a more permanent 100%?

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You’ve asked a question I receive dozens of time each month. The TDIU benefit is perhaps the least understood of all VA disability compensation benefits.

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Posted on: Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Jim,

I wanted to thank you again for the last help you gave me about going for 100% or not to. I have another situation which I am not sure how to handle. I just received a letter from the VA tell me that they are conducting a review of my claims folder. Says my case was identified as a potential Nehmer class-member case based on the new additions of diseases related to A.O. My claim would have been for coronary artery disease which was originally denied. The coronary Artery disease was diagnosed by a VA Dr., after some testing I had done, and is on the list of medical problems. My heart problems are not life threatening, but I do take blood pressure, cholesterol, and anxiety meds. Also have a very brittle case of Diabetes, and the liver problems from Hep C.

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Posted on: Thursday, September 23, 2010

Jim,

I know you are not a lawyer but with the cost of IHD as a AO presumptive disease, can congress approve one or more and deny the other or is it all or nothing?

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I believe all 3 new presumptives will come as a package, all or nothing. I also believe that it could be nothing.
 

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Posted on: Thursday, September 23, 2010

Jim,

I've found a web site that has V.A. publications and manuals that deal with what those people ( the V.A. ) are supposed to be doing for veterans. On my search engine, I typed in: www1.va.gov/vhapublications

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Posted on: Thursday, September 23, 2010

Jim,

Thank you for the work you do on behalf of all veterans.

After the hearing on AO Presumptive ISH conducted 9/23/10 where does leave the veteran? What is the next step in this process?

Will the VA start to process the previously denied claims. and if so when?

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Posted on: Friday, October 22, 2010

Jim,

I do read just about all of your articles and am aware of what you say about someone who is 100% for TDIU and less for service connected disability applying for additional service connected disability to achieve 100%. I do believe that is good advice. I would like to outline my situation and ask for your opinion.

I am currently rated at 70% for General Anxiety and 100% for TDIU. I did serve in country in Vietnam with an Air Force Combat Security Police Squadron. I know that you need a 10 year time period from the date of awarded disability in order for your wife to be eligible for DIC in case of my death. I have a suggested diagnosis of Pick's disease (also known as frontal temporal dementia) based on a PET scan. In actuality the only way this disease can be proven is by an autopsy, so I may or may not have Pick's. If I do it is a slowly progressive disease and is always terminal. The time frame varies from person to person.

My latest disability percentage was awarded in Sept 2006. So I need to "stick around" until 2016 for her to be eligible for DIC unless I pass away from General Anxiety. I think that would be hard to prove. I am military retired, however I did not sign up for SBP

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Posted on: Saturday, October 23, 2010

Jim,

I follow all your notes and want to thank you for the advice. I am handling my own claims and have been for several years now. Still have appeals waiting, but recently they located some documents that show proof of Boots. I wonder how they thought I received the Purple Heart without being on land. I was attached to an aircraft carrier hundreds of miles from Vietnam.more...

Posted on: Saturday, October 23, 2010

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