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Old 07-08-2009, 05:46 PM
 
Location: SE Florida
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One agency has nothing to do with the other. Another words the VA has nothing to do with the SS Administration. The injury you state is more easily identified with a hisotry of codoctors you have been seeing. Another words take your DD214 along with memory full of why you could not work anymore or was having problems in or out of the service and take it to your nearest Veterans Service Officer. If you are not comfortable with talking to the VSO then you can go to another agency. DOn't sign a letter giving them the Legal Authority to adjudicate your potential case until you are real comfortable with them......

A Vet Service Office is usually located in each large town and if you cannot locate one call the VA Hospital nearest to you. We can help you navigate through the red tape but just never give up your fight. A VSO usually identifies a combatant with a CIB or something else that was documented while you served our country.

Good luck and keep us informed.
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Old 03-22-2010, 10:08 PM
 
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can you file a claim for scaring if its service connected?
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Old 03-22-2010, 10:37 PM
 
Location: Hawaii
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can you file a claim for scaring if its service connected?
Yes you can file a claim; are you currently service connected through the VA?
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Old 03-23-2010, 06:34 AM
 
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can you file a claim for scaring if its service connected?

Don't be afraid to open a new thread...this one is over a year dead.



Yes, you can 'claim' anything. If it's granted/approved will be the question.

Many claims that should be approved don't get approved and many that shouldn't be...get approved....so it's almost like a roulette wheel in Vegas as to if a claim will be approved or not.

If scarring hinders employment- it should be approved.
If it causes some other disorder- it could be.
And if it's so bad it causes something else- it very well may.

Just depends on the scar.
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Old 04-08-2010, 12:00 AM
 
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Here is a link to the schedule of ratings for skin.

Schedule of Ratings for the Skin

They recently updated the rating criteria for scarring. Despite what others may have shared, there is a clearly defined rating system for scarring and as long as there is a scar, there will be a rating.
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Old 04-13-2010, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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File with the VA, if you obtain a rating for these minor things in excess of 30% you can go back and file with your services Board for Correction of Military Records, to have your separation changed to a disability retirement.

1. it MUST be done within 3 years

2. you can't be paid by both
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Old 04-26-2010, 07:54 PM
 
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I have gotten out in the service in 2005, am I still eligible? And what happens if you don't have the medical records from the military, can you use current doctor examination?
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Old 04-26-2010, 08:11 PM
 
Location: SE Florida
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There is no time limit for filing with the VA. The sooner you file the less time awaits you for a result.

Evidence of exposure to an XYZ element as you served or aggravation of a previous condition by serving in the military should first be met by the Veteran. An outside the VA medical Doctor can be used as your evidence and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. There are many other sources of data you can use and your VSO (Veterans Service Officer) will help and steer you in the correct path to file a claim...

Goto your Veterans Service Officer located at your closest Veterans Hospital or search online for their location. They will assist you at no cost to the Veteran.

I have over 20 Combat Action Reports with my name and my fellow team members from my 75th Ranger Vietnam missions that I discovered would have easily substantiated many of my claims after I filed and received 100% P+T....Good luck....

Just remember to never give up your fight.....

...

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Old 04-26-2010, 09:07 PM
 
Location: So. of Rosarito, Baja, Mexico
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The main thing is that when in Combat not everything is put down in black and white.

I suffered a mild hearing loss in North Korea (105mm) in 1952. For yrs always had a small hearing problem but never did anything about it.

Couple of yrs ago while in the VA hospital (pre surgery) talked to a Vet in the next bed that had hearing aids and he told me to talk to my provider. I mentioned my problem but said that due to the time and conditions I had NO proof of war damage.

Anyway an appmt was set up and I got my hearing aids.

Never too late with the VA.

Steve
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Old 04-27-2010, 06:17 PM
 
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Can I start going to the doctor and collecting new medical record although I got out in 2005? Because I remember, after TAPS, I started trying to file for disability, but they were quick to dismiss me and having me in a run around. I was trying to have my back, feet, eye and hearing examine, knowing I was working in a Nuclear Ship as an MM.
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