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11 Comments

  1. rczeiz31

    Chris, you are giving out much needed information, I ordered all your books, etc. and I read all the information you gave in those books and I was successful in getting 100% and SMC recently, you taught me everything I needed to know to pursue my claims. I would recommend every veteran get your information and following the information you offer.
    Thank You Chris,
    Rudy

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    • Chris Attig

      Thanks for that positive feedback…and as always, let me know how to make it BETTER!

      -Chris

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  2. Mike Hipsher

    Good info

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    • jmmrlnd

      The money spent is well worth the wisdom, experience and knowledge base are well worth the tips you will receive.. I am PA by profession so the medical part is not a problem for me in fact I did my own claim and was successful at a 100% SC PT FOR LUPUS and other autoimmune diseases and 70% for major depression. You ask then why am I a member on this site? It is easy, I am entitled to a higher SMC PAY SO I need to generate a new claim but most of all it is learning to be concise, use the right verbiage and mass the right evidence. I submitted over 2000 pages which 99% was probably ever looked at. I need help organizing, knowing volumes of medicine works against me..I need to keep it simple. Plus I get a blog written by one of the best VA attorneys. This site is a Veterans dream come true….I have had many VSO tell me I should settle for what I have…just like the article stated…well as long as my disabilities warrant further benefits, I will continue.. Thanks for your dedication to Veterans. I will pass this site on to my brothers in arms. Jim

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      • Chris Attig

        Thanks for the feedback, Mike! If I can make the blog better, let me know!

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  3. Dennie Wolfgang

    Chris,
    This is probably why the VA downgraded my 60% ascemic heart disease rating to 30% at the same time I was was awarded 100% TDIU. They indicated their assessment of my coronary heart disease was that it was “better”, when I know it is not. I figured “What difference does it make – I got the 100% TDIU, so I’m getting all I can”. I recently had a cardiac stress test and didn’t do well. Should I gather info from my Cardiologist and disagree with their reduction to 30%? If I succeed, do I chance losing my TDIU 100% rating? It seems to me if I am successful, I should be eligible for the additional $347 monthly.
    Thanks for the information.
    Dennie Wolfgang

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    • Chris Attig

      Dennie – that is a very astute observation, and it wouldn’t surprise me if that is the reason that the VA lowered your disability rate for Ischemic Heart Disease.

      One possibility, though…..Was the heart condition that was rated at 60% the condition that got you TDIU? If so, you probably would not have been eligible for SMC(s) because the 100% and the 60% condition have to be separate conditions.

      Chris

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  4. george allender

    thank you!

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    • Chris Attig

      George,

      Anytime! Let me know what other VA Claims information you need to read about…this blog is meant to help y’all take back the power in your VA Claims.

      Chris

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  5. Jimmy Del Rosario, MSGT (Ret), USAFR

    Hi Chris. Thx for advocating for our comrades. I myself bin fighting the VA since 1978. From 10% to 50, back down to 10 then up to 70%. I have 2 VBA Claims that were heard via video conferencing in Oakland last year and they reversed the denial to acceptance while the 2nd claim will have to be reevaluated 1st before rated. But I’m still waiting for the new percentage rating from the prior denial. This case has been ongoing since 2007. How much longer will this go on before being rated? Thx much.

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  6. JH

    ive been dealing with the VA for years, I’ve used the Rep 4 Vets since 2010. I’m not really sure of what is going on. I’ve supplied them most of the info I can. The VA wants me to put down stresses but I go side ways when I try. I’ve been on a lot of different meds some may have been MAOIs. I know one was Amptritripline while on Tramadil and Methacarbonal. It says not to. I wonder if maybe you can help me. I’ve been on Rispodine for a long time and now I have problems remembering things

    Sincey, JH Jr. Gulf War vet USN

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