Posted on Jan 16, 2020
SGT Clyde Chaffee
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I was diagnosed with Keratoconus (a degenerative eye disease) during my time in the Army (1987-1991). I was told by my VA doctor that I could apply for disability benefits (I'm not looking for payments, just a waiver of my medicine copays). I tried to apply two years ago and was denied, "Not service connected". Given that this disease was diagnosed during my enlistment, isn't it automatically "service connected"? Am I wasting my time applying again? Is there some sort of VA advocacy office that could help me with this?
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Sgt Commander, Dav Chapter #90
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If you applied and did not have an outside advocate speaking for you (like a DAV National Service Officer [NSO]), then you did yourself a disservice... You should have applied for the Disability first! Too many Veterans try to do this themselves without knowing how to approach these claims with the VA directly... Always remember that the VA is basically like an insurance company... What you do not know can bite you in the rear so-to-speak. My recommendation is to contact your local DAV Chapter and ask to be called back by an NSO, then Explain your situation in detail and have the NSO re-apply for you... The NSO should be able to handle it for you.
Kerry Harkins, Commander, DAV Chapter 90, Norwood, MA
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SGT Clyde Chaffee
SGT Clyde Chaffee
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I wish I would have known this back when I first applied. Thank you for the advice, I will search for my local DAV chapter next. Thanks! -Clyde
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Lt Col John (Jack) Christensen
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Great advice Kerry.
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Sgt Commander, Dav Chapter #90
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SGT Joshua Webley
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You should have a county Veterans service office. However just because you get diagnosed with something in service doesn't make it service connected.
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SPC Nancy Greene
SPC Nancy Greene
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Yes!!! You won’t find anything easily! Go to: va.org/forms. VA9 is the form to request Service-connection. If you need assistance, please feel free to contact Me!SGT Clyde Chaffee
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SPC Nancy Greene
SPC Nancy Greene
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If you have medical documentation supporting the fact your ‘condition’ was DIAGNOSED while on Active Duty, you have a solid case! If you have documentation your condition is a result of a condition diagnosed while on Active Duty, You have a case!SGT Joshua Webley
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SPC Nancy Greene
SPC Nancy Greene
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Exactly! And if the symptoms ‘present’ while on Active Duty; you are eligible for Service-Connection for both the symptoms AND the Condition!SGT Clyde Chaffee
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SPC Nancy Greene
SPC Nancy Greene
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Not necessarily’caused’ , just DIAGNOSED while on Active Duty!SGT Joshua Webley
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SPC Nancy Greene
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YES!!!
Title 38 and court presidense and medical documentation WILL get you covered for ALL medical expenses & MORE!
Connect with Me & I Will assist You!
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