How To File A VA Disability Claim And Get It Right The First Time!

How To File A VA Disability Claim And Get It Right The First Time!

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hey guys i'm combat craig thanks for taking some time out of your day to learn how to file a va disability claim the right way if you're new welcome and if you're one of my subscribers that's been supporting me for a couple years thank you for your support watching the videos you guys keep me going love the feedback this is going to be a pretty in-depth video so the resources that i'm using to do research uh the websites i'm gonna link those in the description so you can go to them
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easily and then i'm also going to break down some time stamps so you can fast forward through to the part that interests you most if you want to get it right the first time you need to understand what you're up against you're up against the va and they don't care about you they don't care about me they should be called the anti-va that's what you're up against nothing is assumed presumptive whatever you need to prove everything that's the mindset you need to uh get yourself into so if you haven't you
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know wrapped your head around that yet get there quickly check out my boot camp at combat craig.com where i break it down barney style i'm sure you're going to learn something i explained my process how i view the va if you're watching this video you probably have some kind of idea of how i view the va they're you need to understand what you're up against and um i think my bootcamp is a good crash course uh introduction to the va claims process everything that
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i'm talking about today needs to happen before you file a va claim this is called how to file a va disability claim it's not how do i file a shitty claim and then what do i do three months later when i realize that it's dog this all happens before you file a va disability claim if you have a vso the approach that you need to take with your vso the 80 year old grandpa that doesn't know how to use a computer and
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like doesn't really give a about your claim it's not trust but verify it's don't trust them at all and verify everything a vso can help you with certain things but do not just take his word for it without looking this stuff up i'm going to show you how to look this stuff up i have a screenshot of some disability readings that i'm going to throw up in a minute here and we're going to go through and look at some of this stuff and i'm going to show you if you're doing the same kind of thing
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how you could do it better i think some mistakes were made for sure and uh i'm not going to talk about every single thing but i'm going to do some examples on how this veteran might have done a better job what this really all boils down to is medical evidence i break that down in my boot camp more in depth but basically it's medical evidence right if you have something wrong with you and it's like this is a no-brainer i can't walk because my leg was blown off
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remember you're not dealing with ordinary people you're dealing with morons that don't want to pay you and you know going a step further the va rater isn't even a doctor or a lawyer he's just a raider 50 grand a year something like that so you need to prove everything that's who you're up against nothing is obvious nothing is assumed don't hope they'll see it stick it in front of their face draw a red circle around it and then highlight it with a yellow highlighter
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and hey idiot va reader this is what i want you looking at if you don't do that and just hope they're going to use the duty to assist not a good strategy in my book but you know your claim you could do what you want you could file a va disability claim whenever you want you could do it every year if that'll make you happy it won't because you want to get in and out you could also put down any condition that you want to put down that doesn't mean you should do these things you know don't file a claim with
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things the va isn't gonna rate you on and don't just keep filing the same old tired ass claim over and over and over again because the result's gonna be the same it actually gets harder when you do it on time number five with the same lacking medical evidence keep that in mind one of the links i'm providing is 38 cfr part 4 the schedule for rating disabilities this is the law this is where all the diagnostic codes live
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this is where the rating criteria is we're going to be using this in the examples here you need to get familiar with this and you need to read it it doesn't matter if you think that it's hard to understand i hate reading um but i have to force myself to read because you know how well has it been uh working out for me for 27 years you know using a vso to do it it didn't work out very well so i had to hop in and just read all this understand
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it i had to ask medical professionals what this stuff means because i don't understand it but i get better every day it's not a rush you submit your intent to file and then you have a year you don't need to file it in two days if you're not ready spend time do research check out my boot camp check out other people's videos programs blogs education is key if you're not educated you're going to get your ass kicked this is a medical disability so a medical disability
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needs to have a diagnostic code a diagnostic code comes from a doctor you are not a doctor and neither am i i was in a car wreck when i was on active duty and it crushed my head and my arm and all this stuff and it's all well documented that's great but you need a doctor to actually give you the diagnostic codes so you can file a claim and understand the diagnostic codes and how the va might rate you another good reason to
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look up diagnostic codes is you want to make sure you file a claim that the va will rate you for like how dumb is it to file a disability claim and you're claiming something the va doesn't recognize or something like that you start pinpointing it down to a diagnostic code then you could see if the va will even compensate you so let's hop into this screenshot here all right here we got our list here this is a online version of it off of
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va.gov or ebenefits your decision letter will have something similar so let's talk about a few of these things and then make an opinion about it so hypertension not service connected left shoulder strain 20 service connected irritable bowel syndrome 0 service connected caffeine addiction not service connected low testosterone not service connected tinnitus 10 percent left knee strain 10
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unspecified depressive disorder unspecified anxiety disorder 50 service connected nicotine addiction not service connected migraine or migraine variant headaches zero percent service connected so the things that jump out to me obviously are caffeine addiction and nicotine addiction um they're not service connected they're not even readable it's a good idea for you to research these disabilities before you file a claim because what a
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waste of a year if you file a claim for a disability that doesn't even exist they're going to do the same thing they do here they just say not service connected you don't have a condition we don't recognize it you need a diagnostic code and the diagnostic code comes from a doctor right you get a diagnosis you need that you need the nexus and you need to document the severity of your symptoms which brings me on to a couple other things irritable bowel syndrome zero percent service connected
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and then migraines zero percent service connected so he had the diagnosis and he had the nexus when he filed these claims but the severity of the symptoms wasn't captured or documented so he didn't go in and look at the rating criteria and he didn't talk about his symptoms he doesn't have a migraine log i don't know if he's taking meds you know we're trained not to go to the doctor and not complain and then this is how it comes and bites us in the ass
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so i would be thinking about filing appeal on this one and providing the severity of symptoms which is usually the dbq and trying to get those increased hypertension not service connected that could have been a problem with you know direct service connection secondary service connection presumptive service connection how he was trying to get it service connected and then also the nexus um you know nexus is the link
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between the disability you're filing a claim for and how it's related to active duty so if that doesn't exist you're just going to get denied not service connected let's see what else we have here the unspecified depressive disorder and unspecified anxiety disorder so he has 50 percent there's only one rating for mental health they combine everything i have five mental health disorders that the va recognizes but you get one rating and they usually take the highest one which is usually a ptsd so i have combat
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ptsd and all my stuff falls in underneath that i used to have unspecified depressive disorder and anxiety disorder and it's like what is unspecified that's just a term they use it doesn't really matter if it's specified because instead of unspecified depressive disorder it would be major depressive disorder and have a code but he's still at 50 so you know who cares what's specified and what's not
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he needs to go into the rating criteria and if he's really in the 70 category he needs to research and talk about everything that uh puts them in that category tell them how bad your mental health conditions really affect your work and your social life if you don't break that stuff off and tell them um you're just gonna well i guess he's at a 50 he doesn't meet these things for 70 or maybe a hundred so i'm going to cherry pick a few of these things out of here
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just hypertension caffeine addiction and tinnitus and i'm going to show you what i would do if i thought these were disabilities that i had i'm going to show you how to research them and look around for them and i'll chime in with my two cents along the way here do not skip this step do not have a vso do it for you you need to verify this with your own eyes so you believe it make sure that they you know have a rating for it and it's possible so we have some diagnostic codes and possible
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ratings then you need to match that up against the medical evidence you used in your last claim so the hypertension that guy got not service connected how did you try to connect your disability direct secondary or presumptive perhaps if you did this part wrong you're going to get denied not service connected if you file a direct service connection claim for something that's a secondary disability that should have been filed as a secondary claim because it was caused by another service-connected
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disability you're going to get denied that alone will get you denied if you file a claim for a presumptive disability gee this gulf war stuff and agent orange stuff's looking pretty good and you file a claim and it's not presumptive you just wasted a year so make sure it's presumptive and make sure you can prove it and presumptive ones get a little tricky so dig into that stuff secondary claims if you've been out for a while are the safest route because you could always make those stick just put a little asterisk on that one
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so you need the nexus the nexus describes the relationship between the disability you're filing a claim for and your active duty service if you're doing a secondary you're already rated for something and service connected even at zero percent you can follow secondary for that the nexus describes how this disability was caused or made worse by your zero percent service connected migraines or whatever you got going on need to have the nexus need to understand what kind of service connection you're filing a claim for
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don't do anything until you have that dialed in you need to have a diagnosis the last time i filed a claim not the last time but the time before i felt a claim for combat ptsd i never had a diagnosis then i had a diagnosis when i felt my claim i didn't even get a cnp exam they just gave it to me like they're waiting for me to show up with the diagnosis be nice if they told me you don't have a diagnosis that's what i needed to come up with so make sure you have a diagnosis or your claim is going nowhere
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have you even bothered to grab a copy of your va claims file yet um do you know what's in your private medical records are your private medical records from your private doctors even in the hands of the va like waiting on them to yeah we'll go get it for you no remember draw a red circle around it and uh highlight it in yellow or at least upload it to your myhealthevet account so they can find it because they'll just get you know do something like oh yeah tried to ask for private records didn't
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get them so they'll make a decision based on the fact that they didn't even you know put any effort into it um if you managed to get service connected and you got lowballed how did you describe your symptoms if we're going back to migraines and irritable bowel syndrome in the example this guy obviously didn't do a very good job a piss poor job of describing symptoms log into my healthy vet and make uh
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secure messaging complaints hey my ibs sucks my migraines are worse what do i do that is considered medical evidence keep a journal or a log use something like migraine buddy um when the cnb examiner asks you hey how often do you get migraines oh gee i don't know man it's a lot like that's not an answer um a log submitted with your claim up front so he already sees that information when
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he asks you like hey i have my log it's on my app what would you like to know that's a much better answer and a migraine log is considered objective medical evidence this is the kind of leg work that you need to do period all veterans need to do this you need to understand how the va is going to react to something all right here's our list over here and i just put this in front of it we're doing hypertension tinnitus and caffeine addiction these are rabbit holes so i'm going to
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go quickly so you get the gist so va diagnostic code for hypertension copy paste we're looking for a diagnostic code is this readable uh here's a lawyer's website it already says it's 38cfr4104 under diagnostic code 7101. this isn't a government site this is a law blog kind of site this is cck law this is probably a good one to check out there's cornell that one's good one to check out
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but i already kind of have a diagnostic code in mind here i'm kind of getting to one so looking at so it looks code 7101 and then this is a cornell this is like a version of the ecfr so this gives me enough to just go with a diagnostic code 7101 code remember we're at the beginning stages 101 and we're just looking for codes to
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see if the va even rates this stuff and and you're going to still need medical evidence and all that kind of stuff so one thing that happens is you know people rank for these things it's called seo search engine optimization nobody controls it except for google so there's older articles in here the va updates how it rates disabilities so you want to pay attention to the date that's why i suggest you always go to the electronic code of federal regulations as you can see right on here in red
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letters oh it's current as of august 24th that's why you always want to check this because this is the law blog posts and opinions maybe some spin of the law or something like that so always bring it into here simple search uh we're just gonna search for code 7101 see if anything comes up got a hit uh then you just have to click these open you know and see if you can find
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anything um i don't know what hypertension is but i'm seeing code 7101 all over the place and um i don't understand hypertension i don't have it but if you know that this is you and your claim you're following hypertension so you need to understand it so it's readable a lot of different ways it looks like under different codes so now you need to find out do you have a diagnosis do you have this diagnostic code do you have the nexus you know next step
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so moving on va diagnostic code for tinnitus just go back in here and pop that in get rid of these sites so this is diagnostic looks like this is another doc download but since this is va.gov i'm just going to go with uh code 6260 because i already know this is it because i'm rated for it but we'll go through the motions anyway so we'll go back to home simple search
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you just search these codes once you get them this isn't an exact oh that didn't work out very well all right so maybe 62.60 is better to 60. okay disabilities year schedule for reading disabilities um i i know that this is uh this has a different name to it uh so government info federal registers another good one
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another thing to do here if they have any reading stuff they'll let's see we could search for 6260 on this page again this is the way i do it i'm on a mac you know whatever you use a phone or whatever i'm looking for the way um this is what i'm looking for i'm looking for the way the verbiage is 6260 tinnitus comma recurrent that's the one so i'm going to take that and you know like i said it's a rabbit
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hole have fun going down the rabbit hole i do it daily uh so let's see if we can get into it this way just looking for 6260 there we go 6260 tinnitus recurrent 10 rating so perfect the va recognizes it and you can file a claim for it it exists now you have to make sure that you explain tinnitus just a little side note it's a subjective claim nobody can say that you do or you do not have tinnitus
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and it's up to you to describe when it started which has to be active duty it could be a secondary claim but you know most likely it started on active duty and you need to say that in your personal statement and always submit a personal statement um for every disability that's your opportunity to speak in layman's terms so we got diagnostic code for that 6260. now let's check out va diagnostic code for caffeine addiction and see what we
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come up with again i already know this isn't a thing but you know this is how you kind of look it up so va diagnostico for caffeine addiction if you're looking at all this stuff there's no va uh you know there's some uh government stuff in here uh here oh here's a decision um these are good to look at too these are vba decisions and i have left a link in the description and it tells you you know
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what the claim was for and and if they won or not this is real fun reading but you know it's not about having fun it's about doing it right so just i'm going with the first hit um it has there's some icd codes talking about speed and meth and all sorts of stuff like that so if you don't get a hit you're probably not going to find it like i said they're not going to rate you for caffeine addiction and smoking
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oh i smoked because i had depression well you should have gone to the doctor and got a diagnosis for depression not started smoking so there's certain things they're just not going to rate you for so there's no sense in wasting your time submitting a claim for it this is how i would research these things you may do it differently i'm on a mac i've been flying around computers so you may be slower it's not a race you just need to do it right so get the information and then have an understanding of what the va might do
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if i file a claim with this medical evidence what might they do have some scenarios because if you get a decision you don't like you're going to have to appeal it be nice to start thinking about these things before your decision letter so it's not like oh now what do i do hope you enjoyed the video hope it wasn't too boring for you hit that uh like button if you like this video and subscribe to my channel if you're interested in more content about veterans benefits and va claims and i'll see you in the next one

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