I want to thank everyone for a wonderful site. I have found the information here to be very informative and helpful to my wife and me.
I have a situation that I have not seen addressed on this forum.
While in the Air Force, stationed in Germany, in 1967, I was diagnosed with Raynaud’s Phenomenon. The doctor described it as a form of frostbite. I was instructed on how to protect my extremities from the cold. I worked outside as a crew chief on the F-4 Phantom II.
Upon my discharge in August of 1969, (see attached) I filled out the compensation and pension form indicating frostbite. My claim file number was established. I was given a follow-up appointment for confirmation of the diagnosis. I do not have any documentation for this appointment.
For the next 40 plus years, I have been unable to work outside in the elements and instead worked jobs that were inside - primarily management positions. I have episodes of the disease multiple times a day. For example, holding a cold beer, washing the car, stepping onto a cold tile floor.
In April 2009, I filed what I believed to be an original claim for various ailments. I was granted 10% service connected disability for tinnitus, I was granted 0% service connected disability for hearing.
I filed an appeal for the ailments that were denied for lack of service connected documentation.
After many requests for my original claim documentation, the Veterans Administration response and my medical records, to my surprise in November 2011. I received the claim from 1969 mentioned above.
I then requested the determination / award letter (see attached). I took both documents to the Disabled American Veterans Group. After reviewing the information, my representative informed me that my case had not been adjudicated. I requested that the case be reopened. My representative reviewed my C-file and informed me that I had signed in to the VA hospital for evaluation on the date assigned but was never seen. I also received a recommendation from the DAV to have an evaluation done by an outside physician.
I am awaiting the documentation from the vascular surgeon I saw recently. I still have not been seen by a doctor at the VA Hospital.
I have the following questions:
- My original claim was established in August 1969. According to e-Benefits, my current date is 11/17/2011. What is the opinion of the forum as to the actual date of my claim?
- Is there a statue of limitations in effect since this claim has not been adjudicated?
Any other comments would be appreciated.