Secondary Service Connections will increase your VA rating [New in 2020!]

Secondary Service Connections will increase your VA rating [New in 2020!]

(intense music) – I’m Combat Craig and I’m
a Desert Storm veteran, and today I’m talking about
secondary service connections. I’ll break ’em down into
five different categories. Number one, what a secondary diagnosis is. Number two, the difference
between a primary and a secondary diagnosis. Number three, the medical
evidence you’ll need to prove service connection. Number four, the limitations on how many service
connections you can have. And number five I’ll
give you some examples of secondary service connections. All right, let’s start with the first one. What’s a secondary diagnosis? These are disabilities
caused or made worse by your primary diagnosis. Most of these time these
will happen in service and I’ll explain. My example is my left foot
was service connected, my right foot was
affected by my left foot. I filed a claim saying that I
had problems in my right foot and they were a result of my
service connected left foot. That’s an example. What’s the difference between a primary and a secondary diagnosis? It’s a service connected
disability caused another problem. All right, so here’s the
medical evidence you need. You’re gonna need a
diagnosis, a nexus letter, and you need to have current symptoms. So let’s talk about these a little bit. Let’s start off by talking
about the diagnosis. You need to have a
diagnosis from a doctor. Self-reported symptoms alone
are not enough evidence. A doctor needs to agree with you and he needs to actually diagnose you. The diagnosis can come from any doctor, it doesn’t need to be a VA doctor, but it needs to be a medical
board certified doctor. The nexus letter. This provides the rationale that explains the service connection. Also done by that same doctor. Reoccurring symptoms. These are current symptoms that you’re having with your disability. These are symptoms that
are bothering you now, present in your body now, and you’re talking to a doctor about now. Are here any limitations on
secondary service connections? The answer is no. Secondaries connect one
disability to another, and here’s an example. I filed a VA claim that
connected my right foot to my service connected left foot. I also filed a claim that connected my mental health symptoms to
my service connected left foot. That’s two examples of
secondary connections that I filed to my left foot. It can go on and on. This is how you layer in
additional disabilities and get a higher overall rating. Let’s talk about some of the
types of secondary connections. Right side effects the
left side and vice versa. Left foot, right foot;
left arm, right arm. Mental health is a factor. Your brain has to control all this stuff. So your mental health is involved with pain in your body and
disabilities in your body. Side effects of medication
cause other problems. Tummy problems, GERD,
IBS, erectile dysfunction. Secondary disabilities
are often overlooked. Most vets don’t know they exist. I was one of ’em. I only found out about
’em about 10 months ago. And you need to know what’s
going on in your body so when something’s off you
can do something about it. Pay attention to the side effects of your prescribed medications by reading the bottle, like literally, read through nausea, vomiting,
diarrhea, constipation, and then you can literally
look on the bottle, Google it, whatever, do the
research you need to do, know what’s going on in your body. If you have some of these symptoms and you think the
medication is causing them, that could be a secondary condition. If we’re using constipation
or diarrhea as an example, that’s a 30% rating secondary
to, say, left foot pain. The Norco I take for my left foot pain. So knowing what’s going on
with your mental health. This is where somatic
symptom disorder comes in. This is when you get a
mental health condition because you suffer from chronic pain. You’re going to need a
diagnosis from a psychologist or a psychiatrist, but if
you’re already seeing somebody for mental health issues, then you’re gonna have
some kind of baseline. You don’t need to have one, but it’s good to know what’s going on with your mental health, period. Especially when it talks about veterans. A lot of us have mental health problems. We don’t deal with our problems. We don’t talk about ’em. We just kinda bury ’em. I’m guilty of this. I’m barely just starting
to get this stuff out, but I’m under the care of a psychiatrist and a psychologist, and a couple other
psychologists, for that matter. So I actually have a baseline, and I don’t understand exactly
what’s going on with me, but I’m starting to understand why I do the things that I do. Don’t have solutions why I lock myself in a cabin in Montana and
have surveillance cameras on and nothing goes on outside, but I kinda understand why I
do that, if that makes sense. So having some kind of
baseline will help you. If you don’t have a baseline
about your mental health you probably haven’t
addressed it very well, and without having a baseline
it’s kinda hard to tell how much your brain is in play
because of your disabilities. So get to a psychologist
so you can get a baseline and not only that, they can
help you through all this stuff. But this is how you would layer in a secondary condition for mental health. If you need help with your
secondary service connections, VA Claims Insider is your answer. We are disabled veterans
helping disabled veterans. They got me to 100% and
now I’m properly rated after 27 years of dealing with the VA. I mean, it changed my life. This stuff’s right there, so simple, I just couldn’t figure it out. You can find all this
stuff out on your own. But having our medical team help you will ensure that you win your claim. And you’re looking at these side effects, is this actually causing constipation? Is constipation actually IBS? Is IBS actually a
diagnosis, diagnostic code? You could look these things up. You can do a lot of things yourself, but you gotta remember,
you need diagnostic codes to make these claims stick. So having somebody to
bounce these things off of, if not just have them go
into your medical records and find ’em for you which
is kind of what I did. It helps having a partner that’s actually knows how to do the medical evidence part of this whole thing. And that’s my point here of
getting the med team involved. Also we have a 91% success rate. And that’s in a large
part due to our med team and the way Brian set up the company. So, if you need help with your VA claim, check us out at Combat Craig, out.

13 thoughts on “Secondary Service Connections will increase your VA rating [New in 2020!]”

  1. I have 60 COPD I have not filed for a secondary for anxiety and depression what do the VA insider doctor’s cost is it covered ?

  2. Secondary service connected disabilities are the real money makers. I was never aware, until I started watching yours and VA Claims Insiders videos that these were a thing!
    Great content Craig, keep these videos coming. You are helping more veterans than you know with this type of content!🔥💥🚀🇺🇸

  3. Combat Craig, thanks for your help. Your advise helped me and I thank you! Your raw honesty is often a gift to those who listen. Keep doing what you are doing!

  4. Trying to figure out how I can do Acid reflux as a secondary condition to my PTSD? I’m already service connected at 30% for IBS separately.

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