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The United States has the most comprehensive system of assistance for veterans of any nation in the world. This benefits system traces its roots back to 1636, when the Pilgrims of Plymouth Colony were at war with the Pequot Indians. The Pilgrims passed a law which stated that disabled soldiers would be supported by the colony. The establishment of the Veterans Administration came in 1930 when Congress authorized the President to "consolidate and coordinate Government activities affecting war veterans."

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CivSer67  
#1 Posted : Monday, May 2, 2022 10:46:50 PM(UTC)
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I had to apply and appeal a decision with the VA and i was granted some positives, but something caught my eye concerning a hip diagnosis. in particular. i was granted a service connection with 0% for any issue on both hips. I do not under stand this. however, my question here is being overseas does this mean FMP covers my expenses for the issues since it is service connected. The 0% does not affect my overall rating as i am already 100%
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#2 Posted : Tuesday, May 3, 2022 2:13:22 AM(UTC)
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I had to apply and appeal a decision with the VA and i was granted some positives, but something caught my eye concerning a hip diagnosis. in particular. i was granted a service connection with 0% for any issue on both hips. I do not under stand this. however, my question here is being overseas does this mean FMP covers my expenses for the issues since it is service connected. The 0% does not affect my overall rating as i am already 100%

A 0% rating is valid and not unusual. It's simply non-compensable. While you can’t get disability compensation based on the rating and underlying condition, which doesn't affect you, the 0% rating may make its holder eligible for other VA benefits. Benefits for a 0% rating may include:

* VA health care, to include regular checkups, appointments with specialists, and prescription refill and tracking.
* Travel pay reimbursement for mileage and other travel expenses to and from approved health care appointments.
* VA dental care.
* VA vision care.
* Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance.

I'm not familiar with the Foreign Medical Program (FMP), but the website information indicates that the FMP "will pay for health care services, medications, and durable medical equipment for service-connected conditions and conditions associated with and held to be aggravating a service-connected condition." Emphasis added. Based on that, it appears that your 0% rating for the conditions related to your hips would be covered. Best of luck to you.

https://www.va.gov/commu...s/veterans/fmp/index.asp
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#3 Posted : Sunday, May 8, 2022 10:40:07 AM(UTC)

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Originally Posted by: CivSer67 Go to Quoted Post
I had to apply and appeal a decision with the VA and i was granted some positives, but something caught my eye concerning a hip diagnosis. in particular. i was granted a service connection with 0% for any issue on both hips. I do not under stand this. however, my question here is being overseas does this mean FMP covers my expenses for the issues since it is service connected. The 0% does not affect my overall rating as i am already 100%


Are you saying you are already100% disabled?

You can have a service connected disability and be at 0%. Service connected means you can get access to VHA healthcare system.


icanzz  
#4 Posted : Monday, May 9, 2022 5:03:33 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: CivSer67 Go to Quoted Post
I had to apply and appeal a decision with the VA and i was granted some positives, but something caught my eye concerning a hip diagnosis. in particular. i was granted a service connection with 0% for any issue on both hips. I do not under stand this. however, my question here is being overseas does this mean FMP covers my expenses for the issues since it is service connected. The 0% does not affect my overall rating as i am already 100%


Below is from my FMP letter. Several of my VA ADJUDICATED SERVICE-CONNECTED CONDITIONS are rated at 0% and ARE covered under FMP.

VA ADJUDICATED SERVICE-CONNECTED CONDITIONS
1. XXX
2. XXXX
etc.


Cover Benefits: Subject to the limitations identified below and in the FMP Benefits Guide (October 1999),
this authorizes the above veteran to receive necessary medical services for the treatment of the listed service-connected conditions(s).

General Exclusions: Services that are not directly related to the treatment of the above listed condition(s) are excluded from benefit coverage. Also excluded are services that are not accepted by VA and/or the US medical community such as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the American Medical Association (AMA), and non-acute institutional care such as long-term inpatient psychiatric care and nursing home care. See the FMP Benefits Guide for additional details.

Liability: The veteran is responsible for payment for the cost of all non-covered services.

Filing Claims: Claims or payment of FMP benefits may be submitted either by the veteran/fiduciary or the provider of services. Regardless, all claims are to be submitted directly to the FMP Office and must include the provider’s itemized billing statement and related medical documentation. Significant processing delays can be avoided by having your provider generate the billing statement in English. See the FMP Benefits Guide for additional claim filing requirements.

Inquiries: Assistance may be obtained at the above address or by telephone at (303) 331-7590 or toll free 1-877-345-8179 during the hours of 7:30 am to 4:00 (Mountain Time Zone). Facsimiles (FAXs) may be sent to (303) 331- 7803.
icanzz  
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I would request updated letter from FMP.
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#6 Posted : Monday, May 9, 2022 7:05:04 PM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: CivSer67 Go to Quoted Post
I had to apply and appeal a decision with the VA and i was granted some positives, but something caught my eye concerning a hip diagnosis. in particular. i was granted a service connection with 0% for any issue on both hips. I do not under stand this. however, my question here is being overseas does this mean FMP covers my expenses for the issues since it is service connected. The 0% does not affect my overall rating as i am already 100%


Yep, as long as you got it listed as service connected.

FMP is a pain the ass taking 120 days to complete billing.
FlatAffect  
#7 Posted : Sunday, May 22, 2022 11:01:29 AM(UTC)
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Originally Posted by: TheRealOrange Go to Quoted Post
Originally Posted by: CivSer67 Go to Quoted Post
I had to apply and appeal a decision with the VA and i was granted some positives, but something caught my eye concerning a hip diagnosis. in particular. i was granted a service connection with 0% for any issue on both hips. I do not under stand this. however, my question here is being overseas does this mean FMP covers my expenses for the issues since it is service connected. The 0% does not affect my overall rating as i am already 100%

A 0% rating is valid and not unusual. It's simply non-compensable. While you can’t get disability compensation based on the rating and underlying condition, which doesn't affect you, the 0% rating may make its holder eligible for other VA benefits. Benefits for a 0% rating may include:

* VA health care, to include regular checkups, appointments with specialists, and prescription refill and tracking.
* Travel pay reimbursement for mileage and other travel expenses to and from approved health care appointments.
* VA dental care.
* VA vision care.
* Service-Disabled Veterans Life Insurance.

I'm not familiar with the Foreign Medical Program (FMP), but the website information indicates that the FMP "will pay for health care services, medications, and durable medical equipment for service-connected conditions and conditions associated with and held to be aggravating a service-connected condition." Emphasis added. Based on that, it appears that your 0% rating for the conditions related to your hips would be covered. Best of luck to you.

https://www.va.gov/commu...s/veterans/fmp/index.asp



You forgot that you can also be eligible for CH31 VR&E even with a 0% SCD, even though in this case he is already 100% SCD.
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