the VA has placed a proposed rule in the Federal
Register that will affect all those seeking
disability compensation for Diabetes Mellitus II (DMII).
They intend to change their Schedule of Rating
Disabilities (SRD) to reflect that rating levels of
20, 40, and 60 percent all REQUIRE that
you be taking insulin injections. The current SRD
allows a 20 percent rating to be given if you are
taking pills for your DMII without Insulin
injections (also need a restricted diet but that is
a requirement for all DMII levels). THIS WILL ONLY
AFFECT THOSE CURRENTLY SEEKING A RATING LEVEL FOR
DMII AND WILL NOT AFFECT THOSE ALREADY
HAVING A DMII RATING (UNLESS YOU APPLY FOR INCREASE
AT SOME FUTURE DATE IT HAS THE POTENTIAL TO AFFECT
YOUR RATING LEVEL THEN REGARDING THOSE WANTING
TO GO FROM A 10% DMII RATING TO A 20% DMII RATING).
This could be especially important to all Vietnam
Vets since DMII is a presumptive illness for most of
them BUT it has the potential to affect any other
vet seeking a DMII rating also.
You have an opportunity to provide your public
comments on this issue, which must be answered
publicly by the VA, by going to
and provide comments in accordance with the
instructions at that URL PRIOR TO 9/8/15. I
strongly urge you to provide your comments.
Call me paranoid, but I suspect this is part of an
effort by VA to strengthen their current "regulation
of activities" language in the 40% and higher DMII
levels and this is the first step in that process.
The Federal Register for this proposed rule
indicates they are putting before committee the rest
of the DMII language at some future unspecified