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      A bit about Tbird and HadIt.com for those who've asked...

      The following is on my About page, but some have been asking how this all happened. So here is my little story. Tbird US Navy 1983 – 1990 E-6 HadIt.com the website domain registered Jan 20, 1997 the domain is registered and paid for through Jan 21, 2023 at which time I plan to register it for another 15 years Lord willing and the creek don't rise. I guess the best place to start is Jan 1991; I had gotten out of the navy Dec 1990. At my separation seminar, there was a DAV rep Jim Milton he told us to bring our medical records in and he would look through them for us and let us know if we should file a claim with the VA. Well, bless his heart, he opened my medical file, reads the first insert, looks me straight in the eye, and says you will be 50% for the rest of your life and he would file the claim for me. 50% was for surgery I had in the service. True to his word he met with me and talked with me for a long time filled out my paper work and urged me to file for PTSD. I would not file the PTSD claim, nor even discuss it. By Feb 1991 I had moved to the San Francisco bay area and was staying at a friends apartment and pretty much I was just a puddle. In desperation one night I called suicide hot line, I had no job, no idea about going to the VA. They talked with me for a long time and explained to me that I could go to the local VA hospital even if I did not have insurance. Now, I know what you are thinking if I was 50% why didn't I just go to the VA in the first place, two reasons 1, this was Feb 1991 and the 50% didn't come till May and 2, even if it had come through it is unlikely that I would have had the mental acuity at the time to put the two together. I relate this here because it is where so many of our brothers and sisters are coming from, perhaps where you started. Fuzzy and unsure, in pain and sometimes homeless they come to the VA hospital for help. And that is where I ended up. Up to the pysch ward I went, blah, blah, blah, a few days later I was released with a promise of a call from the out patient program, which I would soon be entering. Blah, blah, blah, after many missed communications, and no call backs I was at the Day Hospital everyday M-F. And this brothers and sisters is where I began to learn and formulate my plan for HadIt.com. Veterans, veterans everywhere…I spent a year in the day hospital and about another year at a sheltered workshop before I got back on my feet. So I just talked to veterans everyday waiting for appointments, waiting for prescriptions, waiting for a vet rep and I started to learn the system. While in the navy I was data analyst and had to learn a 5 volume manual and just about anything you were suppose to do was in that manual. So I figured there must be a manual on how to do a VA claim or at the very least regulations. So I found out about the Code of Federal Regulations, United States Code, Veterans Affairs Manuals and so on and so forth. Of course this was 1991/1992 I was living in a tiny studio apartment in a particularly bad neighborhood, working in a sheltered workshop making a nickel per envelope I stuffed throw in PTSD and you will see that it was a difficult task for me to get somewhere where they had copies of these, let alone that they would let me look at. And there was so much knowledge around me, it was like the gold rush in those days, I could just sit on a bench a veteran would sit down next to me a little conversation later I had another nugget, I made copious notes. Phone numbers to call, ask for this guy or that guy he'll give you the straight scoop and they'd slip me a piece of paper with a number on it. You want to read this regulation or that one and another slip of paper into my hand. I spent a lot of time on those benches watching the squirrels they gathered their nuts and I gathered mine :) So I'm thinking I could put a little handbook together print it out and hand it out at the VA. Or perhaps fliers. Still formulating, time goes by, 1994/1995 I am being treated for PTSD regularly and doing and feeling much better and I go to work for a company as a marketing systems analyst and I discover the internet. Well let me tell you that was perhaps one of the most significant life changing events I have ever experienced. And I might add finally a positive one :) It seemed only natural to me that surely there must be a website that contained all the knowledge I wanted, well as it turned out not so much, lots of stuff but I wanted to get straight to the claims information and there was a lot of stuff to wade through to get to it. So taking my lesson from the squirrels earlier I started to gather, gather, gather…and learn HTML and work as a marketing systems analyst and work my claim. 1996/1997 major PTSD cork blows and unemployed. Working my claim, working the website. 20 Jan 1997 register HadIt.com domain name right after getting off the phone with the VA and saying I've had it with this. As fate would have it the old DAV board goes down just as mine opens up and folks start to wander in. So HadIt.com has two main components the website which supports the discussion board with links, articles, research resources etc. The website starts to grow, I can't tell you how many times I had to switch servers for space and features. I continue on a downward trend and in 1998 ended up back home in St Louis living in my sisters basement in therapy and working it, I swear I would have swung a dead chicken around my head at midnight naked if I thought it would have helped. The website continued to do great during this time, I just stayed in the basement bought new software, new books, and learned how to make things work and I continued to use this knowledge to make HadIt.com better. My 100% finally came through from the VA and I had a friend who is an advocate who helped me thru my SSDI claim, he was literally at my side thru the entire process and that came through for me. My therapist and sister continued to try and get me to leave the basement, but to no avail. At some point in 1998 or 1999 I put a counter on the website and was shocked to discover how many visitors we were getting. Time goes by my sister gets married and I move from the basement to the upstairs, there is much celebration that Aunt T is living in the light again. More time goes by and I settle into my life in St Louis and spend more time on the site trying new things, finding more information. 2003 I buy my own home VA loan. For years now I have just considered HadIt.com my job and I get up every morning go to the office and work for several hours, take an afternoon break and see where the rest of day takes me. I have a place in the office to use the computer and a comfortable to place to read journals and articles and take notes. Blah, blah, blah so that is my story and HadIt.com's intertwined.
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      HadIt.com Pass It On Cards

      Hi I've updated our HadIt.com Pass It On Cards. They are in a PDF format you can print them out cut them there are 12 to a page. If you have found HadIt.com helpful and would like to pass it on to other veterans this is an easy way to do it.I hope you find them helpful, feel free to leave a few anywhere veterans gather, veterans centers, veterans hospitals, public libraries, be creative. Please make sure though, that if you want to leave some at any business you ask permission first.Here you go http://www.hadit.com...it_on_cards.pdf
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      VA Training and Fast Letter Forum Index

      VA Training and Fast Letter Forum Index The following is the index with links to the various Training and Fast Letters plus a few miscellaneous. These letters are not necessarily in the original formatting. I have tried to present them in an easy-to-read form instead of some forms as originally presented. Some of the paragraphs were WAAAAYYY too long. lol - HadIt.com Member fanaticbooks Something to be aware.... Some of these letters may be rescinded, outdated, or otherwise no longer viable. I have still included them because sometimes they provide additional insight or just plain more information than the newest version. Use them wisely. The oldest letters will display at the bottom with the latest letters displayed at the top, all in sequential numbers. Coding of the letters... FL = Fast Letter TL = Training Letter First two numbers = last two digits of year of origin Training Letter http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/40694-va-tl-00-07/ http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/40693-va-tl-00-06/ Fast Letter Number Title http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/44262-va-fl-11-15/ http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/44260-va-fl-11-13/ http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/44261-va-fl-11-11/ http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/44310-va-fl-11-09/ http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/42151-va-fl-11-03/ http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/40957-va-fl-10-49/ http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/40958-va-fl-10-46/ http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/40959-va-fl-10-45/ http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/40960-va-fl-10-42/ http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/40961-va-fl-10-39/ http://www.hadit.com/forums/index.php?/topic/40962-va-fl-10-35/ 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  1. So, after reading the responses I'm a little fuzzy: would y'all recommend filing the NOD for EED then seeing what happens, or hire the lawyer and have him or her file it for me? I've looked through the BVA decisions and found successful cases granting EEDs, copied the VA language and applied to my particular claim. I'm waiting to send it in as I consider the discussion in this topic.
  2. I think the VA can be more about dark matter and fuzzy logic. Or, like the 'case worker' scene in "Beetlejuice"....
  3. "I am from the gov't..."

    I can understand why you would be suspicious. If you go and feel better, are they going to challenge your rating? If not, are you just not trying? I think you should go and keep an open mind. If done at a VA facility, the results will be in your record. However, this doesn't mean a flag will go up at the VARO. They're swamped enough with the claims others send in without having to audit existing ratings. Even if they did, you still have years of an appeal to look forward to (dragging the issue out by their own processes). Don't worry - go and try to feel a little better. It could be worth it.
  4. I need to preface this with a statement that I am not a licensed psychological practitioner, am not providing legal or professional advice and cannot act on anyone's behalf in providing professional services. IN MY OPINION (only my opinion): It appears as though you were administered an instrument (the MMPI - Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory - a personality instrument) and then interviewed. According to test results from the National Institutes for Health (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20207423, 2010), the instrument was evaluated for effective detection on those feigning PTSD. Results: "Diagnostic-specific MMPI-2 validity indicators, such as the Infrequency-PSTD scales and Malingered Depression scale, were not effective at detecting participants instructed to feign those conditions. For the PAI, the most accurate validity indicator was the MAL index; however, the detection rate using this validity indicator was modest at best. The MMPI-2 validity indicators were clearly superior to those on the PAI at identifying feigned versus honest responding in this sample." This means that the clinician relied on an instrument not designed to indicate PTSD and that is not valid for detecting those pretending to have PTSD. It sounds like (from the text above) they interviewed you then administered the instrument. Is this true? If they conducted an interview, then used an instrument to back up their perception they violated the American Psychological Association (APA) Ethical principles of psychologists and code of conduct (http://www.apa.org/ethics/code/principles.pdf) Code of Standards and Ethical Conduct and the American Mental Health Counselors Association (AMHCA) code of ethics (https://www.amhca.org/assets/news/AMHCA_Code_of_Ethics_2010_w_pagination_cxd_51110.pdf) by relying on the inappropriate use for an instrument beyond its designed intent to reach a biased conclusion. With some research, you could quote the sections. I don't  have time to look at each code to find the specific section numbers, but look for those that discuss what I've told you in this paragraph. I'm a PhD candidate in psychology with a focus on tests and measures (like the one they used to diagnose you). Copy the above text and add it to your response to the C&P exam and request a new exam. There is no way an instrument can indicate PTSD from a clinical perspective. If the instrument was administered before you were interviewed, the results were biased and therefore invalid and a violation of several ethical codes. The person that conducted the review should be reported to his or her state certification board for this violation and for creating harm (there is a provision for non-malfeasance in the codes as well) as a result of this action. Nail them to the wall for it, then get another evaluation. Also, from reading the interview notes it appears you've had a history of issues leading up to your present state. The interviewer is giving a whole person picture that doesn't look good for indicating that PTSD was caused by the incident in the military alone. If the interviewer was not using the Clinician-Administered PTSD Scale (CAPS) (generally accepted for use in detecting PTSD by structured interview), they appear to have used an instrument they were familiar with or trained to use. They used a hammer to drive a screw because it was the only tool in the toolbox. This is all I have time to provide, but should give you an argument to get another C&P.
  5. I sent an email to Secretary McDonald.
  6. Sorry guys - was off-line for a while. The decision was made 23 Dec 2015, and I did upload the missing documents to get to that point. I also had to email the VA boss to get them to act on the evidence. I'm wondering, though that I haven't received a copy of the decision yet (as of today, 22 Jan 2016). I found a fax number (248-524-4260) and was told to send a letter with a signature to request it. Is this true? Thanks!
  7. Student Loans Discharged!

    At what rate was the discharged taxed? If considered income, did the IRS allow the tax debt to be spread out over time?
  8. Preparation for Decision. Ok....

    At least if they are bouncing around between different status, they're not sitting gathering dust.
  9. BVA EED appeal complete

    I would think you should see it as the effective date on the disability tab of your dashboard.
  10. 100% P&T - Merry Christmas!

    Thanks, Raimond. I have a draft NOD already typed - don't even have the BBE yet!
  11. Mine did the same thing last week. Turns out it had been decided and was moved to Historical Appeals.
  12. Stressed again

    I sent a few emails this summer and had positive reactions. I suggest a well-worded, succinct email that tells the story and gets to the point quickly. Use the 'silver bullet' wisely.
  13. Bva Hearing Issues

    Great to hear of more success in the family! Congrats and keep fighting.
  14. Preparation for Decision. Ok....

    It could also be treated as presumptive depending on the evidence you provided. You never know - could be quick.