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    • Question about NOD wait time after applying.
      I filed my NOD November 2014 and I inquired through IRIS and Under Secretary for Benefits in January 2016.  I got a hearing February 2016 with WACO.  I had the DRO hearing and I think it went well BUT now I am awaiting the decision for over 3 months. WACO is about 12-24 months for a DRO hearing. Did you request a DRO hearing in your NOD?
    • PTSD-MST Treatment(s)
      Yes - please utilize the above link- I had to write the statement for the Parole Board to assist in denying the parole for this inmate.  I made a lot of mistakes with my claim but self education has been essential and being proactive. God Bless.
    • PTSD-MST Treatment(s)
      mkah - check out this article  How to Write a Stressor Statement for a PTSD Claim for Veterans Disability Compensation
    • PTSD-MST Treatment(s)
      Thank you for those kind words.   Do you think I should fill out a victim impact statement and upload it to my claim?  Or was this a state document fir the rape? If so, where would I get one electronically?   Thank you again, I still have four more weeks of Prolonged Exposure therapy.   Mark
    • PTSD-MST Treatment(s)
      Hi - I would like to add to this discussion without telling my 'torrid" story again - see above - Hope this is ok:  I got a call from the DRO examiner Houston TX -5/25/16  filed an NOD 4/2014 for an increase from 50%-70% since i did not add a Victim Impact Statement to my original claim in 2010 - I had to go through the PTSD program before I was able to write it.  This Victim Impact Statement got the inmate a 5 year denial as stated above, so he will not have another hearing until 2018 - that is the parole I am attempting to block - Permanently ( looking good should be completed by December 2016) I am stating all this to let you know the DRO called me and said"I have been thinking of you all day long, ever since I read your horrific claims file and your assault."  I was astonished as she related some of the detail I personally wanted notice and she acknowledged them- Validation in a sense.  I did get the increase to 70% PTSD ( Dr Vallett's IMO) and the Pending Depression at 30 % Panic D/O 30% =VA  90% and to my surprize she added the IU , since I had not worked in 3 years- The Depression and Panic were secondary to PTSD - I had filed a month or so later, so this along with the IU are still pending but since the DRO initiated this I am more positive it will go faster. ( DRO took 370 days -)     I retired from the Navy Reserves- 22 years and from Occupational Therapy after 20 due to an injury.  SSDI X 3 years -  This is not in any way a bravado type story, but I am grateful that my validation for my rape and attempted murder and ongoing harassment has finally been recognized. - Cathartic in a sense   as .... Buck52/ Broncovet / Berta/T-Bird say - Never  give up!   
    • I DON'T UNDERSTAND THIS NEED HELP !!!
      I'm in the process myself for claiming PTSD (MST) - You need to file a 21-0781a form with all the details you can recall, even if it hurts or is infuriating, there's all sorts of calming techniques that may help you concentrate to put all this down on paper. If you are seeing a Social Worker for PTSD, then you should be able to include that info, as well as any other evidence you can muster.
    • New guy here!
      Alright, so now, it is Memorial Day, I've got to break this habit of daily e-bennies check, strangely enough, today was the day that the status had changed to "Requested Documents are Past Due." I am just assuming that this is the C&P from QTC a little over two weeks ago...I should follow up with and give them a call (QTC) right? 482 Days since I submitted an ITF, and 326 days since my claims have been received. I know that I'm probably/possibly not done with C&P exams at this point either, especially since the evidence on hand for the issues I'm claiming for SC aren't descriptive like the Encyclopedia Britannica Of which, are only buddy statements. *tap* *tap* *tap*....at least it's being taken care of now instead of 20+ years down the road (for this initial process anyways) Oh, and to anyone who didn't know, this is not my first filing. I went through the IPEB/IDES/MEB while on AD. Naive as I had been, it was still wrong for those people who were assigned to help and guide a young buck through a portal to hell like they did, and probably still do to this day. I'm curious now though, to any information regarding persons who have also been through CL's MEB and found themselves backtracking claims to collect errors or input overlooked claims/injuries.
    • Miss Figured EED?
      Note: some of these dates maybe off..I need my C-file to compare the EED. And how they gave the EED. From what date did they start it is my main question. if they said they started it from 1998  that is CUE  because I know they didn't.....the first time this disability arose is when I had emergency surgery from the VAMC for Appendix surgery.I was sent to..the Audiology & Doc did a hearing test on me  and that was back in the 80's He stated my hearing was bad enough to receive Compensation and hearing aids...but I was working and never consider filing a claim until it got worse  in 1997..1998 is when I first filed for  the noise indused hearing loss...and tinnitus.....the tinnitus shows to be awarded a year before the hearing loss...which is all untrue  they awarded the tinnitus when I won the DRO Hearing.2002/and awarded the IU IN 2003..if they have all these records  the records will show I am right..if they don't have these records in my C-file  something is up with that...its not that much retro for them to be shredding these records if that's the case? I remember Flip mention they cheated me out of years of retro  on the 50% as well as the IU BEING PAID AT THE 100% Rate. But these dates I put up here is just my recollection from my memory and they could be off   so I need my C-file to do anything  if the VA is correct on the dates and I have no evidence to raise a fuss..Then yeah I will not file a Claim or reopen to fix this  EED I am Contesting since I seen that 1998 start date for the 50% on my 70% PTSD Award letter this year. I do have an ITF open started  back in Jan of this year. If i get my C-file and these records can prove my evidence is right and VA Cue...I will submit the INT...so hope I GET MY c-file in time.?? So hopefully by the time I get my C-file  I hope Asknod is crediting with his Aurthrozition/Certified to help Veterans.   ..............Buck
    • Miss Figured EED?
      forgot to suggest...you can ask them for an Audit. Then again they make a lot of audit errors. I got an audit after Regional Counsel Cued them on a claim I had that they refused to apply the proper regs to. In the audit however, it revealed that although they had to pay me 28 thousand, they forgot somehow an  additional 11 thousand too.  I sent them my handwritten calculations and they fixed that error very fast. They didn't want the Regional Counsel calling another CUE on them. Audits are deceiving because they look like the were done right. I have personally experienced however that VA does not know how to add,subtract, multiply ,or divide, in addition to being unable to read.
    • Miss Figured EED?
      Ms Berta the Veteran is me  and this was for my Military as Noise Ind used Hearing loss  and it has got so profound  it keeps me from doing my job I was trained to do after 25 years or so. I believe you and Flip help me with this claim back then here on Hadit...Flip and I corresponded by email back then and he talk with my spouse on the phone. Flip was the one that mention they messed up big time on the EED...ABOUT 18.000.00 Worth...but I was so happy I won the claim I forgot to submit the NOD...as Flip was upset pretty good that I choose a DAV SO to go with me to my DRO Hearing...if I had known now what I didn't know back then  things would be a lot different. Flip is enjoying his life now and got off Hadit...I hate to ask him for his help...I have my C-file on order...This has nothing to do with my recent PTSD Claim. altho they did give me SMC S1  H,B. and  rating at 100% I can't do anything until I get my C-FILE  and even then some of my records of this  may  may not not be  be there...since they took off that 1998 50% rating on myhealthvet.   .............Buck

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Claim For Depression

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hello all, just want to know if anyone has put in a claim for depression due to chronic pain. I am SC with back and both knees replaced and have been on pain meds for years. Looking for a little direction thanks

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hello all, just want to know if anyone has put in a claim for depression due to chronic pain. I am SC with back and both knees replaced and have been on pain meds for years. Looking for a little direction thanks

if it was me going through all that service connected pain i wouldnt

hesitate to file for depression. have you been seeing a doctor about it?

you know how they are they are going to want some evidence . are

you taking anti depressants . i have heard somewhere you have to be

careful about taking anti depressants and pain meds. that would be another

matter going for you. i would try at least , but you are going to need

i believe some medical evidence. im saying if it were me.

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Due to chronic headaches I filed for depression also and won both claims.

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I succesfully filed for depression as secondary due to chronic pain, because I could not enjoy doing the things I used to do in the past like play golf or any sports. You do need to get it documented by going to your Dr and explaining the problems you are having. Your Dr. should then set you up with an evaluation and prescribe some type of anti depressent. Look at the rating criteria for depression and the different categories. Let the Doc know if you are having problems sleeping, anxiety or panic attacks...ect. They only rated me at 10% for my major depression, so I currently have an appeal in. Documentation is the most important thing and have take your time. Build the case before you submit to the VA. If it is weak, they will just deny and then you're fighting an up hill battle. Good luck!

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I have several claims secondary to my sc'ed condition, I put in for depression with anxiety, they granted adjustment disorder with mood disorder . When you are going Psych. choose your words carefully they can twist almost any disorder into a personality disorder which gets a big fat donut.

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Last year I was diagnosed with a Mood Disorder due to a General Medical Condition. The general medical conditions are IVDS, DDD, Spinal Stenosis, and bilateral knee pain. I then got my PCP to sign a nexus letter stating that the mood disorder was "at least as likely as not" related to the above conditions. I then filed for this as secondary to the above mentioned (already service connecte) condition. I was rated at 30% for this condition, and that was a low ball rating that is currently on appeal.

If you have these conditions sc'd already, then get the diagnosis from your PCP and the MH clinic at your VAMC. Get a RX for the depression, and start getting counseling. This can and does help the condition. Then get a nexus form signed. Then once you have all of this, and some medical records built up, file the claim. For information on the rating exam and criteria, click the link in my signature that says mental health claim repository.

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I was granted by BVA, entitlement to sc for status post lumbar fusion due to lumbar spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis and left sciatica, based on secondary aggra by the service connected left knee disorder. VARO then gave me a half a----s rating combined of 30%. (10% bilateral knee arthritis, 10% lumbar strain). I am pending DRO denovo review, because I feel the VARO low balled me on the rating. Because my claim reverts to 2001 under the old criteria, I've ask for 60% for IVDS(no fricken lumbar strain) and 20% left leg sciatica. My VA Outpat PCP tries to make me referral appt to mental health for depression, I just have not been able to cross the threshold. So I've been refusing the referral. It is all in VA med records. However, I am in deep sush and getting deeper. I am able to associate with immediate family, but no outside friends. I know I could use the help, I just can't make it to mental health. I could sure use the extra comp money as kids in high school and college. My BVA appeal was so dang long. I'm just so tired, but I know I can never settle for the VA screwing me. My knees and back are killing me. Lastly, been waiting almost 2 months (VA podiatry) for left foot brace as I have slight drop foot. Probably should be rated for that, also.

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Hello, to y'all, Roadking and VMO, a freindly thought regards 'crossing the threshold'. Took me several years after service to do the same. My PCP asked me standard 30 questions when attending a regular appointment. Surprised me that it popped out of my mouth, that I was sad.

Got the referral, then near three months of personal delay being nervous bout bringing up ghosts my first VA psych* c&p 'personality disorder'. The regular VA appointment was very introductory, all about me, family and service background (the basics). Much better than the c&p psych exam years earlier, clueless what to expect, that was a washout.

Having so many medical appointments to attend to really depressed and continues to depress me - SC lumbar, ddd, orthodics, vascular, jaw, mst, etc. Now I have a psych/meds and counselor/talking. Last year or so, many VA visits documented and claim well supported, helped me replace the earlier *'personality disorder' diagnosis to 'major depression.' 30% nearly a decade after service.

Thanks to Hadit, I recieve compensation benefits for depression by being here and staying proactive in getting VA benefits due me.

I hope you too get whats due you, really good advice on the replies posted before me!

Best to ya,

Cg

I was granted by BVA, entitlement to sc for status post lumbar fusion due to lumbar spinal stenosis and spondylolisthesis and left sciatica, based on secondary aggra by the service connected left knee disorder. VARO then gave me a half a----s rating combined of 30%. (10% bilateral knee arthritis, 10% lumbar strain). I am pending DRO denovo review, because I feel the VARO low balled me on the rating. Because my claim reverts to 2001 under the old criteria, I've ask for 60% for IVDS(no fricken lumbar strain) and 20% left leg sciatica. My VA Outpat PCP tries to make me referral appt to mental health for depression, I just have not been able to cross the threshold. So I've been refusing the referral. It is all in VA med records. However, I am in deep sush and getting deeper. I am able to associate with immediate family, but no outside friends. I know I could use the help, I just can't make it to mental health. I could sure use the extra comp money as kids in high school and college. My BVA appeal was so dang long. I'm just so tired, but I know I can never settle for the VA screwing me. My knees and back are killing me. Lastly, been waiting almost 2 months (VA podiatry) for left foot brace as I have slight drop foot. Probably should be rated for that, also.
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Are symptoms of depression, PTSD, and mood disorders treated as three different claimable conditions and reconized by the VA??

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Are symptoms of depression, PTSD, and mood disorders treated as three different claimable conditions and reconized by the VA??

Comp will only be paid for one MH issue no matter how many they say you have.

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Are symptoms of depression, PTSD, and mood disorders treated as three different claimable conditions and reconized by the VA??

If you have been diagnosed with PTSD, depression, and anxiety--you will only be compensated for one mental disability. The most dominant disability will be be evaluated. For instance, in the above scenario, if PTSD is the major illness--the diagnosis will be PTSD to include depression and anxiety, or PTSD with symptoms of depression and anxiety.

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