Jato, the VA DBQ has been around for many years, Vet's didn't have easy access to them until about 12 or so.
The VA Rating Dept decides what C & P Exams, if any, are necessary. The request is then ordered for a C & P Examiner usually a Dr (MD/DO, Specialist or PA) to complete the Condition Specific DBQ.
A 4 page IMO, as long as addresses all the VA DBQ Specific Questions and is supportive of your claim, can only help. As to the Dr writing the IMO, his Credentials are very important. Is a Board Certified Specialist in the condition your trying to get SC'd?
You mention an FDC, if it's already filed and you subsequently provide additional Evidence, that can and probably will move your FDC to the Reg A$$ Claim Line, maybe not, you tell us.
Buck, have you googled the unit you were in, when in Germany?
It amazes me how many units are on line these days and many contain unit histories, times and dates, as well as forums and even Reunion areas whereby one might find a buddy.
I also assume you searched for any Arrival and Destination logs in your personnel file but then again those entries might not help in every case.
I remember I had to bring my c-pap back in after the 1st 30 days of use, I took the machine to the sleep clinic and told he clerk I was suppose to bring the machine back within 30 days its been 30 days as of yesterday so here is the machine,
she took it and got the sims card out and that was it she said thats all just take the machine back home and use it every night...so I am guessing there's another card in the machine some where?
then after a few days I looked on my progress notes and seen where the sleep tech wrote my dates of usage/ (hours used nightly) and the apneas I had and how long they lasted and listed them as moderate...since then I ain't heard a word from the sleep clinic thats been about 10 moths ago.
I too sleep better with the machine. keep it clean change out filters about ever 4 or 5 weeks because when I do the filter still looks clean i guess we can't see the dust in the filter? because some times I can see dust on my dresser.
As for as intimidated veterans with c-pap I don't mean it that way I just want to make sure vets get a fair deal and be wise to the VA ..If you use your machine every night then you should not worry. and especially if it helps you sleep better that's the main reason.
I guess I don't understand your post? what is it that your asking?
Is it you don't want to have a PTSD Diagnoses?
With PTSD Claims you will need to verify your in service stressor's this is the reason you have PTSD.
Do you want a MH claim? or to have your MH Claim not to have you listed with PTSD?
They are other means of MH not to be consider PTSD like MMD or Depression, Unspecific Disorder's ect,,ect,,,
''On statement in support of claim'' this is where you can write down your stressor's use extra sheets of paper if needed attach it to the form tell your story of the event time and place.
you don't need to answer each and every question on the form just leave it blank or just put''does not apply''
Use buddy statements they will help verify these events or records of morning reports, Duty reports MOS Any type of Gov document that puts you in the time a place of the claimed event.
PTSD is nothing to be Ashamed of it happens to millions of soldiers, and you should be compensated for your service & sacrifice to your country.