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    • As Berta noted, its really the information they want that is contained on the form, that happens to have "PTSD" in the title.   There isn't a "Statement in Support of Claim for Stressors, but not PTSD stressors" form yet :)
    • IF you have any saved letters from your wife (vice versa), photos etc that could help, as could your medical records.  Medical records are frequently used to put people in RVN with no other evidence to do so. 
    • Wayne, Buck has been intimating that the VA is cracking down on the SA compensations. Perhaps they feel that folks aren't using the machines and/or tampering with the results. They are ever looking for ways to reduce fraud.  That said, it's about my health. The machine literally reduces my apneas to normal levels. I sleep better, I feel better and many symptoms are improving. My doctor tells me that I will return to very severe OSA without using it. Oh and by the way, my wife will sleep in the same room again. I suppose a yearly visit to the VA with the machine is worth the peace of mind and the compensation.
    • The VA started what is called the National Work Queue.  In theory, claims will stay with the ROJ as much as possible, but may be sent to another office depending on the load there, in an effort to improve timeliness.    In reality, this may not happen.  As a result, your claim has been shifting from one office to the next, depending on the state of the claim, and may be bounced around quite a bit before the claim is completely done.   Appeals are not being worked under the NWQ at the moment.   You can search google for more information on NWQ.
    • EODCMC......I was told to bring my CPAP to VAMC in on my first anniversary date.......doesn't make a lot of sense to me either if all there going to do is extract a chip and replace with a new one. I assume the chip is not easy to locate or retrieve and that they need to insert a new one anyway to insure functionality.  I am assuming you just walk in with the CPAP, they extract what they need and then add a new chip, and you return home with it same day for that night.  Has anyone actually experienced bringing in their CPAP to a VAMC Sleep Study Lab and exactly what takes place there? I doubt they're able to monitor from my home, which is a great advantage for you EODCMC, since they said bring the hardware with me.  





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Ptsd Increase

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I'm currently at 30% for PTSD, and I'm ready to file for an increase. Nightmares have gotten worse, insomnia is the norm, intrusive thoughts throughout the day, bouncing from job to job, realtionship with the wife is getting rockier by the day, etc. (you get the picture) My question is will another C&P exam need to be performed? I am currently receiving counseling from a VA social worker twice monthly and have a VA shrink dispensing the meds, so my file would be an open book for them to review. Any info you can give me would be greatly appreciated.

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Yes they will probably do another C&P exam if they intend to increase it. No C&P usually means no increase.

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Yes they will probably do another C&P exam if they intend to increase it. No C&P usually means no increase.

what about if the request for increase is within 30 days of your rating?

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If you are serious about an increase you should get an independent medical opinion that should state that your PTSD has gotten worse. The IMO needs access to your VA medical records. He does not need your SMR's since you have already been SC'ed for PTSD. What you want to show is that your PTSD symptoms have gotten worse and that you are more disabled than you were when you got 30% rating. You should get a copy of the VA PTSD Exam format, and what the differences between a 30%, 50% and 70-100% ratings are for the VA. Your VA doctor is not interested in helping you get more compensation. He just treats you. You have to connect the dots to show you have gotten worse. If you depend just on the VA you may be at 30% for many years to come.

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You dont necessary have to have a C&P to get a increase for PTSD.If you got a IMO and a VA pyschiartist write a letter that your ptsd syptoms have worsen and you are being treated you can get a increase.ITs all about evidence that you get from a medical professional.

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what about if the request for increase is within 30 days of your rating?

If you have medical evidence, then ask for a reconsideration.

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