What is the Purple Heart for? That may well be a good starting point for your PTSD claim. Same goes for the MVA in country. As for the Tinnitus, that should be a fairly easy one, since a majority of the tinnitus claims are solely awarded/granted based on your MOS. Being a 03hump-a-lot and 3 tours in the sand would certainly have exposed you to enough gun fire and various loud combat noises to damage your hearing. There is no test for it, since it is internal nerve damage, basically only you can hear it in your head. They may do a hearing test to see if you have hearing loss, which can easily be checked by comparing to your hearing tests from boot camp or the MEPS exams, which should be in your SMR.
VA is very reluctant to Award MH Conditions as T & P. Probably 99.9% of MH Private & VA Clinicians believe with a great deal of certainty, ALL MH conditions can improve with a combination of Therapy & RX's.
Age doesn't come into play with IU, but it does as far a Scheduling future Exams if over 55. You maintain your SC % past 60/65, T & P is pretty much a lock.
If your under 55, getting the T & P on appeal is uphill, file the NOD, you got the time.
You got the SMC S (1) because a sharp eyed Rater realized your PTSD was now considered as 100% from the IU Award and your non-IU considered SC's totaled 60% Combined, making you Scheduler Eligible for SMC S, no Dr's Housebound Application necessary.
Well look and see if they say why the turned you down? if good reason then that's up to you to report it!
but if its not enough retro or some B.S. Like That I'd sure let the organization know about it and give out the name of that''NOVA'' Attorney' that turned you down or failed to help you in anyway with your claim.
I'm not sure if this is the correct address for complaints or not?
but it should get someones attention!
1775 EYE STREET NW, STE 1150
WASHINGTON, DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA 20006