I am positive that you will find plenty of veterans to interview in Houston and the surrounding areas. Best of Luck with your endeavor.
I am from Louisiana and have to go to Shreveport, Louisiana VA Hospital "Overton Brooks" if you ever need someone from my area.
Just a few questions if I could ask them:
1) What specifically is it that you are aiming for?
a) C/P Exams in general
b) C/P Exams by Nurse's not by Doctors
c) C/P Exams where they do not use evidence to support claim, but rather only use what evidence they feel is needed for just that one exam.
2) How the VA does or will not send you to the proper Certified Medical Examiner?
a) How the VA uses Nurses to examine Veterans for a specific condition and not that of a certified medical doctor.
b) How the VA manipulates who is seen in orthopedics and when.
c) How C/P Nurses can falsely fill out a DBQ ( Disability Benefits Questionnaire ) that affects the outcome for Benefits and Retro-active pay.
3) How DRO or RO ( Decision Review Officer or Review Officer ) will send the Veteran for a Examination with a Nurse.
a) C/P Exams are done by nurse's now and does not have to be certified by a doctor.
b) C/P Examiners ( Nurses ) only have to pass the exam the VA gives on how to fill out the paperwork.
c) C/P Nurse Examiners are not Board Certified Medical Doctors
But in all instances the VA has decided to use the Nurses in place of Doctors and the outcome has shown that their lack of medical knowledge and experience affects the outcome of the veterans claim.
I am one of those who has been examined by Nurse's and on all three instances they did not have the medical background or experience to be giving Medical Opinions.
Here is a analogy that may help you understand the difference in Quality Care and Quanity Care.
Would you go to a eye doctor for a colon scope?
Would you go to a podiatrist for a heart by-pass?
Imagine your health care benefits for minute....
When you have problem with your back you go to a Orthopedic Doctor. They will run a MRI - Cat-Scan - X-rays to find the source of the problem and see if affects your legs with numbness or pain that radiates down your leg.
For most veterans they send us to x-ray and have the technician read the results. Not a Radiologist.
When it comes to your health Do you Trust a nurse playing Doctor or Do you Not trust their unknowledgeable and unexperienced Opinion?
Doing stories or news reports about veterans not being treated fairly is not the Top Headline Stories needed to turn the VA around. What is needed is to make the firing of wrong doers stick. And in my little opinion even knowing that VA supervisors can just go to court and the courts turn around and say that they can not be fired.
Well in all honesty if we Impeach the President and other Officials. We should in our own rights be able to Impeach any federal employee that has or repeatedly harmed my fellow american veterans and taken some of lifes with their dirty little tricks.
@Gastone 38 CFR 3.310 says this about secondary service connection:
"When service connection is thus established for a secondary condition, the secondary condition shall be considered a part of the original condition
so.....if I am reading this correctly, they ARE connecting the bladder to the PTSD/MST claim.
is important to recognize that certain types of chronic pain are more common in individuals who have experienced specific traumas. For example, adult survivors of physical, psychological, or sexual abuse tend to be more at risk for developing certain types of chronic pain later in their lives. The most common forms of chronic pain for survivors of these kinds of trauma involve: pain in the pelvis, lower back, face, and bladder; fibromyalgia; interstitial cystitis; and nonremitting whiplash syndromes (17).
my diagnosis for my bladder is intertstial cystitis. The above statement is directly from the VA.
Deliberate CUE Mistakes, a scary thought.
I've only been at this since 08 and this is the 1st claim out of about 9 Awards that I had an EED Issue with.
I prefer to believe that most Claims Decision Errors are the result of Raters that are less "Issue Specific" competent, than they should be. If it weren't for the VA Quality Control Review of the 7/15 FDC Decision and a Mucho Quick VA Decision on my CUE Review Request, I'd be on the DRO Hearing Train again, last time, took 4.25 yrs.
A great (retired VA DRO) Detroit Marine Corps League Rep (DRO Hearing Specialist) recommended the request for "Cue Review." In error, I was somewhat skeptical regarding any type (Official or Unofficial) request for a Decision Review. Being only a month since the Decision Letter,I decided to give it a go. Worked out for me.
Thank you all for your insight. I had a C&P increase about 4 months ago and it eBenefits was still saying gathering evidence so I was just curious. I realize my RO is Chicago so I am assuming it takes much longer than my previous initial claim which was in Louisville.
This is the same dilemma I'm facing. Requested a copy of my brother's April 2016 C&P Exam. Completion date of 2/18 - 2/19 is noted on eBenefits. Review of this exam is crucial for Notice of Disagreement and supporting evidence for PTSD/Schizophrenia service connection. Even have a psychologist waiting in the wings to critique the exam when I get it. Looks like if and when it comes, it will be well past the 1-year deadline. The VA needs to address this wait problem. Veterans are entitled to receive their service medical records expeditiously.