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    • They are saying that the evidence you sent to them is what they had when they denied in the past, for the foot condition. Also the two stressors you mentioned in the Anxiety depression pdf. have nothing, as far as I can tell here, to do with your military service. If you have definitive proof in your SMRs that you were diagnosed and/or treated for the foot condition inservice,with continuous treatment records, and have anything in the SMRs (or your military personnel record, )revealing evidence of an inservice stressor, that is what they need. We have topics here available under a search for what is and is not a stressor-for VA purposes.  
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    • Case manager's job us to assist the rating specialist with delaying your claim as long as possible, especially if the rating specialist can not think of a valid delay tactic.    Sometimes rookie raters can not think of a reason in the world to delay, and need help from CM.   In the event both can not figure out a valid dely method, the next best is to figure out an excuse to deny.   With Social Security, the CM is on the employee (social security) if the claim is delayed over 90 days, with VA, the CM complains to the VA employee if he gets too many claims done timely, and recommends retraining in the fine art of shredding Veterans evidence, then lying about it. 





Gridsmasher11

Ptsd Once Again Denied

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Friday morning I recieved the dreaded white envelope..It was my latest round of rubber stamped denials....There were more than one but the PTSD one concerns me and my VA psyche that I saw for a monthly appt on Friday afternoon....In the write up for the denial they conceded my stressor...

I quote" Review of your file showed that your combat stressor has been conceeded.Service medical records avaliable for review were negative for a diagnosis of posttraumitic stress disorder.

At your VA examination, the doctor reviewed your avaliable medical records.The examiner reported that although you have symptoms of posttraunitic stress disorder there was no evidence of persistently avoiding situations which remind you of the traumitic event.(I don't knoe what they want, I told the examiner that I detested the 4th of July, avoided crowds and would not join local Volunteer Fire Department because I couldn't face the possibility of encountering the smell of burnt human again..Plus no friends and spending hours alone).No diagnosis of post traumitic stress disorder was rendered.The diagnosis of major depressive disorder was supported by finding on examination.Service medical records were negative for a diagnosis of depression.

The claim for service connection for post traumitic stress disorder with depression is considered reopened.However, the evidence continues to show service connection is not shown by the service medical records or demonstrated by evidence following service.Therefore, service connection continues to be denied" end quote...

This has to be the biggest load of double talk and BS I have ever seen...My VA psychiatrist was astounded...And this is with a clear diagnosis of PTSD from her with a GAF of 55 2 days after my C&P and was 50 the month before...She said that my PTSD may be partially controlled but without the 3 antidepressants and sleep aids and lets not forget the nightmare medication that it is rampant and will probably always require medication.............I guess the good news is the conceding of my stressor..I don't think they even looked at my VA treatment records...Next week I will request a copy of my C-file and the C&P exam..Thinking about a lawyer for appeal..Also psyche suggested if I can get off worrk the 4 week inpatient course at Little Rock..Off the record said it would help claim and appealNow just seeing if I can get 4 weeks..Can't afford missing pay..Have enough leave to cover abot 2 1/2 weeks...Work for Feds so really don't have to worry about losing job with Docs note.......ANY HELP AND GUIDANCE WILL BE GREATLY APPRECIATED.......Grid

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Grid,

Yes, It is good that at least VBA states your stressor to combat

has been conceded.

Perhaps you can get your VA MH (psychiatrist) provider to write an addendum letter

that you can submit for reconsideration.

Keep in mind this does not stop the clock for the submission of a NOD.

carlie

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Carlie, thanks for the reply...i am already working on it..I have an appt. tommorow with my DAV rep to discuss options with him...Already getting paperwork together....Hopefully will be sending them paperwork within a month..Still considering getting a lawyer involved as I am not impressed with my DAV rep.....He never seems to have time to see me..Will talk to Shrink again in about a month..GRID

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Glad that you are making progress.

Never give up you earned the benefits

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If you have current DX of PTSD and the VA conceded stessor then it should only be a matter of rating effective date and %. Just hang in there and keep jumping throught hoops.

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Grid,

This sounds like the classic case of one medical opine versus the other. In my experiences as a VSR--and I stress "my experiences"--I can't tell you how many times I've seen a vet get his/her claim denied just because one medical opinion is believed to hold more "weight" against the other. I'm not sure what your psychiatrist is annotating in your records, but you should make sure he/she is properly documenting your condition. Get copies of your records from the hospital and check. If everything appears to be kosher, get a third medical opinion to support your claim and your psychiatrist's assessment. I instructed my father-in-law to do this, which he did, and he was finally approved for PTSD. Ask your psychiatrist if he/she can arrange this with one of his/her peers.

Hope this helps,

Mike

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