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    • Yes I was and am still on FERS disability. Technically i was separated from my federal job because i medically disqualified from the military for a leg injury. I was what you call a dual status technician, sometimes called an ART. It was mandatory that I apply for SSDI under FERS rules, but was denied of course! I was still employed when i was told to apply.  As far as other etiologies, i saw a well known ENT firm for a while and after bunch of tests they diagnosed me with menieres. I then went to Dr Ellis for the nexus letter. The only problem i think i have is that even though i was in uniform Mon-Fri and still doing the exact same thing as i did when active duty, technically i was only "military" 2 days month or when on special orders. That and no vestibular problems are mentioned in my military med records. We all lied to keep our flying qualifications! Ive kinda put off the SSDI project for after my VA and OWCP stuff is finished.      
    • Q1  -  I am trying to get a general idea how long it is generally takes to be scheduled a DRO Hearing date for a NOD claim.  My hearing happens to be in Waco. I filed my NOD in Nov 2012 and requested a DRO. My case was sent to Jansville even though I'm within the WACO VARO area.  I Received the SOC 9 Apr 2015.... ...so about 29 months from filing the NOD to receiving the SOC.   Semper Fi
    • Question.....were you on FERS disability when you left federal employment due to the  menieres ? If so, because of FERS, did you also apply for and receive SSDI solely for the Meniere's disease? It is an excellent IMO. I am assuming that all other possible etiologies have been ruled out.
    • Hi Wayne - We probably go to the same VAMC!  I've been to the Dallas VAMC sleep clinic twice and all they do is check how many nights you've used your CPAP (I think she just plugged a wire into the machine and didn't even use an SD-Card).  She asked a couple of questions about how I'm sleeping and do I feel drowsy while driving, after eating, ect., then asked if I had any questions, or if I needed any thing else.  I told her that I needed a new face mask since mine was a year old.  She put the order in and I just went downstairs and picked up a new face mask and hose. I wouldn't worry about "losing" your rating... the important thing is to keep using your CPAP!  Semper Fi
    • I forgot to answer your question "So my question is, how do I proceed with my appeal?  Should I go to a civilian doctor and get more documentation or should I go to the VA medical clinic?  " You need to provide medical  evidence that overcomes each denial.I assume they gave you reasons for each denial. Did they say you were denied because you missed the C & P exams? If it is a question of a denial due to lack of an inservice nexus, no civilian doctor or VA medical clinic is going to be much help with that,in my opinion. Then again I have no idea what those 22 other contentions were for.  





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Stu Pidasso

Mental Health C&p Exam

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Hello everyone,

I have not been on here to post anything in a while, but I have been reading and learning. I had my physical C&P done today and my Mental Health exam done in February. While I was at the VA I figured I would go ahead and stop by the release of information office and get my C&P write up. I would appreciate any insight on what my rating may be, and any guess on when I may get my rating. I know none of us every really knows what the system is going to do, but a little peace of mind goes a long way. Thanks.

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Stu,

I read your attached C&P letter and it is obvious that the doctor beleives you have severe PTSD. His 'More likely than Not occured due to Iraq service" comments gives you the benifit of doubt that the PTSD is service connected, thus the VA will be hard pressed to not accept this as a valid claim.

As to your rating that will be determined using all evidence the VA has, including this C&P and any military or civilian medical records it has. I would hazard a guess, using the VA rating tables (see this LINK) that you lie between the 30% and 70% range.

As to how long it will take? Could be as little as a few months. Could be many years. Really depends on your specific case, how many other issues you are claiming, wether mistakes are made on the claim (by you or the VA) and wether you have to file a NOD or appeal.

I wish you good tidings in resolving your issues so that you can properly function again. That has been my goal from day one with my depression. Has been a 10+ year battle, but I am gaining a little ground each day.

Take care.

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Stu,

I believe this came from a MH professional which is good.

For clarification, regarding a post in this thread "the benefit of doubt" is

not for application in this situation or with the evidence shown in the post.

This progress note clearly shows a diagnosis of PTSD and a nexus that it

is the result of active duty service.

Here is a link to the schedule for rating MH disability's at the different

percentage levels.

These were not addressed very well in the Progress Note, in my opinion.

http://edocket.access.gpo.gov/cfr_2009/julqtr/pdf/38cfr4.130.pdf

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Are you working and if nt how long since you were able to work. Do you get Social Security and if not working you should apply for it.

Good Luck

It appears that you have PTSD linked to your service by this C&P.

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I have not worked since last March. I am currently in school trying to change my skill set so I can get a different job. I have some physical issues as well. My C&P exam was done for the physical stuff yesterday. It was discovered from an x-ray yesterday that I have arthritis in my spine. In my claim letter I mentioned a ruptured vertebrae in my cervical spine area. I was not aware of the arthritis. I hated to hear that. My mental health C&P exam was done by a psychologist. She works for the the VA. I did not think that she like me very much and she had me worried. I suppose I made her a bit nervous.

Are you working and if nt how long since you were able to work. Do you get Social Security and if not working you should apply for it.

Good Luck

It appears that you have PTSD linked to your service by this C&P.

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