Jfrei: Everyone's situation is different for SSDI based on their individual disabilities & "abilities" to work, along with their work history.
My SSDI was approved in two months just for a comparison - zero back pay of course, but mine was "Bilateral thumbs" , because it was both - that made the difference. Also I had been in the same job 40 years helped.
"IF" I could have waited longer it would mean I could collect $500 more per month - so instead of $1800 - I would get $2300.(based on what I paid in) There is a calculator for the dollar amounts on your individual account on socialsecurity.gov. Good Luck!
Wil, I kinda disagree, with what I think your "get my drift" take is here.
I tell the SC Vet's I'm in contact with to remember, "everything you say, can and will be used against you." By that, I mean not to tell the VA Nurse or Clinician that your better than you are, everything you say regarding symptoms, ends up in your treatment notes. Using the "10% Rule," we have to consider that around 10% of all Vets receiving or applying for SC Comp are Malingerers. Can't say I know of any Vet that would condone Malingering, whether or not they'd "Eat Cheese" on the Malingerer, could be a different story.
How long had the PTSD Claim been pending? "Just Awarded PTSD @ 100%," would be very interesting to read a redacted copy of the PTSD Award Letter. This Award doesn't wipe out your SC Depression, just includes it in the PTSD Rating.
100% PTSD, you've been under a VA Psychiatrist care for some time, right? How long ago did the VMC Psychiatrist or Psychologist give you a PTSD DX? If this Private or VMC PTSD DX has been in place for any period of time, a Secondary SA to PTSD should be considered.
Excluding your 100% PTSD SC, I don't believe your other SC's Combine to 60% using VA Math. If that's the case, an additional SMC S (1) Award (Statutory Housebound) won't be included at this time.
Strictly my personal opinion now, based on having been successful doing exactly what I'm recommending you do today. I would file a New E-Ben Secondary FDC, SA to your PTSD. I did exactly the same thing back in 14, got a Denial Letter and an Award Letter within 2 days of each other.
thank you - it's been a wonderful journey - i always thought if i can help one veteran not go through the bs i did than i was a success. the site has helped so many because so many care about their brothers and sisters that our they dedicate their time to help one another it's a beautiful thing.