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    • Question about NOD wait time after applying.
      Maybe so Navy4life &I agree every case is different but plays out with the same format (so-to-speak)  trying to get a decision/ rather a win or a denial...of course we all hope for a win.  When a Veteran takes the evidence to a Hearing  that is clear cut &'' IF THE DRO READS IT'' & Listens, Then no reason for a denial, A DRO has the Authorization to make a decision and expedite the claim then and there. Also a veteran can have a good Idea how the DRO Hearing went before he/she leaves the Hearing,as to rather or not it was a favorable hearing the repore (so to speak)   you have with the DRO and how the hearing went....the veteran is usually contacted within a 30 days time frame on a good favorable Hearing. After your off the Record  the DRO usually lets you know what the decision is or if its going to be in your favor, if he don't do that and says I'll get back to you within 60 days...that to me means he can't decide your claim and is being look at by his peers or  in the upper courts  or if your 60 days has elapse and no word  they probably going to remand it to the BVA. Unfortunately things do get lost in space at the VA...When this happens the only advise I can't think of is to call them 2 or 3 times a week and bug the heck out of them. Member Gastone has experience with the DRO Maybe he can chime in if you don't believe me. Anything that gets in the way of a decision (stand in DRO Unexperienced )is a bad luck of the draw in my opinion... and the DRO can't decide just jams up the whole process, in your case another newbe DRO took your case and he/she could not decide your claim then and there...so you wait for a decision? The standard now days with the VA. No one can give a time as to how long it takes for  them to come to a decision and why they don't get back to the veteran giving an explanation . So we wait. jmo .............Buck
    • My C&P Results and why i'm disturbed
      Based on your post, this should be good news, as far as compensation goes.  Once service connected, the VA uses symptoms, and ROM is a key factor.   If you do get to where you can no longer work, then you should apply for TDIU.  However, it may not be necessary if your increases are sufficient to get you to 100 percent without TDIU.   90%, however, is a tough place to be at.   It takes an additonal 50 percent rating to go from 90 percent to 100 percent, because of the fuzzy math.  This, however, may vary depending on how you got your 90 percent.   If you had a combined 94 percent, rounded to 90, then it will take less than if you had a combined 86% rounded up to 90.  
    • Increase of MRSA from 0%-? unknown, having c&p exam on tuesday
      Your effective date will be the date the doctor says the increase occurred, or the date you applied (for increase), with some exceptions.  Many of these exceptions benefit you.  For example, if you apply within a year of exit from service, your effective date should be the date you exited service.  
    • Hypertension(high Blood Pressure)
      I too get 0% for my SC'd HBP.  Controlled with medicine. I'm currently trying to get secondary for heart disease because of a couple abnormal ecgs, etc.. Hamslice  
    • Is this a cue?
      I have not read your file, but, based on your post, yes.  I hope Berta will chime in.  You may be treading new ground on an important legal issue.   The trouble may be, however, by you cancelling the appeal.  Even when a VA employee lies to you, and you base your decision on a VA employee lies, you are still held accountable, but never the VA employee who lied.  If the VA employee were to take the stand, expect him/her to lie again, and say he never told you to withdraw the appeal.  There is almost zero chance the VA employee will ever take the stand against you, in no small part because they do not hold employees accountable.   One thing you could try is reinstating the appeal.  Again, this is new ground to my knowledge.(which is limited).  Berta has a newer VBM and I wonder if it addresses this issue.   If you have a claim and an appeal for the same thing, and they insist you can only have (1) of these at the same time (not true), then cancel the claim, not the appeal as the appeal will yield an earlier effective date.  They tried this same 3 card monte with me!!!  Fortunately, I was represented by a lawyer and Im an avid hadit/elder and reader,  and I did not take the bait.   The ruse is the VA is saying, "Gee, you have an appeal and a claim going for the same thing.  This is redundandt and save us some work by withdrawing one of these"....the implication here is that the other will be approved.  I understand completely why you chose to withdraw the appeal and not the claim, because appeals take longer.  But this is an effective date killer.  VA wanted me to "apply AGAIN for a claim the VA failed to adjuticate back in 2004, when I had already brought that issue for appealate review, and the BVA simply ignored it, as it was not adjuticated AGAIN, but denied in a "rating sheet" that Veterans are not privy to until the Veteran receives a copy of the RBA.  I have NOT withdrawn the appeal, so I posit my claim is still pending.   One way your lawyer may suggest is to simply, as you suggest, CUE the effective date, since you have been awarded benefits.  I dont know if that is the best route to go.  The only way to determine that is to have a great, experienced VA lawyer review your file, and apply the case law to it.  There is much $$ at stake here.   Your's may well be an interesting and precedent setting case for the VA to not try this farce again.  I hope you get an attorney and make em pay.   You and your NOVA attorney should review your file, and determine if you should file a CUE, a 3.156 to reopen, and/or both.  
    • "Blue Screen of Death" at VAOIG.
      Again.   It took at least one Veteran's death. The "Candy Man" kills with a coctail of 14 drugs, including multiple opiates:   This time: WASHINGTON — A Senate investigation of poor health care at a Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tomah, Wis., found systemic failures in a VA inspector general’s review of the facility that raise questions about the internal watchdog’s ability to ensure adequate health care for veterans nationwide. The probe by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee found the inspector general’s office, which is charged with independently investigating VA complaints, discounted key evidence and witness testimony, needlessly narrowed its inquiry and has no standard for determining wrongdoing. Read full story here.SOURCE:  USA TODAY: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2016/05/31/senate-probe-finds-systemic-failures-va-inspector-general/85063032/
    • Mental Health C&P
      jlduty, I know I'm only one of a million Vets getting the shaft, but knowing that sure doesn't make me feel any less penned in and segregated from the herd.  Learned this weekend that I now have one less person to talk to, he thinks I talk too much, rambling on, and so forth.  At what age does a son stop seeking his Father's approval? Or is that something that you either have or don't have? I can recall only 2 C&P exams that I felt good about, and they were the 2 that got me bumped up in the past year or so.
    • Sleep Apnea Claim
      Yeah, SA is pretty much a half or nothing, or all or nothing kinda deal.  Which is one of the main reasons the VA probably resists it so much. I think SA or OSA with out Cpap should be 30%, with = 50% and O2 added in should be 70-100%, or  something like that.   Semper Fi
    • Question about NOD wait time after applying.
      Buck; im sorry but inhale to disagree with you regarding 'if the DRO says he will get back to you in 60 days that's not good'. Several factors play out in a DRO hearing. Not all DRO's are the same. My case in point. I had a 'stand in' DRO. WACO told me after speaking to my DAV rep that they are back logged regarding getting a decision. Some hearings go well and they are decided right away. I know for a fact after my hearing my case basically went and sat on a desk awaiting a DRO to review it.  My DAV rep spoke to the DRO who held my hearing and they indicated they are looking at 6-12 months for a decision. i know many years ago you had a quick turn around but not the case for all.    Wayne; unfortunatley you have to go through the process Lima most of us that had a lousy rater. My rater never looked at the evidence. He took this one examiner's two sentence note stating my injuries were not S/C. That foot never even looked at me. This was a medical opinion!  I have the evidence and I have more evidence as well. I got a lot of advice on this site. I chose an informal hearing BTW.   YOU WILL HAVE TO LEARN PATIENCE WITH THIS PROCESS!!! i know you know you should have been rated and most of us are or have been in the same boat   I've been waiting since the day I filed back in November 2014  I did inquire after one year like I stated in my earlier response to you   best of luck!  

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n3wyork13

50% Sc Ptsd, Increase Tdiu ** TRIGGERS **

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I am new here 1st post been getting information off from here since i filed my intial clam 2 years ago and was awarded the 50% sc for ptsd. I tried to use my Vet Officer at the VA here in Lafayette but he wasnt helpful, at all.

I havent worked since i got out in July of 2008 until recently i have had 3 jobs and lost them all im listing in the most recent order ( installing satellites i lost it for blowing up on a gas staion owner who is of middle eastern decen i was off my medication so i could function, before that fireworks job that i lost because someone broke in at night and i slept through it because of my meds, and the first one i lost for a confrontation with the boss). So my girlfriend has been forced to go back because i am unemployable. So i am going to file for an increase and TDIU and send them in at the same time. I have the paper work from the approval of my first claim i can post. I was 11B in OIF 06-08 here is a link to the events that took place

http://angryskipperassociation.org/demon_company_honor_roll.htm

I havent been going to shrink because i was working when i did go my girlfriend had to drive me b/c i dont drive since coming home, but i have a baby now and im at home with her on the days i can handle, sometimes we have to take her over to the sitter because some nights i wont get anysleep at all i just lay in the bed, i take my medicine and ill go to sleep but i wont be able to function and ill have to get her to the sitter anyway. So its like im damned if i do and damned i i dont. I definitly think i'll get the increase but im not sure about the TDIU or even if i should try.

Any and all advice appreciated.

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Welcome.

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I feel you my "BROTHER" now go-ahead and file for a increase and make you an appointment with your shrink,and tell he/she how your combat experience is effecting your everyday life and if your psychiatrist or psychologist stated you are unemployable due to your service connected PTSD,you could be rated a 100% for ptsd of you could get a increase to 70% and get the TDIU,which would make you a100%.Welcome Home and Thanks for your service to your country. GOOD LUCK!

mobie 16r

100% ptsd

Vietnam 1966-67-68

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If you have not been able to work in almost 4 years file for TDIU. Good luck!

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I'd pursue the TDIU and NOD the 50% that was awarded. If it's been over a year since the award, I'd use the excuse that your PTSD interferred w/your ability to assist much in your claim, causing the delay. I'd also CUE the 50% award stating it should have been higher and why. jmo

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Here is the letter I wrote to the VA so that they will give me the increase and TDIU. Hope it isnt to long for yall to read and i appreciate your time if you do read it. Let me know how it sounds and if i need to add anything. Also how do i word it when i tell them about the CUE?

On the 19th of February 2007, our patrol base located in Tarmiyah was attacked in force by insurgents. The attack began with small arms and RPG fire and culminated with an attack by a suicide car bomber. We were told that

the truck used in the attack was carrying 1000 lbs. of military grade

explosives. As a result, we lost two soldiers CPL Montrel S. McArn and SSG Pedro J. Colon. This was compounded by the loss we had experienced a day before to an insurgent sniper SPC Justin Paton.

On 12 April while on patrol in the market of Tarmiyah, I was the saw gunner in a HMMWVs when we stoped so RED 1(1LT Gwilym Newman) could talk with a shop owner. I was scanning the sector when i heard a loud crack I seen the LT had been hit, I immediatley startred spraying the M249 in all directions because i didnt know where the shot came from, the driver of the truck got out and they loaded his body onto the hood of the HMMVWs we drove back to the parol base with him bleeding all over the hood of the truck.

As soon as we got back inside the wire I jumped out the hatch and grabbed RED 1 under the arms while Spc Mclain secured his feet and we began to carry him in. While carrying him in the bullet had traveled through his helmet and his head out the back of the helmet and the exit wound was leaking all down the front of me. I remember bringing him into the medic they put him in the body bag and puyt it in the closet. After that I had to go back to the truck and get my M249 one the way back in seen a white piece of something on the ground i picked it up and i was a piece of RED 1s skull.

On 23 June 2007, one of our HMMWVs was struck by an IED outside our new patrol base at Hor Al Bosh. Inside were 1LT Dan Riordan, SGT Jimy Malone, SPC Joel House, and SPC Derek Calhoun. The blast was devastating and they were all taken instantly.

I was also involved in an IED blast as well as a mortar attack. When I first got to Iraq i hardly knew anyone these guys but after living with the in the patrol base I was close with all of them.

These events and state of mind I was in for those 15 months affect me numerous times everyday especially now that I have a daughter. My girlfriend has been forced to go back to work because i am unable to provide for our family.

Upon getting out of the military I have was unable to find employment of any nature for 3 years, recently I have had odd jobs here and there but I am unable to keep these jobs. I was working installing commercial satellites but alot of the owners are of middle eastern decent, I was working behind the counter one day and the owner said for me to get out of the way and i blew up on him and threatened to kill him. My boss was understanding because of my condition, but told me that i should not continue doing this kind of work because I am going to run into this problem alot. Before this job I had only a seasonal postion at a fireworks stand, I was running the tent, My boss wasnt to sure about letting me run the tent because of my PTSD because of the amount of people coming in and out. We agreed to let me try it under the agreement that i would be taking my medicine. After i closed down one night someone broke into the tent and stole some merchandise, lighting them in the middle of the road 50 feet from the tent. The next morning the owner of the property we were leasing from came and questioned me and I knew nothing of it because I had taken my medicine the night before and was sound asleep. I finished the season at the stand (not taking medicine) and wasn't offered employment back the next season (December 2011).

A few nights a week I just lay in the bed and wait to go to sleep but I never do until its daylight outside. I don't drink beers or smoke marijuana anymore because i have a 6 month old daughter that I try to do the right thing for. I do feel a great sense of accomplishment from not using drugs or alcohol anymore. One of the few things that I have been able to get right. Some days my girlfriend will have to bring my daughter to the sitters because I am unable to care for her if I havent slept at all the night before or if I'm having a "PTSD day" as she calls them. I am continously depressed and anxious during the day pacing around the house looking out the window and checking the locks on the doors. I have had a few violent outbursts where I punched holes in the wall. Sometimes the littlest thing just sets me off or it can be nothing at all. I don't usually leave my house and if i do my girlfriend gets mad because I have not showered or shaved. When I'm out in public I become EXTREMLEY anxious and irritable. I just get the feeling that everyone is watching me.

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Here is the letter I wrote to the VA so that they will give me the increase and TDIU. Hope it isnt to long for yall to read and i appreciate your time if you do read it. Let me know how it sounds and if i need to add anything. Also how do i word it when i tell them about the CUE?

On the 19th of February 2007, our patrol base located in Tarmiyah was attacked in force by insurgents. The attack began with small arms and RPG fire and culminated with an attack by a suicide car bomber. We were told that

the truck used in the attack was carrying 1000 lbs. of military grade

explosives. As a result, we lost two soldiers CPL Montrel S. McArn and SSG Pedro J. Colon. This was compounded by the loss we had experienced a day before to an insurgent sniper SPC Justin Paton.

On 12 April while on patrol in the market of Tarmiyah, I was the saw gunner in a HMMWVs when we stoped so RED 1(1LT Gwilym Newman) could talk with a shop owner. I was scanning the sector when i heard a loud crack I seen the LT had been hit, I immediatley startred spraying the M249 in all directions because i didnt know where the shot came from, the driver of the truck got out and they loaded his body onto the hood of the HMMVWs we drove back to the parol base with him bleeding all over the hood of the truck.

As soon as we got back inside the wire I jumped out the hatch and grabbed RED 1 under the arms while Spc Mclain secured his feet and we began to carry him in. While carrying him in the bullet had traveled through his helmet and his head out the back of the helmet and the exit wound was leaking all down the front of me. I remember bringing him into the medic they put him in the body bag and puyt it in the closet. After that I had to go back to the truck and get my M249 one the way back in seen a white piece of something on the ground i picked it up and i was a piece of RED 1s skull.

On 23 June 2007, one of our HMMWVs was struck by an IED outside our new patrol base at Hor Al Bosh. Inside were 1LT Dan Riordan, SGT Jimy Malone, SPC Joel House, and SPC Derek Calhoun. The blast was devastating and they were all taken instantly.

I was also involved in an IED blast as well as a mortar attack. When I first got to Iraq i hardly knew anyone these guys but after living with the in the patrol base I was close with all of them.

ABSOLUTELY NONE OF THE ABOVE WILL BE CONSIDERED IN YOUR CLAIM FOR INCREASE FOR PTSD.

These events and state of mind I was in for those 15 months affect me numerous times everyday especially now that I have a daughter. My girlfriend has been forced to go back to work because i am unable to provide for our family.

Upon getting out of the military I have was unable to find employment of any nature for 3 years, recently I have had odd jobs here and there but I am unable to keep these jobs. I was working installing commercial satellites but alot of the owners are of middle eastern decent, I was working behind the counter one day and the owner said for me to get out of the way and i blew up on him and threatened to kill him. My boss was understanding because of my condition, but told me that i should not continue doing this kind of work because I am going to run into this problem alot. Before this job I had only a seasonal postion at a fireworks stand, I was running the tent, My boss wasnt to sure about letting me run the tent because of my PTSD because of the amount of people coming in and out. We agreed to let me try it under the agreement that i would be taking my medicine. After i closed down one night someone broke into the tent and stole some merchandise, lighting them in the middle of the road 50 feet from the tent. The next morning the owner of the property we were leasing from came and questioned me and I knew nothing of it because I had taken my medicine the night before and was sound asleep. I finished the season at the stand (not taking medicine) and wasn't offered employment back the next season (December 2011).

A few nights a week I just lay in the bed and wait to go to sleep but I never do until its daylight outside. I don't drink beers or smoke marijuana anymore because i have a 6 month old daughter that I try to do the right thing for. I do feel a great sense of accomplishment from not using drugs or alcohol anymore. One of the few things that I have been able to get right. Some days my girlfriend will have to bring my daughter to the sitters because I am unable to care for her if I havent slept at all the night before or if I'm having a "PTSD day" as she calls them. I am continously depressed and anxious during the day pacing around the house looking out the window and checking the locks on the doors. I have had a few violent outbursts where I punched holes in the wall. Sometimes the littlest thing just sets me off or it can be nothing at all. I don't usually leave my house and if i do my girlfriend gets mad because I have not showered or shaved. When I'm out in public I become EXTREMLEY anxious and irritable. I just get the feeling that everyone is watching me.

ALL OF THE ABOVE NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED BY A MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONAL.

IF ANYTHING I WOULD BE SURE TO FILL OUT AND SUBMIT A 21-8940 FOR IU - IF YOU HAVEN'T

DONE SO YET.

ALSO - I have edited your topic title only to add the word TRIGGER -

Please show TRIGGER in any topic title - that could TRIGGER someone when they

are reading it - this way they have fair warning.

JMHO

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Thanks Carlie for reading all of that. If it will not be considered do i need to remove it or should i just leave it in there so that they know what happened? Also I assume That you mean i Need to go tell my shrink about the second part when you say it needs to be adressed by a Mental Health Professional? Thank you for telling me to fill out the TDIU form as I have not done so yet. From now on ill be sure to add Triggers if i post something with them in it.

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Thanks Carlie for reading all of that. If it will not be considered do i need to remove it or should i just leave it in there so that they know what happened?

You are already SC'd for PTSD - the event/s that caused your PTSD are no longer relevant

especially in a claim for increase.

Also I assume That you mean i Need to go tell my shrink about the second part when you say it needs to be adressed by a Mental Health Professional?

Lay evidence does not carry that much weight by itself - you will need medical evidence

from a MH professional.

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Welcome to Hadit. Good Luck with your claim

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You should apply for SSDI benefits.

The criteria and initial SSA forms are at the SSA web site.

Check Yes to @ 18 on the TDIU form and then under Remarks refer them to a separate page andtell them why you believe you are unemployable due to your PTSD.

Tell them why you cannot drive and tell them of any side affects the PTSD meds have on you.

Make sure you put your name,address and C file number on any additional pages you send in with the TDIU form.

Make sure too that you keep a copy of every and get a proof of mailing at the Post Office.

Carlie is right- once a stressor has been confirmed , as in your case, there is no need to tell them of additional stressors when applying for TDIU.TDIU solely depends on evidence that shows ypour SC has rendered you unemloyable.

Since receiving the 50% has the VA increased or changed your meds due to more significant PTSD problems? If so, tell the VA that too.

You could file the NOD on the 50% decision if you still are withint the appeal period and in the NIOD, refer them to the enclosed TDOIU form and any additional info you are sending in with it.

"I havent been going to shrink"

I suggest that you start getting regular MH appointments because ,if not, down the road VA could possibly use this against you.Maybe not- but my point is that disability comp depends on continuos disability and VA justifies their awards based on cntinuous treatment.

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"You should apply for SSDI benefits.

The criteria and initial SSA forms are at the SSA web site.

Check Yes to @ 18 on the TDIU form and then under Remarks refer them to a separate page andtell them why you believe you are unemployable due to your PTSD.

Tell them why you cannot drive and tell them of any side affects the PTSD meds have on you.

Make sure you put your name,address and C file number on any additional pages you send in with the TDIU form".

I applied for SSDI and was denied because they said my sypmtoms are from drug and alcohol abuse. I was self medicating for a long time, but I have a daughter now and I have to be sober on the days that I actually can watch her. It's actually one of the things I have been able to get right.

"Since receiving the 50% has the VA increased or changed your meds due to more significant PTSD problems? If so, tell the VA that too"

I am so posed to take 5 or 6 pills a day, I used to go to the shrink every month and to the other counsler guy once a month. But I couldnt function at work on the meds so I had to stop taking them, the result of not taking them I lost my job, Now my girlfriends back at work and I cannot drive to the VA Appointments.So its hard to get back in there to talk to the shrink, I have called and am waiting for a call back with an appointment

Thanks for reading!

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I didnt mention before all my jobs were under the table, do i tell them that or will it get me into trouble?

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I didnt mention before all my jobs were under the table, do i tell them that or will it get me into trouble?

Chances are that those jobs did not result in SSA "contributions" and credit. So they should be a non player for anything but a VA pension related calculation.

If there are no records, there are no records, and nothing to mention.

Since you are already rated for PTSD, the in service info should have already been considered (rightly or wrongly). This leaves current evidence that the condition has become worse. Getting this changed can be difficult, unless errors were made that reach the level of "CUE".

Given the very recent Appeals Court ruling, it looks like you will need to get or have supporting evidence in your file, and then undergo another C&P for PTSD.

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*update*

I recently moved and when I called the big va hospital to change.my adress I was surprised to find out that I have a cnp on the 28th of this month for an increase, I'm not complaining but I did notice.that it is with the same DR I seen the first time. He said I may have been exaggerating my syptoms in my initial CnP. I never sent the paperwork in that i was preparing because of the move I made so should I bring it with me and read it to the CnP exaimner? I Donr want to bore him to death and I don't know how good I would be able to read it because of my anxiety. Just looking for some insight/advice any and all is appreciated.

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The VA should not be using the same doctor for two c&p exams.

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The VA should not be using the same doctor for two c&p exams.

Maybe a diffrenr examiner from the same office?

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DO NOT MISS THIS C&P EXAM -

IN FACT BE SURE TO LEAVE HOME EARLIER THAN YOU

THINK YOU NEED TO.

The exam is for an increase -

your focus should be on how

your PTSD effects your daily life now - especially in regards to

Occupational and Social functioning.

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On my way to the CnP exam, my anxiety is through the roof! Im going to have my girlfriend go in there with me this time so maube i wont be as anxious and jumpy li

ke last timr when my examinet.said i mayhavebeen exagerating my symptons. Ill update yall as soon as i leave the office!

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Not sure how the exam went. I arrived at 1030 my appt was for 11. I had to fill out the queationaire thing again. That took me about 45 mins. So give or take 1130 the examiner (same one I had fory inital claim) came out and told me that he had another veteran he had to finish up with and after that he was going on 45 min lunch break and that he would see me after that. I was sitting in the lobby with my girlfriend and out 8 month old daughter for 2 and a half hours before I got to see the examiner.

My when he came in and called me to go back there were like 4 other vets in lobby and i got really embarrassed so I don't even ask if.my girlfriend could come becaue evryone was looking at me...on the way to his office he tried to make a conversation about mardi grad.parades and i told him i wouldnt know because I can't go to them because of all the people.

He asked me how I was and i told him not good, I just got evicted on the 10th for an argument with my landlord. And i had moved, but on the way to the exam this morning I was in another verbal altercation with my new landlord. I think he wrote that down.I also told him about now being able to watch my daughter and losing my job at the fireworks tent. He asked about the drugs.and alcohol and.I told him that I haven't done anything sincei November. He asked me how I afford.to live and i told.him with.what little money I get now I pay my rent but that's it and my gf is forced to work because I can't. And that we are on foodstamps. He did seem to notice that he had Interviewed me before.and seemed to make a note of it. But i was only In there talking with him for about 15-20 mins. He did ask me if there was anything he left out and i said umm idk I don't think so i got really nervous when he asked.me idk why. So hopefully all went well.......

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Ok Great news I got the copy of my exam and it says that I am atleast temporarily unemployable. "This veterans condition has deteriorated since he was seen by this examiner in Jan 2011.He has other conditions than Ptsd.His mood disorder secondary to his ptsd and polysubstance dependency and.is also influenced by his personality disorder. As likely as not, he is temporaily unemployable because of his unstable mental condition".

So sounds to me like I should be getting an increase to atleast 70% TDIU. Wonder how long it will take, prolly just as long as my initial claim or would it be quicker because the exaimer specefically states I'm unemployable.? Thanks for reading, any and all replys/advice is appreciated.

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I do not like that referrence to a personality disorder. A PD is not compensable. What do you want to bet the VA tries to load up your problems on the PD. They did with me and I had a diagnosis at the time of schizophrenia. That is sort of like the cancer of mental illnesses. I also had a DX of unstable personality disorder. The VA tried to say that was my real problem.

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I do not like that referrence to a personality disorder. A PD is not compensable. What do you want to bet the VA tries to load up your problems on the PD. They did with me and I had a diagnosis at the time of schizophrenia. That is sort of like the cancer of mental illnesses. I also had a DX of unstable personality disorder. The VA tried to say that was my real problem.

Man u sure did rain on my parade. Idk if the personality disorder will hurt me tho cus its.secondaru to my ptsd. Carlie will know hopefully sje can provide some insight

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I was concerned about that too-but you already get 50% or PTSD SC.

Was this personality disorder BS something new,

and just generated by the recent C & P?

I dont think you should be to concerned at this point-but we are well seasoned VA claimants here and if the VA can throw in a landmine, they will and we cant help but notice it right away.

I assume that you had adequate testing that warranted the initial 50% SC PTSD rating.

Maybe the PD factor was even brought up at that time but disregarded for the actual PTSD diagnosis.

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I was concerned about that too-but you already get 50% or PTSD SC.

Was this personality disorder BS something new,

and just generated by the recent C & P?

I dont think you should be to concerned at this point-but we are well seasoned VA claimants here and if the VA can throw in a landmine, they will and we cant help but notice it right away.

I assume that you had adequate testing that warranted the initial 50% SC PTSD rating.

Maybe the PD factor was even brought up at that time but disregarded for the actual PTSD diagnosis.

Do I need to file for TDIU since it says.in my report that I am atleast temporarily unemployable?

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