The Regional office used the examination for re-evaluation as the C&P. I discovered this as it was annotated in my medical notes that I was able to view via Blue Button in MyHealEVet.
The rating ended up being:
50% Bi-Lateral Hearing Loss / Word Recognition
=VA math 55%, rounded up to 60%.
This is a fair and accurate representation of my SC hearing loss and how it effects my life and work.
However, the PTSD-MST claim was denied without the use of a C&P, as I did not officially report the crime while in the Army back in 1984. The rater simply made an incorrect decision, which was absolutely devastating to me. I don't expect the rater to fully understand how this could happen to a man and not be officially reported. No one deserves to understand that first hand.
It took me a few months to write up a short statement of disagreement as instructed by my VSO.
Interestingly, the VA (Medical / Physiological) division of the US Government, consisting of Clinical Psychiatrists and other experts in the field, believe I need intensive and specific treatment for my PTSD-MST. So on November 6th, I will be heading to another VA inpatient PTSD facility located in Virginia for seven weeks. This particular program is a tertiary referral center which has a division that specializes specifically on male MST cases like mine, which the Regional Office rater said does not exist due to lack of documentation.
This matter will now last for many more painful years and I vow to never give up, just like when this unthinkable crime against me was committed.
I apologize for going off topic. BTW, this is the place I am headed to in November: http://www1.va.gov/directory/guide/facility.asp?ID=116
I recently learned how donating blood was good for (many people, not everyone) Men, especially, tend to have too much iron. (Women lose Iron from menstration, so its rarely a problem for women to have too much iron) If you have too much iron, its bad for your health, it can even be life threatening.
I was a bit suprised they would "take" my blood after I read about the health benefits of donating blood. I answered all the questions honestly, and they took my blood. They did a iron test, first, to see if my iron was low. (finger poke). I donated blood locally, NOT through VA. Remember, VA has to get you to sign a consent form to get medical information about you other than the VAMC's.
Here are a few health benefits of donating blood: It reduces cancer risk, is heart healthy, and can be good for other organs also, especially for men with hi iron. I read where "old blood" is "sticky" and tends to clot. When you give blood, your body makes more "new" blood, which is slicker and is less likely to form blood clots. Of course, you dont want to donate blood too often. My area only allows you to donate whole blood every 56 days. (2 months).
We dont know your PCP, so we dont know if she will help. But, you need to seek treatment for ED for 2 reasons.
First, for your wife, and secondly for the money. (SMC K).
If you could do the Wild Monkey before the PTSD meds, and the Wild Monkey Dance is gone now, then that is a pretty obvious link.
If you want compensation for SMC K, you need it documented. So you should start with your PCP. If your PCP does not have experience/does not treat ED, then you should ask for a referral to someone who does.
I like the ideas of how to safeguard your medical and service records. I still employ a paper/electronic system. I like the combo approach with redundancies. Believe you me it has come in handy several times already and once BVA hearing approaches, well I have a few green cards with the Regional Office and Evidence Intake Centers signature all over it. Can't deny an item wasn't received if you have a signature to prove it.
Not to give cudos to the VA but the e-filing of claims through e-benefits has not failed me yet, well other than consistent access but you can see and load both ways on submitted evidence. Confirmation of submission and acceptance are a nice facet.
Still even in this digital world, I would suggest the same in regards to records. Keep a hardcopy, have one on a drive, jump drive, online server, and for kicks throw a media copy in a safety deposit box. You never know.
The one thing I would suggest with the online methods is to make sure the encryption and back up redundant systems are to your satisfaction and meet new technological standards.