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    • To add...I see you had 7 deployments but I did not see any specific nexus statement to your stressor in the DBQ. Maybe I missed it but VA will not accept this diagnosis anyhow. The stressor (s) must be as specific as possible, consistent with your MOS, and with a date as close to you can get so that if JSRRC has to attempt to verify the stressor they will be able to narrow it down. If a veteran does not fall into the 2010 criteria ,then VA will attempt to verify their stressor via Joint Services Records research Center (JSRRC) We have considerable info here on stressors and how to prove them. And what Buddy statements need to cover. Many vets have multiple stressors.You only need one verification of a stressor so best to give the one most easily verified.  
    • For claims for PTSD filed after July 13, 2010, the VA will NOT accept a PTSD diagnosis from a non VA shrink. When the claim is filed, it will be up to a VA mental health professional to make a PTSD diagnosis at a C & P exam. If they make the PTSD DX (VA does not use GAF anymore as someone stated above) the only other criteria you need is a nexus to your service . If you do not fall into the 'Fear of' and/or 'close proximity' to hostile fire as explained within the 2010 PTSD Regulations, and or do not have the PH, CAR, or CIB on your DD 214, you will have to prove your stressor. Buck had ALL of his ducks in a row and gave great advice here. I assume you have your inservice SMRs and Personnel files because the private shrink had them. They might reveal a nexus statement ...if not now is the time to obtain any buddy statements if needed.    
    • Veterans don't necessary need a DBQ to file a PTSD Claim, it may help but its not necessary. First thing I did was request my C-File and STR'S from St Louis...this was after my VA PTSD DSM-5 Diagnose  and started treatment, then after 3 months or so I filed ITF... Received letter from RO and they mention what I need to send them, I did this via ebenny's. Since the change in the PTSD Regulation in 2010 about proving stressors. I filed my PTSD Claim without submitting the PTSD DBQ   I file the statement in support of claim and used my lay statements, (8 extra pages) and what Notes I had from MH, THE VA Phyistrist that diagnosed me and treatment records,& my reason for waiting so long to file, lay statement from spouse change in behavior after military service, and submitted my lay statements about stressors with records of vietnam service DD 214 Medals ect,,,ect,,, in  enemy hostile territory in fear for my life.''.you need  military documents to back you up'' combat pay, CIB ,change in Primary MOS to Selected Duty MOS. (if you never did your primary MOS) while in a enemy hostile territory?) file your claim in a way it makes it eazy for them to compute in there heads....organize your claim  eiter alphabetically or in Number form...and in sequence  and when your describing issues  just put   ''see Exhibit'' (A) or see''No. 3''  ect,,,,ect,,...some hi-lite what they think is important  but I never did that because its to conspicuous.(jmo) you can if you like. I had a letter from my commanding officer that attest to my Character of service...not sure that helps but I submitted it with my claim, I submitted anything of records that was substantial to my claim. the MH Notes had my DSM 5 Symptoms that meet the PTSD Criteria , (only 3 required) once you have that from  a  VADr Opinion, then its up to the rater to read all your evidence  and what your C&P Examiner mention in his/her report. I never had a Private Dr for a nexus  NOR did I see a private Dr..ONLY VA MH and LCSW, RO sent me to a QTC C&P...After the C&P I had my decision in 4 weeks. I had figured to get denied  because no DBQ or a Nexus from a Qualified Dr (, thats what I was told).and I was already thinking about plan B and NOD...I never had to do that  my decision was Awarded 70%   It takes credible evidence to win your claim  and a good explanation from veteran. Always be open & Honest when you submit your statement in support of claim  that's a biggie. I may have left out a few things but this is the basics for when I filed my PTSD Claim.   Although I'm a older  Vietnam Veteran, this holds true for you gulf war Veterans as well.  wishing you all the best. ...............................Buck
    • Keep your eyes pealed for the old "Sedentary Work," Hook. It's fairly common knowledge that any type of Felony conviction and some misdemeanors, limits the type of employment that a person qualifies for. I trust your Attorney has obtained Credentialed Employment Specialists reports, indicating that your SC condition alone, not your Felony Convictions, precludes you from doing "ANY" type of Sedentary employment that would provide a weekly income of about $238.00. Being unemployed or underemployed won't get the IU. Take another look at the VA Regs regarding eligibility to file for IU. Do you qualify currently to file for IU, with a 50% SC? Semper Fi
    • Wablackwell, Not sure if you have filed yet or not, but the DBQ will definitely trigger the VA to complete a C&P exam.  Its been my experience after filing with documentation from an outside provider I was scheduled within a month or two after submitting the evidence. Along with your DBQ and the letter if you were deployed you should highlight your campaign medals and expeditionary medals on your 214. it wouldn't hurt to have the orders and order your LESs from DFAS showing you were receiving hazardous duty and or hostile fire pay. 

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Tinnitus, Gerd, Insomnia Claims Help Needed

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Has anyone filed for these claims and how is the c & p. I have filed the gerd/barretts and insomnia secondary to ptsd. The tinnitus is something I`ve had for many years and never realized a claim could be filed until finding Hadit.

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If they gave you a hearing test it was NOT for TINNITUS. There is no hearing test for TINNITUS. I just had a C&P for TINNITUS Jun 06 at the VAMC and it consisted of just an oral interview that lasts about 5 minutes at the most. They review your service records and some oral questions and that was it. The C&P examiner wrote in the report "It is more likely than not the onset of Tinnitus occurred from military service due to exposure from military noises." Two other of my vet buddies recieved their 10% ratings almost a year ago and they never had any hearing tests for tinnitus either. If you were a combat veteran you should have no problem getting tinnitus awarded unless you were in a job where loud noises were prevalent or does a lot of hunting with firearms or shooting sports since being in combat. Then they will try and blame the tinnitus on your civilian work as in a foundry or shooting sports, etc.

I also filed a claim for Barrett's Esophagus in Mar 05 as initial claim. I have had C&Ps for everything but that, I did furnish the IMO by my gastroenterologists that has been treating me doing endoscopies and prescribed medication. My claim has been at the rating board since 28 June 06 and hopefully I will receive a rating decision this October. Today begins the 19th month I have been waiting.

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Cavman, for my tinnitus claim I had an IMO from an Audiologist that the VFW SO recommended saying "it is as likely as not that the military noise exposure was a factor that Tinnitus started in the service". My wife had insurance and the exam was covered. I calibrated artillery in Viet Nam so noise exposure was a given. I also sent in a tape recording I made to my wife in 1969 that was full of explosions from the artillery in Dong Ha. Also my Service Medical Records showed hearing loss from entrance of the service till my discharge exam.

Evidence and proof is what is needed to get claims approved. Good Luck! Terry Sturgis

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Cavman -I assume that means Calvary and I also assume as others said- that you were exposed by MOS to high levels of noise in service.

GERD, Barretts Esophagus, and insomnia can be found secondary to PTSD, There are cases at the BVA that show how this was done.

In every case however, clear definitive medical opinions that showed the association between these conditions and PTSD were needed.

All C & Ps for these conditions are here:

http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/index.htm

This is one of many GERD found secondary to PTSD claims at the BVA:

http://www.va.gov/vetapp05/files5/0534284.txt

"ORDER

Service connection for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

as secondary to PTSD on an aggravation basis is granted."

"AGGRAVATION" -something a claimant should not overlook with many disabilities at issue- I posted what type of claim this is here in the past-

In this above decision this is how the BVA puts it:

"As noted, in between are several opinions that support of the

notion that the veteran's GERD has, at least to some as yet

unquantified degree, been aggravated by his PTSD. Thus, the

Board finds that the evidence is at least in equipoise"

When a non SC disability is "Aggravated" by a SC disability-secondary SC is warranted.

I posted 1-2 insomnia claims at hadit last week.

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Cavman -I assume that means Calvary and I also assume as others said- that you were exposed by MOS to high levels of noise in service.

GERD, Barretts Esophagus, and insomnia can be found secondary to PTSD, There are cases at the BVA that show how this was done.

In every case however, clear definitive medical opinions that showed the association between these conditions and PTSD were needed.

All C & Ps for these conditions are here:

http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/Benefits/exams/index.htm

This is one of many GERD found secondary to PTSD claims at the BVA:

http://www.va.gov/vetapp05/files5/0534284.txt

"ORDER

Service connection for gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)

as secondary to PTSD on an aggravation basis is granted."

"AGGRAVATION" -something a claimant should not overlook with many disabilities at issue- I posted what type of claim this is here in the past-

In this above decision this is how the BVA puts it:

"As noted, in between are several opinions that support of the

notion that the veteran's GERD has, at least to some as yet

unquantified degree, been aggravated by his PTSD. Thus, the

Board finds that the evidence is at least in equipoise"

When a non SC disability is "Aggravated" by a SC disability-secondary SC is warranted.

I posted 1-2 insomnia claims at hadit last week.

Probably means "Cavalry." Newscasters mispronounce it all the time.

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Yes, Cavalry. Served in the 6th, 7th and 11th Cavalry. Ft. MEADE, kOREA & Nam/Cambodia.

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