Oiler1995

Uncle recieved 30%

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My uncle just got awarded 30% for ptsd today.He is a Vietnam veteran,but never received care from the VA since leaving Nam.All his care was outside doctors and hospitals,he has been diagnosed with major depression and has been fighting it ever since leaving Nam.He has been on meds ever since.Plus he has had 12 shock treatments.Alot of his outside medical records could not be retrieved because they told him they don't exist anymore.I feel he deserves more then 30% ptsd,can he reapply or appeal,thanks.

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Congrats on the 30%

 

Ofcourse you can appeal

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Can you track down any MD's that treated him long term?  Statements from them would boost your case if they remember details.

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how do you go about doing that? we are talking 20 plus years ago?

 

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Oiler, congrats on the Good News for your Uncle, and sorry for what he had to go thru.

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Yes, he can appeal.  With the exception of delays and denials, the VA's favorite is lowballing. 

Did his decision give a reasons and bases for the 30%?  What were their reasons? 

 

You are going to need to get copies of all the records available, including the doctors.  Then, you can compare the symptoms the doctor reports with the rating schedule for mental disorders. 

Is your uncle working?  Remember, Va is compensating him for "average loss of earning ability", so if he is not working and not employable, then he should be going for 100% or IU. 

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