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  2. If it's possible to seperate the TBI from the other two MH combining them into one mental health issue rating. How would the TBI be rated?
  3. I think its better to reopen the claim. I have had appeals go on for years.
  4. @ArNG11, nah, joke was fine. My PTSD due to MST will finish long before that. He the psych eval for that last Wednesday. Doc said "definitely PTSD" said "more than enough evidence here and with my therapist's notes." So now we wait. Good to see you again, my friend. Andy
  5. Had a whole bunch of secondary conditions that she thought was primary. I refiled the new claim. Will they just close the first claim?Its in preparation for decision.
  6. The old one is in preparation for decision. And I submitted my new one and they still haven't closed my old claim?
  7. Yesterday
  8. @buck thank you great info!
  9. @Buck52, thanks for posting this. Good intel.
  10. Hi Everyone, I am nor sure if I am at the right location for this, if not please redirect. He's is what I found in Trump's Budget proposal. Listed as one of the extra cost, is a new restriction on Compensation for veterans through the V.A's "individual unemployability". Currently, veterans eligible for the program have 60 to 100% rating thru the V.A. and unable to secure a job because of their service connected disability. The program allows them to get paid at the highest compensation rate. For 2017, the monthly rate for a 100% disabled veteran living alone is $2,915 per month. The change which the budget describes as "modernization" would stop the higher payments once a veteran reaches the minimum age to receive social security. V who have already reached the age to receive social security, veterans would be removed from the V.A. benefit program, if Congress approves. the proposal. The change would save the V.A. 3.2 billion for the V.A. in 2018, according to budget documents. Also listed as a offset to the Choice Program, is a practice to "round down" cost of living adjustments, to all veterans who receive disability compensation. This practice was standard until 2013. This information was from military.com and Stars and Stripes. I fell everyone should know what is going on , concerning your disability compensation.
  11. At this point I'm well beyond the recon time for SSDI but could always submit a new claim I guess
  12. Well, I just looked on ebenefits and they denied my claim! Just waiting for the letter. I suppose I'll go to my VSO and start the appeal. I am so fed up with the VA!
  13. By the way, I have also been diagnosed with and am being treated for PTSD by the local VA clinic. The diagnosis was by a Psychiatric NP, who has prescribed me Zoloft (which has helped me alot), Prazosin (which gives me bad headaches) and Wellbutrin (Which I'll have to quit as it causes me to be angry, hostile and have rage issues).
  14. So, first of all, thanks for creating/maintaining this community as it has been a great source of information as well as stress relief! So, filed a claim June 2016, Gulf War vet, Gastro-intestinal disturbances (Bloating, diahrea, constipation), Sleep issues, Bi-lateral arm/shoulder pain, Short term memory issues. On January 2017 I had my first C&P exam. The exam was scheduled at a VA outpatient center. Doctor was an 87 year old Iranian fellow. I broke down emotionally, as I usually do when I'm at the VA for whatever reason. Exam, much to my suprise, seemed to go very well. He filled out DBQ for gastro issues, xrayed my stomach, checked me for hemmoroids (which I told him that I did not think I had), requested I fax him a copy of my gall bladder surgery when I got back home. Very briefly towards the end, he asked if I had any other issues, to which I answered "Yes, I have sleep issues. I'm up 6 -20 times per night, which I believe is due to my arm/shoulder pain and stiffness and I also have pretty severe short term memory issues. The memory issues are my biggest concern. His only answer was "Memeory is mental health" and he sent me on my way. Very shortly after the VA reviewed my C&P, I was rated at 30% for the gastro issue. Also the VSR handling my claim added a new disability which is listed as deffered being Stool Incontinence (because it was noted in the C&P exam for my stomach. Now, months later, I gained access to his notes via myhealthevet. Apparently, it was supposed to be a full Gulf War Exam ( For all of my contentions). The VA deferred all other items and sent the C&P examiner a notice of an incomplete C&P for diability rating purposes, adding that he needed to examine me and/or address all contentions listed. His answer back to them was that I complained about stomach issues and my hemmoroids and that "The veteran denied having any other issues". I added a letter to my claim disputing that fact, adding word for word what he asked me, examined me for and what I told him when he queried me for my "other" issues. I feel fortunate to be where I am at this point, as my STR's only list a visit (during boot camp) for a lower lumbar injury and sprainged ankle. My private doctors from 1980's - 2007 did not have any of my medical records, where I complained of chronic stomach issues, a un-explained rash I had for over 6 years (from Desert Storm) and anxiety. My records were destroyed after 7 years (2014) because I switched doctors in 07 and had not been back to that office. My old doctor did write a letter explaining that they destroyed my records, but I was his patient from 80's until 2007 and they could contact him if need be. So, do you think, given the C&P docs answer (which would make 0 sense for me to deny my contentions in a C&P), that the VA will likely deny me for all of my deferred contentions? Any opinions, input is welcome. Thanks for your input and thank you for your service! -Gunny
  15. I do not give out my personal info. The decision will tell you more.
  16. Did your request from NARA your complete 201 Personnel file? It might be in that. Don't forget-the VA accepts outcry statements....in essence 'buddy statements from anyone who knew of this incident right after it happened.(outcry)..it could be a unit member or a family member and they could give a detailed statement on your behalf to the VA. The VA needs to have their contact info and they should either write an oath on the statement ( or use a 21-4138-I think it has an oath on it) or get their signature notarized. Your unit will surely have a web site and maybe even a Reunion Roster or ' looking for' area. Sometimes a buddy can be found by simply googling their name and trying to narrow that down.
  17. "It has been a long, and rough road, but the pieces are starting to form a picture now. " Us hardcore VA claimants here can sure relate to that. You did a lot of homework on this claim (I call it tactical warfare)---Are you outside the SSDI reconsideration time frame? I think it was 3 months...maybe that has changed. I went to see a SSA lawyer to see if he would support my husband's reconsideration SSA claim,. They had awarded him SSDI for a NSC stroke but they also broke a regulation they have. The stroke became 100% P & T under 1151, but they forgot he had told them he had PTSD. Afew months after we filed the recon request ( the lawyer would not help us) I called the lawyer up to tell him he just lost 4,500 bucks ( 1/4 of the retro for the PTSD award due to the recon request -which SSA also advised us Not to file-at first - BS to that.) Did you have a SSDI lawyer? I had a long talk with this guy and he told me he would Never again look at a vet with SC PTSD the same way again.He had not even looked at our evidence and we travelled quite some distance to meet him.He thanked me for the long discussion and the way we won the recon request... a lot he had never thought of before. This was long ago. My husband went from 30% PTSD to 100% SC for PTSD.It didn't do him any good. He was dead when the VA accrued award was sent to me, with a Very favorable EED. Nothing is impossible.
  18. Awesome thanks for the tool I meant to say thanks when I first saw this
  19. From what I'm told the doctor separated my symptoms from my STBI and my 2 Mh diagnosis PTSD and my chronic AD. So I in theory I should get 2 ratings one for the physical part of my sTBI which he stated was caused by my ignition switch of my car defect and was also won in an appeal already. The PTSD exacerbated the AD which was caused by my terroristic threats... fingers crossed
  20. They did not relate the migraine to a fall, due to the fact that the fall wasn't the part reported, only the symptoms following - they simply attributed the migraines...Due to having migraines without a clear notation as to how they began to occur. I know that if I get a TBI sc that they will take the migraine rating and add it into any factors for the rating of the TBI. I am currently employed part time, as I have been off and on through the years beyond my end of service. I have buddy statements only in regard to my fall, no medical documents except what I mentioned from Nuero observation in 2012. The buddy statements were submitted years after all of this occurred. I had submitted for SSDI and was denied sometime last year ( this was also before I had statements from the doctors highlighting the words "DIAGNOSIS OF XXX" in regards to PTSD and TBI...Amongst other things I claimed.... It has been a long, and rough road, but the pieces are starting to form a picture now.
  21. Bumping it up again...only 2 1/2 days left to get those forms in VA's possession...from the mother. of the children. If the family is reading as a guest I posted more info to help you in FTCA and also DIC forum. If you obtained a lawyer from the NOVA list, I can help them to consider other ways to go,if they contact me here in this post thread and give me their name and firm #. I have people praying for all of you, me too- as I know this has been a horrendous and tragic loss. I am still a grief stricken widow and it has been 22 years. Grief changes the way good people act and think. This will be a difficult claim but Nothing is Impossible.
  22. Thanks...I think this is a very favorable C & P exam...for PTSD..... I only hope the VA rater knows how to read (I am serious) The 30 % migraines.....did the VA attribute that to the fall???? They lump in stuff like that for TBI. There is a lot here on TBI in that forum. Are you employed? "I was outsourced to civilian Nuerology Depts. - This was from a rather bad fall, yes. Also, it had nothing to do with the harrassment or MST - " Do you have those records, and if so does the VA have them? Do you get SSDI for any or all of this?
  23. Did the VA know you are now unemployed? If so they should have made a statement regarding TDIU....and even enclosed the 21-8940 form for you. I assume that you might have become unemployed after you filed the claim and didnt let them know. By all means file for SSDI. If SSDI solely awards for PTSD, that will be prime facie evdience of TDIU. Meantime if VA awards TDIU upon receipt of the TDIU app, that is prime facie evidence for SSDI. The SSA works a lot faster than the VA does. They-SSA-awarded in mere months for my husband's PTSD ( He had 30% VA SC rating-Vietnam Combat vet) VA awarded 100% P & T for SC PTSD.....he had already been dead for almost 2 years by then. Make sure that SSDI learns of any TDIU award you get and make sure VA knows of any SSDI award you get-if it is Solely for PTSD.
  24. *****Re-submission due to web error(?)***** Criterion E: Marked alterations in arousal and reactivity associated with the traumatic event(s), beginning or worsening after the traumatic event(s) occurred, as evidenced by two (or more) of the following: [X] Irritable behavior and angry outbursts (with little or no provocation) typically expressed as verbal or physical aggression toward people or objects. [X] Hypervigilance. [X] Exaggerated startle response. [X] Problems with concentration. [X] Sleep disturbance (e.g., difficulty falling or staying asleep or restless sleep). Criterion F: [X] Duration of the disturbance (Criteria B, C, D, and E) is more than 1 month. Criterion G: [X] The disturbance causes clinically significant distress or impairment in social, occupational, or other important areas of functioning. Criterion H: [X] The disturbance is not attributable to the physiological effects of a substance (e.g., medication, alcohol) or another medical condition. Criterion I: Which stressor(s) contributed to the Veteran's PTSD diagnosis?: [X] Stressor #1 5. Symptoms ----------- For VA rating purposes, check all symptoms that actively apply to the Veteran's diagnoses: [X] Depressed mood [X] Anxiety [X] Suspiciousness [X] Chronic sleep impairment [X] Mild memory loss, such as forgetting names, directions or recent events [X] Flattened affect [X] Disturbances of motivation and mood [X] Difficulty in establishing and maintaining effective work and social relationships [X] Suicidal ideation 6. Behavioral Observations -------------------------- alert, oriented and cooperative. flat affect and narrow affective range. related hx of suicidal thoughts, without urge or intent. 7. Other symptoms ----------------- Does the Veteran have any other symptoms attributable to PTSD (and other mental disorders) that are not listed above? [ ] Yes [X] No 8. Competency ------------- Is the Veteran capable of managing his or her financial affairs? [X] Yes [ ] No 9. Remarks, (including any testing results) if any -------------------------------------------------- findings meet dx criteria for PTSD with depression. findings are consistent with someone who has struggled with the aftermath of assault and MST; as treatment interventions and dx support same, with some delayed component to multiple PTSD sx onset. NOTE: VA may request additional medical information, including additional examinations if necessary to complete VA's review of the Veteran's application.
  25. I'll repeat the post filling in the Crit E block a second time and forward for you. :-) I have a copy of ALL paperwork regarding my claims and AD records - just not a copy of my C-File at the moment, although I'd love to obtain a disc copy of it so I can fiddle through for any missing docs I could submit. TBI was not noted on my discharge cert - was not diagnosed via AD - simply incurred and untreated except for in 2012 when I was outsourced to civilian Nuerology Depts. - This was from a rather bad fall, yes. Also, it had nothing to do with the harrassment or MST - it was completely seperate and at a different time (technically in between) of the assaults that occurred for my PTSD/MST. No AD docs, nothing to attribute to the fainting - They (corpsman) wanted me to get it looked into - I merely had my entire squadron present for witnessing the incident that occurred, which through observational report, was enough to determine TBI due to LOC <30min. I have yet to have TBI SC'd at the moment. I have a 50% rating currently for %30 Migraines %10 Left Ulnar nerve status %10 Left Wrist strain %10 Tinnitus %0 Scars %0 Flat feet
  26. One more question......what is the 50% SC for?
  27. Is anyone else having problems with the reply area superimposed on the C & P exam? I could not read the whole exam. You do have the PTSD diagnosis and what I feel is favorable evidence.....however-do you have your SMRs and 201 Military Personnel file? The 201 file can be very helpful in these types of claims. The TBI...was that noted on your discharge certificate...this was from a fall? Did it have anything to do with the harrassment or MST incidents?Or did you faint? If so, what happened next...meaning did you get documented medical care for it in the Mil, and if so, what did they attribute the fainting to? I could not read anything after part of Criterion E.
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