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      All VA Claims questions should be posted on our forums. Read the forums without registering, to post you must register it’s free. Register for a free account.

      Tips on posting on the forums.

      Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery” instead of ‘I have a question’.


      Knowledgable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title. I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.


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      I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine but claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?



      B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?

      I was involved in traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?



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    • Exams that were being sent strictly to contractors before, due to VAMCs not being open, are starting to be routed back to VAMCs. This is going forward from last Friday- not sure if prior scheduled exams will be re-created for VAMC vs vendor.
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  3. Willy there is some error on one or both of them. I'd like to be positive, but ebenefits makes a lot of errors and the letter generator usually is fairly accurate. It is best to get your decision letter first to make sure. The VA isn't going to do much of anything until enough time has passed for you to have received your letter. You may have to appeal your EED though. In any case, congrats on your win.
  4. Hi Christie, Sorry I did not reply earlier as I did not have notifications enabled for this thread. "so you got your money from the VA itself and it wasnt sent to the lawyer first and then they issue it to you?" Yes, that's how it worked for me. Immediately after the Regional Office determined the % of disability the the BVA judge had ruled was service connected, Woods and Woods filed two comp and pen claims. One for the 20% of the award (which was approved and paid directly to Woods & Woods, and the other one (which has not been decided yet) that has the vague description of "Due Process". I am guessing the "Due Process" claim is for Independent Medical Opinions, Mailing costs and other Doctor interviews, records review and examinations. However, I did get a bill from Woods and Wood detailing Independent Medical Opinions, Mailing costs and other Doctor interviews, records review and examinations, which a gladly paid. My current open claim (PTSD) filed 11/14/2014 was ultimately appealed to the BVA, and then remanded back to the RO for a C&P that the RO never performed prior to my denials. That BVA remanded C&P happened on 8/9/2019. This C&P was in support of service connection at a disability level which appeared to be the 70% tier. Then recently (about six weeks ago), the RO requested that the same C&P examiner perform a "records review". But I do not know what portion of the records are being reviewed or why. Woods and Woods explained to me that even though the C&P was in certainly support of SC, the RO could and often does deny SC connection based on the combined information. I believe if SC is denied by the RO, the BVA judge will have another look at the appeal to make the final decision? My hope is that this claim will be decided one way or another by the end of this year. I see that your are 100%, are you able to share that process? Thank You
  5. My question is should I be worried that the varo added my lung issues as secondary to graves disease in regards to possible retro money? I've had breathing and thyroid issues, along with a list of other things since my desert storm days. My appeal had been ongoing since 2004 and recently granted and closed by Bva. For some crazy reason they gave me a 2017 effective date for graves disease and a 2004 date for my breathing issues secondary to graves. I don't get it. They are to separate issues. So am I going to get retro back to 2004 on the breathing issues? By the way, I haven't got my award letter yet, just going off of ebenefits info.
  6. Update 7/3. It's official- the HLR on VA.gov shows up as closed and my ebenefits effective date on the disability tab goes back to the day after discharge. Success! Now my only question- it looks like when I try to generate a letter, it keeps showing an effective date of December 1, 2019. Is this just because that is when the 50% monthly compensation rate was last updated, or is there a mistake?
  7. Toddt advise seems to be reasonable. If the dependents status has been correct for a considerable period of time, in other words you did not recently update it, they should be able to make the correction in a timely manner. Of course, "timely' is an oxymoron with the VA. 7 years on the hamster whell though might mean a higher level of signiture on the retro, so it could add some time to the delay. But go after it and you will get it eventually. Congrats.
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  9. Usually range of motion is easier but if you’ve missed time from work, I’ve used those records before, along with prescriptions receipts and whatnot. Phone call records from your doctor when you called them, maybe?
  10. Here is just a few symptoms for PTSD Feeling upset by things that remind you of what happened Having nightmares, vivid memories, or flashbacks of the event that make you feel like it’s happening all over again Feeling emotionally cut off from others Feeling numb or losing interest in things you used to care about Feeling constantly on guard Feeling irritated or having angry outbursts Having difficulty sleeping Having trouble concentrating Being jumpy or easily startled Related Information They also can diagnose him with unspecific Anxiety Disorder /W Depression ect,,ect,, they are about 20 or more of those just depends on his behavior and the symptoms he has. While VA has different diagnostic codes for different mental illnesses (e.g. schizophrenia is diagnostic code 9201 and PTSD is diagnostic code 9411), all mental health conditions are evaluated under the same rating criteria according to 38 CFR § 4.130 General Rating Formula for Mental Disorders Rating Total occupational and social impairment, due to such symptoms as: gross impairment in thought processes or communication; persistent delusions or hallucinations; grossly inappropriate behavior; persistent danger of hurting self or others; intermittent inability to perform activities of daily living (including maintenance of minimal personal hygiene); disorientation to time or place; memory loss for names of close relatives, own occupation, or own name.100% Occupational and social impairment, with deficiencies in most areas, such as work, school, family relations, judgment, thinking, or mood, due to such symptoms as: suicidal ideation; obsessional rituals which interfere with routine activities; speech intermittently illogical, obscure, or irrelevant; near-continuous panic or depression affecting the ability to function independently, appropriately and effectively; impaired impulse control (such as unprovoked irritability with periods of violence); spatial disorientation; neglect of personal appearance and hygiene; difficulty in adapting to stressful circumstances (including work or a worklike setting); inability to establish and maintain effective relationships.70% Occupational and social impairment with reduced reliability and productivity due to such symptoms as: flattened affect; circumstantial, circumlocutory, or stereotyped speech; panic attacks more than once a week; difficulty in understanding complex commands; impairment of short- and long-term memory (e.g., retention of only highly learned material, forgetting to complete tasks); impaired judgment; impaired abstract thinking; disturbances of motivation and mood; difficulty in establishing and maintaining effective work and social relationships.50% Occupational and social impairment with occasional decrease in work efficiency and intermittent periods of inability to perform occupational tasks (although generally functioning satisfactorily, with routine behavior, self-care, and conversation normal), due to such symptoms as: depressed mood, anxiety, suspiciousness, panic attacks (weekly or less often), chronic sleep impairment, mild memory loss (such as forgetting names, directions, recent events).30% Occupational and social impairment due to mild or transient symptoms which decrease work efficiency and ability to perform occupational tasks only during periods of significant stress, or symptoms controlled by continuous medication.10% A mental condition has been formally diagnosed, but symptoms are not severe enough either to interfere with occupational and social functioning or to require continuous medication.0% iF YOUR BROTHER IS NOT IN TREATMENT PLEASE GET HIM TO SEE THE VA MH, he truly needs to see a therapist and VA is Excellent with this.
  11. I’m in the SSA reconsideration phase now. I had a finance type job with CBP and I was approved for disability retirement because I could no longer do that desk job. I have a host of endocrine issues because my pituitary has shut down on me over the years. I’m not service connected for the endocrine issues thought I am 100% P&T. I also have fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, intracranial hypertension, migraines, etc. All this has caused significant brain fog, short term memory loss and a slowdown in my mental acuity. I was missing 2-3 days of work per week and I was in FMLA. I had surgery in February on my service connected ankle and for some reason SSA focused on it instead of all of the issues that I claimed even though they sent me for physical and mental exams as well as bloodwork and x-rays. It was already abundantly clear that I could do no physical type work. They then denied my claim saying that since I had my ankle fixed I could perform a sedentary job even though I had just been retired from my CBP desk job because I could no longer get do the work. I hired an attorney and he thought the denial was ridiculous. Now SSA is sending me for another mental exam this month.
  12. the savings on prescriptions can be substantial. I don't know that there is a work around for this requirement.
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