Jump to content


  • Searches Community Forums, Blog and more


Hi All and again thank you to all of you for all that that do!! Here is the sitrep. Put in claim for PTSD & Hearing loss in March 2009, by March of 2010 I was awarded 70% PTSD, 10% Tinnitus and 10% Hearing loss; within the text of the award is reference to my abilities to maintain employment due to my PTSD and they recommended I file a claim for TDIU which I did. Everything was fine, we received the 12 months retro and the monthly stipends starting going into the bank account. Then we moved to Colorado so we could be closer to our two Sons' and their families. All was good. Pending claims all transfered from Battle Creek to Denver. Next thing i know I receive a notice in the mail from the RO in Denver telling me they propose to rate me as incompetent with all of the little do's and don"ts that go with it. Supposedly the shrink I was seeing in BC input that in his opinion I am incompetent and not able to manage my financial affairs to begin with and then all of the loss of rights. My TDIU claim is still processing so I sent the NOD to them certified delivery return receipt requested. Now I have to see if the Dr here will reveiw that data and enter his opinion which we have discussed with my wife present and part of the conversation. Sorry about the long post but I'm STUCK!!!! All advise very much welcome and appreciated.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

4 answers to this question

Recommended Posts

It seems that you are doing the only thing you can do and that is getting another mental health opinion.

Edited by pete992

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites


Personally, I would think he would do well to obtain full copies of all his records and go over them with a fine tooth comb. I have not had a mental, though it was close, (my rating is solely based on physical) but I know more than once what I saw and heard said and done in the exam room wasn't exactly (or occasionally even remotely!) what went into the record of that visit.

Secondly, and someone with a background of experience with mental health treatment might want to double check mo on this, seek an IMO- Independent Medical Opinion. Get a diagnosis from somebody retained by you (or your spouse) and having no obligation or interest in how VA might feel about your condition. Being independently obtained, you also have the option of whether or not you want to show it to anyone at VA. (I am assuming you aren't in as bad shape as claimed though should the IMO agree with the prior diagnosis, you might consider the implications carefully)

Another thing would be to do some serious personal research into just what all can get you such diagnoses. Personally, I don't have a lot of faith in shrinks. Who knows what otherwise seemingly innocent mannerism or remark could have brought that down upon you.

Good luck!

Edited by Jayg

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

He can ask for a copy of his VAMC mental health records but not his C-file at this time. If he ask for a copy of his C-file at this time it could delay in his decision. Since he has recently moved the only thing that he can do is get re-established in to the new VAMC mental health clinic and go from there. He is already doing that so it would depend on what the new doctor would say about his condition.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Hi All and thanks again for the input. Have next appt with shrink on the 13th and plan to have this discussion with him. Only my 3rd visit with him but he seems ok although I don't trust him or any of them to any extent what-so-ever. He told me last visit he has rated my GAF @ 45 for the prevoius sessions. I'm closing in on 70 yrs old and want this this settled once and for all so I can live out the rest of my life in peace and quiet with my wife and family. Not too much to ask for considering what those of us with the 03 MOS went through in that meat grinder in 65 & 66; just like any of the combat vets from all branches of service in any war or conflict authorized by the President or the Congress of the United States. What really pushes my button on this whole thing is the VARO sent me correspondence suggesting I do so for my benefit!! Just glad I'm throughly medicated but you can bet I'll shut that off a day before the upcoming 2nd C&P for PTSD and 1st for TDIU; I'm sure the same Dr. will do both. Anyway, thanks again for the support, it is much appreciated. Hope all is well with everyone and will post outcome of C&P's.

Share this post

Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Ads

  • Advertisemnt

  • Latest News
  • Our picks

    • If you are a Veteran, represented by MOPH, you need to know that MOPH is closing down its offices.  This can have a drastic effect on your claim, and it wont be good for you.  You likely need to get a new representative.  

      This station confirms MOPH is closing its doors:


      • 0 replies
    • Retroactive Back Pay.
      Retroactive Back Pay - #1Viewed Post Week of March 19. 2018

      My claim is scheduled to close tomorrow for my backpay.
      Does anyone know if it does close how long till the backpay hits the bank?
      Also does information only get updated on our claims whenever the site is down?
      • 44 replies
    • Examining your service medical records...
      * First thing I do after receiving a service medical record is number each page when I get to the end I go back and add 1 of 100 and so on.

      * Second I then make a copy of my service medical records on a different color paper, yellow or buff something easy to read, but it will distinguish it from the original.

      * I then put my original away and work off the copy.

      * Now if you know the specific date it's fairly easy to find. 

      * If on the other hand you don't know specifically or you had symptoms leading up to it. Well this may take some detective work and so Watson the game is afoot.

      * Let's say it's Irritable Syndrome 

      * I would start page by page from page 1, if the first thing I run across an entry that supports my claim for IBS, I number it #1, I Bracket it in Red, and then on a separate piece of paper I start to compile my medical evidence log. So I would write Page 10 #1 and a brief summary of the evidence, do this has you go through all the your medical records and when you are finished you will have an index and easy way to find your evidence. 

      Study your diagnosis symptoms look them up. Check common medications for your IBS and look for the symptoms noted in your evidence that seem to point to IBS, if your doctor prescribes meds for IBS, but doesn't call it that make those a reference also.
      • 9 replies
    • How to get your questions answered on the forum
      Do not post your question in someone else's thread. If you are reading a topic that sounds similar to your question, start a new topic and post your question. When you add your question to a topic someone else started both your questions get lost in the thread. So best to start your own thread so you can follow your question and the other member can follow theirs.

      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.

      Use paragraphs instead of one huge, rambling introduction or story. Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.

      Leading to:

      Post clear questions and then give background info on them.


      A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?

      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?

      This gives members a starting point to ask clarifying questions like “Can you post the Reasons for Denial from your claim?” etc.


      Your firsts posts on the board may be delayed before they show up, as they are reviewed, this process does not take long and the review requirement will be removed usually by the 6th post, though we reserve the right to keep anyone on moderator preview.

      This process allows us to remove spam and other junk posts before they hit the board. We want to keep the focus on VA Claims and this helps us do that.
      • 2 replies
    • I have a 30% hearing loss and 10% Tinnitus rating since 5/17.  I have Meniere's Syndrome which was diagnosed by a VA facility in 2010 yet I never thought to include this in my quest for a rating.  Meniere's is very debilitating for me, but I have not made any noise about it because I could lose my license to drive.  I am thinking of applying for additional compensation as I am unable to work at any meaningful employment as I cannot communicate effectively because of my hearing and comprehension difficulties.  I don't know whether to file for a TDUI, or just ask for additional compensation.  My county Veterans service contact who helped me get my current rating has been totally useless on this when I asked her for help.  Does anyone know which forms I should use?  There are so many different directions to proceed on this that I am confused.  Any help would be appreciated.  Vietnam Vet 64-67. 


How to get your questions answered.

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.

  1. Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ ...
  2. Knowledgable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title ... 
  3. Use paragraphs instead of one huge, rambling introduction or story. Again – You want to make it easy for others to help ...
Continue Reading

  • Advertisemnt

  • latest-posts-activity.pngstart-new-topic.pngsearch.png

  • Advertisemnt

  • Ads

  • Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:   


  • 14 Questions about VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims


    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
    Continue Reading
  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

    employment 2.jpeg

    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading


Important Information

{terms] and Guidelines