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  1. These will get you started Here's a link to some more Also here's a link to forum posts about PTSD
  2. @SueEdel Congratulations. I know the relief you must feel and I am happy we played a part in it. We have a great group of volunteers here. A couple of tips. One after the win it can be kind of a roller coaster ride with some emotional ups and downs - just know this is normal and will pass. It will take time to accept it as true - also very normal. If there is any significant retro pay involved, please protect it in a CD or something for at least 3 months to let all the roller coaster emotions work themselves out. During this time make your plan for what you want to do with it. If you are able to continue to work in a sheltered environment and enjoy then do continue. If you can't continue that then take some time discovering things you may enjoy doing and remember now that the claim is done and you are permanent and total you will begin to worry less - enjoy that. If you are up to it spend time on the site reading and doing research for others or just offering words of support - you already know how much that can mean to someone.
  3. @sauerkraut1977 I removed personal identifying information from your post. Make sure to remove any identifying information before posting anything on the internet.
  4. Try this calculator https://www.hillandponton.com/va-disability-calculator/
  5. ▾ What does 100% social and occupational PTSD mean? ▾ 100% social and occupational PTSD probably refers to 38CFR4.130 Schedule for rating disabilities. The schedule lays out a general ratings formula see below. • 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 ▾ Does this have anything to do with TDUI or UI? • If you get 100% for PTSD alone then TDIU/IU (they are the same thing) would be moot. ▾ If I receive claims from the other two exams will this bump me above 100%? Is this good/bad? ▾ It could bump you up to a special monthly compensation level which are assigned by letter. For example if you were housebound you would be paid at the S level. There are reasons to keep pursuing your claim after you reach 100% check out the article below • 6 Reasons to Keep Pursuing VA Claims and Appeals – AFTER you reach 100% SEPTEMBER 21, 2015 BY CHRIS ATTIG Today, I want to talk to you about a question that a lot of Veterans ask me: If I get a 100% rating, should I continue fighting the VA for benefits? Let’s jump right into the answer. Many Veterans perceive the 100% rating as the end of the … [Read more...] • As far as is it good or bad there are few schools of thought on that and I'll let them jump in. ▾ After I receive my claim how often do the PTSD re-exams take place? • I think 5 years but I am not positive on that and like all things VA it's subject to change. ▾ The C&P agency stated that after they submit the VA should have my letter of disability in around a month. What happens next after I get this letter? Is this when the compensation starts? • Perhaps they mean a letter letting you know the decision a month seems pretty short but I hope they are right. The compensation will start probably the next month after you receive the letter and you will receive retroactive pay from the date the claim was filed. Unless they deny the claim in which case you will have to appeal.
  6. @Cop4ever First I must apologize the restriction and removal of @Poohfan posts were my fault. I was doing maintenance earlier on the membership database and hers and another were accidentally removed. I've corrected that - sorry for the misunderstanding. I just discovered it thanks to @Berta pointing it out.
  7. Beta - Thanks for the heads up - I fixed that and all the posts should show now.
  8. Search all of HadIt.com Here Finding information on HadIt.com First option Search there is a ton of information on HadIt.com Veteran To Veteran and your question has probably been asked before so the fastest way to find the information you are looking of is to search for it. Just type in the search box whatever you are looking for: Examples: va disability calculator agent orange symptoms va form 21-0958 development letter sent moved to pending decision and so on… The search engine is powered by Google so the same queries you would use in Google will work in our search. Worth A Read – Five Ways Google Is Your Friend by Benjamin Krause from DisabledVeterans.org Second option is to ask your question in our VA Claims Research Forums Here are some great tips from one of our members Posting in 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’. People scan titles very quickly so posting a clear question will elicit more responses. Most folks don’t reall all posts everyday and tend to gravitate to those topics that are familiar to them or interested them. Putting the right Topic Title will make it easier for those familiar with your question to quickly spot it and respond. Use paragraphs instead of one huge, rambling introduction or story. Please don’t type in ALL CAPS it makes it difficult to read. This is all about readability we are sensitive that some poster’s disabilities make typing difficult and we are not talking about them. If you are not sure where paragraphs go just break you post into short readable chunks.Leading to: Post clear questions and then give background info on them. Example: Too little information. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I re-file a claim? Clear concise background with question, excellent. I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine but claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile? Too little information. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure? Clear concise background with question, excellent. 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.
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