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  1. This tuition waiver can be used in conjunction with Chapter 35 benefits. We just completed this process for our daughter. Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Education Program The Virginia Military Survivors and Dependents Program (VMSDEP) provides education benefits to spouses and children of military service members killed, missing in action, taken prisoner, or who became at least 90 percent disabled as a result of military service in an armed conflict. Military service includes service in the United States Armed Forces, United States Armed Forces Reserves, the Virginia National Guard, or the Reserves. Armed conflict includes military operations against terrorism or as the result of a terrorist act, a peace-keeping mission, or any armed conflict after December 6, 1941. NOTE: A Veteran’s 90-100% disability must have been directly caused by the Veteran’s involvement in: 1) military operations against terrorism; 2) a peacekeeping mission; 3) a terrorist act; 4) an armed conflict subsequent to December 6, 1941. The service connected disability cannot have been incurred during active duty that coincides with, but was not the direct result of, one of the listed events/missions. The purpose of VMSDEP is to provide undergraduate or other postsecondary education to eligible participants by providing a waiver of tuition and all required fees associated with tuition at any public institution of higher education or other public accredited postsecondary institution granting a degree, diploma, or certificate in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Benefits are available for up to 36 months. http://www.dvs.virginia.gov/education-employment/virginia-military-survivors-and-dependents-education-program/ To be eligible, children and spouses of qualifying veteran service members must meet the following requirements: The dependent child must be between the ages 16 and 29 inclusively; there is no age restriction for spouses The qualifying military service member must be a current Virginia citizen or maintained a physical presence in the Commonwealth of Virginia presently and for five consecutive years prior to the date of application submission or must have entered military service as a citizen of Virginia In the case of a deceased qualifying military service member, the surviving spouse can meet the residency requirements contingent upon: Having been a Virginia citizen or maintained a physical presence in the Commonwealth of Virginia for five consecutive years prior to marrying the military service member or Presently being a Virginia citizen or maintained a physical presence in the Commonwealth of Virginia and for five consecutive years prior to the date of application submission. FAQ's http://www.dvs.virginia.gov/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/2014-15-VMSDEP-FAQs_1.pdf
  2. Does this delay apply for chapter 35 payments as well? We have not receive payments for my daughters education.
  3. ssgtob1 - how long did that process take? I just submitted an application a couple of weeks ago for my husband.
  4. PTSD,IBS(Gulf War), Bi-lateral knee, hand, ankle, feet and some others I can't remember right now. He has been service connected since 2012.
  5. Hubby is now rated 100% P&T! I learned so much on this site. I learned not to gripe and complain about the system but instead use that energy to learn what is needed to be successful. Clear and organized documentation wins. "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not."
  6. Create an account on SSA.gov. After you get your account set up, your profile will tell you if you have worked enough credits to qualify for disability benefits and the estimated amount per month if you were found to be disabled.
  7. From my husbands experience the psychiatrist only does the meds. Psychologist/therapist does the therapy. My husbands process started with the intake/assessment appointment as well. From there he was assigned a therapist and 10 week PTSD group therapy in addition to individual counseling with the same doctor. So call the same clinic where you had the intake and ask when you can join the next PTSD group. This is all good for your claim because the medical history is being documented along the way. You can your file if you have not done so yet. By the time they get to processing your claim, you would have had about a year a medical documentation thru the VA.
  8. C&P Results: Since this exam a few weeks ago, hubby was referred and has seen the psychiatrist and has been prescribed Prozosin and Zoloft. We mentioned these new developments in my statement in support of claim and hubby mentions on his PTSD form. All of the most recent info is in myhealtevet so I hope the claims reviewer reads all of that activity before making the decision. He marked the 30% level but he mentions all of the symptoms and he even mentions the inability to work. I pray that all of this is taken into consideration. Any thoughts? 1. Diagnostic Summary --------------------- Does the Veteran have a diagnosis of PTSD that conforms to DSM-5 criteria based on today's evaluation? [X] Yes [ ] No 2. Current Diagnoses -------------------- a. Mental Disorder Diagnosis #1: PTSD b. Medical diagnoses relevant to the understanding or management of the Mental Health Disorder (to include TBI): Please refer to the General Medical Examination report for any medical diagnoses or concerns 3. Differentiation of symptoms ------------------------------ a. Does the Veteran have more than one mental disorder diagnosed? [ ] Yes [X] No c. Does the Veteran have a diagnosed traumatic brain injury (TBI)? [ ] Yes [X] No [ ] Not shown in records reviewed 4. Occupational and social impairment ------------------------------------- a. Which of the following best summarizes the Veteran's level of occupational and social impairment with regards to all mental diagnoses? (Check only one) [X] Occupational and social impairment with occasional decrease in work efficiency and intermittent periods of inability to perform occupational tasks, although generally functioning satisfactorily, with normal routine behavior, self-care and conversation b. For the indicated level of occupational and social impairment, is it possible to differentiate what portion of the occupational and social impairment indicated above is caused by each mental disorder? [ ] Yes [ ] No [X] No other mental disorder has been diagnosed c. If a diagnosis of TBI exists, is it possible to differentiate what portion of the occupational and social impairment indicated above is caused by the TBI? [ ] Yes [ ] No [X] No diagnosis of TBI SECTION II: ----------- Clinical Findings: ------------------ 1. Evidence review ------------------ In order to provide an accurate medical opinion, the Veteran's claims folder must be reviewed. a. Medical record review: ------------------------- Was the Veteran's VA e-folder (VBMS or Virtual VA) reviewed? [X] Yes [ ] No Was the Veteran's VA claims file (hard copy paper C-file) reviewed? [ ] Yes [X] No If yes, list any records that were reviewed but were not included in the Veteran's VA claims file: If no, check all records reviewed: [X] Military service treatment records [X] Military service personnel records [X] Military enlistment examination [X] Military separation examination [ ] Military post-deployment questionnaire [X] Department of Defense Form 214 Separation Documents [X] Veterans Health Administration medical records (VA treatment records) [ ] Civilian medical records [ ] Interviews with collateral witnesses (family and others who have known the Veteran before and after military service) [ ] No records were reviewed [ ] Other: b. Was pertinent information from collateral sources reviewed? [ ] Yes [X] No 2. History ---------- a. Relevant Social/Marital/Family history (pre-military, military, and post-military): Veteran reported being raised in an intact family with no history of abuse/neglect. He completed HS and some college. Veteran is married with 2 children. b. Relevant Occupational and Educational history (pre-military, military, and post-military): family mental health (pre-military, military, and post-military): Veteran has participated in the PTSD Recovery Group at the XXXX VAMC. He is currently doing individual therapy at the XXXX VAMC with xxxx . 3. Stressors ------------ Describe one or more specific stressor event(s) the Veteran considers traumatic (may be pre-military, military, or post-military): a. Stressor #1: Veteran reported being involved in firefights while deployed Does this stressor meet Criterion A (i.e., is it adequate to support the diagnosis of PTSD)? [X] Yes [ ] No Is the stressor related to the Veteran's fear of hostile military or terrorist activity? [X] Yes [ ] No Is the stressor related to personal assault, e.g. military sexual trauma? [ ] Yes [X] No b. Stressor #2: Veteran reported seeing fellow soldiers killed as well as seeing dead Iraqi soldiers Does this stressor meet Criterion A (i.e., is it adequate to support the diagnosis of PTSD)? [X] Yes [ ] No Is the stressor related to the Veteran's fear of hostile military or terrorist activity? [X] Yes [ ] No Is the stressor related to personal assault, e.g. military sexual trauma? [ ] Yes [X] No 4. PTSD Diagnostic Criteria --------------------------- Please check criteria used for establishing the current PTSD diagnosis. Do NOT mark symptoms below that are clearly not attributable to the Criteria A stressor/PTSD. Instead, overlapping symptoms clearly attributable to other things should be noted under #7 - Other symptoms. The diagnostic criteria for PTSD, referred to as Criteria A-H, are from the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition (DSM-5). Criterion A: Exposure to actual or threatened a) death, b) serious injury, c) sexual violation, in one or more of the following ways: [X] Directly experiencing the traumatic event(s) [X] Witnessing, in person, the traumatic event(s) as they occurred to others Criterion B: Presence of (one or more) of the following intrusion symptoms associated with the traumatic event(s), beginning after the traumatic event(s) occurred: [X] Recurrent distressing dreams in which the content and/or affect of the dream are related to the traumatic event(s). [X] Marked physiological reactions to internal or external cues that symbolize or resemble an aspect of the traumatic event(s). Criterion C: Persistent avoidance of stimuli associated with the traumatic event(s), beginning after the traumatic events(s) occurred, as evidenced by one or both of the following: [X] Avoidance of or efforts to avoid distressing memories, thoughts, or feelings about or closely associated with the traumatic event(s). [X] Avoidance of or efforts to avoid external reminders (people, places, conversations, activities, objects, situations) that arouse distressing memories, thoughts, or feelings about or closely associated with the traumatic event(s). Criterion D: Negative alterations in cognitions and mood 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] Markedly diminished interest or participation in significant activities. [X] Feelings of detachment or estrangement from others. [X] Persistent inability to experience positive emotions (e.g., inability to experience happiness, satisfaction, or loving feelings.) 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 [X] Stressor #2 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] Difficulty in adapting to stressful circumstances, including work or a worklike setting 6. Behavioral Observations -------------------------- Veteran was alert and oriented x4. Veteran's mood was anxious with flat affect. Veteran was alert and cooperative, demonstrated good grooming and hygiene, and made appropriate eye contact. Speech was of normal rate, rhythm and volume. When discussing traumatic events related to his combat tour the Veteran became tearful. Veteran denied any current suicidal or homicidal ideation, intent, or plan during this evaluation. Veteran denied any history of suicide attempts or psychiatric hospitalizations. Veteran denied any hallucinations or delusions and has not had any hypo/manic episodes. Veteran reported independent management of his ADLs. 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 -------------------------------------------------- Veteran's C-file/Vista/VBMS/CPRS (as available) were reviewed as well as conducting a clinical interview. It is felt this Veteran's symptoms of PTSD are related to a fear of hostile military or terrorist activity, the claimed stressor is adequate for a PTSD diagnosis and his symptoms are related to these stressors. This is a combat Veteran who deployed. Veteran's PTSD is at least as likely as not caused by or a result of his above listed traumatic stressors which occurred while deployed. He is not working due to feeling overwhelmed with stimuli and "I'm not able to focus on my school work, because then I feel unsafe". He reported irritability, increased anger and isolation, as well as poor sleep with nightmares on a consistent basis.
  9. Update: PTSD C&P was this week. The C&P exam was NOT on the mental clinic but in the C&P office at the VA hospital. The examiner was a VA employee who is a combat vet himself. He said that he refused to ask my husband any questions about the stressor event because that is undue stress on my husband and he got that information from his treatment records. He had my husbands treatment records up and said he had read everything in the record for the past 12 months of treatment at the VA. He wanted to know more about my husbands current challenges. The Doc wanted to talk about the isolation, nightmares, panic attacks, unability to work and go to school. My husband not worked in over 3 years and has been in VocRehab but had to drop out of that because of concentration and memory problems. The Doc took lots of notes. Then the visit switched and became more like treatment/therapy than the C&P assessment. He talked to me about the things I can do to help my husband. Then he sent a referral in for Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) for my husband. He also recommended some medications that may he helpful for the nightmares and anxiety and sent in a referral for that. By the time we got home, we got a call for mental health to set up the CBT to start in October. Has anyone every had referrals for additional treatment made during the C&P exam? We didn't know what to make of it. We came prepared to prove my husbands case but it seems that the records spoke for itself. He said he was going to get the forms done by COB the day of the visit and get it send back to the region office asap. Now we wait.
  10. Ok My husband was looking in MyHealthevet but I told he to give it a couple of days. He is very anxious and wants to see the results. Thanks so much.
  11. How do you view a copy of this C&P report? My husband had his C&P for PTSD. Congratulations on your rating!
  12. Great news! Stay in the fight and you will get your 100% I am so happy for you. Keep you the good work.
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