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bassrunnin

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  1. Thank you very much for the link. How do I know what the station address is? I live in TN if that matters
  2. I know on here it has been said that you should turn in a form even if one has not been sent to you. I've filled out one but don't remember ever getting one again. Is the anniversary date the one when you originally filed or the date you got the award. For example I filed in Aug 2014 but was awarded in March 2015? And if I don't get the form what is it called and how do I get one to send in myself? Sorry I am talking about talking about the employment money earned form. Hopefully you know what I'm talking about.
  3. I am overwhelmed by all the responses I have gotten and I want to say thanks for ideas but more importantly sharing your stories. It is good to know your not alone. I think this MST section is a great place to share. I haven't found anywhere else to do that. I looked at vetwow.com and it seems no one is running that site anymore but it does have good info on claims. But back to my original issue. It it is hard enough to find yourself a disabled vet. But even worse is their are so many with PTSD that no one will ever understand. And so many more that don't know about rape in the military let alone knowing what MST stands for. So many people waiting for their compensation and so many who have gotten it but other than financial stability we have so much more that we still carry that no amount of money could pay for. And then there's the outside world waiting for the chance to question your disability. How do you explain to the outside world that you have PTSD without feeling judged. Bottom line is we shouldn't have to feel that way. Why do we have to feel so ashamed of having MST. It's like another assault on our character. But that is the world we live in and I don't see it changing anytime soon. So what shall I do? A little bit of everything that you have said. 1. Don't feel ashamed. I am a vet 2. Don't advertise. For the security of myself and sanity 3. To help others on this site who have been down this road as so many have done for me these last couple of days 4. To tell my daughters parents that I'm disabled but don't want to talk about or don't like to talk about it. which do you think is better? Don't want to talk about it? Or don't like to talk about it? thanks
  4. How do I find out more about this? Do I contact my local VA medical facility?
  5. What kind of dental do they cover? I have two missing front teeth
  6. How do I get the address of the Designated Claims Intake Center?
  7. I am currently TDUI and have not received a form to fill out. I guess it's the 21-4140 Employment Questionnaire. Is it necessary to fill out...this is my first year. Also where do I mail it to. If it helps I live in TN... Sorry computer was lagging and hit submit again so this is a duplicate. I am really really sorry
  8. I am currently TDUI and have not received a form to fill out. I guess it's the 21-4140 Employment Questionnaire. Is it necessary to fill out...this is my first year. Also where do I mail it to. If it helps I live in TN... Sorry computer was lagging and hit submit again so this is a duplicate. I am really really sorry
  9. I am currently TDUI and have not received a form to fill out. I guess it's the 21-4140 Employment Questionnaire. Is it necessary to fill out...this is my first year. Also where do I mail it to. If it helps I live in TN... Sorry computer was lagging and hit submit again so this is a duplicate. I am really really sorry
  10. I wanted to say that you're advice has been really good and I appreciate everyone who responded. My biggest thing is all of you are USMC, Army...people can believe that something traumatic happened and leave it that. But how does a woman in the Navy on shore duty in Hawaii explain that I have had a traumatic experience? I guess that is my biggest fear...I don't want people to find me out. Or start assuming that "the only reason she could have ptsd is by being assaulted...does that make any sense to anyone? I guess it's like what DarkAngel said " I quickly learned that all I have to say, IF ANYTHING, is, "I am disabled because of something traumatic, and i don't like to talk about it". " I guess my real issue is my daughters best friend's parents were in the Navy...so they know what the Navy is like where I was at and to make matters worse I was a Yeoman (radar in mash). Should I tell them the truth and hope for the best?
  11. It's been awhile since I'be been on this site but I need some guidance and knew this was the place to get it. HADIT helped me so much with helping me to win my claim. I am 100% for MST and was also in the Navy and female. I received TDUI due to my symptoms and I don't know how to handle it. At first I was elated, now it's been awhile and I have guilt about getting 100% when so many people are fighting the system. I guess it's winner's guilt? But here's my real problem with all of this. Because I'm 100% I have Disabled Vet plates and I don't work. People ask what do I do and some closer friends know that I am on disability and some are ex military. I served in Hawaii and was in the Navy and was a female. How do you handle telling friends and relatives that your a disabled vet under my circumstances? They probably think I'm scamming the system because I don't have an answer for them. How can somebody who was on shore duty, a yeoman, in the Navy and a female possibly be 100% disabled. It would be so much easier if it was a back injury or something like that. I guess I'm ashamed of getting disability for PTSD and if I told them it was for PTSD there's no way that they would understand. And the ex military people would probably figure out it was MST and that is my worst fear. How can I tell people why I'm disabled? I feel like I should hide the fact that I'm disabled because I know they are thinking "how could I get TDUI". I'm just really at a lost about all of this and would like any advice you can give me. It's been bothering me for awhile and it's getting to the point where I have to tell my close friends and family something. I can't avoid it much longer. How have others handled telling people close you have PTSD? It's one thing if I would have served overseas then there wouldn't be an issue, people would be more likely to understand, or at least it would make sense to them. Anyhow I am starting to ramble...any advice would help...thanks.
  12. It's been awhile since I'be been on this site but I need some guidance and knew this was the place to get it. HADIT helped me so much with helping me to win my claim. I am 100% for MST and was also in the Navy and female. I received TDUI due to my symptoms and I don't know how to handle it. At first I was elated, now it's been awhile and I have guilt about getting 100% when so many people are fighting the system. I guess it's winner's guilt? But here's my real problem with all of this. Because I'm 100% I have Disabled Vet plates and I don't work. People ask what do I do and some closer friends know that I am on disability and some are ex military. I served in Hawaii and was in the Navy and was a female. How do you handle telling friends and relatives that your a disabled vet under my circumstances? They probably think I'm scamming the system because I don't have an answer for them. How can somebody who was on shore duty, a yeoman, in the Navy and a female possibly be 100% disabled. It would be so much easier if it was a back injury or something like that. I guess I'm ashamed of getting disability for PTSD and if I told them it was for PTSD there's no way that they would understand. And the ex military people would probably figure out it was MST and that is my worst fear. How can I tell people why I'm disabled? I feel like I should hide the fact that I'm disabled because I know they are thinking "how could I get TDUI". I'm just really at a lost about all of this and would like any advice you can give me. It's been bothering me for awhile and it's getting to the point where I have to tell my close friends and family something. I can't avoid it much longer. How have others handled telling people close you have PTSD? It's one thing if I would have served overseas then there wouldn't be an issue, people would be more likely to understand, or at least it would make sense to them. Anyhow I am starting to ramble...any advice would help...thanks.
  13. I too have Bipolar and PTSD. They considered my Bipolar secondary to the PTSD. To answer your question they take both of them into account and how they affect your daily living. My initial rating was 70% PTSD. I applied for TDUI and I believe they took the fact that I am Bipolar 1 with rapid cycling into account along with the PTSD. It's hard enough to maintain a job with PTSD let alone cycling every 6-8 weeks :(
  14. I am currently TDUI and have not received a form to fill out. I guess it's the 21-4140 Employment Questionnaire. Is it necessary to fill out...this is my first year. Also where do I mail it to. If it helps I live in TN...
  15. Hadn't been on the site in awhile so just getting to this post a little late...but did want to repeat something that ATCJen said that can be very very helpful and I felt was crucial to winning my claim. And that is to have a letter ready for the C&P exam that you work with your therapist on. I believe it went along way in my case as I couldn't talk about my incident without disassociating. She wrote a letter stating as such and asked the examiner to keep questions simple as to not trigger me. And then so I didn't have to tell my story out loud I wrote it down for the examiner to read. Hope that helps as well...
  16. It's been awhile since I'be been on this site and I just saw your post where you received 100% and wanted to say congratulations. I too am 100% for MST and was also in the Navy. I know it's been a little while since you got the 100% and wanted to see how you were doing with it. What I mean is that it's good that we got 100% cuz we deserve it because of our symptoms and what had happened. But it is hard for me to say that I am a disabled vet because 1. I feel bad for all those who didn't get processed and win claims so I guess I have some sort of "winner guilt" which it isn't about being a winner, but rather winning in the VA system. and 2. When I tell people that I was in the NAVY they don't see how as a female I could be 100% disabled. Do you have these thoughts? Or is it just me? Never knew someone else that got 100% so I am asking you, because your the first person I've been able to talk about it to. Anyhow, congratulations again and sorry if I am asking to personal of questions...

  17. As far as I know, having the diagnosis is what gets the C&P approved and called for. If they didn't think you had a reason for a claim they wouldn't schedule a C&P exam. They will ask once again ask all the questions in the exam that a DR would ask to see if you meet the criteria for PTSD...same questions the therapist asked you and then they will get into more specifics to figure out where they should rank you for your disability percentage if they approve your claim.
  18. I hadn't updated this post, but wanted to after I had reread this...The VA did end up giving me 70%, so they must have not known or thought about my previous abuse history...hope this is still helpful to remind us to not be too paranoid...but it is understandable to be worried about these things...
  19. OK so I finally got an answer on the TDUI Today I got the actual letter from the VA about my TDIU award. My combined rating is still 70%, but they'll be paying me at 100% with no examinations scheduled in the future. Does this mean I get the benefits of 100% total and am permanent and can ask for property tax exemption and the such? I don't want to ask or presume anything that I shouldn't get or are entitled to. Is it because no examinations are scheduled that I am Permament and Total even though my service connected is 70%. Very confusing. Can someone explain all this to me...please...thanks This is what My VA letter says in Ebennies:VA Benefit Information You have one or more service-connected disabilities: Yes Your combined service-connected evaluation is: 70% Your current monthly award amount is: $3268.12 The effective date of the last change to your current award was: December 01, 2014 You are being paid at the 100 percent rate because you are unemployable due to your service-connected disabilities: Yes You are considered to be totally and permanently disabled due to your service-connected disabilities: Yes
  20. OK so I finally got an answer on the TDUI Today I got the actual letter from the VA about my TDIU award. My combined rating is still 70%, but they'll be paying me at 100% with no examinations scheduled in the future. Does this mean I get the benefits of 100% total and permanent and can ask for property tax exemption and the such? I don't want to ask or presume anything that I shouldn't get or are entitled to.
  21. Thank you GASTONE for your advice. Question, since I am 70% but 100% TDUI, do they consider me 100%? and I get those benefits. Also, the BBE states that no future exams needed for total and permament...Kind of confusing
  22. Go into Ebennies and add your dependents. For me when I added them they backdated the extra money to date of filing which is what I got for just me. So I ended getting two lump sums. One for me and one for dependents. Not sure where in ebennies you go to get there...it took me awhile to find it, but it's there. Hope that helps
  23. For PTSD - MST there has to be a marker. Do you have records of your stay at the brig? Did you get a STD or some other report of the MST incident. I don't know about the PTSD shooting thing. Perhaps if there is documents that you can provide like an official report incident? Other than that I don't know...
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