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Smirak

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  1. I do have letters from my MH providers…one is from my psychiatrist and the other is from my prescriber. I just am not sure where to begin.
  2. I swear I looked in the pinned post, but I guess I didn't see anything, or it wasn't clear. I am ready to file a claim for TDIU. Currently at 90% combined with 70% of that being PTSD. So, I meet the 70/60/40 rule since one of my ratings is greater than 60%. Also, I have been fired from 2 jobs within the past year, and most recently, it was due to (my thoughts) my PTSD (we have filed a complaint with EEOC for that as well) because I missed too much work for doctors appointments and such. Background out of the way now... Is there a "How to file TDIU for Dummies" guide somewhere around here? Last claim I filed was on ebenefits, but as I understand that has now moved to VA.gov? I need to know where to start. I already have all my civilian medical records, I have letters from doctors/friends/family stating how it impacts my ability to work. I do not have a vocational letter (is this needed?). I need to put myself out there and go ahead and call me stupid, but where do I start? Thanks, Kevin
  3. I swear I looked in the pinned post, but I guess I didn't see anything, or it wasn't clear. I am ready to file a claim for TDIU. Currently at 90% combined with 70% of that being PTSD. So, I meet the 70/60/40 rule since one of my ratings is greater than 60%. Also, I have been fired from 2 jobs within the past year, and most recently, it was due to (my thoughts) my PTSD (we have filed a complaint with EEOC for that as well) because I missed too much work for doctors appointments and such. Background out of the way now... Is there a "How to file TDIU for Dummies" guide somewhere around here? Last claim I filed was on ebenefits, but as I understand that has now moved to VA.gov? I need to know where to start. I already have all my civilian medical records, I have letters from doctors/friends/family stating how it impacts my ability to work. I do not have a vocational letter (is this needed?). I need to put myself out there and go ahead and call me stupid, but where do I start? Thanks, Kevin
  4. I do not plan to go back to work, so it may be that the TDUI would be the way to go?
  5. Apologies as this may have been asked before, but the search function is too broad. I am currently 90% disabled. 20% each shoulder, 10% tinnitus, 70% PTSD, 10% asthma. I have been let go from 2 jobs in one year, and this last job, I think I was fired for having too many appointments (I already have an EEOC complaint filed). I have issues remembering what to do, staying on task/staying focused, and managing my time effectively. Should I apply for an increase to 100%, or should I apply for TU or P&T? My questions are below. First question: I would like to get to 100% TU, P&T, anything that gets me to 100%, but am unsure of which direction I should go. The first thought is to have my PTSD rating move from 70% to 100%. I have asked my providers (non-VA) to provide me a letter stating my inability to maintain gainful employment. Second question: I have to have spine surgery next week. I have to have a multi-level ACDF on C5 and C6. I am not rated for this condition. However, could it be a secondary condition to something I'm rated for (like my shoulders)? I never saw a doc while in service for this condition. Hence the question. Third question: Is there any way to get a rating for TBI if one was never diagnosed? I'm pretty sure that I have an undiagnosed TBI. In early 2004, the test for TBI was "did you lose consciousness" to which I would have to reply "no". However, how does the VA handle a claim for TBI 10+ years later? I suffer from debilitating migraines at times (is this secondary to another condition?). Thank you for the replies. Kevin
  6. Thanks for your input. I guess my main question and wondering if its an issue that hallucinations/delusions were not listed under symptoms this time and they were last time. Yet, Ive had no change in that area. Wondering if the fact that they didn't list that symptom can affect me.
  7. I had a re eval for my ptsd rating, which incidentally I only got 6 months ago. No clue why I had a re eval so soon? Got the notes today and compared them to the initial evaluation 6 months ago. This statement is exactly the same on both evals: ------------------------------------- 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 However under this part, a note for delusions, hallucinations is left off the second eval and was on the first. She did note it in the remarks section later, but it was something discussed in detail a this re eval? 4. Symptoms ----------- For VA rating purposes, check all symptoms that actively apply to the Veteran's diagnoses: [X] Depressed mood [X] Anxiety [X] Panic attacks more than once a week [X] Chronic sleep impairment Im currently 70% PTSD and am not sure what to make of this. Thoughts? Thanks for any input
  8. So, I was rated 70% PTSD in June of 2015. I subsequently submitted another claim for other conditions shortly thereafter. Today, I got a call to schedule some C&P exams. I scheduled them and then inquired about what they were for. One is for my knee condition. The other was a reevaluation of my PTSD (that was rated less than 6 months ago). Should I be worried? I work a full-time job and my wife is my caregiver when I'm not at work. The caregiver office at my local VA hospital told my wife that I shouldn't be working if I was 70% PTSD, so do you think the caregiver office alerted the BVA somehow? Thanks, Kevin
  9. I just got a call today to schedule 2 C&P appointments for a claim I submitted for in June. I was awarded 90% in June 2015 (70% PTSD and a host of others). I submitted a follow-up claim shortly after the award in June. When I asked the lady that called what the appts were for, she indicated one was for my knee condition and the other was for a reevaluation of my PTSD. I've only been rated for 6 months!
  10. At what point do I try and contact someone else? Ebenefits isn't updating, the 800 # doesn't offer any assistance, the chat window is never online and my IRIS inquiry wasn't answered in the 5 business days that they say it would be? Thanks, Kevin
  11. Gastone, My rating was rounded to 90%. I'm not necessarily trying to get to 100% as I have a good job that I enjoy and pays me well. As of today, it's still prep for decision. I sent an inquiry to IRIS about a week and a half ago (the 5 business days to respond didn't happen in my case) so I'll wait to see what they say. The 800 # is clueless. Kevin
  12. Update on 29 Sep - Still nothing as of yet. Same status as before. I believe my next step will be to send an inquiry to IRIS? Kevin
  13. Update (sort of). The claim moved from gathering evidence to prep for decision on the 16th of July. Today is the 15th of Sep. It's still in that "stage". My estimated completion timeline was 8/2/2015 - 9/12/2015. Nothing has happened yet and I haven't received anything except a letter about a month ago that said they were still working on it.
  14. I called to have mine input and didn't have the information I needed (like my kids SSN...I was traveling and didn't have them with me). SO, I went online and filled out an application and within 2 days, the back pay was there and everything was fine.
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