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  1. Well, I just completed my C&P exam through VES For PTSD related to MST and I'm a little off today since then. I will say this exam was more in-depth then the last one I had in June of 2015. The last examiner I had in 2015 was a female and most of the questions she asked were ones that tried to catch me in a lie. She was very judgmental towards me and rigid with her questioning.....This time was way different. I met with a Dr. through VES. My first impression was that this was a very nice environment and not like the official offices that you usually see at the VA. those offices make me feel more nervous and more official and intimidating. The moment I got there I met the Examiner. We went inside his room where he does the exams. He first asked basic questions about my history starting from when I was a child. How many siblings and are my parents still together and whether there was abuse or drug or alcohol use or sexual abuse. I understand he is trying to get a history of before during and after. I know most of this stuff has been talked about before and its in my medical records and can easily get it there. I felt it was pretty easy to talk with him because he asked questions about what the wanted to know. Completely different from the last one. So we talked about the before history and there was nothing exciting about that. We got to my time in the service. First was when I went in. I went in right after high school, so I was 18. He asked how was your experience at first and I told him it was fine that my experience at first was great and i did well and excelled at all tasks asked of me and always went above and beyond and I have awards and medals to back it up. That was for the first year I was in. Next he asked what happened after that. I asked "do I have to go through this again because its in my notes" Needless to say I told him what needed to complete that portion of the exam. reluctantly of course. He stuck to the DBQ questions and also helped me work my time line with me. Which was helpful in a way. I was trying not to volunteer information and only answer the question he asked. I did catch myself going on tangents, but I caught myself and shut up. Less is more I would think. Then the next Phase was the after I got out and he asked what was the hardest period for me after I got out and I told him from 2000-2008 where I had multiple run ins with the law and domestic problem multiple suicide attempts and going through and reliving these times in my life I have realized that I changed jobs a lot because I could not handle my emotions and my depression was to much to live with, but I never told anyone what really happened because i was ashamed and embarrassed about what happened . I did not realize what the real problem was at that time. I would never tell the DR whats really wrong with me because I swore this would go with me to the grave and it almost did. He asked how I am doing now and I told him i have issues to this day with anger and frustration with daily life. Granted it is better than it was before, but struggle at-least 3 times a week when its severe. I just wanted to write a little about my experience a little and maybe it might help someone else down the road with similar situations. I don't know how it will turn out.... I always feel that I did not do enough to explain my symptoms to the examiner and everything will go bad... The negative talk in my mind won't stop, so I figured I would write about it here. I am sure I am having the same feelings as a lot of people that have had an exam about this stuff.... I just hope they believe me and understand I have been suffering in silence for over 20 years without telling a soul and struggling daily. I honestly don't care about the monetary aspect of my claim. Its more about the acknowledgement that this did happen to me and I do suffer from it daily from it and I am not making it up....Thank you for your time. I will keep everyone posted.
  2. Well today I went to my C & P exam through VES..... I will have to say the exam was better than the last one I had. The main difference was that the examiner. The last C & P I had for PTSD was done by a VA Examiner. I believe she was more interested in trying to catch me in a lie. She did not believe me and the questions she was asking and how she was saying it was demeaning. All I can say is this was better, but I just don't know what the outcome will be. Of course I always think the worst about these things and second guess myself on the answers I provided and wonder if I said enough about how my behavior and how I am feeling... the examiner pretty much went off the DBQ according to the questions they were asking me.... Making sure my dates and times were correct and the timeline was correct. He was more Detailed oriented for sure.....I wish I knew how to get a copy of the report when its available to read it, but for now I just wait and see what happens... Ill keep you all posted and Thank you all
  3. Thank you all for the feed back.....Well I won't make anything up that's for sure plus they can verify my statements from the last exam I had. My story never changes its just the DR who interprets them and offers an opinion. I just hope I get someone who is sympathetic to what happened to me and not judge and take me serious. I did not feel that way during the last exam. I almost felt I was being interrogated by her and just looking for holes in my story...I just fear its another repeat of almost 5 years ago.... In my head I keep running scenarios that could happen.....I read my previous exam maybe 10 times maybe more looking for inaccuracy. I broke it done sentence by sentence to fully understand what the last examiner said or intended to say..... driving my self loony over this
  4. I originally filed my claim 24 August 2014 and the denial came about 15 Sept. 2015. I filed a NOD right away contesting the results. In march of 2018 I got a notice to opt in the the new RAMP program which I did without hesitation. I figured why not i have already been waiting this long and what else could happen. Ill be the guinea pig to see how this works. I have nothing to loose. So a week ago I got a Call from V.E.S. scheduling a new C&P Exam for next week on a Saturday. Needless to say I was quite surprised about this development. I am happy this process is moving forward and I hope the results are positive. Im a little nervous about the exam as well. I will update the progress of this process as it develops.....
  5. So, to kinda recap what has been going on and you can read if you would like from my previous posts....... I have been waiting on an appeal from 08/24/2014. I originally got denied on my claim for MST. I immediately filed a NOD and supplied other evidence that I previously did not have and asked for a 2nd look. I selected a review and filed out a Waiver of Regional office consideration. Nothing has happened to the claim since the original denial i received. I opted in to the RAMP program in March and for about 4 months I heard nothing. Just the other day I got a Call from VES for another C & P exam.....For PTSD Related to MST..... I have an appointment on 6 Sept. 2018. Needless to say I'm a little apprehensive and frightened about this.... Last time did not go so well obviously. I thought the original had some positive things in it, but also some Negative things said in it and some of the notes the examiner took were wrong and need to be corrected..... I really hope this time is more favorable to me..... I really want to prepare like its a test, but really there is no way to do that.... I was hoping that they could have used the evidence I provided to offer an opinion. I am sure I feel Like everyone of you out there having to go through this again and and relive this experience over again.... Last time the denial took a pretty big toll on me and stared having health problems from the stress and the shame and being looked at that I'm lying.....We will see how it goes, but i am in an extreme amount of fear because of this..... I hope the results will be more in my favor this time, but we will see and I will keep everyone posted
  6. This is pretty strange. I went and checked my e benefits today and I noticed that I have pending disabilities yet above this you will see my rated disabilities. I have all of them on appeal that are in rated disabilities. it funny because all my pending disabilities say Vet wants service connection. Why would it say that ? thats the whole reason I filed. Anyway any insight would be helpful. Rated Disabilities Disability Rating Decision Related To Effective Date anxiety disorder Not Service Connected lumbosacral strain (claimed as back condition) Not Service Connected depression to include alcohol abuse Not Service Connected bipolar disorder Not Service Connected right shoulder rotator cuff tear (claimed as right shoulder condition) Not Service Connected posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Not Service Connected PTSD - Personal Trauma PTSD - Non-Combat cervical intervertebral disc syndrome (claimed as neck strain) Not Service Connected left shoulder strain with rotator cuff tear 20% Service Connected 09/19/2015 Pending Disabilities Disability Submitted Type Actions Bipolar Disorder-veteran Wants Service Connection 06/17/2016 REP Major Depressive Disorder (mdd)/depression To Include Alcohol Abuse-vet Wants Service Connection 06/17/2016 REP Right Shoulder Rotator Cuff Tear Veteran Wants Service Connection 06/17/2016 REP Anxiety Disorder-vet Wants Service Connection 06/17/2016 REP Ptsd-vet Wants Service Connection 06/17/2016 SEC Lumbosacral Strain-veteran Wants Service Connection 06/17/2016 REP Cervical Intervertebral Disc Syndrome-vet Wants Service Connection 06/17/2016 REP Privacy Act Request 05/31/2016 NEW
  7. Broncovet, I am in agreement with you. I Have been diagnosed with PTSD from VA Doctor and I have had a C&P Exam Last year and she Diagnosed me with MDD and not PTSD. The Exam notes state that the stressor was a least likely than not it happened, but are not linking it to my current mental health issues, but basing it on other issues going on in my life at the time. My MH notes that my current issues are related to MST. Since the VA keeps telling me they are not I had my doctor write something about my current issues and is copied in this thread.... I am not sure what else I can do to prove that my issues are directly related to it.
  8. Andyman73, I completely understand.....Because I waited so long my issues happened before I went in. How they determined that I have no Idea. since i was 18 and joined right out of High school. Sometimes I just want to quite.They make me look like a liar, But they totally contradict themselves. They say my mental issues were not related to service, but they say that I have markers, so they ordered a c & p exam then the examiner stated it was at least likely that MST occurred, but is not linked to my current distress....How could they come up with a statement like that. I guess they are saying no big deal nothing to see hear. What a slap in the face.
  9. I am sure you are correct about that. Well I will just get her to add that piece in the letter. I have Put In a FOIA for my C-File. Not sure how long that will take, but I believe it is something I need since at every turn they basically call me a liar and tell me 20 reasons why its not service related....and while they lay it out that its not they totally contradict themselves as well......WTF Thanks for you advise
  10. Thank you for your input on this. The letter was written by my Psychologist that I was seeing for a few years at the VA and the only person I have told since it happened. I am thinking about what you are saying at the first part about the reason she came up with the Opinion and it is missing, but since she was treating me there are notes in my medical record stating why she came up with her opinion and I hope that would fill in that missing piece. I would like to find people from my unit, but honestly I cant even remember any of their names or where or how to find them. Its been 20 years and about 18 of them I said nothing and pushed everything out of my mind, so I would not remember it.... Look how well that worked.....
  11. Thank you for all you comments and Information. Its always helpful. I called my previous psychologist that treated me down in in Long Beach CA Before I moved to Nevada. I am putting a copy of the letter here. Let me know if this will work as a nexus letter Or do I need to find something else.. Thank you XXXX Davis,PMHNP-BC, MN, MA Veteran's Health Medical Center, Long Beach, CA Anaheim Out-Patient Clinic 2569 W Woodland Dr. June 1, 2016 To Whom It May Concern, This letter is in support of Jason XXXX, (SS# XXXXXXXXX, DOB SEP 26,XXXX) whom I have treated for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder from October 16, 2013 until January 21, 2016, as he moved out state soon after. I was his attending psychiatric nurse practitioner, and Mr. XXXXX has been active in his mental health treatment through the Veterans' Health Medical Center, Long Beach, CA. It is my opinion, more likely than not, that his PTSD, and Recurrent Major Depression are a direct result of military sexual trauma he experienced while serving on active duty. Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions. Sincerely, Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner Anaheim Community-Based Out-Patient Clinic
  12. I am going to start the process of getting my C-file. I need to see whats in there and they did not use the notes that my VA doctor wrote in my medical notes. Thank you for your input on this issue. Its just strange how they wrote in the letter that they said I had a substance abuse problem Before I joined, Hows that possible I just graduated High School. I was only 18 and I was very responsible. The Assault happened around January or February and that's right around the time my performance went down hill. Service records show you were recognized for outstanding performance in December 1994. In January 1995 you were promoted. Your enrollment in counseling is noted as command directed in August 1995. Discharge action was initiated in January 1996. March 1996 service separation examination shows no complaints of or diagnosis of the record from November 1993 to May 1996. Thank you again for your guidance and input.
  13. Thanks for the reply Berta. I agree that "The series of experiences you found to be distressing, you reported antagonistic harassment by superiors related to alcohol rehabilitation contributed to his distress." I never said it was in the interview. They added that in. What I said in the examination after the personal assault that happened to me I was basically walking around in a fog the whole time and the only thing that let my mind calm down was drinking and that got me in trouble a lot. After That point my Behavior changed and the images of what happened I could not get out of my head, so when they said it was a series of experiences from drinking which leads to my distress. I guess I need to make myself more clear. I believe everything related to the military was distressing to me, Because it was a constant reminder of what happened and that person was in the unit near me, so I was constantly on guard, so pretty much where ever I went I was always watching my back. I really started to become paranoid. I don't know how i can correct this ? If they say that the stressor occurred how can they say that it does not affect me. That incident changed my whole view of the world....This Document makes me out to look like a lair. Also they did not use the notes in my VA medical file which states I have PTSD Related to MST. How come there is no mention of that ?
  14. Hello, I have a few questions. I just received a letter from the VA. I was not expecting anything. I opened the letter and they did a review under the special initiative. First off I do not know what that means anyway. It was just more in depth than the letter i received when they first denied my claim in September 2015. I read through it and basically what they are saying as to why they denied me was because they state that I had a substance abuse problem before I joined. I am not sure how they came up with that. I was 18 when I joined right out of high school. I am trying to think why they would say that. Anyway it should not even be part of the decision. I enclosed the letter I received . It also stated that my timeline is off and i am contradicting myself in my statements. First off the incident happened in 1995 and I did not say anything about it until July of 2014. I now believe because so much time has passed they don't believe me and the want to blame it on something else. I believe the statements they say I contradict myself are probably the one where I did not disclose yet and I tried to get benefit from the VA without disclosing it. Now i feel like theirs no path forward for me to get approved May 23, 2016 Dear Mr. DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS ?. A special review of your file was mandated on January 6, 2016. Enclosed is the decision that finalizes the previous provisional evaluation completed on your claim under. The special initiative discussed in our letters dated August 29, 2013, September 9, 2015, and January 21, 2016. Please see the attached finalized decision and appeal rights provided with this letter. You submitted Notices of Disagreement on September 10, 2013, September 25, 2015, and December 4, 2015. These Notices of Disagreement were received premature as you were not properly notified of the decision which finalized the rating decisions. This letter tells you about what we decided. It includes a copy of our rating decision that gives the evidence used and reasons for our decision. We have also included information about additional benefits, what to do if you disagree with our decision, and who to contact if you have questions or need assistance. What We Decided We dete1mined that the following conditions were not related to your military service, so service connection couldn’t be granted: Medical Description Right shoulder rotator cuff tear (claimed as right shoulder condition) Lurnbosacral strain (claimed as back condition) Cervical intervertebral disc syndrome (claimed as neck strain) Anxiety disorder Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Bipolar disorder Deoression to include alcohol abuse We determined that the following service connected condition hasn't changed: Medical Description Percent (%) Assigned Left shoulder strain with rotator cuff tear 20% We have enclosed a copy of your Rating Decision for your review. It provides a detailed explanation of our decision, the evidence considered, and the reasons for our decision. Your Rating Decision and this letter constitute our decision based on a special review of your claim mandated on January 6, 2016. We enclosed a VA Form 21-8764, "Disability Compensation Award Attachment-Important Information," which explains certain factors concerning your benefits. Are You Entitled to Additional Benefits? If you served overseas in support of a combat operation you may be eligible for mental health counseling at no cost to you at the Veteran's Resource Center. For more information on this benefit please visit http://www.myhealth.va.gov/mhv-portal-web/. You may be eligible for medical care by the VA health care system for any service connected disability. You may apply for medical care or treatment at the nearest medical facility. If you apply in person, present a copy of this letter to the Patient Registration/Eligibility Section. If you apply by writing a letter, include your VA file number and a copy of this letter. You should contact yom State ofiice of Veteran's affairs for information on any tax, license, or fee-related benefits for which you may be eligible as a Veteran (or surviving dependent of a Veteran). State offices of Veteran's affairs are available at http://www.va.gov/statedva.htm. The VA provides Blind Rehabilitation services to eligible blind, low vision, or visually impaired Veterans to help them regain their independence and quality of life. The Veteran's blindness, low vision, or vision impairment does NOT have to be related or caused by military service. If you need help with yam vision loss, please contact yam nearest Visual Impairment Services Team Coordinator (VIST) at the eye clinic at yam nearest VA Medical Center. For more information, go to http://www.rehab.va.gov/blindrehab/. What You Should Do If You Disagree With Our Decision If you do not agree with our decision, you must complete and retmn to us the enclosed VA Form 21-0958, "Notice of Disagreement" in order to initiate your appeal. You have one year from the date of this letter to appeal the decision. The enclosed VA Form 4107, "Your Rights to Appeal Our Decision, " explains yam right to appeal. What Is eBenefits? eBenefits provides electronic resomces in a self-service environment to Servicemembers, Veterans, and their families. Use of these resomces often helps us serve you faster! Through the eBenefits website you can: • Submit claims for benefits and/or upload documents directly to the VA • Request to add or change yam dependents • Update yam contact and direct deposit information and view payment history • Request a Veterans Service Officer to represent you • Track the status of yom claim or appeal • Obtain verification of yom military service, civil service preference, or VA benefits • And much more! Enrolling in eBenefits is easy. Just visit www.eBenefits.va.gov for more information. Ifyou submit a claim in the future, consider filing through eBenefits. Filing electrortically, especially if you participate in om fully developed claim program, may result in faster decision than if you submit yom claim through the mail. If You Have Questions or Need Assistance Ifyou have any questions, you may contact us by telephone, e-mail, or letter. If vou Here is what to do. Telephone Call us at l-800-827-1000. If you use a Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD), the Federal number is 711. Use the Internet Send electronic inquiries through the Internet at httos://iris.va.gov. Write VA now uses a centralized mail system. For all written communications, put your full name and VA file number on the letter. Please mail or fax all written correspondence to the appropriate address listed on the attached Where to Send Your Written Corresoondence. Inall cases, be sure to refer to your VA file numbe..-.. If you are looking for general information about benefits and eligibility, you should visit our website at https://www.va.gov, or search the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) at https://iris.va.gov. We sent a copy of this letter to your representative, California Department of Veterans Affairs, whom you can also contact if you have questions or need assistance. Sincerely yours, Director VA Regional Office Enclosures: Where to Send Your Written Correspondence Rating Decision VA Form 21-8764 VA Form 4107 VA Form 21-0958 cc: CA DVA 21/144 jsl079:ng DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Veterans Benefits Administration Regional Office Represented By: CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS Rating Decision 05/20/2016 · INTRODUCTION The records reflect that you are a veteran of the Gulf War Era. You served in the Army from January 18, 1994 to May 21, 1996. A special review of your file was mandated on January 6, 2016. Enclosed is the decision that finalizes the previous provisional evaluation completed on your claim under the special initiative discussed in our letter dated August 29, 2013, September 9; 2015, and January 21, 2016. You submitted Notices of Disagreement on September 10, 2013, September 25, 2015, and December 4, 2015. These notices of disagreement were received premature as you were not properly notified of the decision which finalized the rating decisions. Please see the attached finalized decision and appeal rights provided with this letter. Based on the review and the evidence listed below, we have made the following decision(s). 2 of 10 DECISION 1. Evaluation of left shoulder strain with rotator cuff tear, which is currently 20 percent disabling, is continued. 2. Service connection for cervical intervertebral disc syndrome (claimed as neck strain) is denied. 3. Service connection for right shoulder rotator cuff tear (claimed as right shoulder condition) is denied. 4. Service connection for lumbosacral strain (claimed as back condition) is denied. 5. Service connection for posttraumatic stress disorder is denied. 6. Service connection for anxiety disorder is denied. 7. Service connection for bipolar disorder is denied. 8. Service connection for depression to include alcohol abuse is denied. EVIDENCE VA Form 21-526, Veterans Application for Compensation and/or Pension received August 12, 2012 • 5103 Notice Letter dated December 12, 2012 • Martinez VAMC reports (in VVA) VA compensation examination conducted April 17, 2013 VA Form 21-4138, Statement in Support of Claim received May 27, 2013 • VA rating decision dated August 23, 2013 VA letter dated August 29, 2013 VA Form 21-0958, Notice of Disagreement received September 10, 2013 Correspondence from the veteran received September 10, 2013 VA Form 21-078la, Statement in Support of Claim for Service Connection for Post­ Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Secondary to Personal Assault received August 21, 2014 VA Form 21-526ez, Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits received August 21, 2014 • Service treatment reports from 11/1992 to 3/2000 Kaiser Permanente records from 1/2004 to March 2006 Sacramento County Mental Health records 3/2007 UC Davis records 1/2006 to 1/2010 Contra Costa records 9/2005 to 9/2014 John Miur Health records 1/2005 Request for VA treatment reports from Long Beach, Sacramento VAMCs dated October 9, 2014 • DPRIS reply received October 9, 2014, and October 17, 2014, indicating no service personnel Records are available • VA Form 21-0820, Report of General Information dated October 20, 2014 • Service personnel records from November 1993 to May 1996 VA Form 21-0820, Report of General Information dated January 31, 2015 VA Form 21-0820, Report of General Information dated April 2, 2015, from MST coordinator VA compensation examination conducted July 2015 VA letter dated August 5, 2015 • Statement from Shawn received August 22, 2015 • VA Form 21-0781a, Statement in Support of Claim for Service Connection for Post­ Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Secondary to Personal Assault received August 22, 2015 VA rating decision dated September 8, 2015 VA letter dated September 9, 2015 • Notice of disagreement received September 25, 2015 (Premature Notice of disagreement) • Long Beach VAMC/Anaheim CBOC reports 3/2014 to 9/2015 VA Form 21-526ez, Application for Disability Compensation and Related Compensation Benefits received October 1, 2015 • VA Form 21-0958, Notice of Disagreement received December 4, 2015 (premahrre NOD) VA Form 21-0820, Report of General Information dated January 5, 2016 • Fax request dated January 5, 2016 to Martinez VAMC • Compensation examinations conducted November 2015 Martinez VAMC 9/1997 to 6/1999 VA rating decision dated January 19,, 2016 VA letter dated January 21, 2016 REASONS FOR DECISION 1. Evaluation of left shoulder strain with rotator cuff tear currently evaluated as 20 percent disabling. The evaluation of left shoulder strain with rotator cuff tear is continued as 20 percent disabling. (38 CFR §3.32l(a); 38 CFR §3.32l(b)(l)} We have assigned a 20 percent evaluation for your left shoulder strain with rotator cuff tear based on: • Limited motion of the arm at shoulder level Additional symptom(s) include: • Painful motion of the shoulder The provisions of38 CFR §4.40 and §4.45 concerning functional loss due to pain, fatigue, weakness, or lack of endurance, in coordination, and flare-ups, as cited in DeLuca v. Brown and Mitchell v. Shinseki, have been considered and are not warranted. Although there was additional loss of range of motion with repetitive movements, these changes did not rise to the next higher level of disability. A higher evaluation of 30 percent is not warranted for limitation of motion of the arm unless the evidence shows: • Limited motion of the arm to 25 degrees from the side. 2. Service connection for cervical intervertebral disc syndrome (claimed as neck strain). Service connection may be granted for a disability which began in military service or was caused by some event or experience in service. Service connection for cervical intervertebral disc syndrome (claimed as neck strain secondary to left shoulder) is denied since this condition neither occurred in nor was caused by service. The evidence does not show an event, disease or injury in service. Your service treatment records do not contain complaints, treatment, or diagnosis for this condition. There was no continuity of symptoms from service to the present. The evidence does not show that your condition resulted from, or was aggravated by, a service-connected disability. The VA medical opinion found no link between your diagnosed medical condition and military service. Your service treatment reports from November 1993 to May I 996 show no complaints of or diagnosis of cervical spine, neck condition. You were provided a VA compensation examination in November 2015. The examiner reviewed the claims file, including service treatment reports, private medical reports, the history and the evidence presented at the examination. The examiner opined the neck condition is less likely than not due to the service connected left shoulder strain. The examiner indicated the neck condition is more likely due to left cervical radiculopathy 3. Service connection for right shoulder rotator cuff tear (claimed as right shoulder condition). Service connection may be granted for a disability which began in military service or was caused by some event or experience in service. Service connection for right shoulder rotator cuff tear (claimed as right shoulder condition secondary to left shoulder strain) is denied since this condition neither occurred in nor was caused by service. The evidence does not show an event, disease or injury in service. Your service treatment records do not contain complaints, treatment, or diagnosis for this condition. There was no continuity of symptoms from service to the present. The evidence does not show that your condition resulted from, or was aggravated by, a service-connected disability. The VA medical opinion found no link between your diagnosed medical condition and military service. Your service treatment reports from November 1993 to May 1996 show no complaints of or diagnQsis of a right shoulder disability. You were provided a VA compensation examination in November 2015. The examiner reviewed the claims file, including service treatment reports, private medical reports, the history and the evidence presented at the examination. The examiner opined the right shoulder condition is less likely than not due to the service connected left shoulder strain. The examiner indicated the condition may be right shoulder weakness and pains may also be secondary to a cervical radiculopathy and/or an undiagnosed rotator cuff tendinopathy. 4. Service connection for lumbosacral strain (claimed as back condition). Service connection may be granted for a disability which began in military service or was caused by some event or experience in service. Service connection for lumbosacral strain (claimed as back condition secondary to left shoulder strain) is denied since this condition neither occurred in nor was caused by service. The evidence does not show an event, disease or injury in service. Your service treatment records do not contain complaints, treatment, or diagnosis for this condition. There was no continuity of symptoms from service to the present. The evidence does not show that your condition resulted from, or was aggravated by, a service-connected disability. The VA medical opinion found no link between your diagnosed medical condition and military service. Your service treatment reports from November 1993 to May 1996 show no complaints of or diagnosis of a low back disability. You were provided VA compensation in November 2015. The examiner reviewed the claims file, the service treatment reports, the post service treatment reports, the history and the evidence from the VA examination. The examiner opined it is less likely than not the lumbar spine condition is secondary to left shoulder strain. As a result of the claimant's inability to lift heavy objects with either his left or right shoulder it would ·be highly unlikely for the claimant's unilateral or bilateral shoulder condition to cause a lumbar strain since the claimant is unable to lift heavy objects that would strain his lumbar spine. Also, since the claimant’s post-service Medical records have not established a baseline back condition because his post-service medical records have been silent for post-service back condition; there is no evidence of aggravation. 5. Service connection for posttraumatic stress disorder. Service connection for posttraumatic stress disorder requires medical evidence diagnosing the condition in accordance with 38 CFR 4.125(a); a link, established by medical evidence, between current symptoms and an in-service stressor; and credible supporting evidence that the claimed in-service stressor occurred. A diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder must meet all diagnostic criteria as stated in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders published by the American Psychiatric Association. The evidence does not show a confirmed diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder which would permit a finding of service connection. The evidence does not show an event, disease or injury in service. Your service treatment records do not contain complaints, treatment, or diagnosis for this condition. There was no continuity of symptoms from service to the present. You submitted a lay statement to Support your claim. A credible lay statement may establish what was seen, heard, and directly experienced. The lay evidence was found not to be competent and sufficient in this case to establish a diagnosis of your condition or to show that a diagnosis had been made by a medical professional. You submitted a lay statement to support your claim. A credible lay statement may establish what was seen, heard, and directly experienced. The lay evidence was found not to be competent or credible evidence of the symptoms of your claimed condition. Although, some evidence supports your claim, we found other medical evidence more persuasive because it is supported by an accurate account of the medical history and/or it is the most detailed and reliable depiction of your medical condition. While some evidence supports your claim, we found other medical evidence more persuasive because it is supported by your relevant military And/or personal history. The VA medical opinion found no link between your diagnosed medical condition and military service. You submitted lay evidence that your claimed disability is 7 -=-r- of 10 Related to events or treatment in service. We have determined that the service treatment records and post service evidence contradict your statement(s) of a connection between your service and your claimed condition, and find the other evidence is more credible when considered in light of all the evidence. November 1993 service entrance examination shows a history of substance abuse before service. Service records show you were recognized for outstanding performance in December 1994. In January 1995 you were.promoted. Your enrollment in counseling is noted as command directed in August 1995. Discharge action was initiated in January 1996. March 1996 service separation examination shows no complaints of or diagnosis of the record from November 1993 to May 1996. You have provided statements in August 2014 and August 2015, regarding you’re claimed in­ service event. The time frame you identified is not consistent with the timing of the onset of the substance abuse counseling. The time line indicates onset over one year after your release from active duty. Kaiser Permanente treatment reports show treatment for mental health symptoms beginning in 2004. InJanuary 2005 you are diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The correspondence frodocumenting his recollection of the history has been reviewed. Because we were able to identify a marker in your service treatment reports you were scheduled for a VA compensation examination which was conducted in July 2015. The examiner indicated you do not have a diagnosis of posttraumatic stress disorder. The examiner did not diagnose posttraumatic stress disorder. 6. Service connection for anxiety disorder. Service connection may be granted for a disability which began in military service or was caused by some event or experience in service. Service connection for anxiety disorder is denied since this condition neither occurred in nor was caused by service. The evidence does not show an event, disease or injury in service. Your service treatment records do not contain complaints, treatment, or diagnosis for this condition. There was no 3lr 8 of 10 Continuity of symptoms from service to the present. The VA medical opinion found no link between your diagnosed medical condition and military service. The evidence does not show an event, disease or injury in service. Your service treatment records do not contain complaints, treatment, or diagnosis for this condition. There was no continuity of symptoms from service to the present. The VA medical opinion found no link between your diagnosed medical condition and military service. November 1993 service entrance examination shows a history of substance abuse before service. Service records show you were recognized for outstanding performance in December 1994. In January 1995 you were promoted. Your enrollment in counseling is noted as command directed in August 1995. Discharge action was initiated in January 1996. March 1996 service separation examination shows no complaints of or diagnosis of the record from November 1993 to May 1996. You have provided statements in August 2014 and August 2015, regarding your claimed in­ service event. The time frame you identified is not consistent with the timing of the onset of the substance abuse counseling. Kaiser Permanente treatment reports show treatment for mental health symptoms beginning in 2004. In January 2005 you are diagnosed with bipolar disorder. The correspondence from documenting his recollection of the history has been reviewed. Because we were able to identify a marker in your service treatment reports you were scheduled for a VA compensation examination which was conducted in July 2015. The examiner diagnosed major depressive disorder and other specified anxiety disorder. The examiner indicated it is at least as likely as not the stressor occurred. However the examiner indicated The series of experiences you found to be distressing, you reported antagonistic harassment by superiors related to alcohol rehabilitation contributed to his distress. The examiner indicated it cannot be said with confidence that his depression or anxieties are solely attributed to the claimed in service event. Your depressive symptoms are reported to be related to significant negative views of self and guilt/shame over past alcohol abuse and its sequelae including domestic violence, Dills, impact on his military career, and current alienation from wife and child. 7. Service connection for bipolar disorder. Service connection may be granted for a disability which began in military service or was caused by some event or experience in service. 9 of 10 Service connection for bipolar disorder is denied since this condition neither occurred in nor was caused by service. The evidence does not show an event, disease or injury in service. Your service treatment records do not contain complaints, treatment, or diagnosis for this condition. There was no continuity of symptoms from service to the present. Although, some evidence supports your claim, we found other medical evidence more persuasive because it is supported by an accurate account of the medical history and/or it is the most detailed and reliable depiction of your medical condition. Kaiser Permanente treatment reports show treatment for mental health symptoms beginning in 2004. In January 2005 you are diagnosed with bipolar disorder. 8. Service connection for depression to include alcohol abuse. Service connection may be granted for a disability which began in military service or was caused by some event or experience in service. Service connection for depression, dysthmic disorder to include alcohol abuse is denied since this condition neither occurred in nor was caused by service. The evidence does not show an event, disease or injury in service. Your service treatment records do not contain complaints, treatment, or diagnosis for this condition. There was no continuity of symptoms from service to the present. The VA medical opinion found no link between your diagnosed medical condition and military service. November 1993 service entrance examination shows a history of substance abuse before service. Service records show you were recognized for outstanding performance in December 1994. In January 1995 you were promoted. Your enrollment in counseling is noted as command directed in August 1995. Discharge action was initiated in January 1996. March 1996 service separation examination shows no complaints of or diagnosis of the record from November 1993 to May 1996. You have provided statements in August 2014 and August 2015, regarding you’re claimed in­ service event. The time frame you identified is not consistent with the timing of the onset of the substance abuse counseling. Kaiser Permanente treatment reports show treatment for mental health symptoms beginning in 2004. InJanuary 2005 you are diagnosed with bipolar disorder. JASON SIPES 552 35 1079 10 of 1O The correspondence fro, documenting his recollection of the history has been reviewed. Because we were able to identify a marker in your service treatment reports you were scheduled for a VA compensation examination which was conducted in July 2015. The examiner diagnosed major depressive disorder and other specified anxiety disorder. The examiner indicated it is at least as likely as not the" stressor occurred. However the examiner indicated The series of experiences you found to be distressing, you reported antagonistic harassment by superiors related to alcohol rehabilitation contributed to his distress. The examiner indicated it cannot be said with confidence that his depression or anxieties are solely attributed to the claimed inservice event. Your depressive symptoms are reported to be related to significant negative views of self and guilt/shame over past alcohol abuse and its sequelae including domestic violence, Dills, impact on his military career, and current alienation from wife and child. REFERENCES: Title 38 of the Code of Federal Regulations, Pensions, Bonuses and Veterans' Relief contains the regulations of the Department of Veterans Affairs which govern entitlement to all veteran benefits. For additional information regarding applicable laws and regulations, please consult your local library, or visit us at our web site, www.va.gov.
  15. Jaydog

    Is this a nexus statement

    Thank you for the info. I will do that if thing come back bad again. I thought that they stated while" it is as least likely than not MST occurred" I read it as they say there is a 50% chance or greater that it happened. this stuff is crazy ,,,, everything hands on 1 word
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